Managing a Divided Democratic Party is a Test for Joe Biden


first_imgAfter supporting Mr. Biden as a means of defeating Mr. Trump, younger and more progressive Democrats who have gained a foothold in Congress and among party activists are skeptical about his future administration. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, setting policy terms in a statement after Mr. Biden was declared victorious, said: “A Band-Aid approach won’t get the job done. We have a mandate for action on bold plans to meet these twin health and economic crises.” But for some on the left, the pandemic and the resulting economic crisis were reasons to push the administration further — not to back off. They cited mistakes made as Mr. Obama began his administration in 2009, when many believed the party’s progressive wing was too deferential to the new president in a moment of economic crisis.“I don’t think there will be a grace period for Biden, because the country doesn’t have time for a grace period,” said Heather McGhee, a former president of Demos, a progressive policy and research organization. “A million more people in poverty don’t have time for a grace period. A racial epidemic and the coronavirus pandemic isn’t taking a grace period. As he is declared the winner, he needs to be putting a team in place that can really change Washington.”Nina Turner, a co-chair of Mr. Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign, said she expected progressives to pressure Mr. Biden’s transition team and administration from the outset. When asked how open she thought Mr. Biden would be to the left, she said, “If the rhetoric that’s being used on the campaign trail is any indication, not very open.”Still, she said, “things have an amazing way of changing once you’re in the office and you get that pressure.” It is unclear what kind of audience progressives will find with Mr. Biden and his administration. Throughout the year, his campaign sought to project unity through measures like a joint task force with supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders, which led a campaign to adopt some of the left wing’s policy proposals, including plans around college debt. But Mr. Biden stopped short of the biggest ideas, like eliminating the Electoral College or embracing statehood for Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.Some leading Democratic Party moderates said they supported many of the ideological goals on the left but, reflecting what has long been a divide between the two wings, urged caution, particularly because of Democratic losses in other races.“We all have to take a deep breath,” said Representative Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, a state that Mr. Trump snatched from Democrats in 2016 but that Mr. Biden won back this year. “I know there are going to be people who are pushing for change. I’m one of those people who want Medicare for all.”She argued that Democrats needed to be careful not to push away voters whom Mr. Trump won in 2016, or else risk another, similar candidate.“I also know we can’t afford to have Donald Trump as president,” she said.But Stanley Greenberg, a Democratic pollster who advised President Bill Clinton when he successfully pushed the party to the center in the 1990s, said Mr. Biden would be able to delay divisive party fights because of the enormity of the crises he faces.“The nature of the pandemic and the economic and health crisis is so deep, he will inherit a mandate of urgency,” he said. “Unity within the party and unity within the country.” Representative Conor Lamb, a moderate from Pennsylvania who survived a difficult Republican challenge, said the results should be a wake-up call to the left.“What we heard from a lot of our constituents was that they do not like the Democratic message when it comes to police in Western Pennsylvania, and when it comes to jobs and energy,” he said. “And that we need to do a lot of work to fix that.”But after four years of pent-up frustration and energy, that may prove unlikely. By every early indication, Mr. Biden’s election has emboldened progressive energy, no matter the setbacks in the congressional races. There is an up-and-coming generation of elected Democratic officials who have been waiting in the wings, eager to take the lead in formulating a platform for the party.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden has made clear he intends for his administration’s cabinet to be diverse in race, gender and sexual orientation — but a left wing that has become disenchanted with the inherent idea of representation as progress will be looking for concessions of power.Grass-roots political groups on the left had a dual message for the president-elect: Congratulations — and here’s a list of demands. Several signaled that they expected Mr. Biden to defer to some demands of progressives, not only by selecting people from that wing of the party for key cabinet positions but also by excluding people with a Wall Street or lobbying background from the administration’s hiring process. However, Mr. Biden’s flexibility in making cabinet appointments sought by the left will be constrained if the Senate remains in Republican hands.Jamaal Bowman, a progressive New York Democrat who will be sworn into the next Congress, took the view that Mr. Biden’s victory was not an affirmation of moderate ideology, but a testament to a diverse Democratic Party that had embraced the shared goal of defeating an unpopular president. He cited the work during the general election of progressive groups and candidates who opposed Mr. Biden during the Democratic primary, including young climate organizers like the Sunrise Movement — and said they should be rewarded. “We have to move past the moderate-versus-liberal conversations and start speaking and moving together as a strong party,” Mr. Bowman said. “We have organizations like the Sunrise Movement and candidates like Jamaal Bowman who have gone out of our way to get Joe Biden elected.”Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said she expected a long-term fight, particularly given the setbacks for Democrats in the congressional contests. She also cited cabinet appointments as a way to measure Mr. Biden’s ideological core.She said some people, including Mr. Emanuel, should not play a role in the party’s future. The former mayor has been floated by some in Mr. Biden’s inner circle to lead a department like housing or transportation. “Someone like Rahm Emanuel would be a pretty divisive pick,” she said, citing his record as mayor on racial justice and his opposition to teachers’ unions. “And it would signal, I think, a hostile approach to the grass-roots and the progressive wing of the party.” Updated Nov. 9, 2020, 10:58 a.m. ETcenter_img After a fiery call among members of the House Democratic caucus, in which some argued that progressives who have entertained ideas like defunding the police or “Medicare for all” had cost the party congressional seats, some Democratic leaders pushed further away from the left wing.- Advertisement – Ever since President Trump won the White House in 2016, a shocked Democratic Party had been united behind the mission of defeating him. Four years later, with the election of Joseph R. Biden Jr., the divides that have long simmered among Democrats are now beginning to burst into the open, as the president-elect confronts deep generational and ideological differences among congressional lawmakers, activists and the party’s grass-roots base.The fault lines began to emerge within hours of Mr. Biden’s victory. Moderates argued that his success, particularly in industrial Midwestern states that Mr. Trump seized from the Democrats in 2016, was proof that a candidate who resisted progressive litmus tests was best positioned to win back voters who had abandoned the Democratic Party. Those tests included single-payer health care, aggressive measures to combat climate change and expanding the Supreme Court.- Advertisement – “I think that’s what people are keeping an eye out for: Is this administration going to be actively hostile and try to put in appointments that are going to just squash progressives and organizing?” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said. “I don’t envy the Biden team. It’s a very delicate balance. But I think it’s really important to strike a good one. Because it sends a very, very powerful message on the intention to govern.”The fault lines crystallize the task ahead for Mr. Biden, who has long seen himself as a pragmatic consensus builder rather than a strict ideologue. In addition to the fractures within his party, Mr. Biden’s administration will also have to navigate a Republican Senate, unless Democrats wrest two seats in Georgia during closely watched runoff elections in January.If the party doesn’t win those seats, an already divided Washington looks likely to endure.Some moderate Democratic leaders urged the president-elect to head off any internal conflict by embracing policies both sides can agree on and reaching out to the left.“The first thing I would do if I were Joe Biden is I’d propose a $15-an-hour minimum wage,” said Edward G. Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania and a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “That’s something that both sides agree on. That would be the first action on behalf of President Biden to show there are significant parts of the progressive agenda that need to be acted on.”Given the two Senate runoffs taking place in Georgia — contests that will determine whether Mr. Biden will, like Mr. Obama, begin his first term with a unified Washington — Mr. Biden might be initially reluctant to embrace positions that could make it easier for Republicans in Georgia to paint Democrats as out-of-touch, radical socialists. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, a leading voice of the party’s left wing, said in a phone interview that the next few weeks would set the tone for how the incoming administration will be received by liberal activists. “The progressives said we need a base candidate,” said Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago and White House chief of staff under President Barack Obama, referring to a nominee who appeals to the left wing of the party. “No we didn’t. We needed someone to get swing voters. If you campaign appropriately, you can make that a governing transformation.”Moderate Democrats said they were hopeful the urgency of the problems confronting the nation would delay the inevitable reckoning the party faces between its ideological wings. Beyond that, they said that a disappointing showing by Democrats in congressional races — the party lost seats in the House and faces a struggle for even narrow control of the Senate — would give liberal Democrats less of a platform to push Mr. Biden to the left. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Zimbabwe water shortage: The community that gets water from a cemetery


