RELATED NEWS: REVENUES FROM FOREIGN TOURISTS FOR THE FIRST TIME EXCEED 10 BILLION EUROS Despite the constant interventions of SETE, the fact that tourism is largely an export product, provided in a highly competitive international market that is constantly expanding, is still not fully understood. The lack of tax breaks limits the potential of Greek travel companies to respond to increasingly demanding international competition. Directly competing destinations in the market are re-emerging, offering lower taxes compared to Greece and ranking high in the global tourism sector. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Competitiveness Index for 2017 and 2018, tax rates and tax legislation are the first and third most problematic factors for entrepreneurship in Greece. Therefore, it has been proven that Greece has one of the most unattractive tax incentives among the 27 EU member states. Indicatively, Greece ranks 29th among the 35 countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in this year’s 2018 Tax Competitiveness Index, which is based on data from XNUMX. As for accommodation, it is worth noting that for every 100 euros spent per tourist in Greece for one night in a four-star hotel, as much as 33,4 euros goes to taxes and social security, while for the same amount in Cyprus 16,1 euro, au Croatia 28,2 euros. Greece should create a favorable business environment for tourism companies to respond to new international challenges, SETE said, adding that an environment with stable tax rates, without excessive tax burdens and with resources and financial aids to improve tourism performance and competitiveness is needed. . After all, improving competitiveness is a condition of the entire business sector, not just tourism. According to a recent World Bank report for 2019, Greece ranks 72nd among 190 countries, which is something that needs to be worked on. Tax overload directly affects the competitiveness of companies operating in the tourism sector, he reports Greek Tourist Confederation (SETE). TOURIST IMPULSE: TOURIST COMPANIES EXPECT NET PROFIT DECREASE AND REDUCTION INVESTMENT POTENTIAL Increased taxation of tourist arrangements has reduced competitiveness gains by 50 percent as a result of internal depreciation created by Greek adjustment programs. In addition, a re-increase in VAT (doubled for accommodation and catering, and tripled for air and sea passenger transport), the overnight tax in combination with the corresponding municipal tax, but also an increase in taxes on other business activities, affect seasonality and service loans and are an inhibitory factor for investment.
Stories and storytelling are today in tourism more than ever an imperative for the development and branding of a tourist destination. Pričajmo priče, naše autentične i originalne priče. How to actually interpret the heritage through the story, develop special forms of tourism, create added value, how to turn potentials into a resource and complete the whole process? The new great tourist story from Kaštela is on a great track to give the answers to the above. Priča je fenomenalna, originalna i drugačija te odličan temelj za danji razvoj. Može li se napraviti oznaka kvalitete i brendirati obiteljski smještaj kao što je recimo Kvarner Family oznake kvalitete, te time podiči kvalitetu smještaja na puno viši nivo? Projekt uključuje slikovnicu Biseri prosuti morem, informativnu web stranicu, audio priču i ilustriranu kartu grada. Slikovnica Biseri prosuti morem nositelj je projekta, tiskana je u dvojezičnom izdanju na hrvatskog i engleskom jeziku, a kao takva predstavlja turističko edukativni proizvod koji poziva na učenje i istraživanje Kaštela. The town of Kaštela is located on the shores of Kaštela Bay, and the uniqueness of the town lies in the fact that it developed around seven places: Kaštel Sućurac, Kaštel Gomilica, Kaštel Kambelovac, Kaštel Lukšić, Kaštel Stari, Kaštel Novi, Kaštel Štafilić, ie seven forts – castles. And each fort has its own story. Može li galeb Bepo postati sinonim za Rivijeru Kaštela? Ne samo kroz turizam, nego i kao lokalni ambasador djece koji će educirati o ekologiji, održivom razvoju itd…da postane “živ” i primjer djeci koji će ih usmjeravati. Da, svakako to bi bilo više nego pametan potez, no za to je potrebna šira podrška cijelog projekta. Prvenstveno lokalne samouprave i razmišljanja van okvira tj. strateški. Slikovnica „Biseri posuti morem“ istkana je od prekrasnih lokalnih priča, kulama i dvorcima, staroj maslini, legendi o Miljenku i Dobrili, Kozjaku, kaštelanskim vinima i posebnoj kulturno vrijednoj baštini Kastela, govori Tomislava Vidović