Prima Grupa, the largest Croatian furniture manufacturer, has equipped two Bluesun hotels with its highest quality furniture – SENDTIDO Bluesun Berulia in Brela with 4 stars and the TUI BLUE Jadran hotel in Tučepi with 5 stars. According to the wishes and needs of the client, more than 700 top-quality bearings have been produced in Prima’s plants. Thus, these two hotels of the highest category, by choosing smart solutions, provided their guests with superior sleeping comfort.Certainly a big compliment to the Blue Sun Group who recognized and became aware of the importance of encouraging local production. Let’s not be fooled and be sure that BlueSun, like everyone else in the premium segment, had high standards and expectations in accordance with the 5-star categorization, which were obviously successfully met. So, it is possible, in fact, that the quality as well as the design of our products certainly do not give up by the competition. Regardless of the “local patriotism” of the Sunce owner, he certainly saw the ratio of quality, performance and price because in the end it is a business process that must meet high standards in order to continue to achieve high accommodation prices.Due to their durability and longevity, mattresses produced in Prima are a quality and long-term choice for furnishing hotels and apartments. Primini box bed systems are created for top comfort, and in combination with durable mattresses they guarantee comfort, quality sleep and body regeneration, which is extremely important for guests when talking about health tourism and accommodation of higher categories. With these features, as well as the affordable price, they were guided in Bluesun hotels and stand out from Prima Gurpa. “The hotel decoration project requires a careful selection of furniture made of top quality materials, durable and long-lasting, and yet functional and visually attractive. Increasingly demanding guests expect a complete experience and want to feel relaxed and comfortable, like in their own home. That is why we are extremely proud that Prima furniture is recognized as an ideal solution to meet the needs of Bluesun hotel guests. “, Pointed out Renato Radić, director of Prima Group.Source: SENDTIDO Bluesun BrelaBy the way, Prima Group is the largest manufacturer and retail chain of furniture in Croatia and the region. It has 8 own production plants and an extensive retail network of as many as 63 showrooms, of which 55 in Croatia and 8 in Macedonia. It employs more than 1500 staff. Prima’s furniture has been recognized for its quality by customers in the demanding Western European market, so today Prima’s products enrich homes in Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, France, Austria, Italy and other countries. “Although we are recognized on the market as manufacturers of furniture, I also produce mattresses and we are proud that we have set high standards and that this is a Croatian product and production. It is extremely important to us that we cooperated with the travel company Blue Sun, ie on the arrangement of two of their hotels, since we did some finishing touches according to their requirements in accordance with the high categorization, which we successfully fulfilled to the mutual satisfaction. We are actively present in the tourist segment and we have a wide offer for hotels, apartments, villas and houses, ie the entire tourist program. ”Point out from Prima Group.Buy and use Croatian products, from agriculture to furniture, because the quality and design do not lag behind foreign furniture, in fact, they offer a better ratio of quality and price. But most importantly, by buying Croatian products you encourage the development of the local economy, and thus the retention of the local population in Croatia. The greatest power of tourism is precisely that it is not one industry, but connects various industries vertically and horizontally, and it is imperative for the tourism sector to maximally encourage and use local resources. Precisely for the reason that tourism spending is dispersed to as many local industries and participants as possible so that everyone can make a living from tourism, not just one because it is not self-sustaining.Unfortunately, our tourism closes figuratively in one “resort”, we encourage imports and foreign products, and yet we do not appreciate our quality, production, products and people. Which is insane and counterproductive, and ultimately not economically viable. That is why young people emigrate even from cities that live directly from tourism on the Adriatic, because simply three months of tourism as well as less involvement of the local population (except as cheap labor, and interestingly we are talking about tourism which is a highly profitable sector) enough to survive the whole year as well as for a quality standard of living.So make the most of local resources, from furniture, agriculture, souvenirs as well as the whole range of products and services involved in the tourism industry. Due to the “couple of kuna” difference in price, because foreign products have a lower price due to the large amount of production, you encourage foreign companies and foreign markets, while domestic ones are failing. Of course, I am not against foreign companies or foreign products as well as healthy competition, but we should certainly encourage and take care of domestic production, as do all other countries that care about their economies, from Germany, Austria to Slovenia.Source: TUI BLUE Jadran, TucepiAnd there is a big difference between domestic and foreign owners of the hotel industry. Of course, I emphasize again that I am not against foreign investments or anything like that, in fact, but foreign