Monthly archives: November, 2020

Ireland stands by its corporate tax rate as OECD races for reforms

first_imgWhen Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe delivered his bumper budget speech last month he was clear once again that the country’s corporate tax rate would remain as is.But there was an acknowledgment that “change is inevitable” on an international level, referring to OECD negotiations, and that Ireland would feel the impact of that.“Agreement at the OECD level would present challenges for Ireland as changes to the international tax framework would see a reduction in the level of profits taxable here,” he said. – Advertisement – The OECD has positioned the two pillars as complementary and linked, but not everyone feels that way.“If you look at the 137 jurisdictions around the table, there are those that are much more interested in pillar two and want pillar two to happen and will not sign on to pillar one unless pillar two comes along,” she said.Earlier this year, the U.S. hit pause on tax talks. Meanwhile, France has put the collection of its own digital services tax on hold to allow for international talks to reach some sort of conclusion. The European Union has also said it will start work again on its own bloc-wide tax if international efforts bear no results. If progress is stalled further, Europe may pick up that baton again.This is typical of the political logjam that has been a feature of the discussions for a long time. Ireland’s position Peter Reilly, PwC Ireland tax policy leader, said that the end goal of tax reform remains the same, but the route to get there and the specifics are still to play for. “The OECD does estimate that globally companies will pay more tax overall, but where this tax falls is up for discussion and negotiation,” Reilly told CNBC.“While the new proposals will certainly have an impact on Ireland, the alternative, no agreement and unilateral action, could indeed have a bigger impact,” he said.  – Advertisement – Negotiations continue at the international level through the OECD to establish comprehensive reforms of global taxation, including a new framework for taxing tech firms and establishing a minimum corporate tax base.That mission aimed to come to some kind of agreement by the end of 2020 but was recently pushed out to mid-2021 with both the U.S. and Europe still jostling for position.Manal Corwin, head of Washington National Tax at KPMG and a former Treasury Department official, told CNBC that the discussions are as much political as they are technical, with the pandemic making things even more difficult.“The strategic bet is let’s get as much of the technical underpinnings of both of these pillars done as possible and framed and comments in from the public and refined and so forth so when the ability and the capacity to return to getting a political agreement is there, then it can happen quickly,” she said.Two pillarsThe tax reforms are made up of two pillars. Pillar one refers to the digital economy and could see profits taxed where customers are located. Pillar two refers to a minimum global tax rate which would disregard where firms are physically headquartered. “Failure to reach agreement at the OECD would also have negative consequences for the exchequer.”Ireland’s headline 12.5% corporate tax rate — much lower than most industrialized nations — has been key to attracting many multinationals to the country, especially among tech giants with Apple, Google and Facebook having presences in the EU nation. Corporate tax receipts have helped offset some of the coronavirus-fueled challenges for Ireland’s economy, as shown in the budget.The tax rate and Ireland’s taxation regime for multinationals has also drawn much criticism, typified by the infamous Apple tax case. – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – “From a corporate perspective, even if the rules have no impact on a company’s tax bill, they could still impose a huge burden from an administrative perspective.” Failure in the OECD process could lead to the EU pulling the trigger on its own tax regime, creating a differing set of rules inside and outside the EU, which could raise trade tensions, he added.“First and foremost, as a small open economy, Ireland will always be susceptible to any barriers to global trade and as such it would appear that a multilateral approach would be more beneficial,” Reilly said.Meanwhile, the Apple tax case hasn’t gone away despite Ireland and Apple’s legal victory against the European Commission in July. The Commission has opted to appeal that decision to the European Court of Justice in one last effort to claw back the 13 billion euros that it says Apple owes. Leinster House, home of the Dail or Irish Parliament, in Dublin, IrelandGetty Imageslast_img read more

