A Mastercard study found that tourists paid 70% of all transactions with cards

first_imgEuropeans love to travel – on average, they travel 10 times a year for leisure in their home country or abroad, according to a study conducted by Mastercard.Czechs and Slovaks are at the top of the list with 19 trips a year, while Croats travel 15 times. The data also showed that in 2017, more than 14,5 million foreign tourists visited Croatia. Tourists spent more than 9 billion euros in Croatia, of which 15% related to accommodation, 19% to food, 18% to shopping and 17% to various activities. As many as 70% of all transactions were paid with cards.”Just before the upcoming tourist season, our country has become an even more interesting destination – with a new edition of the Priceless Croatia project that offers almost 50 unique and exclusive experiences in destinations across Croatia. In cooperation with partners in Croatia, we sought to improve local tourism. positioning our country as an attractive tourist destination.”Said Sanja Žigić, director of Mastercard in Croatia.Thus, after registering on the website www.priceless.com, Mastercard® card users from all over the world can experience the battle of gladiators in one of the six largest Roman amphitheaters, participate in the Pula Film Festival, experience the oldest Croatian street festival Špancirfest as a VIP visitor, discover the secret beer production in San Servol, Istria, taste the best world olive oil, enjoy wine tasting and dinner prepared from an organic garden, discover hidden beaches on the island of Obonjan, reveal the secrets of Dubrovnik during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, be backstage at the Ultra Europe festival, meet the dark side of Zagreb from the Middle Ages onwards, discover the sunniest Croatian island and a long wine tradition, enjoy concerts by Jessie Ware, Inner Circle or Marija Biondi, walk through the Northern Velebit National Park or have lunch with a famous Croatian chef while riding a balloon in the clouds and much more .Finally, Mastercard Croatia points out that when tourists travel abroad, consumers increasingly accept the benefits of electronic payments and rely on them during their vacation.Related news: SECOND EDITION OF MASTERCARD PRICELESS CITIES PRESENTED PRESENTED IN CROATIAlast_img read more

Google has introduced the option of renting private accommodation within its hotel reservation application

first_imgGoogle Trips Finally, Google points out that next month vacation rentals filter will be installed on the Google Hotels desktop platform. “We hope this helps travelers make quick, effortless decisions – and with more choices about where to stay, your perfect vacation is just a few clicks away.”They conclude from Google. “Our goal is to provide accommodation seekers with the best possible search experience”, Said Jennifer Rodstrom, a spokeswoman for Google, adding that more and more people see how interested users are in alternative accommodation when planning a trip. In addition, Airbnb is often at the center of lawsuits for illegal ads, although HomeAway is not immune to similar disputes. However, by focusing on entire homes instead of individual apartments or rooms in an apartment, Google Airbnb may never be an option. But interestingly, Airbnb is not on the list of booking partners, although that could change over time. Their absence may be due to the diversity of Airbnb accommodation units, which includes individual rooms, that is, what does not fit into the concept of Google’s holiday accommodation, writes Shift. With Google Flight, Google Trips, and now the further development of the Google Hotels platform, which is also entering the segment of private accommodation, Google is slowly but surely completing the whole tourist story. Google has partnered with a handful of accommodation booking services, such as Expedia, HomeAway, Hotels.com, RedAwning, TripAdvisor and VRBO, and offers rental to destinations around the world. For example, users traveling to Amsterdam will see more than 1.700 ads from Hotels.com, VRBO and Expedia, along with the price per night and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and the number of guests they receive. RELATED NEWS: Source: Google, Skift That expansion is another step forward for Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, toward the goal of developing a travel booking platform that has all the services in one place. Earlier this month, Google updated its hotel search site to be a standalone website. These new offers are aimed at travelers who want to slowly settle into a new location. Instead of individual rooms, rent includes entire accommodation units such as apartments, cabins, villas and houses. The search feature is currently available globally for mobile phones and will be extended to other devices within a few months. It was a matter of time before Google would learn more strongly in the tourism segment This is not the first time that Google has offered holiday accommodation through its hotel reservation platform, although this is the first time that it has spread globally. The company initially launched the idea in 2017, offering only a limited number of accommodation facilities in selected markets. GOOGLE BECOMES A STRONGER PLAYER ON THE STAGE OF ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCIES Just two weeks after the launch of its refurbished hotel platforms, Google has expanded its offer to include alternative types of accommodation. Google hotel search WHO WINS THE “BOOKING FIGHT” – HOTELS OR ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCIES?last_img read more

