Croatia is once again presenting itself at the WTM fair in London

first_imgThe Croatian tourist offer will again be presented this year at one of the world’s largest tourist exchanges, the World Travel Market (WTM), which is being held in London from 7 to 9 November. The fair and the Croatian stand at the WTM will be visited by the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and the Director of the CNTB Head Office Ratomir Ivičić.”The WTM fair is one of the largest tourism fairs in the world, visited annually by about 50 people working in tourism. Therefore, this is an ideal opportunity for Croatia, as a tourist destination, to get even closer to travel organizers, but also to secure and improve its position in the UK market, which has become one of our most important emitting markets.”, Said the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, noting that after this very successful tourist year we must continue to work and show that Croatia is getting better and more interesting destination from year to year. As part of the WTM, Minister Cappelli will also meet with the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai.Director Ivičić also emphasized the importance of performing at the WTM fair. “Croatia will present its offer again this year in strong competition consisting of more than five thousand exhibitors from more than 200 countries. In order to maximize their expression and perform a quality performance, we will present the Croatian offer at a stand of 261m2, where a total of 22 co-exhibitors will co-exhibit. The great interest of co-exhibitors clearly indicates the importance of the British market, from which we realized more than 3 million overnight stays in the first ten months of this year, and the potential for further growth is very much there. “, concluded director Ivičić, adding that the British market is among those markets that reacted best to the new umbrella communication concept under the slogan “Croatia, full of life”.The Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) is the host of the presentation, and 22 co-exhibitors will present their offer at the fair, ie the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board, the Zagreb Tourist Board and the Split Tourist Board, as well as other entities including Croatia Airlines, Plitvice National Park, Maistra, Valamar. Sunny Hvar, HUP Zagreb, Uniline, Kompas, Ban Tours, IDRiva, Katarina Line, Gulliver Travel, Sail Croatia, Super Tours, Real Croatia, Aronda Adriana Travel, Istarski dvori, Oryx and Fleet.last_img read more


Pula is more connected by air than ever

first_imgLast week, Pula Airport announced that it has established an airline throughout the year with Split and Osijek, and on the first day of the New Year 2017, Pula is expanding its network and availability and is more connected than ever before.Namely, Pula Airport has established new direct flights with Bristol, Berlin, Munich and Warsaw.Thus, the British airline EasyJet will introduce direct flights from Pula to Bristol and Berlin. In total, this is the fifth destination of Easyjet, after the introduction of London Gatwick, Paris CDG, and Hamburg. Flights to Berlin start on June 27.06 and last until September 02.09.2017, 27.05, and will take place for three weeks on Tuesdays, Fridays and on Saturdays, while flights to Bristol start on 30.09.2017 and last until XNUMX, and will take place on Saturdays.Eurowings introduces a three-week flight to MunichAfter Lufthansa and the German airline Eurowings, it will open regular direct flights from Munich to Pula from May 02 to October 27, 2017, with three weeks of flights, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with an Airbus A320 aircraft with a capacity of 174 passengers.The Polish national carrier introduces the line Pula – WarsawPula will also finally be connected with Poland and Warsaw. The Polish national airline LOT Polish Airlines will open regular flights to Pula from May 14 to October 15, 2017, with two weeks of flights, Saturdays and Sundays, with the Dash8 Q400 aircraft.last_img read more


Diocletian’s Palace has the opportunity to get a commercial LEGO replica of over five thousand cubes

