Aquatika freshwater aquarium as a top tourist content that foreign tourists have yet to discover

first_imgThe destination consists of all participants, and if there is no synergy and coordination, there is no quality tourist product. What is most important in the whole story, the motive for coming is not accommodation, but just quality, diverse and authentic content. Also, it is precisely this quality tourist content that we chronically lack that directly affects guest satisfaction, longer stays of guests and an increase in tourist spending by a certain tourist destination. If we meet or exceed his expectations, the guest will come back again and become our ambassador.  The idea of ​​the Karlovac freshwater aquarium started from the natural position of the city on four rivers – Korana, Kupa, Mrežnica and Dobra, a city that connects and is symbolized by a favorable traffic position at the crossroads. But also, regardless of the historical significance of Karlovac, there has always been the impression that Karlovac is a passing crossroads. Read more about the story of how the idea for the Aquatica freshwater aquarium came about in the attachment. From the very opening, Aquatika encourages the work of local artists, craftsmen and designers, sells their products in a souvenir shop, and also cooperates with local suppliers, associations and entrepreneurs.  It is commendable that the Public Institution Aquatika signed an agreement on joint cooperation for joint promotions with Una National Park from Bihać, as well as cooperation three public institutions from the area of ​​Karlovac County: Public Institution Barać’s Caves, Visitor Center Ivana’s Fairytale House and Public Institution Aquatika – Freshwater Aquarium Karlovac. Excellent examples of connections and synergies in tourism. Photo: Aqautika Thus, in 2019, Aquatic visited the whole 73.161 visitors, which is an increase of 3% compared to 2018. The majority of visitors are still visitors from Croatia, while only 3.893 foreign tourists visited this excellent museum. The largest share are tourists from Slovenia, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and who learned the most about Aquatika via the Internet. / / / HOW A DREAM AND VISION BECAME A REALITY – AQUATIKA FRESHWATER AQUARIUM Apart from being a tourist attraction, Aquatika has a great ecological, educational and scientific value, and at the same time it is a great support to the local economy and the development of the entire city.  Photo: Aqautika Photo: Aqautika / / / SOUVENIRS WITH AUTHENTIC OFFER ENCOURAGE THE LOCAL ECONOMY. HERE’S HOW THEY DO IT IN AQUATICA And that is why Aquatika, like all other tourist attractions and facilities, in the whole region should be promoted by everyone, not just selling themselves or accommodation. We need to look at a much broader story, because tourism is just that. It all makes a big tourist mosaic and every cube is important, no matter how small. If we look at the broader context, then we should definitely look at the inclusion of local family farms, ie local producers of dairy, meat, bakery products, honey, fruits, vegetables, fruit products, beverages, wild plants, souvenirs, cosmetics… because if we encourage imports through tourism, and not the local economy then we did something nasty wrong in our tourist story. HOW A DREAM AND VISION BECAME A REALITY – AQUATIKA FRESHWATER AQUARIUM This has created space for new jobs in Aquatica, but also indirectly in other companies, family farms and handicrafts. The richness of the offer ensures constant public interest in Aquatika and the city of Karlovac, and the development of new ideas has resulted in the fact that today Aquatika is recognized as an unavoidable address with a strong position in tourism, economic, educational and environmental significance for the city and its surroundings. It should be said that the importance of this project for the Karlovac area, but also the wider local and national community, was recognized in the beginning by the fact that the project was declared by the European Union among the most successful local EU projects in Croatia. The project was recognized by the profession through awards, but also membership in the UNESCO World Water Museum Network, of which Aquatika is the first Croatian member. It is quite certain that Aquatika returned the city of Karlovac and strongly positioned it on the tourist map of Croatia. In addition to all that, new programs are constantly being designed, so the book Freshwater Fish Aquatika, picture book and coloring book were published in their own edition, they hosted many events of the local civil sector, and regularly organize their own events, Aquatika