Monday, 23 July 2018

An earthquake rumbled through Dubrovnik at a little after 11.00am this morning. The epicentre of the quake was in Albania but the quake was felt in the wider Dubrovnik region. “The paintings on the living room wall rattled,” commented a reader of The Dubrovnik Times.

According to information the epicentre of the morning quake was in the west-central Albaina town of Shijak which has a population of 34,513.

The earthquake was measured at a magnitude of 5 and at a depth of 10 kilometres.


Epicentre in Albania - Screnshot 

Croatia is living and breathing the beautiful game. It’s no secret that Croatians are sport mad and football holds a special place in their hearts. And with their success in the 2018 World Cup in Russia the mood in the country is effecting all different aspects of life.

Beer sales and snacks sales have gone through the roof since the tournament began with first estimates suggesting that sales went up by between 70 and 80 percent in June. And it is becoming increasing harder to find a TV to buy as the shops have seen a massive increase in the sale of large flat screen TVs. Since the beginning of the 2018 World Cup in Russia sales of televisions in Croatia have increased by a massive 400 percent, according to reports in the national media.

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Croatia celebrate victory over Denmark - Photo - Tom Dubravec / CROPIX

And after a victory the night sky is filled with fireworks, which is actually against the law as there fireworks can only be used at set periods throughout the year, and a spokesperson for a Croatian fireworks company suggested that people are using their stockpiles left over from the New Year. However, there are also reports that people are buying fireworks on the black market just to celebrate.

Buying a Croatian football shirt is near impossible as the whole country turns into red and white squares. The original Nike Croatian shirt is sold-out in the Nike shop in Zagreb, they only have a few children’s sizes and XXL shirts left. The original shirt, the famous red and white squares, costs 379 Kunas and the new “away” black dress costs 649 Kunas.

And now that Croatian have made it into the quarter finals where they will face the hosts Russia in Sochi more and more fans are trying different ways to get to the game. Of course the hosts will dominate the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, which holds just under 48,000 spectators, but around 6,000 Croatians are thought to have already purchased tickets.

From Zagreb to Sochi to Zagreb is 2660 kilometres, or around a 38-hour drive not including stops, and would cost around 2,000 Kuna in fuel and road tariffs. Travel agencies are selling special World Cup packages for around 7,000 Kuna, which include charter flights, breakfast, transfers, and return flights immediately after the game. But finding a ticket for the quarter finals could prove tricky. All the Croatian allotment have already been sold out but there are still tickets in the neutral zones as well as ticket agencies reselling tickets. Prices are reported to be up to 14,000 Kuna for a ticket.

The Old City of Dubrovnik reverberated to the sounds of England football fans last night as their team qualified to the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. England played Colombia in the first round of the knock-out stages and it was a nail biting affair as the English squeezed through on penalties.

Traditionally the most frequent tourists to Dubrovnik, in terms of nationality, are British, and this showed last night as many hundreds filled the cafes, restaurants and bars of Dubrovnik to watch the big game.

The Stradun was awash with England football shirts and waiters in the bars kept the beer flowing. England now face Sweden in the quarter finals with a possible clash with Croatia in the semi-finals.

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The staff of Croatia Airlines, the national airline of Croatia, have announced that next Monday they will go on strike.

As stated in their statement, the strike was decided because during the collective contract bargaining the union’s proposal, which was submitted on the 6th of April last year, was not accepted.

“The strike begins on Monday 09.07.2018. at 6:00 am and will run until the strike demands are met or the committee decides to end the strike,” they announced.

The strike will be held in front of the main Croatia Airlines offices and at all locations where the airlines carries out activities.

The union is requesting more holiday days, an agreement on a regular flight crew list, increasing sick leave benefits from 70 to 90 percent of salaries, as well as full-time employment for seasonal staff who have been employed for longer than a year, amongst other points.

World-famous comedian Jimmy Fallon couldn't miss the chance to join the football craze that can be felt all over the world these days. In 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' which is watched by huge amount of people he commented some of the football players from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the special section – Tonight Show Superlatives.

