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Key witness for Giuliani’s Four Seasons total humiliation press conference is convicted sex offender

first_imgWhen you’re done laughing, consider donating $7 to be split among seven organizations in Georgia building critical progress infrastructure to keep Georgia blue. Brooks ran for Congress in 2004 as the Green Party candidate in New Jersey’s 12th District, along with a slew of other campaign runs since as a libertarian and Poor People’s Campaign candidate. At the Four Seasons Total Humiliation event, Brooks claimed to have moved to Philadelphia two years ago, but Politico was not able to verify that. Brooks has run for office several times in New Jersey and elected officials there were surprised to see him. “I started watching it and all of a sudden I was like, ‘there’s New Jersey’s perennial candidate claiming to live in Philadelphia and Giuliani claiming him to be a poll watcher and Philadelphia resident,” Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora said in a phone interview.New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman’s office also recognized Brooks. Chief of Staff James Gee added context, noting that Brooks had worked his way into being a poll watcher for the Clinton campaign in 2016. “Yeah, I know Daryl. It’s so fitting that he would be there,” Gee said.Gee said he believed Brooks was hired for Hillary Clinton‘s campaign in 2016.“People don’t pay attention to who they hire. They’re just trying to get bodies, particularly if it’s a white organizer,” said Gee, who’s Black. “And this time apparently, I guess he was on the Republican side of the watchers.“- Advertisement – To recap, on Saturday Donald Trump announced via Twitter that his lawyers would be having a press conference at the upscale Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia. That tweet was quickly replaced with one saying the location was the Four Seasons Total Landscaping company in Philadelphia, located in an industrial area next to the Fantasy Island adult store and a crematorium. As if that weren’t bad enough, Politico reports New Jersey political reporters instantly recognized one of Rudy Giuliani’s key “witnesses” as Daryl Brooks, a New Jersey man who went to prison in 1988 after a sex offender conviction. He was convicted of exposing himself to two girls, ages 7 and 11 years old. – Advertisement – The campaign has never fully explained why they chose this location, but the most obvious answer is someone from the campaign just straight-up screwed up and they all went with it to save face. Take a look at some of the Trump supporters who turned out at the landscaping company next to the adult store and across the street from the crematorium. xcenter_img What a way for this to end, huh?- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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UK: Cause of first H5N1 outbreak still uncertain

first_imgApr 19, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The final epidemiologic report on the United Kingdom’s first H5N1 avian influenza outbreak says the source of the virus remains unknown but might have been contaminated turkey meat imported from Hungary.Investigators from the National Emergency Epidemiology Group explored all possible ways the virus could have arrived at the Bernard Matthews turkey farm in Suffolk in February, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said in a press release.”No specific proven source has been found,” the agency said. But the 32-page epidemiologic report concludes that contaminated turkey meat could have been imported and that it could have come from birds that had subclinical H5N1 infections from exposure to wild birds that spread the virus to two Hungarian goose farms in January.According to a Feb 12 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), two goose farms in Csongrad province in southern Hungary reported H5N1 outbreaks in late January. The report said the source of the infection was unknown.In a previous press release, DEFRA said the H5N1 strain found on the Bernard Matthews farm was similar to an Asian one detected on a goose farm in southeastern Hungary in late January.The investigation, which included authorities from the European Commission and Hungary, found no evidence of undisclosed H5N1 infection in Hungary and indicated that undetected infections in turkeys there would be “a rare event,” DEFRA said today.Debby Reynolds, DEFRA’s chief veterinary officer, said the results of the investigation are helpful for increasing experts’ understanding of avian flu. “Most potential routes of infection are controlled through current procedures. However, the outbreak in Suffolk appears to be the outcome of a series of normally low probability events and circumstances which cumulatively led to the introduction of disease,” she said in the news release.Reynolds said DEFRA would continue to work with the poultry industry and transportation firms to examine all areas of biosecurity.In its press release, DEFRA also said Bernard Matthews would be compensated 589,356 pounds (about US $1.18 million dollars) for culling its flocks to prevent the spread of the disease. According to an OIE report, the company culled 152,000 birds after the H5N1 outbreak was detected.Some groups in England have criticized the government’s payment to Bernard Matthews as too large, according to several English media reports today. However DEFRA said compensation incentives, required by law, are useful for inducing companies to report disease outbreaks early.DEFRA said it was working with industry on a proposed animal disease tax intended to balance the burden on taxpayers and industry in the event of animal disease outbreaks.The February H5N1 outbreak was the first within English borders, though a series of avian flu events in the past few years have kept the country on alert for the disease. In September 2005, H5N1 was detected in some finches that were quarantined in Sussex after importation from Taiwan. In March 2006 a dead mute swan that had washed up on a Scottish shore tested positive for the virus. And in April 2006 a low-pathogenic form of H7N3 avian influenza struck three English farms, leading to the culling of 50,000 poultry.See also:Feb 5, 2007, CIDRAP News article “England reports first H5N1 poultry outbreak”OIE reports on Hungarian outbreakhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.php#OIE reports on English outbreakhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.php#last_img read more