first_img– Advertisement – Contamination, from embalming fluids and decomposition, poses risks, but with experts saying rainfall will reduce a further 20%, water sources like this might be the community’s only choice. – Advertisement –center_img The residents of Hopley, a large settlement in the south of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, have had to take drastic measures to ensure they have access to water.As community wells dry up, people have been forced to use a well situated in a nearby graveyard.- Advertisement –last_img read more

SpaceX Crew Docks at the International Space Station


first_img– Advertisement – The crew overcame iffy weather and launched Sunday at 7:27 p.m. Eastern time from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The journey lasted 27 hours.When the Dragon’s commander, Mike S. Hopkins, made radio contact, Kate Rubins, an astronaut aboard the space station, called out, “Oh, what a good voice to hear,” The Associated Press reported. The Crew Dragon spacecraft, a privately built and operated vessel carrying four NASA astronauts, successfully arrived at the International Space Station on Monday night. “Docking confirmed — Crew Dragon has arrived at the @space_station!” the rocket company SpaceX, started by Elon Musk, announced on Twitter. – Advertisement – The trip is a milestone in the effort to bring private spaceflight to reality. – Advertisement –center_img “For the first time in history, there is a commercial capability from a private sector entity to safely and reliably transport people to space,” Phil McAlister, director of commercial spaceflight development at NASA, said in a telephone interview with reporters on Thursday.In the future, instead of relying on government-operated spacecraft, NASA astronauts and anyone else with enough money can buy a ticket on a commercial rocket.The four astronauts on this flight are Mr. Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Victor J. Glover of NASA and Soichi Noguchi, a Japanese astronaut. They are to stay at the space station for six months. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Canada reports progress in avian flu battle


first_imgMay 13, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Canadian authorities reported progress yesterday in their battle to stamp out avian influenza in British Columbia, while news services reported possible signs of a new strain of avian flu virus in the outbreak area.Canadian officials announced plans on Apr 5 to sacrifice about 19 million poultry in the Fraser River Valley near Vancouver to control an outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N3 avian flu. The disease has been detected in 40 commercial poultry farms and 10 backyard flocks.Yesterday the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said the campaign to destroy all poultry within 3 kilometers of infected farms was nearing completion. A total of 296 backyard flocks had been destroyed, the agency said.More than 500 sites have tested negative for avian flu, and no new infected farms have been found since Apr 29, the CFIA said. The agency said workers have begun cleaning and disinfecting 21 of the 40 infected farms.Also yesterday, British Columbia officials they had found what may be a new strain of avian flu on a duck and goose farm at Abbotsford, B.C., in the outbreak area, according to an Associated Press (AP) report.Dr. Perry Kendall, British Columbia medical health officer, said blood tests of geese and ducks revealed what looked like antibodies to an H5 avian flu virus, but the findings were not confirmed, according to the story. Confirmatory test results were expected tomorrow. The birds were not sick, the report said.The recent widespread avian flu outbreaks in East Asia, which led to 24 fatal human cases and the sacrifice of millions of birds, involved an H5N1 virus. But Kendall said the absence of illness in the Canadian birds suggests the strain involved is not the same as in the Asian outbreaks.The AP report said the finding of a possible new virus prompted officials to close a school across the road from the duck and goose farm. No children or staff members at the school had any signs of illness, said Sally Greenwood of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). She said the school would be closed until the end of the week and that plans called for destroying all the birds on the farm by then, according to the report.The report quoted Rick Thiessen, president of the British Columbia Chicken Growers Association, as saying that 75% of the poultry in the outbreak area had been destroyed.In other developments, a consortium of British Columbia medical agencies reported last week that they had sequenced the genome of the H7N3 virus involved in the outbreak.”The genome sequencing demonstrated that this is entirely a bird isolate, and contains no human influenza A genes at this time,” stated an announcement from the British Columbia Cancer Agency’s Genome Sciences Center, the BCCDC, and the Animal Health Center of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.The project revealed a previously unknown mutation in the virus that could explain its increased virulence, the statement said.last_img read more

