Saturday, 25 May 2019

The latest surveys on household consumption in Great Britain show that the British spend 2 percent of their income on cigarettes and alcohol. On the other hand, data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics show that in 2014 Croatians spent 2.2 percent of the household budget on cigarettes and alcohol.

Furthermore, as far as food and drinks are concerned, the average household in Croatia spends the majority of its income or 29.5 percent on food and drinks, whilst the average household in the UK spends only 11 percent. Unlike Croatia where the consumption of food is on the top of the household bills list, the British spend most money on transport (14%), rent and energy consumption.

The data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics show that the items of transport, rent and energy consumption are on the second and third place on the list of the average household in Croatia, but with higher shares; rent and energy consumption account for 16.2 percent of the household budget, whilst transport accounts for 13 percent.

Large differences between spending in Croatia and the UK are also visible in the segment of restaurant and hotel services. The average household in Croatia spends only 2.7 percent of its budget a month on these services, whilst the average household in the UK spends 9 percent, or almost three times more than the average household in Croatia.

According to the national survey in the UK, the average British household has more money left for spending on recreation and culture. For this purpose, the British spend twice as much than Croatians i.e. recreation and culture account for 13 percent of the consumption of British households, but only 6 percent of the consumption of Croatian households.

However, both countries have one thing in common; the least money is spent on education, which accounts for only 1 percent of the total consumption of the average household in Croatia and in the UK.

Robin Hood: Origins is into day four and tonight will be another day of night filming.
However tomorrow the cast and crew moves to the centre of the city, with filming set to start on the iconic Stradun street which runs straight through the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Today flags and banners were raised and hung along the Stradun as the final touches are put to the intricate Nottingham themed location.

Check out our gallery of the latest edition to the Stradun Robin Hood set

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Mike Zeroh, a huge Star Wars fan, has recently published a video on his Youtube channel with an Episode VIII theory based on the photo that was apparently sent to him by a Dubrovnik local.

The image shows two guys dressed in black robes and, as said by fans, paying their respects. Therefore, Zeroh assumes that the important scene of Han Solo's funeral will take part in Dubrovnik. You can see his theory in the video below.

Just to remind you, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was filmed in Dubrovnik, but also in England and Ireland, under the working title ''Space Bear''. The filming in Dubrovnik took place from March 9th to March 16th. The Last Jedi is scheduled for release on December 15th, 2017.

The British Embassy in the Republic of Croatia has announced the British-Croatian Forum on the economy of experiences and its impact on economic growth and development, which is to take place in Zagreb on the 2nd of March 2017.

The British-Croatian Forum will be organized by the British Embassy in Croatia and the British Ministry of International Trade (DIT), in cooperation with the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK), the British business centre in Croatia and the business consulting company Filipovic. Furthermore, Andrew Dalgleish, the British Ambassador to Croatia and Gari Cappelli, the Croatian Minister of Tourism will open the Forum which is to bring together many experts from both countries.

''It is my pleasure to announce the forum under the title ''Economy of experience in the service of economic growth and development'' which is to be opened by the Croatian Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli. As it is well known, Croatia is a favourite destination for British tourists; their number increased by 20 percent last year and follows the upward trend'', emphasized Dalgleish describing Croatia as ''the country of great opportunities which is interesting to the British not only as a tourist destination but as a destination for business cooperation as well''.

The British Ambassador Dalgleish also commented that the economy of experiences is linking entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and creativity, thus in those fields Croatia and the UK can achieve long term and continuous cooperation. ''This business forum is just another indicator of excellent bilateral relations between our two countries'', concluded Dalgleish.

The economy of experiences is a newer concept, which focuses on consumers who are looking for more than just a product and service; they want an experience that that product or service can provide. In this regard, the British Embassy points out that Croatia as a country with natural and cultural heritage, rich history and tradition, as well as with an excellent geographic position has the opportunity to become the world famous tourist destination, which provides additional content and services - experiences.

James Bond could be the next movie to film in Dubrovnik!

The 25th James Bond, which is as yet unnamed, might be using the same locations as Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood. Speaking exclusively to The Dubrovnik Times the former mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, stated that “It has always been my biggest wish to have James Bond in Dubrovnik.” Apparently negotiations have been ongoing for a few years and it would now seem that these negotiations are coming to an end.

This would be the first time that James Bond has filmed in Croatia and would be certainly one of the largest film productions in Dubrovnik. The latest Leonardo DiCaprio movie, Robin Hood: Origins, is currently filming in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik, starring Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan, Eve Hewson and Taron Egerton as Robin Hood. This multimillion budget blockbuster is, according to Vlahusic, the largest most expensive ever movie ever filmed in the city. According to reports the estimated budget for marketing and promotion will be around $100 million.

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Already reports of the new James Bond planning to use Dubrovnik have appeared in fan sites and blogs. And the former mayor is completely behind the project “James Bond has always been my favourite, and negotiations are ongoing,” he reported to The Dubrovnik Times. “We are in negotiations with all of the key people involved in the James Bond franchise. When we made the deal with Star Wars for the filming of The Last Jedi of course I had to keep it to myself, and after filming was completed the city has shown that there isn’t any technical question or logistical question that we can’t solve,” added Vlahusic.

