UHPA Day program published in Crikvenica

first_img22.03.2018/XNUMX/XNUMX – Thursday Gathering of participants, check-in at the hotel16:00 – 17:30 Meetings of working groups of UHPA specialists17:30 Opening of “UHPA Day 2018″17:30 – 19:00 Presentations of partners and members19:30 Welcome cocktail20:00 Dinner23.03.2018/XNUMX/XNUMX – Friday 09:30 – 11:00 UHPA Assembly (for regular UHPA members)11:30 – 13:00 Panel discussion on the topic: “Legislation in the business of travel agencies – what awaits us in 2018.”13:30 – 16:30 Lunch with a tour of the destination17:00 – 19:30 Working part  Implementation of the new Law on Provision of Services in Tourism  Impact of the General Regulation on Personal Data Protection (GDPR) on the operations of travel agencies  Public call for joint advertising in public and private sector promotional campaigns (CNTB)20:30 Gala dinner24.03.2018/XNUMX/XNUMX – Saturday Breakfast, departure of participants* The organizer reserves the right to change the programRelated news:UHPA ON A WORKING VISIT TO POŽEGA-SLAVONIA COUNTYTOURIST OFFER OF CRIKVENICA RIVIERA PRESENTED TO TRAVEL AGENCIES The largest annual meeting of the UHPA Days, which brings together UHPA members and partners, will be held from 22 to 24 March 2018 in Crikvenica, UHPA’s domestic destination of the year 2017/2018. years.The meeting brings together more than 150 participants, representatives of travel agencies and representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Tourist Board.The two-day program includes a series of interesting professional lectures and presentations, exchange of opinions and experiences and socializing with colleagues, meetings with representatives of business associations, tourism professionals and experts, entrepreneurs, government officials, media representatives and getting to know the tourist offer of the destination.UHPA Days 2019 in SlavoniaSupport for the initiative to hold Days of Croatian Tourism in Slavonia was initially given by the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) and in his personal name Tomislav Fain, President of UHPA, who points out that they support the initiative to hold Days of Croatian Tourism in Slavonia and announces that UHPA Days will be held in 2019 also in Slavonia. “I personally support the initiative to hold DHT in Slavonia, but the initiative is also supported by the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies. UHPA will certainly try to hold UHPA Days in Slavonia in the coming years, but as the location has already been chosen for next year, I can announce that UHPA Days 2019 will certainly be in Slavonia. We must all work together to expand the Croatian tourism product, and continental tourism certainly deserves it”Points out Tomislav Fain, President of UHPA.Preliminary programlast_img read more

Regionalisation drive gathers pace

first_imgINTRO: The programme to transfer regional lines in Germany to local control is bearing fruit in some areas, but as Gordon Wiseman reports, it is unlikely to save numerous lightly-used rural routes in the east of the countryTHIS SUMMER’S timetable change on June 1 sees six more lines transferred from DB operation to the private sector as part of the regionalisation process which began in 1992. While DB Chairman Heinz Dürr earlier this year denied the existence of a formal closures programme, he made clear that the entire network has been reviewed as part of the Netz 21 proposals (p369).Around 28000 route-km forming main lines and important regional arteries represent a core network where DB has firm plans for continued investment. Another 7000 route-km which Dürr described as ’not controversial’ have been earmarked for further attention, perhaps with light railcars taking over passenger services. The future for the remaining 5000 route-km is much less certain – Dürr said that each individual line would be reviewed on its own merits with the Länder to see if it should be retained as part of the national network.Should the Land not wish to take over the line, it would be offered to private operators, whom Dürr conceded may be able to run it at lower cost than DB. Germany has a long-established group of private and regional railways whose services are co-ordinated with those of DB and which appear in the national timetable. New regional private sector companies are likely to slot easily into this structure.Among the first transfers was Harzer Schmalspurbahnen, well-known as one of the narrow gauge lines that retained steam traction until the end of the former German Democratic Republic. Pressure from the tourist market has helped to keep this and similar routes alive, but elsewhere there are many lines where local traffic has switched to roads that have been rebuilt as part of the reunification programme. Where this has happened, journey times by rail are no longer competitive.HSB has introduced new and secondhand railbuses on certain routes but kept steam, especially on the popular tourist section between Wernigerode and the mountain summit of Brocken. The railbuses also operate an hourly shuttle service dubbed Regionalbahn Nordhausen – Ilfeld that was launched on January 1 1997 on an 11 km corridor between the two towns.Unfortunately, no tourist market exists on many standard gauge branch lines, and the future for routes in the sparsely populated area between Berlin and the North Sea coast is bleak. Reports suggest that around 100 east German branch lines must either close or be handed to regional authorities or private operators.Ample evidence of the problems was obvious on a recent trip on a branch line in Thüringen: the ex-DR four-wheel railbus carried the author and just eight other passengers on a painfully slow trip to Schlotheim. Not far away, the summer timetable sees the Bleicherode Ost – Bischofferode branch reduced to Alibi status with one return train journey retained for legal purposes.DB says it cannot justify major expenditure on track renewal on the lightly-used lines so that decline looks inevitable. Even more important lines are not exempt – poor track condition led to an unprecedented step being taken on the scenic Probstzella – Sonneberg – Eisfeld line on January 22, soon after a number of lines in Thüringen were transferred to the Würzburg division. The divisional civil engineer, from a west German background, traversed the line in an inspection saloon and on arrival at Eisfeld ordered its immediate closure. Three trains en-route were literally stopped in their tracks at the next station, and passengers transferred to taxis, although it can be assumed that no safety assessment of this mode of transport was carried out.Regionalisation bears fruitOperators such as Prignitzer Eisenbahn GmbH have sought to keep services going – the company has run its own blue-painted railbus between Pritzwalk and Putlitz since September 1996 – and two more lines are expected to pass to this operator on June 1. These may survive, but others may not be so fortunate.In contrast, concrete signs of progress are emerging in western Germany. A good example is the Betzdorf – Daaden branch. Threatened with closure, and operated with an ageing DB railbus, it passed to the Westerwaldbahn in 1994. The 10 km line is now a showcase for what can be achieved with regionalisation. Four of the five intermediate stations (above) have been rebuilt in a simple but attractive manner with high platforms and new shelters, lighting, large clocks and clear nameboards.Westerwaldbahn has introduced its own railbuses (below) to operate the line. While of similar age to DB’s vehicles, they are bright and attractive in DB’s light blue livery and have been refurbished internally.Services have bedded down well on the Dürener Kreisbahn, which once epitomised the general decline of Germany’s rural railways. Its own rail passenger services were replaced by buses in March 1970, but trains staged a comeback in May 1993 when the branch lines from Düren to Jülich and Heimbach were transferred from DB. DKB was the first operator to introduce one of the many designs of new generation railbuses (RBR96 p17) and the service is now efficient and popular. Trains run at hourly intervals seven days a week, with services running through from Jülich to Heimbach on Sundays, offering locals easy access to the attractive Eifel hills.As with most transfers, DKB paid a nominal sum of DM1, but DB had to pay a support grant of DM6·4m and a ’compensation’ grant of DM10·4m for under-maintaining the line in recent years. DKB also received help from the Land of Nordrhein Westfalen which paid 90% of the cost of the railway’s 16 Siemens RegioSprinters with a DM22·7m grant. On the Wieslauftalbahn, now in the hands of Württembergische Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft (WEG), maintenance compensation was fixed at DM6·5m and the support grant to fund improved schedules was DM1·8m. In November 1992 Elbe Weser Railways received DM20m towards the cost of taking over its four-line network and a DM7·3m grant for track renewal.Almost universally, traffic has gone up. DKB passenger figures are now 40% higher than predicted. 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Defense keys Badgers’ success

