The Disco Biscuits Share Full Video From Night Three Of Colorado Run

first_imgLoad remaining images The Disco Biscuits have been on a tear in Colorado, playing a great four-night run in the colorful state. The run started with three straight nights at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO, before the band returns to the prized Red Rocks Amphitheatre tonight to put Bisco Inferno to a finale.The band was in top shape last night, opening things up with a “House Dog Party Favor” and playing essentially a three song first set, sandwiching “Story Of The World” inside a “Caterpillar” jam. The second set was only five songs in total, opening with “King Of The World” and segueing seamless between “Mindless Dribble,” “Shem Rah Boo,” “Down to the Bottom,” and “Sound 1.” The band is on fire!Their encore brought even more fire, as they opened it up with Pink Floyd’s “Run Like Hell” and worked a “Tricycle” in the middle. What a show! Listen/watch the whole performance via this beautiful pro-shot video, streaming below.The Biscuits bring Bisco Inferno to a close tonight, June 4th, at Red Rocks! Check out last night’s setlist below.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at The Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO – 6/3/16Set I: House Dog Party Favor, Caterpillar-> Story of the World (inverted)-> CaterpillarSet II: King of the World, Mindless Dribble-> Shem Rah Boo-> Down to the Bottom-> Sound 1Encore: Run Like Hell-> Tricycle-> Run Like HellCheck out a full gallery of images below, courtesy of Courtney Harrington Photography.last_img read more

Club sports participation grows

first_imgThe number of club sports at Notre Dame is on the rise due in part to a new University policy, RecSports Assistant Director Dave Brown said. “We are now including clubs in sports that also include varsity programs at Notre Dame,” Brown said. This spring semester, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and co-ed golf will start new club teams on campus through RecSports, he said. In the past, club sports were not permitted to form if a varsity team for that same sport already existed at Notre Dame. “Alex McIntyre and I were just chilling in our dorm room one day, looked at each other and asked, ‘Why can’t we start our own club soccer team?’” sophomore Nick Reineke said. McIntyre and Reineke gathered support for their club team, and practices will start up this spring. “After receiving some positive feedback from the schools, we put up sign-up sheets in dorms to see if students were interested,” Reineke said. The club teams are great for those students who are not quite good enough or committed enough to be on the varsity team, but still hunger for greater competition and community than interhall sports offer, Brown said. “Our club is going to be an organization of fun, acceptance and competition of all skill levels,” junior Michael Kennedy said. Kennedy and his golfing buddy, junior Tim Scott, are starting the co-ed club golf team on campus this spring. “Whether you love to golf simply for relaxation and fun or want to relive the competitive days of high school golf, we would love for you to join,” he said. Starting a new club team does not happen overnight though, Brown added. Club sports teams must start the process through the Student Activities Office. “Clubs that would fall under club sports are sent to me,” Brown said. “There are several steps ­¾ formal application, completion of a club constitution and a mission statement. We need a list of proposed officers with contact information and an identified adviser. For competitive club sports we investigate Midwest conferences and leagues in the sport, national associations and costs of travel, entry fees, membership fees for any league and what sources of revenues the club expects to have at its disposal.” The women’s volleyball club team will also begin in the spring, according to senior Stephanie Cripps. “We are really excited that we finally have our own club volleyball team at Notre Dame and can’t wait to get the season started,” Cripps said. “It has been a lot of work, but we are very happy that Notre Dame is allowing club sports and that we get to spend our senior year being a part of it.” The club sports are open for any and all students to join. Visit recsports.nd.edu for more information.last_img read more

