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first_imgAs the most important characteristics of the destination, the respondents point out the price-quality ratio (69%), accommodation costs (58%), climatic conditions (44%), good transport connections (41%), but also diverse cultural and gastronomic offer, transport costs, event offer , nightlife and shopping opportunities.  Online reservations are more often among the oldest age group over 50 (66%), highly educated (54%) and those from Istria and the Littoral (58%). According to the results of the MasterIndex survey, which was conducted for Mastercard in May by the market research agency Improve, 56% of respondents are planning a summer vacation in Croatia. Those with a monthly income above HRK 12.000 (78%), respondents from Zagreb and the surrounding area (73%) and Slavonia and Lika (70-72%) plan to spend a summer vacation on the Adriatic in slightly larger numbers. However, a smaller number of respondents aged 50 to 55 (48%) have such plans, followed by those from Istria, Primorje and Gorski Kotar (41%) and Dalmatia (27%). On the other hand, only 27% of respondents do not plan to spend their holidays on the Croatian coast, while the most undecided are in Northern Croatia, where as many as 21% of respondents are still unsure where to go on vacation.  Accommodation reservation is most common online The main source of tourist information is the Internet The main factor in choosing a destination is the cost (77%), followed by the recommendation of friends and family (48%). Also, important factors are distance to destination (38%), online reviews (35%), destination security (30%) and local offer (25%). Positive reviews on the internet and destination security are gaining in importance compared to last year.  Other sources of information are articles on foreign websites (40%), travel agency websites (34%) and domestic (22%) and website (13%) bloggers and influencers. According to the research, Croatian citizens trust specialized sites the most.  Cash is most often used to buy souvenirs (81%), in restaurants, cafes and clubs (75%) and for tickets for concerts, museums, theaters and galleries (61%). On the other hand, cards are the most common method of payment in supermarkets (77%), at petrol stations (73%) and in clothing and footwear stores (67%).  Cost is a major factor in choosing a destinationcenter_img The people of Zagreb spend the summer in their own real estate, the Istrians love camps When it comes to paying for accommodation, the number of those who do it in cash is falling (56% of respondents, compared to 60% last year). Accommodation is paid for by 22% of Croats with a debit card, and 10% by internet banking. 14% of respondents, most often those with higher incomes, decide to pay by credit card. Cash for payment of accommodation is least used by Dalmatians (28%), and most often by respondents from Slavonia and Northern Croatia (65%). Respondents from Dalmatia prefer to pay by credit card (44%). When it comes to booking accommodation, respondents increasingly use online bookings through specialized booking sites or travel agency sites (48% compared to last year’s 40%) and then direct contact by phone or email (29%). Slightly less than a quarter of respondents (22%) book accommodation through the accommodation provider’s website, while 10% of respondents do not need a reservation at all. Citizens do this less and less by phone or by e-mail with a travel agent (8%) or in the office of a travel agency (4%, compared to last year’s 8%). According to the survey, those who first come to the destination, and only then seek accommodation, is 5%. On average, respondents pay almost half of their holiday expenses (48%) with cards. In addition, almost a third of respondents who plan a holiday pay over 60% of the cost by card. Respondents pay almost half of their holiday expenses with cards  As the main source of information about the destinations they travel to, as many as 91% of respondents cite the Internet. This primarily applies to domestic online content (64%) and specialized applications and sites such as TripAdvisor (44%). Although this is the majority of respondents, there is a visible decrease compared to last year, when 62% of citizens planned to spend their summer holidays in Croatia.  During their stay on the domestic coast, 50% of respondents will stay in private accommodation, and 40% in their own or family property. Hotel accommodation will be chosen by 11% of respondents, accommodation in the camp by 5%, and sailing by 1%. At the same time, more than half of Zagreb residents will spend their holidays in their own or family real estate, compared to only 25% of Slavonians. That is why Slavonians mostly opt for private accommodation (63%), as well as Ličani (69%). When it comes to hotels, they are preferred by Dalmatians (16%), and least often by respondents from Lika, Kordun and Banovina (3%). Istrians are in the lead as camp lovers with as many as 15% of those who choose this type of accommodation. last_img read more

first_imgNathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives The Independent 2 July 2015Nathan Collier said he was inspired by the recent Supreme Court decision that made marriage equal. He said he was particularly struck by the words of dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts who claimed giving gay couples the right to marry, might inspire polygamy. And so this week, Mr Collier and his two wives, Victoria and Christine, entered a courthouse in Billings, Montana, and sought an application to legalise the trio’s polygamous union,“Right now we’re waiting for an answer,” Mr Collier told The Independent. “I have two wives because I love two women and I want my second wife to have the same legal rights and protection as my first.”He added: “Most people are not us. I am not trying to define what marriage means for anybody else – I am trying to define what marriage means for us.”The practice of bigamy – holding multiple marriage licences – is outlawed in all 50 of the US states, Montana among them. But Mr Collier said he planned to sue if his application was denied.Mr Collier said he was former Mormon who had been excommunicated for polygamy and now owned a refrigeration business in Billings.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/nathan-collier-montana-man-inspired-by-samesex-marriage-ruling-requests-right-to-wed-two-wives-10361612.htmllast_img read more

first_imgKing also asked Rivera about the recent Washington Post report in which 15 female employess accuse former members of the organization of sexual harassment and verbal use under owner Daniel Snyder. Rivera is confident there will be a culture change, both on and off the field.”When these things came to light, we really had to look at ourselves and dive into it,” Rivera said. “Mr. Snyder has continued to do that.”It’s been a whirlwind month for the Washington Football Team. For the team to become far removed from anything “Redskins,” it will take plenty of time. “Truly, this is going to be a 16-to-18 month process to do it the right way.”MORE: Five options for Washington’s new NFL nameRivera confirmed that the Washington Football Team will continue to sport burgundy and gold as the team’s primary colors, for now and in the future. The organization simply wants to choose a new name wisely, someting it can proudly take into “the next 100 years.” Ron Rivera may be head-coaching an NFL team without a nickname into the 2021 season. In an interview with “CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King on Friday, Rivera said that the rebranding of the Washington Football Team will take longer than expected.”We’re not close to a decision,” Rivera told King.”The biggest thing we’ve learned is that this thing is going to take steps. This can’t happen automatically. We’re going to have to go through the process. We’re going to need to do a thorough background check on everything and it’s going to be a little harder than we anticipated.last_img read more