Month: November 2020

  • BTN interview: Marcello Cicalò, group director of operations, Italian Hospitality Collection | Focus

    first_imgOlderBreaking Travel News interview: Mamdooh Moktar, chief executive, Sky Prime Aviation Services BTN: This is not the first time you have been honoured in this way – what do you think it is that attracts voters to the Italian Hospitality Collection properties?MC: This is true – Fonteverde and Grotta Giusti were already honoured at the World Spa Awards in the past years. Grotta Giusti, in particular, was awarded the title of World’s Best Thermal Grotto Spa in 2018 and 2019. – Advertisement – Marcello Cicalò: It is always a great honour to be awarded at the World Spa Awards. We feel very proud of these recognitions as every year World Spa Awards selects the best properties in the spa industry worldwide. The awards can be seen as a milestone of the year: they confirm that our job has been successful and that our guests are satisfied of our hotel services and spa experiences.- Advertisement – Italian Hospitality Collection is celebrating a double win at the World Spa Awards, with Breaking Travel News here catching up with group director of operations, Marcelo Cicalò, to find out moreBreaking Travel News: Congratulations on your recognition at the World Spa Awards – with the Spa at Fonteverde honoured with the title of World’s Best Country House Hotel Spa and Grotta Giusti taking the trophy for World’ Best Thermal Grotto Spa. How does it feel to have won?- Advertisement – – Advertisement – NewerBTN interview: Alexandra Vila, global senior manager, brand strategy and communications, LATAM So, this is the third consecutive year that we win in this category. What attracts voters? The unique offering that we have (I’m referring to the thermal grotto of Grotta Giusti, in particular), the beauty of the destination where our resorts are located, in Tuscany, and the experience, the kindness and the professionalism of our hotel team and spa therapists.BTN: How useful are the World Spa Awards when it comes to promoting the collection of luxury hotels around the world?MC: World Spa Awards is a well-recognised organisation all over the world. Being awarded in it, year after year, helps us promoting our resorts as the best spas internationally. We usually give notice of the winners’ recognitions through our social media channels, our PR activities, on our websites and throughout our sales activities. It helps us positioning in the upper scale market.BTN: It has been a tough year for hospitality, in Italy, and across Europe – is there hope for a revival moving into 2021?MC: We do really hope so.Due to the general situation, we noticed a growing demand for healthcare and wellbeing. People are more interested in taking care of themselves. So, our spa resorts are the best destinations they can refer to, thanks to our long-time experience in medical programmes.More InformationFrom the highly considered interiors and plush décor, to the charming hotel staff, Italian Hospitality Collection seeks to ensure every moment of an experience is steeped in true Italian culture. When they welcome you as a guest, they greet you with the warmth and care reminiscent of family, inviting you to indulge in the finest they have to offer. Find out more about the stunning collection on the official website.last_img read more

  • Kuryakyn Road Thunder Sound Bar Plus is a distortion-free handlebar-mounted speaker » Gadget Flow

    first_imgListen to your music just the way you like on the open road with the Kuryakyn Road Thunder Sound Bar Plus handlebar-mounted speaker. This biker’s gadget boasts two full-range speakers with dual voice coils and four high-frequency tweeters to give you clear sound at any volume. And, with its integrated USB charging port, this handlebar-mounted speaker can even charge your smartphone or other devices. Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about the rain during use. That’s because the durable housings are IP66 weather resistant. Best of all, the internal Bluetooth 4.1 receiver lets you connect to any compatible device. This means you can play music from all of your favorite apps right on your bike. It’s never been more enjoyable to ride. – Advertisement –last_img

  • US results: ‘Look at us, we matter’