first_imgPassionate collector of LEGO sets Ilija Šundov created a digital model of Diocletian’s Palace on the Lego Digital Designer application, through which creatives and fans of dice present their own vision of the ideal LEGO set to the public. Solutions that collect 10.000 votes will be analyzed by an expert LEGO commission that decides on the commercialization of the project.Diocletian’s Palace currently has 2.000 votes, and there are 238 days left to collect the required votes. Anyone who wants one of the most popular domestic tourist attractions, which is also under the protection of UNESCO, to come to life as a LEGO set available for sale, can cast their vote at this link.The digital project of Diocletian’s Palace was made by Ilija Šundov from Split for about six months, paying attention to every detail of the original shape of the palace from 305, with military and logistics facilities in the northern and imperial and religious rooms in the southern part of the palace. In order to turn the project into something tangible, he started making a model that lasted just as long – due to the limited quantities of the required cube, Ilija procured for almost half a year, both directly from LEGA and from private collectors and unofficial LEGO stores. He made the final product of his work at 20 pm, and the model in the final version was composed of as many as 5.468 cubes.Apart from an excellent creative idea, the LEGO Palace is also an innovative way of promoting domestic tourism – both Split and Croatia as a destination characterized by numerous historical and cultural sights. Driven by a child’s passion for LEGO bricks, the author Ilija Šundov says that he did not choose the motif by chance. “I see LEGO Diocletian’s Palace as an opportunity to further promote Split and Croatia in a different way, tailored to new generations and modern tourists.”, Pointed out Ilija. “Assembling Lego sets is a passion that has only grown stronger since childhood, and this seemed to me to be an ideal opportunity to make something special out of a hobby.”.You can also participate in achieving this goal! Register on the official Lego Ideas website in minutes, cast your vote and together we can build LEGO Diocletian’s Palace! Detailed voting instructions can be found at Facebook page.last_img read more

Details successfully connected to the eVisitor system

first_imgWebsite of the Croatian National Tourist Board has been successfully connected to the eVisitor guest check-in and check-out system.Thus, from now on, all visitors to the Croatian National Tourist Board’s website can, in addition to general tourist information, search and find suitable accommodation in one place, which is registered within the eVisitor system. The accommodation database is of informative type and shows the accommodation capacity with an interval of 24 hours according to the data from the eVisitor system, and the pages are available on all language variants of the portal.Special accommodation pages can be found at this linklast_img read more


Does booze really make people seem sexier? ‘Beer goggles’ observed after low, but not high, alcohol consumption

first_imgPinterest Share on Facebook Email Share LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter In a recent study, researchers have confirmed what many have believed to be true for decades: alcohol affects our judgments of others attractiveness. However, it seems that this “beer goggles” effect only happens when we drink a moderate, but not high, amount of alcohol.Published in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, this study recruited heterosexual college-age students who regularly consumed alcohol and were in good mental and physical health. Each male participant was shown 50 pairs of female faces, and each female participant was shown 50 pairs of male faces. Participants were then asked to choose which face was more attractive and rate how much more attractive this face was.Results indicated that participants who drank a low amount of alcohol (about 250 ml, or 8.5 oz. of wine) rated the photos as more attractive overall than participants who were sober. Surprisingly, those who drank a high amount of alcohol (about 500 ml, or 17 oz. of wine) did not rate the faces as more attractive than participants who drank a low amount. These differences were observed for both men and women, who did not show any differences in their ratings. In addition, the researchers edited some of the face images to look more intoxicated (i.e. more flushed). Participants who drank a low amount of alcohol actually rated faces of intoxicated individuals as more attractive than the sober (less flushed) faces. The opposite was true of participants who were sober or had drank a high amount of alcohol—these participants rated sober faces as more attractive. The authors said, “This suggests that any effects of alcohol consumption on the perceived attractiveness of consumers only occur within a relatively narrow window of consumption.”These findings suggest that some of alcohol consumption influences our judgments of others’ attractiveness. However, drinking more alcohol does not increase this effect—participants who drank a large amount of alcohol actually had ratings more similar to the sober participants’ ratings. This effect was even greater when rating faces of slightly intoxicated individuals. Together, these two effects may account for much of the “beer goggles” effect observed in everyday life.In the recently published paper, the authors suggest this effect, “may play a role in the relationship between alcohol consumption and risky sexual behavior.” Further research on this topic will help us better understand the “beer goggles” phenomenon, helping better develop education programs and policies regarding alcohol consumption and decision-making.last_img read more


