Hotel Kurija Janković from Virovitica, a heritage hotel or a four-star heritage hotel, received great recognition, the most important of its guests who are the best and most relevant critics. It is the first guest recognition from the Booking.com Guest Review Awards 2017 with a high score of 9.2, and recently the hotel was also included in Fodor’s Travel Guidebook, a publication of the world’s largest publisher of travel guides.”In July last year, on the recommendation of the travel agency Boho Travel Art, the Janković Curia was visited by Andrea MacDonald, a tourist journalist of Fodor’s Travel, who collected information on tourist attractions in Slavonia for the new edition of “Croatia 2018 Guidebook”. On that occasion, the entire offer of the Janković Curia was presented to her, its history and plans for the future were told, and in cooperation with Nippy Adventures, a bike tour along the Drava River was made on electric bicycles, which are usually offered by the hotel, thus creating a complete cycling experience.”Points out Sanja Sudar, head of the Janković Curia.Thus, the heritage hotel will be on the list of recommended accommodation facilities in this part of Croatia, while the cycling tourist offer is rated as excellent. As Fodor’s is the world’s largest publisher of tourist guides in English, whose observations and recommendations have significantly influenced the choice of vacation spot for more than 75 million of its readers for 20 years, this is more than a great advertisement, and the recommendation will be visible in print. an edition of the guide that will be available for purchase on Amazon, as well as on Fodor’s website. “The great news that has arrived at the Janković Curia these days, about the inclusion in Fodor’s guide as a recommended accommodation facility in this part of Croatia, certainly means a lot to us. That recommendation will be visible in the print edition of the guide, which will be available for purchase on Amazon, as well as on Fodor’s website. Whether the hotel will be included in the offer depended exclusively on the hotel reviews and the actual experience of the journalist. So, not knowing if we would eventually find ourselves in the company of the elect, we waited impatiently for this good news. The exceptional quality of accommodation in the historical heritage, the combination of our electric bicycles and the interestingly designed Drava route of the cycling guide rounded off the visit of Fodor’s team and showed that we definitely deserve our place on the tourist map of Croatia and the world.”Sudar points out and adds that they offer bed and breakfast, and that they refer guests to local restaurants that work with local ingredients and indigenous dishes.The magic formula for success is very simple. Let’s be what we are, sell an authentic and home-made story and look at the guests not as a number, but as people who came on vacation and met and experienced something new. “The way we welcomed the representative of the Fodor guide is identical to the way we usually greet our guests. We wanted the experience of staying in our area to be authentic, without pushing into the offer of some things that are not natural and characteristic for us. The enthusiasm was first aroused by the Curia as such – a beautiful, elegantly restored 19th-century building that simply radiates uniqueness. ” says Sudar and adds that such objects also bring with them interesting historical sketches that everyone from the Janković Curia team is happy to pass on to visitors.Sanja Sudar: We are also aware that the hotel is not the sole reason for the arrival of the guest, but it is the destination where it is located Hotel Kurija Janković has 18 comfortable double rooms, and guests have at their disposal a coffee bar, restaurant, meeting room, conference hall, souvenir shop and bicycles. The hotel is located at the place where Slavonia embraces Podravina and in the environment of the UNESCO Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube. Visitors to the hotel are half domestic and half foreign guests, mostly from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and last year there was a growth of over 200% in overnight stays. I would like to emphasize that the main focus must be on authenticity, destination as well as the focus on local and traditional gastronomy. It is in this field that they score at the Kurija Janković Hotel. Also, most hoteliers have no way of understanding that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but a quality, diverse and authentic experience of the destination.The atmosphere in Kurija Janković is always homely and pleasant, we always try to respond to every request of the guest with a smile and provide him with a special experience in which he will feel appreciated and welcome, not just as one client in a row, said Sanja Sudar. the word “domestic” runs through our entire business and guests are increasingly recognizing it. “Homemade, homemade, homemade! The hotel serves a traditional Slavonian-Podravina breakfast prepared from local ingredients, and the offer of the coffee bar consists of local wines, liqueurs, teas, natural juices, craft beers, and in local restaurants freshly caught Drava fish is prepared in the traditional local way. We believe that the destination needs to be experienced with all your senses, and the inclusion of local producers in the hotel offer was a completely logical and correct choice for us. We are also aware that the hotel is not the sole reason for the arrival of the guest, but it is the destination in which it is located. We are proud of the untouched nature and richness of flora and fauna of the continental part of Croatia, which tells its own amazing story. Guests of our hotel regularly use bicycles as well as electric ones that we offer”Sudar points out.The message and business philosophy is clear.By the way, the hotel opened its doors to its first guests in 2016, when it got a whole new glow from the old ruins. In the first year of operation, they had an average of 66 