An interesting fact is that Lemax has only one product of its own, a unique software solution of its own, which is intended for travel agencies and tour operators. The cooperation with Panorama Destitanion continues the global market presence of Lemax, and after Asia Trails, this is another international success and export of Croatian knowledge.”We are proud that Panorama Destination has recognized the quality of our software solution and selected us as a partner for implementation in the global market. We are convinced that full integration will lead to the achievement of customers’ goals. ” points out Mate Kostovski, director of Lemax. The realization of the contracted phases of Lemax software implementation will enable the Panorama Destination Group to respond faster and more efficiently to incoming inquiries, deliver current offers, faster and more accurate invoicing to customers, all thanks to a fully automated sales flow. Sales and marketing automation tools will increase revenue and profit, and the new automated questionnaire and inquiry confirmation process is expected to increase Panorama Destination’s booking capacity by as much as tenfold. Lemax today has more than 120 users on all continents except Antarctica Lemax signed the largest single contract with Asian Trails travel agency in Thailand late last year to support the work of more than 700 employees with over 4000 partners and 8 markets that together cover almost a third of the world’s population, a big step towards opening the Asian market. They are also present in nine global markets, which include Iceland, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Denmark, the United States, Italy and Mexico. Mate Kostovski, director of Lemax / Photo: Lemax Lemax is web travel software that automates sales, marketing, operations and finance. For more than 20 years, the Croatian company has created and implemented software solutions for the tourism industry, offering digital business solutions to tour operators and destination management companies (DMC). Today, Lemax software is used by more than 120 users in more than 50 countries on six continents, with a total annual transaction value of € 1,35 billion. RELATED NEWS: As they point out from Lemax, their software will provide greater automation in business, enabling the processing of more bookings with increased efficiency, faster invoicing and reporting, expanding sales channels and maximizing revenue. Lemax, an IT company that develops and sells Lemax software for travel agencies and tour operators in the global market, has started the software implementation process with the leading Indonesian tour operator Panorama Destination to enable the upgrade of the web-based back office system. Panorama Destination is a leading Indonesian tour operator that TTG Asia, the most popular destination company for MICE, has named the best tour operator in Indonesia. Last year alone, more than 115.000 incoming tourists used the services of one of the group’s offices. Founded in 1999, they employ more than 500 tourism professionals and 250 licensed tour guides specializing in travel services in Indonesia. With branches in key tourist destinations in Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok, Flores and Sulawesi, Panorama Destination provides a standardized service throughout the country that they want to modernize and adapt to new travel trends. MATE KOSTOVSKI, DIRECTOR OF LEMAX: WE HAVE ONLY ONE, OWN PRODUCT, AT THE SAME TIME RECOGNIZED ON THE GLOBAL MARKET AS THE LEADER IN THE INDUSTRY
CARIBBEAN Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, has lauded the exemplary performance of the athletes of CARICOM Member States, stating that the Community was “immensely proud.”In a congratulatory message to them on the just concluded Rio Olympics, the Secretary-General said the “phenomenal Usain Bolt’s completion of the trio of gold medals for the third consecutive Olympic places him among the pantheon of great Olympians.”His colleagues, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake assisted in ensuring the third gold medal was well earned in the sprint relay, he added.The CARICOM Secretary-General commended the significant victories of Elaine Thompson whose triumphs in the women’s 100 and 200 metres were the first in those events since 1988.He said Jamaican Omar McLeod scaled great heights in capturing the 110 metres hurdle crown, a first for Jamaica, while the Bahamian Shaunae Miller completed a sweep of the women’s sprint events for the Community, with her dramatic victory in the 400 metres.Congratulations are in order for all our medallists and other finalists in this hugely competitive global event. The performance at these Games underlined the tremendous skills and talent that reside in the Community’s youth and demonstrates that we have the capacity to lead the world in any sphere providing that we apply the necessary discipline, commitment and focus.Well done to all our competitors and may you continue to strive to achieve even greater feats!, the statement concluded.Usain Bolt and Vinicius celebrates winning the men’s 100m final at the just completed Rio Olympic Games.
