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With the synergy of the public and private sector in Pazin, united in creating a new tourist offer

first_imgAll interested stakeholders from the area of ​​the City of Pazin and the narrower part of the Central Istria Tourist Board gathered in Pazin to work together to determine what makes Pazin unique. Workshops were held with the aim of designing a four-day tourist itinerary, and this is the next step in the implementation of the I-Archeo.S project.Namely, in January this year, the European project I-Archeo.S started. worth 1.176.243 euros, which includes six partners, the Abruzzo region, Teatro Marche from Ancona and Teatro Pubblico Pugliese from Italy and the City of Pazin, the Poreč Public Open University and the City of Crikvenica from Croatia. All six partners committed to work on the valorization of natural and cultural heritage and sustainable economic development by June 2019, when the project is implemented, with the aim of creating a concrete, innovative and sustainable tourist product, all outside the tourist season.The workshops were attended by all interested stakeholders from the area of ​​the city of Pazin from various cultural and tourist sectors, both public and private, who applied for the Public Invitation. During the two-day workshops, the workshops aimed to introduce the stakeholders to the I-Archeo.S project and to start designing a four-day thematic itinerary as well as forming a public-private cluster.At the beginning, the participants were introduced to the strategic guidelines for the development of tourism in Central Istria and the analysis of territories: special features of the territory, benchmarking and existing offers. On the first day, in addition to presenting the offer of stakeholders, they discussed the numerous, but still insufficiently recognized advantages of Pazin and how to make the best use of them. The second day for the workshop participants included the task of devising several topics for a tourist itinerary, which was then analyzed. The formation of the cluster and the design of the thematic itinerary will be worked on until the next workshop, which will be held in July and during which cooperation agreements will be signed.The new tourism product will be presented to tour operators in February 2019 to get acquainted with their content as well as the mobile application that will be realized within the project and which will serve as a form of promotion of Pazin tourism and a new itinerary. At the next workshop, to be held from 9 to 11 July, stakeholders will define the final thematic tourism itinerary. All those interested in participating can still get involved by responding to the invitation that will be published on the website of the City of Pazin.Get involved, because only with the synergy of the public and private sector can we achieve success, and they are well aware of that in Istria.last_img read more

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UI expert says latest newspaper merger not good news for journalism

first_imgIOWA CITY — The director of the University of Iowa School of Journalism says the purchase of the Gannett company by GateHouse Media is likely to lead to more cutbacks at the Iowa newspapers involved.David Ryfe, has studied the issue of changes in the media, and says this development is good only for the lawyer and bankers involved. “It’s not especially good news for the news organizations involved, or for the communities that are covered by those news organizations,” Ryfe says. “This is just another step down the road of the slow deterioration of news outlets across the county.”Gannett owns the Des Moines Register and Iowa City Press Citizen. Gatehouse owns two daily newspapers the Ames Tribune and The Hawk Eye in Burlington, along with  five weeklies: the Boone News-Republican, Dallas County News, Hamburg Reporter, Nevada Journal and Perry Chief.Ryfe says the staffs at the papers owned by both companies have already been pared to half of less than what they once were. “Gannett itself and GateHouse itself have been in the business of doing more with less for about a decade now since the Great Recession. And this is just another step down that road. I mean, I could imagine being a journalist in the newsroom of all these organizations and wondering what this means for me,” according to Ryfe.He says an annual report on ad revenue used to show papers getting 40 percent of the attention and 20 percent of the ad revenue. That has declined to four percent of the attention and eight percent of the ad revenue. “My best guess is that eventually those numbers will align — and that means about half of the advertising revenue that is currently going to newspapers will likely be cut. And that’s going to cause further declines in these news operations,” Ryfe says.Newspapers have been trying to adjust by putting out digital newspapers online, but Ryfe says that creates a whole new issue for them. “When newspapers go digital, something happens, which is they are no longer competing with local information sources any longer. They’re competing with all the information sources online,” Ryfe says.  “So, they enter actually a different information market when they go online —  and they are not doing very well.”He says Facebook and Google control a majority of the online ad revenue. “The amount of digital ad revenue going to newspapers has been flat for the last decade. So, as we’ve had this enormous growth in digital ad revenue, newspapers have not been able to attract it,” he says. “What they’re going to is a more of subscription model — which the New York Times now is the best example of.”The one-point-four BILLION dollar deal is expected to formally close by the end of 2019.last_img read more