points out. Aquatika, the first freshwater aquarium in Croatia that due to its originality and the fact that such a freshwater aquarium with endemic species exists in the heart of Croatia, made a positive tourist step forward as an excellent motive for arrival and quality content, not only Karlovac but the entire region. (from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes).center_img Photo: Aqautika By the way, Plitvice Lakes National Park has made an excellent product – Lika destination or # Plitvice experience which offers a wider range of tourist activities and experiences in Lika-Senj County. Plitvice Lakes National Park is visited annually by over a million tourists, and a significant part should certainly be redirected to Aquatica because it is an excellent link and supplement. There is certainly an important segment of tourists from the city of Zagreb, who can visit Karlovac and the surrounding area to fill the day with interesting content. Also worth mentioning is the collaboration with travel agencies, which, among other things, sell tourist packages from Zagreb to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, but with a mandatory visit to Aquatika. Great added value and addition to the trip. There is also cooperation with the portals for group purchase and Yes, it’s all tourism, but let’s get back to the topic of Aquatics. It is an excellent authentic and quality content, and the challenge of how to increase the number of foreign tourists is certainly in the whole destination, and by that I mean much wider than the city of Karlovac or Karlovac County. Of course, the responsibility is in the city of Karlovac as the owner and founder of the institution should increase funding for advertising and communication, because coming to Aquatik is coming to Karlovac and additional spending for coffee, lunch or other tourist content. In 2019, the freshwater aquarium Aquatika was still one of the most visited tourist attractions in Karlovac and the county.  Proof of this thesis is certainly the story of the souvenir shop, which with its authentic offer stimulates the local economy. Aquatika souvenir shops offer exclusively domestic unique products from local suppliers, crafts, local handicrafts and family farms. At the beginning, there were only a dozen suppliers at the opening in Aquatica, and today they work with even more than 60 suppliers, which are mostly from the area of ​​the city of Karlovac and its surroundings. Read more about this topic in the attachment. RELATED NEWS: Attractive and interesting content is there, actively working on promotion, various entertainment and educational programs, recognized by the profession (Artur 2017, Brand Leader Award 2018, Bled Water Festival, A + Awards, etc.), but obviously lacks better promotion and communication . Not so much from the museum itself, because the museum itself as a public institution does not have such a budget for promotion, but more than the entire destination. We must care that the guest sees and experiences as much as possible, especially when we have so many great facilities and attractions in the vicinity of an hour by car. It would be a problem if we did not have Aquatika, Barać’s Caves, Visitor Center Ivana’s Fairytale House, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Paklenica National Park, Northern Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park… and when great facilities are there, then we must promote and round them off. through the common tourist product of the entire continental destination. Also, I have to repeat here my mantra that I emphasize from the first day – the motive for coming is not accommodation, but authentic, diverse and quality content. And authenticity is the main ingredient of tourism. People want to experience something new and different. If we look at all the trends again, they are the ones that talk about authenticity, organic food and ecology. And here we are or we can be in a great position. In conclusion, Aquatika as a phenomenal unique content must certainly be visited by more than 3.893 foreign tourists. This is the next challenge that must become an imperative for the entire destination. A great example of synergy and looking at the bigger picture On the other hand, it remains a great pity that only 3.893 foreign tourists visited Aquatika. A ratio that definitely needs to change for the better, because it really is about unique, authentic and quality content. In the structure of visitors, 44% are children, 32% families, 14% adults, 7% retirees and 3% students. SOUVENIR SHOPS WITH AUTHENTIC OFFER PROMOTE THE LOCAL ECONOMY. HERE’S HOW THEY DO IT IN AQUATICAlast_img read more

