Hotels Lag in Energy Sustainability. One Project May Change That.

first_imgSlated to open next fall as part of Hilton’s Tapestry Collection, Hotel Marcel will have a restaurant, a bar, meeting spaces and a top-floor gallery with views of Long Island Sound on one side and the city skyline on the other.The project is being partly financed through a $25 million construction loan from Liberty Bank in Middletown, Conn. The balance is a mix of developer equity, solar tax credits, federal and state historic tax credits, and a utility program grant.Christopher Arnold, Liberty’s senior vice president and commercial real estate manager, said that although the hotel industry faced extreme challenges because of the pandemic, this project’s proximity to Yale, its high visibility and its inclusion in the Hilton network gave him confidence it would succeed. The efficiency measures will help by lowering operating costs and enhancing cash flow, he said.The hotel is likely to gain national attention because its level of sustainability “just doesn’t happen in the hospitality industry,” said W. Chris Green, the president and chief executive of Chesapeake Hospitality, a Maryland-based hotel operator that will manage the property.“I do believe this is going to be a huge test,” Mr. Green said. “Hotels are long-term real estate plays — there is a value to saving money on electricity, sewage and water.” The hotel industry has fallen behind other real estate sectors in adopting energy-efficiency measures, but a Connecticut developer hopes to change that by converting an office building into what could be the most energy-efficient hotel in the country.The $50 million gamble aims to revive the long-vacant Armstrong Rubber Company headquarters, a distinctive concrete box in New Haven that was designed by the Modernist architect Marcel Breuer in the late 1960s, as a 165-room boutique hotel to be called the Hotel Marcel.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Some large hotel brands and owners have set companywide greenhouse gas reduction goals, but much of the industry has failed to take advantage of measures that could save energy and reduce operating costs, according to a report by the Urban Land Institute’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance.- Advertisement – Mr. Becker has considerable experience with high-efficiency construction, most recently at a Modernist office building in Hartford that he redeveloped into a 27-story apartment tower. That project, called 777 Main Street, is powered with a fuel cell and a solar array. The U.S. Green Building Council gave the building its highest efficiency rating, LEED Platinum.For the hotel project, solar canopies over the parking lot and rooftop solar panels will supply all of the building’s electricity, Mr. Becker said. High-efficiency air-source heat pumps will be used for heating and cooling.Other efficiency measures will include triple-glazed windows, high-efficiency insulation, an all-electric heat pump HVAC system, and heat and energy recovery systems. These methods should help the hotel meet passive house standards, a set of design principles aimed at creating ultra-low-energy buildings, Mr. Becker said. – Advertisement – Mr. Becker hopes to spur the industry with his all-in approach. Many sustainability strategies, like eliminating single-use shampoo bottles and asking guests to reuse towels, are largely “superficial measures,” he said.“If you really want to change the paradigm, you’ve got to not use fossil fuels and generate all your energy on site,” he said. “I think the time will come when what we’re doing becomes the norm.” Among the leaders is Host Hotels & Resorts, a real estate investment trust that owns about 80 upscale hotels in Brazil, Canada and the United States. The trust is aiming for a 55 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2025.Such goals are of increasing interest to investors, who regularly ask about environmentally and socially sound business practices, said Michael Chang, the director of energy and sustainability for Host Hotels.The trust uses a diagnostic tool that identifies opportunities to install energy-saving technology — like LED lighting and room thermostats with occupancy sensors — that provide a good return on investment, he said. The trust makes the investments, and it depends on hotel operators to use them efficiently. To that end, it prefers to work with brands that have their own sustainability programs in place, Mr. Chang said.The trust also hopes to increase the renewable share of its energy use by 30 percent in the next five years, primarily through off-site solar agreements.“Even if we blanketed our portfolio with solar, we’d probably only get to 10 percent of our energy usage,” Mr. Chang said. “There is a limited amount of space to put panels on.”The Armstrong building, along Interstate 95 near New Haven Harbor, is notable for a striking Brutalist design that incorporates a two-story open gap between the block of offices above and the ground-level lab space. The building’s beige exterior is made of precast concrete panels and is lined with deep-inset windows.Locals also know it as the Pirelli building; the Italian tire maker moved into the space in 1988. Ikea bought the property in 2003 for one of its warehouselike stores. Much to the consternation of preservationists, the company demolished a taillike section of the ground floors to allow for more parking, but it left the rest of the building intact. The developer and architect, Bruce Becker, is building the hotel to meet net-zero energy standards, meaning it will generate as much energy as it uses. “It will probably cost about $5 per square foot more, but we’ll be saving about $1 per square foot every year on energy,” Mr. Becker said. “So it really does make a lot of sense. It’s an opportunity to create a new paradigm that the hotel industry can look at and study and learn from.” “It’s probably the most challenging project I’ve ever undertaken, particularly since we’re doing it during a pandemic,” said Mr. Becker, whose firm, Becker + Becker, is based in Westport. “But I’ve been intrigued with the building at least since I was a graduate student at Yale in the late ’80s, and I thought it could be fascinating.” In recent years, Ikea has worked with the city to come up with a plan to convert the historic structure into a hotel. Last year, Mr. Becker bought the building and about 2.5 acres for $1.2 million.He recognized the structure’s compact shape as a naturally efficient envelope — the ratio of surface area to interior space is low, a plus for minimizing heat gain in the summer or heat loss in the winter.“It’s hard to make buildings that meander efficient,” Mr. Becker said. “But with a highly efficient envelope and building systems, we’ll be able to use about 80 percent less energy than a typical hotel building.” Among the obstacles to widespread adoption are complicated hotel owner/operator models, a lack of collection of energy use data and concerns about the impact on guests, the report said.“The hotel industry is very well poised to benefit from sustainability — the owner/operators carry the burden of all of the energy costs,” said Marta Schantz, the center’s senior vice president. “The fact that this Connecticut project has decided to do it from the get-go is the perfect, most cost-effective way to do it.”Ms. Schantz said she knew of no other net-zero energy hotel in the United States. But some major hotel brands are trying to reduce their carbon footprint, using various management systems and apps to track their progress.last_img read more