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoWisconsin volleyball head coach Pete Waite couldn’t have scripted a better start to the Big Ten season for his team. After opening conference play at home with a big upset win over Minnesota, the No.8-ranked Badgers went on the road this weekend and defeated a pair of top-ranked Big Ten opponents.Wisconsin beat the No. 21-ranked Purdue Boilermakers 30-27, 31-29, 28-30, 14-30, 15-9 for the Badgers’ first Big Ten Conference road win of the season this past Friday and followed the emotional five-game victory up with a 3-0 sweep of Illinois Saturday.”I was really happy with our play this weekend at Purdue and at Illinois,” Waite said at his press conference Monday. “Going into Purdue, they’re a top-20 team and they play in a small gym with a big crowd and they’re an extremely scrappy team.”And going into Illinois was another good match for us,” he added. “We had lost there the last three years, I believe, and to come out of there with a three game win was fantastic.”Waite noted that his team’s ability to prove it can win Big Ten matches on the road early on in conference play was crucial for the team’s goal to capture the conference crown.”[Being able to win on the road] was huge,” Waite said. “That’s something we have not done as well as we needed to the last couple of years and the Big Ten is tough. I’m really proud of our team and how they did so I think that said a lot for the road games … It was a great test for us and I’m really happy to come away with those wins.”Conference Rivalries: Wisconsin already toppled one of its biggest rivals in Minnesota earlier this year, but with fellow foe Penn State coming to town this weekend one can speculate which one is the better rivalry.Waite said the two rivalries are almost equal, but that his team may be getting the better of both the Golden Gophers and the Nittany Lions this season.”I would almost say Minnesota and Penn State are the two [biggest rivals] because of the border battle with Minnesota and the way the three programs have gone since 1999,” Waite said. “After you win, you go down a little bit, but I feel like we’re on our way back up and again we have a lot of sophomores starting so we’re still young and learning, but we’re right up there with the top of the pack.”The trio has been dominant in the conference and national scene the past few years with Penn State winning the national title in 1999, the Badgers making the national tournament every year since 1996, including a Big Ten title in 2001, and with Minnesota being a perennial top-25 team.Defense, the key to success: While Waite’s squad has had the reputation as being a great offensive team, it hasn’t always had the same success on the other side of the net. Nevertheless, he has worked extremely hard to improve the team’s defense and passing this year.As a result, the Badgers have become a much more balanced team and Waite is quick to point out that it all comes back to the defense.”The last couple of years I don’t think we were as balanced as a team that we needed to be offensively as opposed to defensively,” he said. “We had the block and we had the offense, but if you don’t pass and don’t dig then you can’t stay in game with the best teams.”We’ve improved that partly by recruiting by getting someone like Jocelyn Wack in there and also just trained hard for the last 8-10 months since last season to improve our season to improve our defense,” he added. “Our numbers are more balanced now, we’ve got the offensive threats, and its coming together better for us.”While all may sound perfect for the volleyball team this year as they are winning on the road, blocking well and passing well, Waite was reluctant to say his team doesn’t have anything to improve upon.”As a coaching staff, we know the things we need to work on and the players do too, and that’s the tough thing,” Waite said. “Sometimes I actually have to remind them to be more excited about the good things they do because they’re always thinking they should be better. They don’t realize they’re a top-10 team and they’ve beaten some very strong teams this year already, but because we’re always trying to make them better they feel like they have much more to learn, so they’re definitely hungry for more and trying to get better as the season goes on.”last_img read more