Samsung Highlights Upcoming One UI 3.0 Features, Could Begin Rollout This Month

first_imgSamsung has highlighted some key features of One UI 3.0 on its Malaysian website. It will include an improved lock screen, full-screen calls, and an enhanced Quick panel. The South Korean tech giant has been testing One UI 3.0, based on Android 11, for the past couple of weeks. As per the website, One UI 3.0 may be launched this month or soon after. Samsung Galaxy S20 received One UI 3.0 with Android 11 as a developer beta recently, and now Samsung has updated its website to include features of the upcoming user interface.One UI 3.0 will provide a simpler, more convenient experience, as per Samsung. One UI 3.0 will have an enhanced Quick panel that will let users switch back and forth between their music and videos. The notification panel will provide more information at a glance, even when the phone is locked. It will also support full-screen calls.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Mi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition With 10th-Gen Intel Core i3 Processor, 8GB RAM Launched in India

first_imgMi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition has been launched in India as a cheaper variant of the Mi Notebook 14. Apart from the pricing, the two laptops differ in the departments of processor, GPU, and onboard storage capacity. Keeping the ongoing pandemic in mind, Xiaomi is promoting the new laptop as a worthy companion for online learning and working from home, at a pocket-friendly price. Mi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition is powered by a 10th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, coupled with 8GB RAM. Unlike the original Notebook 14 that comes with a bundled webcam, the new edition comes with an inbuilt HD webcam.Mi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition price in India, availabilityMi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition is priced at Rs. 34,999 in India. It is offered in a single 8GB + 256GB storage configuration and a single silver colour option. In comparison, pricing for the regular Mi Notebook 14 starts at Rs. 41,999.- Advertisement – Mi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition is available for purchase via Amazon,, and offline retail stores as well.Mi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition specifications, featuresMi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition comes with Windows 10 Home out of the box. Under the hood, it is powered by 10th-generation Intel Core i3 processor and Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU, paired with 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 256GB SATA 3 SSD for storage. The original Mi Notebook 14, on the other hand, comes with 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor. It also offers options to upgrade to 512GB SSD and NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU.The e-Learning Edition features a 14-inch FHD anti-glare display with 16:9 aspect ratio and 81.2 percent screen-to-body ratio. It also sports an inbuilt HD webcam for online meetings and classes. It comes with a 3,220mAh battery that promises up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge. Connectivity options include two USB Type-A ports, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, and a combo audio jack. For wireless connectivity, Mi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition supports dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. For audio, it comes with two 2W speakers with support for DTS Audio Processing App. The lightweight laptop weigh just 1.5kg and measures 228x323x17.95mm.- Advertisement – Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

