Tata Sky Continues to Lead DTH Market in India, Ties Up With SonyLIV for Tata Sky Binge Service

first_imgSun Direct13.78 percent14.35 percent14.53 percent15.41 percent Tata Sky has continued to maintain its leadership in the market for four quarters in a row, the DTH operator announced. Citing the data provided by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Tata Sky reported that it captured a market share of 32.09 percent in the quarter ending on June 30. The operator has also partnered with over-the-top (OTT) platform SonyLIV to offer on-demand shows, movies, and sports content to Tata Sky Binge customers. Tata Sky Binge already offers content from nine OTT platforms, including Disney+ Hotstar, Eros Now, Hungama Play, and Zee5, among others.The data provided in the latest Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicators report by TRAI, shared by Tata Sky in a press release, shows that the operator’s market share grew by nearly 0.5 percent in the April-June quarter 2020 from the 31.61 percent reported in the July-September quarter last year.- Advertisement – Aside from announcing its growth in terms of market share, Tata Sky has also partnered with SonyLIV to bring over 1,000 hours of content to the Tata Sky Binge service that is accessible through the Amazon Fire TV Stick – Tata Sky Edition and Tata Sky Binge+ Android-powered set-top box.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Tata Sky31.61 percent31.80 percent32.33 percent32.09 percent Tata Sky Binge includes OTT platforms including Disney+ Hotstar Premium, Zee5, Sun Nxt, Hungama Play, Eros Now, ShemarooMe, Voot Select, and Voot Kids. It also provides three months of Amazon Prime Video subscription.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Dish TV and D2h31.23 percent30.55 percent29.49 percent28.67 percent At the end of June, the TRAI data shared by Tata Sky shows that Dish TV and D2h had a market share of 28.67 percent, Airtel had 23.83 percent, and Sun Direct had 15.41 percent. Airtel23.39 percent23.31 percent23.65 percent23.83 percent DTH operatorShare in QE Sept’2019Share in QE Dec’2019Share in QE Mar’2020Share in QE Jun’2020 Tata Sky reported that during the last four quarters, it added about 7.5 lakh subscribers. However, if we look at its quarter-over-quarter performance based on the given TRAI data, the operator lost 0.24 percent share since the previous quarter ending on March 31.“We remain the No. 1 DTH and No. 1 Pay TV platform having increased the lead over our nearest competitor. It is heartening to see the overall DTH sector maintain its resilience even in this quarter,” a Tata Sky spokesperson said.Following Tata Sky at the top, Dish TV and D2h jointly came in second, while Airtel stood at third and Sun Direct at fourth position, as per the TRAI data.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Ron Klain will be Joe Biden’s chief of staff

first_imgKlain isn’t a Rahm Emanuel-style ideologue. He is, and I write this with nothing but the best connotations, a true technocrat—someone who will get shit done with minimal fuss or drama. As such, he’s not beholden to silly obsolete notions of “norms and traditions” that are only wielded against Democrats, never Republicans. xAnyone who thinks that Mitch McConnell would not have changed the filibuster rules to get Kavanaugh confirmed was not watching when HE CHANGED THE FILIBUSTER RULES TO GET GORSUCH CONFIRMED!!!!! https://t.co/81DbttSrRE— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) July 16, 2018Klain also has respect among the left-left, such as Bernie Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir.The “inside left,” which includes people like Shakir, who has a Washington pedigree—he has worked for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid—sees value in urging the moderate (and elected) figures left. This group does have respect for people like Klain, a frequent and fierce critic of Donald Trump on MSNBC who, as Obama’s Ebola response coordinator, showed the world a few short years ago that the United States of America actually knew how to contain a virus.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Klain’s job will be tough, and much more so if we can’t wrestle the Senate away from Mitch McConnell in the January Senate runoffs in Georgia. But for the first time in four years, we’ll have competence in the Oval Office. Things are looking up, and will be looking even better when sore loser Donald Trump’s coup attempt fails.center_img Klain is perfectly suited for the role. He has been chief of staff to both vice-presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, as well as Bill Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno at just 31 years of age. He led the team that shepherded the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He served as chief legal counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee when Biden served on it. He managed the successful implementation of President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus law. And of course, there’s the one gig that makes him particularly well-suited for the most pressing challenge of today—he was Obama’s Ebola czar. A COUPLE OF weeks ago, I asked  Larry Brilliant, the renowned epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, what is the one message he would bring to the daily press briefing if he were president. He answered without hesitation: “I would begin the press conference by saying ‘Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Ron Klain … Covid czar.’”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Lab study supports idea of ‘cytokine storm’ in H5N1 flu

