Romana Lekić, Ph.D.: Communication is a basic prerequisite for tourism development

first_imgMobility and hospitality were two key concepts at the roots of many mythologies and today are the essence of tourism. Hospitality once meant the cessation of conflict or the root of hostility, and therefore myths are important for the way society will understand its existence in this world. We learn from myths that not hosting a stranger was a sin and that meant incurring the wrath of the gods. Hospitality in the true sense of the word allows the guest a certain degree of closeness to the host, the natural and cultural environment. The essence of tourism is that the visitor seeks social contacts that are honest and even intimate in an environment that is unusual and attractive. Tourists should be allowed to be more than an observer and to become real actors in their journey by establishing social contact with the local population. The exchange, because the tourist is also a transmitter of his spirit and culture, enables better mutual understanding. Communication is a basic prerequisite for tourism development It is important not to lose sight of the fact that human behavior and customs, as well as tourism and the need for rest, are typified in the myths of all civilizations. On this evolutionary path, sustainable tourism has the power of transformation, ie liberation, so that its main goal is to change tourists / travelers but also service providers, ie the local community from passive beings within the phenomenon of tourism – into subjects, into exchanges of tourist events. achieved true communication with tourists. When a member of one culture creates a symbol, message or information for another member of another, different cultures and their interaction and communication is actually intercultural communication. In contact with the “other” value systems are often destroyed, changed or supplemented, the individual’s horizons are broadened, stereotypes are erased and finally – persons or individuals change through intercultural communication, and this is the most important thing in intercultural communication, ie cognition. modifying and changing. In cultural contact in a tourist destination, it is important to distinguish between the local population and their culture; tourists and tourist culture (common to most tourists); residual culture (unique to each tourism market), tourism workers (who provide services to tourists and act as intermediaries between the host and guest population) and their managerial and business culture, etc.  Photo: Pexels.com / Illustration: HrTurizam.hr As the world becomes more connected, globalized and liberal, and culturally and anthropologically more developed – it survives only in diversity and pluralism, not in sameness and monism, so in this sense intercultural communication – in tourism and beyond – becomes necessary and necessary. for many individuals, or for an increasing number of people.  The development of tourism began in the 19th century and with its leisure philosophy it followed the technological development so that it became a market for several types of entertainment. In the name of happiness, the society of hyperconsumption is expanding, so tourism is becoming more massive, however, although it is produced and consumed, we are increasingly entering a crisis of materialistic culture of happiness where the gap between rich and poor deepens, closeness is lost and new technologies bringing people together becomes a means of alienation. Therefore, a situation occurs in which, by communicating interculturally, individuals respect each other and, by looking at each other, see themselves as they really are. This component of tourism is actually a sociological and anthropological category of self-knowledge. In tourism, communication can take place on several levels and in several dimensions. Through tourism and local culture, we send a message to the world with words, images and figures that stem from our history and point to the appeal of the space for all those creatives and curious people who strive for an authentic experience of original values. The emphasis is on originality and identity because they are written in our cellular memory and collective memory. Sending and receiving messages is reflected in the identity, attitudes and opinions of an individual who is original and unique. center_img Today, travelers are motivated by the desire to get to know a culture different from their own in a place that cannot be replaced by any other tourist destination – Dr. sc. Romana Lekić Intercultural communication as a form of communication that takes place in tourism, it represents communication between different cultures, more precisely between people who come from different countries and cities or cultures and make mutual contacts and interaction in a certain area. Such communication involves the interaction of people whose cultural perceptions and symbolic systems are different enough to change the act of communication. . At the very beginning, communication is needed to present the offer to a potential tourist and during the stay of tourists in the destination. Thus, communication has an important role in the development of tourism because it serves not only to communicate and transmit information but also to get to know the culture and create interpersonal relationships. Tourism mixes people and cultures, forms and forces unique to each individual local community, ie tourists, and a better understanding of these cultures will lead us to understand tourism as a factor of change in the community and beyond – tourism in this way gets transformative and healing power – dr. sc. Romana Lekić Author: dr. Sc. Romana Lekić, Assistant Dean for Tourism Studies at Edward Bernays College of Communication Management in Zagreb In 2010, the European Commission recognized tourism as a means of strengthening the cohesion of European citizens by encouraging contacts and exchanges between countries and people, regardless of differences in language, culture or tradition. The European Tourism Forum in 2013. suggests tourism as “A POWER FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, SOCIAL CHANGE AND WELL-BEING”.  The criteria of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) point out that for the practice of sustainable tourism it is important to meet the criteria of respect for local culture and tradition so that foreign visitors need to learn local behavior, language and culture, but also the local population learns about different expectations. Furthermore, as the UNWTO points out, we should strive for quality, not quantity, and that the success of tourism can be measured by the length of stay, consumption and quality of the tourist experience, and not just the number of visitors and the number of nights. Also, UNWTO emphasizes satisfaction, because a satisfied visitor when he returns home, will recommend an unforgettable destination to his relatives and friends, which allows further business of these destinations, therefore increasingly emphasizing the quality of tourist experience and experience based on authenticity and tradition. last_img read more

