World Travel Awards has revealed its Middle East 2020 winners as part of an inaugural Middle East Winners Day.Winners include Dubai, which fended off stiff competition to emerge as ‘Middle East’s Leading Destination’, while Oman was acknowledged with awards for both ‘Middle East’s Leading Cultural Destination’ and ‘Middle East’s Leading Honeymoon Destination’. – Advertisement – Votes were cast by travel industry professionals and the public, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.Graham Cooke, founder, World Travel Awards, said: “Our winners represent the very best of the Middle East’s travel and tourism sector and my congratulations to each of them. “They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges.”He added: “The World Travel Awards 2020 programme received a record number of votes cast by the public. “This shows that the appetite for travel and tourism has never been stronger and bodes well for the industry’s future as the global recovery begins.”In the aviation sector, Etihad Airways was named ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline’ and ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline – First Class’, while Oman Air lifted ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline – Business Class’ and ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline – Economy Class’. Dubai International Airport scooped ‘Middle East’s Leading Airport’.Other winners include Dubai Tourism (‘Middle East’s Leading Tourism Board’); Ferrari World Abu Dhabi (‘Middle East’s Leading Theme Park’); Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi (‘Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction’); Nirvana Travel & Tourism (‘Middle East’s Leading Tour Operator’); Jannah Hotels & Resorts (‘Middle East’s Leading Luxury Halal Hotel Brand’); Almosafer (‘Middle East’s Leading Leisure Travel Agency’); Duty Free Operator (‘Middle East’s Leading Airport’); Avis (‘Middle East’s Leading Business Car Rental Company’) and Amadeus (‘Middle East’s Leading Travel Technology Provider’).WinnersFor a full list of winners take a look here.Breaking Travel News earlier caught up with Sky Prime Aviation Services to see how it felt to have won – take a look here.More InformationWorld Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.For more information about World Travel Awards, visit the official website. – Advertisement – Ras Al Khaimah’s wealth of adrenaline offerings led the United Arab Emirates emirate to the title of ‘Middle East’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination’.In the hospitality sector, the contemporary beachside retreat Jumeirah Al Naseem was voted ‘Middle East’s Leading Hotel’, whilst Atlantis, the Palm Dubai collected ‘Middle East’s Leading Resort’. The minimal opulence of Armani Hotel Dubai was merited with the award for ‘Middle East’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel’. – Advertisement – OlderVirgin Atlantic to offer St Vincent service from next June Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi won dual honours, with titles for both ‘Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel’ and ‘Middle East’s Leading Business & Conference Hotel’. Park Hyatt Dubai was named ‘Middle East’s Leading Corporate Resort’, while Mandarin Oriental Jumeira was heralded ‘Middle East’s Leading Luxury City Resort’.New arrival on Dubai’s luxury hospitality scene, Address Sky View, picked up ‘Middle East’s Leading New Hotel’.The results follow a year-long search for the world’s top travel, tourism and hospitality brands. – Advertisement –
– Advertisement – Though the romance between exes Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt is no more, the Academy Award nominee recalled what it was like to work on his former wife’s popular sitcom, Friends, in 2001.“I remember it. It’s a great cast, man. I mean, they laugh and really have a great time with each other. But I flubbed my first line,” the Ad Astra actor told Access Hollywood in September 2019. “We had to stop and start again.”Scroll down to see which of your favorite celebrity couples have worked together since their nuptials.- Advertisement – “My favorite thing about shooting A Quiet Place, for sure, was working with John. We had never done it before and it is kind of the great unknown. You go into this process not knowing what it’s going to be like,” she said. “A lot of people were like, ‘You’re going to be divorced by the end of it!’ Actually, we were so much closer.”Kristen Bell, meanwhile, was directed by her longtime love, Dax Shepard, in his remake of CHiPS in 2017. In the comedic film, the Good Place actress plays her real-life spouse’s soon-to-be ex-wife. “It was hard to be mean to him because my character is like his estranged, trophy wife,” Bell said on Good Morning America in 2017.“She’s over him because he’s not winning trophies anymore,” she continued. “And so I have to be really, really mean to him, and it was difficult because I do really [like him] … He’s so endearing, and I like him so much.”- Advertisement – Relationship goals? It’s not every day that one gets to work alongside their significant other, but several celebrity couples have been lucky enough to do just that over the years — even after tying the knot!John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, for example, have appeared in a few of the same projects. The first time they worked closely together was for the Jack Ryan star’s directorial debut, A Quiet Place, in 2018. Speaking with reporters backstage at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Blunt admitted that people warned her that teaming up with her husband would hurt their marriage.- Advertisement –
