Free prescription delivery for Prime members

first_imgAmazon Prime customers get free two-day delivery, although shipping might take up to five days the first time a customer orders, as it takes time to transfer a medication. Customers who don’t have Prime can get free delivery within five days, or they can pay $5.99 to upgrade to two-day delivery.The medicines on offer include a mix of generic and brand-name drugs. Customers can get access to birth control, as well as commonly prescribed drugs like insulin, triamcinolone steroid creams, metformin for controlling blood sugar, and sumatriptan for migraines.Amazon will not deliver Schedule II controlled medications, including most opioids, and it won’t be replacing the Health & Personal Care store by offering vitamins and supplements.Customers who have questions about their medications can reach a pharmacist or pharmacy technician at any time through online self-service or phone. Amazon will also screen for potentially problematic drug interactions for customers who are taking multiple medications at once.Amazon’s Parker said that the storage and collection of customer health information is in compliance with federal HIPAA rules, and the company won’t share pharmacy data to advertisers or marketers without permission.Amazon has leveraged its rich troves of customer data to build advertising into a key pillar of its overall business, and shows customers personalized ads and offersdiscounts based on what they have bought in the past. But consumers are likely to have a different set of expectations when they’re placing a prescription order versus browsing for a new pair of pants.“The information and experience you have inside the pharmacy is separate and distinct from the experience that you have on Amazon.com,” Parker said.PillPack will continue to serve customers even after Amazon Pharmacy launches. That’s because PillPack is designed for a different use-case: It delivers medicines on a 30-day schedule to a population of patients that tend to be sicker and older than average, and often require multiple prescriptions.For Prime users: A prescription savings benefitAmazon Prime members have access to an additional pharmacy perk called the “prescription savings benefit,” which offers a discount of up to 80% on generic medications and up to 40% on brand-name prescriptions.Amazon negotiated those discounts through a relationship with the InsightRX savings program, which is part of Evernorth, a company that grew out of a merger between Express Scripts and insurance giant Cigna in 2018. Insurers use pharmacy benefits managers like Evernorth to negotiate drug rebates from drug manufacturers in exchange for better coverage. For Amazon, the announcement is well-timed. Americans are increasingly relying on getting their medicines via mail to avoid getting exposed to the coronavirus. That shift could be permanent, as more people than ever before are learning about new ways of receiving medication.“We wanted to make it easy for people to get their medication, understand the cost and get it delivered to the home,” said TJ Parker, Amazon’s vice president of pharmacy, who previously co-founded PillPack. “The hard work is to make it easy… there were a number of complications behind the scenes.”“We think this new benefit will add tremendous value to our members,” added Jamil Ghani, vice president of Amazon Prime. “It’s relevant as folks try to do more from the comfort and safety of their homes.”How it works- Advertisement – Customers over the age of 18 will have access to the pharmacy service this week in 45 states, not including Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana and Minnesota. Amazon expects to serve those states over time.Amazon Pharmacy will accept most forms of insurance, but could offer savings for people without insurance as well. Customers can also use flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts to buy prescriptions on the service.Before customers order medication for the first time, the site might ask them questions such as whether they’re pregnant, their date of birth, and their gender as it was assigned at birth. That information is required by law to provide pharmacy care, and it helps pharmacists to do things like confirm prescriptions.Doctors can send prescriptions directly to Amazon Pharmacy, or patients can request a transfer from an existing retailer, like CVS or Walgreens. Amazon says it has tools to verify that a physician legitimately ordered each prescription, and to tamp down on potential fraud. – Advertisement – Even for people who have health coverage, the Prime price might still end up being more affordable than the co-pay.Amazon Customers will be able to track the delivery of their prescriptions just like they can with any other Amazon order.Amazoncenter_img With Amazon Pharmacy, Prime customers in the United States can get their prescription medications shipped to their home for free.Amazon – Advertisement – Even for people who have health coverage, the Prime price might still end up being more affordable than the co-pay — Amazon’s Parker said it happens “more frequently than people think” (although it won’t count towards a deductible).Prime customers can also get a prescription savings benefit card to use at up to 50,000 pharmacies, including CVS, Walmart, Rite Aid, and Walgreens. This might be preferable for customers who have an urgent need for a medication and can’t wait two days for delivery.Amazon’s Parker said the company does not currently have any brick-and-mortar pharmacies, and declined to speculate on future product offerings. But in future, the company could add pharmacies to Whole Foods and its chain of Amazon Fresh stores. Amazon is entering the pharmacy business with a new offering called Amazon Pharmacy, allowing customers in the United States to order prescription medications for home delivery, including free delivery for Amazon Prime members.Amazon has been quietly building out its pharmacy offering for several years after ramping up internal discussions in 2017 and acquiring PillPack in 2018. The pharmacy space is notoriously complex and competitive in the U.S., and Amazon Pharmacy is built in part on PillPack’s infrastructure, including its pharmacy software, fulfillment centers, and relationships with health plans.Amazon Pharmacy, announced on Tuesday, is Amazon’s biggest push yet into $300 billion market, and threatens the dominance of traditional pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens, as well as other large retailers that offer pharmacy services, including Walmart.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Redmi Note 9T, Previously Believed to Be Redmi Note 10, Tipped to Come With 5G Support

