At the initiative of the Representation of the Croatian Tourist Board in Germany and the Association of Independent Agencies RTK (Reiffeisen Touristik Kooperation), a study trip was organized in Split-Dalmatia County with the participation of 15 sales agents from agencies that are members of that association. The trip will last until October 14, and the association itself has about 3500 stationary travel agencies in Germany among its members. Thus, RTK agents visited the most important locations in the county, such as Split, Makarska Riviera and Omis. An important part of the visit was a tour of the hotel on the Makarska Riviera and other attractions in the non-board offer.In the second half of September, a study trip was already realized, which was attended by a larger group of 100 agents working in the network of stationary agencies DER Touristika. Thus, the agents, through the cooperation of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Tourist Boards of Istria, Kvarner and Split-Dalmatia County, were divided into four groups and toured almost the entire Croatian coast, all staying at the Valamar Girandella Hotel in Rabac, where they were held. and final presentations. DER Touristik has the largest network of own agencies or partner agencies in Germany, as many as 1500.The CNTB points out that the German market pays great attention to cooperation with travel agencies. They are crucial for better sales of tour operator programs, given that almost 80 percent of programs are sold through agencies. In this way, it tries to further motivate agents to offer their clients various programs that tour operators realize in Croatia and thus encourage a larger number of Germans to choose a vacation in Croatian destinations.
WEST Indies legend Brian Lara believes the upcoming IPL could prove a key barometer for veteran players like Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, who could be looking for one last hurrah at the ICC T20 World Cup later this year.At ages 40 and 36, the players are in the twilight of their careers and currently on the fringes of the West Indies squad looking to prepare for the upcoming tournament. Lara is, however, convinced that a successful IPL campaign could put the players back in the mind of the selectors.The tournament, the former batting star insists, will not only test their current form but also their longevity by providing a gruelling schedule. The near one-month tournament could see teams play as many as 17 matches, with a minimum of 14 during the short period.“I think the IPL is going to be a huge point or signal for who is actually going to carry on. It’s still going to be five months after the IPL for the World Cup,” Lara said in a recent interview with bdcrictime.“Fitness levels are very important, but a gruesome tournament like the IPL is going to tell the West Indies selectors who are the players that they really need, going into the last four months of preparation for the World Cup,” he added. (Sportsmax)
Back in late November, Minnesota-Duluth stormed the Kohl Center and stole a game from the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, handing the Badgers their second loss of the season.In an unusually low scoring game for Wisconsin, Kim Martin, Duluth’s star goaltender, stopped the Badgers’ high-powered offense in its tracks, giving up just one goal on 26 shots.Up in Duluth, the two teams will match up again this weekend in about the same position they found themselves back in November: The Badgers still own the No. 1 ranking and the Bulldogs still possess Martin, one of the nation’s top net minders with an average of 1.57 goals allowed per game.This time around, Wisconsin must do more on the offensive end in order to score, as Martin, like most WCHA goaltenders, can shut any team down on any given night.“Their goaltender is good,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “You have to try and create opportunities, tip-ins, rebounds, screen shots. It’s no different than when you are playing Minnesota with [Noora] Raty. She’s the same way, she is a very good goalie and can make 50 good saves and beat you.”There are other factors working against the Badgers as they enter the highly anticipated series. Last weekend, Duluth went to Minnesota and left without earning a victory.No team wants to go two weekends in a row, against its two biggest rivals in the conference, without a win.“They lost to Minnesota last weekend, so they are going to be coming out pretty fired up,” sophomore winger Brianna Decker said. “If we come out hard and take the sweep this weekend, it’s going to be a turning point even more in our season and get us prepared for the last five weeks.”The other issue for Wisconsin is that Duluth opens the doors to its brand new hockey arena this weekend. The Badgers are to take part in the first ever women’s hockey game in the AMSOIL Arena.If the No. 1 ranked team in the county coming to town – coupled with the desire to avenge last weekend’s misfortunate in Minnesota – wasn’t enough motivation for the Bulldogs, hoping to open up the new stadium with a bang probably is.“I don’t know if they’re going to hoist up a banner or what they’re going to do, but I’m sure that team’s going to be very excited and they’ll probably be a little bit angry after the way things went in Minnesota,” Johnson said. “It’ll be a real big test Friday night to see if we’re ready to match that intensity that we’re going to be up against.”The rink within the arena presents a unique situation for the Badgers, as well. The ice sheet is as small as they will ever encounter, with nets that sit only about three feet away from the boards.The only other rinks that have ice sheets similar to that size are in North Dakota and Ohio State. But even those rinks are not as small as the one Wisconsin will play on this weekend.The Badgers, however, feel that they can use the small ice to play to their strengths.“I think we can use it to our advantage because we can spin out of the corners really quick and then you’re right in the scoring area where you want to be,” Decker said.Wisconsin’s offense was held down by Duluth’s tough defense and strong goaltending play last time out, which is a pretty incredible feat considering the type of numbers the Badgers are able to put up.However, it’s the work on the defensive end that is most integral to Wisconsin’s success this weekend.“I think we just have to continue to get shots and just make sure we’re taking care of our defensive zone so we can go up into the offensive zone and do our work in there,” senior defenseman Geena Prough said.Hard work is definitely the key to success for UW, because with everything pushing against the Badgers this weekend, they are going to have to work very hard to earn a pair of victories.
MORE: Everything you need to know about the NHL All-Star Skills Competition 2020Over the course of his 18-year NHL career, Tocchet attended four NHL All-Star Games representing the Flyers three times and the Pittsburgh Penguins once. He compiled a 2-2 record for the Wales Conference and netted four goals and three assists. The 1993 NHL All-Star Game in New York saw Tocchet replace teammate Mario Lemieux who was undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Darcy Kuemper was set to be the Coyotes lone player representative; however, he has been out since mid-December with a lower-body injury and was replaced on Wednesday by the Calgary Flames netminder David Rittich. Clayton Keller was listed in the “Last Men In” vote but lost out to Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes. Tocchet is the second-ever Coyotes head coach to be behind the bench for an All-Star Game. Jim Schoenfeld served as an assistant coach for the champion Team North America at the 1999 event.The 2020 NHL All-Star Game will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25 in St. Louis with the All-Star Skills Competition on Friday night. With Gerard Gallant’s firing by the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, a spot opened up to coach the Pacific Division at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. On Thursday, the NHL filled the spot with Arizona Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet.Tocchet’s Coyotes currently sit in first place in the Pacific Division with a 26-18-5 record. He will join the Boston Bruins’ Bruce Cassidy (Atlantic), the Washington Capitals Todd Reirden (Metropolitan) and the hometown St. Louis Blues’ Craig Berube (Central).