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Promotion of Croatia on the German market

first_imgThe tourist year in Germany begins in early November, when tour operators launch the market with catalogs for the next summer season.This is exactly the time when the offices of the Croatian Tourist Board in Germany are intensively cooperating with partners in the promotion of products and destinations in the tourism industry. Thus, with the aim of promoting Croatia among German tourist workers and according to the media, the CNTB Representation in Germany carried out a number of promotional activities, the CNTB reports.With a partner DER Touristik Thus, four presentations of Croatia were made for agents, in Kassel, Erfurt, Wolfsburg and Berlin. The presentations were attended by 150 agents who received new information about Croatia and the Croatian tourist offer. There is also a traditional event “Travelconnexion” which was held in cooperation with Thomas Cook in Frankfurt. At this event, the Thomas Cook Group presented its program for the next summer season, and the event alone gathered about 1500 agents.Another presentation for agents was held in Düsseldorf in collaboration with Novasolom, which brought together over 60 agents who were interested in the development of private accommodation and holiday homes in Croatia. Office CNTB branches in Munich, in cooperation with the tour operator Fti, organized a cooking show for agents. As part of the event, a presentation of FTI’s own hotel brand Labranda was held, which in April 2019 will come to Croatia for the first time at the Senses Hotel on Hvar.last_img read more

Aubameyang checking his phone after every match to see if Golden Boot rival has scored

first_imgAdvertisement Kane scored against Burnley after returning from injury but was blunted against Chelsea (Getty)‘Because you know he’s playing for Spurs – but I know he was playing for Arsenal before.‘So I look at him because I know he’s a good striker and he scores goals. A lot, a lot, a lot. So always when I check it, he’s always scoring, and I say, “Oh”.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement The Gabon striker is two goals behind leading scorer Sergio Aguero (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he is always checking the football scores after Arsenal games to see if his rivals for the Premier League Golden Boot have scored.The Gabon striker netted against Bournemouth on Wednesday night to take his league tally for the season to 16 – two behind Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who tops the leaderboard.On Saturday Aubameyang travels to Wembley for the north London derby, and he admits Spurs striker Harry Kane is one player he is always keeping tabs on.Premier League top scorers 2018/19Sergio Aguero (Man City)18Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)17Aubameyang (Arsenal)16Harry Kane (Spurs)15Sadio Mane (Liverpool)14 Share Commentcenter_img Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he fears Harry Kane most in race for Premier League Golden Boot Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 7:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link753Shares Asked if thinks about his striker rivals, Aubameyang told Ian Wright in an interview for the Premier League: ‘Yeah of course. I always watch on my phone after the games, of course.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘You know that feeling, you have to check because it’s not like in Germany. In Germany, okay, I have to check if [Robert] Lewandowski scored, but here you have to check all the games, so many people.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But it’s cool, it’s nice. It’s a great challenge for a striker when you have a lot of good strikers in other teams so then after the season you can compare yourself to other players.’Asked if he looks at anyone in particular, Aubameyang continued: ‘Yeah, Harry Kane, of course.last_img read more

Tea: can the cuppa reap the rewards of café culture?