first_imgRedmi Note 9T is expected to be the name for Xiaomi’s upcoming phone that was previously believed to be the Redmi Note 10, as per a report. The Chinese company is expected to launch multiple smartphones in the Redmi Note 9 series with little information available on the Redmi Note 10 series. Now, a tipster has claimed that the global variant of the Redmi Note 10 may come with model number M2007J22G and it may end up being called the Redmi Note 9T.Known tipster Mukul Sharma tweeted that the alleged US FCC listing of a Xiaomi phone with model number M2007J22G, believed to be Redmi Note 10, could launch as Redmi Note 9T. This phone is expected to come with 5G support and NFC. The FCC listing shows this phone will have dual-band Wi-Fi as well. Previous reports suggested that Redmi Note 10 would be a 4G phone, but it looks like the global variant may come with 5G support.- Advertisement – Redmi Note 9 5G series is expected to launch in China as early as November 24.Is Redmi Note 9 the perfect successor to Redmi Note 8? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – There are already three phones in the Redmi Note 9 series – Redmi Note 9, Redmi Note 9 Pro, and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. It looks like there will be an additional Redmi Note 9 5G, Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G, and Redmi Note 9T handsets as well.In another tweet, Sharma shared that the IMEI number for Redmi Note 9T has been registered with C-DOT CEIR IMEI Verification as well, meaning the phone will come to the Indian market, along with other regions.Recently, Redmi Note 10, now believed to be Redmi Note 9T, was spotted in a TENAA listing hinting at some of the specifications including a 6.53-inch display, dual-SIM support, and a 6,000mAh battery. It is expected to measure 162.29×77.24×9.6mm. The smartphone may support 22.5W fast charging as well.- Advertisement – For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Vineet Washington Vineet Washington writes about gaming, smartphones, audio devices, and new technologies for Gadgets 360, out of Delhi. Vineet is a Senior Sub-editor for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about gaming on all platforms and new developments in the world of smartphones. In his free time, Vineet likes to play video games, make clay models, play the guitar, watch sketch-comedy, and anime. Vineet is available on [email protected], so please send in your leads and tips.Morelast_img read more

