195 Vietnamese being tested for avian flu, report says

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first_imgMar 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A Vietnamese newspaper has reported that 195 people in an area affected by H5N1 avian influenza have suspicious symptoms and are being tested for the disease.Than Nien News reported yesterday that the possible cases are in the Chau Hoa commune in Quang Binh province in central Vietnam. A 5-year-old boy from the commune tested positive for avian flu last week. Yesterday the paper said that tests had confirmed avian flu in the boy’s 13-year-old sister, who died Mar 9. However, another Vietnamese news agency said on Mar 19 that the girl had not been tested.The commune “has been severely hit by the bird flu, with 195 patients showing symptoms and two children testing positive with the virus,” Than Nien News reported. The information was attributed to Mai Xuan Thu, vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee.The story said it was not clear whether the sick people, “some of whom had eaten sick chickens, have the symptoms of the deadly bird flu or the normal flu.” The report did not mention any deaths among the suspected cases and gave no details about the symptoms.If many of the people test positive for H5N1, it could mean that the virus is improving its ability to spread from person to person, thereby increasing the risk of a flu pandemic. Nearly all the human cases of H5N1 avian flu since late 2003 have been attributed to exposure to poultry. Experts believe that one patient, a 11-year-old Thai girl, probably transmitted the virus to her mother and an aunt last September.”The outbreak hit the province’s Kinh Chau village in Chau Hoa commune just ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays which started Feb 9,” the newspaper report said. It said 108 of the 195 people are from Kinh Chau and the rest live in other villages in the same commune.Another Than Nien News story, published today, said, “An interagency task force has arrived at the commune to take immediate necessary actions to stabilize the situation and fend off the spread of the epidemic.” That news was attributed to an anonymous source.The report said all the patients are being tested for the virus, and those with “unusual” symptoms have been transferred to a hospital in the city of Hue for “quarantine treatment.”Other Vietnamese online news services did not appear to be reporting the story of the 195 suspected cases today.The 5-year-old boy with avian flu, named Hoang Trong Duong, was in serious condition, according to yesterday’s Than Nien report.In a Mar 18 story, the newspaper said no samples from the boy’s 13-year-old sister, named Hoang Lan Huong, had been preserved for testing. But the two more recent stories said she had tested positive for avian flu.However, a Mar 19 report by Viet Nam News quoted Pham Ngoc Dinh, deputy director of the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi, as saying the girl had not been tested for the virus.The two children fell ill after the family had eaten a chicken given them by relatives, according to reports.last_img read more

Toronto officials approve antivirals for city workers

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first_imgApr 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Toronto’s city council yesterday approved a $1.5 million plan to treat nearly half of the municipal employee workforce with antiviral medication in the event of a pandemic scenario, making it the first major Canadian city to stockpile the drugs.In approving the proposal to stockpile antiviral medications for some city employees, the Toronto city council heeded the recommendations of its medical officer of health, David McKeown, who advised that the city should act now to avoid a delay in acquiring a supply of oseltamivir (Tamiflu), according to a report today from the National Post, a newspaper based in Toronto.Oseltamivir, a neuraminidase inhibitor, is used to treat seasonal flu and is both the first-choice drug for treating people infected with H5N1 avian influenza and the best hope for treatment if H5N1 evolves into a pandemic strain. Many countries have made stockpiling osteltamivir and other antiviral medications a component of their pandemic planning.”I believe it is a prudent measure to take for an event that is highly likely to occur,” McKeown said, according to the Post report.In addition to the initial $1.5 million purchase that would treat up to 13,000 employees, the council also appropriated $606,000 to store the drug in a warehouse, the Post reported. Toronto could spend up to $5 million to stockpile drugs to keep the city workforce in place during an influenza pandemic, the report said.Though most council members supported the plan, some questioned which of Toronto’s 24,000 municipal employees would receive the drug and how city officials would dispense the antivirals, according to the Post report. Other council members asked whether the city was rushing into the antiviral purchase and if the city was taking on an extra burden that provincial and federal officials should shoulder.However, council member John Filion said after the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) epidemic, extra precautions were warranted and that the council should consider a stockpile for the whole city, the Post reported.Though federal and state governments are the groups that typically fund and manage antiviral stockpiles, some major cities are organizing their own stockpiles. Terence Hurley, a spokesman for Roche, the maker of Tamiflu, pointed out that a US federal plan to subsidize state antiviral purchases contains a mechanism for some localities—Chicago, Los Angeles County, and New York City—to purchase the drug with federal support.According to a December 2007 report from Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), Chicago has purchased 67% of its federal subsidy (301,238 courses), Los Angeles County, 100% (1,036,444 courses), and New York City, 0% (only 30 courses).On Apr 25 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report that said the US government should expand its stockpile of antiviral drugs if its goal is to have enough doses to treat all patients and provide preventive treatment for some others at risk in an influenza pandemic. The expert committee that wrote the report also advised the federal government to clarify its antiviral use goals, because planning documents provide little concrete information on the prophylactic use of the medications.See also:Dec 2007 TFAH report on public health readinessApr 25 CIDRAP News story “IOM: US likely to need bigger antiviral stockpile”last_img read more