first_imgAt an rsp of £4.20 per box of 15 pyramid bags, these teas are certainly premium. But Joe’s is convinced its “outstanding pure and fresh flavours made from 100% organic Ceylon whole leaf tea ” are worth the price. The two additions to its existing range, Feisty Turmeric Guru and Rest-Repeat Rooibos, launched this summer and have already scooped several Great Taste awards.Tregothnan Single-serve Loose Leaf Packs Bella Percy-Hughes, marketing manager at Tregothnan, believes tea is something of a “consolation prize” at the coffee chains. Working for a brand that trades on the quality and rich flavours of its tea, she believes this is “not at all” how it should be. “We need to give tea more of a prominence on the high street,” she argues.There are early signs of change. Starbucks launched its Teavana range in the UK in 2016 with the aim of making tea far more than a consolation prize. With flavours ranging from Mango Black Tea Lemonade to a Shaken Hibiscus infusion, it is certainly offering something different. This element of excitement is one thing out-of-home tea is performing well on. More than six in 10 consumers in our Harris Interactive survey thought there were exciting options available.But many of the chains fall down on experience. While Costa offers a range of five teas from Earl Grey to chamomile, it is simply a case of placing a bag in hot water. It’s a similar situation at Caffè Nero. The experience just isn’t the same as a barista-crafted flat white with artful foam decoration on top.Ben Newbury, senior brand manager for Yorkshire Tea, says more experiential stuff is starting to come through in the independent sector. “There are lots of small artisanal brands on the high street doing their own thing,” he says. Through small touches – brewing loose leaf teas with timers or pairing them with food – they are succeeding in making tea feel like more of a luxury. Beatons Tearooms, for example, offer 25 loose leaf teas from Lapsang Souchong to Cherry Sencha  in modern surroundings that aim to “bring tearooms into the 21st century”. Plenty of others are also experimenting (watch our video on Opium Chinatown’s tea parlour, above).This has all been fuelled by the afternoon tea boom. “We’re seeing a lot more afternoon teas happening,” says Newbury. Once dismissed as old-fashioned, the tradition is rapidly gaining popularity among the younger generation. Our Harris Interactive poll found 50% of 25 to 34-year-olds had been for an afternoon tea over the past year, compared to 36% of the 55-plus age group.The challenge is how to take the appetite for these occasional, indulgent events – where consumers certainly see tea as more than a commodity – and apply it to the everyday. After all, less than 10% of consumers will drink tea out of home on a daily basis. It’s time to say goodbye to the fiddly business of measuring out loose leaf tea. These innovative packs from Tregothnan (£8.50) contain single-serve portions with just the right amount of leaves to make a proper brew in a teapot or cup infuser. The best bit? They can be reinfused multiple times. Although first debuted in May at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the format will officially launch across the entire Tregothnan range of teas in November.Heath & Heather In China, a pot of tea can set you back more than £7,000. Not any old tea, mind. This is the Original Da Hong Pao blend, made from rare ‘mother trees’ whose leaves have been characterised by the mineral-rich, rain-heavy landscape in Wuyishan. The taste is said to be so distinctive that a tea collector paid more than £21,000 for just 20g of it in 2002. It may seem an excessive sum for a cuppa. But it’s symbolic of a culture that places such a high value on tea it has its own special ceremony.In the UK, it’s a very different story. A standard bag of black tea can cost under 2p. Our idea of a tea ceremony is to leave the teabag in for a couple of minutes before dumping in the milk. Tea is seen as more of a commodity than a luxury worth a £7,000 spend.Tea sales are suffering as a result. Brits drank nearly 870 million fewer cups of tea last year, The Grocer revealed in August, driven by a particular decline in black tea sales. The lack of excitement in the tea category shouldered most of the blame.One thing is clear: tea needs a makeover. And if its image is to be revamped, the out-of-home arena looks like the best place to start.Watch: Can tea be more than just a drink? For proof, look no further than coffee shops. Before the mass arrival of Starbucks and co in the UK, a milky mug of instant was standard fare. Now consumers demand a range of different formats and beans to suit their tastes. This appetite for premium options helped push up the value of the coffee market by 10.8% last year [Kantar Worldpanel 52 w/e 20 May 2018].On the flip side of the coin, tea is lagging behind with just a 0.7% value increase amid a steady decline in volume. The boom in café culture just hasn’t translated to a boom in tea.Part of the problem is the way tea is served in the out-of-home environment, says Typhoo category and marketing manager Simon Kershaw. “It’s very much a standard teabag delivered to you in a teapot with a glass of milk on the side,” he says. Compare that to all the theatre and complication that goes into a barista-made cup of coffee and it’s easy to see why tea falls short.So it’s little wonder that our survey of over 2,000 consumers, conducted by Harris Interactive, showed some scepticism over buying tea in coffee shops. Just under four in 10 thought it was value for money and only a quarter thought it was made in a way they couldn’t replicate at home (see below). More premium options in the coffee chains would be a starting point, or the creation of a more everyday tea chain (see our Creative Challenge below). But in the absence of any major developments on the out-of-home side, brands are trying to make that link.Twinings, for example, has marketed its premium loose leaf teas as the perfect afternoon tea option – and even has a guide to food pairing. Last year, Unilever launched its high-end Pure Leaf brand with the aim of helping consumers “recreate the experience” of an afternoon tea at home. Typhoo launched its premium herbal Heath & Heather brand, which says it is “tailored to your tastes, your moods and your needs”, into supermarkets for the first time this summer.Typhoo’s Kershaw says he is “really impressed” with sales so far. He believes premium options such as Heath & Heather represent a real opportunity as consumers curb their consumption of standard black tea. There is, he believes, a change in mindset towards higher quality. “We’re seeing with premium brands such as Tea 2 and Joe’s, there is a growing understanding of the quality of tea and people are being introduced to new, exciting ways of drinking it,” he says.Kershaw sees the tea category as evolving, rather than dying. Sure enough, our Harris Interactive poll shows there is still plenty of love for tea. When asked whether they preferred tea or coffee, consumers were almost equally split between the two (and 8% had no preference). Yorkshire Tea’s Newbury sums up the situation well. “We say the nation has been in a tea trance,” he says. “People were drinking what their parents and grandparents drank. Then they found there were better teas.”Peter Dries, Tetley’s director of customer and shopper marketing, believes there is hope for tea to follow in the footsteps of coffee. ”The connoisseurship of coffee drove the premiumisation of this sector and we are seeing consumers apply the same expectations to tea as they have done to coffee in the past in terms of premium ingredients; added value; quality; sustainability and ethics,” he says.The afternoon tea has been one way of getting people to explore options beyond the standard black teabag. So if out-of-home can continue to open up consumers’ eyes to new possibilities – and brands can capitalise on that – tea may be able to turn over a new (loose) leaf. Here’s to snapping out of the tea trance.Creative Challenge: TeakTeak Galleryoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC (originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC (originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC (originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC (originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC (originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC ( We challenged strategic design agency OurCreative to come up with a new chain that could put tea firmly at the centre of Britain’s high streets. Here’s what they came up with.Decked out in Scandi-style design, Teak is a world away from the traditional, old-fashioned English tea shop. This was a conscious choice by OurCreative. ”We’re aiming Teak at millennials and Gen-Z consumers because only 20% drink tea every day, but 37% drink five to seven different types of tea. So it shows they are open to new experiences,” says senior designer Joe Wallis.The clean design is intended to communicate that tea very much has a place in the modern world. Even the cups are a far cry from the usual china. The clear mug is an Instagram opportunity waiting to happen. This modern look and feel is backed up by an ordering app that has the ability to link to the consumer’s health devices. If your Fitbit shows you are running low on sleep, for example, it can suggest a high-caffeine tea to perk you up (and place an order for you). Alternatively, you can choose from a list of emotions for a personalised tea recommendation.This emphasis on the functionality of tea is important, says Wallis. “Young people are embracing wellness and we thought there was an opportunity to incorporate that into the blending of the teas. So it could be almost an apothecary where you choose the right tea for you,” he explains.It’s not just about keeping healthy. The chain is also designed to rival Starbucks as a meeting place. “People love the coffee shops and I think a lot of it is about the experience and going somewhere with their friends and that’s the lifestyle,” says Wallis. If they want to take their tea out, though, there is a handy solution for that. The specially designed two-tier Teak cup will brew the tea for as long as necessary in the top chamber – there are three time settings – before decanting into the lower chamber. So there’s no longer any excuse for a poorly brewed cuppa.The innovations making tea special againJoe’s Tea Blends Having been in the business of making herbal teas for nearly 100 years, Heath & Heather is hardly a new brand. But it is new to the supermarkets, having launched in Tesco just this summer before its arrival in Morrisons and Ocado. The supermarket debut was backed by a Me to the Power of Tea campaign, which positioned Heath & Heather as a lifestyle brand. Flavours range from Organic Green Tea with Turmeric to an Organic Green Tea with Coconut.last_img read more