Ladies European Tour: Free live YouTube stream from inaugural Saudi Ladies Team International | Golf News

first_imgEach captain picked their first player before being randomly allocated a third professional team-mate and a competing amateur, largely made up of event sponsors and partners, with the two lowest scores per team on each hole being recorded during all three rounds.The team with the lowest total score after all three days will be declared champions and will see its three professionals take home a winning share of the $300,000 prize fund. The lowest scoring professional across the three days – who may well come from a losing team – will themselves be rewarded with a share of the $200,000 individual prize fund. New Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel offers live coverage from the Ladies European Tour’s new Saudi Ladies Team International; Georgia Hall and Charley Hull among those in action, with the event also live on Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Mix. By Sky Sports GolfLast Updated: 17/11/20 11:19am – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Ladies European Tour launches a new tournament this week with the Saudi Ladies Team International and you can watch every round for free via Sky Sports Golf’s live YouTube stream.Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Anne van Dam and Dame Laura Davies are among the stars in action for the 54-hole event, where an NFL-style draft system was used to select the 36 teams competing against each other. Sky Sports Scores Faster goal updates. Hundreds of teams and leagues. Free Premier League, EFL and Scottish highlights. Download the app now. center_img Live Ladies European Tour Golf – Advertisement – The stream will offer three hours of live coverage from each round of the event at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, with coverage getting underway from midday on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.Sky Sports subscribers are able to sign in here to watch all the action on Sky Sports Golf or Sky Sports Mix, with the tournament part of a quadruple-header of live golf on Sky Sports this week.Click on the video above to watch our free live stream from the Saudi Ladies Team International! Georgia Hall lost in a play-off to Emily Pedersen in the Saudi Ladies International on Sunday Georgia Hall lost in a play-off to Emily Pedersen in the Saudi Ladies International on Sunday

Facebook and Twitter’s chiefs get grilled again

first_imgFacebook and Twitter’s chief executives are being cross-examined – Advertisement – by US senators for the second time in three weeks. – Advertisement –last_img

Canadian company to develop cell-cultured flu vaccine

first_imgOct 1, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $9.5 million grant to a Canadian firm that aims to develop an influenza vaccine that doesn’t rely on eggs.ID Biomedical of Vancouver, BC, announced on Sep 29 that it will use the grant to develop its cell culture–based influenza vaccine. Creating an alternative to the classic egg-based manufacturing process could speed development of vaccine, possibly improve vaccine effectiveness, and allow people with egg allergies to be vaccinated, according to a company press release.Shortened development time could prove very important in event of a flu pandemic, which is a growing concern with the spread of H5N1 avian influenza in Asia. The NIH grant will allow ID Biomedical to hold early-stage human trials of the new form of influenza vaccine.ID Biomedical’s Senior Vice President of Development Dr. Ronald Ellis said in the release, “We had shown a few years ago that our cell-derived vaccine manufactured by a prototype process was comparable in terms of safety and immunogenicity to our licensed egg-derived vaccine, Fluviral(R). This NIH grant enables IDB to continue this development toward a commercial process that should produce a vaccine with a safety and immunogenicity profile that fully meets the requirements for any influenza vaccine. Moreover, the grant also enables the development of and manufacturing process for a pandemic vaccine, should one be needed.”The new technology could let scientists grow a pandemic avian viral strain that might be harmful to eggs. As explained in the release, “There is currently a potential barrier to grow avian strains in eggs, since they have the potential to destroy the eggs.”The flu vaccine program at ID Biomedical will include development of injectable and intranasal influenza vaccines based on its cell-culture production technology.ID Biomedical supplies over 75% of influenza vaccine to the Canadian public market.See also:ID Biomedical press releasehttp://www.bctechnology.com/scripts/display_news.cfm?id=19256last_img read more