Of course there are many pieces of the James Bond puzzle that need to be completed before Dubrovnik can dream of hosting 007. After Sam Mendes announced that he will not be directing the 25th Bond movie a new director needs to be found. And then there is the slightly larger question on who will actually play Bond.

The impressive list of movies and serials filmed in location in Dubrovnik, or Hollywood on the Adriatic, could well be adding James Bond.

At a press conference that was held in Zagreb on the 21st of February an interesting project was presented – a Croatian edition of the world popular board game Monopoly.

This project will enable Croatian citizens to participate in it by submitting proposals about buildings, monuments, cultural edifices etc. in order to make a new Croatian souvenir.
''The Croatian edition of Monopoly will be very attractive because citizens themselves create the game. It will be bilingual and we hope it to become a recognizable souvenir. Croatia is one of the best destinations in Europe, the world has recognized its natural beauty and cultural heritage, thus we would like our citizens to participate and suggest what they would like to see in this new edition'', said Lazar Vukovic, the CEO of the Winning Moves International company for the Balkan region.

On this occasion, Peter Clements, the Deputy British Ambassador to Croatia, expressed his satisfaction with the project of creating bilingual Monopoly. ''That is a good example of exchanging creativity between Croatia and the United Kingdom'', he said.

Nowadays, 111 countries have their edition of Monopoly. Since 1930 when the first version of this game was commercially sold, Monopoly has been published in 43 languages.

Over the next four weeks citizens of Croatia can make their suggestions about the Croatian version of the popular game. The Monopoly game ''in Croatian'' will be available on the market in July 2017.

Robin Hood light up the Dubrovnik night sky last night as the second day of filming saw explosions and fireballs. Oscar award winner Jamie Foxx appeared on the set in Dubrovnik for the first time as Little John in what was a day of night filming.

Day two of Robin Hood: Origins in Dubrovnik was concentrated around the old harbour and various rafts were floated into the Adriatic for cameras, lighting and an arsenal of high-tech explosive devices.

Although this scene was filmed on the shores of the Adriatic in the final version of the movie, which will be released on the 23rd of March 2018, the sea will “act” as a river, or rather moat, around the castle in Nottingham.

Check out our gallery from last night by Niksa Duper

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One of the world's premier biopharmaceutical companies Pfizer has announced closing of its plant in Australia in order to move production to Croatia.

According to the press release from Ziva Janez Visnar, the Pfizer spokeswoman for the Adriatic region, the pharmaceutical company headquartered in New York has decided to shut down its Hospira facility in the city of Adelaide and relocate the production to the Croatian capital of Zagreb by the end of 2021.

''Adelaide produces the healing substance PEGfilgrastim which is then shipped to Zagreb for pegylation and filling into pre-filled syringes. The manufacturing of the PEGfilgrastim will be transferred to Croatia'', commented Visnar.

Pfizer was founded in 1849 in New York City as a manufacturer of fine chemicals. The company develops and produces medicines and vaccines for a wide range of medical disciplines, including immunology, oncology, cardiology, diabetology/endocrinology, and neurology. Pfizer currently employs more than 80,000 people around the globe, whilst its revenue in 2016 was $52,8 billion.

Athlete Andrej Vistica has recently published an amazing video on his Youtube channel with a simple title 'Dubrovnik', describing it as bird's eye view of one of the prettiest cities in the world.

We've seen a lot Dubrovnik videos, but this one is one of our favorites. Sunset, sunrise, red roofs and some of the views we never seen before make it absolutely amazing. It will make you hit the replay button couple of times.

Croatia has got the first eleven travel agencies certified for senior tourism and implementation of specialized programs for senior citizens aged 55 +, who travel more and more every year and represent one of the fastest growing market segments in the total tourist travels.

UNPAH or the Croatian Association of Independent Travel Agencies carried out the certification with a support of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) in accordance with European directives and the National program of Social Tourism. Among eleven certified tourist agencies in Croatia are Adriatours DMC, Adriatic TT DMC, Alfa Travel DMC, Azur Tours, Event-s DMC, Istraline DMC, Kompas Zagreb DMC, Kvarner Express Split DMC, Maestral VB DMC, Puh Tours DMC, and Svijet putovanja DMC. 

According to data from Eurostat for 2014, tourists aged 55+ and 65+ accounted for 37 percent of the total travels in the EU, whilst senior groups of tourists from France, Germany, the UK, Spain and Italy realized 800,000 overnight stays in Europe in 2014.
Furthermore, according to data from the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) for November 2016, every fifth person in Europe today is aged 60+, whilst senior citizens from Europe realize 6 to 7 travels a year, with a desire to travel and enjoy life such as tourists from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Scandinavia,who have the highest incomes, thus better opportunities for tourist spending.

''Trends from this market are also present in the Croatian tourism industry; many agencies, hotels and other service providers are working with this segment, however, the number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays of senior tourists and their spending are still not being followed statistically'', commented Vlasta Klaric, the secretary of UNPAH.

Klaric also emphasizes that senior tourists are mostly travellers who like to travel in the off-season when destinations are less crowded; they prefer peaceful and relaxing programs, whether it is sightseeing, stay at the spa etc.They usually travel several times a year for longer periods of time, and show

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