Franchises in tourism: An opportunity to enter the global market. Yes, it is possible

first_imgANDRIJA ČOLAK, SURF’N’FRIES: RETURN ON INVESTMENT OF MOBILE SURF’N’FRIES STANDS IS 45 DAYS  Damjana Domanovac and Jadranka Apostolov from the Place2Go franchise presented their print magazine. “The pleasure of reading magazines on fine paper still exists. We cannot compete with the speed of digital media, but there are specialized editions with professional content and top photos that always have an audience. We now have four franchises: in Croatia, France, Slovenia and Serbia, and 90 copies of the magazine sold”, Points out Jadranka Apostolov.  When we talk about the franchise sector, in the tourism sector we have great franchises that are gradually expanding globally to all parts of the world. The Museum of Illusions, Carwiz, Direct Booker, Place2Go, Surf’n’Fries, etc.… and soon some domestic famous players are expected to step through the franchise model into the global franchise business market. “In the Franchise Business Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, our task is to gather franchisors from different parts of the economy and their continuous education and create positive conditions for business. We also want to work on promoting franchises and their better position in Croatia, but also on their better placement in the world. There are about 200 franchises in Croatia at 1000 locations and they employ about 13 people, but only 12 percent are domestic franchises. That share needs to be increased”, Said the assistant director of the Trade Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Emma Culi on the occasion of the presentation of Croatian franchises from the Franchise Business Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce  CARWIZ BECAME A CROATIAN TOURIST EXPORT PRODUCT! THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODEL IT IS EXPANDING TO THE GLOBAL MARKET  The conference is an event held once a year, and its main goal is to network business people of Croatian origin from all over the world, increase investment of emigrants in the homeland and support Croatian companies that are export-oriented by connecting with Croatian chambers and Croatian businessmen around the world. .  ANDRIJA ČOLAK OPENS THE FIRST AGENCY FOR CONSULTING IN FRANCHISE BUSINESS IN TOURISM – CFCG  MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS AS A CROATIAN TOURIST EXPORT PRODUCT: 16TH MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS OPENS IN SHANGHAI  Perhaps the most internationally present and most famous Croatian franchise, the fast food franchise Surf’n’Fries, which operates in 20 countries on four continents, was presented by Andrija Čolak. “The biggest step forward with product quality was our attractive packaging design, which does most of the marketing. We now have a variety of format sizes, from large restaurants to small stalls, and we are also working on a fully automated airport concept, which will deliver food and drinks to the customer in 35 seconds. It is interesting to point out that a good number of franchisors in the world are precisely those of Croatian origin”, Concluded Colak. Photo: HGKcenter_img RELATED NEWS: FRANCHISE IN TOURISM Kristina Ercegović, the founder of Business Cafe, points out that as much as 47 percent of our business is arranged with coffee. “It was on the merger of small entrepreneurs that this project of mine was created. The concept is simple and has now been present for more than nine years in seven countries with more than 20 visitors. Through it, jobs worth millions of euros were created “, Adds Kristina Ercegović.   A presentation of successful Croatian franchises was held at the Meeting G2 conference, which will be held from November 4 to 6 at the Zagreb Forum. Nino Dubretic, Direct Booker FROM POMFREE BAR TO A GLOBAL FRANCHISE IN 10 YEARS. AWAKE DREAM  MUSEUM OF ILLUSION THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODEL CONQUERS AMERICA AND SOON THE WHOLE WORLD Direct Booker is currently the fastest growing private rental agency in the region. Director Nino Dubretić presented the work of this online platform and his vision of business through the franchise model “We now work from Dubrovnik with 91 employees and manage 7000 accommodation units. In Europe, as many as 30 percent of tourist facilities are not on websites like Airbnb and Booking. There is potential for our franchise. We are now present in seven countries under one brand with unique technology and support”, Points out Dubretić. HOLLYWOOD FRANCHISE OPENED MUSEUMlast_img read more

