At the 8th session of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, the successful tourist year was summarized, the revised budget for 2016 was adopted, and the Work Program with the financial plan for 2017 was adopted, and members of the Assembly from the main tourism activities commented on overall tourism results and stressed the need for further systematic work on extending the season, praising the work of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board so far.At the beginning of the 8th regular assembly of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, the President of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Mayor Andro Vlahušić, congratulated everyone, and the special present members of the Assembly and the Tourist Council on the record tourist year, the title of Dubrovnik – champion of tourism, and more than a million arrivals and more than three million nights even twenty days earlier. Director Romana Vlašić reported on the reasons for the preparation of the supplementary budget, which was adopted due to the rearrangement of costs by items, although there was no violation of the legal framework for the preparation of the supplementary budget.Presenting the Work Program and Financial Plan for 2017, Romana Vlašić also spoke about the most important projects of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board for 2016. She pointed out the introduction of a new E-visitor system, the arrangement of the Lopud Tourist Information Center, and the launch of a new promotional video for the Dubrovnik Film Festival. festivals awarded as many as fifteen times. She also mentioned a very important international EU project “From the Herzegovinian trails to the Elaphite Islands” which refers to the arrangement of hiking and biking trails and which is carried out for the Dubrovnik Tourist Board by DURA. She especially pointed out the co-financing of the flight from Frankfurt, for which Croatia Airlines applied through a tender for financing promotional campaigns of the private and public sector to the CNTB Head Office and in which the Dubrovnik Tourist Board invested 3,5 million kuna, while Turkish Airlines continued to fly from Istanbul to Dubrovnik, without direct financial support. “Off-line and on-line campaigns are underway on the UK and German markets, while together with Turkish Airlines we are participating in the promotion of Dubrovnik through advertisements and special campaigns, and next week there will be a special presentation of Dubrovnik in Istanbul” Romana Vlasic pointed out.DUBROVNIK TOURISM 2016 from Readmore Films on Vimeo.By the way, the tourist traffic of Dubrovnik recorded a stable growth, from the beginning of 2016 to November 30, there were 994.384 arrivals or 12 percent more, and 3.435.848 overnight stays or 13 percent more. The first on the top list of visitors are still guests from the United Kingdom, followed by Germans, USA, France, Croatia, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Australia and Italy. Positive achievements are recorded in November and at the beginning of December, which is a guarantee that the tourist year 2016 will end as an absolute record for Dubrovnik tourism.Danijel Marušić from the Dubrovnik Travel Agency addressed the assembly, announcing a new project to present the Nissan Micra, the second world car launch in two years, and new sports and tourism projects that should be implemented in the coming years. Hoteliers Ayhan Basci, director of the Rixos Libertas hotel, Ivan Karlić from the Valamar Riviera hotel, and Vlado Lučić from the ALH group also spoke, commenting on the season as extremely successful, noting further engagement in creating a winter tourist product. On behalf of travel agencies, Stanko Ljubić spoke about the extremely high competition among agencies with more than 1.100 operating in Croatia, congratulating everyone who contributed to the success of the season. Tonči Bitanga, president of the Guild of Caterers, referring to tax reform and increasing the VAT rate, stressed that caterers will have to work harder to achieve earlier results, urging the mayor to negotiate a reduction in the amount of public space leases.
Dear Editor,I write to express grave concerns about the rights of citizens of our country. On Tuesday, May 9, I attended the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, accompanying my colleague Mohabir Anil Nandlall who is presently before the court.At the hearing, the special prosecutor hired by the Government said to the court that no statements were available since the investigation was incomplete and statements are yet to be taken in the matter. He assured the court that this exercise will be completed sometime on May 26 and requested May 29 for continuation of the matter. This is what I heard in court myself.A number of questions immediately came to mind and I would hope by way of this letter more informed Guyanese can enlighten me and other members of the public.If there are no statements and the file is incomplete, on what basis was Nandlall charged?If it is true that charges are to be based on evidence contained in statements on which the prosecution would rely by calling witnesses to testify at the appropriate time, am I wrong to conclude that the charge against Nandlall therefore has no basis in evidence?Why wasn’t the case dismissed immediately after this information became available to the court, Is this the way our citizens are treated every day in our courts and is this normal?If this charge is not evidence-based, would it be wrong to conclude that it was instituted capriciously or was driven by some other consideration?What role if any, the professional and independent offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Police legal advisor played in recommending the charge against Nandlall in the absence of statements in this matter.Would I be wrong to conclude like so many other Guyanese that in the face of the above unanswered questions that the charge against Nandlall has to do more with politics and political witch-hunting executed by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government?Editor, after leaving court I was able to access one of local dailies with the screaming headline, “Over 200 persons blacklisted from leaving Guyana – SOCU’’. As a citizen of Guyana I have acted to ensure that the fundamental and constitutional rights of Guyanese are upheld and not violated.I have since written to the public authority, namely the Chief Immigration Officer (the Police Commissioner) under the Access to Information Act of 2011 requesting the identity of these resident Guyanese who have been blacklisted.This trampling on the rights of citizens must be rejected in all forms. In the face of such travesty of justice, silence is not an option. Article 144 of the Constitution of Guyana guarantees that a man is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.I call upon all law enforcement and judicial authorities to uphold the Constitution and to resist political pressure and instructions in any form or fashion. Citizens should speak up and don’t wait for you to become the next victim. Let’s stop this madness now.The APNU/AFC Granger-led Administration through various ministers have made public statements about who would be charged and when, am I wrong to conclude that this was sending signals to the law enforcement and judicial arms of the State in very subtle forms?One of the first signs of authoritarianism is when the coercive arms of the State are used to silence, intimidate and ultimately eliminate political opponents’. We know what happened in the past, we must never allow this to happen again. Stop the abuse now.Sincerely,Bishop Juan Edghill,MP