Tigray crisis: Local residents ordered to defend against Ethiopia army

first_img– Advertisement – Last Wednesday, Mr Abiy ordered a military offensive after an army base in the Tigrayan capital, Mekelle, was taken over by forces loyal to the regional government of Tigray, following months of worsening tension between Tigrayan leaders and the federal government.last_img

Nathan Ake: Manchester City defender picks up injury on international duty | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – Manchester City defender Nathan Ake limped off early on during the Netherlands 1-1 draw with Spain in Amsterdam.The 25-year-old appeared to pick up a hamstring problem when he played a pass back to the goalkeeper after just three minutes.- Advertisement – He attempted to continue but pulled up again after challenging Alvaro Morata in the box and had to go off after receiving treatment from the physio.Ake joined City for £40m from relegated Bournemouth in the summer and has made six appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side – starting alongside John Stones at centre back in last week’s 3-0 Champions League win over Olympiakos.Following Ake’s departure, Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek was on target for the Dutch in the friendly encounter.- Advertisement –center_img Real Betis’ Sergio Canales had earlier scored his first international goal after 18 minutes to put Spain in front.last_img read more

WHO denies that countries hoard H5N1 samples

first_imgMay 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today denied a widely publicized report that countries dealing with H5N1 avian influenza have been refusing to share clinical samples from human patients, making it difficult for the WHO to monitor changes in the virus.The British journal Nature this week published a news article saying that affected countries are “failing, or refusing” to share human samples with the WHO. It said the agency had obtained only six samples from the dozens of people who contracted the virus this year.But the WHO’s Western Pacific Regional Office denied that report in a statement today. “There is no refusal to share human samples by Viet Nam or any other country with avian influenza cases,” the statement said. It said Vietnam has provided more than 100 clinical samples this year.”What influenza experts have expressed concern about is the limited number of viruses derived from these samples,” the agency said. “The yield of viruses has been very low for reasons yet to be elucidated.”At least 89 people have been infected with the H5N1 virus since early 2004, and at least 52 have died. The WHO has warned repeatedly that the virus may trigger a human flu pandemic if it gains the ability to spread easily from person to person. Several family clusters and some asymptomatic or mild cases in Vietnam in recent months have signaled that the virus may be evolving into a form that is less virulent but spreads more easily. But very little information from genetic studies of the virus has been available.The Nature article also said that the WHO’s sister agency, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has received few H5N1 samples collected from poultry. The article quoted Michael Perdue, head of animal influenza liaison at the WHO, as complaining that the FAO has not been sharing with the WHO the samples it does have.But today’s WHO statement said criticism of the FAO “is not appropriate as FAO does not receive any animal virus samples; instead, FAO, in collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal health (OIE), relies on the joint FAO/OIE network of national and international reference laboratories for the handling of such samples.”The WHO statement concludes, “We regret the misimpressions caused by this [Nature] story, some of which WHO staff contributed to.”Aside from the question of sample sharing, it’s clear that experts are finding it hard to determine whether the virus has mutated or whether mutations are affecting its impact on humans.The Nature article quoted Perdue as saying that several of the six human samples the WHO received from Vietnam contained mutated forms of the H5N1 virus, but that is not enough evidence to demonstrate a broad change in the pathogen.To link a mutation with changes in the virus’s behavior in humans would require analysis of hundreds of samples and full clinical data on the cases from which they came, Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO’s global influenza program, is quoted as saying in the Nature article. Stohr said such large-scale studies “aren’t happening.”Peter Cordingley, a spokesman for the WHO Western Pacific Office, said much the same thing in an Agence France-Presse report published today. When he was asked if the virus has changed, he said, “We can’t do enough tests. We need a real heavy set of data before drawing conclusions.”See also:May 12 Nature article, “‘Refusal to share’ leaves agency struggling to monitor bird flu” read more

