The Ministry of Tourism has again prepared a survey of investments in the tourism sector for next year. The survey covered all counties and tourism companies that submitted data on the announced investments for next year. According to the submitted data, in 2019, around one billion and 50 million euros will be invested in Croatian tourism, while investments according to the same survey in 2018 amounted to 940 million euros. The companies will invest around 626 million euros in their tourism projects, while the public sector, ie counties and cities and municipalities from their area will invest 425 million euros. The announced investments in the private sector include investments in hotels, camps, nautical and other types of accommodation facilities, facilities and attractions.According to the data on investments from the survey of the Ministry of Tourism, the largest number of investments, ie the largest amount of total investments is planned in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County with a total of 203 million euros of investments, Split-Dalmatia with 197 million euros of investments and Istria with 175 million euros of investments. to invest 355 million euros in continental counties including the city of Zagreb.As many as eight hotels are opening in Split In the area of the Split-Dalmatia County, as much as 197 million euros will be invested in tourism next year, with the city of Split being the most attractive to investors. As many as eight four- and five-star hotels are being built in Split, which, according to investor announcements, should open their doors to guests in the spring of next year, point out the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board.Ernst Young, an auditing and consulting company, announced in its research that the Split-Dalmatia County is among the most interesting investors in tourism. According to their estimate, by 2022, the investment will cover a total of 9700 hotel rooms, of which almost 6 are brand new rooms in high-categorized four- and five-star hotels.Photo: Pixabay.comMost of them are planned to open in Split, which is chronically suffering from a lack of hotel beds, so eight new larger hotels and a number of smaller ones should fix that picture. Thus, in April, the first Marriott International in Croatia with the Courtyard by Marriott brand should receive its guests, which will open the Dalmatia Tower with 190 rooms and four suites.By the beginning of the 2019 season, it is planned to open the hotel “Amphora Resort” on the Žnjan plateau with a total of 207 rooms, a congress hall, a number of catering facilities, but also three swimming pools and a luxurious wellness. The new pavilion of the “Radisson Blu Resort” with 54 rooms and 15 suites has sprung up on the site of the demolished building of the former hotel complex “Split”. On the site of the former Kalitern Park in Bačvice, work is nearing completion on a hotel that will have 60 rooms and 45 parking spaces on four floors.17 million euros are being invested in the former hotel “Ambasador” on the Split waterfront. The new “Ambassador” will have 101 rooms and suites, 240 seats in the restaurant, spa, gym, nightclub and underground garage with 59 seats, and its opening has been announced for summer 2019. On a plot located east of the bridge connecting the City Port of Split and Bačvice, “Villa Harmony” is being built on five above-ground floors with 26 rooms with an investment of HRK 32 million.With the completion of all these investments that are planned to receive the first guests in 2019, Split should be richer by about 1,5 thousand new top beds in hotels.RELATED NEWS:NEW CATALOG OF INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA PUBLISHED, MOST PROJECTS IN TOURISM
“For example,” he said, “we want to find out whether someone’s attitude towards pensions is linked to age and the used information channels, and how someone assesses a pensions institution.”During the pilot, Indialoog wants to learn about an employer’s role in pensions and to establish how the subject of pensions can be made more attractive. APG will also try to find out where the public is seeking information about pensions, and which information people expect to find.Participants in the consumer community dialogue can also add themes.Willms said the pilot would be considered successful if it provided new insights, and if people continued discussing new subjects.In that event, he said, Indialoog will be rolled out nationwide.Willms added that APG would share the outcome of a permanent panel with the pensions sector. The €344bn asset manager and pensions provider APG has launched a pilot project to start a dialogue with Dutch consumers on pensions, insurance and other financial issues.During the next half year, APG’s marketing, communications and distribution department is to enter into dialogue with 450 members of the public. But the pilot, called Indialoog’, must make clear whether such an exchange of thoughts will be a good way of involving people in the development of new products and services, said Raoul Willms, strategic marketing manager at APG.He said Indialoog aimed for a broader discussion than merely the “relatively limited enviroment of pension funds”.
Even after extending its application deadline, the Viterbi Student Council’s Executive Board received only one application, causing the council to become inactive for this school year.The VSC is an umbrella organization that coordinates monthly meetings between the presidents and board members of various Viterbi organizations and the Viterbi administration.Paul Ledesma, associate director of undergraduate admissions for Viterbi and last year’s VSC faculty adviser, said he was not sure why there was so little interest in the VSC Executive Board this year.It is the responsibility of the outgoing Executive Board to organize and publicize elections, Ledesma said.“It’s possible that it wasn’t advertised adequately by last year’s leadership, but it’s also possible that students who may have run for the position found it more important to hold leadership positions within their specific engineering student organizations,” Ledesma wrote in an email.William Wu, last year’s VSC vice chair, said the organization had slowly moved away from its original role as a resource for students.“I think [VSC] is becoming obsolete because [organizations] were just going to it for money instead of using it as a resource and building a relationship with the administration,” Wu said. “It could have a big impact and could really make engineering present at USC. Right now, I don’t think there’s a need for it. Maybe there’s not a want for it.”Internal issues might also have played a role in this year’s suspension of the Executive Board, according to Wu.“The Board had its own separate communication issues to deal with [and] VSC also had to learn how to adapt to the regulations set by the administration, which previous Board members thought was always challenging,” Wu said.Wu noted that he doesn’t think an overarching committee is necessary.Traditionally, the VSC treasurer oversees the VSC Funding Board, which is responsible for allocating funds to various Viterbi clubs. This year, the Funding Board will continue to function as a separate entity despite the lack of a VSC Executive Board.“The Funding Board is operating as it always did,” Ledesma wrote. “With the exception of a few procedural changes and an updated, streamlined application, there are no changes to the Funding Board’s operation.”In fact, some club presidents feel that a separate funding board is more efficient than the funding board that was part of VSC in previous years.“The only change that has been made is pretty positive. They streamlined the [funding application] procedure,” said Lynn Ho, president of the Society of Women Engineers. “There’s only one form to actually get the money. Before, you would apply and it was harder.”The new funding board is also functioning well without a VSC Executive Board, according to those involved.“I’m kind of the person who is communicating between the [administration] and the student organizations right now, since there’s no VSC,” said Ken Diedrich, director of the Funding Board.Ledesma said the transition to a separate funding board has been a smooth one.“Ken made sure to inform student organization leadership of the change and reassure them the funding sources would remain unchanged at our first event of the year,” Ledesma wrote.After speaking with the leaders of various Viterbi organizations, Ledesma said he believes these groups will be unaffected by the lack of a VSC Executive Board.It has yet to be determined whether or not VSC will be active next year, but it will largely be based on student interest, Ledesma added.He wrote, “If students want to get VSC back up and running, I look forward to working with them,” he wrote.