Neil Jacobs, chief executive of Six Senses, said: “Six Senses Botanique will appeal to guests seeking an eco-retreat in nature along with authentic Brazilian design, culture and cuisine. “We are also putting together a program of rituals, workshops and festivals, offering time out to focus on living at ease with oneself and others and in a more reciprocal way with the natural world. “What a wonderful place to breathe in the peace and beauty all around to find harmony and reconnection.”- Advertisement – The hotel was constructed in 2012 by regional architects and designers using indigenous materials such as jacaranda wood, natural stone, and chocolate slate. The slate is mined just once every 17 months and the hotel’s bearing walls incorporate three-tonne boulders from the adjacent river. The 120-year-old wooden beams are reclaimed from farms in nearby Minas Gerais. Huge glass panels line the rest of the construct to evoke a sense of the outdoors, inside, with uninterrupted views of Mantiqueira’s valleys and mountains.When the property adopts the Six Senses brand in early 2021, it will offer seven suites in the main hotel, ranging from 645 to 970 square feet (60 to 90 square meters), and 13 private villas, from 1,184 to 3,230 square feet (110 to 300 square meters), dotted in the hills around it. A further 14 villas are planned and will be constructed off-site in a modular manner using local materials. They will be sited to minimise their impact on the surrounding flora and fauna.Six Senses signature venues such as the Experience Centre, Alchemy Bar and out-of-the-ordinary dining spots will also be added next year. NewerTUI cancels trips to see Santa in Lapland OlderWorld Travel Awards honours Maldives with top Indian Ocean prizes Six Senses has unveiled plans for the opening of its first property in the Americas in early 2021, with the launch of Six Senses Botanique in Brazil.The resort lies in the Mantiqueira area, 2.5 hours from São Paulo and 3.5 hours from Rio de Janeiro, 3,940 feet (1,200 meters) above sea level and at the confluence of three river valleys in the heart of the Mantiqueira Mountains. – Advertisement – These are known as the “mountains that weep” due to the abundance of springs and rivers. Enjoying a temperate climate with endless sunny days, Six Senses Botanique combines mountain serenity with local features and modern luxuries.Formerly known as Botanique Hotel & Spa, the hotel was born out of Fernanda Ralston Semler’s vision to set a new benchmark in luxury hospitality that was completely home-grown, recognising local traditions and culture, as well as its natural setting. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
“My vet said, ‘Your shepherd’s 12 years old. He’s getting slow. The best thing to keep him going is [to] get another little puppy,’” the president-elect recalled, joking that his elder dog “thinks he’s Secret Service.”Scroll down to look back at some of the cutest occupants of the White House through the years. Barack’s successor, President Donald Trump, was the first White House occupant to not have a pet while in office since James K. Polk, the 11th U.S. president. Dog lovers rejoiced after former V.P. Joe Biden‘s projected 2020 election win because his family’s two German shepherds, Champ and Major, would be joining him in D.C.The Pennsylvania native and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, got Champ in late 2008 and adopted Major 10 years later from the Delaware Humane Association. During an Iowa campaign event in 2019, Joe said their second puppy came along at the perfect time.- Advertisement – Ahead of his first presidential election win in 2008, Barack Obama promised daughters Malia and Sasha that they could get a dog if his campaign came out on top. “I love you both more than you can imagine. You have earned the puppy that is coming with us!” he teased during his victory speech in Chicago’s Grant Park in November 2008.The Obamas brought home Bo, a Portuguese water dog, in April 2009. Months after his second inauguration in January 2013, the former Senator and his family added Sunny to the mix. When the Obama family moved out of the White House in early 2017, the former first dogs had to get acquainted with the way everyday pets live.“They’re just now going to the door when the doorbell rings,” Michelle Obama joked during a December 2018 talk at Barclay’s Center in New York City. “It’s taken them two years. It’s the door, people are coming!”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Even first families are pet lovers! From the earliest days of the United States government, presidents have brought furry friends along to the White House.While many U.S. leaders have kept their pets to the traditional cat or dog, politicians dating back to the 1700s owned more exotic companions, like horses, bear cubs and parrots. As time went on, presidents’ animal friends became as revered as the candidates themselves.- Advertisement –
