This was confirmed by the representatives of TUI, led by Mahmut Kansu, Director of Foreign Market Development. Thus, TUI is announcing a 20 percent increase in Russian guests, and they are very satisfied with the cooperation with Croatian hoteliers and the available capacities this year. The Croatian delegation also met with representatives of the tour operator PAKS, whose director and co-owner Vitlalij Cizikov announced a growth of 15 percent and stressed that a significant part of their offer relates to Croatian destinations. “Russian tourists spend the most nights in Croatia in Istria, Split-Dalmatia County and Kvarner. In addition to the growth of tourist traffic, our goal is to approach and position the Croatian continental offer in this large and potent market. “, believes the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that during the last year in Croatia there were more than 135 thousand arrivals and more than 932 thousand overnight stays of Russian tourists. As part of the Croatian stand, five co-exhibitors present their offer, including the Zagreb Tourist Board, Atlantis Travel, Istarski dvori 2, Lošinj Hotels & Villas and Croatia Yachting. The Director of the CNTB Representation in Russia, Rajko Ružička, emphasized that based on the first information and the meetings held, it can be concluded that there is great interest in Croatia, which is why positive trends and growth in tourist traffic are expected to continue. “Positive growth in arrivals, which according to the announcements should be higher than 20 percent, is expected not only from the Russian market but also from the Ukrainian market. This is the result of numerous promotional activities that we carry out during the year, with the greatest attention being paid to the presentation of health and nautical tourism, which are the most recognizable segments of our tourist offer among Russians. “, concluded Ružička. “Russia is a significant emitting market for Croatia, which, among other things, is confirmed by the daily consumption of Russian tourists, which is 50 percent higher than the average. It is important for us to continue good tourism cooperation and strengthen our visibility in this market. I am extremely pleased that the largest Russian tour operators have recognized our continuous work on improving quality, which is why they have created additional offers for Croatia. “, said the State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Tonči Glavina. The Croatian National Tourist Board is once again presenting the Croatian tourist offer at the MITT fair, which is being held in its 26th edition in Moscow until March 14. It is the largest tourism fair in the Russian Federation, which is one of the top 5 tourism fairs in the world. Namely, about 2000 companies and representatives of about two hundred international tourist destinations are participating in the fair this year as well, and it is expected that about 30.000 visitors will visit the fair.
The home was sold to a Sydney-based family.Mr Arthur said the buyers inspected the property twice.He said Mandalay house was one of Australia’s trophy homes.“The property won Mansion Global’s, Property of the Year in 2016.’’The buyers visited the property twice before buying it.“In the end I think both the sellers and the buyers were extremely happy with the final outcome.“They (the buyers) are a Sydney-based family so it is going to be a wonderful summer home for them and their extended family.’’ The property was expected to be used as a holiday home.Mr Arthur said there were not many people who could write a cheque that big and not have it as their primary residence.Property records reveal it was previously owned by property developer Neil Murray and his wife Denise. FOLLOW MICHELLE HELE ON TWITTER No expense was spared building Mandalay House.The property has a marina big enough for two 21m yachts, a helipad, climate-controlled wine cellar with dining for 12, six kingsize bedrooms, nine bathrooms and an infinity pool overlooking the Whitsundays.Marketing agents Mark Beale of Ray White Whitsunday and Carol Carter of Sotheby’s International Realty declined to comment on the deal.Queensland Sothebys International Realty CEO Paul Arthur confirmed the buyers were from Sydney and would not live in it full time.“It settled last Friday,’’ he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“They (the buyers) are interstate, they were from Sotheby’s Private Clients and they are a Sydney-based family.’’ The owners had originally wanted a $25m for the 4114sq m property.STUNNING Whitsundays’ property Mandalay House has finally sold at a massive discount from its original asking price.The sale price is shrouded in secrecy but it’s understood the property changed hands for around $14 million.Its owners had originally wanted a $25 million for the 4114sq m Airlie Beach property when it was first advertised in 2013.
WEST INDIES — Kieron Pollard (captain), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr. KANDY, Sri Lanka (CMC) — West Indies will attempt to avoid their second straight whitewash on Sri Lankan soil when they take on the hosts in today’s final One-Day International.Five years ago, the Caribbean side were swept 3-0 with the decisive third victory also coming here in the central Sri Lankan city.And though the visitors have already conceded the three-match series following defeats in Colombo and Hambantota, Head Coach Phil Simmons does not anticipate any problems motivating West Indies for the finale.“My players have no problems being motivated,” Simmons told a media conference ahead of the encounter at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.“So whatever happened in the last two games does not hinder the motivation of the players.“We didn’t turn up for the [last] game. We didn’t bowl well and dropped too many catches. And in the batting, we didn’t put an innings together chasing 340-odd.“I think it was one of those days where all three facets of the game went wrong but all we can do is continue to work as we have been working hard before so we can correct it [today].”Searching for their first-ever series win in Sri Lanka, West Indies suffered disappointment in the opening game when they went down by one wicket defending 289, in a contest that ended in the last over.The second defeat was far more comprehensive, however, West Indies crashing to a heavy 161-run loss last Wednesday in pursuit of 346.Despite those results, Simmons said there were aspects of both games which had been encouraging for West Indies and which they needed to now build on.“From the first game, definitely the way we fought back after [conceding] 78 off the first 10 overs and in the second one, the way that we bowled in the first 10 overs,” Simmons explained.West Indies were let down my loose fielding especially in the last game, highlighted by Captain Kieron Pollard putting down Kusal Mendis on two, and the right-hander cashing in to register his second ODI hundred.And Simmons said the fielding was an area which the Windies had given much attention in recent times. SQUADS:SRI LANKA — Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shehan Jayasuriya, Lahiru Kumara, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana.