Interesting research: What do tourists do on their first day on vacation?

first_imgThe first 24 hours are crucial for a holiday because almost half of the passengers (46%) who participated in the global survey believe that the first day determines the mood of the whole holiday, while one quarter of Croatian passengers (28%) claim that the first hours can decide travel successful or not. Booking.com, a world leader in connecting travelers to the most amazing accommodations, conducted a survey on a sample of 18.000 travelers from 25 countries around the world to investigate what really happens in the first 24 hours of vacation.The first 24 hours are crucial for a holiday because almost half of the passengers (46%) who participated in the global survey of Booking.com, believe that the first day determines the mood of the whole holiday, while a quarter of passengers from Croatia (28%) claim that the first hours I can decide if the whole trip is successful or not.Interesting data, isn’t it? And that is why being a real host is extremely important, both for the guests and for you, whether it is a family accommodation or a hotel. How do you greet guests? Did you prepare a welcome drink and some indigenous snack for them? Yet they traveled for hours to reach you.What do tourists do on their first day on vacation? Respondents’ answers to the question about the most important activities on the first day of vacation evoke an interesting picture of the 21st century traveler. Traditional elements such as unpacking (68%), inspecting accommodation (60%) and planning activities for the next day (53%) took the first three places of the global survey respondents. Respondents from Croatia consider going to coffee, beer or a glass of wine (68%), unpacking (61%) and taking a nap in the afternoon (55%) to be the most important activities on the first day of vacation.Global research also shows how important the role of technology is in our leisure activities compared to before:perfect photo for social networks (27%, and even 37% among respondents aged 18 to 34, among respondents from Croatia 21%) Do you have Wifi? reading online reviews for restaurants (26%, among respondents from Croatia 14%)meeting new people / trying to make new friends (24%)language learning (16%)ordering room service (15%)listening to holiday playlists (13%)business email verification (10%, also 10% for Croatian respondents) Also, in the first 24 hours of vacation, activities involving accommodation ranked high on the passenger priority list. Viewing accommodation is in second place (60%) while more than a third of travelers (36%) claim that one of the most important things for them is to test the bed on the first day by jumping on it or napping.According to the role of the comfort of our temporary home on vacation, respondents listed the most important things they use in their accommodation in the first 24 hours. Passengers from Croatia have the following priorities:comfortable mattress (52%)beautiful view (48%)rich breakfast (41%)air conditioned room (37%)warm welcome to the hosts (33%)Take a look, ie be a tourist in your accommodation even better and go through this list. It is extremely important to put yourself in the role of a guest, because only in this way can you see the advantages and disadvantages, as well as what you lack. Of course, if you care about the guest and tourism and if you are a real host in family accommodation. When it comes to the time required for these activities, the survey results show that taking photos for social media, checking business emails and ordering room service happens before more traditional activities like enjoying the first ice cream on vacation and swimming in the pool, 47% of passengers eat the first ice cream within the first hour and only 19% go to the pool while 54% take photos, 56% check email and 57% order room service in the same time period. “Vacation is a time when we can travel to new destinations, have new experiences and take a break from the routine of everyday life. Expectations are often high and with everything we want to see and experience, a lot depends on the first 24 hours. Our mission at Booking.com is to enable people to explore the entire world and this includes helping to strive for the first hours of vacation to meet, if not exceed, their expectations. Accommodation is a common component of every holiday, so whether you want to have Wi-Fi, a rich breakfast every day or just a beautiful view, we make it easy for you to find the ideal accommodation and develop advanced technological solutions that make your stay extremely easy. beginning. ” pointed out Pepijn Rijvers, marketing director at Booking.comlast_img read more

Yogyakartan charities report police intimidation, monitoring during COVID-19 relief efforts

first_imgAs citizens help low-income community members weather the COVID-19 outbreak, several civil society groups in Yogyakarta have reported police intimidation and excessive monitoring during their relief efforts.A group called Jogja Food Solidarity (SPJ) said the police had been monitoring their distribution of food, facemasks, health supplements and hand sanitizer to low-income informal workers in Yogyakarta.SPJ has opened 11 public kitchens in the city, including on Jl. Ngadiwinatan near Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Palace, where volunteers gather to provide free food and other necessities for pedicab drivers, street vendors and sex workers, among others. Ita Fatia Nadia, one of SPJ’s founders, said two police officers had come to their charity event on Jl. Ngadiwinatan last Thursday. “They asked us who initiated the event, who its donors were and where we were distributing the rice boxes. They also took photos of us,” she told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Ita said activists working at the kitchens did not answer the police officers. The officers soon left the location.However, one of the officers, identified as Parto, returned to the charity event two days later and asked the same questions. “He took pictures of me without my permission. I replied that it violated my rights,” said Ita.She later found out that the officer had not brought a letter of assignment. Ita asserted that no regulation required them to report charity events to the police during the COVID-19 outbreak. Four other police officers came to an SPJ public kitchen in the Ambarketawang Permai housing complex in Gamping, Sleman, on Friday to disperse the volunteers.“They initially thought the event would constitute a mass gathering. After we told them about the charity event, they understood,” said M. Taufiq Firdaus, a volunteer at the kitchen.SPJ was not the only group in Yogyakarta whose charity events were raided by authorities. On Saturday, the police dispersed a meeting to evaluate a charity program held by activists from the Yogyakarta chapter of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi Yogyakarta) in Kotagede.The police argued that the activists had violated a mayoral decree that restricted residents from partaking in mass gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak. The activists said the meeting had followed prescribed protocols.After negotiating, the Walhi activists were allowed to continue the meeting until 10 p.m. However, at about 8:55, police officers – now accompanied by military personnel and dozens of residents – arrived at the Walhi office to disperse the meeting.”Authorities should stop repressive actions against civil society’s good intentions in the name of COVID-19 prevention,” said Himawan Kurniadi of Walhi Yogyakarta.SPJ’s Ita said she wrote an open letter to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday, demanding the President stop repressing such acts of solidarity during the COVID-19 outbreak.Ngampilan Police chief Adj. Comr. Hendro Wahyono, whose jurisdiction covers the location of SPJ’s public kitchens, dismissed the allegations of repression, saying the officers had taken preventive measures to anticipate unwanted occurrences.”In the name of God, we didn’t intimidate anyone. They could have actually asked for our help in distributing aid to society,” Hendro said.Kotagede Police chief Comr. Dwi Tavianto denied that authorities dismissed the meeting at Walhi’s Yogyakarta office. “Residents reported that there was a social gathering at the location. We came to respond to the report.”Yogyakarta has imposed a state of emergency from March 20 to May 29 in an effort to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in the province. As of Wednesday, there were 75 confirmed cases, seven deaths and 75 recoveries in the province. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

“The sound of birds comes with the house too. the house feels as if it is part of nature”

first_img65 Crest Drive, CurrumbinAn array of birdlife visits the verandas of the home. “There is a part of bush below the property and I understand the sanctuary gives the animals a bit of respite in there so I’ve always had kookaburras and lorikeets coming up on to the balcony,” Mr McGuire said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago 65 Crest Drive, Currumbin. “I originally bought it as a weekender and then wanted to settle down and retire but for the past 12 months it has been rented out,” he said. Understated at street level, once you get inside, the three-level house is multiple storeys of luxe. Soak up these views from the tubIT’S a story Pat Mcguire loves to tell when he talks about his breathtaking Currumbin house and it always begins with the endless views. With amazing sunrises and romantic sunsets rising and setting over the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Park this house was the perfect weekender for it’s Brisbane homeowner. Mr McGuire describes his backyard as a wildlife park with views that will keep you glued to the windows. 65 Crest Drive, Currumbin.The 59-year-old, who used the property as a base when training surf boat crews at the Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club said he added a few of his favourite features into the house including a luxury bath tub. Two fireplaces, a sauna and bar were a part of the $300,000 renovation Mr McGuire undertook when he bought the house. 65 Crest Drive, Currumbin.“The house sits up high on a hill and has huge views of the Currumbin Hill Conservation Park,” he said.“I have become used to seeing wallabies in the backyard and koalas in the trees.“The sound of birds comes with the house too. The house feels as if it is part of nature.”The grandfather-of-four said he felt connected to nature when he came home. “When I bought the property I wanted to put a few of my own touches on it and make it feel like home,” Mr McGuire said. last_img read more

