Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli participated in the opening ceremony of the conference “Island Development”, which was held in Opatija, organized by Novi list. It is a gathering that gathered in one place an impressive list of participants with the aim of bringing closer to the public the provisions of the new Law on Islands and initiatives aimed at helping the further development of many Croatian islands.When asked whether it is worth investing in the islands, the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, who is from Mali Lošinj, answered that investing in the islands is very profitable, regardless of the fact that the investment is 30% more expensive at the beginning.This year, tourist traffic was recorded on 48 islands, and it is very similar to last year when 3,3 million tourists and 26 million overnight stays were recorded on the islands. Thus, 26 percent of all Croatian overnight stays were realized on the islands.The islands account for 18 percent of arrivals, and what is especially interesting – the stay of tourists on the islands is two days longer than in mainland tourist centers. There are 474 thousand beds on the islands, which is a third of Croatia’s accommodation capacity. The dominant accommodation capacities on the islands are home-made, and the leader of island tourism on the Adriatic is the island of Krk. The islands generate 68 percent of traffic in the summer, in the full season, which is seven percent more than the rest of Croatia.”They often ask me the question – is it worth investing in the islands? I am very angry about this question, because the statistics presented here alone say enough that investing in the islands is very profitable. True, I myself admire investors in the islands because investing in them is 30 percent more expensive in the beginning. When it comes to the Government of which I am a member, it very well recognizes the problems of the islands and does everything to improve life on them with the new law. There are large investments in the infrastructure of the islands, in the waterfront and rivice, even in situations where there are only a few inhabitants on some islands. However, this is precisely an indicator of the investment momentum in the islands, which injects hope for a better future of life on the islands, because better connections also mean the renewal of life. Demographic renewal is also a big and often prominent problem on the islands, and its most important foundation is employment. I would say that employment on the islands is the most important demographic measure. It can only be provided by investments, so in a concise form that would be my answer to the question – is it worth investing in the islands. ” Capelli pointed out.The conference on the development of the island was held in anticipation of the first session of the Government on the island in general, which will be held on October 26 on Hvar and which will be dedicated to the development policy on the islands and their tourism.
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SOCHI, Russia (AP):Valtteri Bottas fended off hard-charging Sebastian Vettel and outshone Lewis Hamilton to claim his first Formula One win on Sunday in the Russian Grand Prix.As Mercedes responded to Ferrari’s strong early-season pace, it was Bottas, often viewed as the number two driver of the team, who delivered a calm, precise win when his more illustrious teammate Hamilton struggled in the Sochi heat.Bottas started third but beat second-placed Kimi Raikkonen off the start and slipstreamed past Vettel’s Ferrari to lead at the end of the first straight.The Finn looked on course for a straightforward win until a rare slip saw him damage a tire. That helped Vettel to close in, but Bottas held on to cross the line 0.6 seconds ahead of the Ferrari. Raikkonen took third, 10.3 seconds further back.”Took quite a while, more than 80 races,” said Bottas, who had his debut with Williams in 2013. “Worth the wait.”The 27-year-old Finn joined Mercedes after last year’s champion, Nico Rosberg, surprisingly announced his retirement.GREAT OPPORTUNITY”There was this strange opportunity that happened in the winter that made this possible,” Bottas said. “You never know in life what’s going to happen and it was a great opportunity.”Vettel, who had started on pole, hunted Bottas down in the latter part of the race. However, he was left fuming after his hopes of passing him on the last lap were dashed by having to lap the Williams of Felipe Massa. “What was that?” Vettel asked over the team radio in frustration that Massa hadn’t moved out of his way swiftly enough, though the German was in conciliatory mood afterward.”It doesn’t matter,” Vettel said of the incident with Massa. “This is the man of the race today, big congrats to Valtteri.”Vettel’s second place meant the German extended his standings lead to 13 points over Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who trailed in fourth after suffering overheating trouble. Bottas is third, 10 points further back.