Asian nations work on pandemic planning, halting avian flu

first_imgDec 10, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Southeast Asian nations are mounting a two-tiered attack on the avian influenza virus that has devastated poultry flocks and raised the specter of a potential human flu pandemic.On the pandemic front, scientific advances and policy efforts are laying the groundwork for preparedness in Hong Kong and mainland China.On the avian flu front, Vietnam is using tools ranging from leaflets to waste bags to help farmers combat the H5N1 virus, while the Philippines is enlisting businesses in efforts to keep the virus out.Rapid tests and pandemic plansDoctors may be able to tell if their patients have avian flu within 2 hours by using a quick test that was announced this week. Current tests take about 3 days to yield results.The kit is the creation of a team of microbiologists from the Joint Influenza Research Centre of Shantou University Medical College, the University of Hong Kong, and Xiamen University, all in China, according to a Dec 8 story by Xinhua, the Chinese state news service. The test is 90% accurate, head researcher Guan Yi of the University of Hong Kong told the news service.The kits can use nose secretions, stool samples, and blood serum, Xinhua reported. The test is simple enough for non-specialists to use at the scene of an outbreak, according to a Dec 8 Associated Press (AP) story.The H5N1 rapid test likely would be included in the pandemic plans being drafted in Hong Kong and China.Hong Kong is relying on its experience with SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in developing its contingency plan, according to a Dec 8 report in the China Daily online newspaper. The plan has three levels, starting with heightened surveillance and travel warnings with the advent of a confirmed human case outside of Hong Kong. The plan progresses to culling poultry, hospitalizing farm workers with symptoms, and designating hospitals to handle flu if a human case is confirmed in Hong Kong but there is no evidence of person-to-person transmission.In case of person-to-person human transmission, Hong Kong would tighten rules for travelers from affected areas, trace contacts, and enforce quarantines, the story said.China’s plan is based on a scenario in which a quarter of its roughly 1.3 billion citizens are infected, according to a story today in the Melbourne, Australia, newspaper The Age.The plan has not been published, noted a Dec 6 online story in the British newspaper The Times. Localized outbreak response relies on limiting travel to prevent the spread of illness across the vast country. The plan includes emergency steps to meet people’s basic needs.In the event of a pandemic, stronger action would be taken, The Times reported. Possibilities include designating sites for mass graves, setting up emergency food depots, and using vehicle-mounted loudspeakers to tell people about food supplies, on the assumption that electricity or access to media would be curtailed.Vietnam and the Philippines fight avian fluVietnam is emphasizing education and preparation in its long battle against avian flu.Officials involved in prevention in southern provinces have passed out 550,00 leaflets, 1,500 handbooks, 10,000 dressing gowns, 25,000 waste bags, and 92 vermifuge sprayers, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Dec 8. In addition, about 57,000 animal breeders have attended training sessions on avian flu.Avian flu and the efforts to control it have destroyed about 36 million birds, or about 14% of the country’s flocks, according to a Dec 8 story by the Asia Intelligence Wire. The statistics were released this week at a national conference on preventing and controlling the disease.The conference addressed varied efforts, from education and hygiene to transportation, importing birds, and building slaughterhouses, the Vietnam News Agency reported.In one case in which prevention failed, punishment was used. Authorities fined a farmer for selling chickens infected with H5N1 in Hanoi at the beginning of December, the AP reported. Tran Van Dung must pay US $190 for selling the chickens at a market last summer, authorities ruled.In the Philippines, private businesses have agreed to help prevent avian fly by “adopting” particular areas, where they will educate people about the disease and take steps such as installing footbaths at airports, according to a story yesterday from Today online (abs-cbnNews.com). Surveillance of 20 key areas in the Philippines continues, although the country remains free of avian flu.last_img read more