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Company expands beef recall, counters USDA criticism

first_imgJul 8, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Nebraska Beef, Ltd., recently expanded a recall of its beef amid reports that its production practices might have been inadequate for controlling Escherichia coli O157:H7, as the number of patients sickened in a two-state outbreak rose to 41. Yesterday, Amanda Eamich, a USDA spokeswoman, said Nebraska Beef was initially alerted in the first half of June that two of its trim samples had tested positive for E coli O157:H7, but the company was slow to respond, the Associated Press (AP) reported. On Jul 3 the Omaha company expanded its Jun 30 recall to include 5.3 million pounds of its beef, including all trim and other products intended for use in ground beef, produced between May 16 and Jun 26, according to a press release from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The company’s previous recall applied only to 531,707 pounds of trim, chuck, and other components. He said the FSIS notices also suggested that other companies supplied meat used in ground beef that was the subject of Kroger’s initial recall on Jun 25. The company didn’t learn that there was potential for a recall until Jun 28 when the USDA told the company that its investigation had linked Nebraska Beef to illnesses in Michigan and Ohio, Lamson told Meatingplace.com. “There is circumstantial evidence, but no tests have established a direct link,” he said. USDA faults safety practices, response timeThe FSIS said it found that Nebraska Beef’s production practices didn’t adequately control E coli O157:H7. “The products subject to the recall may have been produced under unsanitary conditions,” the USDA statement said. The expanded recall by Nebraska beef prompted the Kroger Co. to expand its own ground beef recall on Jul 3. Previously Kroger had recalled ground beef from stores in Michigan and parts of Ohio with sell-by dates between May 21 and Jun 8. The company didn’t specify how much ground beef was subject to either recall. According to a previous FSIS statement, ground beef samples from two federally inspected establishments supplied by Nebraska Beef and multiple samples of Kroger ground beef from patients’ homes were contaminated with E coli matching the outbreak strain According to trace-back investigation findings, Nebraska Beef supplied beef to certain Kroger grocery stores in Michigan and Ohio. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said ongoing epidemiologic and trace-back investigation findings prompted the expanded recall. Jul 1 CIDRAP News story “Nebraska firm’s beef linked to E coli outbreak” However, Bill Lamson, a Nebraska Beef spokesman, said the company added another lactic acid bath to kill the pathogen at its Omaha processing plant and hired an independent laboratory to test its products, the AP reported. The latest illness onset date was Jun 20, which is 6 days later than listed in the CDC’s last update. Twenty-two patients have been hospitalized, and one developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal kidney condition. No deaths have been reported. Jul 3 USDA press releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_022_2008_expanded/index.asp In October 2007, in the wake of a string of recalls that had nearly doubled from the previous year, the FSIS launched a plan to reduce E coli O157:H7 in ground beef. Measures ranged from speeding up planned safety enhancements, such as follow-up testing on high-risk processors, to new initiatives to control the pathogen during slaughter and processing. The safety plan also included a new safety inspection checklist. Lamson told Meatingplace.com, a meat industry news Web site, that the company received notices from the FSIS on Jun 9 and Jun 17 and that the company reviewed its records and adjusted its processes, steps that he said addressed the problem. See also: Eamich said Nebraska Beef has now made changes in its food safety plan to pass federal inspection and that the USDA will work with the company in the weeks ahead to bolster its safety plan, according to the AP report. Jul 3 CDC updatehttp://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/june2008outbreak/ He said Nebraska beef didn’t believe the initial findings warranted a recall. “We’re following their normal procedure,” he told the AP. Cases climb slowlyAccording to the most recent update on the outbreak from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of Jul 2, 41 cases had been linked to the outbreak, including 21 in Michigan and 20 in Ohio. Oct 23, 2007, CIDRAP News story “USDA announces plan to reduce E coli contamination in ground beef”last_img read more