Buyer and renters hit slow-mo amid loan crackdown, unaffordability

first_imgAmong homes that found their mark was 71 Withington St, East Brisbane, sold for $607,500 by Jody Green of Place for seller Mervyn Cronin. Picture: Darren England.BUYERS and renters hit slow-mo in April amid the effects of a loan crackdown, housing unaffordability and oversupply in some places.Buyer demand slumped in April nationally (-4.3 per cent), led down by New South Wales (-7.8 per cent) and Queensland (-5.4 per cent), according to the latest REA Group Property Demand Index, out today.Brisbane suburbs that are best for your healthBardon house shortlisted for national awardWhere rental listings have grown over 30 per centREA Group chief economist, Nerida Conisbee, said affordability issues had hit Sydney hard while Queensland was still reeling from oversupply and slow job growth.She said the drop came “as cooling measures put forward by APRA and more expensive and restrictive lending by banks started to cut in. It’s likely that the Easter long weekend and ANZAC Day also had an impact”.“Demand is still well above the same time last year and higher than the previous peak in November 2016. In December 2016, demand also dropped slightly when the banks increased interest rates independently of the RBA however, buyers ploughed back into the market in January and by March we hit another peak in demand.Buyers in southern capitals have hit a slump amid rising unaffordability across Sydney and Melbourne. Picture: Jay Town“It’s impossible to predict if this will happen again and if buyers are purely reacting to the changes. Time will tell as we head into winter.”She expected price growth to begin to moderate in New South Wales though Ms Conisbee did not believe the country’s biggest property market had hit its peak yet.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:47Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMonthly Core Index : April00:47Queensland’s problem was vastly different to that of NSW though.“Queensland experienced the second highest drop in buyer demand in April after New South Wales, however demand is still higher than it was 12 months ago,” according to Ms Conisbee.“Rental markets are showing worsening conditions driven by high levels of supply but also relatively slow jobs growth. Rental demand is lower than it was 12 months ago.”The Gold Coast though was a brighter spot than Brisbane.“The situation in Brisbane is very different to on the Gold Coast. Gold Coast suburbs continue to see high levels of demand from buyers and renters due to lower levels of supply, the Commonwealth Games and other spending on infrastructure supporting jobs growth.”QLD BUYER DEMAND:All dwellings:-5.4 per cent April+3.2 per cent Year-on-yearHouses:More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago-5.9 per cent April+3.2 per cent YOYUnits:-4.9 per cent April+6.6 per cent YOYQLD RENTAL DEMAND:All dwellings: -3.7 per cent April-9.5 per cent YOYHouses:-3.8 per cent April-11.2 per cent YOYUnits:-3.4 per cent April-4 per cent YOY(Source: REA Group)last_img read more

