This season was again marked by a high growth in the offer of accommodation capacities, especially in the short-term rental of real estate, as well as the continued decline in the occupancy rate of accommodation. This year, the number of beds in commercial accommodation increased by a total of 67.077, mostly in household facilities, by 35.777 new beds. The increase in this form of accommodation, together with the increase in the number of beds in non-commercial accommodation of 36,1 thousand this year alone is equivalent to the number of 183 new hotels with an average size of 200 rooms, while in the period from 2010 to 2019 the number of beds in household increased 444,6 thousand which would be equal to 1.112 new hotels with an average size of 200 rooms. “In the first eight months of this tourist season, the leading hotel and tourism companies achieved a 5,4 percent increase in operating income compared to last year, thanks to increased investments in quality that enabled price growth, additional sales and marketing activities and consequent intensification. last-minute “reservation” said Veljko Ostojic, director of the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT). The season confirmed the earlier announcements of tourism experts that only those who continuously invest in quality and actively manage their tourism product will be able to count on further growth, in the situation of return of eastern Mediterranean markets, especially Turkey, is the conclusion of the presentation of the third edition of trends of the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT). Croatia grew in physical terms, the only double-digit growth was achieved by Turkey Most of the leading domestic hotel and tourism companies expect continued growth in the off-season, while most hotels and camps expect a higher volume of reservations in the off-season compared to last year, with hotels between 2 and 6 percent and camps between 1 and 9 percent. A drop in bookings of between 2 and 8 percent is expected by most apartment complexes (63 percent) and just over a fifth of the hotels and campsites covered, according to the Tourist Impulse Q3 report. To illustrate the fact that the state achieves the greatest economic and fiscal effects by marketing products through the hospitality channel, as well as that tourism is the most efficient form of “export”, HUT compared the effects of selling a bottle of wine through different distribution channels. In the Mediterranean, the highest growth rates of tourist arrivals this year were achieved by Turkey, with a plus of 14,11 percent in the first seven months of this year. At the same time, key western Mediterranean markets are growing: Spain 1,91 percent, Malta 4,86 percent, and Slovenia 5,24 percent in the first seven months of 2019. Attachment: HUT / Tourist impulse Q3 Read the full report in the attachment. According to the report, this year online portals recorded a high growth rate of sales of accommodation capacities (+12,4 percent), and the average price increased (+6 percent), which means that revenue in this segment of tourism in the period from August 2018 to July 2019 reached 2,03 billion euros. At the same time, the occupancy of capacity in household facilities was further reduced, to 22 percent, which is more than twice lower than the occupancy rate in hotels (45,1%). HUT reiterated that all European countries that compete with Croatia in tourism have a reduced value added tax rate for hotel accommodation and catering services, with the aim of continuously encouraging the development of the tourism sector and the economy as a whole. Croatia also managed to end up in physical terms – according to data from last week, an annual cumulative growth of arrivals of 4,33 percent and an increase of 1,84 percent of overnight stays was recorded. In the third edition of the Tourist Impulse Q3, in addition to an overview of the financial and market results of the 2019 tourist season by type of capacity, key indicators of short-term real estate rental in Croatia were published on online portals. Short-term real estate rental continues to grow, rental income on two online portals exceeded 2 billion euros According to the survey, these companies use the predominant share of domestic components, especially in the segment of bakery products (87 percent), in construction and installation services (72 percent), and more than half of the consumption of alcoholic beverages (65 percent) and beverages (66 percent), meat and meat products (64 percent) and vegetables (54 percent). “As we announced, this season has shown that the period of high growth rates in tourism is behind us and that there will be a struggle for every guest. If we want to keep our position on the tourist map, the business conditions in tourism must improve. Only in this way can we free up funds to invest in the key prerequisites for success in the coming years. These are necessary to increase the quality of accommodation and the overall offer, as well as to keep the existing and attract new quality staff. In this context, we see the announced reduction of VAT on the preparation and serving of food in restaurants as the first step in the direction of capturing the competitiveness of domestic tourism with neighboring countries. Tax relief is an incentive for investments in new hotel and similar facilities that have a significant impact on the economic activity of destinations, but also the whole of Croatia”, Ostojic pointed out. Ucomparing the effects of selling a bottle of wine through different distribution channels In addition, a survey of leading hotel and tourism companies in Croatia showed that the share of products and services of Croatian origin in the total consumption of the sector is significant, according to HUT. Such capacity growth has further exacerbated the overall structure of tourism capacity, with hotels and camps currently together accounting for only 35 percent of total commercial accommodation capacity, while the share of beds in household facilities has reached 52,2 percent of commercial accommodation. If we add a significant increase in capacity in non-commercial accommodation, this structure is even more unfavorable. In the sale through catering, the amount of value added tax per bottle of wine is 2,2 times higher than in retail, taxes and contributions on salaries are over 12 times higher than in exports and over 20 percent higher than in the sale of wine in retail. At the same time, employment in the hospitality industry is higher than in other distribution channels, as well as the foreign exchange component, which is at least 4 times higher than in other channels. Given the size of this form of accommodation, the third edition of the Tourist Impulse also presented data from the online portals Airbnb and HomeAway, which at the end of July offered a total of 236.800 accommodation units from Croatia.
I’d like to reply to the comment by tutor Jim Bridge in the 16 May edition of BB, about the fact that we need to be looking at 13 to 14-year-olds. Alas, most school careers officers don’t have a clue about bakery as a career.I had a good relationship with two of the three local senior schools, especially the home economics teachers. Pupils designed and decorated cakes and I was invited along to judge them and award a small prize.Kids then came on a bakery visit and even for work experience. Some of the results would have graced a craft baker’s shop.Over a decade, the bakery employed 10 school-leavers, trained them in-house, and allowed them to attend Birmingham college to learn Cake Design & Decoration or Bread & Confectionery. One lad excelled and ended up winning a prize at the Cardiff Exhibition.However, in the late 1990s, home economics was taken off school curriculums. This did a lot of harm to the industry, and my own supply of school-leavers dried up, compounded by careers officers giving little or no information to youngsters looking to enter the bakery trade.Now, with childhood obesity, moves are afoot to reinstate home economics. Birmingham College runs a Saturday morning course, and goes out to schools. Their bakery students have moved into the 21st century.The National Association of Master Bakers has moved on, too. When Graham Nash was NA president, 1998-99, he went to Birmingham College to open the refurbished bakery department. Out of 50-60 people invitees, only one career advisor attended.If a meeting were arranged now, I don’t think many, or even any, careers advisors would attend. The ’in things’ at the moment are the leisure industry and IT. It is something this industry needs to put right.Eric Cran, past NA presidentHednesford, Staffs
South Korea has beaten off competition from 11 other international teams to be crowned winner of the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie, or The Bakery World Cup.The Koreans fielded a three-man team who had to compete for the prize across three categories: Baguette & Breads of the World, Viennoiserie, and Savoury Bakery and Artistic Creation. The three-man team produced Hallah bread from Israel, Kanelbulle (cinnamon buns), from Sweden and a stunning bread sculpture called Archery on a Running Horse.The event was held as part of the biennial Europain, the Paris bakery exhibition, and marked South Korea’s first podium placing in the competition. Taiwan came second, improving on its third placing of last time, while France, World Bakery Champion in 2008, came third.Christian Vabret, president of honour and founder of the contest, said: “I had announced that this 2016 edition would possibly be the very best, given the level of the contestants and creations. We saw some brilliant teams, well prepared, with the quality this entails, with men and women who understand the spirit of the contest, and results that are beyond exceptional.“The most difficult challenge was deciding among them, and the task of the jury was not easy. We wished for an outstanding contest, and that is what we got! Watching the teams at work was a sheer delight and the result was superb.”The next Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie will be held in 2020.Here is the event in pictures:The winning South Korean team of (left to right) of Chang-Min Lee, Jong-Ho Kim and Yong-Joo Park. The teams had to demonstrate core baking skills as well as artistic flare, as this selection from the French team shows. The Artistic Creation from Taiwan celebrated the country’s national sport of baseball.
Patisserie Valerie opened three new cafés last week in Southport, Dublin and Stevenage.The Dublin café, which opened to the public last Wednesday, is the chain’s second store in the Republic of Ireland and is found in the Debenhams on Henry Street.The Stevenage branch is also in a new Debenhams located at the Roaring Meg Retail Park.The Southport branch is a standalone store on Lord Street.Afternoon tea is on offer at all three new locations, along with a selection of gâteaux and patisserie as well as tea and coffee. A create-a-cake tool is also available and allows shoppers to create a bespoke cake for special occasions such as birthdays and weddings.The new stores are part of an expansion plan by Patisserie Valerie, which currently operates over 145 cafés throughout the UK and Ireland. All three locations have created approximately 20 jobs.“Following the success of our first store in Blanchardstown, Co Dublin, we are excited to be opening our second café in the Republic of Ireland. This is the next step in our expansion plan to open 20 new stores annually,” said Paul May, CEO of Patisserie Holdings.The new locations take the number of new Patisserie Valerie stores this month to five, after it opened up in Brighton and Winchester at the start of August.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Manorville man is one of two air traffic controllers at John F. Kennedy International Airport who have been accused of stealing more than $165,000 combined by overstating the hours they worked.Jeffrey Evagues, 54, and 38-year-old Asif Ali of Queens were scheduled to face the charges at Brooklyn federal court Thursday.“For three years, these air traffic controllers engaged in a high-flying scheme to redirect public funds into their own bank accounts,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “Today they were grounded.”Prosecutors said the two Federal Aviation Administration workers modified computerized labor reports on more than 300 occasions between September 2011 and October 2014.As a result, they were paid as if they were controlling air traffic at JFK while they were actually on vacation, out sick, or had days off, authorities said.Investigators reviewed security camera footage that allegedly captured both men entering the room that contains the computer from which payroll changes occurred, minutes prior to the alleged modifications, prosecutors said.The case was referred to prosecutors by the U.S. Department of Transportation, office of Inspector General.