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USDA drafts avian flu risk assessment for poultry and egg products

first_imgDec 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday released a draft of its risk assessment for contracting highly pathogenic avian influenza from eating poultry products, shell eggs, and egg products, a tool that could be used to reduce human illness from the virus and help target messages to consumers.In releasing the risk-assessment draft, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said it was seeking public comments, which are due by Jan 31. The 186-page report and information on how to submit comments are available on the FSIS Web site (see link at end).The draft risk assessment, which addresses highly pathogenic H5 and H7 subtypes, was developed by representatives from the FSIS, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and the Food and Drug Administration, according to a press release yesterday from the USDA. The document went through an external peer review, along with reviews by other government agencies, the USDA said.So far there has been no compelling evidence that links eating cooked poultry, eggs, or egg products to avian influenza infections in humans, the draft report said. Though the viruses aren’t considered foodborne pathogens, researchers have isolated them from poultry muscle and egg interiors.Two human illnesses may have been related to consuming infected duck blood products, though investigators could not rule out contact that the patients may have had with infected poultry. Despite this lack of evidence, human exposure to contaminated poultry and eggs is a concern for food safety experts, the report said.Experts used available information on avian influenza viruses and mathematical modeling to make risk estimates for several poultry and egg scenarios, including production, processing, and consumer preparation. For example, the estimates assume that the viral load in a serving of poultry relates to the time between when the bird was infected and when it was slaughtered.According to some of the scenarios, the draft risk assessment for poultry meat predicts that:Poultry flocks infected early in their growing period are 94% (chicken) and 98% (turkey) likely to be identified as positive for the virus before slaughter, processing, and sale.Infected flocks approaching market weight present a small risk of infected meat reaching commerce—6% (chicken) and 2% (turkey)—because there is less time for bird deaths to be detected on the farm.On-farm avian influenza testing offers the greatest chance of for curbing human infections; 95% can be prevented when birds are tested before slaughter.Relying on mortality observations on the farm and after transport isn’t as practical, especially if birds are late in the grow-out period.Cooking poultry to the FSIS-recommended temperature of 165°F inactivates the virus, lowering the public health risk to a negligible level.Cross-contamination from infected poultry to uncooked foods could increase illness levels by 2.5%, and public health messages should emphasize this food-handling risk.Regarding eggs and egg products, the USDA’s risk assessment predicts that nearly all contaminated eggs from an infected flock could be removed from the distribution chain before they reach consumers. The report notes that thoroughly cooking eggs to 150°F inactivates the virus, but a few human illnesses are possible from undercooking contaminated eggs.USDA research has shown that time and temperature recommendations for egg product processing can kill avian flu viruses. The report said dried egg white processing may not completely inactivate the pathogen, but the 7-day processing period may allow officials time to alert egg product processors before the drying is completed and the product is released to consumers. The USDA said its APHIS division is developing a separate illness risk assessment for egg products that are contaminated with avian influenza.Once finalized, the avian flu illness assessment for poultry and eggs will give risk managers the decision-making tools they need to gauge the effectiveness of interventions that could reduce or prevent foodborne illnesses, the report said.”This risk assessment can also be used to target risk communication messages, identify and prioritize research needs, and provide a framework for coordinating efforts with stakeholders,” the USDA added.See also:Dec 2 USDA press releaseDec 2 USDA draft risk assessmentInstructions for filing public commentslast_img read more