McConnell flexing his obstructionist muscle already. Biden needs to fight fire with fire

first_img– Advertisement – McConnell is, of course, capable of anything. Including bringing back a 60-vote threshold for all nominations. He is capable of refusing to consider any Supreme Court nominees from Biden. He’s done it before. He’ll happily do it again. So that means that Biden has to fight. Trump, bless him, showed how.That’s the way to do it. Just have acting secretaries for as long as he wants them. He can use the Vacancy Act to create a cabinet with people who will fulfill his campaign promises to fix current crises and set a better course. Starting out cowed by McConnell, or somehow thinking that appeasing him will make him more likely to bend and work with the administration, is a fool’s errand. McConnell was fine with Trump’s unitary executive? Shove that back down his throat.- Advertisement – Biden can deploy the dozens of executive actions available to him on Day One. Things that would be massively popular, like lowering drug prices and cancelling student debt. Doing those massively popular things, all of which he will have the legitimate power to do, will set McConnell and the Republicans back with the public. Biden needs to take the lesson from the Obama/Biden 2009 stimulus to heart. It wasn’t big enough. It didn’t do enough to save people’s livelihoods. It didn’t save millions from foreclosures. It left a lot of people still vulnerable and angry. He can’t do that again. That and the fact that he needs to go very, very big to save the economy in this pandemic.last_img read more

MAGA crying leads to one of the most fun Twitter threads ever recorded

first_imgMost Twitter threads consist of people supporting or not supporting the original tweet. Many of them are very funny, some are deadly serious, some are angry, some are sad. It’s a cornucopia of the human emotional spectrum! But every so often, a Twitter thread comes along that employs humor, justice, and the human spirit.A small corner of the internet in a Twitter thread—one that took place as the election results began to unfold and the enormity of Donald Trump’s loss became clearer and clearer to MAGA types across the internet—brought people from all over the world (and possibly the galaxy) together. An account mostly known for following both American and European rules football and that also likes trolling libs posted: “Oooohhhh NOOOOO. WHAT ARE WE DOING. WAKE UP Y’ALL!!!! TRUMP IS HERE TO SAVE US. My heart can’t take this any longer. I’m leaving. I’ll be headed to Mexico. They will take care of me. Thanks for nothing USA. IM DONE. MY HEART HURTS. THESE KIDS!!!!” The fun began there.- Advertisement – LANSING, MI - APRIL 15: A person walks towards the Capitol building along with others to express their unhappiness with Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Stay Safe, Stay Home executive order on April 15, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. Governor Whitmer issued the order which was expanded until April 30 to continue to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). As of April 14 the state of Michigan reported over 27,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and over 1,700 related deaths.  (Photo by Elaine Cromie/Getty Images) – Advertisement –last_img read more

First avian flu in Philippines

first_imgJul 8, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Philippines, previously free of the avian influenza that has spread rapidly across Asia, has reported its first cases.Government announcements today say the H5 strain was identified in ducks on an isolated farm near the town of Calumpit in Bulacan province, north of Manila. The ducks showed no symptoms; the disease was detected during standard testing when a trader applied to export duck eggs.Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said at a news conference that there is no evidence this involves the H5N1 strain that has caused more than 100 cases in humans and caused 54 human deaths so far in other parts of Asia. He is quoted in an Agence France-Presse story as saying, “It is a low-risk flu strain found in three healthy ducks and the risk to human health is almost nil.”Blood samples from the infected ducks have been sent to laboratories in Australia operated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Results are expected in a week, according to a joint statement from the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture and Department of Health.A 1-week ban on the sale and transport of poultry within a 3-km radius of the affected farm has been imposed by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), according to a story in the Manila Times. BAI Director Jose Molina indicated that surveillance has intensified and that birds at all farms in nearby areas are being tested.Reuters news service reported that the Department of Agriculture said the affected flocks would be destroyed. Secretary Yap later added that this would be done only after the test results from Australia are avaialable.The private sector in the Philippines has voluntarily suspended poultry shipments to Japan, says the Times article. Although poultry export is not a big industry in the Philippines, the country’s shipments to Japan have soared recently because of the latter country’s ban on poultry imports from Thailand after avian flu was discovered there.The World Health Organization has been “unofficially” notified of the situation but has made no comment, according to Reuters news service.The source of the avian flu remains to be determined, although the vast Candaba Swamp near the affected farm is visited by migratory birds from other parts of Asia.last_img read more

