Istria is a leader in tourismThanks to its geographical position, diverse natural beauties and rich tourist offer, the County of Istria has been the absolute ruler for many years in terms of the number of overnight stays. The most important tourist centers of the County of Istria, in which more than two million overnight stays were realized in 2016, are Rovinj (3,3 million), Poreč (2,9 million) and Medulin (2,4 million). The popularity of Istria is evidenced by the fact that the three cities with the highest number of overnight stays per capita are in that county, namely Funtana (1), Tar-Vabriga (667) and Vrsar (803). Dubrovnik with the most overnight staysDubrovnik, a city that was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List due to its cultural heritage in 1979, with 3,4 million overnight stays in 2016, ranks first in the number of overnight stays in Croatia. According to the type of accommodation, out of the total number of realized overnight stays last year, most of them were realized in hotels (55,3%), followed by rooms, apartments and holiday homes (37,0%). The highest number of overnight stays in 2016 was recorded by tourists from the United Kingdom (21,7%), followed by tourists from France, the USA and Germany (6,8% each).Cruises in increasing numbersThe beauty and uniqueness of the Croatian coast is evidenced by the data relating to cruises of foreign ships, which come in increasing numbers. Namely, the number of days spent by foreign cruise ships in the territorial sea of Croatia in 2016, with a total of 1 days of stay, more than doubled compared to 813. Also, in 2006, 2016 million passengers were recorded on foreign cruise ships, which is as much as 1,1% more than in 82,7.That Croatia is recognized as a top destination charted on the route of many foreign cruise ships is shown by an increase of 46,0% in 2016 compared to ten years earlier. Last year, the largest number of cruises was made by ships flying the flag of the Bahamas (26,3%) and Malta (21,5%), while the largest number of passengers arrived by ships flying the flag of Italy (32,5%) and the Bahamas (20,4%). ). Tourists come more individually Tourists, both foreign and domestic, mostly choose the individual way of arrival. In 2016, out of a total of 15,6 million tourist arrivals, 61,3% came individually and 38,7% organized, through travel agencies. The average number of overnight stays per arrival in 2016 for foreign tourists was 5,2, and for domestic still slightly less, 3,3. Rooms, apartments and holiday homes are most in demand In 2016, out of the total number of realized overnight stays of tourists in commercial accommodation, 45,5% of them were realized in rooms, apartments and holiday homes, in which domestic tourists realized 40,3% and foreign 46,0% overnight stays. This is followed by overnight stays in hotels (23,6%), followed by camps (22,4%). The number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays, observed since 2001, has been continuously increasing. During 2016, more than 15,6 million tourists came to Croatia, which is almost twice as many as in 2001, when 7,9 million came. The structure of tourist arrivals in commercial accommodation in 2016 was dominated by foreign tourists, with a share of 88,5%, which is approximately the same as when we also look at data from fifteen years ago, during which the share of foreign tourists ranged more than 80%.The situation is similar in the observed period in relation to tourist nights, of which an impressive 2016 million were recorded in 78,0, which is as much as 79,8% more than in 2001, when 43,4 million of them spent the night. The share of foreign tourists in the structure of overnight stays has hovered around 90% over the years. The Germans have been convincingly our most loyal guests for yearsIf we observe the arrivals and overnight stays of tourists to the country of residence, the Germans have been convincingly our most loyal guests for years. Since 2001, they have been absolute record holders, accounting for a fifth (17%) of the total number of overnight stays in 21,9 with more than 2016 million overnight stays. They are followed by Slovenes, with just over 7,1 million, and Austrians, with 6,5 million overnight stays. The Germans not only come to us at night in large numbers, but in 2016 they were also in first place in terms of the average number of nights per arrival, which was 7,5. What we can still conclude about unsere Gäste, is that of all parts of Lijepa Naša, they like to spend the night in places on the coast, where in 2016 they spent as much as 96,5% of the total number of overnight stays of tourists from Germany. Arrivals and overnight stays in continuous growth If we move away from the economic aspect, what is it that makes tourism so attractive? Adventure, exploration of the unknown, escape from everyday life – all these are the drivers that have brought this economic activity the status it deserves. Croatia, the land of a thousand islands, a small country for a big vacation ie a country full of life, has been charting its tourist path since the 19th century. That it is one of the most popular European tourist destinations is evidenced by the indicator of tourism intensity, according to which in 2015 Croatia with 16,9 overnight stays per capita was in second place in the group of EU-28 countries, just below Malta, which has the highest number of overnight stays per capita – 20,8 of them. On the occasion of today’s World Tourism Day, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) published an overview of data in the field of tourism from 2001 until today.Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries, and its importance as a driver of many changes is unquestionable. Therefore, it is not surprising that this “pillar of the economy” of many countries around the world got its day, almost forty years ago. Its celebration was initiated by the World Tourism Organization back in 1979 to further strengthen awareness of its importance and the need for continuous investment in development activities in this segment, monitoring trends and adapting to them. September 27, the time of year when the main tourist season ends in the northern hemisphere and begins in the southern hemisphere, was symbolically chosen as the date of the celebration, and this year it will be celebrated worldwide under the motto “Sustainable tourism, an instrument of development” Source: CBS