Baran, dio tima iza cijelog projekta te dodaje: “Priča je pisana na engleskom i hrvatskom jeziku te predstavlja i zanimljiv vodič kroz grad kako domaćim tako i stranim gostima. Ovaj kaštelanski izvorni suvenir objedinjuje svu ponudu grada Kaštela te je odličan izbor za poklon domaćim ili stranim gostima, ali i našoj djeci kako bi se bolje upoznala sa svojim gradom.” ističe Vidović Baran te dodaje kako se cijeli tim iza ove priče vodio da projekt upoznaje najmlađe populacije s kulturnom baštinom i bogatom povijesti, a s druge strane da postane i zanimljiv turistički proizvod. Ako ste jedan od domaćih iznajmljivača, ne bi bilo loše da slikovnicu „Biseri posuti morem“ imate u svojem smještaju. Da ispričate priču o svojem gradu, prođete sa svojim gostima sve lokacije, no dovoljno je i da im samo “bacite udicu” i zagolicate maštu te ih pustite da sami istraže svih sedam priča. Tako direktno utječete na razinu zadovoljstva gosta, jer ne zaboravite, motiv dolaska nije smještaj, nego destinacija. Ako vam je naravno stalo kako će gosti doživjeti vašu destinaciju i hoće li se opet vratiti. A tu je i ambasador cijele priče – simpatičan Galeb Bepo koji priča priču i vodi čitatelje kroz multimedijalni projekt 7 bisera. The story goes something like this…. Više informacija o ovoj priči saznajte na www.7kastela.hr It is a project of 7 pearls of Kaštela and the seagull Bepo. U svakom slučaju, ovo je jedan primjer kako se kreativnošću i domišljatošću , može doprinijeti promociji lokalnog turizma i razvoju destinacije. Tako se pričaju i valoriziraju priče u turizmu, sada je samo pitanje realizacije i produkcije, te održivosti cijelog projekta. Ovaj turistički proizvod je prepoznat i kod privatnih iznajmljivača koji ga koriste kao poklon svojim turistima, te predstavlja svojevrsni vodič kroz Rivijeru Kaštela. While the whole world invents various stories, which are often not credible, do not have some historical sources and do not have strong foundations, but due to excellent production they are alive and sold around the world, on the other hand Croatia can boast of incredible diversity and authenticity, both through rich history, culture, way and culture of living, all the way to gastronomy. We have a great foundation for telling stories, and most importantly of all these stories are true, credible and unique. Authentic and original stories are key words, and when they are, then they are not inclined to be copied, thus creating differentiation from others through the originality of the story. No copy. Sadržaj uključuje priču o 7 Kaštela sa spominjanjem stvarnih lokacija, kaštelanskim kulama, tradicionalnim delicijama ovoga kraja, vinom – kaštelanskim crljenkom, ilustriranom mapom grada sa stvarnim lokacijama, prikazano na bajkovit način, a opet uključujući veliku ponudu kaštelanskog turizma. “Napravili smo i Bepo naljepnice koje smo stavili na Bepo friendly mjesta, tj.na lokacijama na kojima se može besplatno prolistati proizvod i upoznati s Kaštelima” ističe Tomislava Vidvić. Of course, there are some stories and “only” legends, village stories to tell, but if they are alive and if the local population identifies with them, then they are also a great tool for implementation. An excellent example is Istra Inspirit, which tells stories about Istrian legends. But, as it happens in Croatia, we are constantly talking about potentials, and unfortunately little about the resources that are in the service of tourism. Bepo naljepnica kao potvrda kvalitete, od smještaja do raznih proizvoda. Organsko proizvedeno jaje, salata, sladoled bez glutena i šećera, plaže za djecu…nastavite niz…a sve s potvrdom kvalitete koju nosi naljepnica Bepo. However, although we are still revolving around great potentials in Kaštela, one Kastela woman, Nataša Jukić, saw her opportunity for interpretation and told a new great story in a different way. Of course, everything is connected to the seven castles, the storytelling concept, tourism, history, heritage, culture, all beautifully packaged and woven from local stories. Projekt se širi kroz razne ekstenzije, a definitivno može postati i određena oznaka kvalitete za smještaj obitelji s djecom. Great foundation for tourism, storytelling and branding, right? 7 places, 7 castles, 7 stories, all of which make up one rounded story about the town of Kastela. Riječ je o proizvodu koji je za početak rađen kao dječja slikovnica o Kaštelima prema tekstu spisateljice Nataše Jukić za koji je ilustracije radila umjetnica Dona Tomić. S vremenom su se nove ideje rađale, pa je slikovnica dorađivana i prevedena na engleski jezik te je tako nastao odličan turistički proizvod, priča i suvenir.
project “PUT – Jobs in Catering and Tourism“- Catering and Tourism School Osijek in partnership with the Electrical Engineering and Traffic School Osijek;project “Hvar for all“- Hvar High School;project “ETHNO DALMATIA“- School of Applied Arts and Design Zadar in partnership with the School of Fine Arts Split. A total of 400 thousand kuna from the program will be available for a wide range of projects, which include the creation of tourism products, promotion and introduction of IT communication technologies and the like. New competition – apply The public call for the development of projects in tourism and for tourism aims to influence the strengthening of competencies and raising the quality of human resources, students of secondary vocational schools.The funds are intended for secondary vocational and art schools for projects of creating new tourism products and improving the destination management process in cooperation with other educational sectors and the private sector.In 2019, the Commission for the selection of the best three projects of secondary vocational and art schools singled out the following three projects: The Ministry of Tourism again this year conducted a tender for the award of grants based on the program “Promotion of Occupations”, which has been implemented since 2009, and for 13 projects of secondary vocational and art schools, a total of approximately 400.000 kuna was approved. At the initiative of schools, the Ministry of Tourism for the second time this year announced a public call intended for secondary vocational schools to promote, strengthen competencies and raise the quality of human resources. Projects can be submitted by secondary vocational and art schools founded by the City of Zagreb, the County or the Republic of Croatia. The amount of requested funds can be a maximum of 20 thousand kuna, if one school applies, or 50 thousand kuna if two or more schools apply. Also, with the aim of further motivating students and mentors to get involved in such projects (which ultimately leads to the acquisition of new knowledge and skills), selected project teams will be rewarded with a study trip – a visit to a selected company in the tourism sector. The public call is open until December 2, 2019, and more information on the program and the necessary documentation for project applications with an indicative implementation calendar can be found on the website Ministry of Tourism.
The price for the start of the UberX service ride in Osijek is 6 kuna, and the minimum ride amount is 13 kuna. The fee per kilometer of driving is HRK 3,60, while the price per minute of driving is HRK 0,60. Namely, Zagreb has become the first city in Europe where users of the application will be able to try a completely new dimension of Bolt driving or Bolt Rickshaw. More attached. Bolt’s services include transportation on request, with cars and motorcycles, as well as the service of sharing electric scooters, and the launch of food delivery services is planned. This Estonian company, formerly Taxify, after only five years of operation, has more than 30 million customers in more than 35 countries and has become a leading company for providing on-demand transport services. “Our goal is that as many people in Croatia as possible have a choice of a more favorable way to move around their city, and we are proud to finally be in the east of our country – the Croatian city with the most greenery. Our green visual identity will fit in perfectly, and our company-level care for the environment will contribute to the environment because every ride through our CO2 platform is neutral”, Said Daniel Tutić, director of Bolt in Croatia. Users will only pay as much as they actually drove, and will be able to see the estimated price of the shuttle service for the selected route immediately in the app when ordering a ride. In Osijek, the fee for starting the ride is 4 kuna, the driving time is 50 lipa per minute, and the price of the ride per kilometer is 4 kuna. After Zagreb, Rijeka, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Dubrovnik and Istria, Uber expanded its services to Osijek in early December. With the expansion of accessibility to Osijek, Bolt became available in all major cities in Croatia. Also, just a few days ago, Bolt chose Croatia as the premiere site of the new Bolt service. Bolt, the leading European platform for providing on-demand transport services with over 30 million users worldwide, is available to all citizens and tourists in Osijek as of this week. Uber has been present in Osijek since December “Slavonia is a region with a large number of potential users, and we are sure that our arrival will further reduce the use of private cars, as was the case in other cities in Croatia. ” said Davor Tremac, Uber’s general manager for Southeast Europe. As of December, two leading taxi companies are available in Osijek – Uber and Bolt. Cover photo: croatiatipscom, Pixabay.com / / / EXCELLENT COOPERATION AND SYNERGY: NEW BOLT SERVICE LAUNCHED IN ZAGREB: ROLL BOLT