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  • Walmart resumes metering customers in its stores

    first_imgWalmart beginning Saturday is resuming monitoring and counting the number of customers entering its stores, to make sure it doesn’t exceed capacity limits, as coronavirus cases surge at record rates across the country. Dating back to April, Walmart has been restricting the number of people in its big-box stores to not exceed five customers per every roughly 1,000 square feet, or about 20% of a store’s capacity. Those levels can also vary based on local mandates, the company said. For a period of time, however, the biggest retailer in the United States had stopped physically counting people as they came inside and left. – Advertisement – “We know from months of metering data in our stores that the vast majority of the time our stores didn’t reach our self-imposed 20% metering capacity,” a Walmart spokesman told CNBC in an emailed statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have resumed counting the number of people entering and leaving our stores.” The move comes as America continues to push new Covid records. More than 68,500 are hospitalized with Covid-19 across the country, more than at any other point during the pandemic, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project, which is run by journalists at The Atlantic. And cases continue to rise. Over the past seven days, the U.S. has reported an average of over 139,900 cases per day, up more than 35% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The seven-day average of daily new cases has hit a fresh record everyday for at least the past ten days, Hopkins data shows. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Customers shop at a Walmart store on May 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Walmart reported a 74% increase in U.S. online sales for the quarter that ended April 30, and a 10% increase in same store sales for the same period as the effects of the coronavirus helped to boost sales.Scott Olson | Getty Imagescenter_img Major grocery chains have now started reinstating purchasing limits on certain items, such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer. In the spring, when the pandemic arrived in the U.S., frantic consumers flocked to stores, stockpiled, and left shelves barren of grocery staples like canned beans and frozen veggies. The industry referred to the reaction as “panic buying.” Many retailers were unprepared for the surge in spending on necessities. Kroger and Florida-based Publix Super Markets earlier this month reinstated buying limits on bath tissue and paper towels. Giant Food, an American supermarket chain that operates locations across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, is again limiting purchases of toilet paper and paper towels. Wegmans has placed limits on paper towels, household cleaners and disinfecting wipes. —CNBC’s Will Feuer contributed to this story. – Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Cramer says he’s never seen such resilient stock buyers

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  • More military personnel to get anthrax and smallpox shots

    first_img Jun 30 statement by William Winkenwerder, Jr. Some military personnel have refused anthrax shots because of concerns about side effects. The program was suspended for about 2 weeks last December and January because of a federal court order in a lawsuit brought by six service members seeking to stop the vaccinations. DoD smallpox vaccination program site DoD recently evaluated the vaccination program and risk of biological attack and concluded that the threat continues, Winkenwerder said in a prepared statement. “In light of our successful implementation of these programs and the increased quantities of vaccine, we will include additional forces in the vaccination programs,” he said. Jun 28 memo from Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz DoD Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program site A memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz on the vaccination programs was posted on a DoD Web site. It calls for vaccination of uniformed personnel assigned to Korea or likely to be deployed there in a crisis, plus “emergency essential” civilian DoD workers and employees of military contractors handling essential services in Korea. The memo also calls for voluntary vaccinations for family members of military personnel in Korea, other DoD civilian employees and their families there, and “non-essential” contractor personnel there. For the Central Command Area, the memo calls for immunization of all uniformed personnel, emergency-essential civilian workers, and contractor employees handling essential services. DoD officials ordered vaccinations for uniformed personnel and some civilian and contract workers serving in South Korea. They also ordered an expansion of vaccinations in the Central Command Area, consisting primarily of the Middle East, to include all uniformed personnel. Some troops in the Middle East have already had the shots.center_img Jul 1, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – More US troops and civilian defense workers serving overseas will be getting smallpox and anthrax vaccinations in coming months, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced yesterday. Winkenwerder said in his statement, “Refusals [of anthrax vaccination] among service members leading to separations from the service have been extremely rare since 2002, only four per 100,000 persons vaccinated.” William Winkenwerder, Jr., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, cited an increase in vaccine supplies as the reason for expanding the program; he did not mention any increase in the threat of biological warfare. More than 627,000 service members have received smallpox shots since that immunization program began in December 2002, according to DoD reports. See also: The DoD announcement did not include any estimate of how many additional personnel will be vaccinated in the expanded program. DoD reports that about 1.1 million people have received anthrax shots since the anthrax immunization program began in March 1998. The program was sharply reduced in 2000 because of a shortage of vaccine related to problems with the manufacturing plant, but it was later increased again. Since June 2002, about 750,000 service members have received more than 2.2 million doses of anthrax vaccine, DoD officials said. Vaccination involves six shots over 18 months, plus annual boosters afterward.last_img read more

