World Tourism Day – New Millennium Tourism

first_imgIstria 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.center_img 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: CBSlast_img read more

Teachers go extra mile to teach students as schools remain closed

first_imgWearing a black-and-gray scarf as a face mask, teacher Fransiskus Xaverius Faimau, 37, in North Central Timor regency, East Nusa Tenggara, was showing his class of five children study materials on his laptop under the glaring sun when one of the girls interrupted him.“Sir, when can we gather again with our friends at school? We miss wearing our school uniforms,” Fransiskus recalled the comments of his fourth-grade student.“We will have to wait for the [government’s] announcement. You can wear your uniform but you will have to wait for your teachers to come to your house first,” Fransiskus told The Jakarta Post recently, recalling his answers to the student. Every weekday morning, at least two teachers from Kecil Fatutasu elementary school go to two or three houses to teach students living in a particular neighborhood in small groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.For two of his far-flung students, Fransiskus has to ride his motorcycle for 5 kilometers and then walk for another 30 minutes across rivers. He sometimes teaches them in an open field while their parents work on their land.“Children have to keep learning because if we just leave, they will go back to square one as they will play around and forget what has been taught to them,” Fransiskus said.Many other teachers in Indonesia like Fransiskus have gone the extra mile to teach students, often without the internet or electricity, as schools have been closed since the government urged people in March to work and study from home during the pandemic. Authorities have called on schools to turn to e-learning and educational programs on TV as an answer to the problem of school closures. Indonesia is also facing gaps in school participation and the quality of education between better-resourced and less well-resourced areas.“And at a time when all parties have been caught flat-footed because there was no preparation to deal with this [remote learning], the creativity of the teachers supported by parents and the community is an important asset in a healthy learning process,” Cahaya Guru Foundation chairwoman Henny Supolo said.Read also: Disconnected: Digital divide may jeopardize human rightsIn Berinang Mayung in remote Landak regency, West Kalimantan, e-learning is also not an option for Heriyanto, 52, a fifth-grade teacher at SD 08 state elementary school. Most of his students have neither television nor even an electricity supply, let alone internet access.Wearing mask, Yuliana (right), a teacher at SD 08 state elementary school in Berinang Mayung in Landak regency, West Kalimantan, teaches a student (center) who is accompanied by her parent. (Courtesy of/SD 8 elementary school headmaster)Heriyanto and his fellow teachers also go door to door each day during the pandemic to teach their pupils despite possible exposure to the virus that has infected at least five people across Landak regency.During the home visits, Heriyanto always reminds his students to wear masks and wash their hands before joining his lessons. “I also always make sure there are no more than five students in one group,” he said.Heriyanto has 23 students in fifth grade but he has lost contact with eight of them since the pandemic began. The eight students live in remote villages that cannot be reached by Heriyanto on his motorcycle.The school has seven teachers and 146 students in total and the pandemic has changed the way they study and teach, with headmaster Kristina Ponia saying they “are trying to keep the students safe, at the same time preventing them from being left further behind [in education].”Meanwhile, facilitators from education consultant Willi Toisuta and Associates have been working with local village heads and teachers in Teluk Bintuni, West Papua, since mid-March to distribute printed modules to help teach about 300 students daily from five schools.They have designed the program to actively engage students through projects related to their daily activities, such as learning physics and mathematics from the boiling point of cooking water. They also provide guidelines for parents on how to assist their students in the learning process.While waiting for the government’s next move before deciding the program’s future, the consulting firm’s managing director Eka Simanjuntak urged the government to use scientific evidence as a basis to open schools, such as determining the risk of infection among children and the impact of closing schools on them.Authorities have said that school reopening will only be allowed in regions listed as “green zones”, where no COVID-19 cases have been recorded. It is also expected that the academic year will begin around July 13th but the learning process will not necessarily be face-to-face at school, depending on the region. As of May 30, health authorities listed 102 regencies and cities as green zones, of the total 514 regencies and cities in 34 provinces.Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said the education sector would be the last to be reopened, with plans to reopen school campuses by the end of the year or at the beginning of 2021.Read also: School reopening raises concerns as health risks loomBut remote regions are not alone in facing similar hurdles. In Malaka Jaya, East Jakarta, SD 11 state elementary school teacher Syarifah Widiyati Agustin has to extend deadlines until late at night for students to report back to teachers, as students have to wait for their parents or siblings before they can use a phone to do home assignments.She also previously had to spend her own money to buy mobile data for her students to continue their remote learning before the city administration allowed schools to re-allocate their Education Operational Funds (BOP) for mobile data. Some parents, she said, could not afford to buy mobile internet data for their kids.Topics :center_img But the digital divide remains a problem, with a 2018 Indonesian Internet Providers Association (APJII) survey showing that internet usage is centralized on the most populous island of Java and other urban areas.last_img read more