Wednesday, 23 October 2019

The popular Channel 4 travel show, Travel man, starring Richard Ayoade has featured Dubrovnik in the latest episode.

“Richard Ayoade does Dubrovnik with comedian Stephen Merchant, including a Game of Thrones tour, a buggy safari, and a ferry to the cursed island of Lokrum,” comments Travel man on their official YouTube channel.


Ivan Vukovic shows the Game of Thrones sights - Screenshot 

Ivan Vukovic, a leading Dubrovnik tour guide, took the celebrity Brits on a Game of Thrones tour of the ancient Old City of Dubrovnik and he showed them some of the most iconic Game of Thrones locations, such as the steps used for the Walk of Shame.

Check out the teaser video of the Travel man show that aired on Channel 4 on the 21st of October.

According to the results of Virtuoso, the prestigious American Association of Luxury Travel Agencies, Croatia is ranked among the top 5 destinations in three categories in 2020!

In the category of most popular emerging and fast growing destinations, Croatia took first place, leaving Antarctica, Iceland, Japan and Portugal behind, while in the category of top destinations for millennials, Croatia ranked third behind Greece and Bali, and ahead of Iceland and Cambodia. Croatia is ranked fifth in the Best Global Destination category, with Italy, Greece, France and Japan ahead.



These are the results published in the annual Virtuoso Luxe Report survey, which predicts top travel trends in 2020 based on current bookings, including multi-generational travel, authenticity, active and adventure travel, family travel and celebratory travel.

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"Croatian tourism in the distant markets segment receives the most tourist traffic from the USA. This report, which comes from a prestigious association like Virtuoso, further confirms the excellent position our country enjoys in the extremely important US market and confirms that Croatia is one of the leading destinations for guests with a refined taste," said Croatian Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic, emphasizing that so far, almost 627,000 arrivals and over 1.7 million overnights have been generated from the US market so far, representing a 12 percent year-over-year increase.

The Virtuoso Luxe Report is an annual report based on a survey conducted by world travel agencies and their advisers who are members of Virtuoso. Virtuoso is a network of top US luxury travel agencies with more than 20,000 advisors worldwide and an annual turnover of more than $ 26.4 billion. The Virtuoso network includes more than 1,800 partners, including top-class hotels and resorts, tour operators, airlines, agencies, and the main goal of the network is to offer clients in-depth and unforgettable trips.

One of the most beautiful and popular works of classical ballet that traditionally fascinates children and adults around the world, The Nutcracker by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, will be performed by the Ukrainian Classical Ballet Ensemble on December 10th, starting at 7:30 pp at the Sports Hall in Gospino polje in Dubrovnik. 

The choreography is made by one of the most famous choreographers, ballet master and laureate of numerous awards and international awards Valerij Petrovic Kovtun. Traditional Kovtun choreography was given the modern look by ballet troupe of the Ukrainian Classical Ballet, whose soloists of the National Opera and Ballet Kateryna Kurchenko and Serhii Klichain have won Ukrainian ballet awards and recognitions, through unique scenographic and directorial solutions, imposing contemporary decorations and costume decorations screenings that won't leave even the most demanding ballet audience indifferent. When trying to explain the popularity of this ballet ensemble is enough to say that they annually perform about 300 ballet performances, of which over 70 performances by The Nutcracker were staged last year.

In addition to the Nutcracker, the sixth Dubrovnik Winter Festival brings many other children's programs, and the central meeting point of the North Pole Station will be located this year at the Bursa Theater. The youngest will celebrate the New Year's Eve by singer Mia Dimsic, and the traditional Christmas fairytale and Torta party will also take place with the performance of the popular singer Domenica.

The City of Dubrovnik continues to implement the "School Fruit Scheme" program in all six city schools this school year. Specifically, children in grades 1st to 8th in primary schools in the urban area will receive fruit meals once a week. This was made possible through a program implemented at European Union level, for which the City of Dubrovnik applied.

The Agency for Payments in Agriculture, Fish and Rural Development responded positively to the request submitted by the City of Dubrovnik and approved the requested funds. The total amount of money for the 2019-2020 school year.amounts to 121,346 Kuna excluding VAT, and applies to 3,569 students. The consumation of the fruit begins next week, after signing the contract with the selected supplier.

Croatia and 13 more European Union member-states registered a government budget surplus in 2018, according to data provided the European Union's statistical office Eurostat on Monday.

Croatia recorded a consolidated general government budget surplus of HRK 992 million in 2018, which is 0.3% of GDP. This was the second year in a row that a budget surplus was generated, while the public debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was reduced to 74.8%, according to revised figures released on Monday by the National Bureau of Statistics (DZS).

Apart from Croatia, the other 13 countries with a government surplus in 2018 are Luxembourg (+2.7%), Germany and Malta (both +1.9%), Bulgaria (+1.8%), the Netherlands (+1.5%), Czechia (+1.1%), Greece (+1.0%), Denmark, Slovenia and Sweden (all +0.8%), Lithuania (+0.6%), Austria (+0.2%) and Ireland (+0.1%).

"Two Member States had deficits equal to or higher than 3% of GDP: Romania (-3.0%) and Cyprus (-4.4%)," Eurostat reported.