Record heat

first_imgIt was the ninth driest May in Savannah since records began in 1871, the seventh driest in Athens since 1857, the third driest in Columbus since 1948, and the fifth driest in Macon since 1892. For the spring period of March through May, it was the sixth driest in Columbus since 1948 and the ninth driest in Macon since 1892. There were no daily rainfall records set in May.The highest single-day rainfall from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network stations was 3.53 inches in DeKalb County May 27. Another nearby observer reported 3.07 inches on the same day. The highest monthly total precipitation of 4.38 inches was measured at the same location, with two additional monthly totals of 4.12 and 4.02 inches reported by other observers in DeKalb County in May.Severe weather was reported on six days. No tornadoes were reported, but scattered hail and wind damage did occur. On May 26, almost 200,000 customers in metro Atlanta and 240,000 customers across the state were without power due to strong storms. Three people died in Atlanta due to falling trees, and a UPS truck was set on fire. Lightning sparked several house fires. Windshields were damaged by softball-size hail in Fannin County.A large forest fire consumed more than 230 square miles of swampland and forest mostly in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Georgia. The fire was apparently set by lightning April 28 and is the largest in the area since 2007, when more than 500,000 acres burned during Georgia’s last drought.Drought expanded across most of the state by the end of the month. The southern three-quarters of the state was in drought conditions by late May, and more than 50 percent was considered to be in extreme drought. Soil moisture conditions declined, as the lack of rainfall and high temperatures accelerated evapotranspiration and stressed plants. By the end of the month, more than 80 percent of subsurface soil moisture was reported as short to very short. The heat was on. Rain was scarce, and drought expanded across Georgia in May. The state got a reprieve from the waves of severe weather, which swept through in April, but scattered wind and hail damage did occur.Temperatures were above normal everywhere in Georgia for a fourth straight month. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 70.9 degrees F (1.1 degrees above normal), in Athens 70.4 degrees (1.3 degrees above normal), Columbus 74 degrees (1.7 degrees above normal), Macon 72.3 degrees (1.3 degrees above normal), Savannah 75 degrees (2.2 degrees above normal), Brunswick 75.3 degrees (1.6 degrees above normal), Alma 74.6 degrees (0.8 degree above normal), Valdosta 75.4 degrees (2.7 degrees above normal) and Augusta 71.9 degrees (1.6 degrees above normal). This spring has been the second warmest in Columbus since 1948, the ninth warmest in Atlanta since 1878, and the tenth warmest in Savannah since 1871, when records began at each location.Several record daily high and low temperatures were broken. Many more record highs and a few record lows were tied. Athens set a record low temperature May 5, when a reading of 37 degrees broke the old record of 38 degrees set in 1940. Light frost was reported in a few locations but did not cause damage to crops.center_img Macon reported 96 degrees May 12, breaking the old record of 95 degrees set in 1967. Savannah recorded 99 degrees, breaking the old record of 97 degrees set in 1956. Alma and Columbus broke or tied daily high temperature records on seven and eight days, respectively, during the month.April was very dry across most of Georgia, with the exception of the northern quarter of the state. The driest areas were the south-central and southwest regions. Most of the rainfall this month came from thunderstorm activity, which is highly variable.The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 2.93 inches in Atlanta (1.02 inches below normal). The lowest was in Brunswick at 0.58 inch (2.11 inches below normal). Valdosta received 1.20 inches (2.04 inches below normal), Athens 0.82 inch (3.04 inches above normal), Alma 0.85 inch (2.19 inches below normal), Columbus 0.65 inch (2.97 inches below normal), Macon 0.66 inch (2.32 inches below normal), Savannah 0.77 inch (2.84 inches below normal) and Augusta 2.50 inches (0.45 inch above normal).last_img read more

