Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik increased tourist spending by 126 million euros over four years

first_imgResearchers from the Institute of Economics, Zagreb Marina Tkalec, Ivan Žilić and Vedran Recher published in the prestigious scientific journal in the field of tourism the International Journal of Tourism Research scientific paper “Effects of the film industry on tourism: Game of Thrones and Dubrovnik” in which they evaluate “On tourist results in Dubrovnik-Neretva County.The results of the evaluation carried out using the method of assessing the effect of treatment suggest that the filming of the “Game of Thrones” in Dubrovnik had a very positive effect on tourism results. According to the results of the evaluation, in the period from 2012 to 2015 alone, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County was visited by an average of 60 more tourists every year due to the filming of “Game of Thrones”.Cumulatively, during the entire analyzed period, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County was visited by 244.415 more tourists due to the filming of the “Game of Thrones” in Dubrovnik, who realized almost a million and a half more nights (1.441.395 more nights). The guests who visited the county motivated by the “Game of Thrones” also spent a total of 126 million euros in the analyzed period.Scientists from the Institute of Economics, Zagreb, also found that the filming of “Game of Thrones” in Dubrovnik (it should be noted that Dubrovnik was the original filming location to which locations in other counties were added in later seasons) led to positive tourist results. in other counties, but this spillover effect to other counties was not subject to evaluation of the published work.Photo: InstagramOne of the most popular series in the world, “Game of Thrones”, began filming in Dubrovnik in 2011 in its second season. Dubrovnik was chosen as the location for King´s Landing, the fictional capital of the seven kingdoms that appears frequently in the series. The rich and exceptionally preserved Dubrovnik’s cultural and architectural heritage fits perfectly into the medieval context of the series, which is why images of Dubrovnik’s city walls, Lovrijenac and Lokrum often appear in the series. These recordings left a strong impression on the viewers of the series, raising the global visibility of Dubrovnik and stimulating the demand for tourist visits to that city.”Evaluations of this type are of great social and economic importance because they enable policy makers to assess the profitability of possible investments of public funds in attracting production companies that would shoot new films and series in Croatia in the future. Such evaluations should be done for all other forms of spending public funds and subsidies, so that both taxpayers and policy makers are sure that investing public money through certain public policies is both economically and socially justified.”From the Institute of Economics in ZagrebUnfortunately, in Croatia such evaluations are very rare, so decisions on spending public funds are usually made without any prior evaluation, while subsequent evaluations of the efficiency of spending these funds are either not done or conducted at a very superficial and insufficiently professional level.You can read the whole scientific paper herelast_img read more

NEC Begins Candidates Nomination for October Elections

first_imgThe National Elections Commission (NEC) has begun the nomination process for candidates that will contest the pending 2017 legislative and presidential elections on tickets of registered political parties.The process began on Monday at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex with about 10 political parties and over 30 independent candidates in attendance.NEC’s nomination committee chairman, Nathan Garbie, said the exercise, which will end on July 11, is in fulfillment of the Electoral Commission’s guidelines for the elections.Mr. Garbie said the exercise requires that applicants appear in person or designate their respective party chairpersons or secretaries to pick up their nomination forms and subsequently submit them with supporting documents as required under the law.The NEC official reiterated the constitutional requirement that aspirants for the Legislature must be domiciled in their individual constituencies for one year prior to the elections, while presidential and vice-presidential aspirants must be resident in Liberia for not less than 10 years prior to the elections.Some of the aspirants and representatives of political parties at Monday’s event have all called for a smooth nomination exercise.Liberty Party’s Secretary General Jacob Smith, who wanted 75 nomination forms for his Party’s nominees did not get the forms because they were insufficient.Mr. Smith was quick to register Liberty Party’s disappointment in the manner NEC began the process.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

49ers rally past Mustangs in key win

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 LBSU (9-3-1, 2-1) picked up only the second win against a ranked team in school history (the 49ers beat No. 25 Cal State Fullerton in 2003) in dramatic fashion. Farquhar scored the first of her two goals in the fourth minute for 1-0 lead, but the three-time defending Big West champion Mustangs (8-2-3, 0-1) equalized 80 seconds later on Sharon Day’s team-leading sixth goal of the season. In the 30th minute, the 49ers had their only major miscue as junior defender Natalie Messina’s attempted clearance of a Mustangs throw-in went straight up into the air in the 49ers’ goalbox, and goalie Liz Ramos couldn’t corral the loose ball. Kelsey Carroll put it away for Cal Poly for that 2-1 halftime lead. After halftime, it was all LBSU, as the 49ers moved freshman Kim Silos up from midfield, and she combined with Farquhar and freshman Sahar Haghdan up front to pressure the Mustang defense. The trio was electric, as each tallied a goal in the comeback and their efforts caused one of the officials to comment to Ingrassia post-game that “Your team leads the league in speed.” “They really put together a great second half,” Ingrassia said of the 49ers. “When you really get the momentum going the right way, the bounces go your way, everything just happens to start clicking … It was a great win, but at the end of the day, it’s three points, and we’ve got (UC Santa Barbara) coming up on Sunday.” Silos’ 53rd-minute goal was a turnabout from Cal Poly’s second score, as she picked up the ball when the defense failed to clear it, and beat goalie Liz Hill for the tie. Eight minutes later, defender Sara Baca advanced deep into Mustangs territory and passed to haghdan, who put it home for the eventual game-winner. It might be time to accelerate that timetable. The one that measures expected performance level each year for the Long Beach State women’s soccer team, of course. Because Friday, in the second year of the Mauricio Ingrassia era, with the coach’s first full freshman recruiting class, the 49ers picked up their first program-defining win. After trailing nationally-ranked Cal Poly by a goal at the half, LBSU roared back to win 4-2 against the No. 20 Mustangs at George Allen Field. “We have been pushing so hard, and this was the game that we came out and really proved ourselves,” freshman forward Dana Farquhar said. “It is so cool, it’s a dream, it really is.” center_img “This is what we came here for. We’re the little Long Beach State, but I think we’ve earned our respect,” Baca said. “I think people are coming in, and they’re kind of worried about playing us now.” — Matt Zimmerman can be reached at matt.zimmerman@presstelegram.comor (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more