Nov 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A 35-year-old Indonesian woman died of H5N1 avian influenza today, marking the country’s 57th death from the virus, according to news services.The Associated Press (AP) said the woman died after almost 3 weeks of treatment in a Jakarta hospital and that her case had been confirmed on Nov 13. But it was not entirely clear whether the woman was the same 35-year-old who the World Health Organization (WHO) described as a confirmed case-patient in a Nov 13 statement.Several news reports said the woman was from Tangerang, on the western outskirts of Jakarta, where the patient described by the WHO was from. A Bloomberg News report identified the deceased woman as the same person, but several other news reports stopped short of that.While the AP quoted an official as saying the dead woman had been treated in a Jakarta hospital for 3 weeks, an Agence France-Presse report quoted Indonesia’s avian flu information center as saying she had first been hospitalized for more than a week in Karawang, east of Jakarta.Joko Suyono, an official with the avian flu information center, said diseased poultry was the likely source of the woman’s infection, according to the Bloomberg report.By the WHO’s tally, last updated Nov 13, Indonesia has had 74 H5N1 cases with 56 deaths. The global count is 258 cases with 153 deaths. Indonesia has the most deaths, though Vietnam has had the most cases with 93.See also:Nov 13 WHO reporthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_11_13/en/index.html
The DEFRA report said the virus could have been discharged from the drains after flooding, and contaminated soil then might have been spread to nearby roads and farms by construction vehicles that had been at the Pirbright site. “This is news that no one wanted to hear, least of all the farming industry,” said Hilary Benn, secretary of state for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, in the DEFRA statement. In early August, FMD was confirmed at two other farms in Surrey, about 30 miles southwest of London. A Sep 7 report from the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said the outbreaks were likely caused by faulty wastewater drains at an FMD laboratory facility in nearby Pirbright that houses a commercial vaccine producer and a government-funded research institute. The farm is near the town of Egham, about 10 miles from the site of two earlier FMD outbreaks, the London Telegraph reported today. Sep 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – English officials announced today that foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has been confirmed in cattle on another farm in Surrey, less than a week after announcing that the disease had been eradicated from the area. The farm is made up of several separate land parcels, and officials have established a 3-kilometer protective zone and a 10-kilometer surveillance zone around each of them, the DEFRA statement said. DEFRA imposed a national ban on the movement of cattle, sheep, pigs, and other ruminants within England and said similar arrangements were being made in Scotland and Wales. Restrictions have been placed on the movement of animal carcasses and on animal gatherings as well on sheep shearing and dipping, and strict biosecurity requirements have been ordered for farms in the protection and surveillance zones, the DEFRA statement said. Sep 7 CIDRAP News story “British blame leaky drain for foot-and-mouth outbreak” In 2001 a major FMD outbreak in Britain led to a massive containment effort in which 7 million cattle were destroyed, crippling the farm economy and rural tourism. Authorities have not yet identified the strain of the virus or its source, she said. See also: The new outbreak has prompted the European Commission to postpone plans to resume meat exports from Britain to the rest of Europe, according to the Telegraph report. FMD is an extremely contagious disease that affects cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, and deer, causing sores in the mouth and on the hooves. It debilitates but does not usually kill adult animals, but it drastically reduces milk production. The disease very rarely affects humans, according to DEFRA. Debby Reynolds, the UK’s chief veterinary officer, confirmed the new FMD findings in cattle at the farm on the basis of initial test results and clinical symptoms, according to a DEFRA statement.