This year, the Adria Hotel Forum will try to answer the question: Are we competitive?

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first_imgThis year in Zagreb, at one of the largest hotel investment forums in Europe, Adria Hotel Forum, leading investment and global and regional hotel experts gather.The sixth Adria Hotel Forum (AHF) will be held on 14-15. February on the topic INVESTMENT IN HOTEL INDUSTRY: “OUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY”. The reason for this year’s theme is the geopolitical and security situation, and the conference focuses on two key issues: Are we responsible for growth or is it happening to us on its own? te Are we competitive?In addition, the Forum will discuss possible solutions to challenges related to the lack of qualified staff, future investments in the region, how global companies see the development of private accommodation, hotel contracts, capital market, new products, we will compare hotel development in the region. but also to hear the region stand on the Investment Attractiveness Index.The Forum brings to Zagreb again experts coming to the region for the first time, who in their positions lead the development of the world’s largest hotel and investment companies such as: Marybelle Arnett, Senior Vice President for Central and Eastern Europe, Hilton Worldwide, Christian Giraud, Senior Vice President for Development of Europe, Accor Hotels, Kenneth Hatton, Senior Vice President for Global Development, Belmond,In professional circles, the Forum is defined as the only regional conference monitored by global hotel professionals, and the quality of the conference and program is confirmed by the arrival of global hotel and investment experts such as Keith Evans, Vice President of Starwood Capital, Otmar Michaeler, Director of Falkensteiner Michaeler Tourism Group AG. George Tzillas, Secretary of State of the Greek Ministry of Tourism, Damian Harrington, Director of Research for the EMEA Region, Colliers International, Jaume Tàpies, Director of the Global Investment Fund Aina Hospitality.In just five years, the Forum has become a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience of contemporary practices and an unavoidable meeting place for leading hoteliers and global experts. So far, the Forum has brought together more than 1500 participants, 200 panelists and 140 partners.You can find out more about the Forum here.last_img read more