APG, PGGM expecting extension for pension funds’ EMIR exemption

first_imgA spokesman for PGGM said: “Although the current exemption is officially to expire on 16 August, we fully assume there will be an extension of two years.“However, it has not yet been decided by the European Commission.”An APG spokesman said it also expected the extension to become a reality soon.“We think the chance is more than 50%, but we can only be sure after the decision has been taken,” he said.Under EMIR, European pension funds would have to set aside dozens of billions of euros worth of high-quality collateral – cash or very safe bonds – for derivatives transactions.Because these assets cannot be invested, the regulation is likely to hinder the growth of the European economy, APG warned.The asset manager also previously argued that a spike in demand for collateral on interest swaps, in the event of sudden swings in interest rates, also carried system risks.PGGM has also claimed that the requirement to deposit collateral with central clearing houses will create concentration risks. The European Commission is likely to extend pension funds’ exemption from the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) – which aims to increase stability in the OTC derivatives market – to 2017, according to asset managers APG and PGGM. Together with the Dutch Pensions Federation, APG and PGGM – asset managers for the €334bn civil service scheme ABP and €156bn healthcare scheme PFZW, respectively – have been the chief advocates for the Dutch pensions industry in Brussels calling for the postponement or adjustment of EMIR. They have argued repeatedly that the regulation will come at the expense of pension funds’ returns while increasing financial risks.They have also claimed that, within the European Union, Dutch pension funds would have the most to lose.last_img read more

