The Festival of Lights generated 44% more overnight stays

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first_imgAnother great proof that investing in events is not a cost, but an investment.After great success with Advent in Zagreb which last year generated about 500 million tourist spending, the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb has accepted a new tourist product, which in its second edition was still bigger, better quality and more meaningful. The fact that the Festival of Light is a complete success and that it has the potential to be another major tourist event that generates a motive for arrival is shown by the fact that during the recent Zagreb Festival of Light, according to the Zagreb Tourist Board, 28% more arrivals and as many as 44 % more nights.Compared to last year’s period of the Festival, when the Tourist Board organized this event for the first time, this year there were 10.652 arrivals and 21.592 overnight stays in four days. In the mentioned period, there were 3.032 arrivals of domestic tourists (growth 32%) and 7.620 foreign tourists (growth 26%), and the most numerous were guests from: South Korea, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, USA and Germany. Out of the total number of overnight stays, domestic tourists realized 5.094 (growth of 30%), and foreign tourists 16.498 (growth of 48%).In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ””I am extremely pleased with these excellent results, and especially with the fact that certain markets (Slovenia, Austria, Hungary) in which TZGZ conducted online and offline marketing campaigns achieved an increase of more than 50%, which indicates the success of both the campaign and the Festival lights Zagreb. “Said the director of the Tourist Board, Martina Bienenfeld. Also, as seen, and which is often he forgets, growth is not generated accidentally, rather than planned and strategically – a targeted promotional campaign in targeted markets.The results so far for the first two and a half months are also very good. More precisely, for the period 01.01.-15.03.2018. the number of arrivals increased by 17% (152.762) and the number of overnight stays by 24% (315.474) compared to the same period last year. These are data that once again confirm that Zagreb has become an unavoidable tourist destination and the Tourist Board expects that such a positive trend will continue in the coming months.last_img read more


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first_imgIf those had been “ordinary” politicians – social democrats or earnest liberals – they would have been run out of office by disappointed supporters who voted for efficient and effective government.But Chávez remained in power for 14 years before dying in office;his successor is still there.In Austria, the resurgent Freedom Party has just joined a new government coalition.Orban has been Hungary’s prime minister for nearly eight years, and Law and Justice’s support seems to be holding steady in Poland.Some of these stories are really about authoritarianism:Many populist leaders are actually anti-pluralist leaders, and they change the rules of their democracies to make it more difficult for their opponents to win.But another factor is at work as well. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe charges range widely, from relatively trivial abuses of privilege to completely unprecedented breaches of ethical laws and norms.The president and his son-in-law may be using American foreign policy to enrich themselves.Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has broken rules to fly first-class. Foreign delegations routinely book rooms at Trump’s Washington hotel to please and enrich the president.Corruption and nepotism have both reached new levels in this White House, as everyone who knew Donald Trump predicted, and as many who voted for him will ignore.Every time one of these stories breaks, there is a routine response:Is this what working-class Americans really wanted when they voted for an “anti-elitist”?Is this what the Midwest meant when it cheered calls to “drain the swamp”?But if history and precedent are any guide, then these abuses of power won’t matter to them at all.Our hemisphere contains ample precedents. But the spectacular corruption of so-called anti-elitist elites has another effect in the longer term:It makes people cynical about politics altogether.I recently asked one of Orban’s opponents why the endless revelations of crooked contracts don’t create an overwhelming majority for the opposition. Because voters now think everyone is corrupt,” he told me. “They’ve got used to it.”As the nepotism and the cronyism of this White House begin to sink in, Americans may not turn against Trump.They may turn against politics, or even democracy, altogether.Anne Applebaum writes a weekly foreign affairs column for The Washington Post. Unlike social democrats or earnest liberals, these politicians were never trying to appeal to the good sense of voters, they were never selling efficiency and effectiveness, and their voters don’t expect it from them.In a recent speech, Orban declared that Western Europe had caused the “decline of Christian culture,” and he described Hungary as “the last bastion of Christianity.”If you are emotionally moved by that declaration, why should you care if his son-in-law is getting rich?The political scientist Jan-Werner Muller has also written that corruption and cronyism aren’t a problem for this kind of leader “as long as they look like measures pursued for the sake of a moral, hardworking ‘us’ and not for the immoral or even foreign ‘them.’ “These same instincts might shield Trump from the wrath of some his voters.If you really believe that American civilization is in decline and only the Trump administration can halt it, then you won’t care that Jared Kushner is massaging America’s Middle Eastern policy to suit his business interests.If the “Forgotten Man” of Middle America believes Trump is battling invisible Islamist extremists (or overly visible television talk-show hosts), then they might not care that the Chinese government granted Ivanka Trump some valuable trademarks on the day President Xi Jinping met her father. Latin American history is strewn with “men of the people” who rode anti-elitist sentiments to power and then used that power to enrich themselves and their friends.The former Venezuelan dictator-president Hugo Chávez won office on an “anti-corruption” ticket and then proceeded to rob the state on a massive scale, using government contracts to keep friendly business executives on board, turning the civil service and the state oil company into machines for rewarding supporters, even buying a luxurious plane from the ruling family of Qatar for his own use.Europe contains similar stories.During its previous turn in power, Austria’s “populist” Freedom Party proved far more corrupt than the mainstream politicians it had denounced while out of office.After his death,it emerged that the party’s leader, Joerg Haider – more famous for his nods and winks to Austria’s Nazi legacy – was doing shady deals from Libya to the Balkans and beyond.Viktor Orban, the “populist” Hungarian prime minister who won in 2010 by denouncing the corruption of his opponents, has since directed European Union funding to business executives who support his party (among them a childhood friend), and helped to enrich numerous relatives, above all his son-in-law. (Sound familiar?)Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party also ran an anti-elitist election campaign in 2015 and has spent two years populating the civil service with friends, cousins, nephews and uncles of politicians. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more


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first_img19 December 2013South African Airways has been named as the best airline to Africa by readers of three well-known business travel magazines in the United States, reaffirming its long- standing position as Africa’s most awarded airline and preferred carrier for business travel to the continent, the national carrier said in a statement on Wednesday.<p. The “triple crown of awards” was bestowed by readers of Premier Traveler Magazine, Business Traveler Magazine and Global Traveler Magazine.Global Traveler named SAA as Africa’s best airline for the tenth consecutive year, earning the airline a spot in the magazine’s hall of fame.The magazines’ readers are described as “well-seasoned global travellers who are experienced in evaluating the services provided to passengers by airlines”.“The readers of these three prestigious magazines are truly discriminating and difficult to impress, given their extensive travel to all corners of the globe,” said Marc Cavaliere, SAA’s Head of Global Sales Development and Alliances.“It is certainly a feather in our cap to be named their favorite airline to the African continent, and to even earn a spot in Global Traveler’s hall of fame. We will work hard to continue to earn their loyalty and praise by offering the most convenient schedules and the most comfortable amenities from North America to the African continent.”Africa’s most awarded airlineIn addition to those awards, SAA was named the best airline in Africa in a global customer satisfaction survey at the 50th International Paris Air Show in June, at the Skytrax World Airline Awards ceremony.It was SAA’s eleventh consecutive year of winning the best airline in Africa award, making it the continent’s most awarded airline.Skytrax, an independent aviation research organisation, annually conducts a customer satisfaction survey of 18-million business and leisure air travellers from 160 countries to choose the winners from more than 200 airlines. These range from the largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers.Forty-one key performance indicators for passenger satisfaction are measured, including check-in, boarding, onboard seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, food, beverages, inflight entertainment and staff service.Since the beginning of 2013, SAA has also scooped six accolades including a 4 Star Skytrax rating for the eleventh consecutive year, the on-time performance service award by Flightstats as the winner in the Middle East and Africa region, and African cargo airline of the year from STAT Times, which is an international award for excellence, according to a report on Fin24.SAA operates to 42 destinations worldwide, including 26 destinations across Africa. Domestically, it offers 660 flights a week. SAinfo reporter and SAAlast_img