Report discourages use of antivirals for seasonal flu

first_imgJan 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers who analyzed numerous clinical trials concluded that the two newest antiviral drugs for influenza, oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza), should not routinely be used against seasonal flu—a recommendation flatly rejected by the manufacturer of oseltamivir.The researchers, writing in The Lancet, also raise doubts about using the two drugs, called neuraminidase inhibitors (NIs), in a potential flu pandemic. They say they found no “credible evidence” that the drugs are helpful in human cases of avian flu. If the drugs are used in a flu epidemic or pandemic, they should be accompanied by standard public health measures to prevent spread of infection, the authors say.The accumulated evidence “suggests that neuraminidase inhibitors should not be used routinely for seasonal influenza and only with associated public health measures in a pandemic situation,” says the report by Tom Jefferson and four colleagues with the Cochrane Vaccines Field in Italy and the University of Queensland in Australia.The scientists also said the two older antiviral flu drugs, amantadine and rimantadine, should not be used for flu, because they don’t prevent infection or viral shedding and they have potential serious side effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week advised doctors not to prescribe the two drugs for the rest of this flu season because circulating flu viruses have a high rate of resistance to them.Roche, the Swiss-based maker of oseltamivir, said in a statement yesterday, “Roche fundamentally disagrees with the conclusions reached by the authors that oseltamivir should not be used for the treatment or prevention of seasonal influenza. The conclusion is at odds with the opinion of experts and regulatory authorities around the world.”The World Health Organization (WHO) and many countries, including the United States, are stockpiling the NIs, mainly oseltamivir, in the hope that they will be useful if H5N1 avian flu leads to a pandemic. WHO officials say the agency does not plan to change its recommendations about the possible role of antivirals in dealing with a pandemic.”After carefully reviewing this analysis, WHO will not be changing its stockpiling recommendations,” WHO spokesman Dick Thompson told CIDRAP News via e-mail. “There are several concerns we had with this document. Even the authors state that while there is little evidence to support effectiveness for oseltamivir in AI [avian influenza] patients, they also say that it is possible that patients could have been given the drug too late in the course of their illness to be effective.”Roche did not directly challenge the authors’ conclusion about the effectiveness of oseltamivir against avian flu strains in humans, but the company reported today that the drug performed well in a recent animal study, as well as previous ones. In the new study, the medication prevented viral replication in ferrets that were treated 4 hours after exposure to the H5N1 virus.The researchers analyzed 19 randomized controlled trials of oseltamivir and zanamivir along with 34 trials of amantadine and rimantadine. They examined the drugs’ record in preventing and treating laboratory-confirmed influenza and influenza-like illness in patients aged 16 to 65.For treatment of symptomatic flu, oseltamivir had 61% to 73% efficacy, depending on the dosage, and zanamivir had 62% efficacy, the report says.The NIs were found to have no significant effect when used to prevent flu-like illness. But for preventing flu after exposure to the virus (postexposure prophylaxis), oseltamivir was 58.5% efficacious in households and 68% to 89% efficacious in contacts of index cases, the analysis showed.The researchers also found evidence that the NIs shortened the duration of symptoms and reduced the viral load in nasal secretions, but the drugs did not eliminate viral shedding. Oseltamivir, 150 mg daily, reduced the incidence of bronchitis and pneumonia in flu cases but not in flu-like illness cases.”We do not see a role for the use of neuraminidase inhibitors in seasonal inflenza, since the evidence shows that they are ineffective against influenza-like illness,” the authors write. But they add that in the context of a known influenza epidemic, flu-like illness is more likely to be actual influenza and the NIs are more likely to be helpful.In responding to the article, Roche officials said, “The statement by the author that neuraminidase inhibitors should not be used in seasonal influenza control is inappropriate and inconsistent with data. Roche strongly disagrees with this article; surveillance activities and the appropriate use of antivirals are critical to combat influenza.”Roche took issue with using oseltamivir’s reported lack of effectiveness against flu-like illness as a reason not to use it for seasonal flu: “Once influenza is circulating and with clearly defined symptoms identified[,] influenza is easy to diagnose. Roche has never advocated the use of Tamiflu for control of influenza-like symptoms.”The researchers also examined reports on the effects of oseltamivir in human H5N1 flu patients in Southeast Asia. There, oseltamivir treatment had no clear effect on mortality, although this could have been a result of starting treatment late in patients who already had a high viral load, the report says. In H5N1 cases, the viral load can be 10 times greater than in seasonal flu, a WHO study showed.Resistance to oseltamivir was seen in 7 of 43 children and in 2 of 8 Vietnamese children and adults, the report says.The scientists also found no clear benefits from the use of oseltamivir in people exposed to H7N7 avian flu in the Netherlands in 2003 and H7N3 avian flu in Canada in 2004.”We could find no credible evidence of the effects of neuraminidase inhibitors on avian influenza” in humans, the authors write.”As viral load and virulence of pandemic viruses are considerably higher than those of seasonal influenza viruses, the use of neuraminidase inhibitors in a serious epidemic or pandemic should not be considered without concomitant measures, such as barriers, distance, and personal hygiene.” The authors add that overestimating the ability of NIs to prevent illness could cause those treated to be less careful, leading to increased spread.Jefferson T, Demicheli V, Rivetti D, et al. Antivirals for influenza in healthy adults: systematic review. Lancet 2006 Jan 19 (early online publication) [Abstract]See also:Jan 19 Roche statement 20 Roche report on animal trial of oseltamivir read more