Dec 14, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Dr. Keiji Fukuda still remembers the intense emotions that tumbled through his mind as he waited to board his hastily scheduled flight out of Atlanta. His destination was Asia. In Hong Kong, a newly identified avian influenza virus, recently dubbed H5N1, was making people desperately ill.His objective was not the first-ever case of H5N1 in humans; that had surfaced 8 months earlier, killing a 3-year-old child. Instead, the focus of his emergency trip was the second and third cases, soon to grow to 18. The new illnesses were the signal that international health authorities had been dreading since that first case: evidence that the new flu’s ability to sicken and kill humans was not a mysterious anomaly but a true and sustained threat.”After the first case, there were a lot of questions, because there had never been any H5 infections in humans before,” Fukuda said recently. “But once we had a second case, there were no more thoughts of lab contamination or error. The potential implications of an outbreak were immediately apparent.”He came to that realization somewhere over the Atlantic, 10 years ago this month. December 2007 marks the 10th anniversary of the revelation that a potentially pandemic strain of flu had emerged for the first time in years, and of the start of unprecedented scientific cooperation and commercial expansion—and political disagreement.To mark the occasion, CIDRAP News asked some of the key players in the 1997 emergency response to recall their reactions as the Hong Kong outbreak developed and to reflect on the weaknesses H5N1 exposed in public health and medicine, as well as the unexpected gifts it brought.Scientists were not preparedScience had anticipated a possible pandemic strain for decades—the last pandemic, an unusually mild one, had been in 1968—and had attempted to respond to one, in the disastrous “swine flu” vaccination campaign of 1976.Yet when the real thing appeared in May 1997, scientists found they were not prepared. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, virologist Jacqueline Katz, whose work focused on human immune responses to flu vaccination and infection, discovered that time-tested assays for identifying flu via antibody production were not sensitive enough to identify what appeared to be a flu strain isolated from the Hong Kong child.”Very fortuitously, there was a limited set of reagents in a repository at the National Institutes of Health [NIH] that did allow the international influenza community to identify the virus,” and permitted her team to develop an assay “on the fly,” she said.At NIH, Dr. Anthony Fauci, then and now director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was unnerved by the Hong Kong case, but unsurprised by the difficulty of responding to it.”I have chronic anxiety about emerging and re-emerging infections,” he said. “I did feel we were not prepared at many levels for a major pandemic.”The CDC was unprepared in an even more basic way: It had no spare laboratory space with the level of biosecurity required to work on the virus. So it borrowed space in a facility 50 miles away in Athens, Ga., the secure avian disease labs of the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, part of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).”My first impression, with the first case, was that it might have been an anomaly of a human infection,” said David Swayne, then and now the poultry lab’s director. “But as fall went on and cases reappeared in the live poultry markets and then human cases began to blossom, we came to the realization that this was a pretty significant and severe problem that was going to make history.”The first publication hinting at what had happened—identifying the cause of the child’s illness as avian influenza with a subtype of H5N1—came in a letter to Nature in early October 1997, signed by three faculty from Erasmus University in the Netherlands, one from the Hong Kong hospital that had treated the child, and Robert G. Webster of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Webster, who had been warning for years on the threat of novel flu strains, had placed the reagents at NIH that allowed the CDC to begin its research.That effort bore fruit in January 1998 with a paper in Science—by Katz, Swayne, and 14 others—that revealed the sequence of genes in the child’s isolate that coded for the novel virus’s surface proteins. It also confirmed that the virus had jumped intact from birds to humans without passing through an intermediate host—and it bore an ominous editor’s note: “Since the submission of this report, there have been 12 additional confirmed human cases of influenza A (H5N1) infections in Hong Kong.”Paradigm shattered, poultry slaughteredFukuda, who in 1997 was the chief of epidemiology in the CDC’s influenza branch, was not the only scientist sent rushing to Hong Kong by the revelation of spreading cases of H5N1 flu. Dr. Klaus Stohr, then the project leader of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) global influenza program, was on his way as well.The WHO flu program had been on alert since the Nature authors attributed the child’s illness to a strain not seen in humans before. “The moment when a paradigm crumbles to pieces is very exciting,” Stohr said. “None of us thought avian influenza would ever make it into humans. Here we had something totally unexplained.”The ad hoc team that assembled in Hong Kong included representatives of the CDC, WHO, long-time