Monday, 20 November 2017
The Dubrovnik Times

The Dubrovnik Times


The newly opened Sunset Beach in the Bay of Lapad quite clearly still has a lot of work to do through the winter months to bring it up to standard. These photos were sent to us by readers of The Dubrovnik Times and show just how dangerous the children’s playground is.

The concrete mountings of the children’s slide and bouncy toys are clearly visible through the gravel and are potentially extremely dangerous. “We are very concerned about the new Sunset Beach playground, it was just built and is quite unsafe for children,” commented the readers. We are inclined to agree with them.

sunset beach lapad dangerous playground

Design problems with children's playground 

With more airlines and more passengers than ever before 2017 has certainly been a year to remember for Dubrovnik Airport. For the first time in its history the airport handled 2 million passengers and by the end of the year this could reach 2.3 million.

Every month, apart from March, saw an increase in the number of passengers through the airport with April seeing a massive 52 percent increase in passenger numbers. In 2016 Dubrovnik Airport handled 1.9 million passengers but the figures from this year are already 16 percent up on last year.

The fact that Dubrovnik attracted a major car conference in the early months of the year certainly helped to improve the otherwise weaker winter months. However, the passenger figures for the first ten months of 2017 indicate the seasonal operations of the airport. In January this year just over 19,000 passengers passed through the airport, whilst in July this number had grown generously to 442,000.

passenger numbers through dubrovnik airport 2017

Within the next few days, the Croatian Tourist Board will be participating at the leading global event for the travel industry in London.

The World Travel Market (WTM) is taking place in the British capital from the 6th to the 8th of November 2017 for the 38th time in a row. The fair is held every year in London and represents the largest business travel fair in the world.

Every year this large travel fair gathers around 5,500 exhibitors from 180 world countries and is visited by more than 50,000 tourist professionals, ministers of tourism and other closely related departments as well as by representatives of the media.

On this occasion, the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) will present the latest promotional tourist video of Croatia. The presentation will take place at the HTZ stand during Wine & Cheese gathering on the 7th of November.

Apart from the premiere of the new video, Croatia will present itself with new promotional exhibition stands i.e. with the concept and creative solution of presentation at travel fairs.

It’s over. The warm Indian Summer that Dubrovnik was enjoying has ended abruptly this morning with crashing waves, rain and a drop in temperatures.

The whole region had been wrapped in sunshine for all of October and the opening week of November but this has come to an end when the south winds blew overnight and brought with them rain, clouds and high seas.

The forecast for the rest of the week is for more rain and unsettled weather with highs around 16 degrees. Just last week swimmers were still enjoying the Adriatic Sea but this morning the summer calm has been replaced with rolling waves.

Check out our photo gallery from this morning

jugo waves 4

jugo waves in dubrovnik

jugo waves 3

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Women in Croatia start to work later than their male counterparts, according to new data from the European Union. New figures show that Croatian women start to work on average at the age of 25 whilst men start four years earlier at 21.

On average in the European Union men start work at the age of 22 whilst women start at 23. Italians begin work the latest in the EU, with men at 25 years-old and women 28. Whilst the Germans prove that they are the most hard working nation in Europe as both men and women start as teenagers, both 19 years-old.

The Czechs have exactly the same figures as Croatia whilst in France men begin at 22 and women at 23.

The famous British music producer Tom Newman landed at Dubrovnik Airport this afternoon ahead of co-operation with local guitarist and lyricist Emir Hot. Newman (74) is well-known for producing Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells as well as working with Richard Branson and helping to found The Manor Studio in Oxford for the Virgin Records.

“This is my first time in Dubrovnik, although I have been to Croatia before as I remember going to Split,” commented the famous producer who arrived in Dubrovnik with his wife.

Newman and Hot will team up with a new album project which will be recorded at the Pavarotti Centre in Mostar. Hot, originally from Tusla in Bosnia and Herzegovina, spent time living and working in London where he met Newman.
“I am forward to the challenge of working in Mostar and with Emir. I hope to get some time to be able to visit Dubrovnik whilst I am here,” said Newman. Adding that he will be in the region for three weeks and that with Hot plans to produce eight songs in sixteen days.

We asked if he was still in contact with Sir Richard Branson after their early years together Newman answered with a smile that “Yes, very much so we email each other all the time. I fact I have been giving him some advice on how to rebuild his house on Necker Island…make the new house round,” joked Newman.

tom newman dubrovnik

Most people have heard of Croatia as a tourist destination and a land of stunning nature, culture and tradition. However, there is much more to Croatia than just sun, sand and summer fun.

Even though the country is relatively small on a global scale, Croatia is known as the home of many inventions, inventors, a unique language, the 7th tallest men in the world, the world’s smallest town, the oldest city in Europe, the second largest wall in the world as well as the sunniest place on Earth, a land of wine and rare animal species, a popular film location and much more.

The YouTuber Bored Badger has done a great job; he has collected 25 interesting facts about Croatia and made an excellent video.

Therefore, there is nothing else to do but to check out the video and thank Bored Badger for this great promotion of Croatia.

Tonight, the penultimate night of the Russian Culture Festival / Dubrovnik Art Forum will feature a concert in the Dubrovnik theatre.

In a program entitled “Russia in Music and Verse” in this mini Dubrovnik festival will bring a touch of Russia to Dubrovnik at 7.30pm.

Entrance into the concert tonight is free of charge although the organisers have commented that it will be on a first come first seated basis and that the number of places is limited to 230 seats.




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