Two deaths fan avian flu fears in Indonesia

first_imgSep 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The death of a 5-year-old girl and a 2-year-old girl from suspected avian influenza fanned worries in Indonesia today as the government promised to destroy infected poultry flocks, according to news agencies.The Associated Press (AP) reported that nine people were hospitalized in Jakarta for treatment of suspected avian flu. Authorities were awaiting test results for them and the two deceased girls, the report said. Indonesia has had four deaths attributed to H5N1 avian flu so far, including that of a 37-year-old woman on Sep 10 (though the World Health Organization [WHO] has recognized only two cases as laboratory-confirmed).The 5-year-old died at Jakarta’s Sulianti Saroso Hospital for respiratory disease after being admitted Tuesday, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said the girl “most likely” died of avian flu, the Jakarta Post reported. But she also said an initial local laboratory test on the girl was negative, according to a Reuters report.An AFP report said the 2-year-old girl died at Jakarta’s Christian PGI Hospital after suffering a high fever and respiratory problems. A hospital spokeswoman named Rosiana said the girl’s illness should be considered a suspected case.Sardikin Giriputro, deputy director of the Sulianti Saroso Hospital, said the hospital had three new patients with suspected avian flu this afternoon, according to AFP. One was a 9-year-old girl who visited Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta just before it was closed this week after 19 captive birds there tested positive for avian flu. The other two patients were teenagers who had had contact with birds before they fell ill, the story said.The government promised today to destroy infected poultry flocks, something it has been reluctant to do until now because of cost concerns, according to the AP. Indonesia has many small backyard poultry flocks.Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono said mass slaughters would be carried out in areas found to be “highly infected,” meaning infections in 20% of the poultry, according to the AP and USA Today.Meanwhile, the ministry’s director of animal health told news services she had been fired for allegedly failing to control avian flu.A WHO official said today the agency is prepared to provide the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) if signs of a flu pandemic show up, according to a Voice of America (VOA) report. Shigeru Omi, director for the WHO’s Western Pacific Region, said the agency is prepared to send doses to Indonesia “if and when a pandemic starts.”A five-member team of US officials is in Indonesia to find out how the United States can help the country battle avian flu, AFP reported today. The team includes officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies, according to the information from US embassy spokesman Max Kwak.The team, which is on a regional fact-finding mission, arrived Sep 18 and will leave Sep 24, the story said.Earlier this week, WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook said the agency would not push for a generic version of oseltamivir to increase the supply for people in poor countries, according to a Sep 19 AP report.The story said some countries have suggested that Roche, the Swiss-based manufacturer of oseltamivir, should relinquish its patent so that other companies could produce cheaper versions of the drug. Roche announced in August it would give 3 million treatment courses of the drug to a WHO-managed international stockpile.Lee told the AP that with Roche “doing its part,” pressuring for a generic form of oseltamivir is not a good way to encourage the company to do more.In other news, 37 Asian countries represented at the WHO’s Western Pacific annual conference in New Caledonia approved a strategy for combating emerging diseases such as avian flu, according to an AFP report. The story didn’t spell out what the strategy involves.At the conference, Omi said the strategy cannot be implemented without the help of richer nations. He called on Asian countries to change their farming practices to prevent the spread of avian flu, the report said.According to a VOA report, Omi said it would cost $250 million over the next year to prepare for a possible flu pandemic.In the same story, Georg Petersen, the WHO representative in Indonesia, warned against complacency about the threat of a flu pandemic. “We need to prepare—every country—for an eventual massive influenza pandemic that puts up to 30 percent of the workforce in bed,” he was quoted as saying.last_img read more

Krešimir Herceg, Bicikademija: The potential of cycling tourism in Slavonia is huge