  • “Međimurje meat ‘z tiblice” entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications

    first_img“Međimurje meat ‘z tiblice” is entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications, it was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 30 November 2017. Thus, Međimurje meat ‘z tiblice became the 18th Croatian product whose name is registered in the EU.The Republic of Croatia has so far protected: Krk prosciutto, Extra virgin olive oil Cres, Neretva mandarin, “Ogulin sauerkraut” / “Ogulin sauerkraut”, Baranja kulen, Lika potatoes, “Istrian prosciutto” / “Istrian prosciutto”, Drniš prosciutto, Dalmatian prosciutto, “Poljički soparnik” / “Poljički zeljanik” / “Poljički uljenjak”, Zagorje turkey, Krk olive oil, Korčula olive oil, Pag lamb, Šolta olive oil, Varaždin cabbage and “Slavonski kulen” / “Slavonski kulin”.The Association for the Protection of Međimurje Indigenous Products from Čakovec initiated a national procedure for the protection of the name “Međimurje meat ‘from Tiblica” as a protected designation of origin in 2013, and today all efforts paid off and entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications”Međimurje meat ‘from Tiblica” is a product composed of two ingredients: “bacon” and smoked and heat-treated pieces of pork. In the production of “Međimurski mesa ‘z tiblice”, fresh pork (pork leg in a piece without bones and skin, pork back and loin, shoulder, neck, ribs and belly) and back bacon are used as raw materials. “Bacon” is a product obtained by heat treatment of back bacon under controlled conditions. Heat-treated pieces of pork are stacked in “bacon” in such a way that each piece of meat must be coated with “bacon”. By maturing for at least 45 days, the finished product “Međimurje meat ‘from Tiblica” is obtained, which is ready for consumption.Specific microclimatic conditions with cold winters and hot summers, ie high relative humidity throughout the year, and the absence of significant air currents (winds) made it impossible to store meat by drying. Since pork could not be dried and there were no refrigeration devices in which the meat could be stored, the people of Međimurje had to figure out how to easily preserve as much pork as possible without spoiling it. “Međimurje meat ‘from Tiblica” is a traditional product, of special quality and value and is an integral part of the cultural heritage of the Međimurje area. Along with other dishes of Međimurje’s traditional cuisine, this autochthonous product has not only been offered by restaurants and households, but has also been specifically packaged and has found its place at many points of sale.Related news: The production area includes the territorial area of ​​Međimurje County, which is located in the northwestern part of Croatia. It is bordered by natural borders – the Mura River in the north and east and the Drava River in the south. Međimurje County is divided into 3 cities and 22 municipalities. The towns of Međimurje are Čakovec, Mursko Središće and Prelog. Municipalities are Belica, Dekanovec, Domašinec, Donja Dubrava, Donji Kraljevec, Donji Vidovec, Goričan, Gornji Mihaljevec, Kotoriba, Mala Subotica, Nedelišće, Orehovica, Podturen, Pribislavec, Selnica, Strahoninec, Sveta Marija, Sveti Juraj na Bregu (seat Lopatinec) , Sveti Martin na Muri, Šenkovec, Štrigova and Vratišinec.<br />
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  • Luka Faflja was named the best Croatian bartender in hotel bars

    first_imgHotel Valamar Diamant hosted the first competition of bartenders working in hotel bars and which gathered more than 30 bartenders from all regions of Croatia. The “Best Hotel Bartender” competition was organized by the Croatian Section of Bartenders at the Croatian Hotel Employers’ Association.The local bartenders measured creativity and imagination in two categories After dinner cocktails i Long drink, and the judges scored separately and professional work in each category and based on skills and presentation decided the following:The best hotel bartender in the category After dinner cocktails je Luka Faflja (Imperial – Rab), second place was won by his colleague Dominik Šanko, while in third place Nino Karlovčec (Valamar Riviera). The best in professional work is Mišela Leskovar.Category winner Long drink is Valamar’s bartender Alen Muratović, and the second and third place were won by colleagues from Imperial Rab – Luka Faflja i Marko Dumičić. She received extra points for professional work Iva Dumičić (Imperial Rab).Luka Faflja (Imperial – Rab),The organizer of the competition, Dragana Franković, food and beverage manager at the Valamar Family Life Bellevue Resort and president of the Croatian section of bartenders, pointed out: “After the first competition of this kind and a great response, I am sure that this measurement of strength will become a tradition. More than 30 young people, truly masters of their profession, have shown not only the exceptional skill and talent they possess, but also the great effort and effort invested by both them and the companies they work to become the best and provide guests with an unforgettable hotel experience. Because the tastes are also part of the “postcard” that the guest carries when returning home, which is also a great honor and recognition for all of us who work in this profession. Congratulations to the winners ” said the organizer of the competition, Dragana Franković, food and beverage manager at Valamar Family Life Bellevue Resort and president of the Croatian section of bartenders.</p>
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  • Istra & Craft Beer Festival new excellent quality content in the off-season in Porec

