Croatian cities continue to grow in popularity on the international tourism market

first_imgLondon is expected to lose third place in the rankings for 2019, ahead of Macau and Singapore. On the other hand, Paris will take advantage of any difference of visitors from the United Kingdom. Although intraregional travel is stable, arrivals from Asian markets, such as China and Japan, have outpaced the increase in visitors from the region. Intraregional travel remains the largest source of tourism, with almost 80 percent of travelers traveling within the region. This is the result of a strong regulatory framework and travel policies that make travel easier within the European Union and the Schengen area, which includes 26 European countries. Road and transport infrastructure in Europe is one of the strongest in the world. There are 853 airports in the region. The high-quality and wide rail and road network in Europe further facilitates intra-regional tourism. Europe is the second fastest growing regional destination after Asia and has recorded the largest number of arrivals in the world, according to the results of the report “Top 100 urban destinations 2018” by Euromonitor. Travelers are looking for newer, more localized experiences and less crowds, which makes these destinations desirable. The popularity and increased number of low-cost carriers to these destinations have also favored growth. London retained third place in the ranking of “Top 100 city destinations”, despite the decline in the number of arrivals due to Brexit. However, the future of the travel market in the UK remains uncertain, especially if visa restrictions are tightened as it will lose a lot of visitors from the European Union. center_img While traditional locations such as Milan, Berlin and Vienna have fallen in the rankings due to lower visitor interest, destinations such as Croatia, Slovenia and Sweden are climbing upwards. You can find the full report HERE. Key cities in Turkey are continuously climbing the ladder to improve security and devalue the Turkish lira, making Turkey an attractive European destination “for everyone’s pocket”. Source / photo: Euromonitorlast_img read more

Why the NFL’s international games in London, Mexico City are not on the 2020 schedule

first_imgWith a three-hour TV show on NFL Network, the NFL will release a full, 17-week schedule that features the 2020 season-opener on Sept. 10 and Super Bowl 55 on Feb. 7. Teams and fans will have to accept that schedule with the presumption that it will be modified over the summer as the league receives more clarity on the viability of its season.”At some point,” a top NFL team executive told King, “we’re going to have start accepting inequalities. What happens when teams in four states are told, ‘You can’t have training camp?’ Do those teams not have camp? Do they travel to a state that allows a gathering of 100 or so people to work?”Time will tell, but the way it looks now, there’s no way all states are going to be under equal rules by the summer.” The league announced Monday that all 2020 games will be scheduled to play in the United States “under consistent protocols focused on the well-being of players, personnel and fans.” While the specific matchups and dates for the NFL’s 2020 international games had not been set, the Jaguars were slated to host two London games at Wembly Stadium. The Dolphins and Falcons were to host one London game each, presumably both at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Cardinals were to host a game in Mexico City.NFL SCHEDULE RELEASE:Strength of schedule rankings & more for 2020NFL update on 2020 season schedule.— NFL UK (@NFLUK) May 4, 2020These coronavirus-related challenges are why the NFL waited a few extra weeks to release its schedule this year. NBC Sports’ Peter King suspects the league was “making multiple schedules, in the case of a reduction to 14 or 12 or 10 games per team,” but that “even a 16-game schedule could have major changes.”Marc Ganis, a sports business consultant who is plugged in with top NFL officials, told King he is “very confident of a 16-game season with a Super Bowl in February. … I didn’t say I was confident in 16 games with a bye, or what week in February the Super Bowl would be, or if every team will play eight games in their home stadiums, or whether there will be fans at every game.”There’s more information that’s needed before we have these answers. Teams are just going to have be flexible.” A complete, 256-game NFL schedule for 2020 is difficult enough to craft in a normal year when a global pandemic isn’t casting a shadow of doubt over how much of the schedule can actually be played — and over where games can actually be played.This year, the NFL’s international series is casualty in the creation of the schedule, which the NFL plans to release Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.last_img read more


first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: Shannen Wilkie celebrated her 21st birthday party at The Dry Arch Inn on Saturday night.The place was hoping all evening, and a great, great night was had by everybody who attended Shannen’s party. Management at the popular bar said, “We hope you had a great night Shannen, your a wonderful young woman, and we hope you enjoyed the celebrations.”SHANNEN’S 21ST BIRTHDAY BASH AT THE DRY ARCH INN – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: April 6th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:21stpartypic specialShannen WilkieThe Dry Arch Innlast_img

7 Surprising Things You Should Never Do Before Bed

first_imgYou change into your coziest PJs, turn off Game of Thrones and snuggle under the covers. And then you lie in bed, tossing and turning, for the next two hours. What’s the deal? Here are seven things that might be keeping you from your best night’s sleep.DON’T: TAKE A HOT BATHSoaking in a hot tub might sound like the perfect end to a long day, but think twice before you mix up the bubbles. Our friends at the National Sleep Foundation tell us that our internal body temperature typically lowers a few degrees before bed, helping us feel calm and drowsy. Raising your body temperature (like, by sitting in steamy water) is likely to make you feel wide awake. So skip the suds or enjoy them earlier in the evening.DON’T: EAT CHOCOLATEThere’s nothing wrong with satiating your sweet tooth with a square (or three) of dark chocolate after dinner, but make sure to space it out at least a few hours before bed. The caffeine and sugar in chocolate will cause your blood sugar to spike, and the buzz won’t do you any favors if you’re trying to fall asleep.DON’T: PLAY WITH YOUR DOGOK, we should be more specific. Cuddling with Sarah Jessica Barker is perfectly fine and there are actually health benefits to letting your pup sleep in your bed. But if you’re full-on playing and she’s riled up, neither of you are going to be able to snooze anytime soon. Instead, take her for a long walk right after dinner, so by the time bedtime rolls around, you’re both ready to hit the hay.DON’T: HAVE A GLASS OF WINEDon’t worry, we’re not trying to discourage you from drinking your evening vino (especially with all the weight-loss benefits, hello). But if you’re having trouble sleeping, it’s best to wrap up your alcohol consumption at least two hours before bedtime. First, alcohol messes with your sleep cycles, so even if you zonk out immediately, you’re more likely to wake again in the middle of the night, the folks at WebMD tell us. But alcohol is also a diuretic, which means you’ll probably find yourself getting up a few hours later to pee.DON’T: WORK OUTAnd by “work out,” we mean running, spinning and other cardio. A nice, meditative candlelit yoga session? Go for it. But if you get your heart pumping too close to bedtime, you’ll get a boost of adrenaline that will keep you tossing and turning. If you’re going to bed at 10 p.m., aim to be home from your boxing class by 8 p.m.DON’T: DRINK TEACaffeinated tea is a no-brainer. Like coffee, sipping a cup of English Breakfast before bed will probably make you jittery. But even herbal tea is a bad idea in the sheets, especially if you already have to get up to use the bathroom throughout the night. If this is you, cut off liquids (yep, even water) an hour before bed. Save your hydration efforts for tomorrow morning.Sourcelast_img read more