first_img See also: Nov 16, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A recent laboratory study has produced more evidence that infection of human lung cells with the H5N1 avian influenza virus leads to intense inflammation similar to what was seen in victims of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. The H5N1 viruses were “more potent inducers” of cytokines and chemokines—chemical messengers that trigger inflammation—than H1N1 viruses were, says the report by a team led by J.S.M. Peiris of the University of Hong Kong. A flood of inflammation-triggering chemicals released by the immune systems has been referred to as a “cytokine storm.” Autopsies of H5N1 avian flu victims in Vietnam and elsewhere have revealed lungs choked with debris from the excessive inflammation triggered by the virus. Similar severe lung damage was frequently reported in victims of the 1918 pandemic, which disproportionately killed people with the strongest immune systems—young, healthy adults. The Hong Kong researchers sought to test their hypothesis that the H5N1 virus’s ability to trigger a flood of cytokines may contribute to the unusually severe disease it causes in humans. They used H5N1 viruses isolated from a patient who died of the infection in Hong Kong in 1997 and from two Vietnamese patients who were infected in 2004, plus an ordinary H1N1 virus isolated in Hong Kong in 1998. Chan MCW, Cheung CY, Chui WH, et al. Proinflamatory cytokine responses induced by influenza A(H5N1) viruses in primary human alveolar and bronchial epithelial cells. Respir Res 2005 (published online Nov 11) [Abstract] Laboratory cultures of human alveolar cells and bronchial epithelial cells were exposed to these viruses. Using real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), the researchers assessed the levels of various cytokines and chemokines at several time intervals after infection. “We have found that infection with H5N1 viruses led to the production of 10 times higher levels of cytokines from human cells than normal human flu viruses,” said Peiris, as quoted Nov 12 in The Standard, a Chinese business newspaper.center_img Researchers from Hong Kong report that lung cells growing in a laboratory responded much more intensely to the H5N1 virus than to an ordinary flu virus, even though the viruses reproduced at about the same rate, according to the report published online by Respiratory Research. They found that all the H5N1 viruses caused cells to secrete significantly higher levels of IP-10 (interferon-gamma-inducible protein 10), interferon beta, a type of T cell known as RANTES, and interleukin-6 than the H1N1 virus did. In addition, the 2004 versions of H5N1 caused cells to release more IP-10 at 6 hours than the 1997 version did. Oct 11 CIDRAP News story “Experts cite differences between H5N1 and ordinary flu” The different cytokine responses are not explained by different viral growth rates, because all three virus subtypes replicated with similar efficiency, the article says. “The cellular mechanisms underlying this differential cytokine hyper-induction by H5N1 viruses are presently poorly understood,” it states. The report says previous research has shown that patients with H5N1 disease have higher levels of IP-10 and other chemokines in their blood than do people infected with ordinary flu, a finding that parallels the present laboratory findings. In addition, the article says that studies of recombinant flu viruses carrying genes from the 1918 pandemic virus showed that the recombinant viruses were highly lethal and induced high levels of macrophage-derived chemokines in mice. However, it is not yet clear whether the increased chemokine levels were due to “hyper-induction” of the chemokines or just rapid growth of the virus.last_img read more

