Yesterday, Istra Inspirit was awarded the seventh prize in a row at a competition organized by the ‘European Cultural Tourism Network’ – European Cultural Tourism Network in the category Contribution to cultural and creative industries. Istra Inspirita, as the only finalist from Croatia, won the third place for the application entitled ‘Revival of the cultural and historical heritage of Istria through cultural tourism’. The conference entitled ‘Cultural heritage as an asset for responsible and sustainable tourism’ was organized on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage – #EuropeForCulture. The award ceremony took place at a gala dinner at the Pantheon Conference Center in Paphos, a city in Cyprus that is also the European Cultural Destination in 2017.”We are pleased to point out that Istra Inspirit has been re-recognized as a project that enriches the cultural and innovative – experiential offer of the Istrian peninsula, at the level of the European Union and by a European organization dealing with cultural tourism. Recognitions and awards internationally can contribute to promotion project, as well as further emphasize quality and innovation. We believe that with constant effort and perseverance in providing a unique cultural experience, stories, myths and legends can be revived in a quality way, which enriches the cultural and experiential tourism of Istria. ”Pointed out Morena Milevoj, coordinator of marketing and PR of the project from the Istrian Development Tourist Agency – IRTA doo under which the project is implemented, and added that they also presented Istria as a tourist destination at the conference.This recognition is another proof and confirmation of the long-term successful work of Istra Inspirit, a project of the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County implemented within the Istrian Development Tourist Agency, which has so far been recognized as a significant product of cultural tourism and awarded prestigious prizes (7) for the most creative tourist program: CBTour – award for the best creative program of Croatian business tourism, MRAK (Network for development and creativity) – award for the best creative and innovative tourist product, ‘Simply the best’, ‘Golden goat 2012 / Capra d’oro 2012’, ‘Golden Zoom Awards’ – the best marketing campaign of a tourist destination awarded as part of the Travel Zoom conference in Bled, Slovenia, ‘Creative Tourism Award’ – award for the most creative experience in 2014 given to Istra Inspirit awarded by the international organization Creative Tourism Network from Barcelona, 2015.Also, for the end, it should be added that the UNWTO included Istra Inspirit among the 28 best tourist stories in the world, and which are included in the prestigious and recognized book Tourism Stories published by the World Tourism Organization, which is certainly another confirmation of the excellent concept.
Matteo Trentin claimed the third Tour de France stage win of his career as the race leaders kept plenty in reserve for the upcoming make-or-break mountain stages.The European champion from Italy was part of a breakaway group of more than 30 riders that left behind the peloton in the early stages of the 200-kilometer 17th stage. 1. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 642. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) 503. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) 38WHAT’S NEXT?The competitors have had an initial taste of the Alps, but Thursday’s ride is the first major Alpine stage and could prove punishing for anyone flagging. Stage 18 takes the riders up three peaks – Vars, Izoard and Galibier – that each rise 2,000 metres above sea level. A brutal test awaits. Trentin, 29, was the man most likely to win long before the finish, and he delivered for Mitchelton-Scott, riding solo in the closing stages after pulling clear of Kasper Asgreen, who took second for Deceuninck-Quick Step, with CCC’s Greg van Avermaet third.Wednesday was the day the riders arrived in the Alps, traveling from beneath the spectacular Pont du Gard aqueduct near Nimes and heading eastward to an altogether more mountainous setting at the finish in Gap.It was a taster day, one for the riders with an eye on glory in Paris on Sunday to acclimatize to their new surroundings, skirting by several rugged peaks without being called on to take on any daunting ascents.What it amounted to at the business end of the general classification was that nothing changed. France’s Julian Alaphilippe remained in the yellow jersey, with no challenges from his rivals as riders in the peloton effectively rested their [email protected] wins his 3rd @LeTour stage victory. Matteo Trentin remporte sa troisième victoire d’étape sur le Tour de France. #TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/MDcE9V2NCQ— Tour de France (@LeTour) July 24, 2019Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) retained an overall lead of one minute and 35 seconds over Britain’s defending champion Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) and 1:47 over Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk.France’s Thibaut Pinot, strongly fancied by many to come through and win the Tour, remained fourth at 1:50.The yellow jersey had never changed hands in 23 previous stages ending in Gap, which last hosted a finish in 2015, and predictably that trend continued.Thomas is hoping Alaphilippe’s remarkable effort so far will take its toll in the mountains, saying: “You’d think he’d be starting to get tired now. Teams will be thinking to try to make it hard all day. It’ll be interesting. It’s three big, big days now, and I think a lot can happen.”Trentin added to his stage wins from the 2013 and ’14 Tours and moved up to 34th overall this year. He said on ITV4: “It was really an emotional finish because I’ve only won two races in my whole career alone.”STAGE RESULT1. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) 4:21:362. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick Step) +0:373. Greg van Avermaet (CCC) +0:414. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) +0:415. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) +0:41CLASSIFICATION STANDINGSGeneral Classification1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 69:39:162. Geraint Thomas (INEOS) +1:353. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) +1:47Points Classification1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 3092. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 2243. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) 203King of the Mountains