Researchers warn of resistant flu, foodborne microbes


first_imgMar 19, 2008 – ATLANTA (CIDRAP News) – Serious microbial threats, including drug-resistant influenza and foodborne pathogens, remain stubbornly persistent even as unpredictable new threats are emerging, researchers said this week at the leading international conference on new and resurgent infectious diseases.Many of the threats are emerging in parts of the world too poor to fund adequate surveillance and control measures. And industrialized countries’ spending on intercepting those globalized infections is not keeping pace with the need.”Many of the challenges that face us right now are not likely to get better; in some ways, they are likely to get worse,” Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said during the opening speeches of the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, which the CDC sponsors along with several scientific organizations. “These problems can only be solved by the investment necessary to tackle them.”Research presented at the conference ranged from information on the complexities of controlling and treating influenza and other respiratory diseases to insights into foodborne disease transmission. And as always at such a large conference—a biennial gathering of 2,000 scientists giving roughly 500 papers and posters—there were the scientific equivalent of early-warning alarms.In influenza news, CDC and state health department researchers found that:Adamantane drugs, the older of the two classes of influenza antivirals, are becoming increasingly useless against seasonal flu. A global survey of isolates collected during the 2006-07 flu season found 72% of H3N2 strains were resistant to adamantanes; in Asia, 100 percent of H1N1 strains were resistant, though 94% of US H1N1 strains remained vulnerable to the drugs.Meanwhile, resistance to neuraminidase inhibitors, the second class of flu drug, is creeping up. Between 2004 and the current flu season, the proportion of isolates resistant to neuraminidase inhibitors rose from 1% to 5% among all flu strains. Resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the more widely used drug in the class, rose to 9% among H1N1 strains.And in further confirmation that the current seasonal flu vaccine did not work as planned, an analysis of military flu-like illness statistics by the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego found the effectiveness of the flu shot against H1N1 strains was 71%, lower than recent CDC estimates.In a warning of the stealthy nature of novel flu strains, a team from the University of Florida, the CDC’s flu branch, and a pet-rescue program called HemoPet/Pet Life-Line found that canine influenza has been circulating without detection far longer than supposed. The disease, which kills by hemorrhagic pneumonia, was first detected in dogs in Florida in 2004 and has since spread to 25 states and Washington, DC. But according to the rescue program’s blood-donor records, the strain has actually been in Florida dogs since 1999, and it may have caused unsolved respiratory disease outbreaks at dog tracks that year and in 2003.Among the reports on foodborne illnesses:The proportion of disease outbreaks linked to leafy greens is rising faster than the consumption of lettuce and spinach, signaling a true increase in the incidence of greens-related foodborne illness, according to CDC researchers.Strains of Salmonella isolated from cattle slaughtered at plants monitored by the US Department of Agriculture showed significant increases between 1997 and 2005 in resistance to cephalosporins, a class of drugs used in both veterinary and human medicine. Proportions of isolates resistant to the veterinary drug ceftriaxone increased from 1% to 2.1%; to ceftiofur, from 0% to 21.6%; and to cefoxitin, from 9.1% to 19.8%.And research done at the University of Pennsylvania found that 22% of raw chicken purchased at retail outlets in central Pennsylvania in 2006 and 2007 was contaminated with Salmonella; 53% of the Salmonella isolates were resistant to at least one drug, and 45% were resistant to five drugs or more.Blood and organ transplants are emerging as a rare and unpredictable route for transmission of infections, according to research presented at the conference, which featured reports of tuberculosis transmitted via transplant and fatal Group C streptococcal infection transmitted by transfused pooled platelets.And in just two of many reports on the increasingly high-profile pathogen MRSA—methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which causes both healthcare-acquired and community-acquired infections—CDC researchers reported a higher-than-predicted rate of community-acquired pneumonias due to MRSA. In addition, Dr. J. Scott Weese, a veterinarian from the Ontario Veterinary College, delivered preliminary results of a survey of 212 raw pork products purchased in four Canadian provinces that found a MRSA contamination rate of almost 10%.last_img read more

19-year-old Egyptian dies of avian flu


first_imgApr 7, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A 19-year-old Egyptian man died of H5N1 avian influenza Apr 5, raising the country’s H5N1 toll to 48 cases with 21 deaths, according to news services.The man was from the Nile Delta province of Beheira and had been exposed to infected poultry at home, said reports by Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Bloomberg News.He was hospitalized in Alexandria on Apr 3 after complaining of a high fever and shortness of breath, a health ministry official told the MENA news agency, according to AFP. Another official told Bloomberg that the man was treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu), but it was too late to save him.Egypt has had four previous human H5N1 cases this year, one of them fatal, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The country has had more cases than any other non-Asian nation and the third most overall after Indonesia and Vietnam.Egypt’s location on major bird migration routes and its many households with backyard poultry flocks have contributed to the high number of cases there, the AFP story noted. Most of those infected in Egypt have been women and children, who take care of the backyard poultry in most cases, the story said.Of the four previous cases in Egypt so far this year, three of the patients were children and one was a 25-year-old woman, WHO reports show.last_img read more

The third cycle of certification of professionals in congress tourism is starting


first_imgOne of the strategic goals of the Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionals (HUPKT), a leading professional association of congress and business tourism, is to raise the professional standards of congress tourism through education, training and personal development. It was on this track last year that HUPKT conceived and conducted its own certification program called CCMEP (Certified Croatian Meetings and Events Professional) and so in two certification cycle Croatia received a total of 58 certified professionals in congress tourism. Certification brings additional competitiveness and a certain guarantee to customers that their service provider is a professional, who approaches each project according to the rules of the profession. Only natural persons, participants from the congress-incentive-event industry, with a minimum of two years of experience in the MICE sector can apply for certification. The certificate is valid for five years, after which recertification is done based on the collected educational points, by participating in educational events organized by HUPKT.The third cycle of certification of professionals in congress tourism is startingHUPKT will organize certification for the third time this winter, the first round of 5-6. December 2017, and the second round in late January 2018. HUPKT invites all interested colleagues from the congress-incentive-event industry to express their interest in the program by email (info@cmpa.eu) in order to be able to obtain application forms and the Certification Ordinance. “We are extremely satisfied with the first two cycles because the response was very good, so 58 people were certified as professionals in congress tourism. This is extremely important for our industry, especially for clients from abroad. They recognize and appreciate certification because it has been normal for them for years. The certificate itself makes it known that these are people who have experience in the profession and work according to the rules of the profession, while giving clients the assurance that they have found a quality partner and a guarantee that their service provider is a professional. “Points out Ranko Filipović, president of the Croatian Association of Congress Tourism ProfessionalsThe CCMEP certificate has been recognized and accepted by the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb – Department of Tourism, Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Sector for Tourism and the European Federation of Congress Organizers – EFAPCO. HUPKT is also the Preferred Provider for the Events Industry Council (EIC) which has recognized the value of the program and awarded it certification points, and collecting points is one of the steps towards CMP certification.last_img read more