What it means for U.S. antitrust probes

first_imgMeanwhile, the EU hasn’t yet filed legal charges against Amazon, so it could be years before it announces any penalties. It could also reach a settlement with Amazon or drop the case altogether.Shared concerns Regulators in both Europe and the U.S. have objected to Amazon’s dual role as a marketplace operator and seller, arguing that this may foster anticompetitive conduct. They’ve pointed out that Amazon’s role as a marketplace service provider gives it privileged access to non-public third-party seller data, such as order volume history, shipping data and sellers’ past performance, that isn’t available to merchants. EU officials and Democrats in the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee share the view that this data from third-party sellers is used to inform Amazon’s first-party business decisions, such as what products to introduce and where to set the price. The insight “allows Amazon to focus its offers in the best-selling products across product categories and to adjust its offers in view of non-public data of competing sellers,” the EU said in a statement on Tuesday.Similarly, the antitrust subcommittee included testimony from third-party sellers in its investigation who said their businesses were damaged when Amazon launched competing products. For example, one retired third-party merchant was forced to exit his seller business after Amazon allegedly copied his products, “down to the color palette,” undercut him on price and “took over the Buy Box for his listings, ‘killing his sales,’” the antitrust subcommittee said, citing an interview with the seller.Amazon has long maintained that it doesn’t look at individual sellers’ data to build private-label products, as it would violate internal policies. The company has acknowledged, however, that it may refer to aggregate data in the process of building its own products. Amazon has also rebutted regulators’ claims that it exploits its control over the “Buy Box” to give preferential treatment to its own products and those featured by sellers who use its logistics and delivery service, called Fulfillment By Amazon. The “Buy Box” refers to a section off to the side of a product page where sellers compete for their offers to be featured. Amazon has maintained that the Buy Box show the offer it thinks customers will prefer, while factoring in things like price and delivery speed. At a July hearing in front of Congress, CEO Jeff Bezos acknowledged the Buy Box algorithm “indirectly” favors offers that can be shipped with Prime when determining which sellers are featured.The House antitrust subcommittee probe and the EU investigation raised questions about third-party sellers’ ability to reach Prime users.In the October report, U.S. lawmakers said they spoke to third-party sellers who feel they have “no choice” but to pay for Fulfillment by Amazon, which makes their products Prime eligible, in order to “maintain a favorable search result position, to reach Amazon’s more than 112 million Prime members, and to win the Buy Box.” Winning the Buy Box is crucial for third-party sellers products to be successful. The antitrust subcommittee estimated that roughly 80% of Amazon sales go through the Buy Box and “the percentage is even higher for mobile purchases.”Prime members are also an important source of revenue for third-party sellers because they tend to generate more sales on Amazon’s marketplace than non-Prime users, the European Commission said. Prime members don’t just spend more money per purchase, but they also tend to shop on the site more frequently. With the EU and the U.S. questioning Amazon’s market power over sellers, it’s now up to Amazon to provide proof that it treats merchants fairly.The company flatly disputed the House antitrust subcommittee’s findings, calling them “fringe notions.” Amazon can reply to the Commission’s conclusions in writing or via an oral hearing.“The ball is in Amazon’s court to disprove these allegations,” said Shaoul Sussman, a legal fellow with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a nonprofit.What’s nextThe EU and U.S. identified similar issues with Amazon’s treatment of sellers, but the potential penalties and remedies they could settle on are likely to be different.Democratic staffers in the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust recommended a wide range of remedies, including forcing companies to prove mergers would not harm competition and splitting different business units. For Amazon, this could result in it spinning off the third-party marketplace from its core retail operations.As for the FTC probe, Amazon could be hit with fines or the company could reach a settlement with the agency where it agrees to certain business restrictions.Similarly, the EU has a range of penalties it could propose, including a fine of up to 10% of Amazon’s annual global revenue, or up to $28 billion based on 2019 figures.The EU could also propose behavioral remedies, which attempt to preserve competition by requiring the companies to refrain from certain business conduct. But behavioral remedies can be “hit or miss” in terms of effectiveness, since some companies may find it “more profitable to violate the remedy and just pay the fines if they’re found in violation again,” Sussman said.The most aggressive tool in the EU’s arsenal would be to recommend a line of business separation, Sussman said. For Amazon, this might mean that the EU orders it to stop selling its private-label brands in Europe.“That type of decision won’t affect the U.S. or any other market where Amazon sells those goods, but they could say, if you’re transacting in Europe, you’re not allowed to be a brand owner or manufacturer and operator of the platform,” Sussman said.Sussman and other antitrust experts said they remain skeptical of whether the U.S. will be successful in bringing a case against Amazon and even if antitrust officials do, the remedies are likely to be limited. By contrast, European regulators have stepped up their efforts to crack down on big tech companies like Facebook, Google and Apple in recent years, earning them the reputation of being more aggressive.The U.S. and Europe have different approaches when evaluating whether a company is engaging in anticompetitive conduct.U.S. antitrust law is centered on the consumer welfare standard, which relies heavily on increased prices as an indication of harm. That standard has been hard to apply to tech companies because many of the products and services offered are free, or low cost, in the case of Amazon.In the U.S., a company like Amazon can argue that whatever harm it’s causing competitors is offset by any benefits to consumers, i.e. lower prices and greater selection, Sussman said.That argument is harder to prove in front of European antitrust enforcers. The EU takes a wider view when determining whether a company’s business practices are anticompetitive, including harms to consumer choice, potential competitors and innovation.As a result, it can be easier to bring an antitrust case in the EU than it is in the U.S., said New York University law professor Eleanor Fox. This is part of the reason why the U.S. is trying to catch up with EU regulators, Fox said, which have carried out a crackdown on U.S. tech giants including Google, Facebook and Apple.“That difference is what we’re struggling with and it’s why the U.S. has been so slow to make any claims at all,” Fox said. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on October 02, 2019.Elif Ozturk | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images The European Commission is still carrying out its investigation, but if it finds Amazon violated antitrust rules, the probe could provide new material to strengthen similar antitrust cases being built against Amazon in the U.S.Congress and the Federal Trade Commission are also investigating Amazon’s treatment of third-party sellers. It’s unclear what the scope of the FTC’s investigation is, but the agency has been interviewing third-party sellers as part of the probe, Bloomberg reported last September. The House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee published the results of its 16-month investigation into Amazon and other tech giants last month, where it found Amazon has monopoly power over third-party sellers on the marketplace.Both investigations are in different stages. After publishing a sweeping report on the competitive practices of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook, lawmakers are expected to introduce legislation based on their policy recommendations.- Advertisement – Amazon is facing renewed pressure to answer questions about its use of third-party seller data after European Union regulators brought antitrust charges against the company on Tuesday. Europe’s top antitrust watchdog, the European Commission, accused Amazon of violating competition law by using nonpublic data it gathers from third-party merchants to unfairly compete against them. It also opened a second investigation into Amazon’s business practices related to the Prime label and the “Buy Box,” which offers customers a one-click button to add a product to their shopping cart.Amazon rejected the European Commission’s accusations and said it supports thousands of businesses in Europe. – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Gulf seafood called safe in wake of hurricanes