Third avian flu case verified in area of possible Indonesian cluster

first_imgAug 21, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A third human case of H5N1 avian influenza has been confirmed in a remote part of Indonesia where a number of suspected cases are being investigated, but most of the cases probably resulted from exposure to sick poultry, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.The confirmed case was in a 35-year-old woman from the subdistrict of Cikelet in West Java province who died shortly after she was hospitalized Aug 17, the WHO said.  She is the 46thIndonesian to die of the illness, out of 59 confirmed cases, by the WHO’s count. An Aug 20 Agence France-Presse (AFP) report identified the woman as Euis Lina.Multiple cases in close proximity raise the possibility of human-to-human transmission.  The disease was confirmed in two other people from Cikelet in the past week: a 9-year-old girl who died Aug 15 and a 17-year-old boy who is still alive.Three other people in the area died previously of suspected avian flu but were buried without being tested, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). One of them was the daughter of Euis Lina, said Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari, as quoted by AFP.Sixteen other people in the area have been tested for the virus, AFP reported today. Their initial results were negative, but the tests are being repeated, an Indonesian official told AFP.WHO and Indonesian experts have been investigating in the Cikelet area since Aug 17, according to AFP. The WHO said investigators think the human cases are related to poultry outbreaks that began in late June.Cikelet encompasses about 20 isolated hamlets of around 200 to 400 people each, situated in a basin surrounded by steep mountains and accessed only by rocky, winding paths, the WHO said.  People in the area have little access to healthcare and often die of endemic diseases such as malaria.No mass poultry deaths are known to have occurred in the area before late June, when some chickens were bought from an outside market and added to local flocks, the WHO said. Large numbers of chickens began dying shortly afterward in an outbreak that continued through July and the first week of August.’High-risk behaviors’ cited”As the population had no experience with this disease, high-risk behaviors commonly occurred during the disposal of carcasses or the preparation of sick or dead birds for consumption,” the agency said. “These exposures are, at present, thought to be the source of infection for most confirmed or suspected cases.”Some people in the area died of respiratory illnesses in late July and early August, but no samples were taken and medical records are generally poor, the WHO said, adding, “Though some of these undiagnosed deaths occurred in family members of confirmed cases, the investigation has found no evidence of human-to-human transmission and no evidence that the virus is spreading more easily from birds to humans.”The Cikelet situation comes about 3 months after seven confirmed avian flu cases and one probable case occurred in an extended family in the Indonesian province of North Sumatra. That cluster brought the first laboratory-confirmed instance of human-to-human transmission and the first three-person chain of cases. However, the WHO concluded that the disease did not spread outside the family.Indonesian officials today played down the likelihood of a case cluster with person-to-person transmission in Cikelet, according to the AFP report.I Nyoman Kandun told AFP that the cases couldn’t be classified as a cluster at this point because the patients lived too far apart to have come into contact.The 17-year-old boy who survived the illness had contact with a cousin who was one of the three people who died of possible avian flu without being tested. The WHO said previously that person-to-person transmission was highly unlikely in that instance because both patients were exposed to sick chickens and both got sick the same day, whereas there would have been a delay if one had been infected by the other.Another suspected case-patient from the Cikelet area, a 4-year-old girl, was removed from a hospital today by family members against the advice of doctors, the Jakarta Post reported. After she showed some improvement, the family decided to treat her at home, though her test results were still awaited, said a spokesman for Dr. Slamet General Hospital in Garut regency.The story described the girl as one of 11 people from Cikelet with suspected or confirmed avian flu.The latest confirmed case raises the WHO’s global avian flu toll to 240 cases with 141 deaths. That includes 95 cases so far this year, equal to the total for all of 2005. Sixty-four people have died of the illness so far this year, compared with 41 for all of last year.FAO lists Balkans as high-risk areaIn other developments, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today that the spread of avian flu among poultry has slowed in most countries, but warned that the southern Balkan countries and the Caucasus are a “high-risk region” for more outbreaks.”The region is not only a prime resting ground for migratory bird species, but poultry production is mostly characterized by rural and household  husbandry with little in terms of biosecurity and strong regulatory inspection. In Romania it is still too early to say if the situation has stabilized,” said Juan Lubroth, head of the FAO’s Emergency Prevention System for Transboundary Animal Diseases, in a news release.The agency said H5N1 has been confirmed in 55 countries, up from 45 in April. But the virus’s spread among poultry has been slowed by efforts to improve surveillance, strengthen veterinary services, and, in some cases, vaccinate poultry, officials said.”More than 220 million birds have died from the virus or been killed in culling activities aimed at stopping the spread of the disease,” the FAO said.To fight avian flu, the agency said it has received US $67.5 million so far and has signed agreements with donors for another $29 million. An additional $25 million has been promised. The FAO has disbursed $32.5 million since donor countries at a conference in Beijing last January pledged $1.9 billion for the campaign to stop the virus.See also:Aug 21 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_08_21/en/index.htmlAug 21 FAO news releasehttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000378/index.htmllast_img read more