ROUGHING THE PASSER—Trainers tend to Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy after he was hit by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison in the fourth quarter Dec. 8. McCoy injured his hand and was wobbled by a hit from Harrison during the Steelers’ 14-3 win. Two other Browns sustained concussions in the Browns’ 21st loss in 23 games against their AFC North rival. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) The Steelers barely got past the lowly Cleveland Browns (4-9) 14-3 with their usual great defense and poor offense. They will face the team with the second best record in the NFC, the surprising San Francisco 49ers, 10-3 on Monday Night Football on ESPN.Ben Roethlisberger went to the locker room for X-rays after a second-quarter sack but returned to start the second half. He played through a painful high ankle sprain in the second half to pass for 280 yards and two touchdowns, the last a 79-yard touchdown to Antonio Brown with 2:52 remaining.It was the Steelers eighth win in their last nine games.The Arizona Cardinals handed the San Francisco 49ers their third defeat 21-19 on Sunday, thanks to a strong defense and a spectacular show by Larry Fitzgerald. Backup quarterback John Skelton, filling in for the injured Kevin Kolb, threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns.Former Pitt star Fitzgerald had seven catches for 149 yards, including a 46-yarder for a touchdown and a 53-yarder to set up the go-ahead score. He also had a vicious block that helped free Early Doucet on a 60-yard touchdown reception. He becomes the eighth player in NFL history to top 1,000 yards receiving in six of his first eight seasons.Arizona (6-7) has won five of six after a six-game losing streak left them 1-6.Arizona sacked 49ers quarterback Alex Smith five times. The 49ers were at the Cardinals 4-yard line twice and the 6 once in the second quarter and had to settle for short field goals.Frank Gore rushed for 72 yards on 10 carries for the NFC West champions, who had clinched their division title the previous week. He passed 1,000 yards rushing for the fifth time in his career, but didn’t do much damage after that.The 49ers are in the weakest division in the NFL in the NFC West, being the only team with a winning record and that’s shown when they play winning teams. Even though Smith has had a good season so far they rank 29th in the pass and seventh in the rush behind Gore, who has compiled 1064 yards this season. However, their strength goes against the Steelers strength which is stuffing the run. So if the 49ers are going to be successful against Pittsburgh they will have to throw the ball. Smith has a quarterback rating of 91.5 compared to Roethlisberger’s 95.6 but the biggest difference is that Roethlisberger has two outstanding receivers in speedsters Mike Wallace and Antonio Smith. Wallace has 62 catches for 1034 yards, 8 touchdowns and averages 16.7 yards per catch. Brown has 55 receptions for 925 yards, 2 touchdowns for an average of 16.8 yard per catch. Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis are the 49er’s top receivers, with 55 receptions for 668 yards and 49 receptions for 548 yards and their yards per catch are nowhere close to Wallace and Brown.This should be an easy win for the Steelers if they can mount any kind of an offense, but so far this season the San Francisco defense has kept them in games allowing Smith to be able to do just enough to win against weak opponents.The AFC playoff picture is becoming clearer with only 3 games left. Houston beat the Cincinnati Bengals 21-19 to clinch the AFC South and keep them in first place in the AFC having victories over the other AFC 10-3 teams. New England outlasted the Washington Redskins 34-27 to stay two games ahead of the New York Jets (8-5) who climbed back into the playoff race with a 31-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Baltimore stayed ahead of the Steelers with a 24-10 victory over the winless Indianapolis Colts. And the Steelers continued to be the top wild card with its 14-3 victory over the Browns.The Bengals (7-6) still have an outside chance of making the playoffs, depending on what the Jets do for the remainder of the season. The Steelers became the first team in the AFC to win 10 games but the bad news is that the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots and the Houston Texans joined them Sunday, keeping the pressure on Pittsburgh to continue to win to have any chance of a home game during the playoffs.
(NNPA)—I cannot let a football season open without raising the question of the names of sports teams generally and the Washington “Redskins” in particular. I continue to be absolutely amazed at the resistance on the part of team owners to changing the names of these teams, but also the tolerance by so many fans of these racist names.I have to pick on the Washington Redskins both because I was once a fan of the team and also because I live in the D.C.-area and have watched this situation close-up. As I raised in a column a few months ago, a poll was released this spring that indicated that most fans wanted to leave the name of the team as it is, despite the fact that it insults Native Americans. For some this was seen as the end of the discussion because it appeared to vindicate the position taken by the team’s owners.Let’s flip the script for a moment and consider the problem from a different vantage point. It would be worth looking at polls that were taken in the South during the early 1960s to ascertain the level of White support for the continuation of Jim Crow segregation. The mere fact that a majority of people favor or do not favor something does not automatically settle an argument. Rather, it serves as a barometer, telling us about where people stand today but it does not necessarily tell us anything about the morally correct position.It is unclear why it needs repeating—especially to African-Americans—that the preponderance of opinion among Native American indicates that terms, such as “redskins,” are racially offensive. This is not about intent any more than a White person calling one of us a “nigger” should be judged based on intent. The word is so patently offensive that, used by someone of another racial or ethnic group against us, it serves as an act of aggression. Someone can stand before us and tell us that they love us, but were they to name a team the “Kansas City Niggers,” there would not be enough love and sincerity in the world to override our objections.So, why is it any different for Native Americans? Why do we have to keep going through this silly argument when the morally correct position is clear? Why should it matter whether the team will need to create a new image? That should not concern us any more than we would have been concerned about the work involved in removing “Negro Only” or “White Only” signs from public institutions 40 years ago. It is what needed to be done 40 years ago and it is, today, about what must be done.Send a note to the Washington Redskins owners. Ask them about the last time that they permitted someone to use terms like “nigger” in the offices of the Washington Redskins. If such terms are objectionable, why do they think that “redskins” is any different?(Bill Fletcher Jr. is a senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us”—And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. Follow him on Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com.) BILL FLETCHER JR. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier