CBS: Double-digit increase in tourist arrivals and overnight stays in October

first_imgIn October 2018, more than 963 thousand tourist arrivals and 2,8 million tourist nights were realized in commercial accommodation facilities. Compared to October 2017, there were 13,3% more arrivals and 12,4% more overnight stays.Domestic tourists realized 166 thousand arrivals and 344 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of arrivals by 15,7% and an increase of overnight stays by 13,7% compared to November 2017. Foreign tourists realized 798 thousand arrivals and 2,5 million overnight stays, which is an increase in arrivals by 12,8% and an increase in overnight stays by 12,2% compared to the same period last year.Most tourist nights from Germany and the United KingdomThe highest number of overnight stays by foreign tourists in October 2018 was realized by tourists from Germany, 697 thousand overnight stays (28,1% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists) and tourists from the United Kingdom, with 283 thousand overnight stays by tourists (11,4% of the total number of overnight stays). overnight stays of foreign tourists). Compared to October 2017, tourists from Germany increased their overnight stays by 16,3%, and tourists from the United Kingdom increased their overnight stays by 15,3%.This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from Austria (7,8%), Slovenia (4,7%), USA (4,6%) and France (3,5%).Source: CBSDubrovnik is the first in terms of the number of realized tourist nightsDubrovnik realized the highest number of tourist nights in October 2018, 362 thousand overnight stays, which is 12,8% of the total number of overnight stays. Compared to October 2017, there were 9,5% more arrivals and 7,0% more overnight stays in Dubrovnik.The highest number of overnight stays in Dubrovnik was realized by tourists from the United Kingdom, 92 thousand overnight stays, which is 26,2% of the total number of overnight stays by foreign tourists. This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from the USA (10,8%), Germany (9,2%) and France (5,6%).Most arrivals and overnight stays were realized in hotelsIn October 2018, the highest number of tourist nights was realized in hotels, 1,7 million overnight stays, which is 59,0% of the total number of overnight stays. Compared to October 2017, hotels recorded an increase in arrivals by 11,4% and an increase in overnight stays by 10,3%. In the group Hotels and similar accommodation available the most roomsIn October 2018, tourists had at their disposal 173 thousand rooms, apartments and camping places with a total of 427 thousand permanent beds.In the group Hotels and similar accommodation, there were a total of 69 thousand rooms and suites available to tourists (which is 39,7% of the total number of available rooms and suites) with a total of 140 thousand permanent beds (which is 32,8% of the total number of available permanent beds). ). The average occupancy of rooms was 54,6%, and permanent beds 47,8%.Source: CBSTourists aged 65 and over realized the most overnight staysIn October 2018, tourists in the age group of 65 and over realized the most overnight stays, 689 thousand overnight stays, which is 24,4% of the total number of overnight stays. They are followed by tourists in the age group of 55 to 64 years, 564 thousand overnight stays, which is 20,0% of the total overnight stays.In the first ten months an increase in tourist arrivals and overnight staysIn the first ten months of 2018, tourists realized 17,9 million arrivals and 88,1 million overnight stays in commercial accommodation facilities, which is an increase in arrivals by 6,8% and an increase in overnight stays by 3,8% compared to the same period in 2017.In the first ten months, domestic tourists realized 1,8 million arrivals and almost 6,0 million overnight stays, which is an increase in arrivals by 10,1% and an increase in overnight stays by 8,1% compared to the same period in 2017.Foreign tourists realized 16,2 million arrivals and 82,2 million overnight stays, which is an increase of 6,4% in arrivals and an increase of 3,5% of overnight stays compared to the same period last year. Most overnight stays of foreign tourists were realized by tourists from Germany (24,2%), Slovenia (8,7%), Austria (8,4%), Poland (7,3%), Czech Republic (6,2%) and Italy 6,0%).last_img read more