While the Summer Olympics officially ended over two months ago, repercussions from one game in particular in the women’s soccer competition still haven’t faded away.The game, played between the U.S. women’s national soccer team and Canada’s women’s team in the semifinal of the Olympic competition, would not be decided until stoppage time on a last-second goal by forward Alex Morgan.Earlier in the game, this ending never would have seemed possible. Canada had taken the lead three different times throughout the game, but referee Christiana Pederson made two questionable calls in the second half. The second was a disputed penalty kick given for a handball in the box that gave U.S. forward Abby Wambach a chance to tie the score at three, and both went against Canada and ultimately aided the U.S. in its comeback bid.After their semifinal matchup, the Americans would eventually go on to win the gold medal, while Canada had to settle with bronze.In a close game decided by a referee’s less-than-perfect calls, it seems reasonable that the Canadian players would be frustrated by the result, especially after leading for most of the game. After all, how many chances do you get at an Olympic gold medal?Unfortunately for Canadian forward Christine Sinclair, FIFA’s governing body decided Friday they didn’t see things quite the same way.Quotes from Sinclair in postgame press conferences expressed obvious discontent with the refereeing in the critical semifinal game and quickly went viral across the globe.“We feel like we didn’t lose, we feel like it was taken from us,” Sinclair said. “It’s a shame in a game like that, that was so important, the referee decided the result before it started.”Certainly not a scathing, personal attack on the referee by any means, Sinclair’s harsh words for the referee were enough to earn her a four-game ban from the Canadian national team and a reported $3,500 fine from FIFA’s international governing body in what FIFA called “unsporting behavior towards match officials.”The incident poured gasoline on an already intensifying debate as pressure on soccer referees has increased in recent years.Over time, as the game continued to speed up with each successive generation of players to rise through the ranks, referees have been forced to handle the growing task that is regulating a professional soccer game.Many different proposals have surfaced in response to the growing strain put on the referees to make the right call, including instant replay, goal line technology and using more referees in the game.Unfortunately, most of these proposals have remained just that – proposals – as FIFA has made it clear in the last several years they think changing the way games are officiated would destroy the “beautiful game.”While this portion of the argument is understandable – more referees and video replay would slow down a game that is famous for its fluid play – when FIFA chose to forgo most of these ideas to solve the refereeing problems (they have experimented with replay for very specific cases), they also made a decision to increase the likelihood that referees will continue to make poor calls.So when Pederson’s iffy calls didn’t go Canada’s way and ultimately cost them the game, it seems only fair that Sinclair should have the right to protest. She did, after all, single-handedly keep her team in the game.Instead, by punishing Sinclair for her comments, FIFA essentially chose to support, if not promote, mediocrity in its sport.After all, aren’t referees paid to make those calls correctly?Just look at the situation in reverse.Had Sinclair played poorly in the semifinal game, missing key goal scoring opportunities or playing bad passes, it is likely that she would have been benched or possibly even dropped from the team.FIFA’s reaction, while a sign of solidarity with its referees, completely frees the officials from any accountability for their actions. Instead of punishing the referee for her poor refereeing or at least giving her a warning, FIFA made a scapegoat out of Sinclair and didn’t deal with the actual problem.To put this disciplinary decision into perspective, you need not look further than English men’s soccer player John Terry, who received a similar four-match ban from the English Football Association a few weeks ago after he used racial slurs against an opposing player in an English Premier League match.The two players received the same punishment, yet Terry’s actions were in direct violation of FIFA’s “say no to racism” campaign, a valiant cause for a sports body with a diverse set of racial backgrounds on teams all over the world. On the other hand, Sinclair merely vocalized an opinion that most soccer fans and players would agree with: Referees should be held accountable for their mistakes.Still, the game certainly doesn’t need knee-jerk reactions and subsequent referee firings by FIFA – and there is something to be said for the drama element that human error brings to the game. But referee criticism by coaches and players needs to be allowed as a way to hold referees accountable for the problem will only intensify in the coming years.Nick is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. Do you agree with FIFA’s decision? Is refereeing becoming a problem in soccer? Send Nick an email at [email protected] or send him a tweet @npdaniels31.