Friday, 15 December 2017
The Dubrovnik Times

The Dubrovnik Times


Architectural Digest has recently published a really interesting article titled 'The 10 Best Designed Basketball Courts in the World' and one special basketball court placed in the Old City of Dubrovnik is on the third place. 

-Basketball courts do not need to be spectacular in design to accomplish their purpose. In fact, they require only to be ninety-four feet by fifty feet while containing two hoops on the far side of each other – it's explained in the article with addition that that hasn't stopped people from all over the world from designing some beautiful basketball courts.
Architectural Digest says that with this list you really have no excuse to burn off those extra calories while traveling the world and tasting the local cuisines.

First of ten basketball courts is in St. Louis, Missouri, second in Munich, Germany and third – in Dubrovnik!

-For those who are lucky enough to play basketball within City Wall Rooftop Court in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the experience will likely stay with them for a lifetime. Not only is the court set within the old, terra-cotta roofs of the city, but the views of the Adriatic Sea are something out of a fairy tale in Croatia – writes Architectural Digest and we agree!

See the full list here and choose your place to shoot hoops.

During the official visit to the US, the head of the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) Kristjan Staničić participated at the 2017 USTOA Annual Conference & Marketplace held in Hollywood, Florida from the 27th of November to the 1st of December 2017.

On this occasion, Staničić met with Terry Dale, the president of USTOA (United States Tour Operators Association), and arranged a more active engagement of HTZ, especially through holding presentations at upcoming conferences as well as by including Croatia in the research project ‘’USTOA’s Portrait of American International Travelers’’.

Apart from USTOA representatives, the head of the Croatian Tourist Board also met with other key partners on the US market such as representatives of the Signature Travel Network travel agency association and representatives of the global network of luxury travel agencies Virtuoso with which a long-term cooperation was arranged.

‘’One of the most important topics of our meetings with key partners in the US was the establishment of a direct flight between Croatia and the United States. We are very pleased that partners on this market expressed their strong support in realization and establishing this flight, which would be of a great significance for Croatia, not only in the tourist sense. I am optimistic and I believe that Croatia will have a direct flight with this large and globally important market in the near future’’, commented Staničić, adding that all partners confirmed this year’s excellent results and a 35 percent increase in arrivals and overnight stays, i.e. the popularity of Croatia on the North American market as one of the fastest-growing destinations.

Apart from North American tour operators, the conference in Florida also gathered representatives of tourist boards and the tourist industry from all over the world, tourist journalists as well as the Croatian tourist boards of the city of Zagreb and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

It is interesting to note that the luxury travel network Virtuoso also conducted this year’s traditional research among its members, the so-called ‘’Virtuoso Luxe Report’’. According to the research results for 2018, Croatia is included among the top ten destinations in three categories; Top Emerging Destinations, Top Global Destinations and Top Millennial Destinations.

Well that’s something you don’t see every day – a canon hanging from a helicopter. Hoovering over the Lovrijenac Fortress the Croatian Air Force helicopter slowly but surely lowered a canon down into its new home. Yes, it isn't only Amazon that delivers products to the door by helicopter. 

The canon in question is a replica of a Jeronim Vicenco cannon, which was on Lovrijenac until 1816. The original is in the Military History Museum in Vienna. A figure of the Dubrovnik protector saint - Saint Blaise and numerous decorations can be seen on the cannon and will surely complete the image of Lovrijenac, the most popular stage of Shakespeare's Hamlet in Dubrovnik.

canon new replica


It is interesting to known that one of the cannons was made by famous Ivan Rabljanin in 1505 and the other one, which was returned to Lovrijenac today, was made by Jeronim Vicenco in 1573.

The President of the Society or Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, Niko Kapetanic, is proud because of the return of 'heavy artillery' to the fort.