    first_imgI always emphasize that the only solution to extend the tourist season is quality, authentic and diverse content, complete tourist content. Logically, because the same content is the motive for coming, especially out of season when we don’t have sun and sea. Exactly one such quality content in the off-season is created in Poreč. The first Istra & Craft Beer Festival starts in seven days in Poreč, a new beer event that will bring together small, independent and craft breweries. The event that will surely attract many fans of the popular barley and hop drink will be held from October 4 to 7 on the Poreč waterfront in a ‘pop up’ pub by the sea, in Poreč’s restaurants and bars. Namely, the festival program is divided into three parts: Beer & Music, Beer & Gourmet i Beer & Bar. That’s right Beer & Music refers to the program in the pop up brewery where from 5 to 7 October every day from 17.30 to 01.00 with the host brewery – Istrian Brewery will present their beers as many as 16 small independent and craft breweries, including San Servolo, Bura Brew, Suxo, Pulfer , Mlinarica, Međimurski Lepi Dečki, Varaždinska pivovara, Zmajska pivovara, Pivovara Medvedgrad, Daruvarska pivovara, Varionica, Nova runda, Križevačka pivovara, Lab Split, Primarius and Crafters. In addition to domestic craft beers, visitors to Poreč will be able to try several foreign beers from small, independent and craft breweries.  which brings the Mas plenum to the festival. The Istra & Craft Beer Festival will bring the famous names of the regional music scene to Poreč, so the bands Dogma, Let 3, Big Wave, TBF, Leto Štuke and Hladno pivo will take care of the good atmosphere, and DJ David will entertain the audience every day. But what kind of beer festival would it be if it wasn’t accompanied by a gastronomic story. That is why, in addition to the pop-up pub, two street food outlets will find their place on the waterfront: Mezzino Street by Valamar and Poreč’s Burgerija, which will offer food that goes well with beer such as burgers, wraps, fries and the like. Slightly more demanding gourmets will enjoy the program Beer & Gourmet because the restaurants Spinnaker, Divino, Sv. Nikola, Fora le Porte and Favola offer specially designed menus for the occasion with dishes that go perfectly with beer at promotional prices. And for the complete beer atmosphere in the city, as part of the festival program Beer & Bar, with a special offer, the Poreč bars General Lounge, Wine Corner and Epoca will be included, which will organize beer promotions on those days.By the way, one of the organizers of this great beer event in Istria is Jakov Kolega who started craft beer festivals in Zadar, Dubrovnik and Zagreb, the main sponsor is Valamar Riviera, the host brewery Istarska pivovara, and other sponsors Gark Consulting, Fearh and Špina. The project is also supported by the Tourist Board of the City of Poreč, the City of Poreč and the Tourist Board of the County of Istria. See more about the Istra & Craft Beer Festival on the official website www.istracraftbeer.comlast_img read more

  • Samobor Tourist Board issued a new plan of the city of Samobor

    first_imgAll accommodation providers can pick up a new ticket at the office of the Samobor Tourist Board. To make it easier to find the streets, the map is divided into a square grid with landmarks. The city plan contains a list of streets and important buildings and a tourist map of the square, illustrated by Marko Jovanovac. The map was made by Marcon HM, and the visual solution of the plan is signed by Symbol & Marivo. The Tourist Board of the City of Samobor has issued a new plan of the city of Samobor.center_img By the way, in 2018, Samobor recorded 13.569 arrivals and 27.363 overnight stays, and it was mostly visited by tourists from Germany (2.043 overnight stays), Bulgaria (1.712), Italy (1.093), the Netherlands (931), Serbia (887), Bosnia and Herzegovina. Herzegovina (773), Austria (659), USA (646) and Slovenia (638).last_img read more