Mali Lošinj is building a tourist year step by step, not a season

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first_imgWith the presentation “Apoxyomenos on the island of vitality on February 16, 2018 in Trieste, the destination offer of the island of Lošinj was successfully presented, with an emphasis on underwater archeology and the Lošinj ambassador – Apoxyomenos.After the presentation “Apoxyomenos on the island of vitality” and the reception “Apoxyomenos gastronomic story”, visitors visited the most important maritime exhibition “Sea of ​​closeness – underwater archeology tells the history of the Adriatic” where the island of vitality presented its selective forms of tourism and underwater archeology. it was precisely Apoxyomenos. Among almost a thousand finds from underwater locations presented at the exhibition, 304 were borrowed from Croatian institutions, and the Lošinj, ancient bronze statue of the athlete Apoxyomenos also found its place.”Lošinj is a beautiful place, and Trieste and Lošinj have a historical connection as well as numerous possibilities. It is necessary to work on these opportunities, new connections and cooperation that will lead to even stronger synergy between the two cities. Because why wouldn’t guests from Trieste stop by Lošinj for a trip, and also guests from Lošinj had the opportunity to visit Trieste for one day ” said Maurizio Bucci, Head of Tourism, Economy and European Projects of the City of TriesteThe presentation “Apoxyomenos on the Island of Vitality” was organized by the City of Mali Lošinj, the Tourist Board of Mali Lošinj and the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in Trieste, the Croatian National Tourist Board in Italy and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. “Today’s presentation is another confirmation of the intensive, meaningful and friendly relations between Italy and Croatia, which are manifested through cooperation in all areas. We are witnessing an increasingly intensive development of this cooperation with the FVG Region (Friuli Venezia Giulia), which recognizes the importance of good neighborly relations and the potential they provide for strengthening cooperation, especially in the economy and culture. Good neighborliness, dialogue, togetherness and solidarity is what should guide us in our mutual relations, and our common Adriatic Sea has always connected us forever.k, Consul Consul General of the Republic of Croatia in Trieste Nevenka Grdinić.After the presentation, all participants and visitors got to know a part of the Lošinj gastronomic offer at the reception “Apoxyomenos’ gastronomic story” at the Savoia Excelsior Palace Hotel. The author of the cookbook “Apoxyomenos’ gastronomic story”, Adriano Nikolić from Lošinj, spoke about the specialties prepared from foods that were used in antiquity and their method of preparation.Ana Kučić, Mayor of Mali Lošinj: Lošinj is not just the sun and the seaThe Mayor of Mali Lošinj, Ana Kučić, thanked the hosts for a great opportunity and the opportunity to present the destination, ie gastro and cultural offer, as well as the underwater archeology of the island of Lošinj in Italy, one of the most eminent tourist markets.Lošinj is not only the sun and the sea, we have an excellent offer, accommodation capacities of 4 * and 5 *, rich history, heritage, exceptional archeological sites, Apoxyomenos, good transport links, mild climate, tradition of health tourism for more than 125 years. We strive to preserve all this through sustainable management and care for the environment, but at the same time to develop and improve it in an innovative way. Educational programs, stimulation of human capital development, arranged communal infrastructure, spatial plans that take care of the preservation of space and high quality of service are our trump cards and base for the development of Lošinj in the future ” said Mayor Kucic.Mali Lošinj wisely and skillfully uses its biggest tourist attraction to promote the entire islandThis is a great example of how to make a quality promotion where one “symbol”, “landmark” ie the brand that pulls the whole story, in this case the story of Apoxyomenos, used for the entire tourist presentation of the island of Losinj through indigenous gastronomy, cultural heritage, health tourism, underwater archeology, and all other tourist products, which are not based only on the sun and the sea.This and similar presentation where Apoxyomenos is used as a “bait” and the main star, and behind it the entire tourist offer is not organized for the first time, on the contrary, Mali Lošinj skillfully and smartly travels Europe through various target markets and presentations that will certainly be short-term. pay off and generate more and more tourist traffic in the pre- and post-season. The tourist year is being built step by step, but strategically and planned, and Mali Lošinj makes excellent use of its advantage and biggest attraction and adds added value to it.Also, Mali Lošinj develops other tourist products, such as cycling tourism. Thus, from 21 to 22 April 2018, on the 1,8 km long trails and lookouts of the island of vitality, about three hundred participants will compete in the extreme downhill cycling race World Cup 2018 – Downhill Lošinj. In Mali Lošinj, they could have stayed within the local framework, ie within the framework of the museum itself, but that would certainly not pay off in the long run. We need to tell the stories of our story, present and package them wisely and give them new added value, so that in the end we canA lot of activities for the general public go under the radar, but do not be surprised when in a few years Mali Lošinj or similar tourist destinations that are building their future step by step, and not waiting for the Ministry or CNTB, talk about the tourist year, not the tourist season. Nothing is accidental, including the tourist success, like Zagreb, which has been communicating on the eastern market for ten years, and so is Mali Lošinj.Related news:TZ MALOG LOŠINJA LAUNCHED A PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN “1 VISIT IS WORTH 1000 PICTURES”.THE WORLD CUP IN DOWNHILL ON LOŠINJ IS AN IDEAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE ENTIRE KVARNER REGION AS A BIKE FRIENDLY DESTINATIONlast_img read more