Wild birds could spread H5N1 virus beyond Asia, reports say

first_imgJul 6, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The recent outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza among wild waterfowl in western China could provide a launching pad to spread the disease throughout Asia and beyond, according to two reports published by leading science journals today.Thousands of birds have died in the past 2 months at Qinghai Lake, a wildlife refuge that is an important gathering site for many species of waterfowl. World Health Organization officials have described the outbreak as the first one to kill large numbers of migratory birds.Two teams of scientists who studied the outbreak report some early findings today in online editions of Nature and Science. Both see a danger that the disease, confined mainly to Southeast Asia and East Asia so far, could vastly expand its range.”There is a danger that it [the H5N1 virus] might be carried along the birds’ winter migration routes to densely populated areas in the south Asian subcontinent, a region that seems free of this virus, and spread along migratory flyways linked to Europe,” says a report by H. Chen and colleagues in Nature. “This would vastly expand the geographic distribution of H5N1.”In Science, a large team of Chinese authors under the leadership of George F. Gao of Beijing writes, “The occurrence of highly pathogenic H5N1 . . . infection in migratory waterfowl indicates that this virus has the potential to be a global threat: Lake Qinghaihu is a breeding center for migrant birds that congregate from Southeast Asia, Siberia, Australia, and New Zealand.”The Nature report says the illness was killing more than 100 birds daily at Qinghai Lake by early May. Ninety percent of the birds that died were bar-headed geese, and the rest were brown-headed gulls and great black-headed gulls.Chen and colleagues analyzed the genes of 97 H5N1 viruses isolated from all three species and concluded that they were “clearly distinguishable” from strains that have caused human cases in Thailand and Vietnam. “This indicates that the virus causing the outbreak at Qinghai Lake was a single introduction, most probably from poultry in southern China,” the report says.”Our findings indicate that H5N1 viruses are now being transmitted between migratory birds at the lake,” the article continues. “Although the outbreak could burn itself out, the large migratory bird population at Qinghai Lake makes this unlikely.” Bar-headed geese fly south from the refuge to Myanmar and India starting in September, the authors say.”Increased surveillance of poultry is called for because previous experience has shown that control measures become almost impossible once the virus is entrenched in poultry populations,” the report concludes.Gao’s team writes that the infection caused tremors, spasms, diarrhea, and brain and pancreatic damage in the migratory birds. The team analyzed four viral isolates from the birds and found that they were closely related, but not identical, to a strain found in a peregrine falcon in Hong Kong in 2004.The investigators tested the virulence of the virus from the birds by exposing eight chickens and eight mice to it. All the chickens died within 20 hours and all the mice died within 4 days. In a study last year, Chen and colleagues found that H5N1 viruses taken from ducks in China were less lethal to mice and chickens.Neither of the new reports mentions any testing to determine whether healthy birds at Qinghai Lake are silently carrying the virus. Wild waterfowl are known as the natural reservoir for all influenza A viruses (of which H5N1 is one) and commonly carry them without getting sick.David A. Halvorson, DVM, a veterinarian in avian health at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, said the two new studies are not the first ones to report wild waterfowl getting sick as a result of H5N1 infection. “But before, they thought that one possibility was that the waterfowl were getting it from the poultry,” he told CIDRAP News. “And now this seems to be kind of isolated from poultry, so it looks like the waterfowl are having their own infection, and transmitting it among themselves.”The outbreak clearly signals a risk that the H5N1 virus could spread out of East Asia, Halvorson said. But he added, “The fact of the matter is, the potential for it to be transmitted via flyways has been here all along. The fact it’s killing these birds, does it mean there’s a greater chance of its being spread or less of a chance? If you have a highly pathogenic virus that’s not killing the geese, it seems to me it would be a higher risk of transmission.”Infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, commented, “The key message [of the new reports] is