first_imgDec 12, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Tests of fish and shellfish collected from waters affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita suggest that seafood from the region is safe to eat, federal officials said last week.Tests of hundreds of samples “showed no reason for concern around consuming seafood from the Gulf region due to the hurricanes,” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a Dec 9 news release.All the samples were analyzed for chemical and microbiological contaminants that could have been introduced by the hurricanes. Testing was done by the states of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, along with the FDA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Sampling areas included Lake Pontchartrain, Mississippi Sound, Mobile Bay, and offshore areas of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Monitoring is continuing, and results will be announced as they become available, the statement said.Many oyster harvest areas have been reopened, the FDA said, but some will remain closed until routine testing by state-regulated Molluscan Shellfish Programs shows harvesting is safe.See also:FDA news release read more

Euromonitor: Along with Spain and Portugal, Croatia records the largest and most dynamic growth of arrivals

first_imgThe Days of Croatian Tourism, a traditional event of the tourism sector that will gather over a thousand participants in Mali Lošinj on October 2018 and 25 through lectures, workshops and roundtables, began with a lecture on the factors that will affect the travel and tourism industry and expectations in 26. tables on important issues of this sector.”Tourism is one of the consumer industries which, despite the existence of economic difficulties, has shown stable growth over the last five years. We are already recording almost 1,2 billion incoming trips globally with an expected growth of 1,6 billion in 2022 and an average consumption of 1.100 euros per trip in five years. During the period from 2015 to 2017, Croatia, Spain and Portugal recorded the largest and most dynamic growth of arrivals in Europe, while in Croatia there is room for development through mountain tourism and extension of the season.”, Said Vitaly Vladykin, an analyst from the research company Euromonitor as part of the 17th Croatian Tourist Forum organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce on” Trends and forecasts: what awaits the travel industry? “.Euromonitor is a leading European market research company, which for more than ten years at the most important tourism fair, the World Tourism Fair in London, presents global trends in tourism and successfully anticipates key trends in the travel industry. Namely, although analyzes show that we can still expect growth in the tourism sector, globally and locally, there are different scenarios within which it will be realized given the key macroeconomic factors, the impact of new technologies, destination connectivity and changes in consumer habits and values.”The development of affordable air transport is important for destinations. Sales are expected to grow by an average of 5,4% per year over the period 2017 to 2020 for more affordable airlines, compared to a growth of 3,9% for the entire airline business. With the development of this type of connectivity, it is possible to attract passengers from countries with the largest increase in outbound travel, such as China, which is projected to surpass Germany by 2021 with 116 million trips per year.”, Stressed Vladykin.During the lecture, Vladykin also commented on the impact of terrorism on the choice of destination. “The scenario in the event of a hypothetical high-risk terrorist attack shows that the impact of such an attack is sudden and short-lived, after which countries move to recover. It is crucial to show tourists that they are safe, which can be more demanding in cases like Turkey when the political stability factor is involved, “said Vladykin, adding that safety for tourists has become one of the most important elements of travel, after relaxation and outdoor activities. .When forecasting trends, there is also a change in consumer habits and approaches to consumers, which are now in the spotlight compared to the previous focus on the product. “The growing importance of the middle class focuses on the sharing economy and the element of higher value for money. Consumers want a more personal, authentic and personalized experience close to the experience of the locals and they want to spend their money on experiences, not on things. The story behind the product is sought”, Concluded Vladykin.APPENDIX: Trends and forecasts: what awaits the travel industry ?, Vitaly Vladykin, Euromonitor / presentationlast_img read more