Unstoppable | Disabled adventurers beat all odds

first_imgEric Thompson breathes adventure.The 35-year-old Tucker County, W.Va., native has lived, worked, and traveled around the world. Over a decade in Hawaii. Numerous ski patrol seasons on Mount Hood. Countless more seasons raft guiding in West Virginia, Alaska, and Colorado. Short stints between Yosemite and Ireland and everywhere in between facilitating high ropes courses and ski instruction. Thompson’s even done the cubicle grind for a financial services company, just to see what it was like.But on the night of November 12, 2012, Thompson’s life took an unexpected turn. It was the year of Superstorm Sandy, and the roads of Tucker County were nothing short of harrowing. Thompson was driving from the town of Thomas to Parsons when his tire popped off on the outside of a turn. His car spun 180 degrees before crossing lanes and soaring backwards beyond the guardrail where it landed on its roof, crushing Thompson’s back. He was paralyzed from the waist down.20140830_070658_FIX“I’m lucky enough to have the background and the mindset to look at [the incident] the same way I’d look at any of those other horrible things I’d seen,” Thompson says, referencing time spent as a wilderness EMT. “Picking up people on the side of the mountain, pre-hospital trauma care, you never have the resources but you have to think, how can I make it better? From the moment I regained consciousness, that was my thought process.”In just six short months, it was clear Thompson’s positive mental outlook was paying off. Though no longer able to walk, he was determined that the incident not rob him of his passion for the outdoors, too. With his doctor’s consent, Thompson flew to Portland, Ore., to retrieve his van and drive solo across the country to his home back in Tucker County. Six months after that, and one year post-injury, Thompson was back on the slopes of Timberline Four Seasons Resort.“Having been an instructor and an advanced level skier for most of my life and knowing how a ski functions but not having the ability to move it, trying to wrap my brain around how to make the ski edge was exciting but definitely frustrating,” he says.Thompson wasted no time in getting involved with his home state’s disability programs, including Snowshoe Mountain Resort’s Challenged Athletes of West Virginia. Yet after some initial research, Thompson was dismayed to find that the state didn’t enforce building codes that would provide handicap accessible facilities. This fact surprised him even more so, given that nearly one-half million people living within a three-hours’ drive from Thomas, W.Va., claim to have a walking disability.“People with a disability are the United States’s largest minority,” Thompson says. “It’s hard to find a place to go [adaptive] skiing if you can’t get to the bar or the bathroom or the restaurant. Not everyone needs to go out ice climbing or mountain biking, but having accessibility in general, we need that to happen in order to promote adaptive recreation.”Thompson is still rarely at rest—in the past year he’s been ice climbing in New Hampshire, mountain biking in Crested Butte, even oar rigging down the New and Gauley Rivers. He manages a website and Facebook group, WVOnTheGo, with the hopes of raising awareness about disability-friendly businesses and facilities in West Virginia. His dream, however, is to unite and empower everyone with a disability through outdoor recreation.“Just because you lose a certain ability doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to keep enjoying the things you love,” he adds. “It can become a lot harder, but it isn’t impossible.”BRO-TV: Unstoppable from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.Wintergreen Adaptive Sports (WAS) Executive Director Dave Shreve knows that sentiment all too well. Shreve’s daughter, Emma, has spina bifida, a condition that, in severe cases, can damage the spinal cord and surrounding nerves, thereby hindering the person’s physical mobility. In 1989, then-six-year-old Emma came upon a brochure for WAS and decided that skiing just might be for her.“She caught the bug,” Shreve remembers of their first visit. “Now, she’s a race team member and an instructor herself.”Emma’s a four-tracker, meaning her disability still allows her to ski standing up but with the help of ankle-foot orthotics and two ski poles. Attached to the poles are small skis which, together, act as outriggers for steering.Wintergreen’s program has flourished since Emma first joined, operating seven days a week from mid-December through mid-March. Originating in the mid-‘80s under the guidance of Michael Zuckerman, early adaptive ski lessons were crude at best. Though Zuckerman was familiar with handling disabilities through his work as a special education teacher, the gear, and the methodology, for teaching disabled persons to ski had yet to be developed.Now, WAS ranks among the country’s leading adaptive sports programs, averaging close to 200 students and 100 specialized instructors per season. The organization, which gained non-profit status in 1995, even touts its own summer boating program, offering adaptive canoeing and kayaking in the off-season.“The key for most adaptive programs is how you use the equipment and how you tailor your instruction to help your students achieve independence,” Shreve says. “When our students with all manner of disabilities can participate and learn, it gives them confidence and shows them there’s a big exciting world out there with a lot of things to try and do.”WAS has assisted students with a variety of disabilities, ranging from physical ailments such as spinal cord injuries and cerebral palsy to visual impairments, deafness, post-traumatic stress disorder, and autism. The resort regularly hosts Wounded Warriors and their families, supporting the WAS goal of integrating their students with the resort community at large.“Beyond building confidence, one of the things I think you’ll learn when you talk to persons with disabilities is how at various times in their life, they feel isolated from other people,” Shreve says. “What our program does, at least in some small measure, is break down those barriers between persons with disabilities and their peers, family members, and friends.”Fortunately for those who have or know of someone with a disability, there are more opportunities for adaptive recreation than ever before. Chris Nichols, secretary of the Lions Club in Deep Creek Lake, Md., helps oversee the club’s Blind Skiers Program, hosted in cooperation with the Maryland School for the Blind and Wisp Resort.“A lot of times, service clubs just donate the money to whatever cause, and that’s it,” Nichols says. “What’s great about this program is we get heavily involved. We make them breakfast every morning, and a lot of our members are skiers and act as guides. It’s really amazing to see the level of growth that these kids experience just in the few days that they’re here.”Want to learn more? Check out a few adaptive programs available near these major ski resorts. Have an adaptive wintersports event or program you want to promote? Add it to our calendar at blueridgeoutdoors.com or email us at [email protected] Wintergreen Adaptive SportsCataloochee Ski AreaMaggie Valley, N.C.cataloochee.com/school/adaptive.phpBeech MountainBeech Mountain, N.C.beechmountainresort.com      Wintergreen Adaptive SportsRoseland, Va.wintergreenadaptivesports.orgWinterplace Ski ResortGhent, W.Va.winterplace.com/take-a-lessonSnowshoe Mountain & Challenged Athletes of West VirginiaSnowshoe, W.Va.cawvsports.orgCanaan Valley ResortCanaan Valley, W.Va.canaanresort.com/winter/ski/lessonsMassanutten Adaptive Ski School & Therapeutic AdventuresMcGaheysville, Va.taonline.orgWisp ResortMcHenry, Md.wispresort.com/ski-board-lessons.phpBlue Ridge Adaptive Snow Sports (BRASS) at Liberty Mountain ResortCarroll Valley, Penn.brasski.orglast_img read more