As for tourists from Slovenia, Stanicic said that Slovenian tourists are currently second in the number of arrivals and overnight stays in Croatia, and to date have realized about one million and 100 thousand overnight stays. “We are in daily contact with the CNTB office in Slovenia as well as their institutions, we follow their recommendations and I believe that in the coming days there will be a decline in new cases in Croatia and that we will return to the green list and that Slovenians will continue to stay in Croatia. Many Slovenians have real estate and boats in Croatia and are one of our most important guests, and they are always welcome. I think our neighbors are well informed and know that we are a safe country and well prepared to receive all guests”Stanicic said when asked by journalists to comment on yesterday’s move by the Slovenian government, which put Croatia on the” yellow “list of epidemiologically less safe countries due to the increase in the daily number of coronavirus infections. Along with the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, the coordination meeting was attended by the director of the Kvarner Tourist Board, Irena Peršić Živadinov, and about 25 representatives of tourist boards of cities and municipalities from the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. Cro cards? Also, Staničić commented on the Cro card project, which was announced to start on Wednesday, July 01, but is still pending for now. Attendees welcomed the new railway route of the Czech carrier RegioJet, which connects Rijeka and Kvarner with the markets of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia, through which the train passes, which will run daily until the end of August on the route Prague-Brno-Bratislava-Ljubljana-Rijeka. 30.000 passengers. She opened the meeting Irena Persic Zivadinov emphasizing that in Kvarner, after Istria, the largest tourist traffic is realized at the moment. / / / THE FIRST REGION TRAIN ARRIVED FROM THRESHOLD IN RIJEKA WITH MORE THAN 500 PASSENGERS “We agreed on open issues, such as the collection of tourist tax within nautical tourism. In just a few days, the CNTB is completing a web application for sailors in order for boaters to further facilitate the collection and registration of tourist tax for our sailors. I call on everyone to be responsible and to adhere to all procedures that we must adhere to, to be an example to our tourists who come to Croatia. ” Stanicic pointed out. Director Staničić also pointed out that during the pandemic, the CNTB created three campaigns and maintained the visibility of Croatia through the media and social networks, which enabled Croatia to be one of the few tourist destinations in the Mediterranean where tourist traffic takes place at the moment. Currently 330.000 tourists in Croatia A new bimonthly issue for July and August of the well-known travel magazine will certainly contribute to greater visibility of Rijeka and Kvarner on the UK market, for example. Wanderlust who suggests to his millions of readers what to see and visit in his 72-hour stay in Rijeka and Kvarner. Director Staničić presented the promotional activities of the CNTB in 2020 in key emitting markets, as well as the activities that are being carried out and will be carried out with the aim of promoting tourism in foreign and domestic markets. A coordination meeting of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Tourist Boards of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County was held in Crikvenica today. Currently, according to eVisitor data, 330.000 tourists stay in Croatia, which is about 40% less tourists compared to the same day last year. At the coordination meeting, they also discussed joint promotional activities that the CNTB will carry out in cooperation with the tourist boards of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. “At the moment, more than 312 thousand tourists are vacationing in Croatia, most of them staying in Istria and about 72.000 in Kvarner. The airlines of our strategic partners, which connect Kvarner with Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, London, Riga, but also Eindhoven and Warsaw, are becoming more and more intensive.” Director Staničić pointed out, adding that at the moment in Kvarner, tourist traffic is recorded by 115 hotel facilities and 48 camps. / / / SLOVENIA REMOVES CROATIA FROM THE LIST OF GREEN COUNTRIES, BUT NO MANDATORY QUARANTINE IS STILL “There are certain technical details about the implementation of the Cro card project, primarily with banks as partners in this project, and when they are resolved in the coming weeks, I believe that the Cro card project will come to life. As soon as we get the green light, the promotion of the whole project starts”Concluded Staničić.