Betway opens second Concept Store in Ghana

first_imgBetway Ghana has opened its ultra-modern concept store at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.The Concept Store, which is located in the Nyantakyiwaa Plaza along the main Amakom Road, will provide players with a convenient and safe environment where they can visit to view matches and place bets daily.The leading online sports betting company which has been operating in Ghana since June 2016 aims at taking the Betway experience to a wider audience by adding the Kumasi Concept Store to its network of branches.The opening of the Concept Store in Kumasi brings the number of ultra-modern concept stores attending to customer queries in Ghana to two after the company opened the first store in Accra. Betway Ghana also operates a 24-hour customer-care line and on-site chat platforms to offer assistance to customers at all times.Country Manager (Operations), Magnus Rex Danquah Jnr told the opening ceremony, “We strive to be at the forefront to meet the needs of our customers.”Meanwhile Rex Danquah  Jnr says the company is set to organize a community soccer competition for the youth to unearth talents in Kumasi.  “ We will  be back once again this year to organize the community soccer for the youth at the David Accam Park. It is a six a side game where we provide cash for deserving winners.””This year as well we have something on the world cup that will excite Kumasi people and also continue with the talent search which we did with Stephen Appiah and host of renowned football coaches,” he said.Betway intends to expand the talent search from four regions to six across the country this year with an objective of identifying soccer talents from the youth level for the country.last_img read more