South Korea has H5N1 in poultry after 3-year lull

first_imgNov 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – South Korea has reported its first outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in nearly 3 years, on a poultry farm in North Jeolla province, about 100 miles from Seoul.The virus was detected in dead poultry on a farm in the city of Iksan that raises parent stock for broiler chickens, according to a report that a South Korean livestock official filed Nov 22 with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The report said the outbreak caused 6,500 deaths among 13,000 susceptible birds. The results were confirmed at the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service in Anyang.The source of the outbreak is unknown, though Reuters reported that the farm lies on a bird migration route.The last poultry outbreak in South Korea occurred in December 2003 and prompted the culling of 5 million birds. No human cases of H5N1 illness have ever been reported in the country, but South Korea’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in September that five workers who helped cull poultry nearly 3 years ago showed evidence of past infection with H5N1 avian influenza, though they had not been ill.According to a report today in the Korea Times, the South Korean agriculture ministry has begun culling 236,000 poultry on six Iksan poultry farms. A 3-kilometer quarantine zone was set up around the outbreak site, and a 10-kilometer surveillance zone covers 200 poultry farms in Iksan, Sochon, and Kumgang. Authorities have also banned the sale and shipment of poultry, eggs, and related products from the area and have set up checkpoints to inspect trucks.Farms in the surveillance zone raise more than 50 million chickens and ducks, the Times reported.Several media outlets reported today that South Korean health officials plan on culling cats, dogs, and other animals such as pigs in the area to control the spread of the disease. The Associated Press (AP) said South Korea culled dogs and cats along with 5.3 million birds during its last outbreak in 2003.However, Peter Roeder, an animal health expert with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told the AP that he questions the validity of culling cats and dogs. “It’s highly unusual, and it’s not a science-based decision,” he said. “We’ve got absolutely no reason to believe they’re important.”Meanwhile, surveillance samples from apparently healthy birds on a farm 87 miles north of the outbreak site have tested positive for avian influenza, and more tests are being done to determine if the strain is highly pathogenic, according to another report today in the Korea Times. The virus was detected in a pair of chickens hatched from eggs purchased in mid November from a breeding farm in the Iksan area.Ministry officials told the Times that the highly pathogenic virus is unlikely because there have been no mass chicken deaths on the farms.Elsewhere, the H5N1 virus was detected in two turkeys that died in early November in Ivory Coast, according to an Agence France-Presse report last week. The turkeys came from a livestock camp at a village near Abidjan in the south. The country’s last outbreak in poultry was in May.Health officials told AFP that health and safety measures had been taken and that people who were exposed to the birds were under medical supervision.See also:Nov 23 OIE notice on H5N1 in poultry in South Koreahttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phpSep 21 CIDRAP News article “Five Koreans had H5N1 virus but no illness”last_img read more

