As the mandates of the old leadership of the Adventure Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce expired, a new one was elected at the session.Thus, Iva Bencun, a representative of Feral Tours and Zadar Outdoor from Zadar, was elected the new president of ZPT, and her deputy will be the current president Laura Popovac, director of VMD Adventure Travel. New members of the Community Council were also selected according to the regions and adventure activities they deal with.”Adventure tourism is one of the key segments of tourism that contribute to the development before and after the season. All the inputs we get through the work of the Adventure Tourism Community are important to us to identify activities that are important for the development of the Community, and information from the field is extremely important in our negotiations with state institutions to ensure conditions for smooth development of this propulsive form of tourism.”, Said Antonia Urlić, Director of the Tourism Sector of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, opening the plenary and election session of the Association of Adventure Tourism at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.”Thank you for your trust and I hope we will have a good cooperation. It is in my interest, as well as for all of you, to develop adventure tourism in the direction of world trends, according to which this type of tourism is growing at rates of 65%. I am personally convinced that the sector has a great future and further potential. “, said Iva Bencun, the new president of the Adventure Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.Popovac congratulated her successor and pointed out that it is important to be dynamic in the Community and to involve as many people as possible in the work. “A good example is the work on the Law on the provision of services in tourism which defines the conditions for adventure tourism, and on the Law the representatives of the Community in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism have worked intensively since 2012. Our proposals were mostly accepted, which shows the strength of this Community and its members. HGK Community of Adventure Tourism is defined as a kind of holder, given that the list of activities that are considered tourist services of active and adventure tourism in terms of this Act will determine the CCE within the Community of Adventure Tourism and publish on its online spages. The Expert Commission at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, appointed by the Minister, will also determine which certificate is considered appropriate for performing a certain activity. It will also determine special conditions for performing certain activities of active or adventure tourism and for the organization of events that include such activities. In the same Commission, which will consist of seven members, two members will be selected based on the proposal of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.”, Emphasized Popovac, the current president of the Adventure Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.The session also discussed the long-standing trainings conducted by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with HGSS, which were completed this year by over 200 participants, then specialized training held in cooperation with the world’s largest adventure tourism association ATTA, and announced the continuation of promotional tourism activities in 2018. .All members were sent an invitation for an initial expression of interest to exhibit at the stand of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Association of Adventure Tourism at the ITB Berlin from 7 to 11 March 2018, as part of the hall dedicated to the segment of adventure and youth tourism. 25 m is planned2 exhibition space, and the Chamber would participate in co-financing the lease of exhibition space and landscaping in the amount of up to 50 percent of the total cost, while the other 50 percent of the cost is divided by the number of co-exhibiting companies.Related news:ANTONIA URLIĆ NEW DIRECTOR OF THE HGK TOURISM SECTORDANIJELA ČAVLOVIĆ ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE FAMILY TOURISM COMMUNITY AT THE Croatian Chamber of Commerce
Peter Botten (Image courtesy of Oil Search)The Papua New Guinea-focused oil and gas producer and PNG LNG stakeholder, Oil Search named its new managing director following Peter Botten’s decision to retire from the company on August 25. The company said that Botten will be succeeded as managing director by Keiran Wulff on February 25, when Botten steps down from the company board.Wulff is currently Oil Search’s executive vice president, Alaska and president of Oil Search Alaska. He worked at Oil Search from 1993 to 2008, holding several senior technical, operational and executive roles, and re-joined the company in 2015.To ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities from Botten to Wulff, Wulff was appointed CEO designate on September 30 2019. He will retain his Alaskan responsibilities until mid-December 2019, to manage the company’s entry into front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the Pikka Unit development, while also engaging progressively with all stakeholders and being involved in budget and planning matters for 2020 and beyond.He will commence his role as managing director and join the Oil Search board on February 25, 2020.Bruce Dingeman, who is currently chief operating officer of the Alaska business unit, will take over Wulff’s role as president Alaska.Botten will remain managing director of the company until February 25, 2020, and will continue to be employed by OilSearch until August 25, 2020, focusing primarily on the LNG expansion project as the co-venturers move towards a final investment decision (FID), as well as assisting in other matters as required.Longer-term, Botten will continue his association with Oil Search and PNG through his roles as chairman of the Oil Search Foundation and the Hela Provincial Health Authority and as a member of the Australia Papua NewGuinea Business Council Executive Committee.