Friday, 20 September 2019

Dubrovnik Symphony orchestra and pianist Naira Asatrian once again invite the citizens and their guests to the humanitarian concert, and all the collected money will go to the Dubrovnik General Hospital. This special event will take place at the Rector's Palace on Tuesday, September 24th, at 9 pm.

Over the last few years, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and Naira Asatrian have organized several concerts like this, such as "Naira for dystrophics", then a concert intended for the purchase of Fibroscan apparatus for Dubrovnik General Hospital, and last year for the Intensive Care Unit.

This year Naira will delight the audience with the music of Chopin and Beethoven.

Ticket prices are 70 and 100 kuna and can be purchased in the following places: Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra office (Sv. Dominika 9 – Revelin), Perla Adriatica (Ploce), Gift shop Dubravka (Pile), Luza. The tickets also can be bought one hour before the beginning of the concert in front of the Rector’s Palace and online.

American Airlines' summer service to Dubrovnik will last about a month longer next year, until late October.

The airline had already announced that interest and ticket sales for the new route from Dubrovnik to Philadelphia was stronger than they had expected. Dubrovnik became the first Croatian destination to receive direct flights from the US since the Homeland War and there are already rumours that other American cities will be added to the flight schedule of the largest American airline.

American Airlines will launch its 2020 summer service to Dubrovnik on June 1 and will run daily flights until October 24.


In July the average take-home pay in Croatia amounted to 6,420 Kuna (€869), or 2.3 percent up from the same month the year before, the State statistics bureau reported on Friday.

Compared to June 2019, the take-home salary decreased by 0.3 percent.

By industry, the highest average monthly salary in July was in air transport, at 12,249 Kuna (€1,657) while the lowest average wage of 4,259 (€576) was earned in professions classified as "other personal service activities," i.e. hairdressing and beauty salons, laundry services, wellness coaching, etc.

The median net pay in July was 5,607 Kuna (€759).


The Croatia capital, Zagreb, will soon have a new statue of an iconic world politician and civil rights activist, Mahatma Gandhi.

The Zagreb City Council have approved a plan this week to construct a two-metre-high statue to the Indian statesman in the Bundek Lake suburb of the capital. The statue will be financed by the Indian Embassy in Zagreb and will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gandhi.

According to reports on the website HINA the statue will “will feature a bronze bust of Gandhi made by the famous Indian sculptor Ram Vanji Sutar.” And the quote "There is no way to peace, peace is the way" will be engraved on the statue.

Zagreb, Split and Rijeka entrepreneurs achieved the highest consolidated net profits last year and are among the top 10 cities with the highest earnings. The list by the Financial Agency (Fina) also includes the cities of Porec, Karlovac, Velika Gorica, Dubrovnik, Nasice, Rovinj and Vukovar. Entrepreneurs' earnings in these 10 cities amount to HRK 21.09 billion, while last year's total net profit of all entrepreneurs in the country was HRK 28.2 billion, writes Slobodna Dalmacija.

Of course, the lion's share of that pie falls on Zagreb and entrepreneurs based in the capital have earned HRK 15.9 billion in net profit, which is 56 percent of the net profit of all entrepreneurs in the whole country. Compared to the ranking of the cities with the highest profits in 2017, there is no Zadar and Cakovec in the list for the last year. Instead of Zadar and Cakovec, the cities with the highest net profit of entrepreneurs in the last year are Nasice and Rovinj.



Zagreb-based entrepreneurs, 43,927 with 363,093 employees, made the largest net profit of HRK 15.9 billion, which is 56 percent of the total net profit of all entrepreneurs, and last year they generated HRK 375 billion or every other Kuna of the total income of all entrepreneurs.

The Financial Agency says the analysis of the results confirms that in the 10 cities where entrepreneurs have made the most profit, 49.3 percent have their headquarters and employ 52.1 percent of workers in the country. Their share in the total revenues of all entrepreneurs is 62.6 percent and in the net profit of 74.6 percent, because in all these cities the total net profit of the entrepreneurs amounted to HRK 21.09 billion.

Cities and profits

The 10 cities with the most entrepreneurial profits in 2018:

1. Zagreb - HRK 15.9 billion
2. Split - HRK 910.6 million
3. Rijeka - HRK 731.5 million
4. Poreč - HRK 637.8 million
5. Karlovac - HRK 520.1 million
6. Velika Gorica - HRK 516.9 million
7. Dubrovnik - HRK 514.4 million
8. Našice - HRK 509 million
9. Rovinj - HRK 468.7 million
10. Vukovar - HRK 342.1 million

Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, has stated that Croatia is ready and prepared for Brexit. "We have adopted the necessary laws to get Croatia prepared for (Brexit)," said the premier.