Contradictory status of a tourist guide in the case of Anita Vukoja


first_img“In the CES, I was guided as a guide by profession. I got an invitation from them – so they offered me a foreign language learning program whose course started in early November 2018, which I accepted and traveled over 70 kilometers every working day for a month and a half to attend lectures. At the beginning of January 2019, I was greeted by a cold shower – I was told that as a tourist guide I was losing all rights and asking for a refund. So, I am put in front of a wall: I am not allowed to continue my education, I lose the right to take exams and all the lectures I have attended so far and all my efforts fall into the water”, Explains Anita Vukoja. “Who will compensate me for a month of regular foreign language attendance and those 70 kilometers that I traveled every working day at my own expense? And now I am required to return the money and pay for the course, which costs eight thousand kunas, and I am an unemployed person.” We have previously written about illogicality and multiple interpretations Of the Law in defining the status of a tourist guide as a self-employed person. As we can see, the inconsistency of this different interpretation of the law within the same institution sounds like a “broken phone” and the story spins in a circle. However, the matter must be taken seriously because these are unemployed people who have been denied the basic rights prescribed by the Labor Market Act. Anita Vukoja contacted us in the editorial office with a similar experience, whose story we are transmitting in its entirety. In the case of Anita Vukoja, the above request for income taxation was not submitted because she is unemployed, ie she does not earn income, but for some reason she is still registered as a person with a free profession and thus does not exercise CES rights. TOURIST GUIDES ARE CONSIDERED A FREE OCCUPATION AND HAVE NO RIGHTS AS UNEMPLOYED PERSONS “I also contacted the ombudswoman and sent letters to 3 ministries, and the CES does not know which ministry is in charge of them. On the one hand I hear that it is the Ministry of Tourism, and on the other hand they say it is the Ministry of Labor. They spin in a circle and tell one and the same story”, Explains Anita. “I do not want anyone to get into the problems I have run into, but I want to protect myself and others and I just want to point out that he does not treat all professions equally”. Having contacted the CES, but also the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides and the Association of Tourist Guides Liburnia, we can conclude that the law is either misinterpreted by the CES or there are contradictions in the rules of self-employment. Article 29, paragraph 2 of the Income Tax Act states that a free profession means an independent activity of tourist workers. However, in order for a tourist guide to be considered independent, Article 39, paragraph 6 of the Act stipulates that a person is obliged to submit a request to change the method of determining and taxing income “at the beginning of income, at the beginning of the activity or by the end of the current year. “. Accordingly, a person who does not perform an activity is not obliged to register a self-employed activity before starting to perform the activity or before starting to generate income. EVERYONE WHO HAS PASSED THE EXAM FOR A TOURIST GUIDE IS CONSIDERED SELF-EMPLOYED? RELATED NEWS: Anita Vukoja In order to get a reasonable explanation of the situation, Anita Vukoja contacted the CES Zadar Regional Office. In its response, the institution refers to the Law on the Provision of Tourism Services, which states that a tourist guide, in order to provide tourist guide services, must be entered in the central register for catering and tourism services. Furthermore, the explanation of the institution points out that according to the Labor Market Act, an unemployed person is, among other things, a person who does not have a registered free profession. However, since tourist guides are entered in the said register, they are not considered unemployed under this law, although they do not have a registered trade, enterprise or freelance occupation.last_img read more

Announced flights from Italy and Switzerland to Mali Lošinj


first_imgMore information about the flights can be found on the official website Silver Air-and. The representative of Silver Air, Dina Peverelli, announced this year’s flight schedule to Mali Lošinj, while the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Italy Viviana Vukelić emphasized that transport connections are extremely important for Croatia, especially in the context of airlines. She informed those present about this year’s presentation of the Croatian tourist offer in November at the fair in Lugano, which will bring the residents of the potent Swiss canton of Ticino closer to our tourist offer. On that occasion, Ricardo Hesky, director of Jadranka hotels, presented the offer of Lošinj Hotels & Villas hotel brand, which is part of Jadranka hoteli doo, and invited those present to visit and discover Mali Lošinj this summer and enjoy the benefits of the island and tourist offer. Organized by Silver Air and Lošinj Hotels & Villas, seasonal airlines have been announced in Milan that will connect Mali Lošinj with Lugano and Venice. center_img Namely, from June 15 to September 20, 2019, Silver Air will connect Mali Lošinj with Lugano and Venice by direct lines, thus making this Kvarner island more accessible to foreign guests. Flight schedule: Lugano – Mali Losinj and Venice – Mali Losinj last_img read more