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first_imgWho doesn’t love free stuff? Check out this round-up of free light leaks, templates, tools, presets, film grain and more to add some shine to your everyday editing tasks.Free stuff is one of the great benefits of the Internet – loads of great contributors willing to share their expertise and generosity with anyone who wants it. As a way of maximizing that generosity and getting you some great free stuff, here’s a quick roundup of some of the best free elements for video editors and motion designers!Light Leaks & Lens FlaresWe’ve previously posted on Premiumbeat some excellent links to some great free light leaks from the likes of Creative Dojo and LightLeakLove. Well LightLeakLove are back at it this Christmas with a huge 25 video giveaway.  Each and every day on the run up to Christmas 2013 they will be giving away a free HD optically created light leak for you to use in your projects.If you can’t wait that long head over to Projector Films for 24 more free light leak and lens flares with Pro Res 1080p downloads for each file. What’s handy about this site is that you can watch a sample of the clip before you download it. That, and these leaks are beautiful!Idustrial Revolution also has a generous archive of free FCPX Effects including this Flare Lights Effect which adds a light streak effect to your footage right inside your FCPX timeline.PremiumBeat has previously shared about the London based Luca Visual FX a number of times but if you’ve not already downloaded these two very useful lens flares that are compatible with FCP7, X, After Effects, Premiere, DaVinci Resolve and Avid Media Composer, then what are you waiting for!?Video Editing Templates, Presets & FiltersSpeaking of Idustrial Revolution they also have a bunch of free FCPX templates for common editorial graphics tasks like adding reflection to images and text, color split text transitions, and a very handy broadcast VT countdown clock. Download it for free here.If you’re looking for 2GB of free film grain – including 35mm Kodak Vision 3 5213 filmstock, film burns, aspect ratio templates and more, then Vision-Color, makers of the Osiris film emulation LUT pack, is the place for you. You will have to give a Facebook like for the 2GB download, but we think it’s a small price to pay for useful video video LUTs.Motion-master-templates.com is a super simple site with some nicely put together FCP7/X and Motion 4/5 animated templates. You can download the files and watch a tutorial for each one, so you’re supported all the way. These are all created by motion graphics artist Deyson Ortiz.You’d probably have to be living under a rock to have not see any of Alex Gollner’s regular free FCPX plugins and effects, templates and transitions. Alex uploads a new free FCPX plugin most fridays and his archive site has over 60 free downloads. There are far too many to list here so just jump over and start rummaging for yourself.Two excellent free filters that can save you a lot of time, if you’re still cutting on FCP7, are Marcus Herrick’s free Facelight and Vignette filters. Facelight will quickly add a pop of brightness to a subject’s face whilst the vignette needs no explaining. The Facelight plugin does a decent job of acting like a lightning fast power window right from the FCP7 timeline.In case you missed it we recently shared this excellent Anamorphic After Effects template from editor Vashi Nedomansky, which provides just the right amount of lens distortion and vignetting to mimic the look of anamorphic lenses. Another great post chock full of freebies is PremiumBeat blogger Clay Asbury’s Free Color Grading Presets for Premiere Pro and After EffectsOther Free Tools For Video EditorsEver had a producer or director call you up wanting to look at some MXF footage on their Mac computer without any editing software installed? If not, just wait…one day you will. When that day comes just point them to Hamburg Pro Media’s free MXF4mac player, an amazingly capable little app MXF4mac player will let them simply drag and drop almost any MXF file and watch it full screen. Not only that but they can also:“Control 8 tracks of audio, the framerate, Movie Time, Source Package Timecode, Frame Number and Data Rate. It supports, XDCAM HD, AVC-Intra, DNxHD, HDV,  Uncompressed SD/HD,Uncompressed Avid 10 bit, DVC-Pro HD, IMX-D10,DV, Meridien, Sony Proxy and more.“Another handy tool for editors comes from Creative Dojo, this time with a free download of some very useful After Effects Scripts that make common tasks like setting up or tidying up your project happen in a flash with a few clicks.To also get a project folder structure set up in a jiffy Digital Rebellion has an excellent free tool called Post Haste, which PB previously blogged about here (plus a load of great insights from editors on how they go about structuring their project organization). Another very useful freebie from Digital Rebellion is the Compressor Repair tool which:Is primarily aimed at problems involving clusters not appearing, submit buttons being greyed out and error messages saying the background process is not running. It can also fix certain issues where Compressor will not launch or launches without any windows.Spherico has 22 free film tools that really are a technical treasure trove and it’s a site that’s worth remembering as, chances are, one of these free tools might just come in handy next time you’re in a tight editing spot. In particular there are some great free FCPX metadata tools like this Keyword Extractor. There are also tools for copying cards, creating disk images and cleaning up Alexa XMLs when working with FCP7.If you’re in charge of keeping track of thousands of files then this great app called Fixity (currently windows only but Mac is ‘coming soon’) from Audio Video Preservation Solutions is probably what you need. Fixity scans your directories to create a manifest of all your files and then can re-scan them all at a later date and compare the two lists in case any of the files have been moved, deleted, corrupted or renamed. A very handy way to ensure the integrity of your data.Another great free tool available from the AVP site is the BWF MetaEdit which allows you to “Import, edit, embed, and export specified metadata elements in WAVE audio files.” If you’re dealing with Broadcast Wave Files on a regular basis this free tool could be invaluable. Check out avpreserve.com for full details.Jan E Schotsman’s old-school looking website is a great place to pick up some very useful free tools for doing all kinds of things to video images like de-interlacing, cleaning up, converting from NTSC to PAL, adding a watermark to a folder of Quicktime or JPG files in one go and much more. All of Jan’s hardwork is available for free, although if you find it valuable there is a donate button.Got your own freebies to share? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more


