Cross-border cooperation to the development of tourism and preservation of cultural and natural heritage in Slavonia

first_imgSome are fighting to maintain the status quo, while others are fighting against the status quo. This is the difference between successful and those who strive for development and others who stagnate or fail. It is easiest to say there is no money, the status quo cannot be adhered to, while those who are proactive are always looking for a solution to the problem and are actively fighting in the market, and this is also the case when we talk about attracting money from various EU funds. EU projects are there to make the best use of them for development, they all have the same opportunities, and it is up to us whether we use them or not.This is also the case with the project “EXtraordinary PLeasure of Our REGion – Common gastro, eco and recreation routes of Croatia and Serbia” (EXPLORE CRO-SRB) which is implemented with the general goal of contributing to tourism development and preservation of cultural and natural heritage of the cross-border area. expansion and integration of the tourist offer and management of cultural and natural assets of the cross-border area.The targeted cross-border area is rich in natural, historical and cultural resources that are economically underutilized due to poor tourism infrastructure, low level of marketing, lack of information exchange within the tourism industry and undiversified tourism offer, lack of communication among tourism stakeholders, poor destination management and lack of effective marketing strategy.Anita Đerek Krnjić from the Development Agency of the City of Slavonski Brod states that this project with a total value of EUR 369 thousand was financed from the Interreg IPA cross-border cooperation program Croatia-Serbia for the period 2014-2020, and is implemented from July 2017 to July 2019. implementation, an eco, gastro and recreational study of the cross-border area will be made in order to form three tourist routes of the cross-border area. “An e-cluster platform will be established, the capacities of the members of the Tourist Cluster “Slavonian Basket” and the Tourist Cluster of the Subotica Palić microregion and other actors in tourism will be strengthened through trainings on destination management, promotion and marketing, logistics in tourism, valorization of cross-border resources.”Says Krnjic.Photo: Bojan Haron MarkičevićNew cross-border tourism products will be promoted through a ten-month targeted social media marketing campaign, a presentation at trade fairs with a total of 100.000 visitors and a ten-minute promotional film on regional television. We learned more about future studies of tourist routes from the development process leader, Autumn Ricl, leaders of the Eco Route Study process, Tina Horvatina, leader of the Recreational Route Study process and Jasmine Krkić Poznić, leaders of the process of making the Gastro Route Study.Each study also consists of survey questionnaires, ie research on eko, recreational i gastro tourism, which are extremely important for the implementation and development of the project. If you care about quality and sustainable development of tourism, especially in Slavonia, take a few minutes of your time and participate in the survey.The geographical area of ​​eastern Croatia covered by the study contains all the prerequisites for the development of quality and eco-tourism, not mass tourism, he points out. Jesenka Ricl, process leader of the Eco Route Study, adds that the rich natural and cultural heritage, natural landscapes recognized in the plains and the peculiarities of the Kopački rit and Papuk Nature Parks are a great inspiration for travelers who do not want to leave their footprints after their visit. “If the tourism sector, but also many other complementary sectors, accept changes that will affect sustainable development, energy efficiency, production of eco products and business based on the offer of “eco friendly” services then we can say with great certainty that the offer of Osijek-Baranja County, Vukovar Srijem County, Slavonski Brod County and Požega-Slavonia County to be deserved on the map of the tourist international eco route. A tourism product alone is not enough to become a respectable eco destination. Such a thing requires a “green” state of consciousness in every household, school, local government unit, factories. An eco-tourist is highly educated, often knows more about the destination than the host, and expects quality, originality and principles for the value of the money he pays.” Ricl points out.Link to the eco-tourism survey questionnaire: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Razvoj-ekoturizmaWith the study, we want to first analyze the situation on the ground in the field of recreational tourism, in eastern Croatia, he points out Tin Horvatin, head of the Recreational Route Study process, adds that the results will then be compared with strategic documents applicable to this geographical area and global trends in tourism, so that they can identify, improve and promote tourism products that will be on the recreational route. “Personally, I think that Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem can offer a lot in the field of recreational tourism, through active holidays, but also through an offer aimed at professional sports, and I hope that the Study will eventually show that.”Horvatin pointed out.Link to the survey questionnaire for recreational tourism: https://zebrica.typeform.com/to/Hek9xRPhoto: Bojan Haron MarkičevićThe third study is based on gastro tourism, and the head of the Gastro Tour Study process points out that Slavonia and Baranja as an agricultural treasury are a unique source that enables the development of gastro tourism, and tourism development becomes a tool in promoting and commercializing these same agricultural products. “Holidays are increasingly ceasing to be “sun and sea”, and more and more desire for new experiences. In the sea of ​​today’s attractive offers of once almost unattainable exotic destinations, today’s tourist becomes oversaturated and turns to discovering destinations that nurture traditional values. Originality becomes an attraction in itself. And that is the best answer to the question of how to stand out in the offer of a guest who is oversaturated with everything? With life  traditional values. And that is the basis of gastronomy – respect for culture and tradition, a healthy lifestyle, authenticity, sustainability, experience. We have never given up our traditional values, although they are sometimes neglected. The gastronomic experience we expect becomes one of the key moments when choosing a destination ” concludes Krkić Poznić.Link to the survey questionnaire for gastro tourism: https://zebrica.typeform.com/to/rf1eIllast_img read more

