4th International Congress on Rural Tourism opened

first_imgPanels on international tourist cultural routes, the role of emigrants, returnees and national minorities in rural, and the role of LAGs and LAGURs in sustainable tourism, lectures, presentations, workshops, Sustainable Development Festival, exhibitions, Eco-ethno trade show, innovative dinner Brač specialties, are only part of the rich program of the Fourth International Congress on Rural Tourism “New Time – Time for Rural Tourism” which is held from 9 to 13 May in Supetar on Brac.”Our goal is to show examples of good practice, creative ideas of our rural masters, measures of various incentives to start their own economies, but also to show that rural tourism is not only old-fashioned, but also compatible with modern digital technologies and communications. continue to preserve the authentic experience of our offer”, Said the president of the Croatian Association for Tourism and Rural Development” Village Members Club “Dijana Katica at the opening ceremony of the fourth International Congress on Rural Tourism, which will be held until Sunday in Supetar.In addition to the scientific and professional public, the congress is intended for tourist farms and entrepreneurs in rural tourism, LAGs, and LAGURs who will be introduced to the latest trends in the field of rural tourism at workshops and trainings. And according to these trends, guests are increasingly interested in the history, culture and tradition of the destination where they stay, they want to get involved in local life during the holidays. “The task before us is to bring Croatia closer to the world as a year-round destination with a rich and diverse offer throughout all twelve months. It is in this process that continental tourism and related branches of selective forms of tourism come to the fore. Rural tourism has a lot of room for growth and development, it is a product for which guests from large urban areas and cities who want to enjoy nature, peace and who prefer an authentic experience and home-grown food show interest. The world trend is autochthonous and natural, what Croatia has abundantly from Slavonia to Imotski Krajina”, Said Kristjan Staničić, director of the Main Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board.Rural tourism in Croatia follows world trends. Since 2018 has been declared the year of European cultural heritage, among the topics of the congress are cultural routes in rural tourism, which will be discussed by Stefano Dominioni, President of the Institute for Cultural Routes at the Council of Europe. “In the Dalmatian hinterland, only two percent of the space is used for rural tourism, and the potential in that county for this type of tourism has about 70 percent. “, are data presented by Joško Stella, director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, which is hosting the congress for the second time. The first International Congress on Rural Tourism was held on Hvar.Rural space, household holidays, local gastronomy, active holidays in nature are of interest to socially and ecologically aware guests who expect the tourist offer to be in line with their beliefs. They come on holiday mainly outside the main tourist season, they are looking for an authentic experience, as a rule they have higher purchasing power and they come to the destination by their own car. Rural tourism is an increasingly sought-after form of offer with great tourist potential throughout the year, which generates new jobs, new facilities and economic development in rural areas, while creative and authentic offer is in focus.For more information on the International Congress on Rural Tourism on Brač, see HERElast_img read more

Stanford used secret account to bribe Antigua regulator, says witness

first_img Share 16 Views   no discussions Allen Standford. HOUSTON, USA — Texas financier Allen Stanford drew on a secret Swiss bank account to pay bribes to the banking regulator in Antigua and Barbuda, the prosecution’s top witness said at Stanford’s criminal fraud trial on Friday. The 61-year-old Stanford is charged with using his Houston-based financial empire to swindle investors out of more than $7 billion. He has pleaded not guilty to a 14-count indictment. At the heart of Stanford’s alleged fraud are certificates of deposit sold by his Antigua-based Stanford International Bank Ltd to about 28,000 investors.Prosecutors allege that Stanford diverted $2 billion from customer deposits to fund a luxurious lifestyle and money-losing ventures such as airlines, real estate developments and cricket tournaments in the Caribbean. “The monies flowed from Stanford International Bank CDs to this slush account. It was a slush fund, just used for whatever the holder wanted to use it for,” James Davis, Stanford Financial Group’s former chief financial officer, told the jury in US Federal Court in Houston. “One purpose was to pull cash out to bribe the regulator in Antigua, Mr Leroy King.” King, former head of Antigua and Barbuda’s Financial Services Regulatory Commission and one of four people charged in a separate indictment, is accused of taking bribes to divert regulatory attention from Stanford’s operations, and is fighting extradition from Antigua. Davis told jurors Stanford gave King at least $10,000 to $15,000 in cash every quarter, as well as tickets to the National Football League Super Bowl championship games in 2005 and 2009, to prevent government examiners from probing the bank’s investment portfolio. Davis said that for years he supplied inflated totals for the bank’s investment accounts to Antiguan regulators to disguise the gap between the bank’s actual assets and its reported assets. In June 2005, Davis said King gave Stanford a copy of a confidential letter from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), asking Antiguan banking authorities for help investigating Stanford’s bank for possible fraud. Davis said Stanford and a company lawyer drafted King’s reply to the SEC, which falsely assured US regulators that Stanford’s bank was clean. by Caribbean News Now contributor Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img NewsRegional Stanford used secret account to bribe Antigua regulator, says witness by: – February 6, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more