Phased reopening of Blue Ridge Parkway happening this week

first_imgThe injured man was an experienced hiker and was well prepared for the hike, Taylor said. A hiker that fell while recreating in Linville Gorge injured has lower extremities and had to be rescued by Blackhawk helicopter, the News Herald reports. The hiker was walking with a friend when he was injured. The friend hiked about an hour and a half to find cell phone service before calling 911.  Blackhawk helicopter rescues injured hiker in Linville Gorge Photo of Blue Ridge Parkway Scenic Landscape Appalachian Mountains Ridges Sunset Layers over Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Getty Images Other popular sections of the Parkway will open May 15. Hiking on all parkway trails is permitted, even if roads leading to the trailhead are closed. “I encourage everyone who visits the parkway in the coming days to recreate responsibly while here, whether that’s social distancing on park trails or driving safely on this beautiful, scenic drive,” Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent J.D. Lee said in a press release.  There aren’t as many lightening bugs twinkling in the evening sky and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources wants to understand why. In an effort to seek answers for the declining firefly population, WVDNR has launched a citizen science project to track lightening bugs in the state.  West Virginia’s 40 species of fireflies have declined in number due to habitat loss, pesticide use and other environmental causes such as light pollution, WVDNR said in a press release. DNR biologists hope to better understand the firefly decline by asking the public to collect data. Members of the public can report sightings at wvdnr.gov/fireflies.  Over the weekend, the southernmost 14 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway reopened after they were shuttered as a safety precaution due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mileposts 454-469 opened in coordination with the Qualla Boundary and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. WVDNR seeks citizen help in tracking fireflies First responders reached the hiker quickly but determined it would take between 40 and 50 people to carry him out of the forest. They requested the assistance from the North Carolina National Guard, North Carolina Emergency Management and the North Carolina Helo-Aquatic Search and Rescue Team, said Burke County Rescue Squad Battalion Chief Wes Taylor. A helicopter was dispatched, and plucked the hiker from the woods around 8:30 p.m., about seven hours after the ordeal began. Phased reopening of Blue Ridge Parkway happening this weeklast_img read more

Costa Rica seizes one ton of cocaine, arrests 5 Colombians

first_img Police seized more than one ton of cocaine from a private home north of the Costa Rican capital and arrested 12 people, including five Colombians, officials said Tuesday. Another Colombian suspect got away during the raid in Nandayure, 329 kilometers (205 miles) north of San Jose, police added. In addition to 1,091 kilograms (2,405 pounds) of cocaine, police found weapons, radio transmitters and satellite telephones in the house, they said. Costa Rica is used by drug traffickers as a transshipment point for drugs bound for Mexico and the United States. By Dialogo July 08, 2010last_img read more

