Wednesday, 18 October 2017

One of the most controversial topics in Dubrovnik is again the focus of attention. After the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, met with representatives of the Cruise Lines Association (CLIA) back in September the Executive Director, Cindy D’Aoust, has sent an official letter to the mayor.

The director of CLIA, on behalf of the cruise industry, thanked Mayor Franković for introducing them to the opportunities and challenges associated with cruise tourism in the Dubrovnik region. "As we have pointed out at the time, our goal is to work closely with local communities to protect these environments while providing superior service to our guests," commented D'Aoust. Adding that a large number of shipping companies have been struggling with the consequences that natural disasters in the Caribbean and the United States have had on their business.

"Our commitment to finding a solution for Dubrovnik remains constant," D'Aoust said. Noting that CLIA is working on the selection of experts who will work alongside leaders of the Dubrovnik tourism project "Respect the City" to find solutions that would be applicable for the next tourist season and the achievement of full control and organization of cruise ships by 2019.

In his reply, Mayor Franković thanked the presidents and directors of CLIA for the expressed understanding of the challenges Dubrovnik is facing and for the readiness of the whole industry of cruise ships to achieve a common goal - preserving Dubrovnik’s unique heritage. While at the same time raising the quality of the overall tourist destination and guest satisfaction.

Next week works on the Batala Municipal Harbor will continue. The last berth will arrive from Sibenik, and depending on the weather conditions, should be installed and the new municipal marina completed.

The planned completion of all works is scheduled for next week by the 20th of October.

Today, the 8th of October, is a national public holiday Croatian Independence Day. It marks a decision made by the Croatian parliament on the 8th of October 1991 to end relations from Yugoslavia and to terminate legal and state ties with the country. Independence Day was made an official public holiday in 2001 and was celebrated for the first time in 2002.

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović congratulated citizens with this message.

“To all Croatians and Croatian citizens in the Homeland and throughout the world, sincere congratulations on Independence Day of the Republic of Croatia. Among the momentous dates in our history, the 8th of October is cherished as the day when the final and irrevocable decision on the independence of the Republic of Croatia became effective. This historical goal was achieved after long centuries of fighting for survival and freedom. Therefore, with gratitude today we recall all those throughout history whose sacrifice in labour and lives contributed to the achievement of this aim. Today, as an independent state which is a full-fledged member of the international community and the European Union, we have all the formal preconditions for our nation and society to develop freely and be affirmed in the world. But the real force of our state lies within us, in our community and self-confidence, in our youth and our faith in the future. I am confident that we will reach all the developmental goals we are striving for. I believe in the future of our independent Croatia.”

What a difference a week makes. Just last week the beaches of the Dubrovnik region were full of sunbathers and swimmers and this weekend tourists are huddling under blankets and overhead heaters.

The temperatures dropped almost overnight as gale force winds and rain hit last evening. From the balmy mid-twenties today Dubrovnik awoke to a fresh northerly wind and temperatures of around 16 degrees.

In the sunshine it may be warm but in the shade tourists warmed themselves with a blanket whilst enjoying a coffee on the Stradun.

Check out our photo gallery by Tonci Plazibat

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It is safe to say that the summer is over in Dubrovnik. Gale force winds and heavy rains hit the Dubrovnik region last night causing havoc throughout the city.

The Dubrovnik Fire Brigade were called out to eleven different interventions mainly involving trees that had been ripped up by the winds and brought down on cars and other vehicles.

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Caravan blown over on Dubrovnik Bridge - Photo Anton Hauswitschka

On the Dubrovnik Bridge high winds caused a caravan to be flipped on its side and the bridge was closed for a short time whilst the caravan was removed. The poor weather is forecast to continue to at least Tuesday and then stable and warmer conditions will return.

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Gale force winds cause havoc in Dubrovnik 

According to local media, famous Croatian musicians will attend the opening ceremony of an epic megaproject in China – the New Silk Road.

Earlier this year, at the two-day summit ''The Belt and Road'' which was held in Beijing in May 2017, the Chinese president Xi Jinping said that China would invest $124 billion in the project ''The New Silk Road'' or One Belt (Yi dai yi lu) designed to reconnect continents, and the East and the West.

This epic engagement from China to Europe, from Beijing to London, includes 68 countries throughout Asia, Africa and Europe, including Croatia. The construction is to start next year.

The project anticipates the construction of the fast railway, and the road network of a massive 13,000 kilometres. China has already invested $50 billion and announced to increase the investments for $14,5 billion. The total cost of the project, which is to be completed by 2049, is estimated at more than $1,000 billion.

As stated by local media, the famous Croatian pianist Maksim Mrvica and a singer, songwriter and composer Tonci Huljic will attend the grand opening. Huljic will write the opening piece, whilst the event will mark the beginning of Mrvica’s Chinese tour 2018.