that this has potential to spread throughout Asia and Europe.” He is director of the University of Minnesota Center for InfectiousDisease Research and Policy, publisher of this Web site.Osterholm cited the spread of West Nile virus in the United States over the past 6 years as a potential parallel to the current H5N1 situation. The virus spread among birds congregating in southern regions in winter and then traveled with them when they returned north and dispersed across the country in summer, he said.Chen H, Smith GJD, Zhang SY, et al. H5N1 virus outbreak in migratory waterfowl. Nature 2005 (published online Jul 6) [Full Text]Liu J, Xiao H, Lei F, et al. Highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza infection in migratory birds. Science 2005 (published online Jul 6) [Abstract]last_img read more

EU approves Novartis’s ‘mock-up’ pandemic vaccine

first_imgMay 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The European Union (EU) this week approved a “mock-up” influenza vaccine made by Novartis to permit a faster start on vaccine production in the event of a flu pandemic.When the World Health Organization (WHO) declares a flu pandemic, the vaccine, called Focetria, will be adapted to contain the pandemic virus, the Swiss-based drug company announced yesterday. The vaccine will not be manufactured until a pandemic is declared.The European Medicines Agency’s (EMEA’s) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommended approval of Focetria on Feb 22. A CHMP statement on that date said the vaccine was based on a 2004 strain of H5N1 avian flu from Vietnam.The vaccine contains Novartis’s proprietary adjuvant MF59, an immune-boosting chemical, which can reduce the amount of active ingredient needed in each dose, the company says. The dose used in the approved mock-up vaccine is 15 micrograms (mcg), according to the CHMP.”Once the WHO declares a pandemic, Novartis will submit a revised application to the European Medicines Agency to incorporate the identified viral strain,” Novartis officials said in a news release yesterday. “The Focetria mock-up file submitted for EU approval in early 2006 was based on clinical studies involving the MF59 adjuvant and different influenza strains with pandemic potential, including H5N1 and H9N2.”A CHMP statement from December 2006 defines a mock-up vaccine as one “that mimics the future pandemic influenza vaccine in terms of its composition and manufacturing method” but contains a different flu strain.Novartis said it is also seeking EU approval for a prepandemic H5N1 vaccine that includes MF59 and is based on the same technology as Focetria. The vaccine is intended for use before a pandemic declaration to help “prime” the immune system to fight off H5N1 infections, the company says.Both Focetria and the prepandemic vaccine involve the conventional production method of growing the vaccine virus in eggs, according to Eric Althoff, a Novartis spokesman in Emeryville, Calif.Once a pandemic flu strain is identified, it will take at least 6 months to adapt the virus for production in eggs and start producing the vaccine in quantity, Althoff told CIDRAP News yesterday.”It’ll be at least 6 months, just from the simple time of getting enough raw material, ie, eggs, to have full-scale production,” he said.On Apr 26 the CHMP recommended EU approval of a Novartis seasonal flu vaccine grown in cell culture instead of in eggs. Althoff said the company also aims to make a cell culture–based pandemic flu vaccine, but development is in an early stage.Cell-culture production is described as somewhat faster and much more flexible than egg-based production. No cell-based flu vaccine has been marketed anywhere as yet, though the EU in 2001 approved a cell-based seasonal flu vaccine made by Solvay Pharmaceuticals for sale in the Netherlands.Althoff said Novartis is talking with US regulators about how to seek approval for both pandemic mock-up and prepandemic vaccines. European authorities provided guidance earlier than the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did on the steps needed to get approval for a mock-up vaccine, he said.”That pathway hadn’t been mapped out by the FDA or how to handle the review and approval of such a vaccine,” he said. But an FDA advisory committee recently prescribed the necessary steps, he added. “I think there’s great progress now and more clarity about how to move forward.”In April the FDA approved an H5N1 vaccine made by Sanofi Pasteur, despite only modest immunogenicity demonstrated in clinical trials. The Department of Health and Human Services has been stockpiling the vaccine for use in a pandemic.See also:May 8 Novartis news release on Focetria 17 CIDRAP News story “FDA approves first H5N1 vaccine”last_img read more