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Ranko Petrović, Uniline: European Handball Championship has exceeded all tourist and business expectations

first_imgThe fact that at the very beginning of the year the European Handball Championship 2018 in Croatia achieved more than 25.000 overnight stays speaks volumes about how important big and small sports events are, especially when they are organized in the pre- or post-season. Thus, in January, Croatia realized 193 thousand tourist arrivals, which is an increase of 22% compared to the first month last year.Uniline, as the official travel agency of the EURO, spent more than 31 nights in the winter in Zagreb, Split, Poreč and Varaždin, to which, among others, Scandinavian, German and Macedonian fans contributed the most. Uniline’s operational team took care of transfers, transportation and accommodation for more than 1.200 officials of the championship, especially 500 athletes from 16 European countries, and then members of professional teams and sports officials of individual national federations, the European Handball Federation (EHF), media representatives and sponsors and fan groups.”Although we are finalizing all the data and analyzing what has been achieved, we can already say that the European Handball Championship EURO 2018 exceeded all, both Croatian tourism and our business expectations at the very beginning of the tourist year. Positive effects were achieved in all segments – from the number of nights to the number of people who actively followed the EURO 2018 campaign on Uniline’s Facebook page Uniline Croatia “, said Ranko Petrović, Executive Director of Europcar and Uniline Logistics, and at the same time the leading man of Uniline’s operational team for this year’s largest international sporting event in Croatia.Transfer of Danish sponsors and fans / Photo: UnilineApart from the positive business effect and tourist traffic, Unilina points out that they are extremely satisfied with the promotional campaign on social networks. The incentive campaign and the prize competition, by which Unila’s lucky winners took them to matches in all the cities where the championship was held, reached a number of more than 900 thousand active users of Facebook and Instagram social networks. This is more than an optimal effect since, according to the latest data, there are 1,9 million FB users in Croatia, and more than 2 billion in the world, says Petrovic and adds “”In accordance with the dynamics of the event, the logistics were ultimately performed by almost a hundred Uniline members, both tourist operatives and drivers, who had a fleet of 60 cars and vans and 25 buses at their disposal. Uniline proved to be an excellent organizer of accommodation and transfers, for which it received praise from the top of the EHF. Looking at the scenes of Swedish fans on the Split waterfront in short sleeves or Norwegian drinking coffee in the sun on the coast in Porec, it was easy to conclude that sports tourism with its three components – tourism of sporting events, tourism of sports memories and active sports tourism – once again clearly demonstrated that it can be one of the key generators of arrivals and consumption for Croatia’s year-round tourism business,”Concluded Petrović.Uniline sees the future of this business in the systematic and continuous expansion of services and the creation of new business models in the form of rational and cost-effective solutions for athletes, clubs and federations and their fans and guests through their own specific know-how – from organizing sports development camps for all ages preparation and, if necessary, other preparatory and competitive segments with accompanying services, such as “one stop sport travel company ” active on a 24/7 basis, ie available to clients every day and at any time.last_img read more

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Who is afraid of tourism yet?