US military switching to new smallpox vaccine

first_img FDA questions and answers on ACAM2000 Both ACAM2000 and Dryvax use live vaccinia virus, a close relative of smallpox. The new vaccine is derived from Dryvax, which was used in the global smallpox eradication program. The newer vaccine is grown in lab cultures of African green monkey kidney (Vero) cells, according to a DoD comparison chart. The Department of Defense (DoD) announced last week that it was beginning the change from Dryvax, made by Wyeth, to ACAM2000, which is made by Acambis and was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last August. The ACAM2000 doses will come from the Strategic National Stockpile of medical supplies, according to DoD. When the FDA approved the vaccine, Acambis reported it had already shipped 192.5 million doses to the Department of Health and Human Services for the stockpile. One difference between the new and old vaccines is in how they are administered. The “scarification” technique used for both vaccines involves multiple pricks with a bifurcated needle. For a first-time vaccination, ACAM2000 requires 15 jabs, versus only three jabs for Dryvax, according to DoD literature. (For those who have been vaccinated before, 15 jabs are recommended with both vaccines.) Smallpox was eradicated in the 1970s; the vaccination program is predicated on the fear that terrorists could get their hands on smallpox virus stocks left over from the Soviet Union’s biological weapons program or from other sources. Known stockpiles of the virus are stored for research in one lab in the United States and one in Russia. Feb 8, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – After vaccinating more than a million personnel with the old-fashioned type of smallpox vaccine grown on the skin of calves, the US military is about to switch to a second-generation vaccine that’s grown in laboratory cell cultures. When the FDA approved ACAM2000 last year, Jesse L. Goodman. MD, MPH, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said, “The vaccine is manufactured using modern cell culture technology allowing rapid and large-scale production of a vaccine with consistent product quality.” Subsequently, Wyeth announced plans to withdraw Dryvax from licensure, according to the DoD memo. Another difference is that ACAM2000 has a shorter shelf life after it is reconstituted by mixing with a special solution—30 days versus 90 days. “Therefore clinics must be diligent in utilization to minimize vaccine loss,” says the memo from Loftus. Editor’s note: This story was revised Feb 11 to include some additional information provided by the Department of Defense. DoD memo about transition to ACAM2000 Conducting a postmarketing controlled cohort study in a military population Sep 4, 2007, CIDRAP News story “FDA approves Acambis smallpox vaccine” Conducting an enhanced surveillance program for symptomatic cases of myocarditis and pericardits in vaccinees See also: Inflammation of the heart muscle and lining (myopericarditis) occurs in about 1 in 175 first-time smallpox vaccine recipients, according to the FDA. A DoD safety summary says 140 cases had occurred in the military vaccination program as of last May. Smallpox vaccination can also cause several other serious adverse reactions in rare cases, including localized or systemic spread of the vaccinia virus (eczema vaccinatum) and encephalitis. In six clinical studies, ACAM2000 and Dryvax were found to have comparable safety profiles, according to DoD. The most common side effects of ACAM2000 are itching, swollen lymph nodes, sore arm, fever, headache, body aches, mild rash, and fatigue. There was no significant difference in the rate of serious adverse events. As a condition of licensing ACAM2000, the FDA said every person getting vaccinated must receive a medication guide developed by Acambis. ACAM2000 is the first vaccine to have such a requirement. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Loftus announced the change in a Jan 31 memo. “All Dryvax vials will expire on 29 February 2008 and logistics personnel will be required to destroy all unused vaccine,” he wrote. DoD began administering the new vaccine on Feb 1, according to Cynthia Smith, a DoD spokeswoman in Washington. DoD’s ACAM2000 site Examining how effectively DoD follows its own procedures for identifying people who may be at risk for serious adverse reactions to the vaccine Establishing a myocarditis registry Vaccine comparison chart Smith said DoD will continue its ongoing surveillance for adverse reactions in those who receive smallpox shots. In addition, the FDA is requiring Acambis to take several specific steps to monitor the vaccine’s safety, she said. These include: Since late 2002, DoD has vaccinated more than 1.4 million military and contractor personnel, Smith told CIDRAP News. The shots are mostly for people bound for areas where smallpox attacks are deemed possible—mainly the Middle East. Currently the department gives about 15,000 smallpox vaccinations per month, Smith reported. CIDRAP smallpox overview read more

