The combination of public and private is the best thing that could have happened to Zagreb

first_imgIn the first half of the year, there was an increase in arrivals and overnight stays in almost all tourist destinations in Croatia, but the fact that Zagreb has once again confirmed that its tourist success in the last few years is not accidental is certainly gratifying.Thus, according to the Zagreb Tourist Board, from January to June in the Croatian capital there were 582.619 arrivals and 1.070.080 overnight stays, which is an increase of 9% in arrivals and 11% in overnight stays, compared to the same period last year. In the first six months, most overnight stays were made by guests from the USA, followed by guests from Germany, Italy, South Korea and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Guests from South Korea, the USA, Germany, Italy and China are in the first five places.The story of Advent in Zagreb has been told many times, but perhaps we can just repeat that last year more than 500 million kuna of tourist spending was generated through Advent. Smart enough and quite clear how investing in manifestations is an investment, not a cost. Only quality content can attract visitors, and thus generates consumption as well as earnings for caterers and other exhibitors, and thus we create a complete tourist product.The fact is that Zagreb, despite being “half empty” due to the summer season and vacations, is full of life and how it filled that hole with foreign tourists as well as better activation of the local population, and the main culprit is diverse and quality content.And it is just such, new and quality content, starting with its first steps in Zagreb.Namely, it is a project AROUND, which is dedicated to the artistic research of Zagreb in which small interventions, from 7 to 22 July, will revive a number of public urban spaces and turn them into places where art spontaneously touches everyday life.By combining various media and art forms, with the idea of ​​revitalization and activation of public urban spaces, “Okolo” wants to encourage the interaction of the city and passers-by, artistic exploration of the city, as well as witty and critical reflection on space. As part of this year’s introductory edition of the “Around” project, well-known French street art artists Oak Oak and Levalet, who will innovate more than ten different city locations, will “talk” to the city and passers-by with their works and several Croatian participants.Thus, over twenty locations in the center of Zagreb will be like “carte blanche”, handed over to artists who will raise the content value of selected urban spaces with interesting solutions and to draw attention to their beauty and uniqueness, revealing the potential of the neglected and “empty”, as well as a new dimension of functional spaces, simultaneously connecting and mapping them as places worth stopping and pondering.Photo: Project AROUNDEating one of these great events is definitely a great unique cultural event – Sea of ​​books on Zrinjevac, organized by Lumen Publishing. Thus, from June 29 to July 6, Zrinjevac turned into a beach full of books that you can browse or read for free. On 240 square meters of “beach” on Zrinjevac can be placed in comfortable loungers under umbrellas and with pleasant music and natural shade immerse yourself in – a book.The merger of the public and private sectors took place in Zagreb and we got an ideal mix of diverse and quality content. The private sector woke up in Zagreb, ie it saw its interest – and that is earnings. So we have witnessed in the last few years a boom of various new restaurants, accommodation facilities, offers and facilities. So, regardless of the activities of the Zagreb Tourist Board, at the same time visitors and citizens have at their disposal dozens of different content throughout the city. The combination of private and public is the best thing that could have happened to Zagreb. Both large and medium and small manifestations, stories and contents, because they give the rhythm and soul to the city.A list of all events in Zagreb is available at: http://www.infozagreb.hr/dogadanja#sve. Study it, share it and promote it to your guests, both current and future, because the motive of the destination is not accommodation, but content.last_img read more