first_imgImagine having so much cultural richness at just a few pedal turns! Imagine that there are so many natural resources at just a few pedal turns…. Imagine what it would be like not to have to imagine. These are the words from the promotional video of the innovative cycling product – Bicycademies. A project that awake dreams and imagines the whole of Slavonia, as a cyclo region. The development of cycling tourism in Slavonia is not a matter of potential, but of a “butterfly” screaming to get out of its shirt and start flapping its wings. But let’s go in order, meet another great tourist story.It is a Bicikademija product that represents an innovative and interactive approach to the promotion of a certain area as a desirable cycling tourist destination. The bicycle academy consists of a web platform and a mobile application to which the user (Bike Student) registers, who receives a virtual index after this process. The index consists of studies that represent specific areas. Each Study consists of an exam (location). The Student’s task is to register and log in to the system, tour the locations by bicycle, check and take photos and thus take the exam. Exams do not have to be taken in a certain order, and currently the Bicycademy takes place in five Slavonian counties and the Istrian region. However, what makes the Bicikademija different and unique is that all locations, ie exams, represent the cultural and natural heritage of the given areas, ie a complete tourist product. Great story, isn’t it?I talked about the development of cycling tourism in Slavonia as well as the Cycling Academy with the passionate cyclist Krešimir Herceg from Slavonski Brod, who came to Slavonia by bicycle and came up with the idea of ​​the Cycling Academy. The whole product is developed step by step, in accordance with the possibilities, but what is certain, and which Herceg itself emphasizes, Slavonia has a huge potential for the development of cycling tourism. Proof of this thesis is certainly the reaction of various cyclists who have just used the Bicycademy as a great bike platform and a blend with an authentic tourist story.The reactions of cyclists are excellent, both domestic and foreign, points out Krešimir Herceg, the originator and leader of the Bicycademy. “Cyclists accepted the whole idea and story of the Bicycle Academy very well. From the locals, who got a new challenge to drive to the given areas, because many did not know that such natural and cultural riches are at hand and at short distances, and foreign, who again in addition to these riches praise the hospitality of this area and gastronomic offer. They are also interested in the concept of the interactive approach of the BicycademySays Herceg.The whole product has been alive since 2014, and the most important thing has passed the main test – and that is the users / tourists. The bicycle academy has been used by over 500 cyclists for three years, which is just another proof of a successful concept, and it is a big wind in the back for future plans, which are certainly not lacking. “The plans are numerous. We are already in negotiations for the opening of new studies, in Croatia, but also abroad. The second segment is the redesign of the application and web platform that will become more attractive and easier to use for Bike Students, but will also provide us with new marketing tools. We will definitely increase the volume of marketing campaigns (like the Ideas campaign) with various goals. And the ultimate goal is to become a recognizable cycling brand. ” Herceg pointed out.It is estimated that there are over 60 million active cyclists in Europe, generating over 50 billion euros in consumption. Also, cyclists in the destination spend about 30 percent more than “classic” tourists, about 53 euros a day, most often travel in pairs or in a group of several people and are logically mobile and do not stay long in one place. Croatia, as well as Slavonia, certainly have a great opportunity in the development of cycling tourism, especially outside and after the “peak” tourist season, because the hot summer months are not ideal for cycling.Also, when we talk about the development of cycling tourism in Slavonia, we can certainly dedicate ourselves to weekend travel, especially because Slavonia is well connected by road and rail. Herceg agrees that Slavonia has great potential in cycling tourism, emphasizing that the cycling tourism potential of Slavonia is huge. “Primarily, I say this from the angle of many low-traffic roads on which Slavonia is networked, so for a start you do not need so much investment in road infrastructure. Slavonia also offers a hilly area for cycling and lowlands. It abounds in cultural and natural content that attracts cyclists, but also a rich eno and gastronomic offer. We have shown all this in the Imagine campaign, how it is all at our fingertips. Slavonia and Baranja are bordered by two EuroVelo routes, which are largely unused, and a third is being prepared, which would pass approximately along the Sava route.”Says Herceg and emphasizes that all these things