OEEC: Lots of Activities at Marine Energy Pavilion

first_imgAs Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) 2019 is ready to kick off, this year, the Marine Energy industry has bigger presence than ever with a large Marine Energy Pavilion, hosted by Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC) and Navingo. At the pavilion we showcase the potential of marine energy, and organize lots of activities to discuss collaboration opportunities with the offshore and supply chain industry.Marine Energy Solutions – ExhibitorsThis year, 11 Dutch and international companies exhibit their marine energy solutions at the Pavilion. We welcome the offshore and supply chain industry to learn about the innovative marine energy technologies and make valuable connections for driving this promising sector together.The exhibitors include:FishFlow Tidal Power,Floating Power Plant (FPP),Magallanes Renovables,Minesto,Ocean Grazer,REDstack,SCHOTTEL GmbH,SeaTwirl,Teamwork Technology,Tocardo Tidal Power B.V,Water2Energy.PitchesIn the pitching area of the pavilion, we offer you interesting insights in innovative marine energy solutions and welcome you to join our pitching sessions. On Tuesday October 8, the pitches will be moderated by Freek Bisschop from Rockstart. Wednesday October 9, Simon Stark from DMEC will lead the discussions.Pitches Tuesday October 8:13.30 – 14.15 Teamwork Technology by Fred Gardner,14.15 – 15.00 Ocean Grazer by Frits Bliek,15.00 – 15.45 Technology from Ideas (TFI) by Noel Halloran,15.45 – 16.30 DHV Turbines by Mark Hill,16.30 – 17.15 Water2Energy by Willem Molenaar.Pitches Wednesday October 9:10.00 – 10.45 Heliorec by Polina Vasilenko,10.45 – 11.30 Jospa Ltd by Tom Doyle and Danny Golden,11.30 – 12.15 Development v Kim Nielsen by Kim Nielsen.Tuesday drinks by IROOn Tuesday October 8, a drink will be held between 17.00 and 18.00 at the Pavilion sponsored by IRO (the Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry and Offshore Renewable Industry). You are welcome to join, and explore collaboration opportunities with the Marine Energy sector together.Marine Energy EventOn Wednesday October 9, Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC), Dutch Energy from Water Association (EWA) and Navingo organize the 5th annual Marine Energy Event.We invite you to join our discussion on how marine energy solutions can drive our energy transition and next steps foreseen to successfully commercialize and integrate these solutions in the global energy mix.Meet the Marine Energy AllianceThis year, the Marine Energy Alliance (MEA) is present in the Marine Energy Pavilion with a dedicated MEA lounge.MEA aims to progress the technical and commercial maturity level of early-stage (TRL 3 – 4) marine energy technology companies with the overall goal of reducing the risk of device failure in subsequent demonstration phases.Recently 22 companies were selected and will receive service delivery from the MEA project partners: Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC), Stichting Maritiem Research Instituut Nederland (MARIN), Navingo BV, Exceedence Limited, The European Marine Energy Centre, MaREI, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, INNOSEA SAS and the University of Edinburgh.At our pavilion, you can meet all MEA project partners, and watch a selection of the MEA companies pitch their technologies in our pitching sessions.To find out more about Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference visit www.offshore-energy.bizSource: Navingolast_img read more