Study finds gestational diabetes associated with greater risk of autism in children

first_imgEmail Children whose mothers developed gestational diabetes by the 26th week of pregnancy were at increased risk of developing autism later in life, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.Researchers examined the electronic health records of more than 322,000 ethnically diverse children born between 28 and 44 weeks at Kaiser Permanente Southern California medical centers between January 1995 and December 2009. They followed the children for an average of 5.5 years and found that those exposed to gestational diabetes by the 26th week of pregnancy had a 63 percent increased risk of being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder than children who were not exposed. After taking into account maternal age, education, race and ethnicity, household income and other factors, the increased risk of autism associated with gestational diabetes was 42 percent.“The exposure of fetuses to maternal hyperglycemia may have long-lasting effects on organ development and function, but whether this can disrupt fetal brain development and heighten risk for neurobehavioral developmental disorders in offspring is less clear,” said study lead author Anny H. Xiang, PhD, of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation. “Future studies should address whether early diagnosis and treatment of gestational diabetes can reduce the risk of autism.” She noted that this was an observational study, therefore the findings reveal associations between gestational diabetes and risk of a child developing autism rather than proving a cause and effect relationship. Share The study also found that children whose mothers developed gestational diabetes after 26 weeks of pregnancy had no more risk of autism spectrum disorder than children whose mothers did not have preexisting diabetes or gestational diabetes.“If the findings of this study reflect a cause and effect relationship, then they add another factor to a growing list of risks associated with gestational diabetes,” said study co-author Edward S. Curry, MD, pediatric learning and behavior specialist, Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center. “Our study findings also suggest that early screening for autism in children of women with gestational diabetes diagnosed by 26 weeks gestation may be warranted.”Autism spectrum disorder is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People with autism spectrum disorders may communicate, interact, behave and learn in ways that are different from other people and can range from gifted to severely challenged. About 1 in 68 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder, according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops or is first recognized during pregnancy. While the true prevalence of gestational diabetes is unknown and varies based on diagnostic criteria used, a recent study from the CDC indicated that rates could be as high as 9.2 percent. Gestational diabetes can also lead to additional health problems for the mother, including an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and a greater likelihood of delivering a large baby. Share on Facebookcenter_img LinkedIn Share on Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more


College students who binge drink have more delayed sleep timing

first_imgShare on Facebook The research abstract was published recently in an online supplement of the journal Sleep and was presented Wednesday, June 10, in Seattle, Washington, at SLEEP 2015, the 29th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC.The study group comprised 878 students. The mean age was 18 and 57 percent were female. Students completed a Phase 1 survey in spring before fall college enrollment (high school) and submitted online daily sleep and drink diaries from day 1 of college. Any indication of alcohol use from Phase 1 measures was assigned positive for pre-collegiate drinking. From daily diary, male binge assignment was equal to five or more alcoholic drinks on one day; female binge drinking was equal to four or more. Three groups were derived from those negative for high school drinking: none equal to no college drinking; some equal to drinking one binge day or less and heavy equal to more than one binge day. A fourth group (drinker) included students that were positive for drinking in high school who reported more than one binge event in college. Pinterest Email A new study suggests that students who initiate and/or continue drinking and engage in binge drinking in college have more delayed sleep timing and more variable sleep schedules.Results show that heavier drinkers had later bedtimes and rise times, and more day-to-day variability in sleep length, bedtime and rise time.“These data indicate that students who initiate drinking and engage in binge drinking in college have more delayed sleep timing and a greater mismatch between circadian phase and sleep timing,” said lead author Eliza Van Reen, assistant professor, department of psychiatry and human behavior, Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, R.I.center_img LinkedIn Share on Twitter Sharelast_img read more


