Today, Valamar Riviera signed a loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) in the amount of EUR 16 million.This is the first EIB transaction in Croatia directly financing a private sector company with the support of an EU budget guarantee through the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which is a financial component of the Investment Plan for Europe, better known to the general public as the Juncker Plan. “.The loan from the European Investment Bank will co-finance the completion of Valamar Girandello Resort, ie the construction of the first Kinderhotel 5 * in the Valamar Riviera portfolio, whose opening in April this year completes the repositioning of Rabac as a leading holiday destination for higher paying guests. This loan is a supplement to the indirect loan in the amount of EUR 44 million granted to Valamar by HBOR in March 2017.”Today we presented the results of the EIB Group in Croatia in 2017, which reached the highest level since 2013. Payments of 729 million euros, or 28% more than in 2016, represent our contribution to the real economy. We also signed the first direct transaction with a private sector company backed by an EFSI guarantee to support tourism in Croatia. Tourism is one of the most important economic sectors and is responsible for 20% of Croatia’s GDP and 10% of jobs in the country. At the same time, we signed an agreement to further improve the quality of the EIB’s advisory centers and established an advisory body, the so-called European Advisory Hub, which offers Croatia a unique approach to support in project preparation. ”Said Dario Scannapieco, Vice President of the EIBThe first EIB transaction in Croatia directly financing a private sector company with the support of an EU budget guarantee through the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)This EUR 16 million EIB loan is a supplement to the EUR 44 million indirect loan granted to Valamar by HBOR in March 2017. The agreement we signed today with the European Investment Bank is a confirmation of the exceptional trust of large financiers in Valamar Riviera, but also an example of a quality investment project recognized at the highest European level because it contributes to the development of the Croatian economy in a broader sense, said Marko Čižmek. He added that Valamar continuously invests in raising the quality of products and developing the destinations in which it operates, as well as in improving working conditions in tourism.“For Valamar, this cooperation is extremely important in terms of expanding the horizons of financial sources that enable us to implement large investment projects. We hope that we will continue our cooperation with the EIB on future projects within the strategic goals of our company, which include achieving double-digit growth of results and values of the company in a sustainable and socially responsible way.. ” concluded Čižmek.
Evil Geniuses have partnered with consumer technology brand Hisense to offer a unique fan opportunity to compete with the EG Halo team on one of the biggest TV screens in the world.Let’s do this, @erik_jones, @ClintBowyer, @evilgeniuses, @PeterPandam & @RyanTowey. May 26. @CLTMotorSpdwy #HisenseDualThreat pic.twitter.com/9tAFRpIIJE— HisenseUSA (@Hisense_USA) April 11, 2017It comes after Hisense stepped in as a mediator of an argument between NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and Clint Bowyer of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), who were both claiming to be the best gamer in all of NASCAR. Hisense and EG proposed a challenge to settle the argument once and for all – the Hisense Dual Threat Challenge. On May 26th, Jones, Bowyer, Hisense, Evil Geniuses and two fans will join forces to host a Halo tournament on the 16,000 square-foot Speedway TV at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the weekend of the Hisense 4K TV 300 in Charlotte. Jones and Bowyer will act as team captains, and fill their teams out with two Evil Geniuses team members and one fan qualifier.Mark Viken, Vice President of Marketing at Hisense commented: “At Hisense, we embrace head-to-head competition in all its forms and believe that the television is the hearth of the modern home: bringing people together to watch great content or, in this case, decide who’s the biggest dual threat,” before adding: “We’re also very excited to give two lucky fans the chance to compete with some of the biggest starts of NASCAR and professional gaming for ultimate bragging rights.” Fans will be asked to Tweet a video to the hashtag #HisenseDualThreat, detailing what makes them a dual threat and why they should be considered for Jones or Bowyer’s team. After two weeks of fielding submissions, Hisense will select eight finalists and the two winners will be chosen through a popular vote on Twitter. The winners will receive full airfare and accommodations to Charlotte as well as grandstand tickets to both the Hisense 4K TV 300 on Saturday, May 27, and the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 28. “We’re very excited Hisense has provided this unique opportunity to partner with Evil Geniuses,” said Heath Cherry, Vice President, Sponsorship at JGR. “We can’t wait to have Erik and Clint team up with fans to compete in Halo and see who comes out on top.” “I know they’re hyper competitive on the race track, so I’ll be curious to see how good Erik and Clint actually are at Halo,” said Peter Dager, CEO of Evil Geniuses. “I can only hope the Evil Geniuses guys don’t embarrass them too badly.”Esports Insider says: This is a fantastic partnership – the two winners are going to be in for an incredible experience. It’ll be interesting to see if this is the first of many campaigns between the tech company and EG.