Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Croatia Airlines has posted record passenger numbers for 2018. The national airline carried 2.17 million passengers in 2018, a 2 percent increase over the previous year, which was a record for the company. Breaking down the numbers 1.64 million were passengers travelling on international flights, whilst on domestic flights there were approximately 526,000 passengers.

Croatia Airlines added two new destinations for 2018, Mostar and Dublin. Flights to the Irish capital were based only on a seasonal basis but proved popular quite possibly due to the fact that a large number of Croatians have moved to Ireland in search of work.

Hollywood heartthrob Goran Visnjic is back in Dubrovnik and has published a photo of a famous landmark on his Twitter account. The Croatian born actor who broke onto the scene in the iconic serial ER as the sexy Dr. Luka Kovac is often in Dubrovnik and it would appear from his latest photo that he is staying at the five-star Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik.

The Lovrijenac Fortress, which is directly opposite the luxury hotel, is often the stage for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, a fact not lost on the Sibenik born Visnjic as he commented under his photo “Back in Croatia... Beautiful Dubrovnik Lovrijenac fort... I spent 8 years playing Hamlet on this stage...nice to be back...#croatia.”

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Croatia's Foreign and Affairs Minister, Marija Pejcinovic-Buric, is one of the four candidates nominated for the post of Secretary-General of the Council of Europe (CoE), the pan-European human rights and democracy watchdog said on Friday.

In addition to Pejcinovic-Buric, the organisation said they received candidacies by Belgium's Foreign Minister, Didier Reyners, former Lithuanian Prime Minister, Andrius Kubilius, and former Greek Foreign Minister, Dora Bakoyannis.

"The Committee of Ministers will interview the four candidates separately in March 2019, and decide upon a final list of candidates that will be transmitted to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe," they added in a press release.

The organisation's parliamentary assembly will then proceed with the election of the next Secretary-General, which is due to take place in June 2019. The mandate of the new person elected to the post is scheduled to start on October 1, 2019.

The Council of Europe has 47 member countries. It is the oldest European organisation, founded in 1949 in London with the goal of strengthening European unity and promoting democracy, protection of human rights, and rule of law across Europe.

Headquartered in Strasbourg, its current Secretary-General is Thorbjorn Jagland, former Prime Minister of Norway, who took office in 2009. In April last year, Jagland gave an exclusive interview to N1 television, in which he talked about a number of challenges and issues that the Council of Europe has been dealing with in recent times.

Croatia had joined the organisation in 1996, and chaired it for the first time last year, from May to November.

A French national air carrier, Air France, a member of the global airline carrier SkyTeam, brings its first line for Split in the summer of 2019 – Avioradar reports. New line Split - Paris (airport "Roissy - Charles de Gaulle") will be in traffic three times a week in the heart of the season. The flights are planned on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from July 16th to September 1st. Split will be the third destination of Air France in Croatia.

Air France began flying last year for the first time on the Dubrovnik - Paris ("Roissy - Charles de Gaulle") line with two flights a week in the heart of the season. This year, this line will start with traffic even more than three months earlier than last year, on April 6th with one flight per week, on Saturdays. In the heart of the season from July 15th to September 1st this line will have five flights per week, instead of two flights a week last year, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik organizes professional guidance through the current grand retrospective exhibition ''Two Looks Back'' by Tomo Gusic, as the part of the program ''Saturday Coffee in the Gallery'' on this Saturday, January 19th at 10 am.

"Saturday Coffee in the Gallery" is perfect event organized by MOMA Dubrovnik, with which they want to get closer to locals and visitors to Dubrovnik, offering them a different experience of a cultural institution – and a chance to drink coffee with the extraodinary view. Each new exhibition is an opportunity to expand and upgrade the traditional program that the Dubrovnik visitors has recognized and excellently accepted.

Curator of the exhibition, dr. sc. Antun Karaman will take everybody on the tour and bring closer the work of the painter Tomo Gusic.

After expert guidance, all visitors will be able to refresh themselves with coffee and juices and enjoy their time on the terrace with the most beautiful view on the Old City.

The catastrophic fire at the hydropower plant in Plat took three lives on January 10th. To show respect to the employees that lost their lives and their families, as well to mark this tragedy, the Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavic proclaimed this day to be the Day of Mourning.