The project “Ambassadors of Modern Tourism” consists of a series of workshops, evaluation of acquired knowledge and the award of the certificate “Ambassador of Modern Tourism”. Everything is done with games, quizzes, associations, visuals, comparisons, competitions, group work, creativity, role-playing because both we adults and children, when they are relaxed, are more satisfied, and when they are more satisfied they will remember easier and longer. The focus of the project is to raise awareness and teach children the key elements important for tourism, ie what it really means to live in a tourist city, who is a tourist and what are his expectations, what are the advantages and disadvantages of tourism as a career, what is modern tourism, what is multiculturalism through the role of small performers to encourage them to get better acquainted with the historical-traditional-cultural features of Poreč and Istria. “The purpose of the project is to encourage the development of awareness among children, parents and society about the need for early awareness of the advantages, disadvantages, effects and specifics of tourism and thus integrate children into tourism and specifically educate them about key elements related to work, trends and culture. This is especially important for tourist destinations where whole families work in tourism and where children grow up with tourism without first and quality preparations and explanations of what this system is, why and how it is important to families, what is the role of each individual and the like. ”Points out Marinela Dropulić Ružić. The holder of the project is the City of Poreč, the implementation of which is co-financed by the Croatian Children’s Foundation, and the project activities are carried out by the consultant and educator doc. dr. sc. Marinela Dropulić Ružić with associate Kristina Kulišić, mag oec. from Meraklis on groups of children in DV Radost, Summer Camp of the City of Poreč, and summer base DND Poreč. We are in an ungrateful and turbulent moment when it comes to tourism, so we look at this project as a beautiful and positive story with the aim of raising awareness and popularizing tourism – those who will feel, live, work in the future. Including children from preschool to 4th grade of primary school, this project aims to act nationally with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of lifelong learning in the field of tourism. In this way, the youngest generations are preparing for the tourism of the new age and the popularization of this profession is encouraged, which is quite degraded in the Republic of Croatia, and on the other hand extremely important for the economy. The city of Poreč is one of the top destinations in Croatia, but it is still looking for the right strategies in terms of human resources in tourism because it was a stronghold for a project that aims to create generations of tourism ambassadors. “We are extremely happy and proud of this project and the City of Poreč, which has recognized the importance of this approach to tourism development. This is an investment in the future”Concluded Dropulić Ružić. “The receptionist is not the one who gives recipes”, “Tourism is where tourists sleep and has wheels”, “Concierge opens cans”, “Tourism is a form of marketing”, “Pioneer is a profession in tourism” – these are some of the hilarious perspectives that doc. Marinela Dropulić Ružić, PhD, brings in the first days of the educational cycle which is carried out within the project “Ambassadors of modern tourism”.