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 cases in Egypt, virus-sharing impasse, NYC’s new health commissioner

first_imgMay 18, 2009Egypt reports two new H5N1 cases, one fatalEgypt’s health ministry recently reported two new H5N1 avian influenza cases in young children, one of them fatal, according reports from Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR). A 4-year-old girl with a history of contact with sick poultry died from her infection today at a hospital in Dakahliya governorate. She got sick on May 9 and was hospitalized May 17. The second case involved a 3-year-old boy from Gharbia governorate. He got sick on May 12, was hospitalized on May 15, and was listed in good condition. His family said the boy had contact with sick poultry. If the World Health Organization confirms the cases, they will be listed as Egypt’s 71st and 72nd cases, with the girl’s death marking the country’s 27th fatality. In other developments, the WHO on May 15 confirmed an H5N1 infection ion a 5-year-old girl from Sohag governorate. She became ill on May 7, was hospitalized 2 days later, and remains in stable condition. On the same day the WHO also noted the deaths of three previously confirmed case-patients from Egypt: a 6-year-old by from Qaliobia governorate, a 33-year-old woman from Kafr el Sheikh governorate, and a 25-year-old woman from Cairo governorate. The WHO confirmations raise the global H5N1 total to 424 cases, 261 of them fatal.[May 15 WHO statement]WHO virus-sharing meeting ends without agreementAn intergovernmental group convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) met in Geneva on May 15 and 16 but did not complete an agreement to share influenza virus samples and vaccines, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported yesterday. In a statement, the group said they reached an agreement on most elements of the “pandemic influenza preparedness framework for sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits.” The unresolved issues are sharing of data between laboratories and intellectual property rights relating to viruses. The dispute over virus-sharing began in December 2006 when Indonesia, the nation hardest hit by the H5N1 virus, stopped sending samples to the WHO to protest the high cost of vaccines made by pharmaceutical companies from the isolates the country provided. Since then, the intergovernmental group has met several times but has not forged a final agreement. At the last meeting, in December 2008, the group asked Margaret Chan, WHO director general, to help them flesh out a traceability mechanism, set terms of reference for WHO collaborating centers, revise a material transfer agreement, and outline needs and priorities for benefits such as vaccine stockpiles and financing. Chan’s office published a report on the four tasks, dated Apr 30, in advance of the recent meeting.[Apr 30 WHO director-general’s report on virus sharing issues]New York City names new health commissionerMayor Michael Bloomberg announced today that Dr. Thomas Farley, a pediatrician and epidemiologist from Louisiana, will head the city’s health department. He will replace Dr. Thomas Frieden, who was named this week by President Barack Obama as the new director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Reuters reported. Farley heads the Department of Community Health Sciences and the Prevention Research Center at Tulane University in Louisiana but has worked as a senior advisor to Frieden since 2007. He will step into his new position in June. Farley said today that his top priority would be handling novel H1N1 influenza issues, but he also intends to continue Frieden’s fight against obesity and smoking. Farley.[May 18 Reuters story]last_img read more