first_imgOften in our media we can come across comments like: “tourism will destroy everything” or the one I especially like “because of tourism we will become servants”.Should we become “turizmophobes” or worse, ‘turistophobes’?One of our “reputable” journalists recently called tourists “patients” who flooded the city with selfies.… “Reputable” journalist did not mean patients who came to Croatia for treatment, but the term “patients” in fact, he called the tourists who came to admire what the journalist in question did not know how to admire. To him, tourists are “patients”, translated; lunatics who bother us (him).Tourism on my island of Hvar started 150 years ago, with the arrival of patients who needed a healthy climate, diet and a peaceful lifestyle, so it would be nice if we were flooded with patients in this category, but it seems to us that we are not.Tourism, like any other branch of the economy, can be a driver if all the parameters for its development and maintenance are arranged in this way. And there is no difference between tourism and shipbuilding for example. If we have to import all the necessary raw materials, semi-finished products, products, technology and labor for the production of a ship, then it is clear that we will have nothing from shipbuilding except “destruction” and self-destruction. It is the same with tourism. Also.Photo: The story of the tavern http://konoba-bratanic.com/To my knowledge, the share of domestic food products produced on Hvar in the UNESCO-protected Starogradsko polje in the total amount of food consumed during the tourist season on Hvar is shamefully low. In addition to so many people and a good country with an even better story, we serve imported food to tourists. Even wine. Graševina on the islands is slowly becoming almost a domestic product. And that is normal for everyone. And that is far from normal.The Dalmatian diet as part of the Mediterranean diet is also a UNESCO protected good, and we import food from countries far from Dalmatia and the Mediterranean.And is tourism to blame for that?Tourists are crying out for a local, original experience, and we offer them world-class clothing. In the center of the town of Hvar, the square is dominated by a kind of “Asian restaurant”. With all due respect to that exotic continent and its peoples, I think it is absurd and paradoxical.We destroy ourselves. We are not destroyed by tourism.Tourism could and should be the driver of agriculture and various smaller productions, specifically on the island of Hvar and other islands, if those for whom it is a job would set things up, that is, processes.And now a little about tourism that makes us “servants”And again a small comparison to shipbuilding. I never understood why a welder or fitter in a shipyard would be a master and a waiter or a cook in a hotel a servant?Both work for a salary given to them by some owner. If we call the owner the master, then they are all servants. Or none of them is either a servant or a master, but what they are; welders, fitters, waiters, cooks… more or less good or bad. Of course, those who believe that Comrade Tito gave the workers a shipyard and that they were masters will not accept this theory of my social conspiracy. However, many people who rent their apartments today, or run their own small restaurants, cafes and shops, are owners and masters, and determine their own business policy. There are many of them in Croatia and they are a significant factor in shaping the tourist offer, at least the basic ones. I don’t know why they would feel like servants.Our cities, as everywhere in the world, are losing the notion of “season” and are working at full speed throughout the year, so there will be more and more secure continuous work. It is not the responsibility of those responsible, but it happened precisely because of those “patients” who recognized us and started coming. And if those same responsible people made an effort and devised that tourism in rural areas does not depend only on the sun or the sea, and that it lasts at least approximately as in cities, with the need for waiters and chefs, then the feeling of “serving” in the season means a couple of months, gone.In any case, tourism is not a wolf, but a grandmother with cakes.All of us who live here should be Little Red Riding Hood, and state institutions should be a hunter and gamekeeper who would make sure that Grandma doesn’t transform into a wolf, or that a wolf doesn’t eat Grandma along with cakes.Published by: Miki Bratanićlast_img read more

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Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag is one of the best promoters of Croatian tourism