SC orders Palace to comment on anti-terror law petitions

first_imgSuspected persons can be detained for 14 days without a warrant of arrest with an allowable 10-day extension. A 60-day surveillance on suspected terrorists can also be conducted by the police or the military, with an allowable 30-day extension./PN “Sapat-sapat po ang remedyo, nandiyan na po iyan bagamat may bagong batas, lahat po iyang mga writs na ginawa po ng ating Korte Suprema at nasa ating Saligang Batas ay patuloy pa rin pong magagamit,” he added. MANILA – The Supreme Court has ordered respondents – in this case, the Malacanang Palace – to submit a comment on the petitions questioning the constitutionality of the newly-signed Anti-Terrorism Law. “Siguro, I will phrase it differently. Terrorists, beware of the anti-terror law. Iyong mga hindi naman po mga terorista, huwag po kayong mag-alala, sapat-sapat po ang mga safeguards sa batas mismo at sa ating umiiral na rules of court para pangalagaan po ang karapatan ng kalayaan at karapatang mabuhay,” Roque said. Meanwhile, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the newly-signed anti-terrorism law was created to curb the terrorists and it does not include those who were criticizing the government. Under the law, persons who shall threaten to commit terrorism, and those who will propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism shall suffer imprisonment of 12 years. As of Tuesday afternoon, there were four petitions filed before the Supreme Court against the Anti-Terrorism Law. The High Court justices have decided to consolidate the said petitions. “Kapag sinabi po ng leader ng Abu Sayyaf, pugutan ng ulo ang mga Kristiyano, iyan po ay ehemplo ng inciting to terrorism,” he added. There should have “clear and present danger” before a person can be arrested and detained for inciting terrorism, according to Roque. Roque said not all remarks are actionable because jurisprudence on free speech should also be applied and if the threats were made by an individual with no involvement with any terrorist group, there would be no clear and present danger to deter. During its en banc session, the High Court justices tasked Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to answer the temporary restraining order of the petitioners to stop the implementation of the measure. “Hindi naman po lahat ng salita ay actionable, kinakailangan ang nagsasalita ay may kapangyarihan na bigyan ng riyalidad iyong kaniyang sinasabi ‘no,” the Palace spokesperson said. Dean Mel Sta. Maria of the Far Eastern University on Monday, July 6, 2020 leads the filing of yet another petition against the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 before the Supreme Court. Joined by six other FEU professors, Sta. Maria is asking the high court to issue a temporary restraining order preventing the implementation of several provisions of the controversial new law. TINA PANGANIBAN-PEREZ/GMA NEWSlast_img read more

Real Madrid remain football’s most valuable club

first_imgReal Madrid remain the most valuable club in world football as they have increased their value by eight percent in the last year. Loading… As outlined on the front page of Friday’s edition of Diario AS, Los Blancos now have a value of €3,478m – an increase from last year’s valuation. Barcelona – whose value is measured at €3,193m – are third on the list behind Manchester United, with the valuation of the English club not outlined by the newspaper’s front cover.Advertisement Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkscenter_img There is a significant drop to the next most valuable club on the list – Atletico de Madrid rank 13th globally with a value of €1,197m while Valencia are the only other La Liga club in the top 32 listing, with their €408m valuation placing them in 25th position. The top three are well established as the sport’s most valuable clubs ahead of German giants Bayern Munich, with five more English clubs among the top 10, with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain usually fighting to complete the rankings. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Read Also: Messi expresses heartbreak over Copa America postponementlast_img read more

Edward D. “Ed” Hudson

first_imgEdward D. “Ed” Hudson, 57, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Sunday March 22, 2020 in Rising Sun, Indiana.He was born January 31, 1963 in Lawrenceburg, IN, son of Robert Hudson and the late Ida (Roy) Hudson.Ed worked for Alternative Plastics for 14 years. He was a member of Aurora VFW Men’s Auxiliary #5312 .Ed loved to fish and he enjoyed going 4-wheeling. Ed was a big rock & roll music lover.Edward is survived by his father, Robert Hudson; step-daughter, Kaye Fischer of Goreman, TX; sister, Melissa Ashcraft of Aurora, IN; brothers, twin, Ted (Barbara) Hudson of Aurora, IN, Robert Hudson of Harrison, OH, Marvin (Sylvia Thomas) Hudson of Aurora, IN, Michael Hudson of Lawrenceburg, IN, Dave (Susan) Hudson of Aurora, IN.He was preceded in death by his mother, Ida Marie Hudson.A private family visitation will be held.A private graveside service will be held at River View Cemetery, with interment to follow.Contributions may be made to the Charity of Choice. If interested, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Cresswell set for Hammers move