flu researchers including Webster from St. Jude’s and Malik Peiris from Hong Kong University, and both public health and animal health officials from the Hong Kong government. Veterinary involvement was unusual, but it turned out to be essential: As the epidemic curve rose, reaching more than 60 suspected illnesses, 18 confirmed infections, and 6 deaths, evidence mounted that the virus was circulating among the city’s many live-poultry stalls.”We began to be extremely concerned about the possibility of a human flu virus and the H5 virus reassorting and creating a more transmissible virus,” Fukuda recalled. “We had a vision of virus spreading in many different locations and a real fear of a reassortment event if it was not brought under control.”Just before Christmas that year, teams from the territory’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries brought in evidence that H5N1 infection had spread widely through poultry sold by the innumerable small-scale dealers throughout the city. The Hong Kong government decided to take a radical step: to slaughter all of the territory’s 1.4 million chickens within 24 hours.The count of hundreds of millions of birds that have died of H5N1 or been culled to prevent its spread in the ensuing decade may obscure what an extraordinary act that was—especially given that the link between humans and poultry had not been scientifically proved, though it was intuitively understood.”There were protests, including by religious groups,” Fukuda said. “There was a lot of unease. It was a very dramatic step to take back then.”The gamble paid off: As the New Year ticked over, no new human cases appeared. The team disassembled, piece by piece. Late in January 1998, before flying back to Geneva, Stohr joined a small delegation looking at poultry-raising conditions in Guangdong, just over the Hong Kong border. He came away convinced that conditions on Chinese farms would favor a resurgence.”This is not the end of H5N1,” he thought, flying out. “If it can happen once, it will happen again.”A reawakening for flu research Stohr was right, of course. Avian flu H5N1 lay low for several years, popped up episodically in birds and humans in 2002 and 2003, and in early 2004 began the westward expansion that has infected birds in more than 60 countries and sickened 340 humans, killing 208 of them.The urgent international research program—since 1997, more than 1,700 peer-reviewed papers dealing with H5N1 have been published—has revealed both new insights into flu and the neglected state of flu science before the Hong Kong cases rang the alarm bell.Paradoxically, researchers say, it took H5N1’s reminder of the true dimensions of flu’s threatening nature to jolt flu defenses out of a quiescent complacency.”It reemphasized something that we should have always known: Avian influenza is a virus that always changes, and therefore there are always new questions arising that need research answers,” said Swayne.The H5N1 threat, which brought the human and animal health worlds closer than they had been in decades, prompted new initiatives at Swayne’s lab. The anomaly of an avian flu strain that was highly pathogenic in both birds and humans underlined the inadequacy of the traditional lab method of virus isolation, which uses chicken eggs. In response, scientists David Suarez and Erica Spackman developed a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test that is now used worldwide for rapid diagnostics in poultry. The group also pushed for a new research program in poultry vaccines, which had not been a high priority in the United States, and developed a live-virus vaccine that can be given to chickens from 1 day of age and that has been licensed for emergency use by the USDA.Of course, H5N1’s emergence also stimulated human flu vaccine research, which had languished for decades, thanks to stagnant demand and low profitability for seasonal flu shots. In the past few years—largely since President George W. Bush released the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza and pressed Congress for $7 billion in flu funds in November 2005—research has begun to show results on moving away from egg-based production, understanding the cross-reactivity that might allow prepandemic vaccination, and reaching for a universal, rather than strain-specific, vaccine.”Ten years down the pike, we have come a long way,” Fauci said. “There is still a lot to do, I am not saying we are anywhere near where we should be. But [H5N1] served as an important catalyst to jump-start the field.”Stohr felt so strongly about the neglected state of flu vaccine research that he left his WHO position to help boost it. He is now director of influenza franchises in vaccines and diagnostics for the vaccine maker Novartis Pharma AG, one of several companies working on the possibility of using adjuvants to stretch the available supply of flu vaccine.For Katz, who is now chief of the CDC’s flu immunology and pathogenesis branch, the ongoing unpredictability of H5N1 has proved the need to prepare for other flu surprises as well.The H5N1 experience “created a new awareness that we need to be better prepared for novel influenza viruses,” she said. “H5N1 by necessity has been the primary target, but all of that work is applicable to the potential emergence of H7 and H9 flu strains as well.”Scientific and policy hurdles remainBut highlighting the stimulus that H5N1 brought to flu science also underlines how much research remains neglected. For Katz, the biggest unresolved