nights per month, while last year there was an increase of 220% and an average of 212 nights per month, which is proof of how personalized approach and attitude towards guests is highly valued and respected. That should be imperative. “One of the problems of this part of Croatia is certainly the lack of organized tourism in the form of agency tourist packages, so all the results achieved are individual efforts by hotels and our local caterers and family farms with which we strive to create an attractive tourist product. We hope that the entire tourist offer of the continental part of Croatia will be more visible because we have something to offer with its content and quality. Cycling is certainly one of the directions we have chosen because Virovitica-Podravina County, which through EU projects has marked five hundred kilometers of bike trails in our hilly-plain area, has given us a good foundation for the development of this type of tourism. The experience is what the guest brings home, and we strive to make it truly memorable and special”Says Sudar and adds at the end that they are happy to wait for every occasional traveler and will be happy to create a personalized experience for each guest.Yes, they work and fight and live tourism 0/24. If you need advice on how to extend the tourist season, ask our tourist heroes from the continent, who work all year round. If I can do it on the continent, then why not at sea.Small family and boutique hotels must be our main base, at least in my opinion, because they employ local people, use local food, have a more intimate and homely atmosphere, and they are the ambassadors of our tourism and work all year round. Of course, we also need large hotels, but certainly as a development concept based on small family hotels, it is sustainable and more efficient. It is private renters with six or more rooms who should be encouraged to take this path, to become small family hotels with a story.In the tourism development strategy, we need 1.000 small family resorts, not 1.000 tourist resorts.&lt;/p&gt;<br /><br />
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MLB hot stove: Brewers seriously interested in Craig Kimbrel, report says Maybe don’t boo Manny Machado.Brewers fans didn’t take that advice on Wednesday and booed the $300-million player as the Padres were taking on Milwaukee at San Diego’s spring training facility. Related News Manny Machado lustily booed at his own yard. There might be some Brewers fans here in Peoria today.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 20, 2019Machado promptly homered in the same at-bat.Oh yeah, Manny’s ready. 🚀🚀#PadresST | #FriarFaithful | @Padres pic.twitter.com/4h4INhM1Jh— FOX Sports San Diego (@FOXSportsSD) March 20, 2019Brewers fans got all they could handle of Machado last season during the National League Championship Series when the third baseman was playing with the Dodgers. The team accused Machado as being part of Los Angeles’ plan to steal signs during the series, and the 26-year-old kicked first baseman Jesus Aguilar when he was passing him on a groundout.What caused the minor dust-up between Manny Machado and Jesus Aguilar. pic.twitter.com/vEFVRyF12q— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) October 17, 2018The Padres and Brewers will face off for the first time in the regular season in San Diego on June 17. The teams will play at Miller Park in Milwaukee in a three-game series on Sept. 17.The reception is likely to be the same from the Brewers’ faithful.
DES MOINES — An organization that represents the state’s construction industry has established a new $5 million endowment to award yearly grants to schools, businesses and charities for programs that promote jobs in the construction trades.Chad Kleppe, president and CEO of the Master Builders of Iowa, said about 75,000 people are working on construction projects in Iowa today, but the demand is growing for more skilled workers.“Our concern is that if we’re not being more pro-active from an industry perspective that matters are only going to get worse,” Kleppe said.His organization is now accepting applications online for the grants, which will be awarded in December. The money isn’t for scholarships, but for projects or programs that promote construction jobs in carpentry, electrical and mechanical skills.“Maybe exhibits at museums or exhibits at different locations that are construction based,” Kleppe said. “Our hope is that contractors will work with local schools to provide the capital infrastructure for construction equipment, shop equipment be it table saws or miter saws or things like that and couple with a contractor who will provide the expertise on how to work the equipment, provide the safety and then maybe some material suppliers to provide the in-kind support in that regard.”Governor Kim Reynolds and Chad Kleppe.The Associated General Contractors of America recently conducted a national survey and 77 percent of contractors said their number one concern was finding skilled workers.“We are seeing more people retiring and we just are not filling those positions as quickly as we necessarily need,” Kleppe said.Governor Kim Reynolds has identified Iowa workforce shortage issues as a top priority. She attended today’s announcement of what the Master Builders of Iowa are calling their Workforce Opportunities Require Knowledge and Skills or “M-B-I WORKS” project.“The more that we can implement these types of programs into our middle schools and high schools, it helps educate parents to see that these are phenomenal opportunities,” she said. “It gives our students an opportunity to test run some of these careers, find that they have a passion for it and they recognize that this is a great career opportunity for them.”The Master Builders’ plan is to support up to four projects each year. The organization’s president said one of their goals is to promote more diversity among Iowa’s construction workforce, including getting more women and minorities to consider careers in the construction trades.
