Uniline official travel agency of the European Handball Championship, continued development of the concept “one stop sport travel company

first_imgSports tourism, with its three components – tourism of sporting events, tourism of sports memories and active sports tourism – and an annual volume of 660 to 700 billion dollars, is one of the fastest growing selective forms of tourism in the world.Certainly, sports tourism is one of the niches that can and must extend the tourist season, especially because we have all the prerequisites, from a pleasant Mediterranean climate, connectivity, to global sporting success in both individual and team sports, and thus meet athletes as excellent ambassadors of our tourism. All the potentials of sports tourism in Croatia have been recognized by Uniline, the largest Croatian tour operator, through which tens of thousands of users of these services pass annually – from competitors, coaches to fans – and about twenty renowned sports federations and clubs.Due to the dynamic growth of sports tourism in Uniline, they started with a new business model as a solution for year-round and sustainable tourism. As Goran Sprem, CEO of Uniline for sports and corporate tourism, points out, their goal is to become a “one stop sport travel company” active on a 24/7 basis, ie available to clients every day and at any time. ” We see the future of this business in the systematic and continuous expansion of services and the creation of new business models in which we seek rational and cost-effective solutions for athletes, federations and clubs and their fans and guests through our specific know-how we have developed – from organizing sports development camps for all ages to the sports preparatory part and, if necessary, preparatory and competitive segments with accompanying services”Šprem points out and adds that sports tourism as one of the optimal forms of year-round business can significantly contribute to further diversification and sustainability of Croatian tourism.Uniline is the official travel agency of the European Handball ChampionshipIt is in this direction that Uniline started cooperating with the Croatian Handball Federation, and they became the official travel agency of the European Handball Championship, which will take place from 12 to 28.01.2018 January XNUMX. held in Croatia in Zagreb, Split, Poreč and Varaždin. “Uniline’s team on the EURO 2018 project has more than 80 people, of which about 30 are tourism specialists and a team with more than 50 drivers” said Ranko Petrović, Executive Director of Europcar and Uniline Logistics, at the same time the leading man of the operational team. Uniline team takes care of accommodation and transfer of EURO participants with a fleet of 50 cars and 25 buses for more than 1.200 officials of the championship, especially 500 athletes from 16 European countries, and then members of professional teams and sports officials of individual national federations, European handball federations (EHF), media representatives and sponsors, as well as the group arrivals of thousands of foreign fans.Sports tourism, with its three components – tourism of sports events, tourism of sports memories and active sports tourism – and an annual volume of 660 to 700 billion dollars, which participates with 14% in the world tourism cake, experts predict extremely dynamic growth in the next ten years. And how important such sports events are, especially when they are organized in the pre- or post-season, is sufficiently shown by the fact that at the very beginning of the year EURO 2018 will realize more than 25.000 overnight stays.Uniline sees the future of this business in the systematic and continuous expansion of services and the creation of new business models in the form of rational and cost-effective solutions for athletes, clubs and federations and their fans and guests through their own specific know-how – from organizing sports development camps for all ages preparation and, if necessary, other preparatory and competitive segments with accompanying services.last_img read more

Prof. Wallace writes: Black Stars’ pre-tournament ‘goal drought’; a cause for concern?

first_imgBefore every Africa cup of Nations tournament, the Ghana national team, Black Stars, participates in matches as preparation towards the tournament.This write-up reviews some of the team’s preparatory matches. Since the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is taking place in Egypt, it is only right I start the research from the last time Egypt hosted the tournament.Ahead of the 2006 Africa Cup, the Ghanaian team led by Ratomir Djukovic, played two friendly games; 11th January 2006 in which Togo beat Ghana by a lone goal. The team again lost 2:0 to Tunisia in another friendly match on the 15th January 2006. It must be noted that out of the two games played, and over 180 minutes of football, Ghana failed to score in both matches.Ahead of the 2008 tournament, Ghana, led by Claude Leroy participated in four-nation tournament at the Accra sports stadium. This was a preparatory match for the main tournament being co-hosted by Ghana and Nigeria. Ghana played two matches in the tournament. On 18th November 2007, Ghana beat Togo by 2-0 and beat Benin 4:2 in another game played on the 21st November 2007. It must be noted that out of the 180 minutes played, Ghana scored six goals and conceded two.Ahead of 2010 tournament, the Black Stars played two friendly games both of which ended goalless. They drew 0-0 with Angola and Malawi. It must be noted that in over 180 minutes of football, Ghana failed to score.Before the 2012 Cup of Nations, Ghana under Goran Stephanovic, played two friendly games with Nigeria and Gabon. They drew goalless with their West African rivals and beat Gabon 2:1. It must be noted that after over 180 minutes, Ghana scored two and conceded just a goal. Ahead of the 2013 Nations’ cup, Kwasi Appiah led the team to play two friendly games; on the 10th of January 2013 against Egypt which Ghana won 3:0 and against Tunisia on 13th January which Ghana 4-2. After over 180 minutes, Ghana scored six goals conceded two. Coach Avram Grant’s team played a 1:1 drawn game with South Africa in a warm-up game on 11th October 2016, ahead of the 2017 AFCON.Ahead of the 2019 AFCON Ghana has played against Namibia and South Africa, losing against Namibia while the game against South Africa ended goalless. After over 180 minutes, the team failed to score a single goal. CONCLUSIONAhead of Ghana’s participation at AFCON 2013 with Kwasi Appiah as head coach, Ghana scored 6 goals in two preparatory matches while the team has failed to score a single goal in two pre-tournament games under his second stint.These statistics enumerated above clearly reflect the current form of the national team. It also gives the coach an opportunity to fine-tune the tactics, the fitness level and other strategies he can deploy to have a successful Africa Cup of Nations.However, one must state that a team’s success in a tournament is not solely reliant on friendly games. The results of these friendlies do not have a greater impact on the team’s performance but can guide it as to how the team is likely to fare in the tournament itself.Should Ghanaian’s be worried? Well, only time will tell. Long live Ghana and long live our beloved Black Stars.last_img read more