ACEP unveils plan to manage fall pandemic wave

first_img Stephen Cantrill, MD, an emergency department physician in Denver and a member of ACEP’s clinical policy committee, told CIDRAP News that the novel influenza plan is also designed to raise awareness among emergency physicians. The potential burdens will be vast, he said, not only for keeping the workforce functioning during the surge, but also keeping departments adequately supplied. He added that planning for a second wave will be successful only with cooperation between first responders and public health officials. The plan urges local ACEP chapters to enlist support from state and local health directors, local emergency managers, and political leaders for emergency planning efforts. The 16-page plan was produced under a contract with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and its Emergency Care Coordination Center, ACEP said today in a press release. The document defines critical capabilities and suggests ways to achieve them, ACEP said. As a result, if the second pandemic wave begins September, health officials may depend heavily on community mitigation strategies to slow the spread of the virus. Emergency departments will still face a surge of patients, but interventions such as school closures will likely strain the department workforces even further, the ACEP plan warns. The nation’s economic problems and the importance of staying on the job may add to the pressures to keep schools open, the planners wrote. News reports of deaths in young people, an age-group currently bearing the brunt of illnesses, might fuel even more parents to seek medical care for their children. Jul 6, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recently released a plan to help emergency departments, first responders, and public health departments manage a surge in pandemic flu cases that many experts predict will happen this fall. The plan includes 27 capabilities for emergency department response to a severe novel H1N1 outbreak, each with suggested steps and an outline for what level of health or government group is responsible. For example, the plan covers personal protective equipment stockpiling, facility security, crowd management, alternate locations for triage and screening, and configuring waiting rooms for social distancing, if possible. See also: One of ACEP’s key planning assumptions is that large volumes of vaccine against the novel H1N1 virus probably won’t be available until mid October at the earliest and that the public won’t be protected from infections until 2 weeks after a second injection. “There are so many vulnerabilities in the supply chain, where do you start?” he asked, adding that even departments that are well prepared might not able to sustain their supplies. ACEP national novel H1N1 influenza strategy The impact of the influenza pandemic on emergency departments will be affected greatly by how local public health officials craft their messages to the public, Cantrill said. He said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has done a good job communicating flu facts to the public, including details on when to seek medical care. “While the precise effects on emergency departments to function cannot be predicted with confidence, contingency plans should be made for a challenging scenario,” the plan states. Social distancing measures will also affect critical infrastructure businesses and institutions, which may slow the flow of transportation and supplies. Emergency planners shouldn’t assume that antiviral medications will be effective for a virus that may have undergone selection pressure between waves, the report notes. “While H1N1’s virulence is not predictable, it is expected to be highly contagious and will place added strains on the emergency care system,” said Nicholas Jouriles, MD, president of the ACEP, in the statement. The main components of the plan, based on the federal template for managing biological threats, include situational awareness, protecting emergency department infrastructure and personnel, preventing service disruptions, organizing a timely surge response, and recovering to the previous status. Communications with local and state public health officials are crucial, and it’s important to have agreements in place for the “triggers” authorities will use to “stand down” the pandemic plan, according to the document. Jul 6 ACEP press releaselast_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: China quarantine warning, US cases top 37,000, pigs susceptible to novel H1N1, HHS preparedness grants

first_imgJul 10, 2009US warns that China may quarantine children traveling aloneThe US State Department yesterday said parents planning to send unaccompanied children to China should consider postponing such trips until China changes its quarantine policies or the H1N1 flu pandemic subsides. The agency said some unaccompanied minors, including some under 10 years old, have been quarantined on arrival in China. It is nearly impossible to predict which travelers might be quarantined, and the US continues to receive reports of poor quarantine conditions, officials said.H1N1 case count in US tops 37,000The US tally of pandemic H1N1 flu cases has risen to 37,246, with 211 deaths, the CDC reported today. The numbers are up by 3,344 cases and 41 deaths since the last CDC report on Jul 2. Wisconsin led the list with 6,031 cases and 4 deaths, followed by Texas (4,463 and 21), Illinois (3,259 and 14), New York (2,582 and 52), and California (2,461 and 31).[Current CDC numbers]US flu activity down, but still above normalUS influenza activity decreased last week but stayed above normal for this time of year, the CDC said in its weekly flu surveillance report today. More than 97% of the influenza A viruses that were subtyped were the novel H1N1. Nine states still reported widespread flu activity, while 10 states and Puerto Rico reported regional activity. Five novel H1N1–related pediatric deaths were reported. The proportion of medical outpatient visits due to flu-like illness was below the national baseline.[CDC flu report for Jun 28 to Jul 4]Pigs vulnerable to novel H1N1 fluPiglets experimentally infected with the novel H1N1 flu develop symptoms and measurable immune responses, excrete virus, and can infect other pigs (but not chickens), researchers from Germany’s Friedrich Loeffler Institute report today in the Journal of General Virology. The findings echo USDA Agricultural Research Service data. The authors voice concern that the virus will become endemic in farmed pigs and ask whether human access to them should be controlled. [J Gen Virol full text]HHS details preparedness grants for statesThe Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced state-by-state details of the $350 million it will grant states and territories to prepare for H1N1 pandemic and seasonal flu. State public health departments will receive $260 million, and hospitals $90 million. States receiving the most funds were (in millions): California ($22.7), Texas ($20.1), Florida ($15.5), Pennsylvania ($10.6), Ohio ($9.8), New York ($9.5), Michigan ($8.6), Illinois ($8.6), and Georgia ($8.0).[Jul 10 HHS press release]last_img read more

Hotel Esplanade offers its guests a new unique service

first_imgZagreb Hotel Esplanade offers its guests a new unique service that they want to enrich their stay in Zagreb and this historic hotel with professional photos from their trip.With a focus on creating special experiences, continuing the trend of innovation in order to offer more than expected, the Zagreb hotel Esplanade introduces a professional photography service for guests. The idea of ​​the service created in cooperation with the MyTripographer photography studio is to offer guests a relaxed tour of Zagreb, enjoy the parks and city sights accompanied by a professional photographer who will capture happy moments with top photos and turn them into unique lasting memories. Take more than selfie photos with you on your trip.”So that professional photography would not be reserved only for weddings and special occasions, we decided to offer such a service to our guests and allow them to become stars for one day, to experience the destination in a special way and bring with them wonderful lasting memories of an unforgettable stay at the Esplanade.. ” pointed out the general manager of the Esplanade Hotel, Ivica Max Krizmanić. Also, as an additional income and hotel service for those guests who want to shine in full splendor, the hotel offers additional services through a professional makeup artist and hairdresser.Five created packages will satisfy the wishes of guests depending on their needs and faithfully show emotions in photos with the help of professional photographic equipment and lighting and the expert eye of the photographer, they point out from the Esplanade Hotel.So simple and ingenious, apart from the added value as well as the extra income that ranges from 1.500 to 5.500 kn depending on the selected package, the hotel is smartly positioned on a conscious and unconscious level. Hotel guests will certainly put the pictures in a visible place, and they will show it to their loved ones so that the picture, ie the visibility of the hotel, multiplies at that moment. Of course, the guests will remember the Esplanade Hotel fondly, and the picture will additionally remind them of that moment during the year. And because of the whole story, the guests will return to the Esplanade Hotel and that’s it – the circle is closed and most importantly they got a loyal guest.Related news:HOTEL ESPLANDE THE FIRST CROATIAN CERTIFIED HOTEL WITH GLUTEN FREE OFFER TESLA CAR OWNERS IN ESPLANADE CAN CHARGE THEIR ELECTRIC VEHICLE FOR FREElast_img read more

