Thursday, 22 March 2018

Croatia will soon have the opportunity to hear live one of the most famous voices on the planet. Apple’s Siri or an intelligent personal assistant will attend the Days of Communication Festival in Rovinj this April.

The festival Dani komunikacija (Days of Communication) has for years confirmed its position as an avoidable event that gathers advertisers, agencies, public relations experts, media representatives, students and other professionals from the communication industry. Last year’s edition of the festival broke all the records of attendance and satisfaction of participants.

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The sixth edition of the Festival, which is to be held from the 12th to the 15th of April 2018 in Rovinj, will bring to Croatia world experts who dictate trends and future of the communication industry. Among them are the Global Group Creative Director at Twitter Jayanta Jenkins and Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign Manager Brad Parscale.

However, one of the stars at the festival will surely be Siri, an Apple’s application that works on the principle of artificial intelligence. Siri has made the voice of Susan Bennet mega popular around the planet, but the name of Bennet is not globally known. Nevertheless, her voice or as she says, her alter ego Siri is.

Siri will participate at this year’s Days of Communication in Rovinj, where she is coming with the support of the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ). Bennet will hold the lecture titled ‘’Accidentally Famous’’ where she will talk about how she has become mega popular Siri completely by chance.

Commenting on the upcoming event, the director of the HTZ Kristjan Staničić said, ‘’I am very pleased that we have the opportunity to bring Bennet as a lecturer and the owner of the most famous voice to Croatia. Not only that her lecture will enrich this festival that has proven to effect the way we perceive products and services in all sectors, including tourism, but I'm sure that her stay in Croatia will be a great opportunity for further promotion of our country as an attractive tourist destination’’.

The Subspace hostel in Zagreb, the first hostel of this type opened in the European Union, has been awarded by International Hospitality in the category of Best Hostel in Eastern and Central Europe.

The entrepreneur Hrvoje Krilić wanted to be different from the others thus in December 2016 he opened a futuristic hostel in Tesla Street in Zagreb. For the first time in the European Union guests got the opportunity to sleep in space capsules and experience the feeling of being aboard a spaceship.

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The capacity of the Subspace hostel is 20 single bed capsules, bathroom facilities, a kitchenette, a cafe bar and a terrace at Tesla Street. Each capsule is 2 metres long and 1,2 metres wide and high, it has a ventilation and is equipped with a bed, an android monitor, USB ports and chargers for mobile devices, a safe for money and valuable documents as well as a mirror.

The hostel ceiling and walls are painted with unique drawings that become visible under ultraviolet light and create a special impression of the night sky as if one is really in the space.

Targeted guests are all those who seek privacy, or as the owner said ‘’the Subspace hostel offers privacy of a hotel room at a hostel price’’.

The Sci-Fi films such as Blade Runner, The Fifth Element and Avatar inspired the idea for this unusual project, which was realized within a year and a half. The value of this investment was slightly more than two million Kunas.

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board is currently at the MAP fair in Paris, for the third time, as a co-exhibitior at the stand of the Croatian Tourist Board. Other tourist boards that are co-exhibiting are Zagreb Tourist Board, Split-Dalmatia County and Sibenik-Knin County Tourist Board.

More than 500 exhibitors are expected at the fair, which is intended for professionals in tourism and the general public. The fair is held at the Porte de Versailles exhibition hall in Paris.

Tourists from France made 125,370 arrivals and 461,000 overnight stays in the Dubrovnik-Neretva county last year, placing them fifth in the list of countries most commonly choosing our region for their vacation.

The leading German automobile magazine Auto Bild has published the list of the Top 30 most powerful sports cars in the world. And to our pride and joy, the most powerful sports car on the planet is from Croatia.

‘’Concept Two’’ is a new electric car model from the Rimac factory, which was recently presented at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show. ‘’The king among horsepower monsters’’, as Auto Bild described Rimac’s model, left behind many famous rivals such as Bugatti and Ferrari.

The Concept Two electric car with 1914 HP and a top speed of around 412 km/h is the world’s Number One among sports cars. The second place is reserved for Keating TKR from 2010, the third is Koenigsegg Reger from 2015, and the fourth is Bugatti Chiron from 2016, whilst the fifth is 9ff GT9 Vmax from 2012.


Julius Meinl found a great way to combine poetry and coffee – from 2015, every year, on March 21st, they celebrate World Poetry Day in hundreds of locations around the globe. 'Pay with a poem' is their special project that offers you an opportunity to write a poem and get free cup of coffee or tea for your masterpiece.