Valamar expects that the tourism sector will continue to be under the impact of the crisis in 2021, while returning to normal expected in 2022 and 2023. In 2020, Valamar Riviera expects to generate about 30% of revenues compared to the realization in 2019 Kao response to the crisis caused by coronavirus, in 2020, 125 million kuna of investments in projects were suspended, the completion of which is largely planned for the 2021 season. Works on Valamar Pinea Collection Resort in Poreč and other investment projects they are temporarily suspended for a period of 12 to 24 months due to the uncertainty of future operations. Of course, 2020 was totally different and unexpected. But in spite of everything, they are in Valamar keep it all jobs. Mostly thanks to the assistance of the measures of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the support of the social partners through “Pause, Restart” program, “By adjusting operations and with the support of shareholders, banks and other investors, sufficient liquidity has been ensured to amortize the crisis in the next three years. In order to save all jobs until the beginning of the next tourist season, the program “Pause, Restart” will continue.”, They point out from Valamar and add that they will work intensively on the preparation of future development projects, digitalization and business transformation for a new period of growth. In 2019 HRK 955 million was invested in raising the quality of the portfolio and expanded the partnership with pension funds by increasing the capital in the Imperial Riviera and the acquisition of a hotel on Hvar. In order to strengthen the financial position of the group, HRK 363 million of realized profit was allocated to retained earnings and until further notice deferred dividend payment. Stopped investment cycle “As a tourist destination, Croatia has shown stability and attractiveness in the new conditions and has the opportunity to realize a stronger recovery in tourist traffic next year, although business will still be affected by the crisis. In the past period, Valamar has invested HRK 6 billion in tourism, and in the coming period it will be important to maintain liquidity, preserve jobs, adjust operations to the impact of the crisis and prepare projects for new growth and development when the conditions are right.”, They conclude from Valamar. / / / GREEN VALAMAR IS MUCH MORE THAN A SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS. IT IS VALUE, PROMISE AND BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY BRAND The business results were presented at the General Assembly of Valamar Riviera 2019. The, in which Valamar achieved double-digit revenue growth of HRK 2,22 billion and an operating profit growth of 11%. Photo: Valamar / Robert Marić Although the tourist season started well, after several countries issued travel warnings in August, tourist traffic to Croatia was disabled, which caused a sharp decline in the second part of August and the off-season. Last year was a record year of business and the last year of the five-year development cycle in which Valamar achieved an average growth rate. operating profit of 22% and made strategic strides that will ensure the creation of new value for stakeholders in the coming period, investing in employees, products and destinations in a sustainable and socially responsible way.
The American market is, immediately after the British, the second most important emitting market for Dubrovnik, and in 2019 159 American tourists stayed in Dubrovnik (146% more than in 16), and 2018 overnight stays were realized (442% more than in 256). ). Due to new measures of the National Civil Protection Headquarters, caused by the epidemiological situation in Croatia, unfortunately, the conference “ASTA DESTINATION EXPO”, which was to be held in December this year in Dubrovnik, at the Valamar Lacroma Hotel, was postponed for April 15-18, 2021. The ASTA DESTINATION EXPO 2021 conference is a unique opportunity to promote Dubrovnik and Croatia, and hosting numerous American tourism experts in Dubrovnik, who will negotiate deals directly with Croatian tourism service providers at B2B meetings, will be a necessary optimistic message to the entire travel industry. next tourist season. Photo: Pixabay.com
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion After being away for an extended time, I’m looking forward to commenting on a few issues, both serious and not so serious.The first issue that has caught my attention is about whether a bakery owner has the right to refuse to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple.It was a matter of whether the bakery owner had the right to freely practice his religion as the Constitution guarantees.If that bakery were around this area, I would go in and order a wedding cake, agree to the decoration, etc. then, just before paying for the cake, I would smile sweetly and ask, “I’m twice divorced (true), will that be a problem?” Lorene HuntleySchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn early October 2017, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy and a couple of candidates running for City Council came to my home campaigning. In conversation, I expressed a neighborhood concern. They all agreed it needed attention. The mayor had someone take the information down and told me he would look into the matter. On Oct. 21, I decided to send the mayor a private Facebook message to see when I could expect the matter to be resolved. I received no response. On Dec. 14, I called the mayor’s office and left a voicemail message. Again no response. On Jan. 3, 2018, I left another private Facebook message and got no response.I then called what I thought was the appropriate office at City Hall to voice my concern and was told: “I’ll pass your message onto the office that handles this type of matter.” I asked to please have someone call me regarding the issue. Again, no response. I also emailed two city councilmen and received no responses. Last but certainly not least, on April 19, I sent Councilman Vince Riggi a private Facebook message. Less than an hour later, he responded by telling me he contacted the appropriate office and would follow up with me.On April 26, Councilman Riggi updated me, and days later the problem was resolved. After thanking him for not only helping me but for all he does for the city of Schenectady, his response was, “Always my pleasure to serve Joanne. If there’s anything in the future, do not hesitate to let me know.”Mr. Riggi, you are an asset to the city of Schenectady and you know the true meaning of serving the people you work for. Your efforts are appreciated.JOANNE HWASZCZSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes