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.
First-time buyers are taking advantage of the federal government’s home loan deposit scheme. Picture: iStock.FIRST-time buyers are flooding the Brisbane property market boosted by the government’s scheme to help people onto the housing ladder.More than 700 people have gained a pre-approved place in the federal government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) in Queensland since its introduction on January 1. Nationally nearly 6000 of the 10,000 places available have been guaranteed, while another 3000 places have progressed to the pre-approval stage. The figures support new research from Realestate.com.au, which shows the number of first-home buyers looking to buy in Brisbane jumped by more than a third in January, compared with the same month last year. The number of FHB properties for sale in Brisbane under $475,000. Source: Realestate.com.au.Rochedale South has had the most inquiries for houses from first-home buyers, followed by Springfield Lakes and Bracken Ridge, while Brisbane City and Toowong are the most popular suburbs for units. The FHLDS was introduced by the federal government to help first-time buyers get a foot on the property ladder. Under the scheme, 10,000 places are available to applicants to secure a property with as little as a 5 per cent deposit without paying lenders mortgage insurance (LMI).Applicants are subject to eligibility criteria, including having taxable incomes up to $125,000 a year for singles and up to $200,000 for couples. Most popular suburbs for FHB inquiries for houses in Greater Brisbane. Source: Realestate.com.au.First-home buyers apply for a guarantee and are provided with a reservation ahead of a 10-day period by banks to confirm eligibility.Despite the high take-up, loan guarantees are still available and an additional 10,000 spots will be unlocked on July 1, according to the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation.According to the Realestate.com.au research, first-home buyers able to take advantage of the scheme should head to Brisbane’s north or east, where 45 per cent of properties on the market are priced under the $475,000 cap. Most popular suburbs for FHB inquiries for units in Greater Brisbane. Source: Realestate.com.au.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said first home buyers in Brisbane should look for suburbs where house-and-land packages were prevalent or new construction was happening.“Springfield Lakes and Rochedale tend to be areas where there’s a lot of new homes, so it’s good news for building activity,” Ms Conisbee said.“Same with units, when you look at Brisbane City.” Ms Conisbee said the surge in first home buyers entering the market in January was driven primarily by the FHLDS.But she said a side-effect of the scheme would be the impact it would have on affordability.“From a personal finance perspective, it’s amazing, but on the other hand, it will create price pressure at lower price points and that’s not good news,” she said.“There’s quite a large availability of homes below the ($475,000) cap, but if demand continues to accelerate, there will be fewer and fewer properties available at that price point.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago Nerida Conisbee, chief economist at REA Group. Image: AAP/Monique Harmer.Statistics released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the number of first-time buyers increased by 6.2 per cent in seasonally-adjusted terms in December to a monthly total of 9606 — the highest level in a decade.The average size of a loan was $412,240.The new loans taken out by first-home buyers also climbed by 21.3 per cent in December compared with December 2018. First-time buyers increased by 6.2% seasonally adjusted in December, according to ABS figures.Ratecity.com.au research director Sally Tindall said it was interesting to note the pick-up in this area of the market prior to the government’s scheme starting.“First-home buyers are flocking back to a market that is quickly heating up again,” Ms Tindall said.“Initial numbers show the new First Home Loan Deposit Scheme has generated huge interest, adding more competition at already packed open homes.“The last time we saw this level of first-home buyer activity was in December 2009 when the then government’s First Home Owner Boost was wrapping up.“If property prices continue to surge, the RBA will be hesitant to cut rates further.”
By Greg AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. – With 146 cars jam packing the pits Saturday night at 141 Speedway, racing was the real deal with hard-fought races just to make the feature events. The IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds have had a stacked field all year long and Benji LaCrosse finally notched his belt with a win. Many drivers with multiple feature wins sat on their trailers to watch the Modified main. Mike Wedelstadt opened as the leader with R.M. VanPay running second. A couple early cautions kept the field on the back bumper of the leader.LaCrosse started 12th and charged his way through the field. A final caution allowed Johnny Whitman to join the fun up front with eight laps to go. VanPay used a great restart to get around both LaCrosse and Wedelstadt for the lead. LaCrosse shot into second with Whitman right behind. LaCrosse was the first to catch VanPay and made his move outside with six laps remaining. LaCrosse evened up with VanPay and used the momentum from the top of the track to drive to victory. LaCrosse picked up his first win of the season with Whitman securing second over VanPay late in the race. Mike Mullen came back from an opening lap incident and beat Wedelstadt to the checkered flag for fourth.Other winners included John Heinz in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, J.J. Anderson in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Charlie Sancinati in the Grand Nationals, Jerry Winkler in the Street Stocks and Matt Brehmer in the 4 Cylinders.Heinz grabbed the lead with eight laps left and held off Rod Snellenberger for the Stock Car checkers. Anderson’s in came on a green, white, checkered finish.