The 30th session of the CNTB Tourist Council was held, at which the members of the council adopted a new one Ordinance on the organizational structure of the CNTB Head Office and job systematization, but also other important activities and projects in the field of marketing and advertising.Director of the CNTB Head Office Kristjan Staničić emphasized the importance of reorganizing the work and activities of the Croatian Tourist Board, which, as he said, was necessary to monitor new trends and increase the efficiency of promotional activities in foreign emitting markets. “The existing organizational structure is several years old, and new times and new business trends require the definition of new frameworks for action. Our goal is to be more efficient, more proactive and ultimately more competitive, which is a prerequisite for the continued growth of Croatian tourism. The new systematization will bring more efficient and optimal business, simpler and faster coordination of employees, and thus faster solving of tasks and meeting deadlines.”Said director Stanicic, adding that the new reorganization is the result of an analysis of the situation conducted over the past six months.A special Congress Department has been established within the CNTBThe basic changes brought by the new systematization are the establishment of five sectors, instead of the previous seven, and a special novelty is the establishment of a special Congress Department within the CNTB. Also new is the establishment of the sector for international affairs and the network of representative offices, which will contribute to even better coordination of the network of representative offices, but also stronger representation and better cooperation of the Croatian Tourist Board with world tourism organizations. “With the new systematization, we decided to unite several organizational units into one sector. Thus, we have merged the advertising sectors, the “Croatia” brand and the market research and strategic planning sector into one that will be called the strategic communications sector. This sector will also include PR and marketing activities because we believe that these are closely related activities that require better coordination, closer cooperation and synergy. Another novelty is the return of a special Congress Department within the CNTB, which will be even more focused on the further development and promotion of this important segment of the offer, which significantly affects the year-round business in tourism.”, Concluded director Staničić.In 2018, maintaining positive trendsThe members of the Tourist Board of the CNTB were presented with information on the course of the season and the situation on the markets, and Minister Cappelli announced a good tourist year. “After an extremely successful tourist year 2017, we are entering 2018 with the same goal, ie with the goal of further positioning Croatia as a year-round destination and encouraging the growth of quality and development of Croatian tourism. Positive trends in tourist traffic continued in January, which recorded double-digit growth. With a large number of new investments and activities of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board aimed at developing special forms of tourism, better air connectivity, I believe that we have another successful tourist year ahead in which we expect growth of about 5 posit”, said Minister Cappelli.We add that the members of the council also adopted the proposal at the session Decisions on special advertising at the Davis Cup Osijek sports event. This is an international sporting event of the Davis Cup World Group, between the tennis national teams of Croatia and Canada, which will be held in Osijek from 2 to 4 February 2018.
Image courtesy of ONESingapore-headquartered Ocean Network Express (ONE) is considering the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel in order to comply with IMO regulations, coming into force on January 1, 2020.The transport company noted the revised IMO regulations will limit sulphur content in fuel oil to less than 0.5 percent, compared to the current limit of 3.5 percent.After conducting studies, ONE noted that adopting low-sulphur compliant hybrid oil (0.5 percent sulphur content) is the most realistic, short-term solution, available in order to be compliant with the revised regulations.The company added it is ‘carefully considering’ other solutions such as exhaust gas cleaning systems and using LNG as fuel which may be adopted in the future.As the first step in its attempt to prepare for the new regulations, ONE plans to implement a revised bunker surcharge mechanism with effect January 1, 2019, which is considered to be more appropriate to the revised cost scenario.Under the new mechanism, fuel price will be calculated based on past three months average bunker price in key bunkering ports.ONE expects to start bunkering hybrid oil from the fourth quarter of 2019.
Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan Tim Wise, an author and anti-racism activist, led a discussion about race and privilege Monday night in Bovard Auditorium.The event, called “White Like Me: An Honest Discussion About Race and Privilege,” was sponsored by the USC Latino Student Assembly in conjunction with El Centro Chicano, the Black Student Assembly and the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly.“We thought it would be interesting to have someone who is Caucasian talking about these issues, since it would usually be someone of color,” said Valerie Fernandez, executive director of the Latino Student Assembly.Wise’s lecture informed students that issues of race should be spoken about more frequently and openly. He discussed how society should be unafraid to look at the systems in which we operate, and analyze how we tackle issues of race.He placed responsibility to be aware of racism on all members of society, not just people of color. Wise explained the importance of being aware of the issues that people of color face, especially for Caucasian people.“We’re not intentionally oppressive, but we are often oblivious to the experience of others and this is very dangerous,” he said.Wise said fighting white supremacy is an issue all people should be concerned with. During the lecture, he spoke of his views regarding how continued racism is a prevalent issue today.“When you fight white supremacy, you are not doing it to save people of color as a charity. If we don’t make change now, it will destroy our children and our grandchildren,” he said. “This is not charity, but rather self-help.”Students appreciated the new perspective that Wise gave on issues of race through his experiences as a Caucasian male.“He was able to talk about issues that are usually only addressed by black people. It really touched me that a person that is not my color skin is willing to help my cause,” said Levi Powell, the student affairs and diversity chair of BSA.Having these discussions about race is only the first step, Wise said. He told audience members that everyone needs to take these conversations as an impetus for action.Aneesha Gupta, a freshman majoring in computer science, said that Wise’s words opened her eyes to ways to take action to help defeat racism in society.“The discussion was really interesting for me since I grew up in a primarily white area,” Gupta said. “The lecture was a nice reality check that these issues exist, and to hear the effects they have on people here,” she said.