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first_img2017 is coming to an end and the year has seen some pretty interesting developments in the smartphone world. It’s safe to say that one of the biggest highlights of the year has been bezel-less smartphones with mostly all major brands coming out with at least one full-screen handset. While this has mainly been restricted to the high-end segment, the budget and mid-range categories have also seen some stellar devices.With just a few weeks left for the year to end, we take a look at some of the best phones to have been produced in various price segments from lower to the most premium of them all for you to consider buying right now if you’re in the market.Cheapest phone worth buyingRedmi 5A: Rs 5,999The Redmi 5A is the successor to the popular Redmi 4A and completes the budget market along with the Redmi Note 4. The 5A arrived late last month priced at Rs 5,999 for the 2GB and 16GB storage variant (Rs 4,999 for the initial 5 million customers) and Rs 6,999 for the 3GB and 32GB storage option. The Redmi 4A saw a fantastic response from the Indian market and the 5A is set to follow. At Rs 4,999 initially, Xiaomi will likely see an even better response this time around.Despite its entry-level pricing, the Redmi 5A doesn’t make any compromises on hardware. It sports a 5-inch HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The dual-SIM phones runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity. Optics for the Redmi 5A includes a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and LED flash. Up front you get a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The handset houses a 3,000mAh battery that the company claims will offer up to 8 days of standby time.advertisementIn our review, we found that the Redmi 5Awith all its hardware, good battery life and its comfy design is the best entry-level smartphone right now, and something worth consider especially if you missed out on the Redmi 4A.Best phone(s) under Rs 10,000Redmi Note 4: Rs 9,999There is perhaps no doubt right now that Xiaomi leads the pack when it comes to the budget segment. The Chinese phone maker has repeatedly pushed out some stellar budget smartphones with all-round specifications at value pricing. The Redmi Note 4 has been one of the company’s best selling smartphones, having sold 5 million units between late January to late July.The Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display with a 2.5D glass on top. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and comes in three storage options with the base 2GB + 32GB option priced at Rs 9,999. In our review of the device, we found that for a budget smartphone the Redmi Note 4 packs quite a punch with a premium build, good display and performance and an impressive battery life. We found that the Redmi Note 4 is an all-rounder, impressing with a premium build, good display and performance and an outstanding battery life all at a very affordable price.Best phone(s) under Rs 20,000Mi A1: Rs 14,999It’s not just the budget segment that Xiaomi has managed to capture this year. With the launch of the Mi A1 Android One smartphone, the company has offered a pretty solid mid-range device as well. The Mi A1 was launched in September at Rs 14,999. As an Android One smartphone, the handset offers a stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat experience minus the company’s MIUI skin on top. However, the phone does retain some Xiaomi apps like the Mi Camera, Mi Remote, Mi Store and Mi Services.The Mi A1 not only highlights a stock Android experience, but also comes with a metal unibody design, fingerprint sensor on the back and a dual rear camera setup with Portrait mode. In our review, the Mi A1 impressed us in pretty much all aspects. The phone is impressively snappy running stock Android and the dual camera setup provided some of the best portrait shots at this price point.Moto G5S Plus: Rs 15,999We’ve named a bunch of Xiaomi phones in this list so far, but the sub-Rs 20,000 segments offers a lot more in terms of competition. Motorala has seen a huge popularity in the mid-range segment. After launching the Moto G5 and G5 Plus, the company came out with special edition phones, the Moto G5S and G5S Plus. Both the phones come with metal unibody designs, fingerprint sensors on thier home buttons and are splash proof, among other things.advertisementThe Moto G5S Plus may feature the same internals as the Moto G5 Plus, but its metal casing gives it a slight edge over the latter as it provides a more premium and polished feel. It sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display that is quite impressive for its Rs 15,999 price tag. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and runs on stock Android, making it a fantastic deal for Android fans. Overall, the Moto G5S Plus takes everything that was good about the Moto G5 Plus and makes it better. With a good performance, battery life and a premium design, the handset makes it one of the best right now in this price segment.Best phone(s) under Rs 30,000Honor 8 Pro: Rs 29,999The Honor 8 Pro is perhaps one of the best smartphones produced by the Huawei sub-brand this year. It also enjoys a relatively competition-free position being priced at Rs 29,999. Much like the Honor 8, the Honor 8 Pro sports a dual rear camera system and a metal unibody design.The phone sports a 5.7-inch Quad-HD (2560×1440 pixel) display and is powered by Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is also expandable. The Honor 8 Pro runs on Android Nougat-based Emotion UI 5.1 and supports 4G LTE. It also houses a 4,000mAh battery, which quite impressed us. In our review, we found the smartphone to be an all-round performer with a vibrant display, good performance, impressive cameras and a classy design. Best phone(s) under Rs 40,000OnePlus 5T: Rs 32,999 OnePlus 5 users may find this a little hurtful. The OnePlus 5T was launched six months after the OnePlus 5, naturally making it the de-facto OnePlus phone to buy right now and hence makes it to our December list. OnePlus’ latest smartphones brings a new design language for the company as it sports an near bezel-less display which is in keeping with this year’s trend. There’s isn’t much change on the inside, but the changes to the outside is what OnePlus means to sell.The 5T sports a bright and vivid 6-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixel) display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is also an 8GB + 128GB variant available for Rs 37,999. The dual-SIM smartphone runs OxygenOS 4.7 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and comes with a Face Unlock facial recognition feature as well.The cameras on the 5T have not received a major bump, although OnePlus says that they newer and better. The dual camera system on the back comprises of one 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 sensor with 1.12-micron pixels and an f/1.7 aperture, and one 20-megapixel Sony IMX376K sensor with f/1.7 aperture. We reviewed the OnePlus 5T and found that the display is indeed one of its biggest highlights and its design and snappy performance make it the best OnePlus device as of now. Nokia 8: Rs 36,999HMD Global re-launched the Nokia brand this year with a series of smartphones (and a revamped 3310) that range from budget to high-end. The Nokia 8 falls on the higher end of the spectrum and is the company’s flagship phone for 2017. Despite not sporting a bezel-less design as has been the trend this year, the Nokia 8 still holds a solid place in this price segment simply because of its elegant and classy design, stock Android experience and impressive cameras to name a few.advertisementThe Nokia 8 comes with a 5.3-inch quad-HD IPS display with 700 nits of brightness, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The phone is backed by a 3,090mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging.It sports a dual camera system on the rear, which comprises of a 13-megapixel RGB sensor and a 13-megapixel Monochrome sensor, and supports Optical Image Stabilisation, laser and phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. Up front you get a 13-megapixel sensor and the phone supports Dual-Sight, a feature that lets you use both the rear and front cameras simultaneously to take stills/record videos.Best phone(s) money can buyPixel 2 XL: Rs 73,000It’s now time to get a little extravagant. The phones in this category are the creme-de-la-creme and the most premium smartphones that money can buy. We start with the Pixel 2 XL, which was launched by Google as the successor to the Pixel XL from last year. The Pixel 2 XL changes things in terms of design by sporting minimal bezels all around. Despite the numerous display related issues in the past, the Pixel 2 XL is still a fantastic premium smartphones thanks to its stock Android Oreo OS, AI smarts and excellent cameras.As far as hardware is concerned, the Pixel 2 XL comes with mostly all of this year’s flagship trimmings including a Snapdragon 835 processor, 12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel camera has an aperture of f/2.4, and a 3520mAh battery, among other things. DxOMark has given the Pixel 2 XL’s cameras a score of 98, which is the highest overall score for a smartphone. In our review, the handset indeed comes with exceptional cameras that are beyond comparable.iPhone X: Rs 89,000The iPhone X signalled a dramatic shift in the company’s design for its flagship smartphone. It is the first iPhone to sport an edge-to-edge display as well as a new facial recognition technology that it calls Face ID. It is also the most expensive iPhone to date, priced starting at Rs 89,000 in India for the 64GB variant.iPhone X sports a 5.8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2436X1125 pixels. It is powered by the company’s own A11 Bionic chipset and runs on iOS 11. The X comes with dual rear cameras comprising of one 12-megapixel wide angle and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens. While the front camera includes a 7-megapixel sensor which is coupled with f/2.2 lens. The iPhone X is one of our best reviewed smartphones as it won us over on it’s gorgeous display and terrific performance. Apple fans who have the means will not want to miss this one.Galaxy Note 8: Rs 67,900The Galaxy Note 8 has tried to succeed following a disastrous episode with the Galaxy Note 7. The phablet did manage to come out on top thanks to its fantastic bezel-less design sporting a 6.3-inch QHD+ (1440×2960 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity Display and powered by an Exynos 8895 SoC.The smartphone features a dual rear camera setup, one 12-megapixel wide angle sensor and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and Dual OIS. Up front you get an 8-megapixel sensor with autofocus and f/1.7 aperture. The handset houses a 3300mAh battery with support for wireless charging. Apart from the battery life, the Note 8 pretty much nails everything else.last_img read more