"In 2018, the government deficit and debt of both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28 decreased in relative terms compared with 2017. In the euro area the government deficit to GDP ratio fell from 0.9% in 2017 to 0.5% in 2018, and in the EU28 from 1.0% to 0.7%," Eurostat reported, adding that in the euro area the government debt to GDP ratio declined from 87.8% at the end of 2017 to 85.9% at the end of 2018, and in the EU28 from 82.1% to 80.4%.


Petrol prices in Croatia have fallen, according to the Ministry of the Economy. From today the price of a litre of petrol is 9.92 Kuna, a drop in the previous price which was 10.10 Kuna per litre.

Diesel prices have also dropped, but slightly. A litre of diesel in Croatia will cost you on average of 9.83 Kuna, while yesterday it was 9.84 Kuna.

The price of autogas is also reduced. Its current price is 4.36 Kuna, while yesterday it was 4.37.

Representatives of all alliances in Croatia as well as representatives of the French Embassy and the French Institute in Zagreb will gather in Dubrovnik on October 25th and 26th to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of the French Alliance Dubrovnik. One of the goals of the event is to bring together Dubrovnik French teachers who teach in primary and secondary schools for better collaboration and better results.

The gathering will end with a concert by the band Jall Aux Yeux on Saturday, October 26th at 9:00 pm at Club Lazareti. The concert is not only reserved for Francophone visitors. To make it even more interesting, the specialty of this band is that it does not come from France but from Bosnia and Herzegovina, where with the enthusiasm of a French professor, a band of excellent musicians who mostly do not speak French but sing in French was formed. Through a mixture of pop, punk, grunge, jazz, rock, etni and authentic Bosnian pathos, the audience will have fun even though they don't have to understand a word.

The concert is organized by the French Alliance Dubrovnik in collaboration with the Art Workshop Lazareti and is financially supported by the French Embassy in Zagreb. The entrance is free.

On the popular British Channel 4, the first episode of the ninth season of the highly watched Travel Man show, dedicated to inspirational destinations around the world, will be aired from Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik region. The show is on the program tonight, October 21th at 8:30 pm. Favorite British actor and TV presenter Richard Ayoade and comedian Stephen Merchant will premiere cultural and entertainment venues, a wide range of eno-gastronomic experiences, an active holiday, and sights of Dubrovnik and its surroundings.

-Channel 4, which is the BBC's most watched British TV channel, will showcase our country's beauties to its multi-million viewership. The broadcasting of this show will contribute to the continued recognition of Croatia in the important British market, from which we have a growing interest from year to year, which is confirmed by the increase of tourist traffic of four percent in the current part of the tourist year - said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic.

The ninth season of Travel Man, watched by more than two million viewers in the UK, with multi-million viewers in the US, Canada, Australia and India, was commented by the producent of North One TV, Nicola Silk, empashizing that the choosing of Dubrovnik is a proof of the incredible demand for this destination on the UK market. -Dubrovnik has the perfect combination of history, culture and sunny weather, making it a great choice for the show's ninth season premiere. The people of Dubrovnik absolutely delighted us with their hospitality and knowledge about the destination and we will definitely return to Croatia and continue to discover other places and cities, ”said Silk.

Travel Man shows the world's most attractive destinations such as Barcelona, Vienna, Istanbul, and the episode on Dubrovnik will highlight this popular Croatian destination as a year-round city break destination for the British tourists. As part of the first episode, Richard Ayoade and Stephen Merchant tour locations from the Game of Thrones series, taste the Ston oysters, explore the slopes of Srd Hill, go in search of a tie inspired by the country's historic symbol, join peacocks on Lokrum Island, visit cult hotels and interact with the locals to discover Dubrovnik as an authentic destination for a variety of tourist offer.
Romana Vlasic, director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, confirmed the great importance of this filming, which, she said, shows that Dubrovnik is constantly keeping pace with trends in the British media. -I would like to thank the entire production team for their trust and cooperation that will bring even greater visibility to our city in the UK from which we generate the largest tourist traffic - Vlasic concluded.

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FlyDubai will reduce flight operations on route Dubai - Zagreb during the upcoming winter timetable – Avioradar reports.

It was previously announced that this route will be reduced from seven to five flights a week. However, the route was finally reduced to only four flights a week.

It will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. During Chistmas and New Year holidays there will be an increase of up to six flights a week. This route is operated in co-operation with Emirates. Emirates operates this route on a daily basis with Boeing 777-300s during summer timetable, while winter timetable is operated by FlyDubai.

The average net salary in Croatia in August amounted to 6,438 Kuna or around 866 Euros, which is two percent more than a year earlier, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) announced on Monday.

Compared to July, the average paid net earnings for August were 0.6 percent higher in real terms. The highest average monthly net earning per person in paid employment in legal entities in August was paid in the air transport industry, in the amount of 12,108 Kuna, and the lowest was paid in the manufacture of clothing, 4,250 Kuna.

The average monthly gross earning for August amounted to 8,775 Kuna, which is 0.7 percent more than in the previous month. On an annual level, however, the average gross wage was in real terms 2.3 percent higher.

CBS data show that the average monthly net earning per hour for August was 36.65 Kuna and the gross amount was 49.95 Kuna.


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