A session of the Council of the Community of Health Tourism at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce was held, where it was concluded that health tourism needs stronger promotion outside the borders of Croatia, and that Croatia should be put on the medical map of the world.”We are still not on the medical map of the world. We have made some development strides, but insufficient for significant participation in the medical tourism market, whose annual turnover is estimated at more than 100 billion US dollars, with a projection of future annual growth of 15 to 20 percent”, Said Ognjen Bagatin, director of the Bagatin Polyclinic at the session of the Council of the Community of Health Tourism (ZZT) at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.Although there are about 1.100 medical tourism service providers in Croatia, only five percent of tourists (patients) come from foreign markets, primarily from Italy, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. “This is extremely small, but the potential for the development of health tourism in Croatia, as a year-round tourism product, is very large, and research tells us that foreign tourists in this segment spend 2,5 times more than domestic”, Bagatin emphasized.At the session of the ZZT Council, speaking about the activities achieved in 2016, Leila Krešić-Jurić, director of the HGK Tourism Sector, commented on the HGK’s membership in Espa (European Spas Association), which is a lobbying body for health tourism at the European level. She drew attention to the need for a clearer definition of the parameters that need to be statistically monitored, then to the tax policy for wellness, to the EU Health Care Directive and more.The ZZT Council has adopted a work plan for next year in which the emphasis is on promotion in foreign markets through joint appearances at fairs and through education on how to do business with foreign markets and the menu according to the requirements of legislation and markets. It is also proposed to introduce a systematic survey of medical and wellness tourism entities, for which indicators at the assessment level have been presented to date. In addition, standard projects and activities of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce will be announced, such as benchmarking analysis of health resorts and special hospitals, Tourist Flower for spas and wellness hotels, Buy Croatian-Croatian product for Croatian tourism, HTI health tourism conferences, lobbying for amendments to relevant laws and membership in the Espa.”Health tourism must be part of the integrated Croatian tourist offer. ” pointed out Marcel Medak, President of the Health Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, while at the session Ingrid Badurina Danielsson presented Taste the Mediterranean Festival which will be held with the next HTI conference, from February 28 to March 2, 2017 in Rovinj. “Mediterranean cuisine has been included in the list of cultural heritage by UNESCO as the healthiest cuisine in the world, which should be used to enrich the offer of health tourism.”. The final conclusion is that it is necessary to move in the direction of gathering a critical mass of health tourism service providers in order to attract more agents at a stronger performance at the identified key fairs and to gain the support of the Croatian National Tourist Board.
The wells will be focused on the prospective Harpoon area southwest of the company’s existing projects in the reserve, ConocoPhillips Alaska Vice President Scott Jepsen said during a presentation last week to the Alaska Support Industry Alliance. This project has now pushed back the plans for the start of the Willow Development to around 2025-2026. Jepsen: “We want to get more confidence around the geology and reservoir characteristics of the field.” The company expects to hire close to 400 workers over one winter construction season to complete the project. Drilling will be done from the Nuna pad and a Kuparuk pad to minimize new infrastructure costs. ConocoPhillips in June announced purchase of the Nuna project from Dallas-based independent Caelus Energy. Caelus estimated up to 20,000 barrels per day from the project. Nuna will be part of the Kuparuk River Unit and its oil will be processed through Kuparuk facilities, lowering development cost, according to Jepsen. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ConocoPhillips will drill seven new exploratory wells in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska this winter. According to the company first production is anticipated in 2022.
BookMyForex is coming up with a mobile application for Android and iOS platform to enhance the customer experience in booking and tracking rate in real time. Announcing the launch of the app in a phased manner, Sudarshan Motwani, Co-founder and CEO, BookMyForex added, “From the past six months, the forex brand is also working on an agent portal which will be introduced by June. We do not want to be seen as a competition to the offline travel agents but are keen on providing them with a larger reach. We will treat all at par and the rates will remain same for all.”BokkMyForex is also on the verge of announcing its tie-up with a renowned Online Travel Agent (OTA), informed Motwani. It will also be providing forex cards to travellers through its partnership with Axis Bank. Along with this, the brand has increased its operations to over 500 cities serving more than 3500 delivery locations. With this, it aims to boost business five times and achieve a turnover of Rs 1000 crore, in the current year.The brand is also focusing strongly on its international expansion in stronger markets. “In India, the exchange rate is less as compared with other nations such as Europe and Australia. We plan to establish our foot firmly in the Indian market and post that venture into the outbound arena with new payment products, but not this financial year 2016-17,” Motwani added.