Find out who is involved and who is not, the Initiative for free tourist guides in every city in Croatia “Meet your country”

first_imgRecently, an initiative was launched to provide free tourist guides in every city in Croatia. As part of the project ‘Get to know your country’, the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH), with the support of the Croatian Tourist Board, on the occasion of the Day of International Recognition of Croatia, January 14, 2018 (Sunday) starting at 12:00 p.m. to organize free guided tours in all cities where tourist guide associations operate – members of ZDTVH.In particular, it is about the organization of free guided tours by local tourist guides in each city, and all guided tours with tourist guides will start at the same time. The guides are intended for the local population to get to know their city and become ambassadors of Croatian tourism, but of course all visitors and tourists.”With this action we want to mark the Day of International Recognition of Croatia in a slightly different way, invite citizens to get to know cities all over Croatia and discover hidden stories they tell, because we believe that every citizen of our country can be a promoter and ambassador of their homeland. Croatia as well as the importance of national identity and cultural heritage, which is the only thing that exempts us from globalization. At the same time, we want to point out the importance of the Ordinance on protected localities that is being drafted. Namely, protected localities will be the only places where the activity of tourist guides and the representation of our country will be able to be performed by guides who are educated exclusively in the Republic of Croatia.”Points out Kristina Niuć Prka, president of the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides, and added that she hopes that all cities from Slavonia, through Zagreb, Lika, Kvarner, Istria, Dalmatia to Dubrovnik will join the initiative.So far, about 40 cities have joined this excellent initiative, unfortunately not all, although the CNTB has directly informed all tourist boards in Croatia about the Initiative, and the list of cities that have joined is still much smaller than it should be. List of cities where free guided tours are organized, as well as associations (members of ZDTVH) and associations and tourist boards of the project partners: Trogir, Split, Solin, Klis, Sinj, Trilj, Vrgorac, Makarska, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Sibenik, Knin, Drnis, Zadar, Rab, Rijeka, Trsat, Kastav, Pula, Fazana, Labin, Vodnjan, Porec, Mali Losinj , Rovinj, Karlovac, Zagreb, Varaždin, Čakovec, Ivanec, Ludbreg, Varaždinske toplice, Slavonski brod, Lipik, Osijek, Vukovar, Vinkovci, Ilok, Županja, Nin, Motovun, Bakar.Why have other cities, ie tourist boards, not joined the whole initiative so far?A great tourist story and a very important segment in the mosaic of our tourism that we have absolutely neglected. The city is the people, so the local people are tourism and the best ambassadors of Croatian tourism. The locals give rhythm and pulse to the destination, and guests want to get to know us and our culture of living, customs, our stories… because that is the very essence of tourism.In conclusion, this is an extremely important topic, getting to know your city and turning citizens into ambassadors of Croatian tourism. Why other cities, ie tourist boards, have not joined the whole initiative so far, even though it is their “obligation” precisely because of their primary activity and the importance of the topic, and it costs nothing but good will, is a question that all tourism entrepreneurs must ask themselves. of every city.Do we want tourism development or not? Obviously some don’t want to and don’t care. So don’t be surprised afterwards if things stand still. It’s up to the people.Related news: DO WE CARE ABOUT THE STORY WE TELL TO OUR TOURISTS?last_img read more