Koeman ignores returning ex-Saints

first_imgRonald Koeman has no interest in the reception Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren will receive on their St Mary’s return as the Southampton manager’s sole focus is on beating Liverpool. Press Association The spectre of those returns have understandably dominated the build-up to Sunday’s match, but it is not something Koeman is interested in. “It’s not my question, my question is to prepare the team for the Sunday game,” the Saints boss said. “I don’t talk about players who are coming back to the club where they played last season, because then I can talk every week about a player who comes back to Southampton. “Lallana is a very good player, doing well in Liverpool. He chose to change the club after a good opportunity and nothing else. “It is Southampton against Liverpool, not Southampton against some players who played last season for Southampton.” Friday’s pre-match press conference saw Koeman come closer than any time during his Saints reign to losing his cool as a journalist peppered him with questions about the returning triumvirate. The Dutchman told the reporter to “ask me about Southampton” and, as he became increasingly irked, asked: “You’re the agent of Lovren and Lallana? Why that kind of questions all the time?” After eight questions on the subject, the head of media intervened in a bid to move matters onto Southampton’s current squad. “You think I am thinking about losing a game? No way,” Koeman said. “I am thinking of winning the game. I am not negative thinking. “I’m surprised they have four points less than we have and to come closer to us they have to win. If they don’t win, they don’t come closer.” Southampton’s chances of keeping Liverpool at bay are boosted by the return of Morgan Schneiderlin, Shane Long and Matt Targett on Sunday. There will still be a number of absentees at St Mary’s, though, with the suspended Ryan Bertrand joining Toby Alderweireld, Emmanuel Mayuka and Jay Rodriguez on the sidelines. The latter has not played for 321 days after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament last season, with some talk of a March return. “It’s a long way now for Jay and if it happens in March we are very happy,” Koeman said. “If it happens in April we will see but at the moment not because he needs more time.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has criticised Mario Balotelli’s work rate and told him to step up his contribution. Rodgers gave his full backing to striker Balotelli over the penalty furore which blew up in the 1-0 win over Besiktas in the Europa League. He supported the Italy international stepping in front of Jordan Henderson, captain on the night and designated pre-match taker, even if it looked unseemly at the time. But when it came to Balotelli’s overall effort during his substitute appearance, Rodgers was unimpressed. Rodgers responded “No, not really no”, when asked if he was satisfied with the 24-year-old’s stint against the Turkish side, which lasted half an hour. Rodgers said: “We need to ensure that whatever level of the game we are playing at we have everyone working as a team and once we got the penalty he stops working. “So he needs to improve on that facet of his game to play in his position, rather than standing on the side of the football field.” Rodgers, speaking to national newspapers, said of Balotelli: “He has contributed against Besiktas, he has got the penalty and scored the goal but that is what he is paid to do. “He needs to keep that efficiency in his game and show that he can affect the team whether he is asked to play from the bench or from the start. In a different country and a different style of football that (goal) would be all that matters but in this team there is more to it than that.” Injured captain Steven Gerrard, as a guest television pundit, called Balotelli “mischievous” and “disrespectful” for taking on penalty duties. Rodgers said Balotelli – who has scored 27 out of 29 from the spot in his career – was following the long-established order agreed earlier in the season. “There has probably been a lot more of a drama been made out of it than it actually was,” said the Reds boss. “With the players who were initially on the pitch last night Jordan was our nominated taker. “But if Jordan and Steven and Mario are on the pitch at the same time we would normally have Steven and Mario as the penalty-takers. “History shows he (Balotelli) has scored nearly 30 penalties in big games so he is an outstanding penalty-taker, but none of them were on (at the start) so you have to nominate someone. “Jordan was happy enough to take it but he gave it to Mario.” Raheem Sterling is pushing for a start after his successful return from a foot injury in midweek but Gerrard misses out again with a hamstring problem. The trio were key protagonists in last summer’s unparalleled talent drain from the Saints as they swapped the south coast for Merseyside at a reported combined cost of £49million. Lallana, Lambert and Lovren have enjoyed differing levels of success since moving to Anfield and will receive receptions of varying warmth upon their first visit to Southampton since departing. last_img read more