Valamar Riviera is opening a Premium camping resort in Funtana next season

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first_imgThe largest Croatian tourist company, Valamar Riviera, will start with new investments in the autumn.The Valamar Supervisory Board gave its prior approval for investments and projects worth a total of HRK 616,5 million in 2019, and one of the major investments among these projects is the repositioning of the current Istra Sunny Camping 2 *, which will soon enter the second phase of investment. season became a top camping resort called Istra Premium Camping Resort.Valamar was among the first in the Mediterranean to start developing premium camping with the first five-star camp in Croatia on Krk, Krk Premium Camping Resort 5 *, significant investments and raising the level of service in Lanterna Premium Camping Resort 4 * in Poreč and other portfolio camps. After this large investment, Istra Premium Camping Resort will have a large family Aquapark with 1000 square meters of water, a large entertainment hall with cinema, stage, children’s clubs and playrooms and Super Maro programs for children, one of the most beautiful Valamar beaches overlooking the old the town of Vrsar, its Piazza, restaurants, bars, V Sport Park and playgrounds, as well as glamping tents and luxury mobile homes with private pools.”Repositioning products according to the offer of higher added value in the camping offer segment is part of Valamar’s development and investment strategy. Istra Premium Camping Resort will be a summer resort of the highest level with a rich offer and excellent service that will open about two hundred new jobs and will certainly be one of the best camps in Europe.”, Said Bruno Radoš, director of operations for camps and director of the region at Valamar Riviera. Camping Adriatic by Valamar, according to the new brand strategy, is divided into three brands. Camping Adriatic by Valamar Premium Resorts offers luxury accommodation in camping houses or glamping with a complete service on themed beaches and swimming pools, active holidays, gastronomic offer and an authentic experience of the destination. Camping Adriatic by Valamar Resorts offers a holiday atmosphere by the sea with quality and diverse facilities and services of the camp, while Camping Adriatic by Valamar Sunny marks a holiday in untouched nature by the clear sea. RELATED NEWS:VALAMAR RIVIERA CELEBRATES 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF OPERATIONS AND CEREMONIALLY OPENED A NEW ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING IN POREČlast_img read more

Download the new edition of the Emitting Markets Profile

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first_imgSide dish: Emission market profiles 2019 Also, in the attachment, download the schedule of holidays in emitting markets in 2020. HOLIDAY SCHEDULE ON ISSUING MARKETS IN 2020 Profiles of significant emitting markets provide a range of information relevant to understanding the characteristics of tourist traffic, in the context of a wider range of indicators in the field of political organization, economy, socio-demographic parameters, etc. Study all the information well in order to get to know tourists from the mentioned countries as well as possible and in order to plan and advertise tourist packages for a certain target group of tourists as well as possible. Market profiles include information from the market: Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, China, Hungary, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Russia, the United States and Canada, Scandinavia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the UAE. center_img Germany’s main emitting market in 2019 The total turnover in 2019 (overnight stays) is dominated by the German market, followed by the domestic market, Slovenia and Austria. The decline in arrivals with the growth of overnight stays in 2019 was from the South Korean market, while the markets that experienced a decline in overnight stays and arrivals were the markets of the Czech Republic, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. Last year, growth in the number of arrivals and overnight stays was recorded from distant markets of China, USA and Canada, as well as Ukraine, Spain, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland and the UK. and from the domestic market. The markets that recorded growth in arrivals with a slight decline in the number of overnight stays are Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Poland. last_img read more