If you want to discover coffee shops where you can find your inner poet, go to their official web page and use a simple locator. In Dubrovnik you can 'pay with a poem' only at one place, at Caffe Bar Brazil Dvori (Masarykov put 3/B).

This fun idea was a real hit from the beginning – in 2015 more than 100 thousand people participated and we are sure that in 2018 it will be even more popular. Julius Meinel brought some changes this year.

-This year, we took this movement one step further, as we wanted to prove that poetry is the soul of music. Poetry has not always felt accessible, but music is an universal language and has the ability to help people engage with poetry in unexpected ways. This is why we joined forces with the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter JP Cooper, who will create a song to celebrate poets from around the world – it's written on their official website.

So don't forget – on March 21st you can find your inner poet and your free cup of coffee or tea. Maybe you'll discover that you're talented.

Croatia has its first ever medal at a Winter Paralympic Games. Bruno Bošnjak brought the first medal to Croatia when he won the bronze today in the snowboarding discipline “banked slalom” in Pyeongchang.

"I am delighted to be involved in the history of Croatian performances in the Winter Paralympics by winning the first medal for my homeland, and I dedicate this success to my parents, trainers and all those who believe in me,” commented Bošnjak at the end of the competition.

Bošnjak secured the bronze with a time of 54.08 seconds. American Noah Elliott, with a time of 51.90 seconds, won gold and silver was won by American Mike Schultz with a time of 53.42 seconds.

Dubrovnik awoke to grey overcast skies and rain this morning as the predicted period of unstable weather began. And the bad news is that it is not going to get sunnier any time soon.

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The forecast for the weekend, and for the next week, is for rain and cloud cover with temperatures ranging from 8 to 14 degrees. This weekend will be wet and windy with a predominately south wind bringing high seas and rain. Highs on Saturday are expected to reach 15 degrees and on Sunday 17 degrees.

All of next week, from Monday to Friday, rain will fall on the Dubrovnik region with south winds blowing for most of the week. Summer is officially 77 days away but with the current weather it feels miles away.

The specialized edition of the Financial Times ‘’fDi Magazine’’, which monitors and compares investment movements at the global level, recently listed the Top 10 best regions for attracting foreign investments.

Among 146 locations around the world, the Croatian region of Međimurje found its place on the fDi list ranking as the seventh region with less than 1,5 million inhabitants in the category of the strategy quality for attracting foreign investments.

The Međimurje County Prefect Matija Posavec attended the awarding ceremony and received the Financial Times Award in Cannes in France on the 13th of March 2018.

On this occasion, among other participants at the ceremony, the Prefect met with Vitali Klitschko, the former boxer and current Mayor of Kiev in Ukraine. They discussed cooperation in joining the two regions. Actually, Međimurje has for many years nurtured good business and economic relations with the region of Rivne Oblasti in Ukraine.

‘’Of course, as I was talking to one of the best athletes in history, I took the opportunity to talk about Croatian and Međimurje sports about which Klitschko knows quite a lot. On this occasion, Mayor Klitschko announced a possible visit to our region in order to convince himself firsthand in all the results and benefits that brought this important award to the Međimurje region’’.

Once again Albanian plastic pollution has washed up on the shores of the Dubrovnik – Nerevta County, this time in Trstenik on the Peljesac Peninsular. “Just when we had cleared everything up and when you think the garbage has stopped coming the Albanians send it again. Is there no end to human stupidity,” commented Antun Poljanić on his Facebook account along with photos of the beach in Trstenik.

And there can be no speculation that this latest plastic “invasion” on the Croatian coastline is not from Albania as every piece of plastic pollution has an Albanian label on it. The photos that appeared all over social media channels were even shared by an Albanian activist, who is fighting against waste management, with the simple yet powerful message “Croatia, forgive us!”

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The American President, Donald Trump, recently signed a decision about the introduction of new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

Trump said that a 25 percent tax would apply to steel imports, whilst 10 percent would be added to aluminium brought to the United States.

It is quite clear now which countries will be most affected by this decision. First, it will be a huge blow to Canada, which exports 17 percent of steel to the US, then to Brazil (14%) and to South Korea (10%).

However, the countries in the Balkan region will also be hit by new tariffs. According to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, last year the United States imported 36,000 tonnes of steel from Serbia, 32,000 tonnes from Slovenia, 12,000 tonnes from Macedonia and 2,000 tonnes from Croatia.

Even though the quantities of steel are small in comparison to other countries in the region, Trump’s decision will surely affect the already weakened Croatian economy.




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