Trojans haven’t forgotten last year’s Stanford loss

first_imgAfter failing to avenge a tough 2009 loss last week, USC gets another crack at it Saturday against No. 16 Stanford.Too much · Stanford and running back Toby Gerhart ran all over USC last year at the Coliseum and punctuated it with a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach. The Trojans haven’t forgotten about that controversial attempt by Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan The Cardinal subjected the Trojans to perhaps their most embarrassing loss of last year, a 55-21 thrashing at the Coliseum. Already 1-1 in Pac-10 play after falling to Washington, the Trojans are looking for a road victory against one of the conference’s top teams to try to get back on track.“Coming off a loss like that at home, I think the best thing to do is go into a hostile environment where it’s just our team and fight one out,” redshirt junior linebacker Chris Galippo said.Senior linebacker Michael Morgan agreed.“I know it’s a big game and we’ve got a lot at stake right now,” Morgan said.On top of not wanting to fall further behind in the Pac-10 standings, the Trojans might have a little extra motivation built up for the Cardinal. The most notable moment of last year’s beat down came when Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh elected to go for two with his team leading 48-21 midway through the fourth quarter.Harbaugh’s move led to an exchange of words with former USC coach Pete Carroll after the game. Both coaches played it politically correct in press conferences afterward, but USC players understood the message.“Yeah, that was tough. That was last year,” Morgan said. “We didn’t forget about it. I will remind you that we didn’t forget about it but we’re gonna come out and try to dominate.“Hey, it’s part of football,” he said “They did it, they’ll have to pay for it.”USC will enter the game as an underdog for the first time this season. Any hopes of upending Stanford at home will start with slowing down the Cardinal’s physical offensive attack, led by running back Stepfan Taylor and quarterback Andrew Luck.It won’t be a question of figuring out what Stanford is going to do. Galippo said the Cardinal make that very clear.“They overload one side of the line and they just say, ‘Hey, we’re running the ball right here, try and stop us,’” Galippo said. “So, yeah, it’s going to be a heck of a challenge.”Out of all the statistical categories the USC defense ranks poorly in, run defense is at least the lesser of the evils. The Trojans rank 44th nationally against the run, while their pass defense is 116th.Morgan said he believes the defense will be up to the challenge.“They’re gonna line up in ace and jumbo packages and run the ball straight at you,” he said. “We feel like that’s one of our strengths and we’ll have to be ready for it.”    uAs USC coach Lane Kiffin looks to solve the Trojans’ kicking dilemma, he was not encouraged by the results from Wednesday’s practice.Senior kicker Joe Houston and senior punter Jacob Harfman combined to go 0-for-6 on field goals in the 35- to 45-yard range in the kicking portion of practice. Houston is 2-for-6 on field goals tries this season, while Harfman, the punter, has not attempted a kick this season.Kiffin said the competition was ongoing and that he was “extremely” concerned about the kicking game.“If you go a whole period of field goal opportunities and you don’t make one, that would concern me a lot,” he said.last_img read more