CBS: Growth of passengers in air traffic, and a slight decline in seaports

first_imgIn March, there was an increase in passenger traffic in air transport, while traffic in seaports was slightly declining, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).Thus, in March 2018, Croatian airports recorded 343 thousand passengers or 27,4% more than in the same month last year.The largest passenger traffic was realized by Zagreb Airport, with 223 thousand passengers (an increase of 16,1% compared to March 2017), followed by Split Airport with 51 thousand passengers (an increase of 61,0% compared to March 2017) and Dubrovnik Airport with 47 thousand passengers (an increase of 39,8% compared to March 2017).The most significant international passenger traffic was realized with German airports, 92 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 29,0% compared to the same period last year. The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in March 2018 was 5, which is an increase of 201% compared to March 2017.Source: CBSA slight decline in the number of passengers in the first quarter of 2018Almost 3 million passengers were embarked and disembarked in Croatian seaports in the first quarter of 2018. Compared to the same period in 2017, this is a slight decrease of 0,5%.The number of passengers on ferries and passenger ships in the first quarter of 2018 amounted to 2,8 million passengers, which is 0,9% less than in the same period in 2017. The decrease in the number of passengers is present in ports with significant passenger traffic such as Zadar, Preko, Supetar and Biograd. 2,7% more passenger cars and 9,4% more buses were loaded and unloaded on ships compared to the same quarter of 2017.Of the total number of passengers in seaports, less than 1% or 26 thousand were disembarked from cruise ships and, among other things, visited the ports of Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar and Šibenik. Compared to the same period in 2017, these passengers increased by 97,1%.Source: CBSlast_img read more

The first conference on health tourism on the Croatian islands

first_imgThe island of Korcula will host the first Conference on Health Tourism on the Croatian Islands, which will be held on May 17 and 18 in Vela Luka, Hotel Korkyra. The meeting is organized by the Member of the European Parliament Ms. Ruža Tomašić, in cooperation with the Municipality of Vela Luka and the local action group LAG 5.The conference will bring together representatives of public institutions from Croatia (from the Ministry of Health, Tourism and Agriculture, Croatian Tourist Board, Croatian Chamber of Commerce) and Europe (from the European Commission, Gozo, Malta), as well as international experts (specialized tour operator FitReisen from Germany and Fortuna from the Netherlands, global health insurance Cigna and others) and local experts and professionals in the field of health tourism and entrepreneurship that promote the sustainable development of the island.The aim of the conference is to strengthen the potential of Croatian islands in the field of health tourism, including wellness, spa and health offer with the offer of local agricultural products. Special attention will be paid to presenting the possibility of financing health tourism projects of health resorts and special hospitals after the introduction of the Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council which increases the funds of the Structural Reform Support Program (JSRS).See the program of the entire conference in the attachment, and you can apply herePROGRAM:  Conference on health tourism on Croatian islands, Vela LukaRelated news:IT IS TIME FOR US TO START SERIOUS TOURISM SERIOUSLY AND STRATEGICALLYOGNJEN BAGATIN, POLYCLINIC BAGATIN: HEALTH TOURISM CAN AND MUST BE ONE OF THE SOLUTIONS ON SEASONALITYNEVENKA KOVAČ, SB MEDICO: WE HAVE A LOT OF STORIES ABOUT STRATEGIES AND POSSIBILITIES OF HEALTH TOURISM, AND TOO MUCH WORK IS IN THE FIELDDR. MILJENKO BURA: WITHOUT QUALITY AND PRESENT HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE WE CANNOT BUILD A YEAR-OLD TOURISMlast_img read more

