Compared to the Easter holidays in 2018, which took place from March 30 to April 2, this year’s later Easter date resulted in 80% more arrivals and 90% more tourist nights. Of the cities, during the Easter holidays the largest number of overnight stays was recorded in Dubrovnik (53.978), followed by Poreč (34.155), Rovinj (33.499), Zagreb (27.276) and Split (23.361). 288.810 overnight stays were realized in hotels, which represents 51% of the total overnight stays, followed by household facilities with 115 thousand overnight stays or 20% share and camps with 89 thousand overnight stays, which is 16% share. According to the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), during the Easter holidays, ie in the period from Friday, April 19 to Monday, April 22, 2019, 179.513 arrivals and 566.687 overnight stays. The largest number of overnight stays during the extended Easter weekend was realized in the tourist cluster Istra, 196 thousand (35% share), followed by Kvarner with 99 thousand overnight stays (18% share) and Dalmatia-Dubrovnik with 74 thousand overnight stays (13% share). “This year’s extended Easter weekend fell later in the calendar, which was in favor of the increased tourist traffic that we expect by the end of April. Due to the quality, content and diverse destination offer that attracts guests to Croatia, holidays in our nearest emitting markets, but also due to the May Day that follows, we expect additional retention of guests in our country and the growth trend of tourist traffic”, Said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the Easter holidays have encouraged excellent results so far in April, which compared to the same period last year recorded a 32% increase in arrivals and overnight stays. Looking at the markets, during the Easter holidays the largest number of overnight stays was realized by guests from Germany (124.229), Italy (58.205), Austria (48.975) and Slovenia (33.136). Source: Croatian National Tourist Board
TEXARKANA, Ark. – IMCA Modifieds chase a $2,000 top check next Wednesday at Texarkana 67 Speedway’s 4th of July Shootout special.A minimum of $100 will be paid to start the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods are also on the card. A fireworks display follows the race program.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region, Arkansas State and track points will be awarded.There is no entry fee for either IMCA division and pit passes are $30.Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62 and over and military, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under.Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.More information is posted on Facebook.
Dreher began her round on the 10th hole today and didn’t waste any time getting things going in the right direction. She birdied the 12th hole, however fell back down to even on her round after a bogey on 15.The good news for Dreher is that turned out to be her only bogey of the day. She got the stroke right back on 16 after a birdie, and finished her first nine holes with a one under, 35.The solid play continued over the final nine on the afternoon. Dreher managed birdies on holes four and six to sit in a tie for 23rd at even par for the weekend.- Advertisement -Fellow Canadian Alena Sharp of Hamilton is the clubhouse leader after day two of competition. She shot a four under, 68 today to sit at seven under for the tournament.
“It seems like both of them are from different planets and they came to play football with us mortals,” Rakitic said.“Both of them are among the best players ever in their positions. You try to enjoy it as much as you can, to learn from them.”Iniesta is regularly classed among the greats of the game and as a defining influence on Spain’s success, but Modric’s talents remain relatively unsung.Perhaps, in part, it is because Iniesta’s brilliance has been backed up by achievements on the world stage — he scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final — while Modric has not hit the same heights with Croatia.Modric owns four Champions League titles from his six years at Real Madrid, and has also won a La Liga and the Copa del Rey.Christian Eriksen is the main World Cup threat for Denmark © AFP / Jewel SAMADBut since making his Croatian debut in March 2006, in a friendly against Argentina, he has twice tasted disappointment in the group stage of the World Cup, either side of a failure even to qualify in 2010.At the European Championship, Croatia fell at the first hurdle after the group phase in 2008 and 2016 and did not make it out of their group in 2012.“Modric would probably be getting more attention than he is right now if he was a German or Spanish player,” Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said last week.“He would maybe even be a Ballon D’Or winner. But because we are a smaller country, he does get less attention than he deserves.”Modric has never even made it into the top three of football’s most prestigious individual award but, after scoring twice in Croatia’s opening three games in Russia, there is a chance for him finally to put his stamp on a major tournament.Iniesta and Spain could lie in wait in the quarter-finals but first, Croatia must overcome Denmark in the last 16 on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod.Denmark trudged their way through an underwhelming Group C but they have their own midfield dynamo in Christian Eriksen who, like Modric once did, has flourished in the Premier League at Tottenham.Modric is deployed deeper for Real, tasked with moving the ball from back to front by wriggling his way forward and changing the angle of attacks. But for Croatia, his job is closer in kind to Eriksen’s, an executioner of killer passes in the final third.It means they are unlikely to be in direct combat in Novgorod but Modric and Eriksen’s battle for control could prove decisive.“I do not consider myself to be worse than him,” Eriksen said on Friday.“He is the type of player you enjoy to challenge yourself against. For the national team, he is more attacking than he is for Madrid.”Modric admittedly enjoys a stronger supporting cast, with Rakitic a particularly formidable midfield partner.But the stakes are also higher for the 32-year-old, who is probably playing his last World Cup and possibly has one final chance to make a mark on the international stage.“Sure, there’s a lot of pressure but I said from the beginning, when we got together for this tournament, that we need to enjoy this because it’s the World Cup,” Rakitic said.“We need to fight, to enjoy the tournament and do everything we can to make our fans happy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Luka Modric is Croatia’s key man at the World Cup © AFP / PASCAL GUYOTSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 30 – Croatia head into their World Cup last-16 match against Denmark spearheaded by evergreen midfielder Luka Modric, a player his teammate Ivan Rakitic has compared to Spain’s Andres Iniesta.Four years with Iniesta at Barcelona and 11 alongside Modric for Croatia leaves Rakitic in a privileged position to judge two of the finest playmakers of the modern era.