question is the ability to measure immunity to H5N1, something that cannot be achieved until accurate correlates of immunity are identified. For Stohr, the most nagging questions remain very basic ones (incubation periods, length of time virus is excreted) and also very practical ones (how to measure the effectiveness of the nonpharmaceutical interventions such as masks and social distancing that may be used in a pandemic before vaccine arrives).Swayne, who welcomes the renewed attention and funding that H5N1 brought to animal health research, simultaneously worries that findings have not gone far enough.”The virus is fairly widespread in Indonesia, Nigeria, Egypt and some Asian countries,” he said. “It is going to take many years of very concerted effort from us on the research side in developing new tools to get it eradicated.”For Fukuda, who is now coordinator of the WHO’s global influenza program, the issues that received a boost from the attention directed at H5N1 and the issues that remain neglected are the same—and they are not specifically scientific.The re-emergence of H5N1 and the near-simultaneous 2003 eruption of SARS “brought home to both the public and decision makers that emerging infectious diseases really pose very large threats to populations,” he said. “And not just a threat in terms of killing some people: This can affect travel patterns. It can bring down economies. It can have very drastic social and political effects.”The lesson of both outbreaks, he said, is that defenses against emerging infections are more robust and complete when they are assembled in advance and over time. And that the best defense includes not only investments in surveillance, vaccines, and diagnostics, but also social and political attitudes that allow the money to be spent far in advance of when the defenses might be needed.H5N1’s protean qualities—its ability to spread over long distances, penchant for subsiding and flaring episodically, and adaptability to many mammalian species—emphasize that broad preparation is more protective in the long run than attempting to predict any single virus’s behavior.”As a scientist, I have to say that I have no crystal ball: I have no idea what this virus will do,” Fukuda said. “But as a person who has worked in public health for a long time and who has a lot of experience with this virus, I have to say that it makes me really nervous.”It is durable and persistent and still does things that take us by surprise. It has more staying power than the media or politicians have attention. We cannot second-guess it. So we should focus on the things that we can do.”See also: Nature letter on the first human H5N1 case:De Jong JC, Claas EC, Osterhaus AD, et al. A pandemic warning? (Letter) Nature 1997 Oct 9;389(6651):5541998 Science report detailing the genetic sequence of H5N1 from the first human case:Subbarao K, Klimov A, Katz J, et al. Characterization of an avian influenza A (H5N1) virus isolated from a child with a fatal respiratory illness. Science 1998 Jan 16;279(5349):393-6 [Full text]World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) list of countries affected by H5N1http://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A_AI-Asia.htmAvian flu timelines:WHO: http://www.who.int/influenza/human_animal_interface/avian_influenza/H5N1_avian_influenza_update.pdfNature: http://www.nature.com/avianflu/timeline/index.htmlNew Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/bird-flu/dn9977-timeline-bird-flu.html
The Ministry of Tourism has announced a public call for grants under the Cyclotourism Development Program on the Continent, for which the Ministry of Tourism has provided HRK 5 million in the budget this year as well.Funds of the Cyclotourism Development Program on the continent intended for strengthening bike tourism on the continent through tracing, arranging and marking bicycle routes are available to the public sector – regional self-government units, ie the following counties: Bjelovar-Bilogora, Brod-Posavina, Karlovac, Koprivnica-Koprivnica. Križevci, Krapina-Zagorje, Lika-Senj, Međimurje, Osijek-Baranja, Požega-Slavonia, Sisak-Moslavina, Varaždin, Virovitica-Podravina, Vukovar-Srijem and Zagreb.”The cyclotourism development program on the continent plays an important role in the development of continental tourism, which ultimately contributes to a more balanced tourist development, extension of the tourist season and positioning Croatia as a destination with a diverse and rich tourist offer. Cyclotourism has an extremely important role in this segment and almost 60 million fans across Europe who are increasingly choosing Croatia as their main destination in search of an active holiday. It is therefore important to systematically and organizedly address the development of cycling tourism on the continent, and through the Cyclotourism Development Program and providing grants we actively support the public sector and regional self-government units in strengthening this increasingly important form of tourism.” said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli.While in 2017 the Ministry of Tourism co-financed the development of Operational Plans for the development of cycling tourism, which defined the optimal routes of bicycle routes and most importantly, laid the foundations for the development of cycling tourism on the continent, and in 2018 – 2017. As they point out from the MINT, the preparation of traffic studies for the purpose of tracing and marking cycling routes is co-financed; production / installation of signalization / info boards along cycling routes, including the EuroVelo route marking; arranging / equipping cycling routes and service stations for repairing bicycles along cycling routes; creation of maps, lease of a common web domain at the county level, creation or refinement of a website at the county level, development or refinement of a county mobile application; development of standards for “bed & bike” accommodation facilities installation of bicycle movement / traffic counters at border crossings (entrance / exit of the EuroVelo route), on other international routes of bicycle routes (Sava route, Drava route, Pannonian road of peace route, etc.) the main cycling routes, at the main tourist attractions at remote points in rural areas and the like, and the organization and implementation of training for “bike guides”.The Ministry co-finances up to 90 percent of the eligible / eligible costs of implementing an individual project. The minimum amount of funds that can be realized per project is HRK 100.000,00, while the maximum amount is HRK 500.000,00.The public call is open from February 26 to March 16, 2018. More information on the conditions, including the necessary forms is published on the official website of the Ministry of Tourism at the following link: http://www.mint.hr/javni-pozivi-11414/11414Related news:KREŠIMIR HERCEG, BICYCADEMY: THE POTENTIAL OF CYCLOTURISM IN SLAVONIA IS HUGEPLATFORM FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CYCLOTURISM OF BRODKO POSAVSKA COUNTY PRESENTED
Slavonia is a destination that offers a significantly different form of vacation than what German guests are used to having in Croatia. Germans, especially from Bavaria, where most guests traditionally come to Croatia, know Croatian Istria, Primorje and Dalmatia well, while Slavonia is a novelty for them.According to the Glas Slavonije, That is why in their reports, journalists and editors of the Münchner Merkur newspaper Christine Hinkofer and Beate Winterer called Slavonia “the most beautiful Croatian secret”. They arrived in Slavonia thanks to the German agency ID Riva Tours, which offers destinations in Slavonia on the German market. Because of these reports, this year these two journalists were awarded the Golden Pen of the Croatian National Tourist Board.And exactly “The Most Beautiful Croatian Secret” is being revealed these days by new German guests.From September 22 to 29, a week of active vacation throughout Slavonia and Baranja is spent by about 80 German guests riding bicycles. In two buses from Bavaria, the guests, organized by ID Riva Tours and Bavarian Radio (Bayerischen Rundfunks), arrived in Croatia on Saturday, first in Zagreb. Alongside the guests is Toto Gaitanides, an expert on Bavarian Radio for cycling tours.On Sunday, the first day of the bike ride, the German guests took a route from Sovski Dol, through Levanjska Varoš to Đakovo. In Đakovo, on the large square in front of the cathedral, they had a festive welcome, with a cultural and artistic program, dried meat and other delicacies and, of course, wines. The Tourist Board and the City of Đakovo took care of such a welcome. The German guests were really delighted by this welcome, and many of them bought Slavonian products at the stands.The planned ride around Baranja on Monday was partly disrupted by the rain, but the discomfort due to the rain was “washed away” by a visit to the Josić winery and restaurant, where they warmed up with excellent wines and dinner with tambourines. On Tuesday, they cycled from the Patria Hotel in Beli Manastir, where they are located, across Suza, Mirkovac and Kozjak to Kopački rit. After visiting the Nature Park, they rested in the restaurant Didin konak, in Kopačevo.On Wednesday, a trip to Vukovar is planned, as well as a bicycle ride with a tour of the Vučedol Museum, to Ilok, where lunch is planned at the Dunav Hotel and a visit to the Old Cellar of the Ilok Cellars with wine tasting. On Thursday, a bicycle race is planned on the hills of Požega and its surroundings – from Donji Eminovac, through Kamenski to Novi Zvečevo. A ride around the Kutjevo area, like sugar at the end of this cycling tour of eastern Croatia, is scheduled for Friday. This first organized cycling tour of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem German guests end with dinner at the restaurant Zlatni lug.The organizers, representing Slavonia, stated that the area is a natural gemIt is stated that it is far from mass tourism (on the Adriatic) and with its plains, hills and forests is ideal for cycling. In particular, the organizers point out as the most important reasons for this visit to Slavonia natural beauty with nature parks Kopački rit and Papuk, magnificent vineyards and grape harvest. Also the Kutjevo cellar, which is said to have been built in 1232 and to be one of the oldest in Europe. The gastronomy of Slavonia is emphasized, as well as the dishes of the black pig, and even šäcle (Spätzle) – a German dish that Slavonia was once enriched by the Danube Germans who settled there. The rich history and culture of Slavonia are also mentioned, especially Vučedol, a settlement from the Bronze Age from the third millennium BC, but also the Cathedral of St. Peter in Đakovo, built in 1882 in the neo-Romanesque style.Judging by the interest of the Bavarians, there will be similar tourist tours in the future, because ID Riva Tours is already receiving guest applications for tourist visits and bicycle tours through Slavonia for next year.Source: Voice of Slavonia