Upton scuppered in CNC takeover bid

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More than 1 billion people face displacement by 2050: Report

first_imgRapid population growth, lack of access to food and water and increased exposure to natural disasters mean more than 1 billion people face being displaced by 2050, according to a new analysis of global ecological threats.Compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), a think-tank that produces annual terrorism and peace indexes, the Ecological Threat Register uses data from the United Nations and other sources to assess eight ecological threats and predict which countries and regions are most at risk.With the world’s population forecast to rise to nearly 10 billion by 2050, intensifying the scramble for resources and fuelling conflict, the research shows as many as 1.2 billion people living in vulnerable areas of sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East may be forced to migrate by 2050. While some, such as India and China, are most threatened by water scarcity in the coming decades, others like Pakistan, Iran, Mozambique, Kenya and Madagascar face a toxic combination of threats, as well as a diminishing ability to deal with them.”These countries are broadly stable now but have high exposure to ecological threats and low and deteriorating ‘positive peace’, which means they are at higher risk of future collapse,” the 90-page analysis found.Killelea said the world now has 60% less fresh water available than it did 50 years ago, while demand for food is forecast to rise by 50% in the next 30 years, driven in large part by the expansion of the middle class in Asia.Those factors, combined with natural disasters that are only likely to increase in frequency because of climate change, mean even stable states are vulnerable by 2050.The IEP said it hoped the register, which may become an annual analysis, would shape aid and development policies, with more emphasis and funding going towards climate-related impacts.Topics : By comparison, ecological factors and conflict led to the displacement of some 30 million people in 2019, the report said.”This will have huge social and political impacts, not just in the developing world, but also in the developed, as mass displacement will lead to larger refugee flows to the most developed countries,” said Steve Killelea, IEP’s founder.The register groups the threats into two broad categories: food insecurity, water scarcity and population growth in one; and natural disasters including floods, droughts, cyclones, rising sea levels and rising temperatures in the other.The result is an analysis assessing how many threats each of some 150 countries faces and their capacity to withstand them.last_img read more

Tim Sherwood slams Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for letting Nicolas Pepe take penalty

first_img Coral BarryTuesday 24 Sep 2019 9:10 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Sherwood insists Aubameyang should have taken the penalty (Picture: Getty)‘Stick to the plan, the plan is on the board – Aubameyang takes penalties.‘And all of a sudden he just says to his mate !go on you have a go this time”.‘Unless he didn’t fancy it for whatever reason but don’t just give it to him because you want to give him a leg up and go on and get his career started at Arsenal – put the ball in the back of the net, let him create his own chances.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Not a chance [Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero would do that]. I don’t want nice men, I want winners.’Unai Emery confirmed after the game Aubameyang was Arsenal’s penalty taker, but praised his frontman for allowing Pepe to take on the responsibilities.‘Yes, it’s Aubameyang who is responsible for penalties,’ Emery said. Aubameyang is Arsenals usual penalty taker (Picture: Rex Features)‘Also [Alexandre] Lacazette, and today for me is a very big decision from Aubameyang to let Pepe shoot to give him confidence and the possibility to score.‘Really, the responsibility is Aubameyang and I was happy when I saw that decision from Aubameyang.’MORE: Unai Emery reveals triple injury boost ahead of Arsenal clash with Nottingham ForestMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Tim Sherwood slams Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for letting Nicolas Pepe take penalty Pepe scored for Arsenal against Villa (Picture: Getty)Tim Sherwood has slammed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for handing over penalty duties to Nicolas Pepe in Arsenal’s win over Aston Villa.Pepe scored from the spot in a nail-biting 3-2 win for the Gunners, with Aubameyang grabbing the winner in the 84th minute.Arsenal fans were surprised to see Pepe step up to take a penalty in the second half and former Tottenham boss Sherwood was left baffled by Aubameyang’s decision.‘I’m not happy with it,’ Sherwood told Premier League Productions.ADVERTISEMENT Emery’s thoughts after Arsenal’s comeback 3-2 win over Aston VillaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:31FullscreenEmery’s thoughts after Arsenal’s comeback 3-2 win over Aston Villa is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Stick to the plan, you are the penalty taker, stick to the plan.‘You’re not a pub team, you’re not in the Sunday League where you think, “I’m going to help my mate out, you can take this one because I’ve scored a few goals this year”.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘You’re behind in the game, you need that goal.center_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