Study explores the significance of marriage for same-sex couples

first_img1. Thinking about your relationship with your partner, what is the significance of living together, to you, in your relationship?2. Why do you think legal marriage is, or is not, important to your relationship?Six dominant themes emerged from the second question, “Why do you think legal marriage is, or is not, important to your relationship?” The researchers reported that 90 percent of the respondents felt that the option to marry legally was important to their relationship, with themes including:Legal benefits and financial protections (91 percent)Relationship legitimacy (36 percent)Equal commitment as different-sex couples (34 percent)We don’t need marriage, we’re already committed, but we want equal rights (21 percent)Couple validation (17 percent)Personally important (6 percent)“The remarks about the legal benefits and financial protections aren’t surprising because we’ve heard so much about that from news interviews,” says Haas. “But that second category of relationship legitimacy – of having societal legitimacy – stood out to me. We received responses such as, ‘My partner doesn’t get invited on family vacations because we’re not married. But if we were married, my partner would be invited.’ So in the view of family origin, it was very important.”The researchers add that seven dominant themes emerged from question one, about the significance of living together. Four themes were most commonly mentioned by the participants:Symbolizes commitment (40 percent)Provides emotional support (36 percent)Makes us a family (34 percent)Sharing life together (32 percent)Three lesser mentioned themes were: maximizes time together (10 percent); like any married couple (10 percent); convenience/finances (7 percent).Same-sex couples’ views of cohabitation in the UC study differ from previous research on different-sex couples who have indicated that living together carries less meaning and a lower level of commitment than marriage. “There’s published data on different-sex couples that indicate that many of their cohabitation arrangements were a matter of testing the relationship or just convenience, like saving on rental payments,” says Whitton. “A very small proportion of same-sex couples reflected those views in our study, but for the majority of same-sex couples, cohabitation carries significance to symbolizing their commitment.”“Respondents who live in states without legal same-sex marriage described living with one’s partner as the strongest level of commitment available to those same-sex couples,” the authors state in the paper. “For example, one person explained, ‘Because of Ohio’s laws, living together is basically the closest thing we have to marriage.’”Participants in the study represented 47 states, excluding Alaska, Idaho and South Dakota. The majority of the respondents, 67 percent, reported that same-sex marriage was not available in their state (including 92 percent of those who had formalized their relationship in a legal ceremony). The length of relationships ranged from one to 30 years.The UC online survey was conducted in 2012, with recruitment from LGBT organizations, announcements on Craigslist and flier promotions at several Midwestern Gay Pride events in 2012. The ages of the participants ranged from 19 to 74 with the median age of 41. Participants were 63 percent female; 37 percent male; and 2 percent identified as “other,” or “gender queer.” The majority of the survey participants were Caucasian (87 percent), followed by Hispanic (7 percent), African-American (1.5 percent), Asian (1.5 percent), Native American (2 percent) and other/mixed race (1 percent).Roughly one-third (29 percent) of the respondents had formalized their relationship via a legal ceremony; 16 percent via a non-legal commitment ceremony and 55 percent reported having no ceremony.Same-sex marriage currently is legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of the month on whether or not to overturn state bans on same-sex marriage. The ruling will follow a review of cases involving bans in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee, after oral arguments were held in April. Share Pinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter Email As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on same-sex marriage equality, a University of Cincinnati survey of same-sex couples finds that 90 percent of the respondents felt that the option to marry was important to their relationship. The study is currently published online in the Journal of Homosexuality.UC researchers Stephen M. Haas, an associate professor of communication, and Sarah W. Whitton, an assistant professor of psychology, uncovered the perceived benefits of cohabitation and marriage of same-sex couples after conducting a national online survey of 526 individuals who reported they were in a committed, same-sex relationship for at least six months. The survey also found that many same-sex couples view living together as significant because it symbolizes and solidifies their commitment to their relationship, possibly because marriage has never been an option. The researchers say this view differs from previous national research on different sex couples, for whom cohabitation signifies less commitment than marriage.The researchers uncovered several themes out of responses from two open-ended questions in the survey:last_img read more


European scientists separate medical benefits of cannabis from some unwanted side effects