Out-of-state members help replenish storm ravaged libraries

first_img April 15, 2005 Regular News The Bar’s Out-of-State Practitioners Division recently wrapped up its hurricane relief book drive.In joint efforts with other bar and educational groups nationwide, the division collected books for victims of Hurricane Charley in Florida. In all, approximately 9,000 books were collected and delivered to the state.The city of Punta Gorda was particularly hard hit, so the division’s relief efforts focused on providing children’s books to the Charlotte County School District, said OOSPD President Scott Atwood of Atlanta. Almost half of Charlotte County’s schools were either destroyed or severely damaged, and their libraries were devastated. Nearly 50,000 books were lost, and that number only includes the official libraries, not the libraries that individual teachers kept in their classrooms.Atwood, who coordinated the effort, said the division was motivated to organize the drive after receiving various e-mails from Florida officials detailing the destruction.“The Bar’s out-of-state members, despite not residing in state, have always had a strong connection with Florida,” Atwood said. “Out-of-staters make up the Bar’s second largest circuit, and as we talked to our members, it became clear that something should be done. A book drive seemed to be the perfect project, in light of the practical difficulties of providing on-site assistance.”Charlotte County Schools Special Projects Director Janet Williams, who oversees the district’s library system, said that the book donations were a breath of fresh air.“Our people have suffered so much,” Williams said. “Being able to bring books back into their lives has restored some sense of normalcy to the community. We’ve used the books in makeshift libraries in the schools, and have also given a number of them to children whose homes were destroyed so that they will have something to call their own.”Atwood said after numerous phones calls to bar leaders nationwide, the division enlisted the state bars of Maine and South Carolina, and the bar associations of Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas (Clarke County), Baltimore County, and Prince Georges (MD) County as joint sponsors of the book drive. The division also ran its own drive in New York City, Chicago, and Boston thanks to the assistance of Holland & Knight’s offices in those cities.Atwood said the drive would not have been nearly as successful had it not been for the support of many firms throughout the country who lent their staff and facilities as book drop locations. Firms serving as book drops at various locations included: Florida-based Holland & Knight and Carlton Fields; Blank Rome; Paul Hastings, Janofsky & Walker; Powell Goldstein; Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan; Foley & Lardner; Pierce Atwood, and Eaton Peabody (Maine); Insurance Coverage Law Group (Baltimore); Bingham McCutchen (Boston); and Atwood Kent, PA, Weathersby, Howard & Kuck, and Goodman & Goodman (Atlanta). Additionally, East Valley Elementary School (Atlanta) and Pennbrook Middle School (Pennsylvania) ran their own book drives.“Without the assistance of division members like Ian Comisky, Brian Burgoon, Bard Brockman, Chuck Tobin, Mike Haun, Rob Norway, David Hunt (who coordinated Maine’s book drive), Skip Sullivan, and Scott Patterson, we wouldn’t have been able to get this even remotely off the ground,” Atwood said. “The success of this project is directly attributable to their efforts.”Even shipping the books presented its own challenge. The Bar’s YLD granted the OOSPD $1,000 to defray the costs, and some of the firms who acted as book drops picked up the shipping costs. The division paid the remainder of the shipping, which included Atwood driving a van loaded with books from Atlanta to Punta Gorda to deliver the final shipment.“The division is gratified that our members and others embraced this project so fully,” Atwood said. “And it’s a real testament to the kindness of lawyers that we got such an overwhelming response from Bar’s out-of-state members and from the legal community nationwide. This was a completely voluntary, ad hoc project, and bar associations as well as law firms both big and small really got on board with it.” Out-of-state members help replenish storm ravaged librariescenter_img Out-of-state members help replenish storm ravaged librarieslast_img read more

Protesters March for 3rd Straight Night in NYC

first_imgChants of “No justice, no peace,” “Black lives matter,” and “I can’t breathe” have rang across Manhattan for three straight nights.Protests on Thursday featured the largest number of arrests as demonstrators shut down major roadways, including Broadway, Canal Street and the West Side Highway. Also on Friday, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced that he will impanel a grand jury to look into the fatal police shooting of Akai Gurley, who was shot and killed by a rookie NYPD officer in a dark stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project on Nov. 20. “There is no timetable for the grand jury to be impaneled or for its determination to be reached,” Thompson said in a statement. “I pledge to conduct a full and fair investigation and to give the grand jury all of the information necessary to do its job. That information is still being gathered.” Protesters also reportedly marched through Grand Central Terminal. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Protesters for a third straight night took to the streets of New York City, chanting and staging so-called “die ins” at popular department stores and Grand Central Terminal as they demanded justice for the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner. Similar protests broke out in other cities across America, including Boston, Miami and Washington D.C. Demonstrators began taking to the streets Wednesday following a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in Garner’s chokehold death. There have reportedly been more than 300 arrests since the non-indictment protests began, though the demonstrations have been largely peaceful. On Friday, demonstrators staged a “die-in” at the Macy’s department store in Herald Square and the popular Apple store on 5th Avenue. last_img read more

