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.
Gus Poyet hailed the best refereeing decision he has ever seen after seeing Sunderland drag themselves out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. The 46-year-old Uruguayan was full of praise for match official Phil Dowd, who sent off Cardiff defender Juan Cala and awarded a penalty after initially allowing play to continue. Poyet believes the decision was a direct result of the debate sparked by West Ham midfielder Matt Jarvis’ attempts to stay on his feet under the challenge of Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna earlier this month, which ultimately went unrewarded. Connor Wickham set the ball rolling when he headed Sebastian Larsson’s 26th-minute corner home for his fourth goal in three games, and it was he who prompted Cala’s premature departure. The 21-year-old pounced on defender Cala’s error only to be hauled back by the Spaniard and after Dowd had played an advantage which did not accrue, he pointed to the spot and issued a red card. Fabio Borini converted from the spot and the Black Cats never looked back as substitute Emanuele Giaccherini added a third 14 minutes from time before Wickham claimed his second of the game at the death from the Italy international’s corner. The win – just Sunderland’s second in the league in 11 attempts at the Stadium of Light – lifted them out of the drop zone on goal difference and left the Bluebirds at the bottom of the pile and in deep trouble. But Poyet said: “Let’s not think we have done everything because we have done nothing. There are still games to play and everything can change. “Now if we want to be in a great situation, we have put ourselves in the best position possible in football because it didn’t look good. “I talked about miracles, let’s see if in two weeks’ time I am here telling you that miracles happen.” Opposite number Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to be drawn into the debate over Cala’s dismissal, and set his men the task of winning both their remaining games – at Newcastle next week and at home to Chelsea on the final day – to stay up. Asked about their chances, he said: “Of course they have taken a big blow, but we have got two games – we have got to win those two. “We looked at this one as a possibility for three points, but then we have got to look at the next one and Chelsea. The next two games, you have got to win them.” Press Association The Sunderland head coach said: “It’s the best decision I have ever seen from a referee in my life, it’s as simple as that. “If we really want to stop players going down easily, this is the way, so all the credit to Phil today because he did what we all wanted, but it was for some reason not possible. “Definitely Jarvis helped us a lot because after that incident with Jarvis, we have been talking about these actions for the last two weeks. “Today, we got what everybody was probably expecting in terms of playing the game, going on because the referee is going to back you up because you have advantage, but it was a foul and it was a red card. “Like I said, it was the best decision I have ever seen in my life from a referee. “Before Jarvis, maybe – I will ask Phil – this penalty wouldn’t have been given and the sending-off, which means that on that day you go into the dressing room and you need to ask a player, ‘Why didn’t you go down?’, which is natural because if not, you don’t get the penalty. “Now Phil proved to us all that it’s possible and that for football is magnificent.” Dowd’s decision on the stroke of half-time proved the pivotal moment in the game, although by that point, the Black Cats were already ahead.