should be in the service of tourism, and therefore cycling, and we have more than an excellent starting position.I constantly emphasize that we need to turn to branding tourist regions, from Slavonia to Istria, and the Bicycademy is another positive example of this thesis because it connects all Slavonian counties through bike tours, ie exams. Slavonia should be branded as one tourist product, ie the Slavonia brand, and not five separate tourist products. We currently have five Slavonian county tourist boards (Brod-Posavina, Vukovar-Srijem, Osijek-Baranja, Požega-Slavonia, Virovitica-Podravina counties) which each tell their own story, without such an important synergy.Osijek-Baranja or Brod-Posavina County means absolutely nothing to foreign tourists, but as a tourist brand Slavonia, certainly yes. Especially when we talk about cycling tourism, where the average cyclist travels at least 30 kilometers a day without any problems, and thus passes without being aware of one county to another, and we do not have a unique cycling tourism map or a complete tourist product. “It is aggravating that Slavonia consists of 5 entities that are subject to state organization and currently we cannot do too much there. I am definitely of the opinion that Slavonia, as far as tourism is concerned, must act as a whole, as one destination, especially in marketing appearances. At this point, it’s a little harder to do. And it’s not just about the maps, but about the entire offer of the destination. We were too small for a tourist to stay in one place for seven days”Points out Herceg and adds that the destination Slavonia can offer its existing content several unforgettable days to the most demanding tourist. Personally, I think that Slavonia has at least seven days of dense and rich tourist content that it can offer to tourists. And it has authentic content with different motives for coming.The entire platform should have the support of cities, counties and tourist boards because it gives them a tool that unites everything in one, from bike trails to tourist attractions, and in the synergy of forces can complete the development of cycling tourism. Of course, the serious development of cycling tourism requires a development strategy and investment in infrastructure, connecting all stakeholders in tourism, from cultural institutions to family farms, and ultimately to create a complete tourism product. Unfortunately, the whole project is not sufficiently recognized in Slavonia by cities and tourist boards, they simply did not even try to “use” it, and they should in any case because Slavonia has a huge potential for cycling tourism. “I can’t say there isn’t any progress, but negotiations and talks with the public sector are going slowly, often without communication, honoring the exceptions. What I can say is that we have achieved great things with some people and I think things are slowly moving from a stalemate as far as cycling tourism is concerned, but also the Cycling Academy. The good thing is that the Ministry of Tourism encouraged the counties to focus a little more on cycling tourism, so that this segment began to gain in importance in Slavonia as well. Strategies began to be worked out, examples of good practice applied. And thus the communication between the stakeholders improves. Although, experientially, in these areas there is always something better on the outside than a domestic productSays Herceg.If I were personally in the position of director of the tourist board (although I do not have those ambitions), I would immediately embrace this and all other tourist innovative stories, because I am offered a great finished tourist product that I need, and thus raise the quality of the tourist product. and eventually picked up the “icing on the cake”. This is exactly one of the missions of tourist boards, to recognize such individuals and ideas and to give them the wind in their backs, a win-win for everyone, and most of all for tourists.But to tell a story, it takes at least two. It is unfortunate that such ideas and products, ie individuals, cannot realize their ideas and visions in Slavonia, but must seek their “happiness” elsewhere. And again, Istria has recognized the potential of this whole story, and it is certainly no accident. And it’s not about money, it’s about people and the desire for quality development. Capital goes where it is desired, and so do all other projects and ideas. Until some new winds blow in Slavonia, the project is spreading to Istria who know very well what are the potentials and benefits of cycling tourism.In any case, Bicikademija is a great innovative and interactive product that, in cooperation with partners, could be a great story. The first and most important step has been made, the project is alive and well, and now it is up to others to give support both financially and logistically to bring the project to life on the ground in full glory as a rounded tourist story.Otherwise, tourist destinations are interested in it, they have almost a product, embrace it and tell stories together.last_img read more