Alexander: Kobe’s death a gut punch to L.A. fans

first_imgMy personal interaction began before all of that, with a phone call to the house.Bryant, who had just turned 18 and was still a month away from his first NBA training camp, fractured his wrist in a pick-up game at Venice Beach in early September of 1996. When he returned a phone call for a story about that injury and the fact he would miss the start of training camp, our daughter – 19 at the time – picked up the phone. She still marvels at the idea she talked to Kobe Bryant before he was somebody.What he said in that subsequent conversation probably was a glimpse of what we were going to get for the next two decades: “It happened, and now it’s time to move on. I’m still working out, still keeping myself in shape. I’m just minus a left wrist right now.”He was supremely confident from the beginning. Sometimes it backfired, as in the case of that series-deciding game in Utah. He took the last shot in regulation and missed. Then, with the Lakers down three at the end of overtime, Bryant attempted two deep 3-pointers from the left wing, missed both, and after the Lakers had lost and been eliminated said this:“If we play this game again, I want the ball again. Tonight I just didn’t come through, but there will be plenty more chances down the line.”The Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant share a laugh during the final minutes of the the Lakers’ 117-103 victory over the New York Knick at the Staples Center Sunday March 10, 2002. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)There were. Bryant’s confidence never wavered, and neither did his discipline or work ethic, combined with a drive to be great. Thus, the three-peat of 2000-01-02 with Shaq. Or the 81-point game against Toronto in January, 2006. Or, in another way, the days in the summer of 2007 when, distraught that the Lakers weren’t making enough moves to return to championship level, he asked for a trade and declared that he’d just as soon play on Pluto.That worked, too. The Lakers didn’t dare trade him, but eventually, they acquired Pau Gasol as his wingman and won championships in 2009 against Orlando and 2010 against the Celtics. That last title gave us the iconic image of Bryant, standing on the Staples Center scorer’s table, the game ball in his left hand as the confetti fell and the fans rejoiced.“Nobody works harder,” Lakers trainer Gary Vitti told us in 2008, the day Bryant received his only league MVP trophy. “Nobody’s tougher. Nobody’s more talented, and nobody’s more competitive. When you’ve got those four things, if you can’t win an MVP, something’s wrong.”That might have had something to do with his occasional friction with certain teammates. He couldn’t understand why they didn’t work as hard as he did. And when Bryant ripped his Achilles tendon in April of 2013 against the Warriors and still dragged himself to the line to take his two free throws before going to the locker room … that, too, was iconic Kobe.All of those memories will be revisited in the days to come. The Lakers are next scheduled to play Tuesday at home against the Clippers. Imagine what that will be like.PreviousFans mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands of fans mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands of fans mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsFan gather around make shift memorials as they mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands of Kobe Bryant fans converge outside Staples Center to honor the former Lakers player who died Sunday, January 26, 2020 in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif. He was 41. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)Fans mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Fans mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Make shift memorials as fans mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant with make shift memorials in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands of fans mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant with make shift memorials in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands of fans mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant with make shift memorials in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Fans bring flowers as they mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant with make shift memorials in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Fans mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Make shift memorials as fans mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant with make shift memorials in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands of fans mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant with make shift memorials in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Pete Reyna of Paramourn carries a giant picture of Kobe Bryant in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers as fans mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Fans mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant with make shift memorials in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Fans mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands of fans mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 16Thousands of fans mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant in front of La Live across from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and 8 others died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Expand AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt’s because we watched Bryant come in as an 18-year-old prodigy, evolve into a 25-year-old star – immensely talented and just as immensely headstrong – and then into the mid-30s veteran with his intense competitive thirst, and finally into the elder statesman gracious enough and respectful enough to welcome LeBron James into the Lakers’ fold, even when large portions of the team’s fan base resisted embracing James because they felt it downgraded Kobe. Related linksStaples Center, Kobe Bryant’s ‘house,’ becomes a place of mourningKobe Bryant, one of the greatest Lakers ever, dies at 41Map: Kobe Bryant helicopter route from takeoff to deadly crashKobe Bryant and 13-year-old daughter Gianna among 9 killed in helicopter crash in CalabasasLeBron James passes Kobe Bryant for 3rd place on NBA’s career scoring list The news was a gut punch Sunday morning. Kobe Bryant, gone?No. It can’t be.But it was. The helicopter crash that killed nine including Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, en route to her basketball game Sunday morning was grieved nationally, and internationally, at all levels of basketball.It will be felt most intensely in Los Angeles. It already is. People felt they had to go to Staples Center and to L.A. Live Sunday afternoon, to grieve and to share their emotions.center_img It’s a cruel, cruel coincidence that Bryant was back in the news the past few days, as James prepared to pass Bryant as the No. 3 scorer in NBA history. Saturday night, when James surpassed Bryant’s 33,643 career points in the Lakers’ loss in Philadelphia, he reminisced about Bryant – about seeking him out when James the high school superstar considered following Bryant’s direct path to the pros, and about later playing alongside Bryant on U.S. Olympic teams. The timing was haunting.Bryant’s legacy was complicated. The events of 2003 in Eagle, Colo., color some people’s memories of Bryant. Others remember him primarily for that competitive stubbornness that made his early-2000s partnership with Shaquille O’Neal such a devastating combination but also made it ultimately impossible to sustain.But in L.A. he was beloved, unconditionally, largely because he was a Laker for life.Laker fans endured the growing pains – the airballs in overtime at Utah in the 1997 playoffs, the friction with then-coach Del Harris those first couple of years over whether he was ready to start, and the disagreements about whose ball it was, his or Shaq’s. And they celebrated the triumphs: Five championships, an MVP award, two Finals MVPs, two scoring titles. Even an Academy Award, for crying out loud, in a post-basketball career producing kids’ stories and becoming a passionate advocate for girls’ and women’s basketball. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Rocket Mortgage Classic picks, sleepers, betting advice