In this case the joke is on Croatia, because out of eight football players shown in the video, three of them are from the Croatian football team! He commented the looks of the football players on their photos.

Dominik Livakovic got the title of the person 'Most Likely To Have Just Walked In On His Parents Doing It', Domagoj Vida was described as 'Most Likely To Offer You A Slurp Of His Go-Gurt' and Mario Mandzukic didn't go too well with 'Most Likely To Clean The Grill With His Head'.

See what Jimmy Fallon said in the short video below.

Young tennis hope from Dubrovnik Ana Konjuh was sadly kicked out of Wimbledon today by her opponent Claire Liu from United States.

The US tennis player was more successful and after two hours and two minutes of play defeated Konjuh with 6: 2, 6: 7 (2) and 6: 3.

The best Dubrovnik tennis player is having trouble returning to her top form. Just last year she was in the TOP 20. After that, which was the best placement in her career, she had two surgeries, one in the the summer and one in the winter. When you put it all together, because of the problems with her arm Ana was out of the field for almost nine months. After her last surgery her first match ws in Roland Garros (defeated in the 1st round), then two in Eastbourne and now only one in Wimbledon.

She played in the Wimbledon main event for the fifth time in her career. Last year she achieved her greatest success when she played in the 4th round, where she was defeated by Venus Williams.

Jennifer Leigh or "Jen" Selter, an American Internet celebrity and fitness model that is going to visit Croatia soon.

She attracted significant media attention for her coming out at a young age, especially on Instagram, where now she has all over 12 million followers. She is well known for her booty, that she likes to promote with various photos. Even though some were guessing that plastic surgeon had his hands in making of this – for some – perfect body, she claims that she looks like this because of healthy lifestyle: good food and fitness.

Yesterday she shared great information with her fans – she published a story posing in a tight black dress with a caption: Packing and trying things on for Croatia.

We are quite sure that she will publish numerous photos from our beautiful country, which will be a great promotion since she has a whole lot of followers. Hopefully she will come to Dubrovnik!

According to the system of registration E-visitor, Dubrovnik has achieved excellent tourist results in the first six months of this year. From 1st of January to 30th of June 2018, 475,706 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is 8 percent more than in the same period last year.

There were 1,476,737 overnight stays or 6 percent more than last year. In the first six months, the largest number of tourists come from the United Kingdom, USA, Germany, France, Croatia, Finland, Spain, Austria, Australia and Sweden.

In that period, most of the arrivals were realized in hotel facilities (289,338 arrivals), which increased by 6 percent compared to the first six months of 2017, but there was also a large increase in private accommodation capacities (136,894 arrivals), 15 percent more in arrivals compared to the same period last year. There were 874 765 overnight stays in hotel accommodation, 4 percent more than last year, and in private accommodation 450,703 which is 12 percent more.

This year's June had 175,830 arrivals, which is 6 percent more than in the same month last year and 574,171 overnight stays, which is 2 percent more than last year. Main number of tourists came from the UK, USA, Germany, France, Australia, Finland, Spain, Ireland, Sweden and Canada.


Passengers flying from Dubrovnik airport to London Stanstead Airport this morning had an unpleasant surprise.

The Easyjet flight scheduled to depart at 10.15 from Dubrovnik airport was cancelled. According to information from the airport the reason that the London flights was cancelled was due to “crew illness.”

Apparently this was the reason that the Easyjet flights didn’t arrive from Stanstead this morning at 9.40. Information from the airline indicates that Easyjet will make sure that the passengers who were left behind in Dubrovnik will be transferred to another flight.

Almost a half of the nation tuned in to watch Croatia take on Denmark in the first round of knock out games. According to information from the Croatia Radio Television (HRT) the dramatic win over Denmark was followed by 2,000,152 viewers. The end of the match, the penalties to decide who would face Russia in the quarter finals, was watched by 86 percent of the total people watching TV. This is a record breaking number for HRT 2.

When you bear in mind that the Croatian population is around 4.1 million it means that almost half of the entire population were glued to the 2018 World Cup. The game against Denmark was Croatia’s most watched game of the World Cup so far and will go into the record books in the top ten of most watched sporting events ever.

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