Late 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!
Former Nigeria captain and ex-Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has left Turkish Super Lig leaders Trabzonspor by mutual consent, days after expressing his concerns about the league continuing amidst the global coronavirus pandemic.The Turkish top flight is one of only a handful across the world that are continuing to fulfil games, albeit behind closed doors.But on Saturday, 32-year-old Obi, who has been a major part of Trabzonspor’s title challenge, posted on social media that he disagreed with that policy. A club statement released on Tuesday said he had now ended his contract, giving up his wages in order to become a free agent.Obi had written on his Instagram that “there is more to life than football. I do not feel comfortable and do not want to play football in this situation.”“Everyone should be home with their families and loved ones in this critical time. Season should be cancelled as the world is facing such turbulent times,” it added.The post, which was made a day before Trabzonspor’s game against Istanbul Basaksehir, received positive responses from other Turkey-based former Chelsea players Radamel Falcao – who replied “you are right John” – and Didier Drogba, who commended Obi’s “words of wisdom.”The number of coronavirus cases in Turkey stood at six at the time of Obi’s post, though it has now leapt to 47.The government has ramped up measures to halt its spread, closing schools and universities, holding sports events without spectators and halting flights to many countries.Meanwhile players from Galatasaray’s basketball team released a joint statement urging the Turkish Basketball Super League to suspend games – the BSL and Britain’s BBL are the only European basketball leagues not yet suspended or cancelled.“We appreciate the Turkish Government has taken measures to slow down the spread of the virus however we find it quite bizarre that we keep playing, despite it being behind closed doors. We have seen how hesitation to take extreme action has provoked a spike in cases in neighbouring countries and we believe now is the time to take extreme action”, the statement said.