The Supervisory Board of Plava Laguna dd has made a decision on the investment cycle for next year, the Company announced on the Zagreb Stock Exchange.Thus, in 2019, Plava Laguna will invest HRK 298,2 million. Among the biggest investments, the construction of the new administrative building of the Company in Poreč and the thorough arrangement of the camps Savudrija (Pineta) stand out.More intensive investment continues in the expansion and arrangement of existing capacities for accommodation of workers in Poreč and Umag in order to raise the quality of workers’ stay, and the program of arranging beaches which the Company manages on the basis of a concession.Plava Laguna invested HRK 487 million this yearThe biggest investment of the Blue Lagoon in Poreč in 2018 was the opening of a new hotel, Park Resort in Poreč. It is one of the largest investments of the Blue Lagoon in recent history, where the old Laguna Park was almost completely demolished and a new Park Resort was built. These are hotels, apartments and villas, worth more than 35 million euros, intended for families with childrenIn addition to the Park Resort, the investment cycle also included the construction of Garden Suites & Rooms Sol Umag and a thorough reconstruction, along with the construction of new, additional facilities in the Stella Maris Umag camp. Also, part of the investment relates to the reconstruction and arrangement of accommodation facilities for workers. 150 new double rooms are being built for them and about 60 mobile homes are being purchased: 90 rooms in Universal and 60 rooms in Kator in Umag, as well as 50 mobile homes in Stella Maris and 10 in Bijela uvala.Thus, in Umag, not far from the Sol Umag hotel, old bungalows were demolished and 11 new buildings with 54 accommodation units under the common name Garden Suites & Rooms Sol Umag sprang up in their place.Renovation of the Stella Maris camp includes new accommodation capacities, but also new facilities, such as 150 mobile homes and a large pool complex, and the pool area will cover a total of 829 square meters. In 630 accommodation units, guests will have at their disposal superior plots and mobile homes. Camp Stella Maris will also receive a new reception with a catering facility, and guests will have at their disposal a grill zone, a sports and recreational zone with a beach volleyball court and mini golf.The Blue Lagoon welcomed the new one in 2018 brand strategy and visual identity which announced a turnaround in business, after the final merger of the company Istraturist Umag dd, which is owned by Plava Laguna since December 2014.In accordance with the new umbrella brand, a completely new web tourist portal was recently published, which combines the offer of three destinations: Poreč, Umag and Rijeka, with numerous surprises for visitors to www.plavalaguna.comRELATED NEWS:BLUE LAGOON OPENED RESORT PARK IN POREČ
By Elroy StephneyI was indeed impressed with the rapid transformation of the Reliance ground on the Essequibo Coast. In fact, an interim management committee (IMC) was established on the advice of former Essequibo Under-19 Inter-county batsman Ravindra Madholall, about two years ago on one of his regular visits to his homeland.The body was primarily tasked with reviving the sport in the village after many years of dormancy after the ground was abandoned and left to the mercy of stray animals.The Reliance Grounds Committee was then formed under the chairmanship of Trevis Simon. Immediately there was intent and a transitional phase began at the site.Historically, during the early 1990s, the older members had taken the decision to plant rice there which they did for one crop as a fund-raising venture – an act perhaps that has never been replicated in the world!Rovindra (left) and Ravindra Madholall at an awards ceremony in CanadaSituated in Central Essequibo, the Reliance ground is now equipped with a main pavilion that can easily accommodate in excess of five hundred (500) spectators, washrooms for both males and females, a canteen and boundary ropes.The gated facility was also re-graded and more dirt was thrown to elevate the surface so as to negate flooding. It is now an amazing sight and significantly, fans, who have since gathered in large numbers, are equally thrilled by the atmosphere whenever matches are held, primarily on Sundays.It is no coincidence therefore that I am now advocating for the naming of the stands at the venue after the Madholalls; a household name in Reliance and indeed across the country.I had great pleasure and lasting memories competing with and against the siblings namely Rovendra, Ravindra, the late Shivanandan and Narendra Madholall.Unquestionably, they have been the pride and joy of the little village including the late S.N. Lall, popularly known as Hamlet, who was their father. While there has been a significant interest to develop the game in the village, I believe it is an opportune time also to symbolically recognise those local heroes.In retrospect, Rovendra Madholall was the darling of Essequibo fans as his attractive stroke-play was quite pleasing to the eye. He dominated club cricket on his way to achieving several records including the highest individual score of 179 at the inter-committee Under-19 level – a feat that had just eluded me after scoring an unbeaten 175 against Pomeroon almost two decades ago in a similar tournament.Such was the impact of Rovendra that gaining his wicket was always a prize and much delight for the opposition. Yet however he didn’t replicate similar success at the senior inter-county level though he played some invaluable innings, including an attractive unbeaten half-century to steer North Essequibo to a memorable victory against Albion in a national competition.He would later elevate himself to becoming a Guyana youth player and joining an elite few from Essequibo to have achieved such status.In contrast, Shiv Madholall’s flair as a left-handed batsman, his hostile bowling and athleticism in the field made him the most sought-after cricketer.His affectionate personality and strong sense of humour also attracted keen attention in the dressing room. He was such an impact player whose die-hard attitude made the game very special since there was never a dull moment when Shiv was in action.He went on to wear national colours and was the first Essequibian to captain the President’s XI in the Regional Under-19 championship held in Guyana in 2001.Unfortunately, Shiv perished at the blossoming age of 31 when most cricketers would have been at the height of their game.His demise was a tremendous loss to the cricketing fraternity. Rovendra and Shivnandan’s combination is now beginning to be manifested by their youngest brother Narendra Madholall whose left-handed elegance along with his colossal presence is quite amazing.Ravendra Madholall, on the other hand, was very stylish. His mental toughness made him a formidable leader. He admirably led the village to many titles. On my next visit therefore, I would love to see portraits of the Madholalls being proudly positioned at the Reliance ground in recognition of their outstanding contribution as well as the main pavilion being named in memory of the late Shivnandan Madholall.