Dec 14, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – As part of efforts to improve the nation’s long-term supply of influenza vaccine, the federal government is launching a clinical trial to help get a German-made vaccine licensed for regular use in the United States.The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Dec 7 it would buy 1.2 million doses of the Fluarix vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Biologicals to help ease the shortage. The vaccine is used in 70 countries, but because it is not licensed in the United States, people will have to sign a form acknowledging possible risks before they receive it.Two days after that announcement, federal officials announced plans to recruit 1,000 healthy adults for a clinical trial of the vaccine at four sites. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is collaborating with GSK Biologicals, based in Rixensart, Belgium, on the trial.Dr. Pamela McInnes, deputy director of the NIAID’s Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, said the trial was prompted by the US flu vaccine shortage, which arose when contamination problems forced Chiron Corp. to cancel its shipment of 48 million doses in October. “We’re doing whatever we can to secure the vaccine supply for the next season,” McInnes told CIDRAP NewsMcInnes said the NIAID is funding the clinical components of the trial, such as recruiting volunteers and administering the vaccine, while GSK will cover some infrastructure costs and the testing of blood samples to assess the immune response. She said she couldn’t estimate the cost of the trial at this point.The trial will be conducted by four NIAID-supported Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units, at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.In the NIAID announcement, lead investigator John Treanor, MD, of the University of Rochester, said, “Although the vaccine we are testing has a very long safety record in Europe and other parts of the world, the type of study we are conducting must be done before the vaccine can be licensed for use in the United States.”Four of every five participants in the trial will receive Fluarix, while the fifth will receive a placebo, the NIAID said. Those receiving the placebo will be offered US-licensed vaccine at the end of the month-long study.When HHS announced its plan to buy GSK vaccine last week, the company said it had long-term plans to seek a US license for the product. A Dec 9 Washington Post report quoted the company as saying it intends to sell 10 million to 20 million doses in the United States for next year’s flu season if it gets a license.In other recent flu-vaccine developments, the United Kingdom’s drug regulatory agency said last week it was extending the license suspension for Chiron’s Liverpool vaccine plant for another 3 months. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) suspended the plant’s license because of contamination problems Oct 5, forcing cancellation of the company’s vaccine shipments to the United States.”This new suspension does not result from any newly identified safety issues or findings at the Liverpool plant,” the MHRA said. “It is routine regulatory action to give Chiron more time to carry out the extensive and detailed remedial plan which is now being put in place.”The MHRA said it was keeping the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) well informed of developments and would include FDA inspectors on an upcoming visit to check Chiron’s progress in fixing problems at the plant. The FDA has come under fire for not predicting Chiron’s problems and reacting to them sooner.”The suspension can be lifted at any time if Chiron is able to satisfy the MHRA that it has rectified the site’s problems,” the MHRA statement added.Also last week, Chiron announced it had received an FDA warning letter asking for more information about the company’s investigations of problems at the Liverpool plant. The letter, stemming from a remediation plan the company submitted in November, asks for more details about investigations into “current Good manufacturing Practices deviations” and related studies.The FDA gave Chiron 15 working days to respond to the letter, the company said.See also:Dec 9 NIAID news release