PSCU cracks millennial code: onsite coverage

first_imgby: David MorrisonPSCU’s “Make Your Money Matter” program, a web and social media platform designed to reach out to millennials, grew from eight credit unions one year ago to roughly 250 credit unions now, according to Myles Bristowe, vice-president for consumer engagement for the nationwide payments CUSO.“We’ve cracked the code for millennials,” said Bristowe, who came as part of the PSCU team to CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington.  “We have researched what motivates millennials and what gets their attention and we are using that to help credit unions introduce themselves,” he added. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The opening of the CNTB consulate and office in Dubai has been announced

first_imgHrvatska turistička zajednica (HTZ) i ove godine predstavlja nacionalnu turističku ponudu na sajmu ATM – Arabian Travel Market, koji se održava u Dubaiju od 22. do 25. travnja.Turistički sajam ATM Dubai najveći je i najposjećeniji turistički sajam na Bliskom Istoku koji se ove godine održava po 25. jubilarni put. Na sajmu se očekuje oko 40.000 turističkih djelatnika i dužnosnika iz cijelog svijeta, a procjenjuje se da se tijekom sajma ugovore poslovi vrijedni oko 2,5 milijarde američkih dolara.Uz Hrvatsku turističku zajednicu, kao glavnog izlagača, na sajmu svoju ponudu predstavlja i šest suizlagača: TZ grada Zagreba, TZ Dubrovačko-neretvanske županije, Lošinj Hotels & Villas, Uniline, Amathus Travel Croatia te Abacus Tours.”The EXPO in Dubai is much more than an exhibition. This is one of the largest global, non-commercial events of great economic and cultural significance, which represents a great opportunity for Croatia, which was recognized by the Government of the Republic of Croatia, and Croatia will present itself at the EXPO for the first time since 2010. Our intention is to open a Consulate General on the eve of the EXPO, and possibly a representative office of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which would give a big impetus to the entire economy.”, Said Minister Cappelli.Photo: CNTB”The presentation of the Croatian tourist offer on this market, as well as the further improvement of cooperation with key partners, is of strategic importance for Croatian tourism. Connecting Croatia and the UAE has multiple effects for Croatian tourism and economy. In this context, the established and well-filled airlines of Emirates and FlyDubai, which connect Dubai with Zagreb and Dubrovnik, come to the fore, which opens many other distant markets, such as South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and others. . As our goal is to ensure an even better future and continuous development based on sustainable tourism, we must open new markets that offer great potential, especially in the pre- and post-season. “, said Director Staničić after meetings with Emirates representatives and FlyDubai’s Chief Commercial Officer Hamad Obailall, adding that he was pleased with the excellent feedback from key partners in this market, which should contribute to further growth of tourist traffic from the UAE market.During the meeting with the representative of investors in the Four Season complex on Hvar, Dennis Wijsmuller, Minister Cappelli emphasized that the project will contribute to even greater competitiveness of Croatian tourism and that he believes that this and similar projects will attract other investors. The Minister added that this is an environmentally sustainable project to which the Ministry of Tourism will give maximum support for its more efficient implementation. Thomas Cook India, India’s largest tour operator, emphasizes that they are interested in further investments in the development of offers to Croatian destinations, which is why it was agreed that their key representatives will participate in a study trip to Croatia at the end of the year. .Direct airlines Dubai-Zagreb and Dubai-Dubrovnik achieved growth of tourist traffic from the market of the United Arab Emirates this yearRegarding the United Arab Emirates, the Croatian tourism sector generated 8.600 arrivals and more than 23.000 overnight stays from this market last year, which is an increase of 2016% in arrivals and 78% in overnight stays compared to 72. Positive trends have been maintained so far this year, with more than 1.000 arrivals and 2.500 overnight stays, which compared to the same period last year represents high three-digit increases of 134% in arrivals and 149% in overnight stays.The CNTB points out that in addition to appearing at the ATM fair, this year, in cooperation with one of the largest agencies in the UAE, Dnata, a presentation on Croatia will be held. Business workshops are also planned to be held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi during November, as well as study trips for journalists, bloggers, influencers and representatives of travel agencies and tour operators. The planned organization of the arrival of 30 agents from the UAE market at the Central European Tourism Summit (CETS), a fair that will be held in Zagreb on December 4 and 5, 2018, will also contribute to the positive trends.Related news:DUBROVNIK-NERETVA COUNTY EXPECTATIONS EXPECT TO GROW TOURISTS FROM DUBAIFLYDUBAI INCLUDED DUBROVNIK IN THE SEASONAL SCHEDULEEMIRATES INTRODUCES ZAGREB-DUBAI DIRECT AIRLINE FROM JUNE</p>
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