Saturday, 16 December 2017

The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, received an official visit from the Managing Director of Croatia Airlines, Jasmin Bajic, today. At the very beginning of the meeting Mayor Frankovic congratulated Croatia Airlines on a successful season and commented that the national carrier should be of strategic interest to the Republic of Croatia because it is one of the indicators of a stable market.

During the official visit Frankovic and Bajic discussed the future cooperation between the City of Dubrovnik and the national air carrier.

Mayor Frankovic said that currently the City of Dubrovnik currently spends around two and a half million Kuna annually for ticket subsidies for citizens. And added that unfortunately it has not been able to make financially easier for the inhabitants of Dubrovnik to travel to the Croatian capital because in the meantime Croatia Airlines has raised ticket prices.

The mayor also appealed to Croatia Airlines to find new ways to make it easier for the citizens of Dubrovnik to travel to Zagreb as a certain number of these passengers are travelling to visit hospitals in the capital.

Bajić thanked Mayor Frankovic for his comments and introduced him to the way the air carrier operates as well as the problems facing the national air carrier.

The next steps for the Kupari resort have been taken with the investor, Avenue Group, and the government agreeing on the final version of the project. The former military complex resort which has stood empty and destroyed since the Homeland War looks likely to get a new resort consisting of luxury hotels, apartments and additional features. It is believed that the investment will be worth around a billion Kunas.

Originally it was planned that the resort would include a Ritz Carlton brand hotel but these plans have been changed and the new project has half as many accommodation units as the former plan. The key words for the new resort are luxury and size, around 200 accommodations units are included in the new plan and the room size is considerably larger than many resorts. The smallest rooms in the hotel will be a spacy 50 metres squared whilst the Presidential suite will be a roomy 200 metres squared.

"In the beginning of 2019, we are going to finish the major projects and get construction permits to begin construction in the first half of 2019," announced the investors.

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They plan to maximize the engagement of Croatian companies on the project, but in some parts of the project, it will be necessary to engage the world-renowned and well-known companies. As for the interior and landscape project, they plan to hold an open tender architectural contest in the first half of next year.

Speaking to the business newspaper Poslovni the company announced that "The location and the potential of Kupari offer great opportunities, of course, and we would like to use them in the best possible way. In the year 2018, a lot of events will be taking place, with the confirmation of the final concept besides the selection of the main project manager.”

There is no news as yet as to which hotel company will run the new resort but the investors did stress that the future resort will be operated by a one of the “best hotel operators in the world.”

It must be egret season in Dubrovnik (and no, it isn’t a stork) as the second sighting of this in the city was recorded today.

The graceful bird seemed quite at home wandering around near a busy road to the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Whether the bird was looking for a mate, a place to next or a lift to the hospital we will never know.

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As a sign of gratitude for their commitment, IKEA Group will pay more than 1,2 million Kunas to a special pension fund for its employees in Croatia, said IKEA Croatia recently.

Three years ago, IKEA Group introduced ‘’Tack!’’, a unique fidelity program within which the company pays an annual contribution to all its employees for future retirement (‘’tack’’ is a Swedish word for ‘’thank you’’).

‘’We believe in rewarding loyalty and expressing gratitude to colleagues who stay with us and continue to work for the success of the entire IKEA Group. Our colleagues need to know how much we appreciate their experience and commitment, and I am proud that IKEA Group in Croatia will allocate additional 4,176,38 Kunas per employee for pensions of our 295 colleagues this year’’, commented Stefan Vanoverbeke, the director of IKEA Croatia and the regional director of IKEA South East Europe (SEE).

As IKEA Group explained, the same amount is allocated to all those who have worked at least one full fiscal year in the company. After five years of working in the company, the accumulated money is paid to a special pension fund for employees, and then it is paid directly to the fund every year.

It is interesting to note that since the ‘’Tack!’’ fidelity program was introduced three years ago, IKEA Group has paid 509 million Euros to the fund for better pensions of IKEA employees.

