first_imgA group of foreign experts in eco-tourism spent six days in Croatia, visiting Split first, and then the goal of their arrival – the Lastovo Islands Nature Park. The purpose of their visit was to try the package “Lastovo – positively wild”, the first eco-tourist offer of this park, which was designed by the park staff in cooperation with the local population and the world organization for nature protection WWF.On the first day of their stay in Croatia, last Monday, the experts gathered in Split and first participated in a workshop on the ecological footprint in tourism, where they were joined by colleagues from the Kornati National Park, who also participate in the DestiMED project. The next day they visited Split and after that, only in the evening, they reached Lastovo. “The goal of tourism that we want to develop is not only profit, but also the well-being of the local community, preservation of identity, culture and tradition, as well as protection of natural resources. The eco-tourism offer must be a departure from mass tourism. Seven experts who spent last week in our park got acquainted with our nature, were delighted with the activities, cultural customs and offer. “, points out Bruna Đuković from the Lastovo Islands Nature Park, explaining how some of them tried diving for the first time, while others took oars in their hands for the first time and kayaked around the shores of Lastovo.”Although we will receive the real report only later, what we learned by talking to the experts is that our package is too intensive for them in terms of activities carried out. This information is extremely important to us because we will adjust this offer according to it”, Explains Mosor Prvan from WWF Adria, project manager of DestiMED within which this tourist offer was developed.The experts spent most of their time with nature conservationists and the local community, housed in the camp. They participated in making souvenirs and visited the local winery, and complained about too much riding and too little cycling. “We focused on quantity, we wanted them to experience as much as possible, and that was obviously the wrong decision. We know for the future. We in the Nature Park are extremely satisfied, but we understand that much more attention needs to be paid to the organization of such an offer. The fact that 12 local stakeholders are involved in Local cluster in ecotourism participating in this offer for us is a confirmation that we are on the right track“Concludes Bruno. The second group of experts will arrive in Lastovo in the spring, and they will be greeted by a “refreshed” tour “Lastovo – positively wild”. It will last five days, will not include a tour of Split, but will spend its time in better quality, exploring local customs and participating in the production of local products.The test in the Lastovo Islands Nature Park is the first of seven pilot tests to be held this fall in protected areas in six Mediterranean countries covered by the DestiMED project, implemented in Croatia by WWF Adria and funded by the EU Interreg Mediterranean Program. It is based on the success of the MEET (Mediterranean Ecotourism Experience) network, a non-profit destination management organization, which aims to further develop and promote a high quality portfolio of ecotourism experiences in the region’s protected areas.last_img read more


first_imgGoalkeeper Joe Hart is determined not to let Manchester City’s season end with a whimper. City now seem unlikely to retain their title having fallen six points behind Chelsea, who have a game in hand, while they were ousted from the Champions League by a far superior Barcelona side on Wednesday. But Hart is not ready to concede defeat to Chelsea yet and insists City, who host West Brom on Saturday, still have a lot to play for. The 27-year-old said: “I will never give up, ever, and I could safely say that nobody in our dressing room will ever give up either. We will see where that takes us. “West Brom is a huge game and we turn our focus to that. We have no excuse not to throw everything at the Premier League now and give our all – to the fans, the owner, to everyone. “Every game is a must-win now. We have no time to lick our wounds, we have to fly into that game. “We have to win every game, and that is how we will go into it, and see where it takes us. “We have had a few knocks this season, but we have proved it time and time again, and so have our fans, that we come back and we keep fighting.” City’s recent form has brought heavy criticism of the team and manager Manuel Pellegrini, who could now be facing a fight to keep his job. Press Association The England number one has made a rallying call to his team-mates in the hope of sparking a charge through the closing games of the year. City’s campaign has fallen apart in 2015 with a run of three wins in 12 games costing them heavily in the Barclays Premier League, FA Cup and in Europe. But Hart, who was outstanding in Wednesday’s 1-0 loss at the Nou Camp, believes all the negativity coming the team’s way is only par for the course and is not overly concerned. He said: “That’s part of being at Man City. We all get talked about. I have been the worst keeper in the world recently and Vinny (Kompany) has been the worst defender in the world. “We have all had our moment. That’s the role of being at Man City. If we don’t win we are going to get slaughtered.” It has also been suggested the squad needs a shake-up in the summer but Hart continues to back his current team-mates. He said: “We have nine games left with his fantastically talented squad. We have a lot of tired legs but we have players to come in. They are good players. They can freshen us up. I think we have what we need.” last_img read more


first_img1 Aston Villa are set to be the subject of a takeover bid from Peter B Freund Aston Villa are set to be the subject of a £75m bid from Peter B Freund, a minority shareholder in the New York Yankees, according to reports.The Championship club are facing the threat of administration following their failure to win promotion to the Premier League in the play-off final. The current owner, Dr Tony Xia, has been searching for potential investors for a number of weeks as a contingency plan for this potential outcome, and now talks with Freund are set to push forward.The Times say Xia valued the club at £100m, but due to Villa’s financial problems and Xia’s struggles to pay a £4.2m tax bill owed to HM Revenue & Customs, he has not received an offer that matches his valuation.Villa are worried about breaching Financial Fair Play rules unless they making savings of around £40m next season, and infighting at the club led to the suspension of chief executive Keith Wyness on Tuesday.Freund is not the only party interested in buying Villa, with reports last week stating a British consortium were set to submit a bid for the club.last_img read more