An intensive investment cycle is planned for next year on the island of Rab in the total value of 140 million kuna, and includes investment in Valamar Carolina Hotel & Villas 4 * in partnership with TUI Sensimar brand, development of family facilities and services in Hotel Valamar Padova 4 * and investment to Camp Padova, which will earn 4 * and the prestigious Premium Camping Resort brand label Camping Adriatic by Valamar. RELATED NEWS: VALAMAR COMPLETES PROCESS OF TAKING OVER HOTEL IN AUSTRIAN OBERTAUERN Namely, last week Valamar Riviera dd concluded a loan agreement with OTP banka Hrvatska dionicko društvo from Split and OTP Bank Nyrt from Budapest in the total amount of EUR 40 million to finance the Company’s long-term investments. Thus, in a week, Valamar agreed on loans in the amount of EUR 50 million. Investment projects in 2019 are focused on repositioning the portfolio according to high value-added offers and services. Valamar Riviera will thus complete the three-year investment cycle worth more than HRK 2 billion, which was envisaged within Valamar’s business growth and development strategy until 2020. Valamar Riviera announced through the Zagreb Stock Exchange that it has entered into another loan agreement with Erste & Steiermärkische bank dd in the amount of EUR 10 million to finance the Company’s long-term investments. Valama Riviera signed another loan agreement. Photo: Valamar In the Makarska hotels that Valamar took over this year, in 2019 it is planned to invest in the quality and contents of the Meteor hotel, which will operate under the Valamar Hotels & Resorts brand next season. One of the biggest investments in 2019 is the investment in Camp Istra, which will become the first large 5 * camp in Croatia next season, the opening of the luxury family hotel Valamar Collection Marea Suites 5 * in Poreč and the development of many other additional facilities and service concepts in other camps, hotels and resorts of Valamar. The plan is to continue significant investments in accommodation for seasonal employees in accordance with Valamar’s strategic goals. By the way, the Supervisory Board of the largest Croatian tourist company Valamar Riviere has approved the next investment cycle, which will bring the total investment in Valamar’s destinations 793 million kuna in 2019. year.
Valamar plans to invest a total of around 1,5 billion kuna in the Pical zone, which will create one of the most attractive tourist zones in Croatia. The citizens of Poreč, in addition to 20.000 m2 of beaches and spaces by the sea, will have at their disposal a four-kilometer-long circular path for outdoor activities such as jogging and cycling, and a total of 10 kilometers of public-tourist promenade. “With the agreement on the use of the sports pool at the Pinea Hotel, our swimmers and water polo players will have the opportunity to train better throughout the year in our city, and therefore we expect an increase in the interest of children and youth to actively engage in these sports. Improving training conditions will certainly result in better sports results. Certainly, new opportunities are being created for recreational water sports. We are extremely glad that the successful cooperation with the company Valamar Riviera dd continues, which has been monitoring the sports activities and successes of our member clubs and athletes for a long time. “, said Alfredo Mendiković, President of the Sports Association of the City of Poreč. Valamar Riviera, the Sports Association of the City of Poreč and the City of Poreč have signed an agreement by which Valamar Riviera enables the citizens of Poreč and sports clubs to use future pool facilities in the new Pical Zone. The agreement continues the previous successful cooperation in the Valamar Diamant 4 * hotel, and a large indoor pool and an outdoor tidal pool are made available to the City and the Sports Community as part of the future Pinea Hotel in the Pical zone. Thus, with the completion of the investment in 2021, the City of Poreč will receive significantly better conditions for the work of sports clubs and recreation of citizens. The large indoor pool will be 25 meters long with five swimming lanes, while the outdoor tidal pool will be 50 meters long. Pinea Hotel will be positioned as a luxury year-round five-star hotel, will have the largest hotel event center in Istria and a wide range of active holidays throughout the year where swimming will offer many other sports and recreational facilities for tourists and citizens. “With the construction of the Pinea Hotel in the new Pical zone, Poreč for the first time gets a large indoor sports pool with five lanes that will be open all year round and as such will be of special importance for athletes and recreationists, as well as for citizens. We are glad that we will provide even better conditions for top athletes for water sports training. “, said Andrea Štifanić, Director of the Asset Management and General Affairs Sector of Valamar Riviera. “Through this cooperation between the City, the Sports Community and Valamar, citizens will have the opportunity to use the pool, for which we are grateful. We are aware of the importance of such sports infrastructure for many recreationists and athletes and we will include it in our investment plan, of course, by solving priority infrastructure projects such as building kindergartens, arranging the waterfront, roads or housing subsidies., said the mayor of Porec, Loris Persuric. Source and photo: Valamar Riviera