DES MOINES — Nash Holmgaard’s RBI single in the top of the ninth inning broke a scoreless tie as sixth-ranked Newman edged second-ranked Remsen St. Mary’s 2-0 in a 1A semifinal Thursday afternoon that you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com.KGLO News · 7 – 31 – Newsm – 1Newman managed only three hits over Remsen St Mary’s starter Blaine Harpenau, who ran out of pitches with one out in the eighth inning. Knights coach Alex Bohl.KGLO News · 7 – 31 – Newsm – 2Newman starter Sam Kratz did his part. He only allowed four hits in seven and a third innings of work.KGLO News · 7 – 31 – Newsm – 3The loss was the first of the season for St. Mary’s which closes the season with a record of 20-1. Newman improves to 19-5 and will face Don Bosco in the 1A championship game on Saturday morning at 10:30. You can hear the game on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com starting at around 10:10. Don Bosco won Thursday’s other 1A semifinal, beating Kingsley-Pierson 9-1. FORT DODGE — Two champions have been crowned at the state softball tournament in Fort Dodge while three other title games are slated for later today:== Class 5A ThursdayChampionship — Cedar Rapids Kennedy 5, Fort Dodge 13rd Place — Ankeny Centennial 10, Muscatine 0== Class 4A ThursdayChampionship — Winterset 4, Carlisle 3 (11 innings)3rd Place — Dallas Center-Grimes 8, North Scott 4== Class 3A todayChampionship at 2:30 — Albia vs. Williamsburg3rd Place at 1:00 — Mount Vernon vs. Davenport Assumption== Class 2A todayChampionship at 5:00 — North Linn vs. Ogden3rd Place at 3:30 — Northeast (Goose Lake) vs. Louisa-Muscatine== Class 1A todayChampionship at 7:30 — Collins-Maxwell vs. Clarksville3rd Place at 6:00 — Lynnville-Sully vs. Lisbon THIS WEEKEND:== FRIDAY– AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland — 7:10 first pitch, 6:30 pre-game MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cleveland’s Shane Bieber has tied the major league record for strikeouts in a pitcher’s first two starts of the season. Bieber punched out 13 Minnesota Twins over eight innings and the Indians won 2-0. Bieber fanned 14 over six scoreless innings on Friday against Kansas City. His 27 strikeouts in the two games matched the record set by Karl Spooner of the Brooklyn Dodgers in September 1954. Facing a Twins team that came in with the second-best run differential in baseball, Bieber allowed three singles in his eight innings. Francisco Lindor supplied all the offense Cleveland needed with a two-run homer in the third inning off Jose Berríos. === 2A semifinals ThursdayDes Moines Christian 4, North Linn 2Van Meter 3, West Lyon 1=== 3A semifinals today10:30 — Dallas Center-Grimes vs. Gilbert1:30 — Marion vs. Norwalk=== 4A semifinals today4:30 — Ankeny vs. Dubuque Hempstead7:30 — Johnston vs. Urbandale EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have placed linebacker Anthony Barr on the reserve list for COVID-19. Barr is the eighth player they’ve designated since training camp began. The reserve list was created by the NFL for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. Clubs are not permitted to disclose whether player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19. IOWA CITY — A report from a Kansas City law firm says the foundation of discipline in the Iowa football program allowed some coaches the bully and demean athletes and many black players felt targeted. Forty-five current and 29 former players were interviewed following allegations of racial bias in the program. Athletic director Gary Barta says the “Iowa way” became viewed by many players as the “white way”.KGLO News · 7 – 31 – Uireport – 1Iowa parted ways with long-time strength coach Chris Doyle last month. Barta remains confident in the ability of Kirk Ferentz to lead the program forward and there will be no other personnel changes.KGLO News · 7 – 31 – Uireport – 2The report says the program adhered to a philosophy that mandated conformity and discouraged individualism. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.KGLO News · 7 – 31 – Uireport – 3Ferentz says he has learned over the past month that the Iowa program was not as healthy as he thought it was.KGLO News · 7 – 31 – Uireport – 4Ferentz says while they are implementing changes to make the program more inclusive it will still be based on discipline and toughness.KGLO News · 7 – 31 – Uireport – 5You can see video of Thursday’s news conference below == SATURDAY– AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — 1A baseball state championship game — Newman vs. Don Bosco — pre-game 10:10, first pitch 10:30– AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland — 6:10 first pitch, 5:30 pre-game == SUNDAYAM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland — 1:10 first pitch, 12:30 pre-game