The Croatian National Tourist Board, in cooperation with the Slovenian Tourist Board, as part of the XXIII. During the Winter Olympic Games in the South Korean city of PyeongChang, she held a business workshop and presentation of the Croatian and Slovenian tourist offer in front of 40 partners from South Korea.Among the domestic entities, the presentation in South Korea was attended by the tourist boards of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Kvarner and the city of Zagreb, as well as Croatia Airlines, Atlas, Uniline and others. The CNTB points out that Croatia is a popular destination on the Korean market, which is confirmed by the extremely high interest expressed by Korean partners and travel agencies such as Any Travel, Expedia Korea, Hana Business, Shoestring Travel, Viagem Tour, Yana Trip and others. , and the workshop also attracted representatives of leading Korean media specializing in tourism and travel.”By establishing a larger number of airlines, we expect significant growth in tourist traffic from distant markets such as South Korea, China, Japan, etc. In 2018, we expect further growth in the arrival of guests from South Korea who especially appreciate natural beauty, cultural and historical sights in Croatia. gastronomy and active holidays. We will strengthen our promotional presence in this market, given that these are guests who visit us in a large percentage outside the summer months and thus stimulate the active business of tourism stakeholders over a longer period of the year. ” said director Stanicic, announcing the recent opening of the Croatian National Tourist Board office in Seoul.Photo: HTZThe presentation of the Croatian tourist offer at the Slovenian House in the Olympic Village in PyeongChang was enhanced by members of the Croatian bobsled team: pilot Dražen Silić from Pula, Benedikt Nikpalj from Zadar, Antonijo Zelić from Drniš and Mate Mezulić, as well as Croatian Charge d’Affaires Hrvoje Cvitanović and honorary Croatian Consul in Korea In-Mo Yang. Simona Leskovar, Ambassador of Slovenia to Japan, which also covers the Republic of Korea, greeted those gathered in front of Slovenia.By the way, 2017 arrivals and 444.000 overnight stays were made from the Korean market in 534.000, which compared to 2016 represents an increase of 20 percent in arrivals and 16 percent in overnight stays. The destinations where Korean tourists spent the most nights are Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Plitvice Lakes. Croatia and Slovenia now traditionally present themselves in distant markets through joint appearances, as this achieves greater promotional visibility, especially among tourists from China, South Korea and Japan, who see Europe as a unique destination.Find out more about the market at “Market profiles”
The Swedish financial services authority has announced it will amend its proposed IORP II regulations regarding the calculation of balance sheet provisions for occupational pension funds.The announcement follows critical responses from several major pension providers to a consultation on the draft proposal for new regulations on occupational pension activities.In their joint response last month, Folksam, AMF and Alecta said the new rules would negatively affect both pension savers and employers.The regulator – Finansinspektionen (FI) – has now made a draft addition to its previous proposal, including an amended rule for calculating capital requirements for share price risk and new rules for an alternative method for calculating the long-term forward rate (UFR). This is the rate at the far end of the interest rate curve that pension funds use to determine provisions. Lars-Åke Vikberg, chief executive of Swedish pension fund SPK, told Danish pensions news service Pensionsnyheterna that infrastructure would, relatively speaking, come out a little better in the new proposal from FI.“It is good. Infrastructure investment fits very well into pension portfolios, which are naturally very long-term,” he was reported as saying.It was also positive that the regulator was allowing pension funds a phase-in of the UFR and did not have to apply the EIOPA rate immediately, he said.“FI has listened to criticism from the referral bodies,” Vikberg said.FI has set a tight deadline for written comments on the supplementary proposal of 14 October, and also invited parties to make oral submissions directly at a meeting convened for that day.The new regulations are currently scheduled to enter into force on 1 January 2020.