The promotional campaign “Vacation week worthwhile” starts from October 16 to 25

first_imgAs of today, the official date of the promotional campaign “A week worth a vacation”, a project of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board, which runs from 16 to 25 October 2020, is known. The aim of the action is to encourage the domestic market to tourist activities in the period before and after the season. Through the website https://tjedanodmoravrijedan.hr/ all those interested can join and enter their offer and prices for the specified promotional week. All participants who choose to be part of this campaign will be able to display visible official visuals at their facilities and thus clearly communicate to the public that they are part of this national campaign.center_img The action is open to all tourism-related entities: hotel houses, private renters, caterers, nature parks and national parks, museums, galleries, adrenaline tourism, health tourism, nautical, etc., and registrations are possible until October 1.last_img read more

Should we all sue over accidental acts?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI’m confused with mixed messages on TV commercials. I see a car sales ad with a woman talking to her kids telling them to behave in the backseat and an attorney’s ad urging people to sue for distracted driving.I see someone putting a pizza on the roof of their car. I watch movies where guys/gals freak when they find bees, spiders and other animals in their cars. Guys will turn their heads to look at pretty girls, electronic billboard signs, flashing lights like in Vegas, etc., which I consider all to be distractions for driving. I see people falling asleep behind the wheel. People fall asleep in church, in the classroom, on the job. Is that intentional? It’s just a part of life. I understand how horrible accidents are. They are accidents. Somebody got hurt on both sides. Both sides need healing and prayers. So how is this helpful? Is this the only answer, to sue? What else can we do?Michael SargalisDelansonMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Jan. 23

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAct now to ensure safety in our schoolsSome years ago, my son was quite popular with the other students, and was doing well scholastically and in sports.One student began assaulting my son and threatening other students who hung with him. The extreme stress this caused my son ruined his ability to get a proper education, leaving a life-long, negative impact on him.  Today’s students experiencing extreme stress and fear, which if gone unattended, could harm them emotionally, physically and mentally. Do not allow what happened to my son to happen to these students.At a recent school board meeting, teachers bravely came forth stating that they were afraid to go to school. If they are afraid, what about the students?  This is not ‘fear-mongering.’ It is discrimination, being teachers and the majority of students’ issues are apparently being ignored and swept under the rug.Students are given ear plugs in order to take exams, classroom doors are being locked to keep perpetrators out, and physical threats to teachers and students? If teachers can’t teach, how can students learn?Therefore, the community must come together, speak out and demand to know what is being done to ensure the safety of all who are in the school system.The superintendent and school board members must be held accountable if these issues and concerns are not being addressed.Also, there have to be cameras in every classroom and throughout the school, and the solution must include law enforcement officials.We must act now before any more harm is done.  Flora L. RamonowskiSchenectadyWhy are road signs still down on I-87?Traffic signs on the Northway (I-87) have been down most of the summer and now well into the winter. This is the case at exits 12, 13, 14 and 15. This is most concerning for people who are traveling through and are not familiar with the area.Albany spends money to encourage tourism, yet makes it difficult to those visiting this area. The signs have been on the ground, right where they fell.It is interesting that the state of New York can spend money for college tuition fees, yet cannot or will not find the money to make the necessary sign repairs.Thomas H. King Sr.Ballston SpaSleazy politicians are in both partiesWhile I agree in part to Don Demarco’s Jan. 17 letter (“Trump rescued us from sleazy politics”), I fail to see where he feels it is just the Democrats that are the only “foolish, lying, cheating, anti-American, self -serving criminals.”This president has had six associates convicted of crimes.He has been accused of sexual misconduct by 25 women and he himself has made over 15,413 false statements through mid-December.He is correct, the economy has gotten better. But it appears it is the big businesses and corporations that are the main benefactors. According to Bloomberg’s Oct. 31 article, “Trump Boasts on Economy Undercut by Weak Middle-Class Pay Gains,”: “By several measures, middle-class Americans’ incomes have risen more slowly under Trump than during Barack Obama’s final years — hardly a period renowned for gangbuster pay increases.”Mr. Demarco, instead of bashing those in the system, how about changing the system to have those “corrupt, conniving life-long politicians” of all parties serve term-limits?Deborah BenderSchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.last_img read more

Frogmore hops into Equitable partnership

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1,160 sq m pre-let due at Wirral business park

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Leisure: Hooray for Valleywood

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Taylor Woodrow has green ambitions

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Developers on Mayor Livingstone:

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