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

Aminess launches “Aminess Gourmet Lab” with the aim of educating chefs, waiters and bartenders

first_img“We believe that Croatia has a rich and professional gourmet scene, and by cooperating with the greatest professionals in this field we want to provide our employees with the opportunity to learn from the best, develop their competencies and raise the level of service. With this project we want to make a creative step forward in the popularization of hospitality professions, as well as tourism in general.”, Said Sanja Žužić, head of human resources at Aminess hotels and camps. One of the trainings is related to confectionery, which will be taught by Marko Stojević from the company Higis and who will dedicate his time in Aminess to summer fruit monoportions. Sous vide cooking will be presented by Mario Čepek, a restaurant consultant, who will talk about plans for spending on board meals. Certified Saké Sommelier and Master Sommelier Suwi Zlatić will talk about improving sales through body language and rhetoric as a secret weapon. The head of the Aminess Maestral Hotel service, Tihomir Kramarić, will bring the members of the Aminess Gourmet team closer to serving festive meals and setting up a festive table, while Lorena Radetić will talk about norm control and other valuable knowledge gained as the head of the Aminess gourmet department.  Marin Vanjak, a pizza specialist at the O’Hara restaurant, winner of numerous dough awards and a synonym for quality pizza in Croatia, will hold a workshop dedicated to making bread, but in a slightly different way. “We will learn how to make bread products that you can’t really find in the standard offer – from fresh, carefully selected ingredients, the highest quality flour and yeast that ferments in bread for two days. It is a different approach that requires more time, which is why most people do not use it due to daily obligations and haste. We want to pass on our philosophy of the healthiest product without additives, preservatives and dyes to new generations of chefs. ”, said Vanjak.  “Apart from the Aminess Gourmet Lab, Aminess employees regularly have the opportunity to participate in various trainings, workshops and seminars. The topics are wide – from leadership skills, to those of communication and presentation and computer knowledge. In addition to numerous career advancement opportunities in a motivating and friendly environment, Aminess also provides its employees with a stimulating income that increases from year to year, accommodation and hot meals. “ conclude from Aminess. Education on top quality coffee, craft beer, meat and various culinary and other techniques specific to tourism The topics are gin and tonic and modern mixology, and the training will be led by the famous bartender Vjenceslav Madić Kishoni, who runs a successful company specializing in bartender education.  In any case, a great rounded story, which will educate its employees with top educators from practice and directly raise the quality of their services. These trainings represent a significant step forward in improving the quality of service and the complete experience of staying in hotels, and I believe that with this project we will greatly contribute to the development of all participants, said Chef Skoko and added: “As part of the Aminess Gourmet Lab, I will continue to demonstrate to them how to make the best use of and promote homemade food. The focus of my workshop will be on small blue fish that can be prepared in more ways than we usually do – different types of marinades, countless ways of presentation”, said Chef Skoko. The first level sommelier course will be organized by the Croatian Sommelier Club, while the bartender training will be held by one of the most competent Croatian mixologists and experts in spirits, Vjenceslav Madić Kishoni.  Otherwise, pThe rumors about the launch of the Aminess Gourmet Lab are a continuation of a successful collaboration with David Skok. That’s how the idea came about “Aminess Wine & Gourmet Nights”, exclusive dinners in which chef Skoko with the Aminess gourmet team prepared exciting interpretations of fish specialties with an emphasis on local ingredients.  The training program also includes the topic of risotto and pasta, which will be discussed by Robert Perić, a professional teacher of cooking and confectionery at the School of Tourism, Catering and Trade in Pula. Professional barista from Franck, Josip Novačić, as part of a workshop on making coffee, will show participants different methods of preparing coffee and espresso and latte art. At the craft beer workshop, lecturer Zvonimir Pelko will talk about the history of beer, the craft beer revolution in the world and in Croatia, and the serving and serving of bottled beer. Owner of the first meat boutique in Croatia Beef Shop, Mišo Pešić, will lecture on the preparation and maturation of meat and the preparation of marinades for meat made on a natural basis.  Travel company Aminess has launched Aminess Gourmet Lab, a project that, led by chef David Skoka, aims to educate young chefs, waiters, bartenders and other members of the Aminess gourmet team. The project will bring together the greatest experts from various hospitality areas, and trainings will be held during February and March in the restaurant Loop in Aminess Maravea Camping Resort.last_img read more