This home has a million-dollar view without the price tag

first_imgThe home is on a 667sq m block. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThe home was designed to make the most of the view. Lots of ways to frame that view.“From anywhere in the home you are automatically immersed in the expansive and unrestricted views that are nothing but spectacular, this is certainly one property you would be proud to call home.”The home has 9 foot ceilings throughout which expands to 10 in the central living area, allowing for “uninterrupted and spectacular views 365 days a year”. 209 Woongarra Scenic Drive, Bargara, Qld 4670IT’S a multimillion-dollar view without the price tag, yet still has direct beach access.A four bedroom home in northern Queensland that sold for $965,000 sits perched by the waterfront looking straight out to the Pacific Ocean.The 340sq m house on a 667sq m block was built in 1999 by Peter Davis at 209 Woongarra Scenic Drive, Bargara, which close to Bundaberg and north of Fraser Island.The property sold on December 21 and was marketed as “breathtakingly stunning” by agents Scott Mackey and Aaron Thompson of Re/Max Precision — Bundaberg, A feast for the eyes. Nice spot for a cuppa. The property has direct beach access.“The first word that comes to mind when you inspect this property is stunning. Located at the southern end of Bargara this breathtaking home will leave you mesmerised from the minute you walk through the front door and your eyes are directly drawn straight through to the beautiful Pacific Ocean.”They described the property as being designed to make the most of the location and the view.last_img read more

​Fixed income holdings drive 9% return at Spanish pension fund Geroa

first_imgTo preserve capital, fixed income dominates its investment portfolio, with a 62% allocation as at end-2014, while 29% was in equities.Within the fixed income allocation, Spanish government bonds made up 8.9% of the total portfolio, with 4.6% in bonds issued by the Basque government, and 3.2% by the Italian government.Stable returns are achieved by investing in international markets. At end-2014, 81% of the portfolio was invested in the EU, with 3% in the US.Volatility in investment returns during 2014 was 4.9%.However, there was also an emphasis on investing in the local economy. Investments in the Basque Country and Navarra form 14% of the total portfolio.This includes 2.8% invested in Orza, an asset manager set up to invest in Basque businesses, in which Geroa has a 50% stake.The 9.39% return for 2014 compares with 14.07% for the previous year.While attributing most of the return to the “very positive” growth in profitability of fixed income assets, the fund’s annual report said: “The evolution of equity has also been positive, though very unequal between countries and sector.”Turning to the investment outlook for the rest of 2015, the report said the success of the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing programme would be key in relation to the definitive end of the crisis in the euro-zone.But it warned that social and political risks were also important, with a number of elections this year and a rise in support for euro-sceptic parties.As for the domestic economy, in 2014, the Spanish government announced a demand stimulus programme to offset falling exports.The report said: “The Spanish situation, according to the financial markets, is clearly positive, as internal demand compensates for less dynamism in the external sector.“During 2015, Spain could be the euro-zone country that grows the most. However, it has important imbalances in labour creation and public debt.” Geroa Pentsioak EPSV, the multi-sector pension fund for workers in Gipuzkoa, a province in Spain’s Basque Country, has announced a return of 9.39% for calendar 2014 on its €1.53bn-worth investment portfolio.This takes the average annual return since the fund’s inception in 1996 to 6.59%.Geroa Pentsioak is a unique concept in Spain, providing supplementary pension cover for medium and low-paid workers, rather than for those with higher incomes.Its investment policy is to generate a return 2-3 percentage points above Spanish inflation.last_img read more