first_imgThis year, with the Blue Lagoon Croatia Open Umag, Umag is again positioned as one of the leaders in the promotion of Croatian tourism.About 100 visitors from all over the world come to Umag. The tournament is followed by more than 370 accredited journalists, and with the transmission of images from Umag to 100 countries, 110 million potential spectators will see them. The matches will be broadcast in all key countries for Croatian tourism, including Italy, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Russia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. It is from these countries that the tennis players who will play at this year’s edition come, which will result in raising the level of viewership of tournaments in these countries. This year, special reports of the tournament will be broadcast by the famous sports media SKY and ATP Uncovered, and the tournament will be covered by other international media, including the Daily Mail, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Super Tennis, DAZN, Arena Sports, Premier Sports and Eurosport. And that is the most important thing, that guests from all key emitting markets come to Istria and that the tennis tournament is an excellent marketing campaign.Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag is undoubtedly one of the most relevant tennis tournaments in this area, to which both players and guests gladly return. “We have long realized that the sea and the sun are not enough and that it is necessary to develop and commercialize a number of new competitive tourist experiences such as Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag. Guests come to Umag for top tennis, but also a number of additional facilities. That’s the real value of the tournament, because it brings together a very wide audience. ” he said Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli.For 29 years, Umag has been home to our most eminent tennis tournament, and the unofficial title of the city of sports, recently became official when the Federation of European Sports Capitals and Cities declared Umag the European City of Sports in 2018.Ronald Korotaj points out that the scale of excellence of the tournament is constantly rising, but Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag is ready to skip it this year as well.  “The organization is in full force, we are sure that all 100 thousand visitors will enjoy the rich and varied party program, and in the gourmet zone they are waiting for something new. This year, the Gourmet zone will be dedicated to Michelin, so in addition to its long-term partner, the Zigante Restaurant, which has a Michelin recommendation, Michelin-recommended restaurants – Pergola, Badi and San Rocco – will also be presented at the Michelin point. The wines of most Istrian winemakers with a Michelin recommendation, more precisely 11 out of 16 recommended, will be able to be tasted in the Taste Istria zone. Thanks to investments and hard work, Umag will surely shine. I believe that with the support of Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag so far, it will continue to be an event that everyone in Croatia looks up to. We are honored to be at that level and present what Croatia, Istria and Umag can offer”, said Ronald Korotaj.last_img read more

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Valamar donated to Red Cross offices and soup kitchens

first_imgAlso, Valamar provided accommodation to the General Hospital Dubrovnik for hospital employees in 12 mobile homes in the Solitudo Sunny Camping on Babin Kuk free of charge and with overhead costs, while Valamar’s Central Laundry in Poreč provided laundry necessary for the smooth operation of quarantine facilities without fees. Valamar hotels and camps in Poreč, Rabac, Krk, Rab, Makarska and Dubrovnik donated groceries and other necessities to the city offices of the Red Cross and soup kitchens in an effort to provide support to those in need in the community during this period.  last_img read more

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CNTB created a brochure for the promotion of continental tourism

first_imgDOWNLOAD BROCHURE: Full of inspiration – hidden treasures of the Croatian interior ” – After the summer part of the tourist year in which, given the circumstances caused by the pandemic, we achieved very good results, we focus our activities on the promotion of the postseason where our focus is on promoting continental tourism, eno-gastronomy and nautical as one of the most sought after Croatian tourism products., said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that during the off-season the focus is on shorter weekend trips with an emphasis on the domestic market.  All the benefits and the diverse offer of health tourism in the interior of Croatia were highlighted, and then Medvednica and the city of Zagreb were presented, mostly through interesting museums such as the Museum of Broken Relationships. Karlovac is presented through its four rivers and the Aquatika aquarium, and the natural beauties of the fairytale Gorski Kotar and the beauties of Učka and the interior of Istria, which is also suitable for cyclists, are described. The area around the rivers Una, Lika, Velebit, then the area of ​​the rivers Zrmanja and Kupa, Sinj and Sinjska krajina, Imotski and Imotska krajina and the valley of the river Neretva were also specially treated.  PHOTO: Screenshot brochure, Illustration: HrTurizam.hr The brochure includes the tourist offer of the interior of Croatia, starting from Kopački rit all the way to Vukovar and Ilok, and the east of Croatia is specially treated through a unique and rich gastronomic offer. The brochure then presents the nature parks Papuk and Lonjsko polje, Požega, Moslavačka gora, but also Međimurje through the offer of numerous cycling trails. Baroque Varaždin also found its place in the brochure, presented through the famous Špancirfest and the castles of Zagorje such as Trakošćan and Veliki Tabor. In addition to the Croatian language, the brochure has been translated into English and German, and it is a kind of walk through the interior of Croatia through tourist stories and attractive photographs, all in order to get tourists in the best and easiest way possible Our beautiful ones, but also its peculiarities and sights. The Croatian National Tourist Board has developed a new online brochure entirely dedicated to the promotion of continental tourism called “Full of inspiration – hidden treasures of the Croatian interior “. last_img read more

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