Higher Revenues Boost Royal Caribbean’s Q2 Earnings

first_imgMiami-based cruise major Royal Caribbean Cruises closed the quarter ended June 30, 2019, with record second-quarter earnings.US GAAP net income for the quarter was USD 472.8 million, compared to USD 466.3 million posted in Q2 2018.In addition, adjusted net income stood at USD 532.7 million in the second quarter of 2019, against USD 482.2 million seen in the corresponding three-month period a year earlier.As explained, the improvement over last year was mainly driven by increased revenue from Royal Caribbean’s global brands. “We are elated to see our brands executing so effectively, keeping our business in an exceptionally strong position,” Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO, pointed out.The overall positive results were achieved despite the United States’ decision to ban cruise ships from docking in Cuba, preventing group tours and cruise ship stops to the island nation.“Better demand for onboard experiences as well as strong close-in demand for our core products fully offset the impact from the travel restrictions to Cuba which equated to 30 basis points for the quarter,” according to the company.Due to an increase in costs related to the travel restrictions to Cuba, current fuel pricing, as well as other factors, Royal Caribbean estimates 2019 adjusted EPS to be in the range of USD 9.55 to USD 9.65 per share.“The company’s booked position for the remainder of 2019 continues to set new records with all core products in line or ahead of the company’s previous expectations,” Jason T. Liberty, executive vice president and CFO, commented. “While it is too early to provide detailed color on 2020, we are delighted that bookings are already off to a very strong start.”Royal Caribbean Cruises controls and operates four brands including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea Cruises. It is also a 50% joint venture owner of the German brand TUI Cruises and a 49% shareholder in the Spanish brand Pullmantur Cruceros. Together, these brands operate a combined total of 63 ships with an additional 13 on order as of June 30, 2019.last_img read more

Bubak is best on opening night at RaceSaver Nationals

first_imgBy Greg Soukup Eighty-nine IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car teams from 14 states saw action on opening night at Eagle Raceway.  EAGLE, Neb. (Aug. 30) – His Friday night qualifying feature win earned Jake Bubak $700 and the pole start for Sunday’s RaceSaver Nationals main event. Jake Bubak earned opening night RaceSaver Nationals qualifying feature honors at Eagle Race­way. (Photo by Joe Orth) Bubak stretched his lead to six car lengths by lap 14 but he could not shake Martin completely. Martin managed to close on him in heavy lapped traffic as the race went the rest of the way cau­tion free but could not catch him.  Johnson led lap one of the qualifier with Bubak, Martin and Luke Cranston close behind.  “I knew that there were some really good drivers starting up there. Jason was our biggest worry,” Bu­bak said. “Once I got to the lead the car was really good. I could move around and go wher­ever I wanted to. I just picked the line that I felt most comfortable with and it worked out.” Cole Krichau was the Mach-1 Sport Compact winner.center_img Bubak came home first, Martin second, Johnson third and Cranston fourth. Cranston was disquali­fied in post-race tech for illegal fuel, moving Grossenbacher up to fourth.  Bubak took advantage of a lap two restart and snagged the lead while Martin passed Johnson the next time around. The track was lightning fast as the leaders jumped to the high side and began to pull away from the pack.  Chasing Bubak to the stripe and joining him in the first three rows of the main event grid were  Jason Martin, Kaleb Johnson, Trevor Grossenbacher, Anton Hernandez, Ethan Barrow, Jake Mar­tens, Andy Shouse and Justin Clark.  Feature Results RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Jake Bubak Arvada, Colo.; 2. Jason Martin Lincoln; 3. Kaleb John­son, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 4. Trevor Grossenbacher Bennet; 5. Anton Hernandez Arlington, Texas; 6. Ethan Barrow Bloomington, Ind.; 7. Jake Martens Fairview, Okla.; 8. Andy Shouse Oklahoma City, Okla.; 9. Justin Clark, Hamersville, Ohio; 10. Stuart Snyder Lincoln; 11. Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas’ 12. Dusty Ballenger, Harrisburg, S.D.; 13. Mike Boston Lincoln; 14. Ryan King Ben­net; 15. Claud Estes III, Godley, Texas; 16. Tyler Drueke, Eagle; 17. Adam Gullion, Lincoln; 18. Joey Danley, Lincoln; 19. Cody Ledger, Omaha. Sport Compacts – 1. Cole Krichau; 2. Brian Cronin; 3. Brad Gallagher; 4. Terry Tritt; 5. Shawn Hein; 6. Trenten Fugett; 7. Tim Horsham; 8. Dan Markham; 9. Kyle Owen; 10. Tyler Masek; 11. Michelle Nicholson; 12. Ray Harrington; 13. Drake Bohlmeyer; 14. R.J. Maas; 15. Steffen Oaks; 16. Bryce Walker.last_img read more