How are Bolt and Uber pushing our tourism forward?


first_imgBolt’s electric scooter rental service is extremely well received by customers in other markets, such as Spain and Portugal, because it is a great alternative to cars for shorter trips, especially in cities where daily traffic is extremely congested. The use of scooters reduces the number of cars on the roads, which at the same time solves the problem of congestion and reduces environmental pollution. Often the very arrival of global companies / brands pushes the whole market forward through raising the quality of service, providing new services and products, new business standards, innovations… because everyone is fighting for the same piece of cake. Today we are a world-famous destination that attracts tourists from all over the world, and when global brands and platforms are present in our destination, it gives additional confidence and raises the reputation of both our tourism and our economy. This is not a coincidence, and all this gives the impression that we are a safe and modern tourist destination, gives a positive signal to other investors that we are an interesting and open market, etc.… One binds the other. On the other hand, Uber users in Zagreb have the opportunity to choose their new premium service – Uber Black, which brings the use of cars of the highest class. Feel free to draw a parallel that our tourism is not present on Booking.com, TripAdvisor, Airbnb or that Uber, Nike, Hilton, etc. are not present… reputation is important. “Our mission in Bolt is to enable people to move around the city faster and easier. Avoiding crowds, especially during the summer season, is a big problem in cities like Split. Every fourth ride in Split is shorter than 3 kilometers, which makes it an ideal city for scooter travel. In this way we solve two problems: we reduce the number of car rides and save our users time and moneySaid Marcus Villig, CEO and founder of Bolt The speed of the scooter is up to 20 km / h, and in certain special areas, such as the surroundings of Diocletian’s Palace, the speed is limited to 10 km / h. As they point out from Bolt, for a start, 150 scooters will be deployed, which will be located in the center of Split at traffic hotspots and frequent locations such as Riva, Matejuška, bus station, HNK Split and many others. The entire rental process is of course digitized through the mobile application, while unlocking the scooter will cost 4 kuna, and the price of use will be 1.30 kuna per minute of driving. And that’s why the presence of global brands as well as the competition is generally great, because everyone is fighting for the same market and pushing themselves to be better, more innovative, more creative… and the biggest winners are customers and the economy as a whole. And thus our tourism. Photo: Bolt When we talk about congress tourism and raising the overall quality of tourism, Uber Black certainly contributes to that. Let’s say a plastic situation: One of the conference speakers comes to the congress, and the organizer comes to the airport in Tesla to pick him up. The Wow element is certainly present here, both according to the organizer and the overall experience and brand of Lijepa naša. How are Bolt and Uber pushing our tourism forward? New news from Uber and Bolt further raises the quality and differentiation of our tourism through new services. Thus, Bolt presented a new electric scooter rental service in Split, which became the first city in Southeast Europe with this ingenious option. Photo: Uber Namely, Bolt was the first to introduce the rental of electric scooters in Croatia, while Uber introduced a new premium service Uber Black, which provides the possibility of transportation via the Tesla Model S. So now all those who want to experience a trip in the Tesla Model S, Jaguar I-PACE, various luxury models of Mercedes or some other manufacturer, can choose the Black service while ordering. Whatever you think, the arrival of global brands and platforms certainly raises the global reputation, which is very important for positioning our tourism, and thus our economy as a whole. We are looking forward to the shots of Hollywood movies from Croatia, and even the globally popular Uber has chosen Croatia as the best destination for the world premiere of the UberBOAT service. Uber has introduced a premium Black service alongside top-class carslast_img read more