Important life lessons can be learned through sports, says Suriname president

first_img Share Share 23 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img NewsSports Important life lessons can be learned through sports, says Suriname president by: – June 21, 2012 Tweet President of Suriname, Desi BouterseGEORGETOWN, Guyana — “Sports shaped my character and contributed to skills I still use today leading my country. It teaches us how to cooperate, how to overcome setbacks, how to celebrate victory and how to sweat before earning our success. It even taught me how winning is not always the biggest success in life. These are important life lessons for our Caribbean youth.” This is the view of Desi Bouterse, president of Suriname, chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and lead head of government with responsibility for community development and cultural cooperation (including culture, gender, youth, and sport) in the CARICOM quasi cabinet. His comments were contained in the editorial of the latest edition of the CARICOM View Magazine which focuses on sport in the region. The July edition of the CARICOM View magazine provides insight into the development of sport in CARICOM, including the recent establishment of the Regional Sports Academy in Suriname; hopes for gold at the London Olympics 2012; and yachting. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThat’s the word from manager Dave Martinez, who says surgery could be an option but adds he has yet to talk with the 2019 World Series MVP. Strasburg was put on the injured list on Aug. 15, a day after he recorded just two outs at Baltimore. After going 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 33 starts in 2019, the right-hander is 0-1 this season with a 10.80 ERA in two starts.In other MLB news:— Slumping Chris Davis has been put on the 10-day injured list by the Orioles, who recalled highly touted prospect Ryan Mountcastle and put him in the starting lineup against Boston. Davis headed to the IL with a .122 batting average and patellar tendinitis in his left knee. COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYLoughlin, Giannulli get prison time in college bribery plotBOSTON (AP) — Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli have apologized for using their wealth and privilege to bribe their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California as crew recruits.Accepting plea deals struck in May after the pair admitted paying $500,000, a judge sentenced Loughlin to serve two months behind bars while Giannulli was sentenced to five months.Prosecutors say the couple funneled money through a sham charity to get their two daughters into USC as crew recruits, even though neither was a rower. Amazingly, he is two shots behind leader Dustin Johnson, who finished with a 60 and is at 15-under. PGA-MICKELSONMickelson eliminated from FedEx Cup, now to try ChampionsNORTON, Mass. (AP) — Phil Mickelson has missed the cut at the Northern Trust and is all but assured of being outside the top 70 who advance to the BMW Championship next week south of Chicago.Instead, Mickelson said he would make his debut on the 50-and-older circuit at the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National. Mickelson turned 50 in June. Associated Press WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENHolmqvist leads British OpenTROON, Scotland (AP) — Dani Holmqvist braved the wind-swept links at Royal Troon to take the lead through two rounds of the Women’s British Open. Holmqvist shot 1-under 70 in windy morning conditions to be the only player under par after 36 holes.A 1-under total of 141 left Holmqvist a stroke ahead of American Austin Ernst and Sophia Popov of Germany. First-round leader Amy Olson shot 81, 14 strokes worse than Thursday. Stars like Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson and defending champion Hinako Shibuno missed the cut. — The Phillies have acquired right-handed reliever David Hale from the Yankees to help their league-worst bullpen. Hale has appeared in 95 games over six seasons with the Braves, Rockies and Yankees. — The Royals placed catcher Salvador Perez on the injured list with lingering vision problems and recalled Randy Rosario to add a left-handed arm in the bullpen. Perez woke up with vision problems Sunday.NFL-NEWSWashington coach diagnosed with cancerUNDATED (AP) — Washington football coach Ron Rivera has been diagnosed with a form of skin cancer. A team spokesman confirmed Rivera has squamous cell carcinoma. The 58-year-old is expected to continue coaching while undergoing treatment. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA SCHEDULERaptors trounce Nets for 3-0 series leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The defending NBA champs are on the verge of sweeping their first-round series. In other NBA playoff action:— The Jazz are up two games to one in their NBA first-round series after blowing out the Nuggets, 124-87. Mike Conley made a career playoff-high seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points in his return from quarantine. Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) grabbed 14 rebounds and had a career playoff-high 24 points courtesy of numerous easy dunks and layups. Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) had a team-high 15 points for the Nuggets, who tied the third-worst playoff loss in team history.MLB NEWS-NATIONALS-STRASBURGStrasburg might require surgeryUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been diagnosed with carpal tunnel neuritis on his throwing hand after seeing a nerve specialist. center_img PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSBertsch eagle gives him Schwab winRIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Shane Bertsch eagled the first hole of a four-man playoff to win the Charles Schwab Series in Missouri.Bertsch hit an approach from the rough near the back edge of a bunker that took some big bounces in front of the green. It rolled to 20 feet from the back pin on the par-5 first hole, giving him a victory in his second PGA Tour Champions start.Glen Day, Bernhard Langer and Kenny Perry shared second, one stroke ahead of Tom Byrum and Vijay Singh (VEE’-jay sing). The Toronto Raptors have a three-games-to-none lead for the first time in their history following a 117-92 dismantling of the Brooklyn Nets.Toronto never trailed and led 57-42 by halftime. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) scored 26 points and chipped in eight rebounds and five assists. Fred VanVleet shot 6-for-10 from 3-point range and finished with 22 points. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) had 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Kyle Lowry had his own double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.Tyler Johnson had a team-high 23 points for the Nets.Game 4 is Sunday. August 21, 2020 In other NFL news:— Wide receiver Tyreek Hill has only a minor hamstring strain and the Chiefs intend to be cautious with their dynamic playmaker. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was back for the first time in nearly a week along with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones. Both of them had groin strains.— Bills cornerback Josh Norman is out indefinitely after hurting his left hamstring in practice. Coach Sean McDermott couldn’t provide a timetable on time Norman will miss, in saying the team is still determining the severity of the injury. — Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar says he understands he could still be punished by the NFL even after armed robbery charges against him in Florida were dropped. Dunbar declined to speak in detail about what led to him being arrested and charged in Broward County, Florida. — The league has hired Jonathan Beane as senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer. He serves on the Board of Directors of GLAAD and has held senior diversity roles at Roche, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner, among others. The league said Beane will “spearhead diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, and will collaborate with senior leadership to drive actionable change” throughout the NFL. PGA-NORTHERN TRUSTBlazing hot rookieNORTON, Mass. (AP) — PGA Tour rookie Scottie Scheffler has become the 11th player to shoot a 59 or better in Tour history.The 24-year-old from Texas made a birdie putt from just outside 4 feet on the last hole for a 59 in The Northern Trust. He played bogey-free at the TPC Boston and finished with four birdies over his last five holes. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