Wisconsin bench instrumental in Sunday win

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team walked away from the Kohl Center Sunday with a season-opening victory over nonconference foe Southeastern Louisiana, thanks in large part to plenty of help from the bench. Wisconsin (1-0) thumped Southeastern Louisiana (0-1) 87-47, and UW’s bench players pitched in 34 points and 15 rebounds.Lions head coach Jim Yarbrough said he liked the way Wisconsin’s bench approached the game and hopes his team can learn from it.“I was very impressed by how motivated their bench was,” Yarbrough said. “Every kid who came in for them was really motivated to play hard and that’s great commentary and great credit to [UW head] coach [Bo] Ryan. That’s the sort of thing that you try to establish at your own program when you’re building it up, try to get kids to play with that kind of motivation.”Wisconsin’s bench was led by senior forward Mike Bruesewitz, who made a surprisingly quick return to the floor after suffering a severe leg laceration that sidelined him for just more than a month during the preseason.“When you see your bone and a freak thing like that happens, a lot of stuff runs through your head,” Bruesewitz said. “I’m definitely recharged and refocused. I was really excited to come into the season before the injury and now it’s about 10 times more. I was really excited that I got cleared to play today. I was all smiles today and this morning and all through pregame, so I’m really excited to be back. That’s the only way to describe it.”Bruesewitz showed little rust in his first action of the season, as the senior finished the game perfect from field, hitting all three of his shots for 10 points while also collecting three rebounds.Ryan said he knows what Bruesewitz can do for the team and was pleased to have him on the court Sunday.“It’s Mike,” Ryan said of his senior’s strong performance. “Just to see a guy like that back with that kind of experience, it was so obvious in practice on Friday and Saturday what he gives us, so now to have that back, we are very thankful.”Yarbrough joked he was hoping Bruesewitz would not be able to play against Southeastern Louisiana, knowing how big a piece he is for Wisconsin’s team.“I was extremely disappointed to see [Bruesewitz] out there today,” Yarbrough said with a smile. “They have enough weapons without him. He’s so rugged and tough. He was terrific.”UW also saw contributions from several new faces. Freshman forward Sam Dekker took advantage of his 17 minutes on the floor, hitting two three-pointers and finishing the game with eight points and a rebound.The highly-touted freshman received the most game time among bench players, with sophomore guard Traevon Jackson close behind after logging 15 minutes of action. Despite making two of his three long range attempts, Ryan was not happy to see Dekker launching shots behind the three-point arc early in the shot clock.“Sam’s learning what I like and what I think is a good shot, just like everybody else has had to,” Ryan said. “It’s a little different.”Jackson contributed during his time on the court at guard, pitching in with four points, a rebound and an assist.After transferring from the Air Force and sitting out last season, redshirt junior forward Zach Bohannon – the brother of former UW basketball standout Jason Bohannon – made the most of his nine minutes Sunday, racking up five points and five rebounds and hitting all three of his shots on the night. Wisconsin’s bench shot just better than 57 percent from the field, compared to the team total of 52.5 percent, and did not miss a shot from the charity stripe.With more than half of UW’s bench players being underclassmen, Ryan said he is happy with the way the young players preformed but still sees room for improvement.“We’ll take what they give us on the defensive end, rebounding, points, screens,” Ryan said. “It’s about the whole process that matters to us. When we break the film down, I’m sure there are some things where they can improve.”last_img read more