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Opened the first travel agency specializing in runners – Motion Travel

first_imgMotion travel is a new travel agency on our market, but the real news is that Motion travel is the first agency specializing in runners going to European and world races, as well as promoting Croatia as a racing destination and the arrival of runners from Europe to race in Croatia.The whole story was created out of our own need and then the moment happened when the light above our head came on and an idea was created. Namely, the owner of the Motion Travel agency, Josip Ćorić, is a runner himself and with his friends he had the need to go to various marathons in Croatia, as well as the desire for European marathons and races.Problem?Except in our own arrangement and effort, there were no ready-made and concrete offers for going to various races, targeted at runners, both for races inside Croatia and outside of Lijepa Naša. “The idea came up last year, because as a runner I did not have an offer or an agency that would organize everything to go to half-marathons and races in various cities in Europe. As a passionate travel enthusiast and employee in agency tourism for the last 11 years, I have also come across concrete business opportunities, researched the market, talked to fellow runners and seen my opportunity to open an agency of the first of its kind.”Points out Ćorić, the owner of a newly opened travel agency specializing in runners.Solution?Motion travel, the first specialized travel agency for runnersThe need of people for “movement” as well as a large base of runners in Croatia, which grows from year to year, led us to establish Motion Travel, the only agency in Croatia specializing in recreational, amateur and professional runners and of course their fans to race in Croatia and Europe, says Ćorić, and adds that they want to be a link between the organizers and the runners. “We are already communicating with racing clubs from Germany and Austria, to generate ready-made packages for runners to visit our marathons and races. We also communicate with our racing clubs and for now the reactions are extremely positive and everyone is thrilled with the idea and launch of the first specialized agency for runners.”Says Ćorić and concludes that they have just started and that their goal is to promote and position Croatia as an ideal destination for runners.Exactly the link that the market lacked – the link between race organizers and runners, and the promotion of the entire destination and the arrival of foreign runners at our races.Runners are constantly on the move, looking for new challenges and raising their own boundaries, and are constantly looking for new locations to run, and just running is a great blend with tourism. On average, runners are over 30 years old, they take their family with them, they want to get to know the destination and consume other facilities, they come in the pre- and post-season and generate higher tourist consumption. Croatia is perfect for this type of tourism, especially in the pre- and post-season, because we have a pleasant climate, islands, sea, rivers – beautiful and diverse nature, and a complete tourist product.Over 50 million people regularly run in the EU, and their annual consumption is estimated at 9.6 billion euros.Also, we can and must be proud that in Croatia we have the first application for tourist running, the first Run friendly hotel concept, excellent, recognized and quality races from Istria, Dalmatia, the whole continent to Slavonia, and now the missing link, the agency for departure and arrival of runners for races in Croatia.So, we have everything, we need the synergy of all as well as the support of the whole system to speed up the development process and raise the performance scale to a higher level for a quality and rounded racing and tourist platform. This is how tourism develops in the pre- and post-season.Every start is difficult, so is the new entrepreneur Josip Ćorić, who is full of ideas and energy, so help him with advice, connect and create new added values ​​together. See more about Motion Travel at official websites Running is much more than running, running is movement and a way of life. So let’s not invent hot water, but first and foremost use what we have, our potentials and turn them into resources. #CroatiaFullOfRunnersRELATED NEWS:CROATIA’S FIRST IN THE WORLD GETS RUN FRIENDLY HOTEL CONCEPT – RUN HOTELTOURIST RUNNING VIA SIGHTRUN APPLICATION AVAILABLE FROM SPLIT NOWlast_img read more

Group sues Iowa State University saying school violates free speech of students

first_imgAMES — The nonprofit group Speech First has filed a lawsuit against Iowa State University saying three policies instituted on campus have had a chilling impact on free speech.The president of the group, Nicole Neily says one policy prevents students from writing chalk messages on campus. “It seems it started with a pro-life group chalking pro-life messages and then a pro-choice group chalked their messages. And then everybody kind of got involved and there were a lots of political things going on,” Neily says. “And then at some point some offensive messages were chalked and the school put in place an interim ban — and then the student government voted on it and made it a permanent ban.”Neily says the ban prevents communication at a key time when presidential candidates are visiting campus. “A lot of the students I talked to had learned about these events and either attended or organized counter events as a result of this chalking,” she says. “And so I think student’s political and civic participation is really impacted by this in particular.”Neily says the school also banned sending emails in support of candidates. And she says they created a  Campus Climate Reporting System to take reports of things students found offensive. “Turns out that often the speech that ends up being reported is political speech and it is religious speech. And the school has a portal where you can do this anonymously,” she says.Neily says the process used to react to the reports raised concerns with students. “The school will collect that information. The team that analyzes it is made up of university administrators, including university police — and then depending on what the report is — they’ll reach out to the reporter and they’ll reach out the person who has been reported on. And if needed — they’ll refer it elsewhere for further investigation,” Neily explains.She says this process has a chilling impact on the students’ rights to free speech. “I think of it as kind of a Orwellian reporting system,” Neily explains.”Students are making what I think is a very logical decision to just avoid the hassle of going through an investigation altogether. And just avoiding having controversial discussions — because they fear the punishment by process.”Neily says these three things go directly against the idea of what should happen on a campus. “You know, college campuses are the place where ideas should be vigorously debated. But unfortunately it seems like the window of acceptable discourse is narrow these days that students who express viewpoints outside of that orthodoxy, they face administrative proceedings,” Neily says. “Iowa State is a public university, it is a state actor, they have to uphold the First Amendment, period.”Neily says Speech First has asked the court to declare that the chalking ban, email prohibition on political speech, and Campus Climate Response System are all unconstitutional, and to enjoin both the chalking ban and prohibition on electronic correspondence in support of candidates and ballot initiatives in advance of the February 3rd Iowa Caucuses.An ISU spokesman says they are reviewing the lawsuit and had no commentlast_img read more