Reports: Former AG Pam Bondi to Assist with White House Impeachment Response

first_imgThe White House is about to hire former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to assist with its impeachment response, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.One of the reports states that Bondi, who has been working for lobbyist Brian Ballard since she left office last January, will join the White House communications staff “temporarily,” and will also work on special projects. Former U.S. Treasury spokesman Tony Sayegh will reportedly join Bondi in the role.Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender tweeted:Adding Sayegh & Bondi is both an acknowledgment Trump needs help coordinating a response to the House probe, & a compromise between competing factions in the White House where rivalries opened during a two week-long process deliberation over which adviser to bring inside.— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) November 6, 2019 Bender adds that press secretary Stephanie Grisham and chief of staff Mick Mulvaney support Bondi’s hiring.last_img read more

WBB : Orange uncharacteristically dominated in paint in loss to Rutgers

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ For Quentin Hillsman, there was one aspect of Syracuse’s game against Rutgers that made the difference between a win and a loss.The Orange had been dominant from the inside for the majority of its non-conference schedule. Sophomore center Kayla Alexander led SU with 15 points per game through 15 contests. Points in the paint accounted for 46 percent of Syracuse’s offensive output.But Tuesday, it was the Scarlet Knights that controlled the play underneath the basket. And that was enough to hand SU its third loss of the season.‘I just thought that, obviously, we gave them too many points in the paint,’ said the SU head coach Hillsman. ‘And that’s not normally how we play.’Rutgers sophomore center Monique Oliver scored a career-high 27 points and the Scarlet Knights (10-6, 3-0 Big East) jumped out to a 17-point halftime lead en route to a 78-67 win over the Orange in front of 1,031 fans at the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Scarlet Knights pounded the ball inside, outscoring SU 36-20 in the paint and holding Alexander to just six points and six rebounds. That dominance inside gave Rutgers a comfortable halftime cushion, and the Orange (13-3, 1-2) was never able to claw its way back within striking distance.‘We didn’t shoot well from the outside,’ RU head coach C. Vivian Stringer said. ‘But all the damage was on the inside. I thought that this team recognized it was working, and why go somewhere else?’Sophomore Elashier Hall gave SU a spark to start the game, knocking down two 3-pointers to give the Orange a 6-0 lead less than 90 seconds in. But after that, it was all Rutgers in the first.Oliver repeatedly found ways to get open on the offensive end. She either worked her way to the free-throw line for turnaround jumpers or cut to the basket for easy layups. The sophomore finished with 14 points in the first half while the rest of the team picked apart the SU zone. The Scarlet Knights finished with 12 assists on 17 field goals in the first half, repeatedly finding holes in the Orange defense.‘I think we did that to ourselves,’ said Hall, who led Syracuse with 23 points. ‘We just have to be more aware of ourselves and just know personnel a little better.’While Rutgers was capitalizing on their opportunities in the first half, SU struggled to manufacture points.Oliver and forward Chelsey Lee denied multiple entry passes from Orange guards into the paint. SU’s Alexander didn’t take a shot in the first half and played just eight minutes with foul trouble. Fourteen Syracuse turnovers turned into 22 points for the Scarlet Knights. And by halftime, RU held a 22-6 advantage in points in the paint and led Syracuse 39-22.Hillsman said the slow starts have been a problem for SU throughout his five seasons with the program. He added that his team has tried changing everything from pregame warm-ups to when the team eats its pregame meal, but nothing has worked.‘I don’t know, it’s hard to explain,’ Hillsman said. ‘It really is. … We’ve done numerous things to be able to come out and play better at the start of games. We can’t dig holes against good teams because it’s tough to get back in.’But the Orange did just that against Rutgers Tuesday. It clawed its way back with small runs throughout the second half but the Oliver and the Scarlet Knights never let SU get too close.Senior guard Erica Morrow tried to put Syracuse on her back about midway through the second. She scored 10 of her 15 points in a five-minute stretch to help SU cut the lead down to 11. With 4:36 left, that lead shrunk to just eight.But on the ensuing possession, Oliver got the ball with Alexander on her back on the right block. She powered her way to the middle of the paint and finished from right under the basket to put the lead back up to 10.Rutgers never led by less than nine after that bucket and made enough free throws to pull out the 78-67 win.‘They’re a good program,’ Hall said. ‘They have good sets. We just have to be a little stronger on defense and know where we need to go. … We just have to go back to the drawing board.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Published on January 11, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more