Sold out concerts and a great honour that has been given to the Croatian pianist only confirm the status of the popular crossover pianist in the Far East. The audience there love Mrvica thus, he always fills up concert halls with ease. The pianist is recognized wherever he goes that people react enthusiastically to his appearance. Mrvica was even declared an honorary mayor of one Chinese city.

Something for the weekend. This Sunday the 8th of October will see a performance by a brass band from Southampton, England in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik. The “Albion Band” will perform at 2.30 pm in front of the St. Blaise Church in Dubrovnik organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.

The City of Southampton (Albion) Band was founded in 1920, and since then it has been part of the city’s heritage, cultural, and community scene playing at the Dell, (Southampton Football Club’s old ground) for over forty years and at leading local events such as Remembrance Day, VE and VJ Day parades and at the FA Cup Final celebrations in 1976.

The Band has a very full and varied engagement list in addition to the above, including formal concerts, bandstands, charity events, Christmas carols, and regular tours abroad. In recent years the band has visited Madeira, Germany and is now on their way to Dubrovnik.

Smart benches have been installed in Gruz harbour making it handy for passengers waiting for the ferries to the Elaphite Island and beyond to recharge their smart phones.

These solar powered smart benches have been popping up in cities all throughout Croatia and Dubrovnik already has a couple in a park in Gruz.

But these ones seem to be better located as this suburb of the city, right in the busy port of Dubrovnik, has a high footfall of pedestrians.

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The smart and green way to charge your mobile phone in Dubrovnik 

We love to browse through Instagram and discover interesting photos from Dubrovnik. But every now and then something special catches our eye. That happened with sketches on profile melibertine, made by artist Eleanor Mill. We just had to discover the story behind them and this talented artist gladly answered our questions.

How did you like Dubrovnik? Was it your first visit?

I’m delighted with my first visit Dubrovnik. It was the first visit to Croatia in general for me and my colleague. We planned only two days for Dubrovnik, and now I can sum up that it is not enough. I’ll definitely come back!


Was it enjoyable to draw?

Dubrovnik is a true piece of paradise for an artist of my profile. Cityscape here is very rich. There are narrow and cosy streets, hundreds (or maybe thousands) stairs, fabulous fortification structure, emerald water and boats in one place. It’s like to find a golden ticket! And those medieval arches and vaults… It’s my passion.

How much time do you need to draw something?

In different ways. It depends on the object. I set myself a task, choose the media (materials), etceteras… If it’s a question of sketches (work on a spot), usually it takes from 20 minutes to 2 hours, as long as I need to catch the atmosphere. Working in studio takes much more, it can be about 20, 50… 100 hours.


How do you choose motifs?  

Difficult question. Probably the choice is instinctive at the level of the senses. It can be interesting composition, playing of the light and shade, some combination of details, reflections, just harmonious bending of the street… Or the «song» of the street lamps as in Dubrovnik. So many reasons!

What's your favourite place in Dubrovnik?

I can’t decide, there are too many beautiful places in this town. Each street in the Old town is beautiful. Maybe a view from the Fort Lovrijenac is the most spectacular:  waves are crashing against the rocks of the city walls… impressive! I think it will be one of the first plot for my big artwork in studio.


Did people react when they saw you drawing in Dubrovnik?

This happens rarely. And Dubrovnik is one of the place with high activity, where people overlook an artist. Among a hundreds people the artist is just part of vanity. Others feel shy and look from a distance. But one lady found me on Instagram and sent a message with greetings. She saw me in the old port. To tell the truth I was absorbed in my work, then I can’t describe the reaction well.


The Adriatic Health and Tourism Investment Forum 2017, which is to be held from the 12th to the 13th of October at the Sheraton Hotel in Zagreb, has attracted the attention of numerous foreign entrepreneurs interested in expanding their business empires to Croatia.

Organizers of the Forum will present the current projects and existing offer of health tourism, health infrastructure, and tourist facilities and open the possibility of expanding the content by implementing medical elements in order to extend the season.

The Forum will gather local and foreign investors, developers, tour operators, agencies, medical and finance companies. Among them is a famous American investor, entrepreneur and developer Jeff Blackard who has once again expressed his interest in Croatia as a destination for his business.

Besides his business achievements, his rich career and numerous investments, Blackard is also known for his unique project called ‘’Adriatica’’.

Thrilled with Croatia and a way of life at Supetar on the island of Brač, Blackard made a replica of the whole village in the American city of McKinney in Texas trying to reproduce the look and feel of a southern Croatian village.

Apart from Blackard, Dr John Raffetto, the founder and the president of Ambassador Care from Washington, the company intended to providing services to the silver generation will also attend the forum. Raffetto is also a co-founder of the American-Adriatic Health company, in which, together with partners from Croatia, wants to position health tourism as a core business.

Among many others, the Forum partners are Croatian and regional clusters of health tourism, the Association of Croatian-American experts from the US, the Chinese Southeast European Business Association (CSEBA) and a renowned international hospital building group Total Alliance Health Partners International (TAHPI).




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