Good tourist figures are expected for the holidays Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković pointed out that the City of Dubrovnik is satisfied with the support they have from the Ministry of Tourism and the fact that the Minister of Tourism recognized that Dubrovnik has really shown certain changes in destination management and sustainability of the tourist destination. Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković and Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, with their associates, held a meeting in Dubrovnik today. The Minister of Tourism also commented on the number of arrivals and overnight stays, both at the level of the year and for the upcoming holidays. As he said, in the “first package” for the first six months the increase was 15 percent, in the “second” July and August, we recorded a five percent increase in tourists, and in the “third”, and these are the last four months we have a constant five up to a six percent increase. ”We will observe and approach these three periods in the future. We can say that we will end the year with five percent more tourists and two percent more overnight stays. The plan was achieved. Today we have two billion kuna more than last year fiscalized in accommodation, catering and tourism services, which is some eight percent”Concluded Gary Cappelli. Also, Minister Cappelli commented on the issue of solving, ie improving the tourist infrastructure in Dubrovnik. ”We see that large projects are being prepared for everything that this government has recognized as a crucial problem of Dubrovnik, and that is the tourist infrastructure, sewerage and everything that goes with it, along with solving the issue of cruisers. The big problem is the bypass from Župa dubrovačka to the airport. This was discussed and Minister Butković told me that he was taking it seriously, that he was talking to the prefect and the mayor. Further development, tourist development, any development of the city of Dubrovnik, the whole county, survives practically on that bypass which is very important. If we know that we have about 3 million passengers who came to Dubrovnik Airport, that the big problem is the bottleneck at the traffic lights in Župa, if we know that tomorrow we are talking about investments in Kupari and if we want a congress center there, then we are really getting into a problem. primarily addressed infrastructurally”, Also pointed out Minister Cappelli. DUBROVNIK FINALLY DEVELOPED THE PROGRAM “WINTER IN DUBROVNIK” SENSELY AND CONNECTEDLY “The city of Dubrovnik is satisfied with the support we have from the Ministry of Tourism. Namely, the Minister mentioned the fact that the introduction of a cruise tax was allowed, which is extremely important for Dubrovnik because we will use the entire tax exclusively for the improvement of transport infrastructure in the area of the City of Dubrovnik. As far as the issue of sustainability is concerned, just as the issue of the excessive number of guests in the destination did not come overnight, so the issue of sustainability alone cannot be resolved overnight. However, with a systematic solution, step by step, we are going in that direction. I am glad that the world’s leading organizations have got involved and that now UNESCO itself says that Dubrovnik is an example of how to approach solving a certain problem. There is still a lot of work ahead of us but I am sure we are going in the right direction”, Said Mayor Franković. AFTER 13 LONG YEARS, DIRECT AIRLINE BETWEEN DUBROVNIK AND BUDAPEST IS BEING INTRODUCED AGAIN Cappelli: Solving the bypass would ensure the day-to-day tourist development of Dubrovnik and the entire region DUBROVNIK EXPECTS OVER HRK 10 MILLION IN REVENUE FROM THE TOURIST FEE FOR CRUISES “The season for Dubrovnik is not over yet, the numbers are good, the preparations for this season have started well. I am glad that with our new package of laws on tourist boards we have managed to do exactly what Dubrovnik has certainly benefited from, and that is the introduction of an additional tax for cruisers. I am particularly pleased that this was their proposal, and we are considering some more decentralization proposals that we have discussed now.”, Said Minister Cappelli after the meeting with Mayor Franković, noting that there was a decentralization of the package of laws on residence tax, which are passed by the decision of the city councils. In their statements for the media after the meeting, they referred to current issues related to the current situation and further development of this most important economic branch for Dubrovnik. WHAT TO EXPECT FROM DUBROVNIK TOURIST WINTER 2019/2020? When asked about the Dubrovnik tourist winter, he added that last year they had a good increase in airlines and this was reflected in the increase in the number of guests in the destination of 20 percent compared to the winter before. “This year it will be even more. We are connected to London, Spain, Poland, Istanbul and Frankfurt. We have a connection with all international centers and we believe that this season will be good and successful. As