The Prime Minister made these announcements during a meeting on Croatia’s participation in the European Council.

- For the Republic of Croatia, it is vital to preserve the rights of Croatian citizens in the UK, as well as the UK citizens in Croatia, and provide them with clarity regarding their future status. – states the government website in the section Brexit – General Information.

As Croatia is so popular with British tourists there have been fears on hold ups on the border crossings after Brexit, at least until the situation becomes clearer.

- In case of a no deal-scenario, the UK leaving the EU without the agreement, the Croatian Government is currently undertaking all measures necessary for establishing the conditions of reciprocity in order to minimize the effect of withdrawal on citizens and business activities. The condition of reciprocity means that Croatian citizens in the UK would enjoy the same rights as the UK citizens in Croatia – states the website.


Wine Spectator is the most circulated wine magazine in the world, and being present in it is an imperative of every wine destination and winemaker.

The Wine Spectator held a Video Contest for the 13th year in a row to promote wine destinations, at which one Zagreb wine story caught the judge’s attention and received the first worldwide video production award in the field of wine in Croatia.

Specifically, the Winetastic Path Home video, produced by Sekunde Digital, a specialized marketing agency in the wine and tourism sector, won 3rd place and more importantly, much attention in the US market. This is the first time in 13 years that they have organized a Video Contest on the topic of wine, the award and the 3rd place was given to Croatia with a Zagreb wine story.

The short video, which takes the viewer through the dynamic wine scene of Zagreb and nearby vineyards, was shot in collaboration with the Zagreb Tourist Board. That this is a significant promotion is evidenced by the fact that the digital edition of this reputable magazine focusing on wines and lifestyle is visited by 1.1 million readers a month.

Check out the video below


The Women’s Bank Walk gathered in Dubrovnik for the fifth year in a row and collected a record number of donations. Participants collected in front of the Sponza Palace and took a symbolic walk along the Stradun to mark this important day. The Women’s Bank Walk aim is to raise awareness and funds to help women in undeveloped countries, in terms of education and training.


The organisers have announced that the Dubrovnik walk collected an impressive 6,284 Euros which represents a 50 percent increase over last year. The money was collected from donations from participants as well money paid into the associations account. There was also a donation of 30 Euros per participant paid for by the Finnish sponsors.

The Women’s Bank Walk took place in 104 cities across Finland and Europe and again proved to be a very successful event.


Dubrovnik has longed for concerts by international music stars for quite some time and finally after long negotiations, thanks to the co-financing of the City of Dubrovnik on the occasion of 70 years of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, world music celebrities Tom Jones and Il Volo have performed on the most beautiful stage in Dubrovnik this year. With these performances, Dubrovnik has become one of the cities that, along with classical performers, offers interesting musical names on a global scale.

But these are not the only musical sensations that will perform in Dubrovnik! Considering the numerous positive comments made by citizens and visitors, and knowing that the tickets were sold out in a very short time, the City of Dubrovnik in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Summer Festival has started negotiations with two major international stars for the 2020 performances. One of them is Andrea Bocelli, while they cannot yet go public with the other name at this stage of negotiations.

-We are aware of the fact that due to the limited space these concerts cannot be financially profitable, but we think that they are extremely important for a destination like Dubrovnik, because of the quality of the service and the level of image – they said from the City of Dubrovnik.

Adam Goldstein, CLIA Executive Board Chairman and Vice President of Royal Caribbean Cruises, met with the Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic. On this occasion, once again the chairman of the main cruise ship organization gave support to the City for all of their cruise tourism projects.

As it was already announced, the rules for the 2020 season have also been harmonized, which will include further improvements in the number of guests who visit the City at the same time, with the aim of achieving the highest level of guest service and citizen satisfaction. CLIA representatives supported the measures, as well as the announced introduction of cruise ship transportation to Pile and back by low-floor articulated buses. Shuttle transport will be taken over by Dubrovnik Public Transport company Libertas, which will significantly reduce traffic jams on the city roads.

They also talked about a growing effort by cruise companies to put additional effort into environmental conservation measures with the introduction of modern technology on their ships, and to work together on sustainable tourism. On this topic the City of Dubrovnik and the CLIA, together with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), are preparing a joint project, all of which is actually a follow-up to the project by the City of Dubrovnik - Respect the City.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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