Over 9 billion kuna was spent in Croatia during the World Cup in Russia

first_imgLate last night, according to the Ministry of the Interior, Vatrene was greeted by a total of about 550 people. Incredibly! Undescribable!This is the best advertisement ever for Croatia, which has been written about, published on social networks, researched in the world of the Internet like never before.Two days ago, Croatia was mentioned in the media 30% more than after the semifinals all over the world, according to Mediatoolkit data. The numbers are huge and have never been recorded in the history of Croatia – more than ever before the semifinals, said Tomislav Grubisic from Mediatoolkit, a tool that monitors what is written about anyone on the entire Internet in real time, and added: “According to these statistics, more texts about Croatia will be published on the Internet today than have been published in its entire history since its founding. ” Grubisic pointed out. How it will be today and these days after such a welcome in Zagreb and the whole of Croatia, we can only dream and find it difficult to measure everything.This is just another proof that athletes are our best ambassadors and that we need to focus much more seriously and strategically on how to connect and promote tourism, culture, economy through sports success…And as sport, and especially football as the “most important sideline in the world”, attracts the masses, they thus directly affect the increase in consumption and bring a significant impetus to the economy. Thus, according to the estimates of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, HRK 9.277.224.291,92 was spent in Croatia during the World Cup in Russia.Consumption related to major sports competitions is growing by about 10 percent, mostly in the categories of audio-visual equipment or television, sports equipment, ie fan props, travel arrangements (charter flights organized to go to matches) and in the category of food and beverages; primarily snacks, beer and other alcoholic beverages. “Consumption in retail trade compared to the same period last year was increased, especially on the day before the matches and on the day of the matches, on average between 11 and 15 percent”, She pointed out Director of the Trade Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Tomislav Ravlić based on fiscalization data for the period from June 15 to July 15, 2018, how long the World Cup lasted.Compared to the same period in 2017, Ravlić points out, last year in this period the turnover in retail trade, according to the data from the fiscalization system, was lower by about 5 percent (4,56%).  “In the hospitality industry, for example, on the day of the matches, the turnover grew on average by 10 percent and more. The record was set on the day of the semi-finals in the match against England when the turnover in the hospitality industry grew by 17 percent, while during the finals the increase was 13 percent.”, Ravlić points out. A total of HRK 878.824.104,83 was fiscalized in the hospitality industry, or about 3% more than in the same period last year.Croats ate more than 10 million PIK kebabs during the championshipPIK reported that during the World Cup, PIK Vrbovec sold more than 10 million kebabs, more than 2,2 million packs of cold cuts and over 2 million sausages.Although the numbers themselves sound impressive they gain even more weight when compared to sales results at Christmas time when sausages are traditionally eaten in increased quantities. Namely, during Advent in Zagreb, Croats ate more than 700.000 PIK sausages, and during the championship that number increased almost 3 times more, more than 2 million sausages were sold. When it comes to cold cuts, over 2,2 million packs of cold cuts were sold during the World Cup. Sales of durable cold cuts are growing by 30%, and the first choice of consumers are Winter and Tea. From PIK Vrbovec, they say how it is the company in this period recorded an increase in the volume of products sold by more than 10%.Related news:”CROATIA FULL OF EXCELLENT PLAYERS” CNTB CAMPAIGN ON SOCIAL NETWORKSTHIS SHORT STORY WILL BEST SHOW YOU WHAT CROATIA HAS MADE FOR TOURISM IN RUSSIACROATIA – FULL OF CHAMPIONS, A CAMPAIGN THAT SHOULD START TODAY!last_img read more

Dutch still support pensions solidarity despite criticism, Walschots says

first_imgA large number of Dutch pension savers still trust the country’s system of solidarity and collective risk-sharing, despite those pushing for individual accounts being the most vocal, the CIO for Rabobank’s pension fund has suggested.Bernard Walschots also predicted the eventual outcome of the current pension reform debate, led by state secretary for Social Affairs Jetta Klijnsma, would nevertheless be a shift away from collectivity.“My feeling is the new pensions second pillar will meet calls for less collectivity and more individual pension accounts during the accrual stage of the entitlements,” he said while speaking at the second-annual pension funds in CEE conference in Prague.“This would eliminate some of the most heavily criticised elements of the present system – namely, the uniform contribution rate [agreed for each pension fund] and the potential conflict between the young members and those that already receive a pension.” He said any such changes would see the amount of regulation reduced, with the rules dictating the entitlements drawn from collective capital replaced with explicit, rather than implicit, benefits.Any such changes would increase the number of collective defined contribution (CDC) arrangements, an option Rabobank has recently chosen for its own provision, in turn brought about by listed companies no longer wishing to have a defined benefit system on the balance sheet.Walschots predicted the new Dutch pension system would see collectivity preserved when it came to the payout phase, with longevity and investment risk pooled across cohorts of retirees.He said there was still support for solidarity within the pension system, despite a recent call by some for greater emphasis on individual retirement accounts.“A lot of people in the Netherlands still adhere very much to our system,” he said of the collective, mandatory approach.“Some of the more vocal people are more in favour of a more individualistic system in which there is also a lot of choice.”However, Walschots dismissed the idea of choice, arguing that it increased costs. He said that, in his experience from offering members investment choice, even those employed by a financial institution such as Rabobank were less inclined to avail themselves of such choice – with only around 10% of members opting away from the default investment option.last_img read more