-We managed to make a replica of Jeronim Vicenco's cannon which was in Dubrovnik until the Austrians took it to Vienna. There is a beautiful figure of St. Blaise on it, combined with decorations and inscriptions. The replica is made of the same material as the original - said Kapetanic.

helicopter delivers canon to dubrovnik

If you are a fan of the most popular science-fantasy series in the history – Star Wars, there is no better place to watch the new sequel than in Dubrovnik. On Stradun, at the same place where the parts of Last Jedi were filmed, on Wednesday, December 13th at 4:30 pm you will be able to see Darth Vader and Stormtrooper to start the journey. The program will continue with 3D mapping on the Bell Tower, with the laser and smoke performance at the entrance to Luza.

All this is just an introduction, because at 7 pm the real spectacle begins – the one on the big screen. Be one of the first fans who will get the chance to watch the eighth sequel of Star Wars in one of the two cinemas in the Old City: Sloboda or Visia. Discover what happened after Rey delivered a laser sword to Luke Skywalker on the top of the mountain.

Pre-sale tickets are waiting for you at the cinema right below the Bell Tower – Sloboda, from 10am to 10pm.

While preparations are underway for the sixth edition next July, Ultra Europe – ''Europe's Premier Destination Music Festival'' recently released a sensational after movie from Ultra Split 2017.

Charly Friedrichs and his team Final Kid filmed the official after movie in 4K worth 100,000 Euros, which takes viewers on a fascinating 10-minute journey through a week-long ''Destination ULTRA'' experience. The video is also a great promotion for Croatia considering the fact that more than 10 million people around the globe viewed so far released after movies.

The festival in Split is the only ULTRA festival with an additional title ''Europe's Premier Destination Music Festival'' because apart from great music it puts emphasis on the city of Split, the Dalmatia region and the beauty of the Croatian coast.

The sixth edition of the Ultra Europe music festival will take place from the 5th to the 11th of July 2018 on locations in Split and on the islands of Brac, Hvar and Vis. The names of the performers will soon be released, whilst organizers have announced numerous other surprises and benefits in order to make the sixth edition even better and more spectacular.

Today, December 5th and tomorrow, December 6th, when the Day of Dubrovnik War Veterans is marked, Pixel Dizajn company will make a 3D mapping projection on the Fesstival Palace in the Old City.

The video projection on the facade of the festival building will show grenades falling, fire and damage on the building, which will serve as a reminder of the most difficult attack on Dubrovnik during the Homeland War on the feast of St. Nicholas on December 6th, 1991, when this 17th-century baroque palace was almost completely burned and suffered severe damage.

Projections will be held according to the following schedule:
-Tuesday ( 5.12.) from 5pm to 9pm – without sound;
-Wednesday (6.12.) from 5 pm to 10 pm – with sound.

Since projection onthe Day of Dubrovnik War Veterans will include sounds, such as grenades falling and sirens, the City of Dubrovnik warns the citizens and their guests to not feel disturbed.


At the Croatian Center in New York Ane Mljecka opened a very special exhibition on Sunday, named 'Croatian Cultural Heritage – Traditional Embroderies and Folk Costumes of the Dubrovnik Region: Mljet, Konavle and Dubrovnik Coastal Region'.

The exhibition was opened with Ivan Gundulic's famous Hymn of Freedom and it was emphasized that nation is not preserved with weapons, but with it's culture and tradition.
Culture and tradition of the Dubrovnik region was proudly presented at this event with embroderies sent by Dubrovnik association 'Desa', beautiful photos from the museum in Konavle and Dalmatian music. The wine list was filled with wines from the wider Dubrovnik area, the Folklore Group 'Hrvatska Ruza' danced 'Lindo'.

The exhibition and presentation were organized by Ane Mljecka and Tatjana Bistra and were visited by a large number of Croats in New York and their American friends as well!

In November 2017 in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 31 675 arrivals, which is 18 percent more than in November 2016. When it comes to overnight stays there is also an increase of 13 percent compared to the last year, or more precisely - 83 672 overnight stays were made. 

In the 11 months of 2017 Dubrovnik-Neretva County had 1 891 095 arrivals with 8 265 690 overnight stays! Compared to 2016, there is an increase of 15 percent in arrivals and 12 in overnight says.

From the beginning of the year, the highest number of overnight stays were made by the tourists from UK, Germany, Poland, Croatia, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina and USA.




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