first_imgShare LinkedIn Email Scientists at the University of East Anglia, University of Barcelona, University Pompeu Fabra and several other European institutions have found a way to separate the medical benefits of cannabis from some of its unwanted side effects.The research comes from the team that had previously discovered how the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, known as tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, reduces tumour growth in cancer patients.Their latest findings, publishing on July 9th in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology, reveal how some detrimental cognitive effects of THC are triggered by a pathway which is separate from some of its other effects. Share on Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Share on Twitter That pathway involves both a cannabinoid receptor and a serotonin receptor. When it is blocked, THC can still exert several beneficial effects – including pain relief – while avoiding impairment of memory.The research was carried out in mice, but it is hoped that the breakthrough will pave the way for safe cannabis-based therapies that do not cause alterations in mood, perception or memory.Dr Peter McCormick, from University of East Anglia’s school of Pharmacy, said: “THC, the major active component of marijuana, has broad medical use – including for pain relief, nausea and anxiety. Our previous research has also found that it could reduce tumour size in cancer patients. However it is also known to induce numerous undesirable side effects such as memory impairment, anxiety, and dependence. There has been a great deal of medical interest in understanding the molecular mechanisms at work in THC, so that the beneficial effects can be harnessed without the side-effects. THC acts through a family of cell receptors called cannabinoid receptors. Our previous research revealed which of these receptors are responsible for the anti-tumour effects of THC. This new research demonstrates how some of the drug’s beneficial effects can be separated from some its unwanted side effects.”The research team carried out behavioural studies in mice and investigated how pathways in their brains operate under THC. They found that the absence of a particular serotonin receptor known as 5HT2AR reduced some of the detrimental cognitive effects of THC – such as amnesia. However, the treatment to reduce 5HT2AR did not change the beneficial effect of THC on pain relief.“This research is important because it identifies a way to reduce some of what, in medical treatment, are usually thought of as THC’s unwanted side effects, while maintaining several important benefits including pain reduction”, said Dr McCormick.However, he warned that patients should not be tempted to self-medicate, “patients should not use cannabis to self-medicate, but I hope that our research will lead to a safe synthetic equivalent being available in the future.”last_img read more


Study documents extent of unexpected sexual consequences for young women who drink alcohol

first_imgShare on Twitter Email Pinterest In-depth interviews conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine of 20 young women attending an urban sexually transmitted disease clinic have documented a variety of unexpected, unintended sexual encounters linked to their alcohol use before sex occurs.Links between alcohol use and risky or deleterious sexual encounters are not necessarily new, say investigators, but this small study identifies very specifically the disconnect between what young women have in mind when they drink and have sex and what really happens.“The idea behind our study was to first unveil what women expect to happen, and then uncover what consequences really occur so that we can challenge unrealistic expectations and develop better interventions that lead to safer experiences,” says Geetanjali Chander, M.D., M.P.H, associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Sharecenter_img LinkedIn Share on Facebook The interviews and results, described online in the July 27 edition of Women’s Health Issues, are a follow-up to a previous study that reported the sexual expectations related to alcohol use held by the same group of women.In this study, Chander and her colleagues conducted in-depth interviews between December 2009 and August 2010 with 20 African-American women attending a Baltimore clinic that treats sexually transmitted diseases. All study participants reported binge drinking in the past six months or engaging in intercourse while under the influence of alcohol.According to the findings, five major unexpected sexual events happened with substantial frequency as revealed by the participants: sex with new partners; alternative sexual activities, including anal sex and “rough” sex; unprotected sex; blacked-out sex or sex occurring during alcohol-related amnesia; and rape.In addition, several themes emerged among the interview subjects when describing their encounters, primarily a sense of sexual victimization. The women’s discussions included words such as “predator,” “opportunist” and “vulture.”In contrast to such descriptions, literature to date has shown that women tend to think alcohol will improve their sex drive, minimize their sexual inhibition or make the sexual experience better. “Ensuring that women understand this disconnect may help them focus on the consequences more than the positive expectation,” says Dinah Lewis, a medical student at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.“Experiences like those documented in our study happen everywhere — on college campuses, in cities and small towns,” says clinical psychologist Heidi Hutton, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “The more important task for us is to develop interventions that empower women and men to make decisions that keep them safe.”When asked how they might be safer when drinking in public, Hutton says, a common suggestion from the interview subjects was to watch out for each other. “Women feel safer when they travel in packs, and one way participants suggested staying safe is to never let anyone get separated from the pack,” she says.Chander says they hope to conduct further studies to better document and understand men’s expectations for drinking and sex and the outcomes they experience.“Even though this particular study is small in size, it has led us to further explore needed interventions that may help women stay safer and healthier,” says Chander.last_img read more


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