Midfielders linked with Emirates exit as Arsenal target Barca star

first_imgIt hasn’t been the busiest of transfer windows for Arsenal so far this summer; Petr Cech’s arrival the only significant purchase from the club.However, although Cech’s presence between the sticks has lifted confidence with Arsenal fans, it would be foolish to suggest that further strengthening is not required.The north Londoners could still do with a number of signings. A prolific goal scorer and a couple of defensive additions, plus a combative midfielder, are all needed for the Gunners to be labelled as Premier League title contenders.But who is on Le Professeur’s radar? And who is set to be deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see all of the latest Arsenal transfer rumours… 6 Another loan deal on the cards? England U21 star could be heading back to West Ham. Click the arrow above, right, to see all the latest Arsenal transfer news. – Carl Jenkinson is set to sign on loan for West Ham for the second consecutive season. The East London side are doing their best to get Arsenal to sell the player permanently but a stubborn Arsene Wenger wants to keep the England Under-21 star for the future. An announcement on the loan deal is expected in the next few days. 6 No bids for Chilean according to Juventus. Click the arrow above, right, to see all the latest Arsenal transfer news. – The signing of Sami Khedira almost confirms Arturo Vidal’s Juventus departure but the Old Lady have confirmed they haven’t received an offer for the Chilean star. Arsenal have been heavily linked with the commanding midfielder but face competition from the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United. In a bid to keep Paul Pogba at the club, Vidal could be forced out and an offer in the region of £21m for the 28 year-old likely to be accepted. Could Santi be returning to Spain? Click the arrow above, right, to see all the latest Arsenal transfer news. – Atletico Madrid have shown an interest in Arsenal star Santi Cazorla. With Arda Turan set to leave the Vicente Calderon, manager Diego Simeone sees the Gunners’ star as a perfect replacement. The 30 year-old was one of Arsenal’s best players last season, scoring eight goals and leading Arsene Wenger’s team in assists with 15 in all competitions. It is reported that Wenger will only consider selling his star player if the La Liga side come in with an ‘astronomical offer’. Podolski’s a Goner. German international completes his move to the Turkish champions. Click the arrow above, right, to see all the latest Arsenal transfer news. – Lukas Podolski has completed a move to Galatasaray from Arsenal. The switch has been on the cards for the last week but has finally been sewn up with the German star penning a deal in Turkey, with the fee worth a reported €2.5million. The World Cup winner has never really had enough playing time under Arsene Wenger and his career at the Emirates seemed all-but over last season as the former Koln star was sent to Inter Milan on loan. 6 6 6 6 Is Rosicky heading home? Click the arrow above, right, to see all the latest Arsenal transfer news. – Another potential Arsenal departure could be Tomas Rosicky. The Czech star spent the majority of last season on the substitutes bench and has admitted to being unhappy with minimal playing time. His former club Sparta Prague would welcome the 34 year-old back with open arms. Sparta majority shareholder Daniel Kretinsky insists the club would jump at the chance to take the 34-year-old back to the club where he started his career. “I’d love him to come and for it to happen soon,” he told local press in Prague. “But I don’t want to put uncomfortable pressure on Tomas. It’s up to him, I understand that leaving Arsenal isn’t easy.” Barca star heading to London? – Barcelona star Pedro is and has been an Arsenal target for a number of seasons and it seems the Gunners are finally stepping up their efforts in capturing the Spaniard. The Telegraph reports that contact has been made by Arsenal and the player’s representatives, but with Pedro signing a contract at the Nou Camp until 2019, a move does seem slim. The player, often an afterthought to the likes of Luis Suarez and Neymar, will have to force a move himself, but he cannot be blamed for wanting to stay with the European champions.last_img read more