hotel chains are managed through excel spreadsheets, which do not know the emotions, long-term, the importance of the local economy. To trivialize, one kuna invested in the satisfaction of the guest, tomorrow brings five if the guest comes back again and recommends your accommodation to their loved ones. Kuna may keep someone in Bjelovar or Slavonia more tomorrow, so he doesn’t go to Ireland or Germany to look for his place under the sun. And accordingly, maybe then there would not be so many problems with the workforce, which will only show in the coming years, because the family would stay in Croatia. Interesting how the circle turns and how everything is connected, right? The whole system is unsustainable if local resources are not used and if tourist spending is not dispersed to as many local entrepreneurs as possible.I am free to draw a parallel as we close in on one resort.We have examples of how tourism has developed in Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Spain and it is quite clear that closing in one resort is unsustainable, while on the other hand we must look to Bavaria, Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland who make maximum use of local resources and live in In the first sense, tourism, in fact, live it all year round. Domestic production and products are high quality and competitive, they may not be as branded as foreign ones, but they are certainly on the same or even higher level in terms of quality. The combination of blue and green Croatia is possible, as well as the placement of Croatian products through the tourism sector. Indeed, for all the above reasons, it should be imperative.An excellent example is the Jadranka Group from Mali Lošinj, which cooperates with over 60 domestic family farms throughout Croatia – from the islands of Cres and Lošinj, Istria and Kvarner, Međimurje, Slavonia and Baranja. “For us, this form of cooperation is important because, in addition to providing our guests with quality and home-made food, on the other hand we help the local economy. Due to the recognizable connection of green and blue Croatia within its entire offer, the Jadranka Group is today the largest purchaser of products of domestic family farms. ” Goran Filipović, a member of the Management Board of Jadranka Group, points out. A statement in which everything is said and the whole paradigm of the union of blue and green Croatia. Yes it is possible, and Jadranka Grupa is, at least as far as I know, the only real example that rounded off the whole story and connected blue and green CroatiaStart from yourself and encourage the local economy, because maybe your son or daughter will have to move outside Croatia tomorrow because there will not be enough work and business activities in your city. It’s interesting how that circle turns and how everything is connected, right?Unfortunately after a couple of attempts I was not able to get a statement from the BlueSun Hotel either, but they certainly deserve praise for this great collaboration and for boosting the local economy. You buy domestic and Croatian products. It’s all up to the people, start from yourself and don’t forget it’s all up to you.PS This is not a paid PR article, but a positive example of excellent cooperation and synergy of tourism with domestic production and products #kupujmohrvatsko
Frankie Mercado might not have ever considered the power of a bobblehead – until he saw one crafted in his own image nodding positively in his direction.The preschool teacher from Silver Lake goes by the alter ego of “Hiccups The Clown,” a self-proclaimed Dodgers’ super fan whose team-inspired blue-and-white jersey, cap, shorts and oversized shoes have expanded from entertaining at kids’ parties to becoming fixture in the stands at Dodger Stadium.With National Bobblehead Day upon us Sunday – was that on your 2018 calendar? – the Milwaukee-based National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum decided to honor Hiccups with a limited-edition bobble. Proceeds go toward two causes that bring him joy.One is the Hiccups Pizza Project, a once-a-month grass roots effort he started with volunteers several years ago to feed the hungry on Skid Row in downtown L.A. The other is the PADRES Contra El Cancer/Parents Against Cancer non-profit. Mercado is an ambassador for the program and helps childhood cancer patients and their families, particularly in the Latino community.“This has been an awesome journey,” Mercado said, who works at the Camelot Kids Preschool in Silver Lake. “When the bobblehead was first offered to me, my first response was: I have no money to pay for it. But when they told me they wanted to do it, as a fundraiser …. when I first saw it, I thought it was amazing.”The Hiccups The Clown bobblehead with angel wings will be limited to 500 for sale.This is actually the second edition of a National Bobblehead Hall and Museum bobblehead in Hiccups’ honor. The first, in 2015, sold out quickly and has since become a collectible. Mercado himself bought up a batch to give free to the kids with cancer who he often visited. The sales of that raised $2,000 for PADRES.The new edition has added a pair of angels wings, in honor of a global arts awareness project started in L.A. in 2012 by Collette Miller. During one Skid Row visit, Mercado noticed a pair of Miller’s wings painted on the side of a building near their project on Gladys and 6th streets. He handed his phone to one of the Skid Row residents nearby to take his photo standing in front of the wings, gaining his trust and starting another new relationship.That photo became the framework for this bobblehead, with Miller’s endorsement. Again limited to 500 bobbles produced, the goal this year is to raise $3,000 to apply toward Mercado’s projects. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Phil Sklar, co-founder and CEO of the Bobblehead Hall of Fame, explained that he and partner Brad Novak began several years ago creating a “Super Fan” line of bobbleheads to pay tribute to those whose characters become a part of the sports they love. Sklar said he had not heard of Mercado and his mission until another collector, Pedro Avalos, suggested it.“As soon as I Googled Hiccups and watched a video, I knew he needed a bobblehead,” said Sklar. “The work he has done on behalf of others through the Hiccups Pizza Project and other community involvement efforts, combined with his passion for the Dodgers, made it a no-brainer.”Mercado explained how his work on Skid Row was actually inspired by a Dodgers promotion – a Sunday game-day sale of the famous Dodger Dogs for just $1. Mercado decided to buy up 20 as he was leaving the game, but not for himself. He drove straight to Skid Row and handed them to a man in a wheelchair wearing a Dodgers cap.“All of the sudden, people were running across the street to see what was going on – but we didn’t have any more Dodger Dogs,” Mercado said. “The people were saying, ‘That’s all right, we wanted to see you and say hi.’”The next $1 Dodger Dog promotion, Mercado organized a plan on Facebook to have other Dodgers fans buy up the hot dogs, meet him outside the left field pavilion and would deliver them together to Skid Row. About 50 dogs were donated this time.“Those kind of moments break my heart into pieces, but it really brought some happiness. I went home and wrote up a plan on how we could do more. Things just fell into place.”The second bobblehead has other distinct meaningful additions.The number 98 on Mercado’s bobblehead was intended to honor the age of his grandmother, who he has been taking care of at his home – but she has since reached the age of 103.In his Hiccups persona, he has also been working at Children’s Hospital in L.A. The yellow ribbon on his bobblehead cap reflects his acknowledgement of cancer patients. On the back of the cap is “I Am Hope,” the website of the PADRES organization.Hiccups is also holding a pizza box, with a stick on the top lid recognizing the Hiccups Pizza Project. A copy of the original photo of him with the angel wings is also on the base of the bobblehead.“I am blessed in every aspect,” said Mercado, who only reveals his age to be “in my 40s.” “The Pizza Project has been a win-win situation now. We get as many as 70 volunteers each month who don’t miss a Sunday – nurses, doctors, single parents, cancer survivors, veterans … even those who were previously homeless. We serve with integrity. We learn that if we treat people the way we all should be treated, it would be a better world.“I like to think through all this, we’re helping kids live on hope, and we helping humans feel they’re less hopeless.”The Hiccups The Clown second edition bobblehead is available for $25 at store.bobbleheadhall.com with $6 of every sale going toward Mercado’s projects.
When it comes to club basketball in Sarajevo, it looks like only the Youth basketball club Spars is going somewhere.We could see that at the yesterday’s press conference held on occasion of the forthcoming Spars Cup 2014 tournament where, besides Spars as a host, other clubs like the Bosnian champion Igokea, Šibenik from Croatia and Timisoara from Romania will play too.A growing traditionThe president of the club Nihad Selimović pointed out that the tournament will become tradition and that in time stronger teams will arrive to Skenderija. The first matches are scheduled for today, one between Timisoara and Igokea at 17:30 o’clock and the other between Spars and Šibenik at 20:00 o’clock. On Saturday, a match will be played for the 3rd place while the final match is scheduled at 18:30 o’clock.“The tournament will serve as a checkup of the actual condition of the team gathered for a month now, while the basic preparations were held during that time at Vlašić. The most important thing is that we have mostly kept the same members as in the last season and that we are going to face new challenges with more experience.” – said Selimović.The first Bosnian team’s trainer Marko Trbić points out that the club wishes to bring well known teams at the tournament so that the young players from Spars could have a chance to play against excellent players.“We made efforts to organize this tournament on our own and decided to call the teams with more experience than us. The tournament will be a chance for us to see in which direction to go in the future as well as to see our mistakes and to try to eliminate our deficiencies. We will probably have some problems when it comes to striking but we will fix that by the beginning of the season. The most important thing is that our opponents are of high quality and we will try to ensure as much matches with them as possible. When it comes to our players, we miss two of them this year, but we will rely on our experience. Ambitions remain the same and that is to play again in the finals.” – said Trbić.New captainWhen Adin Vrabac went to the German Trier, the captain of Spars became a young and senior representative of our country Stefan Glogovac who said that the role of captain represents great honour for him.“This is my fifth year in the club and I am very glad to succeed Vrabac. I am grateful to the coach and to the Management of the club for the confidence they have in me. I will do my best to fulfil their expectations. I hope I will play even better in the next season and that I will be invited again to our senior representation.” – said Glogovac.(Source: Oslobođenje / photo: Didier Torche)