first_img The 24-year-old left-back joins the Hammers as manager Sam Allardyce looks to further boost his defensive options, with a move for Norwich’s Martin Olsson now believed to be dead in the water. A statement issued through West Ham’s official Twitter account: “We are delighted to announce the signing of highly-rated left-back Aaron Cresswell on a five-year deal from Ipswich Town.” West Ham have signed of defender Aaron Cresswell from Ipswich on a five-year contract. Cresswell impressed in recent years at Portman Road, missing just four league games over the course of the last two seasons for the Sky Bet Championship club. Having started his career at Tranmere, Cresswell moved to Ipswich in 2011 and after completing his move to West Ham he will experience Barclays Premier League football for the first time in his career. The news comes on the day West Ham’s current crop returned for pre-season training, where Allardyce posed for pictures with his two summer recruits to date – striker Mauro Zarate and defensive midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate. Having finished 13th in the league last season, Allardyce has been assured of his position by club owners David Sullivan and David Gold after a minority of Hammers fans began to vent their frustrations at the perceived negative tactics of the former Bolton and Newcastle boss. With 14 clean sheets in the Premier League, West Ham’s survival was based on a sound defensive unit but Allardyce has been keen to add to his numbers at the back, with Cresswell becoming his third addition ahead of the forthcoming campaign. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mohammedan Sporting, BSF in semis

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Mohammedan Sporting and BSF shared points as the quarter final league match in the Independence Day Cup at Nagaon which ended as 1-1 draw.In another quarter final league match in separate group OILFC defeated Minerva Punjab by a solitary goal at the same venue today. All four teams are qualified for the semis which are slated for Friday.last_img

Syracuse’s walk-ons enjoy NCAA Tournament run from separated vantage point

first_img“Hopefully on the court,” Autry Jr. said, “but probably in the stands.”They enjoyed celebrating behind the bench before joining the team outside the locker room. But they didn’t get the opportunity to shoot around on the court like veteran walk-ons Doyin Akintobe-Adeyeye, Mike Sutton and Christian White.“I probably wouldn’t be eligible,” Autry Jr. said. “We’d go get it. All five of us. We score in bunches.”It was then that Autry Jr. pointed to Feldman — the only walk-on to make a basket this season — next to him.“This kid averaged 28 points per game in high school. He doesn’t look like it.”Belbey said he’d rather Syracuse make it easy like it was in the first two rounds, than for him to be forced to enter around the eighth overtime.Autry Jr. likened the experience to where they sit in the Carrier Dome, which is on the second row of the bench. Even sitting behind the press table, though, the group of walk-ons tried to yell out to their on-court teammates when a shooter had the ball. They were useful in anyway possible.It’s still up in the air just where they’ll be watching the game on Friday. But they enjoyed the courtside seats for the first two games, and won’t complain if that’s where they are again.“It’s interesting,” Feldman said. “It’s different. But it’s still fun.” Comments Published on March 24, 2016 at 6:48 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 CHICAGO — Shaun Belbey felt a little more nervous watching Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament games in St. Louis, but it wasn’t totally because his team’s season was on the line.Belbey, along with all the other freshmen walk-ons, watched the game from the first row of the Scottrade Center because there wasn’t enough room for them on the bench.For 5-foot-10 Belbey, it was like he was watching the game as a fan, and not from his typical seat on the Orange bench.“I was kind of apart from the team a little bit,” Belbey said. “… It’s a different view, it’s a different feel. You’re with all the people watching.”The freshmen walk-on group in St. Louis consisted of Belbey, Adrian Autry Jr., Ky Feldman and Jonathan Radner. They still don’t know what’s next in terms of their seating arrangements for Chicago, where the Orange (21-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) face 11th-seeded Gonzaga (28-7, 15-3 West Coast) at 9:40 p.m. on Friday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMORE COVERAGE:Syracuse’s practice time thrown out of whack by late gameSyracuse basketball players vote for best and worst dancers on team before ‘Big Dance’ Sweet 16LIVE BLOG: Follow along during Media Day for Syracuse and Gonzaga in ChicagoSyracuse basketball predictions for Sweet 16 matchup with GonzagaFor Brad Pike, planning Syracuse’s meals requires close attention to detail Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories NCAA Tournament: On the Beat previews Syracuse-Gonzaga basketball Sweet 16 game from the United CenterSyracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about GonzagaBlum: Syracuse playing rest of NCAA Tournament on borrowed timeSyracuse basketball roundtable: How to handle Gonzaga’s threats and how SU can improveWhy Tyler Roberson can be a consistently dominant rebounder for Syracuselast_img read more