Funadhoo Land Reclamation Scheme Kicks Off

first_imgThe land reclamation operations for new airport development project at Funadhoo island of Shaviyani Atoll are now underway, local media reports. The project, conducted by the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company’s new trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Mahaa Jarraafu, will be completed in a month’s time.According to the island’s council, the dredging pipes have already been installed so the sand dredged up from the seabed can be brought to the area set for reclamation.Under this major development program, a total of 21 hectares of new land will be reclaimed.Funadhoo will be the second island that the new TSHD will be used to reclaim the land to develop an airport.[mappress mapid=”24767″]last_img read more

Davis fed up of same old story

first_img Press Association Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis bemoaned a case of “same old story” following his side’s 2-0 loss to Israel “We dominated the game for long spells but failed to find a killer touch. It’s just the luck we’re having at the minute. We are being punished for every mistake. “We switched off at the back for the first time and we were punished. Obviously the heads drop when that happens. “It’s difficult to come back at this level.” A place in the top two is now an unrealistic prospect, with fourth probably the most realistic target. It is hardly a glamourous goal but one Davis is ready to take on. “It’s a long way back,” he admitted. “Had we won it would have kept us in the picture, but we’ve just got to dust ourselves down and prepare for the next game and try to pick up a win as soon as possible.” center_img Davis went close to opening the scoring in a positive first half from the home side at Windsor Park, seeing his close-range effort blocked by the face of goalkeeper Dudu Aouate. But Michael O’Neill’s men could not find the finishing touch and slumped to defeat as Israel struck twice in the last 13 minutes through Lior Refaelov and Eden Ben Basat. “We were happy with the performance but not the result. It’s the same old story in many ways,” he said. last_img read more

Kamrup (Metro) bag best team award at Inter District School Athletic Championship

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Kamrup (Metro) emerged champion in the Inter District School Athletic championship which concluded at the SAI Sports complex here today. Host team altogether collected 20 medals which included 10 gold, six silver and 4 bronze.The two-day competition was held in U-14 and U-17 age categories. Kamrup (M) also collected champion trophy in U-14 boys and U-17 girls events. Nalbari and Kokrajhar jointly finished second in the U-14 girls section while Sivasagar bagged the best team title in the U-17 boys category. Legendary athlete Bhogeswar Baruah and former athlete Kushal Lahan today attended the closing function which was held at the SAI Sports complex.Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Desko says Galasso should return in ‘just a few weeks’

first_imgSyracuse head coach John Desko said that redshirt junior attack/midfielder Nicky Galasso’s upper-body injury will keep him sidelined for a few weeks after the Orange’s two scrimmage wins over Hofstra and Le Moyne on Saturday afternoon.“Galasso will be out here before too long,” Desko said. “He has an injury but it’s healing and we think it will be just a few weeks.”After transferring from North Carolina following his sophomore year, Galasso received a medical redshirt last year for a foot injury suffered in the preseason. The junior now has two years of eligibility remaining and is expected to see time at attack and midfield for the Orange this season.Desko was announced Wednesday that Galasso would miss time with the upper-body injury. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 25, 2014 at 4:58 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

WCQ: Maidens 2-0 Equatorial Guinea

first_imgGhana defeated Equatorial Guinea on Saturday to take a commanding lead in their bid to reach the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.Chasing a fourth-straight appearance at the World Cup, the Black Maidens won 2-0 in the first-leg match at the Accra Stadium.Goals from Larbi Issaka and Jane Ayieyam handed Ghana an enthralling victory ahead of the return game in a fortnight in Malabo.The Black Maidens are looking forward to claiming one of the three places available to the continent for next year’s World Cup.Larbi gave Evans Adotey’s side the lead in the first half before Ayieyam doubled it up for Ghana from a header after the break.Ghana won bronze at the 2012 World Cup in Azerbaijan where they made their third successive appearance at the finals.last_img read more