One of the first small family hotels in Hrvatsko Zagorje, which has been named the best small continental hotel in Croatia for three years in a row, has made a unique step forward in the offer of continental tourism.The investment worth two million euros opens Villa Magdalena to the business tourism sector as well. Villa Magdalena is unique in that each accommodation unit is equipped with a jacuzzi with thermal water in the living room. Two conference halls are also a novelty, which has positioned this hotel as a desirable choice for various business arrangements. “We are aware that investments are the key to survival in an increasingly demanding market and a response to the needs of guests, which is where the idea of expanding the hotel’s capacity came from. Zagorje has a huge tourist potential and I am sure that our example will encourage other investors to pay more attention and look for investment opportunities in our area.”, Said the owner of the Villa Magdalena hotel, Ivan Petrović, and added that the investment was financed with its own funds.Hotel Villa Magdalena is the first four-star hotel in Hrvatsko Zagorje and Krapinske Toplice opened in 2009. Last year, the hotel achieved an occupancy rate of 81 percent throughout the year and a total of 5.741 overnight stays in only nine accommodation units. For three years in a row (2012, 2013 and 2014) it was named the best small continental hotel in Croatia according to the choice of Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia. “Investments are key to further strengthening the competitiveness of tourism in the Republic of Croatia, with investments in the hotel industry being of particular importance because this is a segment that characterizes year-round operations. According to the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020, the plan is to increase the share of hotels in the total accommodation structure, but also to strengthen the additional tourist offer throughout the year throughout the country, especially on the continent with great tourist potential. Therefore, hotels that offer additional facilities to tourists in addition to their classic offer, for example in the health tourism segment, are a strong element for the development of the quality of the overall tourist offer of Croatia, but also the destination in which they operate. Also, with its renovation, the hotel Villa Magdalena has the opportunity to position itself as a place for business meetings and conferences, which will contribute to the year-round offer of Zagorje and the continental part of Croatia in general.Said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli.
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Exhibitors will promote their best and latest tourism products to the Indian and International travel trade industry during the TTF season. These participants have great expectations from TTF as they see it as a platform to give their business a momentum.By Sulagna GhoshTravel & Tourism Fair (TTF) is India’s oldest and largest travel trade show, which is now organised in nine cities annually. With TTF Kolkata (July 8-10) and TTF Hyderabad (July 15-17) round the corner, it is pleasing to see the response gathered from multiple Indian as well as International organisations.These two shows will be followed by TTF West Series covering Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai and Pune, together comprising the biggest tourism market in India.Highlighting the importance of the TTF Kolkata and Hyderabad, Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media Limited (organiser of TTF shows and Publisher of Travel News Digest), said, “Needless to mention the huge importance of Kolkata as a source market and gateway to the Eastern India, those in travel business know it too well. As usual, the space in TTF Kolkata is fully sold out. Immediately after Kolkata, TTF Hyderabad provides an equally important opportunity to be present in a hugely strategic market in the centre of South India. We have recently experienced a rapid expansion of TTF in Hyderabad.”Country representations from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, Dubai, China, Bhutan, Macau and more have set the bar high at various TTFs this year. Among the state tourism departments who have in-principally committed big participation in these two TTF editions are: Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Odisha, Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana.TTF series will witness a vast participation of major Indian and global players. The big private exhibitors, in-principally confirming in multiple locations include Adlabs, Travstarz, Oyo Rooms, IRCTC, Merakey Technology solutions, Nicco Parks.Talking about the agenda and promotional activities at this year’s TTF editions, Pankaj Nagpal, Managing Director, Travstarz Global Group, commented, “We have now split our business in four verticals to look after our product portfolio: Travstarz Global, HotelsConnect.In, DMCConnect.In and www.travelrezonline.com. Our focus this year will remain on promoting our Dedicated B2B Online Travel Portal. The focus will remain promoting our new products and Destination Abu Dhabi at the TTFs and our focus cities will remain Tier 2 & 3 Cities only.”Exhibitors also plan to launch lot of new features at the various TTFs. Manoj Sherman, Vice President, Enoah I Solution India Pvt Ltd, plans to introduce eXenia suite of solutions for hospitality. “We will be targeting boutique properties with eXeniaLite and PRO solutions, while we will offer eXenia Enterprise bundled with SAP B1 for the hotel chains that would like to leverage on Central procurement, strong inventory and other rich ERP functionality,” he said.Deepak Singh, Regional Head- Delhi NCR, Galaxy Tourism Pvt Ltd, said that every year they participate in exhibitions like IITT Mumbai, SATTE Delhi and TTF Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Kolkata. As of now, they are DMC for UAE and Singapore, but planning to come up with some new destinations like Malaysia and Bali.Isra Stapanaseth, Director, TAT New DelhiTourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) designated August 2016 as a ‘month for woman travellers’, in a way of marking Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s birthday. In order to promote this initiative and inspire female travellers to come to Thailand, TAT has come up with five different promotional concepts: Beautiful LOOK, Beautiful SHAPE, Beautiful RETREAT, Beautiful MIND, Beautiful EXPERIENCE. Our focus at TTF would be to meet and engage with the travel trade from East India and introduce new properties, attractions and destinations in Thailand which they could further promote and sell to their clients.Ujjwala Dali, Officiating Director- Tourism Marketing & Promotion, Nepal Tourism BoardOur efforts this year will be to focus on tapping the market in metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, as well as cities Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Bhopal and Patna, exploring new avenues. Our next product for the India market would be the adventure segment which has not been explored by the market yet, but which we are positive will strike a chord with the young audience, at this point of time. Our focus on TTF editions will be to communicate fresh updates about the destinations to the market to streamline positive message.