first_imgWe’ve hit the part of the PGA Tour season where we see some pretty weak fields. This week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic certainly qualifies under the ‘weak field’ distinction, which means we’ll have to take some chances with our betting picks. The Detroit Golf Club, which is a classic Donald Ross design, is also at a new course that we haven’t seen before, further adding to our handicapping difficulty. I already mentioned how weak the field is, but there will be a few top-end players taking the trip up to Detroit, as Dustin Johnson, Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler, Brandt Snedeker, and Hideki Matsuyama are the headliners. This is a week where we aren’t going to be getting a discount on any of the top players in the betting markets, so frugal bettors will likely need to either pick one of the players at the very top and sprinkle the rest of their card with longshots or try and load up on some of the players in the 30/1-50/1 range whose odds are shorter than they typically are in events with stronger fields. Interested in sports betting? Tell us what YOU want from a mobile sportsbookDetroit Golf Club is a moderate length, 7,350-yard, Par-72 layout that features tree-lined fairways and plenty of holes that gently dogleg in both directions. It’s hard to tell what type of player that Detroit Golf Club will favor, but I see some similarities between DGC and courses like East Lake (Tour Championship), Chapultepec (WGC-Mexico), and Aronimink Golf Club. Total driving is likely to be crucial given both the length of the course and the tight nature of the fairways. If players are able to drive the ball well, then I believe that they will have a great chance to score well at DGC, as most of the green complexes appear to be fairly straightforward. MORE ROTOQL: Lineup Builder | Rocket Mortgage DFS adviceBefore we get into the Rocket Mortgage Classic picks, we always like to remind you that plenty of strategy goes into cashing winning DFS lineups and winning betting tickets. By now you should know the best place to start is RotoQL’s DFS tools and the BetQL Mobile App. Our easy-to-use  RotoQL PGA Lineup Optimizer gives you a big advantage when you’re putting together DFS lineups, and our BetQL Trending Picks and Public Betting  tools provide a massive edge when you’re making bets, regardless of bankroll size.I’m always ready to help, too, so check me out on Twitter (@DFSBenj) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy content and gambling advice.Key Stats for Detroit Golf ClubPar 5 Scoring Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee Birdie or Better Percentage Poa PuttingRocket Mortgage Classic betting adviceOutright Bets to Consider*odds via DraftKings SportsbookDustin Johnson 5.5/1 I hate betting on mega favorites, but this week I’m making an exception. Johnson is by far the class of this event, and I’m going to pull the trigger on him at 5.5/1 simply because I think he can blitz this field. DJ had a nice ball-striking week at the U.S. Open but struggled badly on the greens, and I think he’ll benefit from an easier layout with slower greens this week. Detroit Golf Club looks like a course that will place an emphasis on off-the-tee and Par-5 scoring, two things that Johnson does as well as anyone in the world. I’m going to take my chances with a big bet on DJ and then sprinkle the rest of my exposure on some long bombs with upside. Joaquin Niemann 70/1 Niemann was off to such a great start to his PGA career last season, but until recently has been struggling for form in 2019. He has started to improve as the weather has started to heat up, and he capped off a great week at the Travelers Championship with a T5 finish — his best of the season. This week, Niemann’s tee-to-green game sets up well for a driver-heavy course like Detroit Golf Club, and this seems like the perfect type of field where he could grab his first PGA Tour victory. I was hoping to get Niemann closer to 90/1, but I can stomach his 70/1 odds considering how weak the middle of this field is.Luke List 90/1  I never bet List. I never play List in DFS. But all good things must come to an end, and I’ll finally be looking at List at 90/1 this week. List is a bomber who should feast on these Par 5s, and I’m praying that this is a week where his putter decides to show up. List is very much a boom-or-bust player, so I’m not particularly worried that he missed his past two cuts. His last two top-10 finishes this season came after a missed cut and a T65 finish. Danny Lee 150/1 Lee is a player who I like to bet on in these types of weak-field events, as he has a “if you’re not first, you’re last” type of mentality. We only get paid in these outright bets if our bets win the whole tournament, so I could care less if he finishes T140 and misses the cut by eight shots if he isn’t winning. There isn’t a whole lot to like in the 150/1-and-over range this week, so we’re going to go with a player who has flashed winning upside a few times in his career.last_img read more

Washougal man injured in rollover accident on I205

first_imgA 54-year old Washougal man was taken to a local hospital after his sport utility vehicle rolled over on Interstate 205 near the Burton Road underpass on Monday.Richard Richardson was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with neck and shoulder pain, a state patrol release said.Richardson was listed in satisfactory condition Monday afternoon, hospital spokesman Ken Cole said.Richardson was driving south in the center lane of I-205 around 12:34 p.m. He started moving into the right lane when a tractor-trailer rig in front of him made the same lane change. When Richardson swerved to avoid the collision, the vehicle went off the roadway, rolled over and came to a rest on its top, state patrol said.The crash was caused by an unsafe lane change, according to the state patrol. No citations were issued.last_img read more