USC announces new Title IX leadership to comply with federal investigation

first_imgCivil rights attorney Catherine Spear will assume the newly created position of vice president for equity, equal opportunity and Title IX, Senior Vice President of Human Resources Felicia Washington announced in a Universitywide email Tuesday. Spear will manage USC’s equity efforts and compliance with civil rights laws as the head of the Office of Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX, which will replace and combine the existing Title IX Office and Office of Equity and Diversity. Spear will oversee the investigation and prevention of misconduct relating to legally protected classes, including race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and manage USC’s Affirmative Action Plan and Equal Opportunity Report. She will assume the role following former Executive Director of OED, Title IX and Office of Conduct and Professionalism Gretchen Gaspari’s departure from the University in June.  “By unifying these functions under her leadership, we will be able to combine the existing support, investigation, education, outreach, and compliance functions into one location,” the email read. “This integration should increase the accessibility, consistency, and effectiveness of University’s efforts to promote a safe and non-discriminatory living, learning, and work environment.” Spear previously served as the Associate Vice President of the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights at the University of Virginia, following her role as the first full-time Title IX Coordinator at Stanford University. Before joining Stanford, she worked as the chief attorney and later director of the Cleveland office of OCR for 19 years.“She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, and I look forward to adding her expertise to our team of dedicated campus professionals in helping USC continue to confront discrimination in all of its forms,” the email read. The University signed an agreement with OCR, who will be monitoring the University for the next three years to ensure federal compliance, in February agreeing to carry out nine key reforms. These initiatives include a newly structured Title IX Office and proper centralized tracking of Title IX reports. Other reforms to be reported to OCR by July 15 include the review, training and guidance of Title IX employees. Before Spear assumes her responsibilities in the fall, senior investigator Lauren Helsper will serve as interim Title IX coordinator. As part of its restructuring process, the University will also reform the Office of Conduct and Professionalism, which oversees nonprotected class matters. Gaspari, whose tenure began in 2016, oversaw the Title IX Office amid the fallout of the investigation involving former campus gynecologist George Tyndall, who engaged in the sexual abuse and misconduct of more than 600 women. Following multiple investigations into the University’s handling of Title IX complaints, the Office of Civil Rights under the Department of Education determined the University had “failed” its students in its mismanagement of these complaints and mandated USC provide plans to restructure its procedures and improve its record keeping by April. last_img read more

Alfred Duncan: Current crop of Black Stars players hungry for success

first_imgGhana and Fiorentina midfielder Alfred Duncan says this current group of Black Stars players are eager to win trophies for the nation despite recent short comings.Ghana failed to live up to expectations at Afcon 2019, exiting at the round of 16 stage after losing on penalties to Tunisia.Duncan who has been touted as one of the promising up and coming talents within the team says winning trophies is a conversation that is constantly on the lips of players.“Obviously it is something that is very frustrating because even when we are not in camp but with our various clubs its something that we talk about a lot.“We have it mind because most of the guys want to be as great as the likes of Abedi Pele.“Even having the likes of Stephen Appiah with us evokes that desire to want to win trophies for your nation because this is a guy that has done it at the highest level for both club and country,” he told Citi sports in an interview.The versatile midfielder is hoping to become an integral part of the team after seeing his opportunities with the Black Stars thwarted by injuries in the past.last_img read more