for the offer we have, we have the problem of closed catering facilities, although now present to a lesser extent, because the city has forgiven the lease of public space to those who are open in winter. With the new contracts, all those who will be in the city will have the obligation to work in the winter and thus our offer will be more complete.”Concluded Fanković. “We talked about further decentralization, about the issue of private accommodation. It is very desirable, but it needs to be solved better ”, said Minister Cappelli also explaining that his proposal in some future law will be to allow city councils to make a decision on limiting the number of private accommodation facilities on the mayor’s proposal due to infrastructure capacity and destination absorption. Photo: City of Dubrovnik Cover photo: j_nnesk_sser, Pixabay.com RELATED NEWS:
The veranda at 14 Oakley St, Manly.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The pool house can also be used as guest quarters, a home office or a teenage retreat.Ms Elliott, who plans to stay in the area, said the verandas were a great place to relax, no matter what the weather was like.“You can always sit outside, whether there’s sunshine or shade,” she said. She said the home was a great gathering place, especially at Christmas time. The swimming pool at 14 Oakley St, Manly.Ms Elliott said the chairs at the kitchen bench were used daily by her children when they came home from school, tucking into some afternoon tea and later their school homework.“It was a great spot as I could be in the kitchen and keep an eye on them at the same time,” she said.“This is a beautiful old house to bring children up — it’s a super package on two lots with separate titles.” The home at 14 Oakley St, Manly.Angela Elliott’s family has lived at 14 Oakley St for 24 years and has made the decision to downsize.With three children who have all grown up, Ms Elliott said the post-war property would be ideal for another family with children.Ms Elliott said the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home had undergone some renovations over the years.“We added a swimming pool, back deck and a pool house,” she said.“This home has been a great entertaining house. We often have friends over.” One of the four bedrooms at 14 Oakley St, Manly.Ray White Manly selling agent Richard Myers said the fabric of the streetscape had historically lent itself to narrow 405sq m lots. “With this being on 810sq m with two titles, we will find that examples such as this will become even more highly desirable in the future once all of the larger blocks have been subdivided,” Mr Myers said. The home is close to public transport, shops and schools.
A section of seawall in Utqiaġvik, AK that was damaged during a September storm that was recently declared a Federal Disaster. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management)In late September, Utqiaġvik was hit by an Arctic storm that lasted several days and caused over $6 million in damages to public structures.Listen nowOn Thursday, President Trump approved Governor Walker’s request for a disaster declaration for that storm. It’s the second time in three years that the North Slope Borough has received a disaster declaration for such an event; the last time was in 2015.The recent disaster declaration means that funding is now available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to rebuild those public structures that were damaged. Thomas Dargan is the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations on the North Slope.“There was high wind gusts up to 47 miles per hour, a storm surge two feet above normal high tide,” Dargan said.A storm of that magnitude isn’t especially severe for Utqiaġvik, but Rick Thoman, a climatologist with the National Weather Service Alaska Region, says what’s changed in recent years is the lack of sea ice — both nearshore, and out on the Arctic Ocean.“The wind basically acts as a plow pushing the water ahead of it and it piles into the land,” Thoman said.The result is often water damage to berms, roads, and buildings. Dargan says that one of the structures that needs repair in Utqiaġvik is a shoreline berm meant to protect the city from storm surges. The same berm was damaged and rebuilt back in 2015.In addition to receiving money to fix damaged structures, the relief comes with funds for mitigation — or protective measures — for the future.But building better storm protection isn’t easy. Dargan worked on the federal storm recovery effort in 2015 and says that when it comes to rebuilding structures like the shoreline berm, there are complicated engineering problems. And it’s not clear that they have a better option than to just keep rebuilding it.“We’re not quite sure what that long term solution might be,” Dargan said.The federal relief comes almost a year after the town of Newtok was denied a Disaster Declaration. FEMA currently doesn’t have a way to fund slow-moving disasters, like the large-scale coastal erosion that’s taking place in Newtok. In contrast, the damage to Utqiaġvik was triggered by a single, distinct event.