Friday, 14 December 2018

Concert of spiritual music will be held at Stradun on Friday, December 14th. It’s organized by the Effatha Prayer Community and the Dubrovnik Winter Festival.

The start of the concert is at 8 pm and the performers are Croatian singer Alan Hrzica with his band.

In the spirit of December, the concert has humanitarian character and in the cooperation with Caritas of the Dubrovnik Diocese and KKM Boninovo the money will be collected for three families in need.

You can see the rest of the program of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival here.

After the tickets for the first Croatian tour of Foo Fighters on June 19th, 2019, in Pula Arena, sold out in less than a two minutes, published that another date has been added, also limited to 7,000 tickets!

Term has now been confirmed for Tuesday, June 18th, and tickets for it will be sold tomorrow, Friday, December 14th, exactly at 10 am, at the same prices as the first announced concert. When the first concert was announced, it was said that the Foo Fighters will play their full independent solo concert, lasting at least 2 hours and a half. The band will spend the summer of 2019 performing on a smaller number of European festivals combined with independent concerts, one of which is this exclusive premier Croatian one, in the beautiful location of Arena Pula – twice!

Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the dissolution of Nirvana after the suicide of Kurt Cobain. The group got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II, which were known collectively as "foo fighters". Over the course of the band's career, four of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album. As of 2015, the band has sold 12 million copies in the United States alone.

The Lions Club Dubrovnik-Sveti Vlaho invites all the dear fellow citizens and their guests to the traditional humanitarian action of selling the wines of winemakers from the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

Entire collected money goes to help the boy Gabrijel, who was seriously injured in a car accident. The action will take place on Friday, December 14th and Saturday December 15th from 8 am to noon in front of the SRĐ department store.


Humanitarian action: buy wine and help a little boy


The Lions Club Dubrovnik-Sveti Vlaho invites all the dear fellow citizens and their guests to the traditional humanitarian action of selling the wines of winemakers from the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

Entire collected money goes to help the boy Gabrijel, who was seriously injured in a car accident. The action will take place on Friday, December 14th and Saturday December 15th from 8 am to noon in front of the SRĐ department store.

The British low-cost airline EasyJet will launch four new lines for Croatia in its summer flight schedule for 2019. Two new lines will be flying to Pula, and one new line will be flying to Dubrovnik and Zadar – Avioradar reports.

The most frequent new line will be Dubrovnik - Berlin ("Tegel" airport) with three flights a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This new line will go along with the line Dubrovnik - Berlin ("Schönefeld" airport) which has been flying for years. Unlike the Schönefeld line, the new Tegel line will start flying almost 2 months earlier, for May 2nd 2019. At the same time, this line will remain in traffic for two months longer, or until the last day of the summer flight schedule, October 26th, 2019. Also, the Schönefeld line will be strengthened and will have four flights a week, instead of the three flights a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. There will be a total of seven flights per week between Dubrovnik and Berlin, which is four flights a week more than last year.

Pula will get two new lines for the Netherlands and Switzerland. The new Pula-Amsterdam line will be in circulation twice a week, Tuesdays and Sundays, from June 25th to September 1st, 2019. The new line Pula - Geneva will be in circulation twice a week, but on Wednesdays and Saturdays, during the same period – from June 26th to August 31st 2019. This will be the second line from Pula to Switzerland after this year’s new line Pula - Basel / Mulhouse, which will remain in traffic in 2019 with two flights a week, Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The fourth new EasyJet line for Croatia in 2019 is the Zadar-London line (Gatwick Airport). The new line will be in traffic twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It will fly from April 30th to October 26th, 2019. Same like Dubrovnik, this is a new line for another airport, and it presents an addition to the already existing line Zadar - London ("Luton" airport), which remains in traffic in 2019 with two flights per week, Wednesdays and Saturdays in the same period as the Gatwick line.

A traditional Christmas reception was held at the Croatian Embassy in London on Tuesday, December 11th, organized jointly by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the City of Dubrovnik, in cooperation with the Croatian Tourist Board Representation in London and the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia.

Seventy guests - tourist agents and journalists, as well as many London and Croatia representatives - attended the Dubrovnik Christmas reception. Croatian specialties and homemade wines were served, which were prepared by the British company Taste Croatia for this occasion, who are well known for importing Croatian products into this market.

Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik, Jelka Tepsic thanked British tourists for their loyalty to Dubrovnik. She emphasized that Dubrovnik is a highly successful tourist destination, which is faced with great challenges as well, and the city administration has undertaken activities aimed at better organization of cruise ships and bringing new measures in connection with the project Respect the City.

Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic stressed the importance of the British tourism market for Dubrovnik and added that the Brits are traditionally ranked first among the most numerous visitors to Dubrovnik. She invited British tourists to visit Dubrovnik and in the winter months and enjoy the holiday atmosphere of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival. She talked about the success of Dubrovnik, the extension of the tourist season, the record tourism traffic, with British guests being a big part of that achievements, expressing the expectation that links between Dubrovnik and London will continue to increase and that the number of British tourists will continue to grow since there are announcements of an increase in the number of flights from Great Britain.

As mentioned, British tourists represent the largest number of visitors to Dubrovnik for many years and by the beginning of December they achieved 186,402 arrivals and 889,002 overnight stays, which is about 3 percent increase in arrivals and 2 percent increase in overnight stays compared to same period last year.

Academic musician Pero Skobelj also performed at the Dubrovnik Christmas reception, and there was a chance to win two London-Dubrovnik-London return flight tickets provided by Croatia Airlines and a free weekend stay for two people

The City of Dubrovnik has a new website. The newly-designed official website of the City of Dubrovnik with a modern design adapted to the screen of all devices allows for easier navigation, better content organization and efficient search engine allowing all visitors to easily find important information.

The site is both interactive and functional and offers support for all future interactive content to receive messages from citizens. On the front page of the site in real time a visitor counter in the historical core is also displayed. And the site is adapted to web search engines like Google, so its content can easily be found. However as yet an English version of the site hasn’t been published.

The total cost of designing and making the site according to the contract was 178.125,00 Kuna including VAT.

Rating agency Fitch maintained Croatia's long-term foreign-currency issuer default rating (IDR) at 'BB+' in its latest report on Friday, with a positive outlook. They said this was a result of its strong structural features, macroeconomic indicators and high GDP per capita, but also its with weak growth potential and high public sector debt.

The positive outlook given to Croatia reflect the agency's projections that the primary budget surplus, low interest rates, and a healthy growth of GDP would continue to result in the reduction of the government debt.

Fitch expects Croatia to outperform its budget plan in 2018, for the third year running, with a budget deficit forecast of 0.2 percent of GDP, compared with the government's projection of 0.5 percent.

"Croatia's fiscal performance continues to benefit from strong revenue growth and expenditure restraint," Fitch said, and added that this was despite the contingent liabilities stemming from the troubled shipyard company Uljanik, which are expected to amount to approximately 0.6 percent of GDP this year.

They said that the general government budget will remain broadly balanced in 2019-20, against the small deficits projected by the authorities.

"Positive fiscal dynamics are underpinned by favourable nominal growth, the government's commitment to meeting its expenditure rules as well as the incentive of joining the euro zone," Fitch said.

Fitch forecast that the public debt-to-GDP ratio to fall to 74.1 percent of GDP by the end of 2018, down from 84 percent at end of 2014. They expect the ratio to continue decreasing, to 68.3 percent by 2020, and to 61.9 percent by 2023.

Christmas Fairytale is coming to Dubrovnik once again! The Dubrovnik Tourist Board, as the part of the program of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival, organizes entertainment program for the youngest which will be held on Sunday, December 16th, starting at 3 pm at Stradun.

For this year's fun and happy program, various entertainers will take care: the children of Dubrovnik, the Art School Orchestra, the Mak Theater, which will play the children's play "Hoki-Poki Christmas Pencil", the Lazareti Dance Studio, Le Petit Festival and majorettes from Dubrovnik.

The whole program will also be complemented by four Santa Clauses who will share over 1000 sweet gifts for the kids that have been good on this occasion.

Come and enjoy the colorful program of this year's Christmas fairy tale! For the rest of the program of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival click here.

December is the perfect month to do a good deed or two! The Humanitarian Action "Share the Joy of Christmas" organized by the Caritas of the Dubrovnik Diocese will be held at Pile on Saturday, December 15th from 9am to 4pm and on Sunday, December 16th from 9am to 1pm.

Twelfth action in a row brings a wish to make Christmas and all the beautiful holiday days that follow more beautiful and warmer to the individuals and families in the places of Sinjska and Imotska krajina.

Everyone who wants to participate can bring packages with non-perishable food and hygiene supplies to Pile during the weekend, and they will be accepted by organizers and volunteers.

From the 1st of December until the 6th of January Zagreb is transformed into a winter wonderland as the Advent in Zagreb events pulls in visitors from all over the world. With stunning decorations, Christmas markets and a huge ice rink the capital pulls out all the stops to make the festive season as colourful as possible.

For three years in a row the Advent in Zagreb has been voted as the Best Christmas Market by European Best Destinations’ online poll, and for good reason.

And this new timelapse video produced and created by Pixsell really highlights the festive fun in Zagreb. 




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