Zajednica poslovnog turizma Hrvatske gospodarske komore zatražila je od nadležnih ministarstava da stručne i znanstvene skupove uvrste u kategoriju događanja koja će biti dopuštena za održavanje u prvoj fazi mjera za pokretanje gospodarskih i drugih djelatnosti. Inicijativu da se omoguće stručni skupovi podržali su i Hrvatska udruga profesionalaca kongresnog turizma (HUPKT), Hrvatski liječnički zbor (HLZ – preko 150 liječničkih društava s ukupno 10.500 članova), Hrvatska udruga medicinskih sestara (HUMS – 33 stručna društva s ukupno 5.500 članova) i Udruga industrije medicinskih proizvoda (CROMED). The profession says that business tourism, given the currently very bad situation in the sector, ie almost one hundred percent losses in the spring season, will certainly not recover until the spring of 2021. Therefore, they are also seeking an extension of the measures to preserve jobs that are currently in force. President of HUPKT Ranko Filipovic naglašava kako su hoteli i konferencijski centri, kao i ostali dobavljači, spremni na uvođenje mjera zaštite i kontrolu pravila distanciranja te ograničenje broja korisnika s obzirom na preporučene norme. „We suggest that the general limit applies to 100 participants, however exceptionally in case the convention center and accommodation facility is able to provide the prescribed distance due to capacity, and more with the prior consent of the local or national Headquarters. Additionally, in the direction of encouraging Croatian companies to organize internal meetings, we request, at least temporarily, the abolition of the payment of salary contributions in kind for internal events.”, Said Filipović. Također, iz HUPKT-a predlažu i da se dopusti posluživanje hrane u zatvorenim prostorima (hotelskim restoranima) budući da terase nisu svima dostupne niti prikladne u slučaju lošeg vremena, naravno sve uz potpuno poštivanje preporuka epidemiologa. The letter to the ministries also outlined concrete measures that the organizers can take to ensure the highest prescribed hygiene standards, which guarantees the health safety of the participants. “The congress industry is an important segment of tourism, but also of the overall Croatian economy because its consumption and long-term stability is a significant generator of inflows to domestic hotels, congress centers, restaurants and transport companies that are most affected by this pandemic. We believe that professional and scientific gatherings are in a more favorable position than similar public gatherings, primarily because they are educations with a special emphasis on professional development and knowledge exchange where there is no place for entertainment. This is especially true for medical gatherings which, according to strict codes of ethics, are not allowed to have entertainment or have it to a very limited extent. “, pointed out the president of the Business Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Jasmina Bilać, noting that the average delegate spends significantly more on professional development than leisure tourists.
The much-loved adventure game series Broken Sword has seen four games released commercially, but for the fifth game entitled Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse, developer Revolution Software turned to Kickstarter.The team needed $400,000 to make the game a reality, and now the Kickstarter is over they received pledges totaling $771,561. As is becoming increasingly common with these Kickstarter projects, there’s a number of additional “stretch goals” promised. These offer additional content or rewards that will only happen when funding milestones are reached beyond the minimum Kickstarter goal that ensures the project gets funded.Revolution set stretch goals at $500k, $650k, $700k, $800k, and the $1 million mark. They unlocked the Director’s Cuttings, new exotic locations including North Africa and the Middle East, and the opportunity to have a backer’s likeness put in the game.The million dollar bonus stretch would have seen point-and-click sci-fi adventure game Beneath a Steel Sky receive a sequel, but unfortunately the Kickstarter fell well short of that funding goal. However, there is some good news for Beneath a Steel Sky fans. Due to the amount of interest in the sequel, Revolution has decided to make the game anyway once Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse is finished, which is set to happen some time in early 2013.Hopefully that means we’ll be getting two new games from Revolution to play next year, but that all depends on how long Beneath a Steel Sky 2 takes to comes together as it is going to see a release across PC, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. There’s even talk of it potentially heading to consoles.Anyone wishing to play the original Beneath a Steel Sky can pick it up in remastered form on the App Store or for their PC at GOG.com. The Broken Sword games are also pretty easy to get a hold of for a few dollars each.More at Develop and Kickstarter