The sweetest party of the year, the Cake Party is going to be held on Sunday instead of Saturday because of the weather conditions. The tenth edition of our favourite event is therefore going to happen on December 10th at 10 am in front of Saint Blase Church. 

The Cake party is organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and it offers, as you could guess, a lot of cakes! The sweet delights are donated by the media houses, as well as the restaurants, hotels, etc.

This is one of the most visited events of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival, since everyone is invited to buy a piece (or two) of cake, all for good cause! Every year the Tourist Board picks an association and donates all the collected money.

Everyone can participate in the charitable action by buying a voucher for 15 kuna, showing their good will and helping the Association for Dystrophic Disorders, Cerebral and Children’s Palsy and Other Physical Disabilities of Dubrovnik Neretva County.
Don't miss this sweet event and a great chance to help to those who need it.

Croatian national air carrier Croatia Airlines has recorded the two-millionth passenger mark in one year for the first time in its history.

On the 6th of December, the jubilee passenger was welcomed on a regular international flight between Zagreb and Copenhagen.

Therefore, the two-millionth passenger in one year was recorded for the first time in the history of Croatia Airlines, i.e. since the beginning of its operations in May 1991.

So far this year, Croatia Airlines recorded an overall increase of 10 percent in passenger traffic, i.e. 11 percent more passengers in international traffic and 7 percent more passengers in domestic regular traffic in comparison to 2016.

The increase in passenger traffic, among other things, is a result of the introduction of four new seasonal flights in May this year – between Zagreb and Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki and Bucharest as well as of the continuation of seasonal flights to Lisbon, Milan, Prague and Sankt Petersburg, which were introduced last year. Besides, due to the large passengers’ interest, seasonal flights to Barcelona and Lisbon are prolonged in the winter flight schedule 2017/2018 thus they will be operated for the first time in the off-season period.

The national carrier expects to end this year with 2,100,000 passengers, which will be a record-breaking number of passengers in one year in the history of Croatia Airlines.

According to research conducted by the Department of Economics and Business Economics of the University of Dubrovnik and the Economic Institute of Zagreb, from the third wealthiest country Croatia has become the second poorest new member of the European Union over the past decade.

The research results point to the prevailing trend of decreasing work-intensive activities within the manufacturing industry in all countries of Central and Eastern Europe over the past ten years.

However, in countries with active industrial policy, such as the Czech Republic and Poland, this process was accompanied by a technological advancement of the industry, an increase in sectoral competitiveness and the share of added value of the manufacturing industry in the overall economy, which is why these countries are an example of successful reindustrialization.

On the other hand, in countries such as Croatia, past decade was marked by the decline in industrial competitiveness, the increase in the share of low tech-intensive activities within the manufacturing industry and by the decrease of the industry’s share in the total added value.

In other words, whilst successful former transition countries reindustrialised the economy through their thought-out policies, the process of de-industrialization in Croatia continued and deepened.

The data shows that in 1990, the share of the manufacturing industry in GDP in Croatia was 24 percent, whilst in 2015 it was barely 12 percent. At the same time, the share of high-tech products in the overall industrial production slightly decreased, whilst in all other countries in the region, with the exception of Lithuania and Latvia, increased.

The research also pointed out to further deepening of the differences in the exports competitiveness of the manufacturing industry between the leading countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Croatia.

In countries such as the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, there was an increase in the sophistication of export products in high-tech and knowledge-intensive activities as well as the transition from price competitiveness to the one based on quality.

On the other hand, the research results for Croatia reveal the loss of price competitiveness with the lack of improved quality-based competitiveness.

Therefore, it is not surprising that since the beginning of the transition process until today, from the third wealthiest country Croatia has become the second poorest new member country of the European Union.

The Association for Down Syndrome of Dubrovnik-Neretva County will mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with Doors Open Day. You can visit the association in their premises at the address Ivo Vojnovic 31 in Dubrovnik on Saturday, December 9th from 10 am to 4 pm.