For the first time, Saudi Arabia is offering visas to foreign tourists

first_imgThe government of the kingdom, due to falling oil prices, hopes that tourism will contribute up to 2030 percent of gross domestic product by 10, compared to the current 3 percent. By 2030, they expect to attract up to 100 million tourist visits a year, both domestic and foreign. As part of the visa regime’s offer, which promises to issue visas within seven minutes, it has been announced that tourists will be exempt from wearing a traditional abaya robe, but will still have to dress decently. As of today, Saudi Arabia is offering foreigners tourist visas to visit the kingdom, and the decision was made a few days after the country was criticized by the United Nations for violating human rights, reports The Guardian. Many believe the kingdom will have major problems attracting tourists mostly due to harsh rules like a strict social code and a ban on alcohol. Saudi Arabia’s tourism officials announced a new visa program for citizens of 49 countries, including Croatia, followed by a Twitter campaign called “VisitSaudiNow”. Visas for the desert kingdom, rich in Bedouin heritage and archeological sites, are currently restricted to workers and Muslim pilgrims traveling to Mecca and Medina. Last year, Saudi Arabia began issuing temporary visas to visitors to sporting and cultural events to boost tourism growth. “Receiving international tourists into the country is a historic moment for Saudi ArabiaSaid Saudi Tourism Chief Ahmed al-Khateeb. “Visitors will be amazed by the benefits we offer, such as UNESCO World Heritage sites, vibrant local culture and breathtaking natural beauty.” The kingdom, known for torturing women’s rights activists and public executions, said it was opening its doors to tourists to reduce the economy’s dependence on oil. We passed last year писали how the Croatian travel agency Obzor putovanja became an authorized visa processing agency when visiting Saudi Arabia. So far, these visas have only included business, family or state visits, but it remains to be seen whether Obzor Travel Agency will take over tourist visas in the future. Encouraging tourism is one of the central parts of Prince Mohammed’s reform program to prepare the Arab economy for the future after oil. Some of the famous attractions in Saudi Arabia are the Nabataean ruins at Madâin Sâlih, better known as the “Spice Route”, the palace complex in Diraj, the capital of the first Saudi dynasty, and the shores of the Red Sea. In 2017, Saudi Arabia announced a multibillion-dollar project that would turn 50 Red Sea islands into luxury resorts. Although Saudi Arabia has a relatively well-established network of hotels and air traffic, serving millions of Muslim pilgrims traveling to the country for the hajj and dying, their new tourism strategy marks major changes. Source / photo: The Guardian; Pixabaylast_img read more

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