The day of Mourning is marked by mandatory placing of the flags of the Republic of Croatia on half the spears in all buildings where the state authorities and bodies of local and regional self-government units are located, as well as the buildings where there are headquarters or the activity of legal persons is done.

On the Day of Mourning, no entertainment events can be held.

Legal entities conducting television and radio activities will adjust their programs to mark the Day of Mourning by broadcasting programs that by their nature correspond to the marking of that day.

The picturesque seaside town of Cavtat has been nominated amongst 20 European destinations as the Best European Destination for 2019. In this prestigious annual selection of the best destinations to travel to in Europe the only representative from Croatia this year is the beautiful town of Cavtat and you can help Cavtat win. From today, the 15th of January, to midnight on the 5th of February 2019, people from all over the world can vote online for their favourite place.

“Just like you, we are passionate about travel. For the past 10 years we have been relying on real experts’ advice, your advice, to assess travel trends. In recent years, millions of you have been voting online to reward the title of Best European Destination to cities such as Lisbon, Bordeaux, Zadar and Porto,” comments the organisers European Best Destinations.

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European Best Destinations is an organization based in Brussels and developed to promote culture and tourism in Europe. In partnership with more than 300 participating tourism offices and the EDEN Network created by the European Commission, we promote a better understanding of the wealth, diversity and quality of European destinations. EBD is for the 6th year in a row, the most visited website dedicated to tourism in Europe.

Hundreds of thousands of votes are expected and the competition will be fierce as Cavtat faces some stiff competition with some larger destinations such as Florence, Geneva and London. The full list of candidates for the Best European Destination for 2019 is - Brussels, Budapest, Malaga, Bratislava, Vienna, Poznan, Braga, Berlin, Geneva, London, Metz, Monte-Isola, Riga, Paris, Dinant, Florence, Cavtat, Sainte-Maxime, Athens, Kotor.

Voting in the online poll can be found on this link and only one click and vote - only one vote per IP address / week is allowed. And you can also share the link and your vote onto your social media channels.

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In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were seven traffic accidents, where one person had hard injuries and one had light injuries. There were five traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 396 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 182 measures taken due to speeding, 63 measures due to improper stop and parking, 39 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and eight measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Looking for travel inspiration? Internet is full of suggestions where to go and the world is full of places that you still need to discover. 

Culture Trip, one of the favorite websites of all the travelers who want to learn about the world's culture and creativity, has recenlty published an article with a title that always attracts attention ''11 towns to visit at least once in your lifetime''.

-Yearning to escape the pitfalls that modern living entails? While many travel Instagrammers would recommend a visit to one of the world’s greatest metropolises, a trip to a quaint town is the perfect antidote to those 21st-century blues – writes the author of the article.

Wondering where you are supposed to go at least once in your lifetime? To Dubrovnik, of course. Our beautiful city has been put on the list, alongside with Yangshuo, China, Lalibela, Ethiopia, Santorini, Greece and others.

-Internationally famous for its stunning fortress that lines the waters of the Adriatic Sea, it’s little wonder this Game of Thrones locale is the jewel in Croatia’s tourism crown – the author of the article writes about Dubrovnik.

To see the full list, click here.

Since there is a large number of destinations that are connected with Dubrovnik regularly during the winter, from today, January 14th, a charter program of senior group arrivals from Scandinavia and Germany begins, which will bring more than 30,000 visitors to Dubrovnik to May 11th.

Organized by the travel agency WTouristic, members of the Karaci Group and RSD Reisen from Germany, the winter schedule of senior group arrivals from Germany and Scandinavia starts with one charter per day, until February 11th, when they will start arriving twice a day, all to May 11th. The winter program began already in October 2018, after which it was briefly routed to Split Airport, because of the works at the Dubrovnik airport.

It is a journey that begins and ends in Dubrovnik, during which guests will visit Ston, Makarska, Trogir and Split. They will spend two nights in Dubrovnik hotels - Hotel Rixos Libertas, Hotel Lero, Hotel Villa Paradiso and hotels in the Valamar group. This year, more than 30,000 visitors are scheduled to arrive until May 11th, while next year's plan is to bring 65,000 visitors.

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