first_imgBolton Valley Resort,The owners of Bolton Valley Resort, big mountain skiing and riding less than 30 minutes from Burlington, have engaged Mike Krongel of Mirus Resort Capital, a New England investment banking firm, to identify and evaluate growth opportunities for the resort. Bolton Valley is owned by partners Doug Nedde and Larry Williams of Redstone, a Vermont commercial real estate development company in Burlington.‘Future development plans at Bolton Valley include improvements to the existing base area, lift upgrades and expansion of snowmaking capacity,’ said Williams. ‘There are plans to create a sustainable primary and second home community, a canopy tour, zip rider, mountain biking, and the installation of a second wind powered turbine capable of producing more than five million kWh of energy per year. We are looking to Mirus Resort Capital to advise us on how to best move Bolton Valley forward.’The partners have owned and operated Bolton Valley Resort since 2007, when they purchased the interests of Bolton’s former owner/operator. Mirus’ assignment is to identify purchasers or equity investors to implement Bolton’s plans for growth.Mirus Resort Capital is an investment banking firm located in Burlington, Mass. Mirus focuses on mergers, acquisitions, debt and equity placement and joint venture creation. Mirus Resort Capital works primarily with resort, recreation and hospitality enterprises. In its work with Bolton, Mirus will identify investor partners whose experience, expertise and goals coincide with the investment opportunities at Bolton Valley Resort.Bolton Valley Resort is Vermont’s most convenient big mountain for skiing and riding packed with value. Less than 10 minutes from I-89 and less than 30 minutes from Burlington, the family-friendly mountain offers skiers and riders of all abilities three mountain peaks with 71 trails and 6 lifts, plus 3 terrain parks including the Burton Progression Park.Bolton Valley is one of only two ski resorts in the U.S. to implement wind power as an energy source and is the recipient of the National Ski Areas Association’s 2010 Silver Eagle Award for environmental initiatives. A complete Sports Center, outdoor ropes course, extensive back-country skiing and Vermont’s most extensive top-to-bottom night skiing and riding are just a few of the extras available to guests.  Source: Bolton Valley Resort. BOLTON, Vt. (Dec. 6, 2010)’last_img read more

first_imgStories 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. last_img read more

first_img EGBA: German Policy unfit to tackle black market threats July 16, 2020 Submit Maarten HaijerMaarten Haijer, Director General of the European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA), has urged European Union policymakers to push for the development of a common rulebook on online gambling protections, standards and safeguards.Writing a guest post on EU news source Politico.eu, Haijer reaffirms EGBA’s position that a reported +12 million European online gambling consumers are being underserved by inconsistent online gambling policies.“The challenges are obvious: The internet has no national borders, which means Europeans can easily play on gambling websites based in countries other than where they live,” said Haijer. “But the quality of national gambling regulations in the EU varies significantly and there is no consistency between them.”Detailing inconsistencies, Haijer points to research undertaken by the University of London which outlined that only Denmark had implemented European Commission policies and safeguards on online consumer protections, instructed by the EU in 2014.The EGBA points to major gaps in customer safeguards against problem gambling, detailing that half of EU member states have yet to implement player self-exclusion registries.Furthermore, the EGBA details major member state failings in underage age gambling protections, as well as customer record keeping and identification.Haijer added: “These are major failings in the effort to keep Europe’s citizens and gamblers safe online — and they could easily be avoided. Even some basic safeguards are not available everywhere in the EU.That is why the EGBA calls for more common EU rules and safeguards to better protect Europe’s more than 12 million online gamblers. A common rulebook would establish the strong and consistent safeguards needed to protect Europe’s citizens, particularly vulnerable groups, such as minors and problem gamblers.”In 2017, the ECJ detailed that it would no longer enforce EU laws on gambling sector regulations, detailing that national policy, standards and legislations would be ultimately determined by member state governments.“It is 2019: if the EU is really serious about making the digital single market work for its consumers, there is no reason why online gamblers living in one member country should be less protected than those living in another. It is time to act.” Related Articles Share EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Share David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Has the die already been cast? July 15, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more