Promotion of Croatia at Virtuoso Travel Week

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board presented itself at Virtuoso Travel Week, the most important tourist event on the American continent, which is being held for the thirtieth anniversary, from August 11 to 17 in Las Vegas. It is an event that brings together representatives of the most influential tourism entities specializing in luxury and experiential travel, and this year a record attendance was recorded with more than 6000 participants from 100 countries. Among the numerous participants of Virtuoso Travel Week are representatives of the Croatian tourism sector who held numerous meetings with representatives of tourism entities specializing in luxury travel from the USA, Canada, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand and introduced them to news in Croatia’s tourism offer. Ina Rodin, director of the CNTB Representative Office in New York, emphasized that joint marketing activities with Virtuos are one of the key priorities for the promotion of Croatia on the American market. “The popularity of Croatia and the growth of demand for our country within the Virtuoso network recorded a growth of about 28 percent. Croatia’s excellent position is further confirmed by the annual Virtuos survey, according to which Croatia is ranked among the top 10 destinations in as many as three categories, ie in the category of the fastest growing destinations, the most popular destinations for the so-called millenials travelers and in the category of the most popular international destinations”, said director Rodin. Important info for tourism workers targeting the US market.In 1783, the Republic of Dubrovnik was the first country in the world to recognize the United States.With 17.500 travel advisors from 50 countries, an annual turnover of more than $ 23,7 billion and a portfolio of more than 1.700 partners including hotels and resorts, airlines, cruise companies, onsite travel agencies and tourist boards, Virtuoso is one of the most important organizations in the luxury travel segment. Croatia has a total of six members in this network, and in addition to the Croatian National Tourist Board, they are Leonidas Travel DMC, Calvados Club, Fortuna Travel, Hotel Villa Dubrovnik and Boutique Hotel Alhambra – Lošinj Hotels & Villas.So far this year, 373.000 arrivals (+ 23%) and 1.058.000 overnight stays (+ 18%) have been generated from the US market, and this result ranks this market among the fastest growing emitting markets in 2018.last_img read more

