Hrvatska turistička ponuda predstavlja se na sajmu „Escale à Sète“, najznačajnijem i najvećem festivalu pomorske baštine na Mediteranu.Riječ je o festivalu u gradu Sèteu na jugu Francuske, koji se održava od 27. ožujka do 2. travnja, a koji objedinjuje turizam, pomorstvo, brodogradnju, ribarstvo te tradicionalnu gastronomiju i enologiju. Hrvatska se ponuda predstavlja s ukupno 10 tradicijskih brodica, a naša je zemlja, zajedno s Italijom, proglašena počasnom uzvanicom ovogodišnjeg izdanja sajma. Tako je uz nazočnost gradonačelnika grada Sètea, Françoisa Commeinhesa i hrvatskog veleposlanika Nj.E. Filipa Vučaka svečano inaugurirano „Mediteransko selo“ u sklopu kojega je predstavljena maritimna baština dviju susjednih mediteranskih zemalja.”Croatia’s current position on the French market is excellent, so in 2018 we expect a turnover growth of up to 10 percent. The key and largest tour operators are currently recording double-digit increases in bookings and sales, and new airlines are supporting the excellent results. One of our main trump cards in this market and what attracts French tourists is the rich nautical offer of our country. That is why I welcome activities such as appearances at the Escale à Sète fair, where Croatia presents its maritime heritage in an organized manner for the first time. “, izjavio je direktor Hrvatske turističke zajednice Kristjan Staničić.More than 130 traditional boats from Europe and the world are presented at the “Escale à Sète” fair, and it is expected that the fair will be visited by more than 300.000 visitors during the week, who will be able to see Croatian traditional maritime heritage and Croatian traditional ships. “In recent years, the Croatian tourist offer has been intensively presented at the largest maritime, maritime and nautical events, such as the festivals in Brest and Vannes or the nautical fair in Paris. These activities contribute to the overall increase in arrivals in the nautical charter, which in 2017 increased the arrivals of French tourists by 11 percent, but also to raise the overall visibility of the French emitting market”, istaknula je Danijela Mihalić Đurica, direktorica Predstavništva HTZ-a u Francuskoj.Namely, the appearance at the fair was realized in cooperation with the Eco Museum Mošćenička Draga (Kvarner guc boat), Mali Lošinj Tourist Board (Lošinj regatta pasara Primavera), University of Zadar (replica of the 10th century warship Condura Croatica), Neretva Boatmen’s Association and the Association for the protection of the Neretva heritage from Opuzen (Neretva boat and hull) and the Palagruža Association from Komiža (Molo Palagruža sandal and Komiža gundula). The coordinators of the Croatian presentation at this event are the Association for the Promotion of Croatian Maritime Heritage Cronaves.
Unrequited was disqualified following his victory in the Children’s Day At Bettyville Handicap at Wexford after Colin Keane failed to weigh in. Ring Chief was promoted to second and The Fox Tully awarded third, while Keane was suspended for 10 days by the stewards and ordered to forfeit his riding fee. Lyons’ assistant and brother Shane said: “If that’s the worst thing that ever happens to him (Keane) he won’t be too bad. He is very upset about it, but we are behind him 100 per cent.” Heffernan went on to land a double and he needed no help from the stewards after springing clear three furlongs out on the Robbie Hennessy-trained Magnetic Force (16-1) in the Boolavogue Handicap. The grey was chased hard by Little Stampy, but had enough in the locker to hold off the challenge by a length and three-quarters. David Wachman also landed a double, highlighted by the easy victory of 4-11 favourite Mr Rock in the Follow Wexford Racecourse On Facebook Maiden. Second at Leopardstown on his previous start, the three-year-old was bounced out in front by Wayne Lordan and always looked in command, having the opposition in trouble fully two furlongs out before clearing away to score by seven and a half lengths. The jockey said: “I suppose he had two good runs under his belt. He is a horse that likes quick ground and he stays well. I’d say it wasn’t much of a contest considering what he has been taking on. He will step forward again. He is a big horse, a big baby. He works well. He is probably better than that and he is just a bit immature.” There were few alarms for Wachman’s other winner either, Fran Berry pressing the button a quarter of a mile out on Que Sera Sera in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden and soon asserting, the 11-4 favourite running on strongly to score by two and a quarter lengths. The jockey rode a peach of a race to win the one-mile-three-furlong handicap on Ger Lyons’ charge, committing for home nearly three furlongs out and getting a terrific response from his mount, who ran on strongly down the straight to hold Coolfighter by two lengths. However, Keane did not weigh in afterwards, prompting the stewards to disqualify Unrequited (13-2) and award the race to the Noel Dooly-trained Coolfighter (13-2), who was bringing up a hat-trick in the hands of Seamie Heffernan. Katie Walsh stalked her two rivals for most of the way on Peter Fahey’s Alton Bay in the Shelmalier (QR) Race before sweeping past at the furlong pole to win going away by four and three-quarter lengths as the 3-1 shot completed a four-timer. The trainer said: “It’s incredible, he has won four for us and he has collected prize money every single time he ran, and we couldn’t ask for any more. He will run once or twice more if the ground stays quick. If the ground goes any way soft at all he will go out until the spring and come back to go novice hurdling. If he improves as much next year you wouldn’t know what we have.” Willie Mullins’ Morning Run (1-3 favourite) easily extended her unbeaten run to three in the Enniscorthy Mares INH Flat Race in the hands of Patrick Mullins. Press Association