Everybody interested will be able to buy ornaments created at the workshops, and support the further work of the Association.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. It has been celebrated with varying degrees of success around the planet. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

The 2017 Dubrovnik Winter Festival has this year gone one step further to make your Dubrovnik Christmas even more special. For the first time ever the Winter Festival has its own mobile application. Available for both iPhones and Android this new app allows visitors to the festival to explore the winter attractions with a swipe of a finger. The app includes the location of all the festive Christmas trees in Dubrovnik, from the Old City to the Elaphite Islands, as well as the location as the Bethlehem Nativity Scenes throughout the city’s churches.

Have an interactive Christmas

And not only that but it is also interactive. When you are in the vicinity of one of the Christmas attractions in Dubrovnik the app recognises your location and lets you take a special festive photo with a range of specially designed xmas filters. Share these special photos on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts and let all your friends know where you are spending the holidays. Not sure where to spend the evening out, the app has this covered. The full program of the 2017 Dubrovnik Winter Festival is included on the app, in both Croatian and English, as well the festival’s brochure with many more details. You can find the app on Google Play and the iPhone App Store – just search for Dubrovnik Winter Festival – and in a minute you’ll have the whole festival at your fingertips.

The second weekend of the 4th Dubrovnik Winter Festival has a lot to offer to everybody! The second advent candle, the candle of peace, will be lit up, two concerts of famous Croatian musicians – Jacques Houdek and Massimo will be held, there will be humanitarian Cake Party, as well as many other events, with programs in the Bay of Lapad and Mokosica too. 

Let's start with the sweetest thing this weekend! The tenth edition of the humanitarian Cake Party organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board will be held on Saturday, starting at 11 am, in front of St.Blaise Church. This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy sweets and to confirm how sweet it is to help somebody in need. Cake Pary has a lot more to offer than just cakes – fun program with DJ and dance studios Lazareti and Step'n'Jazz.


On Saturday evening, in front of the Dubrovnik Cathedral, the second advent candle , the candle of peace will be lit. The word service will be led by don Stanko Lasic and it will be accompanied by the liturgical singing.

The musical part of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival this weekend will be marked with concerts of some of the strongest vocalists of Croatian music scene. Jacques Houdek will perform on Friday at 9pm at the center of all events – Stradun. On Saturday, Massimo will take his place at the same time. An unique concert of spiritual music will be held on Sunday at 8 pm also at Stradun with Alan Hrzica, Petar Buljan, Stijepo Gled-Markos and friends.

In Dubrovnik, there is no Christmas without traditional Christmas charol – Kolenda. Trio Lero will be in charge this weekend to bring a sound of Dubrovnik tradition to Brsalje, Gundulic Square and Prijeko from 7 pm to 9 pm. On Saturday, at the same time, vocal group Karaka will do the same, while Sunday morning is reserved for vocal group Maestral (from 10 am to noon). 


Saturday will be vivid and cheerful at the Bay of Lapad, where the students from Ballet departament of Luka Sorkocevic Art School and dance association Cudesni koraci will perform. Since there is no real December feeling without Christmas songs, they will be joined by children choirs who will have a concert. That will all happen on the festival stage, next to the fountain from 2pm to 5 pm.

This week's Sunday morning at Nova Mokosica brings an interactive play for the children, made by Theater Society Osijek named ''Santa Claus Letter/Audition for Santa Claus00, which will be held at 3 pm, next to Caffe bar Kiss. Vocal group Subrenum will sing at the same place from 5:30 pm.

Also, it is worth reminding that this Sunday mums, dads, grandparents can bring their youngest to the Teddy Bear Park at Pile, where they can meet the most magical creatures every Sunday from 11am to noon.

For all the other reminders and interesting things about the Dubrovnik Winter Festival program, there is the Dubrovnik Winter Festival App that is available for download on Android at and at for iOS devices.

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