Ebola is a highly contagious filovirus that can cause a gruesome death following hemorrhaging and is lethal in 50% to 90% of cases. Although there is no treatment and little is understood about its animal reservoir, contact with primates has been known to precipitate human outbreaks. The Congo Republic and neighboring Gabon have had several Ebola outbreaks, which have killed about 360 people since 1994, Agence France-Presse reported. The number of contacts being monitored has risen in recent days from 62 to 81, with 68 in Etoumbi and 13 in Mbomo, WHO noted. The outbreak began in late April, after elephant hunters encountered and ate a dead chimpanzee in a forested region near the border of Gabon, the BBC reported today. That’s also where the 2003 outbreak hit, Reuters said. Eleven cases have been reported in Etoumbi and Mbomo in the Cuvette Ouest region of the Congo Republic. One of the cases was laboratory-confirmed by the Centre International de Recherches Medicales de Franceville (CIRMF) and the Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD) in Gabon. The other 10 are epidemiologically linked to it, WHO said. Workers from the Ministry of Health, the WHO Regional Office for Africa and Medecins Sans FrontieresHolland are conducting surveillance, tracking contacts, and educating residents about Ebola in the affected districts, WHO said. May 18, 2005 (CIDRAP News) Ebola virus has been found in a sample from one of the nine people who have died in a hemorrhagic fever outbreak in the Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. See also: WHO update http://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_05_18/en/index.html
Sep 30, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Four organizations that represent many of the nation’s public health officials issued a report yesterday detailing how 6 years of federal funding has improved preparedness, though serious challenges remain, such as hiring and training lab workers and local preparedness planners.The report compiles results from member surveys from each of the four groups: the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The 16-page report is available on ASTHO’s Web site.The report focuses on funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Public Health Emergency Program (PHEP), a cooperative grant program designed to help state and local public agencies build the capacity to respond to health emergencies such as pandemic influenza and bioterrorist attacks.According to the report, the CDC has distributed $4.9 billion in PHEP funds from fiscal years 2002 though 2007.Four accomplishment and challenge areas are addressed in the report: preparedness planning, evaluation and improvement, disease detection and investigation, and response and recovery.Planning and assessmentOne of the major benefits of PHEP funding has been a dramatic rise in emergency response plans at state and local public health departments. For example, in 2002 as PHEP funding began, only 11% of states had complete plans, but by 2007 all had developed all-hazards plans and all state public health laboratories had continuity-of-operations plans or were covered by state plans, the report says.By 2007, all public health labs had developed clinical lab databases, and many state labs had strengthened their partnerships with law enforcement and first responders. In addition, 86% of local health departments have learned how to use the National Incident Management System, the nation’s first standardized system for managing responses to major emergencies.PHEP funds have helped state and local groups conduct preparedness exercises and produce after-action reports to improve planning. According to NACCHO, state health agencies participated in more than 700 exercises in 2007, while local groups participated in even more. The report says 90% of state public health laboratories have conducted drills with first responders, other state agencies, and sentinel labs at hospitals.Citing challenges that still need to be addressed, the report says many local health departments lack plans for mass patient care and fatality management. Also, staffing gaps affect many local health departments: 43% of small departments and 9% of medium-size department have no staff dedicated to preparedness activities. Gaps affect state public health labs, as well: only a quarter can screen or test specimens for radiation exposure.Detection improvementsPHEP investments have enabled state and local departments to expand lab space, add technology, and offer more services, the report states. For example, 71% of large local health departments and 61% of small ones have developed epidemiologic investigation plans. Also, staffing and training enhancements have boosted the number of labs that can perform polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for bioterrorism agents and time-resolved fluorescence assays for toxins such as ricin.Improvements in disease surveillance infrastructure mean that 96% of states have round-the-clock communication links with hospitals, the report says.Challenges in the area of disease detection include integration with other lab networks; funding shortfalls and lack of technical guidance have hampered progress, the organizations noted. Another gap is a plan to assess and expand laboratory surge capacity.Response readinessThe report says that PHEP funding has produced more robust response systems. For example, all state health departments now participate in the CDC’s Health Alert Network, and all use more than one communication system to file disease reports.States and cities have improved their ability to distribute Strategic National Stockpile supplies, and more epidemiologists are available to assist with response and recovery, the report says.The four groups have identified several priorities for improving response capacity. One-third or more of respondents listed medical and hospital surge capacity, operations continuity, utilization of healthcare volunteers, countermeasure distribution, radiation response, chemical response, and disaster recovery.Funding outlookThe groups aired concerns about the future funding picture, stating that the proposed fiscal year 2009 PHEP allocation is 22% less than the previous year. “This cut is accompanied by the elimination of federal funding to states and localities to prepare for the inevitable threat of pandemic influenza,” they wrote.The report reiterates the need to build a workforce to plan for and respond to public health emergencies. “Building workforce devoted to emergency preparedness is our greatest overarching need,” it says.Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group based in Washington, DC, told CIDRAP News that the report generally shows that investments such as PHEP can pay off. “And the report does a very good job of describing the ongoing challenges, particularly regarding staffing,” he said, adding that the projected impact on labs is extremely concerning.Progress on all of the public measures listed in the report will stall unless funding improves, Levi said, adding, “Now wouldn’t be the time to cut back.”See also:Feb 20 CIDRAP News story “CDC says state preparedness much improved since 2001”
Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli attended the opening ceremony of the conference in Venice “EU-China Tourist Year”, which marks the beginning of the joint cooperation between China and the countries of the European Union in the field of tourism through 2018, the Ministry of Tourism reports.The opening of the joint tourist year, which will provide new opportunities for investment and growth in tourism and the presentation of mutual cultures and values, was accompanied by the first EU-China Summit on Tourism, which brought together top officials of the European Commission and EU officials. China. The main goal of the “EU-China Tourism Year” is to jointly attract more Chinese tourists to Europe by promoting trans-European products and helping European operators to penetrate the Chinese market.Italy, as the host country of this meeting and one of the world’s leading tourism superpowers, visited annually by more than 51 million tourists and ranked seventh on the list of world countries in terms of tourism earnings, is also the starting point of joint Sino-European activities. Through a series of promotional and educational activities throughout the European Union, the goal is to create special tourism strategies and develop a tourist offer tailored to Chinese tourists through the inclusion of European destinations in China Quality Service (QSC) tourism certification program, simplification and acceleration of visa procedures, opening and introduction new direct flights with the People’s Republic of China and the adaptation of European destinations for online payment services via Chinese mobile applications.Photo: Mint”The Chinese market is extremely important for Croatian tourism, which in 2017 recorded an increase of 50 percent. According to the announcements, this year more than 150 million Chinese are expected to travel outside China in the period before and after the season, and I believe that in 2018 we will host an even more significant number of visitors from this extremely important market. ” stated Minister Cappelli and added: “Along with the visitors who are most attracted by the natural beauties and cultural heritage of our country, Croatia is becoming more and more interesting to Chinese investors. The interest is certainly the result of intensive promotional activities and even better air connections, and I believe that the recent opening of a representative office of the Croatian Tourist Board in Shanghai in the premises of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce will result in even better tourist results.”.The tourist significance of Croatia in the entire project was confirmed by the Italian side, the Ministry of Tourism points out, adding that the Undersecretary of State for Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism of the Italian Republic Dorina Bianchi praised the cooperation with Croatia and emphasized that she had a very successful meeting in Rome, at which the Joint Declaration was adopted as a comprehensive document by which the two sides committed themselves to strengthening political cooperation and providing mutual support in regional and multilateral organizations and fora.On the sidelines of this summit, Minister Cappelli met with the Mayor of Venice Luigi Brugnar to discuss the crowds when organizing day trips to tourist destinations such as Dubrovnik and Venice. Minister Cappelli also met on the sidelines with Bulgarian Tourism Minister Nikolina Anglekova, with whom he arranged a bilateral meeting in Bulgaria in February, when the HLM Tourism and Economic Growth conference is being held in Sofia, on the occasion of Bulgaria’s EU presidency.