Valamar Riviera marked the 65th anniversary of its operation and officially opened the new Administrative Building in Poreč

first_imgValamar Riviera marked the 65th anniversary of its business and officially opened the doors of the new Administrative Building in Poreč to numerous guests.On the occasion of this great anniversary, an exhibition on the history of the company was set up, dating from 1953, when today’s Valamar Riviera was founded in Poreč under the name Riviera. Out of a total of 198 beds in Poreč and on the island of Sveti Nikola and a total of 20 employees in the first season, today’s Valamar Riviera has 33 hotels and resorts and 15 camping resorts in six destinations from Istria and Kvarner to Dubrovnik. Valamar can accommodate around 57 guests every day in its facilities, and in the high season it employs more than 6.600 employees.In June this year, Valamar presented a new brand strategy and brand identity under the slogan “All you can holiday” which creates the perfect vacation for each individual guest and five new product brands that differentiate Valamar’s portfolio of hotels, resorts and camps. Valamar Riviera is the leading investor in tourism in Croatia with a total of more than HRK 4 billion invested, and by the end of this year the company will present a new development strategy until 2022.Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviere / Author of photos: Duško Marušić / PIXSELLŽeljko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera, pointed out on this occasion: “Today, Valamar is celebrating 65 years of successful development of tourism and destinations in which we operate, thanks to many current and former colleagues and our partners, shareholders and other stakeholders. Today, Valamar is a leader in the region’s holiday tourism,  It is among the ten largest companies in Croatia by market capitalization, a leading investor in Croatian tourism, a major exporter and a significant partner to the Croatian economy. We want to continue to grow together with our employees and be a positive example to the community in which we operate, and therefore we continue according to the same, Valamar formula: investing in employees and quality and investing in product and destination development in a socially responsible and sustainable way.”The new Administrative Building in Poreč was officially openedToday, Valamar Riviera officially opened a new administrative building in Poreč, where all its corporate sectors are located and where almost 400 employees work. When decorating the new administrative building, the inspiration for colors and materials were elements of Istria and the Mediterranean, such as: four colors of Istrian land, white stone, blue sea, golden mosaics of the Euphrasian Basilica and warm brown wood.Also, the building is designed to provide employees with a modern business environment that motivates innovation and creative work. Special attention is paid to creating the atmosphere of a hotel stay, so the entrance area is reminiscent of the reception with a lobby and e-library where employees can drink free coffee, while the open atrium evokes the atmosphere of a stay on Val beach. The Mediterraneo restaurant is also available to employees  ValamarArtist atelier is designed as a space for creative workshops, while the V-lab space is intended for meetings primarily related to product development and service concepts. In addition, employees have at their disposal a Valamar living room where they can relax in a massage chair and play a game of pinball, darts or five-a-side football.The administration building has been digitized in such a way that there are multimedia screens that update key business indicators, destination information and opinions of guests currently staying in hotels, resorts and camps. The administrative building on the roof also has its own photovoltaic power plant and a charging station for electric bicycles and cars in the parking lot of the building in accordance with the concern for environmental protection and sustainable development. On the occasion of the 65th anniversary, Valamar, as part of its initiatives in the field of socially responsible business, decided to allocate special funds for equipping and digitizing school libraries in the destination where the company was born, in Poreč. The first such modern school library will be part of the new Finida primary school in Poreč, which opens in September this year. Digitization of the school library will provide students with the best conditions for learning and working. RELATED NEWS:VALAMAR GIVES BINDING OFFER FOR ACQUISITION OF HOTEL IN AUSTRIAN SKI RESORT OBERTAUERNVALAMAR RIVIERA AWARDS EMPLOYEES FOR GOOD BUSINESS RESULTS AND THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASONlast_img read more