Savings to be had in a post stamp-duty world

first_imgto 6 per cent of people who purchase a property in any given year.“The significant cost of moving home imposed by stamp duty has far reaching, and in certain cases, long-term impacts,” he said. “It impedes the mobility of our labour force, is passed on to tenants from landlords through higher asking rent prices, and presents a particular burden for families, retirees, low-income earners and the unemployed, who need to upgrade or downgrade housing as their life circumstances change.“While revenue from stamp duty is significant and pays for things such as roads and hospitals, it is an unreliable revenue stream and has proved to be quite volatile following the ups and downs of the property market.” Surfers Paradise on the Gold coast has been identified as one of the areas in which buyers would save the most on stamp duty.Should the duty be abolished it will be those buying properties at the higher end of the market that stand to save the most. In Queensland those buying in Brisbane’s Teneriffe, where the median house price is $1.975 million, the saving in stamp duty would amount to $86,913, according to REA research. In Sunshine Beach, where the average home costs $1.755 million, the saving is $74,263, while in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, someone buying a home for $1.731 million could save $72,897 in tax.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoMermaid Beach, also on the Gold Coast, and Chandler in Brisbane offer the next biggest savings based on median house prices. For apartments the areas where buyers stand to save the most are Noosa Heads and Sunshine Beach on the Sunshine Coast, Main Beach and Bilinga on the Gold Coast, and Bardon in Brisbane. REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella believes stamp duty tax needs reforming.Antonia Mercorella, the chief executive of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, said she was calling for immediate reform of the “antiquated tax”.She said that state governments had become addicted to it as an important revenue stream, with up to 25 per cent of the state’s income raised through stamp duty.“While we recognise it will mean a loss of that revenue, we need to consider the flow-on effects. When a family buys a house, it doesn’t just stop there, there is a flow-on effect to the local economy. They employ a renovator, they use the local shops,” Ms Mercorella said. “There are still financial benefits to be had and reforming stamp duty is by far the most significant way in which we can boost the property market.” Slam dunk for home with its own basketball court The amount you are required to pay varies from state to state and also depends on the type of property you buy, for example, if it will be your primary residence or an investment property; whether you are a first-home buyer; whether you’re purchasing a second-hand home, new-build or block of land; or whether you’re classified as a foreign buyer. Cameron Kusher, executive manager of REA Group, says stamp duty tax is inefficient and inequitable.Either way, the tax is revenue for the government’s coffers and many industry experts believe it is stifling the market’s ability to prosper.For instance, the average stamp duty paid on a house in Brisbane at the median property price of $543,000 is $10,285. For apartments, the figure is $4,900 on a property at the median price of $390,000.Not an insignificant amount, according to Cameron Kusher, executive manager of REA Group, who described stamp duty as an inefficient and inequitable tax that fell on the shoulders of 4 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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USC begins preparation for top-20 battle

first_imgThe Trojans stayed at the top of the Pac-12 South standings behind redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler’s record-breaking seven-touchdown pass performance at the Coliseum on Saturday.Dixon it up · Freshman tight end Bryce Dixon had a breakout game against Colorado on Saturday, catching two touchdown passes. Dixon previously had one score this year, in the season’s first game against Fresno State. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanWith Kessler setting a new school record for passing touchdowns in a single game, breaking the previous mark of six set four times by Matt Barkley, USC (5-2, 4-1 Pac-12) took care of business against unranked Colorado (2-5, 0-4) with a 56-28 win. The victory moved USC up two spots to No. 20 on this week’s AP Poll.Though the Trojans were 20-point favorites against the Buffaloes, head coach Steve Sarkisian was pleased with his team’s performance.“We were good in the second half,” Sarkisian said. “But I think we can do better.”Staying Healthy Another benefit of the big win was that Sarkisian was able to give some of the veteran players on the team some rest in the second half, leaving the younger players more playing time to develop their skills against a Pac-12 opponent.Junior defensive end Leonard Williams, who has been the subject of injury troubles that resulted in him missing the majority of practice last week, took 54 reps in Saturday’s game, compared to the 94 he played the week before against Arizona.Sarkisian was happy that freshman wide receiver JuJu Smith got some special teams experience, taking the second-most snaps on the team in that unit. Smith caught four passes for 104 total yards and a touchdown against the Buffs.“JuJu [Smith] brings a great attitude and mentality every day to practice,” Sarkisian said. “It showed on Saturday.”As for injuries, Sarkisian said that senior safety Gerald Bowman is healthy to play against Utah, and that freshman cornerback/wide receiver Adoree’ Jackson will manage the hip flexor injury that he suffered against Arizona throughout the week.LenDale White Scuffle Following Saturday’s game, news surfaced that Athletic Director Pat Haden allegedly had former USC running back LenDale White escorted out of the Coliseum.After the incident, 29-year-old White took action on Twitter, where he called Haden a coward, in addition to asking for his job.Sarkisian said that he had spoken to Haden but not White about the incident, and Haden gave him an abbreviated account of what happened.“They had a discussion on the field and then went their separate ways,” Sarkisian said.Preparing for Utah The Trojans will now spend the week preparing for No. 19 Utah in a game with important implications for the Pac-12 South standings and the national rankings.The Utes (5-1, 2-1) come into the game with some momentum. Utah defeated Oregon State in Corvallis, Oregon on Thursday night by a score of 29-23.In addition to having the extra time for rest and preparation, Utah will host the Trojans in a late-night, potentially cold-weather game, conditions that USC players are not accustomed to.Utah does have a controversy at the quarterback position looming, however, as head coach Kyle Whittingham has gone back and forth between starter Travis Wilson and backup Kendal Thompson in the past three games.It remains unclear which one of them will be tapped to take the reins of the offense against the Trojans on Saturday night.USC’s tilt with the Utes will kick off at 7 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.last_img read more