Sara Belec, Vukovar Vocational School: Our students are extremely optimistic about the future of tourism in Vukovar

first_imgAs part of this year’s Days of Jobs in Tourism, the Ministry of Tourism announced a public invitation to secondary catering and tourism schools and universities with programs in the field of tourism and catering “Be innovative, tourism offers you a job.” The aim of the competition is to promote catering and tourism occupations and tourism as an attractive department that provides employment opportunities, and the competition received 38 applications from secondary catering and tourism schools and universities from all over Croatia.As the most original solution aimed at quality promotion of catering and tourism occupations and connecting with employers, the project was declared “Book a successful career” of the Vocational School Vukovar, while the second place went to the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality – Opatija, and the third place to the School of Economics and Tourism Daruvar. By winning this competition, all three teams won study trips worth a total of HRK 50.000 to prestigious centers of excellence in Spain (Basque Culinary Center) and Austria (Center of Excellence for Hospitality and Tourism) and a visit to a hotel company in Croatia.Vukovar Vocational School “Book a successful career”The award-winning project “Book a successful career” is the result of cooperation between third-grade students of tourism and hotel commercial Mirta Magoč, Kristina Koh and Sandra Radić, mentors Sara Belec (who make up the Vuturisti team) and teachers Branka Škarica, Tajana Matanović, Biljana Hečimović-Apčag and school secretary David Vlajčić.By winning the first place in the competition of the Ministry of Tourism “Be innovative, tourism offers you a job” Vukovar Vocational School received HRK 25.000,00 intended exclusively for a study trip to the culinary center in the Basque Country. “The award won was a pleasant surprise to all of us. Given the strong competition with which we competed, it is not only important for students and our school but also for the city of Vukovar, which records a continuous increase in tourist demand, so any form of promotion of tourism and hospitality professions is welcome for younger generations to choose occupations we need in Vukovar ” Sara Belec, mentor and teacher of the Vukovar Vocational School, points out, and adds that she is glad that this project also served as an example of good practice for other students and motivated them to get involved in projects, develop their competencies and skills outside school.Photo: Vocational School VukovarThe project “Book a successful career” includes the production of a promotional video of hospitality and tourism professions in 2D and 3D with the use of VR glasses to emphasize the use of new technologies and the production of brochures and a promotional stand. The video will be made in the school, but also in locations where students conduct practical classes in order to get a clear insight into what students can expect in the Vocational School Vukovar and what competencies and skills they will be able to develop.”Equally, former students of the School who continued to build their careers in tourism and hospitality will be presented. Accompanied by teachers, students will visit some primary schools in the city of Vukovar and beyond and present their occupations to interested students. Elementary school students will be able to ask questions to students and thus get information about the program itself, conducting practical classes and the reasons for enrolling in these courses. The video will have a choice of languages: Croatian, English, German, French, Serbian and Cyrillic (since classes at the school are bilingual). Students will also participate in fairs in the city of Vukovar, where they will distribute brochures and provide information about their occupations. The stand would consist of three parts: “reception” (receptionist will provide information), “bar” (waiter will serve drinks) and “kitchen” (chef will present and share food products they made themselves – traditional dishes) ” Belec points out and adds that the ideas for the brochures will be devised by the students themselves, ie members of the student cooperative of the Vukovar Ister Vocational School.The video will be presented not only in primary schools but also in the Vocational School Vukovar to encourage students to continue their education in tourism and hospitality, and the project and promotion will be realized before enrolling primary school students in secondary schools.Record tourist season in Vukovar – Srijem County The potential for the development of continental tourism, including tourism in Slavonia, is certainly great, and from year to year the tourism indicators are getting better and better. This is also shown by the data for last year, when Vukovar-Srijem County achieved record tourist results.From the beginning of January to the end of December, there were 30,17 percent more arrivals and 36,23 percent more overnight stays in the Vukovar-Srijem County compared to 2016. Out of a total of 151.419 overnight stays, 118.589 were domestic – which is an increase of as much as 48,60 percent. , and foreign 32.830 or 4,75 percent more than in 2016. Most overnight stays – 70.621 (46,63 percent) were realized in Vukovar, followed by Vinkovci with 56.508 (37,31 percent), Germans with 8.906 (5,88 percent) , Ilok with 8.251 (5,44 percent) and Zupanja with 4.807 (3,17 percent). The largest number of overnight stays was realized from the German market, followed by tourists from Serbia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria, France, Turkey and Macedonia.Photo: Vocational School VukovarThe city of Vukovar, which lies on the two rivers Danube and Vuca and has always been a crossroads and a meeting place for different cultures, which is why, as well as because of its Vučedol culture, is especially interesting for tourists, says Benec, adding that students see tourism in their city. as well as Vukovar-Srijem County, which is certainly great news, and certainly the positive trend is partly due to the mentioned competition “Be innovative, tourism offers you a job” which gives new opportunities and added value to students. “Given the extremely rich history and great potential for development, our students are extremely optimistic about the future of tourism in Vukovar and believe that Vukovar has all the prerequisites to continue to develop in tourism, which is why they decided to study in tourism and hospitality and one day contribute to its development“Concludes Belec.The competition “Innovative be – tourism offers you a job”, along with the Job Days event held this year in Osijek, Zagreb and Split, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Labor and Pension System and the Croatian Employment Service, is one of the measures of the Ministry of Tourism catering and tourism occupations and tourism as an attractive sector that provides employment opportunities.last_img read more

The fourth International Congress on Rural Tourism on Brač has been announced

first_imgMore than 250 experts from 15 countries, scientists, tourism workers will gather from 9 to 13 May in Supetar at the largest conference on rural tourism in CroatiaPanels on international tourist cultural routes, the role of emigrants, returnees and national minorities in rural, and the role of LAGs and LAGURs in sustainable tourism, lectures, presentations, workshops, Sustainable Development Festival, exhibitions, Eco-ethno trade show, innovative dinner Brač specialties, are only part of the rich program of the Fourth International Congress on Rural Tourism “New Time – Time for Rural Tourism”.”Rural space covers 92 percent of Croatian territory, and rural tourism accounts for only two percent of the total tourist traffic. Professional gatherings like this Congress aim to increase that share and bring us closer to countries where it ranges between ten and twenty percent. With about 500 family farms that are additionally engaged in tourism, at least twice as many entrepreneurs in rural tourism and an innovative offer, we can equally stand by the side of the most developed countries. “, said Dijana Katica, President of the Croatian Association for Tourism and Rural Development “Selo Members Club”, at the presentation of the congress in the Zagreb restaurant Dva goluba.”We are extremely pleased that the Split-Dalmatia County is hosting the International Congress on Rural Tourism. This form of tourism is increasingly attractive to foreign and domestic guests. We ourselves are taking a number of measures and actions to encourage it, which is evident in the Imotski area, where rural tourism is the main driver of economic development. “, pointed out Joško Stella, director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board.In addition to the scientific and professional public, the congress is intended for tourist farms and entrepreneurs in rural tourism, LAGs, and LAGURs who will be introduced to the latest trends in the field of rural tourism at workshops and trainings. And according to these trends, guests are increasingly interested in the history, culture and tradition of the destination where they stay, they want to get involved in local life during the holidays. “For the city of Supetar and the island of Brac, this congress has a special significance. With it, an era of Supetar tourism ends and a new one begins. Namely, as of this spring, Supetar has a new conference center Waterman Forum in which this congress will be held, which has positioned us as a new destination for business meetings.”, Said Ivan Cvitanic, director of the Tourist Board of the city of Supetar.Rural space, household holidays, local gastronomy, active holidays in nature are of interest to socially and ecologically aware guests who expect the tourist offer to be in line with their beliefs. They come on holiday mainly outside the main tourist season, they are looking for an authentic experience, as a rule they have higher purchasing power and they come to the destination by their own car. Rural tourism is an increasingly sought-after form of offer with great tourist potential throughout the year, which generates new jobs, new facilities and economic development in rural areas, while creative and authentic offer is in focus.For more information on the International Congress on Rural Tourism on Brač, see HERElast_img read more

Vienna suspends cooperation with Airbnb

first_imgThe city of Vienna has announced the suspension of negotiations with Airbnb due to non-compliance with Austrian legislation.In Vienna, all renters of private accommodation for tourists, either directly or through online rental platforms, are required to pay a sojourn tax. For this purpose, renters must have a special account opened to which it is paid. The aim of the negotiations with Airbnb was to agree on the collection of fees directly from Airbnb and their forwarding to the City, writes Lider.mediaThe aim was to improve the control of the payment of sojourn taxes and to make it easier for renters to operate, so that in future data would be processed directly via the Internet from accommodation rental platforms. Airbnb rejected such a proposal, and the City decided to suspend negotiations due to non-compliance with Austrian legislation and the denial of the possibility of controlling earned sojourn taxes.”The city is not against the sharing economy. However, when a company does not respect Austrian law and is not ready to reach agreements on other issues, then we cannot successfully negotiate. ” said City Economy Councilor Peter Hanke.Villa Plama, Korcula / Photo: croatialuxuryrent.comIn addition to refusing to collect the sojourn tax, Airbnb also refused to provide the City with any information about its customers, such as whether a particular renter pays the sojourn tax. The termination of negotiations will not affect private renters who still have to comply with the legal obligation to open a special account for the payment of sojourn tax and send monthly statistical reports to the City.Following the termination of the negotiations, the City sent an official request to Airbnb to provide the requested user data within the legal deadline. In the event that Airbnb refuses to do so, the City will initiate administrative proceedings. Penalties for non-transmission data vary between 38 and 2100 euros per data.So far, the City of Vienna has reached agreements with 13 platforms for renting accommodation, and administrative proceedings have been initiated against five with which no agreement has been reached. In total, the City is in contact with 19 platforms, and is an example of good cooperation between city administrations and accommodation rental platforms. In addition, the City of Vienna is working to inform its own landlords who can find their rights and obligations on the City’s website.It is only a matter of time before other cities, ie states, wake up and seek cooperation according to the same model as in Vienna. It is simply a matter of regulating the payment of taxes in accordance with the law, which the landlords tried to avoid.This is by far the best example of how things should be regulated. Tax must be paid in each state, in accordance with the tax policy of each state. Thus, landlords must pay taxes in accordance with the Act, as well as all other entrepreneurs, who make money and sell their services or products. By direct cooperation with booking platforms, there is no blurring and everything is clear and transparent, so it is a win-win for everyone. The landlord who provides the accommodation service earns the booking platform its commission for connecting the buyer and the landlord and the state to which the tax was paid. In Croatia, this is regulated through the VAT ID number, and VAT is calculated only on the commission of booking pages.last_img read more