New business models are also being tested at Zagreb’s Fuliranje

first_imgFestival-type events such as the Zagreb Burger Festival or Advent are, in addition to a place of great atmosphere and entertainment, fine food and drinks ideal events for testing new business ideas and models. Caterers can get first-hand feedback on whether their product is on the market, spy on employees, check prices or polish the logistics that are very demanding in such places due to lack of space, limited access and variable quantities…One of the most inventive and beautiful Advent events in Zagreb – Fuliranje – according to the choice of the visitors of the Zagreb Tourist Board website, an ideal test site for new ideas, so we walked through Strossmayer Square and asked a few questions to young entrepreneurs who discovered what they plan to do in the near future.Bread ClubBread ClubThe scourge of bakers on every corner has unfortunately not brought about an increase in the quality of bakery products, especially bread, although the market should react and reward the better ones. The products currently on the market are mostly of mediocre quality, unimaginative, and even, according to nutritionists, unhealthy!Therefore, the young team led by s Karl Vulin, the founder of the now well – known bakery Kroštula from Pakoštane and Ana Marija i Zrinka Zajec, which founded the brand K3 – Bread on the third decided to open artisan bakery open type, which will also include a bistro – so they will have first-hand feedback from customers and guests!The concept of the Bread Club is based on the production of hand-made bread without additives from natural yeasts that grow on their own, prolonged fermentation (sourdough) and whose preparation can be watched in full in the open space bakery that opens in early January in Trakošćanska Street in Zagreb. In addition to bread, the offer will include puff pastry in a modern French style, as well as local variants of classics such as strudel or Sicilian square pizza.The bistro with about thirty seats plans to offer daily soups and cakes that are currently being tested at Fuliranje (soups are for every recommendation!), Gourmet sandwiches and other simple dishes, and they are also announcing guest appearances by other bakers and chefs who will prepare the author’s bread. based on the traditional recipes of the countries they come from. What it will look like can already be seen at the house on Fuliranje, where pastry chef Ivana Čuljak (she baked a craft in Split’s Bokerija and is known for the brand Let them eat cakes), chef Ivana Bekavac with a CIA degree (Culinary Institute of America) and the famous chef Dino Galvagno who is remembered by many for the extraordinary dishes from the popular Prasac. In the space one whole wall will be covered with a hydroponic plant growing system in which to grow leafy greens and spices to be used to prepare meals.Already now, through Kroštulin’s plant, successfully cooperating with an increasing number of hotels to which they deliver premium frozen products (breads, pastries and puff pastry) with natural yeast, without additives and long fermentation, and will soon launch a new line for brunch and desserts.In addition to the bakery in Trešnjevka, they plan to open another restaurant in the center of Zagreb at the end of the year, and judging by the enthusiasm and experience gained so far – success should not be missed.MunchyMunchyAnother interesting gastro concept is Munchy, (mobile) trailer decorated in the style of the fifties as circulating the American Route 66 in the fifties of the last century. Filip Eterović’s entrepreneurial idea of ​​a traveling kitchen is not new, but the offer of food and drinks and visual identity is more than interesting.It all started with the launch of the brand Smootch – from the mediterranean sun & nature – but the sale of smoothies is limited due to the expiration date, so Filip is 9 months old, with the help of a design duo called Mireldy developed the idea of ​​a mobile kitchen with a roof over your head and so another brand was created: Munchy. At the end of August The silver beast – how the trailers are beating – she had her premiere performance at summer festivals along the coast and on the islands, and this month she temporarily settled on Fuliranje.Street food the offer is inspired by trips to Asia and Europe: a Hong Kong hit Bubble Waffle i Hurry Curry you may have tried somewhere else, but Frap (fried wrap) you can try only in the Silver Arrow where under the watchful eye Marte Badurine a ten-member team makes sure that the varied offer is tasty and pleasing to the eye. Frap is currently being prepared in three versions: veggie, with prosciutto and (premiere) with a specially spiced chicken combination of spices that is their (little) secret. Everything that is done, they produce themselves!with my workshop KitchenAtelier KokkenAtelier Kokken… And now something completely different!! Owner and future chef of a restaurant with Danish specialties Marta Ušljebrka which she plans to open next year in Tkalčićeva, she did an internship in Copenhagen at the Amass restaurant with former head chef Nome and decided to bring the Scandinavian culinary scene closer to the people of Zagreb and guests of the capital.The restaurant concept will be based on brunch, with an emphasis on a healthy breakfast prepared from seasonal, organic ingredients, and fine coffee that arrives no less than from Sweden. In addition to Danish delicacies, the house also offers home-made forgotten dishes such as imperial crumbs (Kaiserschmarrn Recipe) and notches, and one of the recognizable specialties is Red Polse, a Danish bright red sausage whose photos have flooded social networks, and Hot SnowWhite, which is made hot by the sauce of the local brand I love hot.After brunch, in the evening Marta will offer guests the famous Danish open sandwiches smørrebrød, mostly with seafood ingredients, and a sommelier Daniela Golac she chose biodynamic wines to pair with the food served. Regarding the choice and quality of food and drinks – the novelty is Golden Milk – and judging by the crowd in front of the house there is no doubt that Atelier Køkken is a complete hit, and given the growing number of guests who brunch concept known all the prerequisites for a successful gastro story are met.Mime’s Gourmet BarMime’sUnlike the first three examples, the team gathered around Mime(ta) has been running a bistro in Petrinjska Street near Tomislavac for some time. Mime is the nickname of the father of one of the owners and his best recipe is to hang out with friends with good food and some drinks – because he didn’t even know how to bake an egg!Ante Ždero is Katica for all, twenty-six-year-olds Marita Ždero i Alen Begić they are in charge of preparing cakes and cocktails, and the youngest Dalibor Pavić (he’s only 20) stacks top-notch sandwiches. The bistro usually offers simple Dalmatian and continental food with selected wines, and at Fuliranje they try traditional dishes in a new guise, such as zlevanke of corn flour and classic sarma.They try to bring Dalmatian cuisine closer to the people of Zagreb and, along with agramer soups and steaks, put them on cod pate, bean pasta or white cod and guests condemn to regular visits to Mime’s, and if the testing of new dishes goes as planned – the Fuliranje project will be implemented soon in the bistro.last_img read more