Arena Hospitality Group opened the first luxury glamping resort in Croatia – Arena One 99 Glamping

first_imgLast week, Arena Hospitality Group opened the first family glamping resort in Croatia in the area of ​​the former Arena Pomer campsite in the eponymous settlement of Pomer, Medulin municipality, thus enriching the success of Istrian and Croatian hotel and tourism with a new trendy product.Namely, it is one of the largest glamping camps in Europe, which consists of 199 luxury tents.Glamping, or ‘glamorous camping’ or glamorous / luxury camping, combines classic camping in nature with all the amenities of a home, apartment or hotel and modern technology. The concept envisages fully equipped tents with a solid base in which weather conditions do not disturb the holiday. Glamping is a concept of vacation in contact with nature, wellness services, recreation and healthy living, top gastronomy and entertainment. Due to the good terrain, mild climate and natural attractions in untouched areas, Croatia has great potential for the development of glamping, and Arena Hospitality Group is one of the first companies to recognize such potential and just opened the glamping resort Arena One 99 Glamping.Arena One 99 Glamping is located on a peninsula near the Medulin Bay, just a few kilometers from ancient Pula, and offers three different, specially designed accommodation units, ie tents. It is intended for everyone who wants to enjoy a holiday in an environment of untouched nature, without giving up a premium bed or bedding made of combed Egyptian cotton, worthy of five-star hotels. “The transformation of Camp Pomer into luxury glamping dedicated to the glamping offer, which introduces new sustainable initiatives, has also resulted in a change of name to Arena One 99 Glamping. With a unique concept, this new resort pays tribute to the settlement of Pomer in which it is located. The name Pomer, or Pomerium in Latin, comes from the time of the Roman Empire, when the term post-moerium meant a sacred space within the walls of the city of Rome. Transformation is a demanding process and only a small part of the mosaic that makes up the “today and tomorrow” Arena Hospitality Group is listed. The goal is one, both today and tomorrow – a satisfied guest who returns … ” they point out from Arena Hospitality Group and add that this is an investment of 50 million kuna.In order to make the offer completely tailored to guests, Arena, in cooperation with top international manufacturers of luxury tents Adria Home, Lushna Group, Outstanding and Crippacampeggio, offered guests several types of glamping tents. Regardless of their size or how many people they receive (from two to six), superior comfort and luxury is uniform. Each tent is richly equipped – air conditioning, LCD Flat screen TV, fully equipped kitchenette with illy espresso machine, bathroom with luxury cosmetics set, all at the level of modern high category hotels.In addition to the superior comfort in the tents and all other facilities and additional facilities of the camp designed for the purpose of providing a luxurious vacation to its guests. Luxurious outdoor spa & wellness zone “SPA one4you” with whirlpools, treatment tents, rain room, sauna, outdoor relaxation areas, a platform for yoga programs and outdoor fitness in Istrian greenery, offers guests a place to relax mind and body, and designed was also created in accordance with nature and the concept of 4 elements – earth, air, water and fire. Spa programs and accompanying activities are completely dedicated to the harmony of mind and body (mind full vs. mindful). They are based on the concept of healthy living and include yoga programs, meditation, corrective gymnastics and stress reduction activities, while all treatments use only certified spa products of natural and organic origin.Programs and animation facilities are specially designed for the youngest guests of the camp, such as swimming schools, creative workshops, cinema and theater performances and two equipped Indian tents for kids & teens club. For additional active vacation guests have at their disposal bicycles, kayaks and increasingly popular SUP boards (stand-up paddling), and a surf school for children and adults, while additional facilities will be supplemented.The offer of food and drinks in restaurants and bars is based on local and healthy specialties, and is designed in such a way that the guest enjoys the tastes of Istria. Lounge and beach bars located in the deep shade of a pine forest right by the sea and are an ideal place to enjoy. vehicles. Electric vehicles are available inside the camp, which makes the camp sustainable, reduces CO2 emissions, while offering “green”, and it is important to emphasize that movement within the camp is allowed only by electric vehicles, which is in line with green and sustainable philosophy.Arena One 99 Glamping introduces all these specialties among the first resorts / camps in the region – which is emphasized by the word One in the name, point out the Arena Hospitality Group and add that Arena One 99 Glamping conceptually emerges from the walls of classic camping and opens new horizons for its guests. luxury vacation, with 199 accommodation units, especially prominent in the name – One 99.A few days after the opening and arrival of the first guests of Arena One 99 Glamping, renowned experts from the Croatian and world camping sector also visited. Joao Alves Pereira, President of the FICC (World Association of Campers and Caravanserai): “It is a completely new concept of camp design that has exclusively Glamping offer, wellness services, premium class service and is certainly the first in Istria, Croatia and beyond. I am amazed how the architects managed to incorporate the new buildings into the Istrian landscape ambience without disturbing the natural sequence, creating quality materials: wood, canvas and stone, a real Glamping town for approx. 700 inhabitants in 190 cottages. It is a brave challenge for everyone who knows something about the profession in this business, but it is also a challenge for the new demand profile for more natural relaxation. Hats off to the investor”.Take a look at what is probably the biggest glamping camp in Europe at the moment official websiteslast_img read more