Njemačko gospodarstvo zbog nedostatka radne snage trpi desetke milijardi eura gubitaka, stoga Njemačka vlada priprema novi – zakon o imigraciji kojem je cilj privući i kvalificiranu radnu snagu iz trećih država, budući da radna snage Europske unije ne zadovoljava potrebe najvećeg europskog gospodarstva, piše MojPosao.net.The point is that German companies can very easily bring in a college-educated expert from abroad, but a much harder-to-skilled worker with a high school education. And this is exactly the type of employee the German industry needs the most.The first problem that then arises is that the employer has to prove that there are no workers in the German market who can fill that job. Another problem is that without major problems they can hire a foreigner only if his occupation is on the list of deficient. Under the bill, both of these restrictions will be lifted. This reflects the fact that labor shortages are not only isolated to professionals as they once were, but are much broader and include a multitude of jobs that do not require a college degree.According to official data, 1,2 million jobs are currently being created in Germany, and the Institute of Economics (IW) estimates that 440.000 vacancies cannot be filled by workers living in Germany and that the economy loses 30 billion euros a year due to labor shortages.The situation is particularly difficult in the country’s industrial south, where the unemployment rate is only two percent in some parts, so the government has unveiled a bill it hopes will take effect later this year, which removes the biggest hurdle for employers.Jobs will soon be created or have already been created in Slovenia and Austria, ie the bans on the employment of foreign labor, which all offer better working conditions and better salaries than in Croatia, will be lifted, which will certainly be an additional blow to domestic businessmen who chronically labor shortage in tourism. The only solution to the problem of labor shortage is to improve working conditions and increase wages, there is no other quality and sustainable alternative.Will we figure it out until it’s too late, if not already?Related news:IS IT POSSIBLE TO INCREASE SALARIES IN TOURISM BY 30%?
It is a fast-growing IT company founded in Šibenik and with an office in Zagreb, which has more than 130 users on all continents, except Antarctica, of course, and covering companies ranging in size from 20 to over 700 employees. Mate Kostovski, director of Lemax / Photo: Lemax Two contracts cover the Croatian market, and the remaining nine are global markets that include Iceland, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Denmark, the United States, Italy and Mexico. The increase in the number of users enabled the employment of new experts, ie 34 new jobs, and at the end of 2018 they reached the number of 67 employees, while by the end of 2020 they expect growth to 130 employees. An interesting fact is that Lemax has only one product of its own, called Lemax, which helps customers, travel agencies and tour operators to increase efficiency and sales. With complete management of the reservation process, it covers a wide range of activities as it contains specialized modules for marketing, sales, accounting, finance and logistics. The biggest advantages of such a comprehensive system are the significant acceleration and automation of all operational processes on which users typically spend a lot of time and resources. By applying the software, customers are committed to business development and customer relationships, with the ultimate benefits of increasing sales and profits. Rastu prihoda svakako je pridonijelo i veliko širenje na globalno tržište, te trenutno čak 88% prihoda dolazi iz izvoza prodaje proizvoda. Lemax pje rošle godine potpisala najveći pojedinačni ugovor s turističkom agencijom Asian Trails iz Tajlanda kojim podržava rad više od 700 zaposlenika s preko 4000 partnera i 8 tržišta koja zajednički pokrivaju gotovo trećinu stanovnika planete, što je veliki korak prema otvaranju azijskog tržišta. Unique proprietary software solution Lemax, a leading global software provider for travel agencies and tour operators, ended the 2018 business year with revenues of 1,85 million euros, an increase of 85% compared to 2017. “At Lemax, we have only one, our own product, simultaneously recognized in the global market as an industry leader. This allows us to grow continuously and rapidly in all areas of work, which means that we will employ all profiles of experts and continue to make further breakthrough in all world markets. An outbound sales team is being formed to ensure a more precise reach to potential customers, which is a departure from our previous sales based on inbound sales tactics. This year we expect continued growth as in the previous year, stronger market recognition and increased exports.” said Mate Kostovski, director of Lemax, adding that last year was marked by the rebranding of the company and the change of the software name from iTravel to Lemax software. Lemax ended the 2018 business year, with eleven new contracts.