The Slovenia Times




Hosting d.o.o., the organiser of the first ever International Conference and Stock Exchange for the Promotion of Investment in Tourism in Slovenia and Croatia, Tourisminvest, has postponed the event indefinitely. The company will use this time, among other things, to think over the planned location of the event. The event was originally scheduled for the 13th and 14th of October and was to held in Bled. The realisation that there were too few attractive investment opportunities in Slovenia and that several organisations were not active enough in promoting an environment conducive to attracting local and foreign investors were cited as the main reasons behind the cancellation. However, the organisers still intend to hold the conference in its original format but have yet to decide upon a suitable date and location. Rural Tourism in Good Shape Slovenian tourist farms are satisfied with the growing number of domestic and foreign guests. Local Slovenian guests however still outnumber foreigners. 55% of guests on tourist farms are Slovenian; among the foreigners who frequent them, Germans, Italians, Austrians and Croatians account for the majority of visits, particularly from May to July. Tourist farms generally operate on 60-70% capacity. Their success is often dependent on their placement in Slovenian Tourist Organization catalogues and the Association of Tourist Farms in Slovenia. Mobitel in Gibraltar Mobitel is currently engaged in talks with Gibtelecom, Gibraltar's national telephone provider, about the sale of half of its shares. Mobitel has explained the proposed acquisition as a step toward internationalism, as well as the opportunity to crack into a new and exciting market where investment promises a quick return. Gibtelecom functions as a mobile phone and Internet provider and is worth 400 billion SIT. Half of it is owned by the state of Gibraltar, the other by American mobile phone provider Verizon. If Mobitel acquires the company, it will implement third-generation mobile UMTS services. Fighting Septicaemia Led by Roman Jerala, the Chemical Institute of Ljubljana has discovered a chemical compound that could prevent septicaemia. Further research is being conducted in conjunction with multinational Colgate-Palmolive. If cooperation between these two groups is successful, Slovenia could find itself at the forefront of research on septicaemia prevention, of which 200,000 people die in the EU alone. Their innovative findings led to the signing of a research contract between Colgate-Palmolive and the Chemical Institute; this agreement may lead to development of drugs combating septicaemia.


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