This year is extremely successful for Croatian tourism and this was confirmed with the last great recognition, the prize won by our country for the Destination of 2018 in the selection of the Association of Travel Agents of Québec (AAVQ). The "Uni-Vers" ceremony was held last night at the Théâtre Rialto in Montreal, and Croatia was named the best destination in the strong competition made by Portugal, Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. The award was takenby Ina Rodin, director of the Croatian Tourist Board Representative Office in New York, which covers the Canadian market too.
-The award for the destination of the year is a confirmation of the excellent position of our country on the Canadian market, with over 170 thousand arrivals and 470 thousand overnight stays in the previous year, representing a growth of 24 percent in arrivals and 18 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. The additional importance of this award is that the same is awarded by the professionals from the tourism industry, or more precisely the representatives of travel agencies and tour operators, but also based on the voices of the general public and the traveling enthusiasts - said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic, adding that a stronger positioning of Croatia in far-off markets will be one of the key strategic goals for the next year.
The Quebec Association of Travel Agents (AAVQ) was founded in June 2011 as a non-profit association with a free membership for all representatives and entities operating in the travel industry. The aim of the association is to protect and improve the legal rights of members, as well as to encourage the quality of work among members to meet all customer expectations.
Ina Rodin said that the positive trends from the Canadian market will continue in the next year. – Regarding to estimates of the total number of arrivals and overnight stays from the Canadian market in the next year, further growth is expected in Croatia at a growth rate of at least 20 percent. The estimates are based on the Canadian economy's recovery forecasts, with a strong contribution to direct flights linking Toronto to Zagreb and Split and a general growth in the interest of traveling to Croatia - said Rodin.
Alessandra Fuller, young actress from Peru, has visited Dubrovnik and it seems that she can't stop sharing photos from her trip. The latest one, from the beach with her mother, has attracted much attention from her followers and there is a lot of them – 1.6 million!
Photo, captioned ''Mommy's biggest fan'', has over 50 thousand likes and numerous comments. That's just one of the photos from Croatia and the other ones collected even more reactions! A great promotion for Dubrovnik, for sure.
Alessandra began her acting career in 2008 with roles in various short films. She first rose to fame playing Rosy in 2015's Ven, Baila, Quinceañera. She is also well known because of the romance with her fellow actor, Pablo Heredia.
A necktie, or more common – tie is an accessory that doesn't go out of fashion. It's worn for the bussiness and formal purposes, but did you know that it comes from Croatia? International Necktie/Cravat Day is celebrated on October 18th in Croatia and in various cities around the world and we bring you the background story.
The modern necktie traces back to the time of the Thirty Years' War when Croatian mercenaries from the Croatian Military Frontier in French service, wearing their traditional small, knotted neckerchiefs, aroused the interest of the Parisians.
Due to the slight difference between the Croatian word for Croats, which is 'Hrvati', and the French word 'Croates', that small piece of clothing got the name "cravat" or "cravate" in French.
The boy-king Louis XIV began wearing a lace cravat about 1646, when he was seven, and set the fashion for French nobility. This new article of clothing started a fashion craze in Europe; both men and women wore pieces of fabric around their necks.
Nowdays, it's pretty much the same – necktie is almost an essential piece of clothing. If only it was easier to make a perfect knot...
Knicks started the new NBA season with sold out Madison Square Garden and a win over Atlanta Hawks! They put in 49 points in the second quarter, 24 more than Hawks. Atlanta won the remaining three quarters. But it ended of 126: 107 (23:24, 49:25, 34:35, 20:23) for the host.
In the first match of his fourth NBA season, Mario Hezonja, basketball player from Dubrovnik, scored 15 points. This was his first official game in the New York Knicks jersey after three seasons in Orlando Magic. He spent 19 minutes in the game and scored 15 points, which was a great reasult, just behind Tim Hardaway Jr. (31 points) and Enes Kanter (16 points), and the same as Trey Burke and Allonzo Trier.
After the game Hezonja thanked the Knicks fans for support, and emphasized the importance of the success at the start of the season: 'The big night!'
The Tourist Board of Dubrovnik, supported by the Croatian Tourist Board and the Tourist Board of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, hosts 22 foreign journalists during the Good Food Festival 2018. They are renowned touristic and gastro journalists from the United States, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Sweden, Norway, France and Germany. Along with the journalists, six travel agents from Australia will also be staying in Dubrovnik during the Good Food Festival, which is also an important market for Croatia.
During their stay in Dubrovnik, which was agreed in cooperation with the Croatian National Tourist Board's offices abroad and Croatian Tourist Board main office in Zagreb, and on the initiative of the Dubrovnik City Council, journalists will be introduced to the offer of this region, culture and history and to participate in the fifth Good Food Festival Dubrovnik. The tour program includes a tour of the historic core with English speaking guides, a tour of the City Walls, a cable car ride to Srd where you will enjoy the most beautiful view of the city and the Dubrovnik gourmet gastronomic tour ‘’Dubrovnik on plate’’, as well as traditional ‘’peka’’ dinner.
The flavors of Dubrovnik, as well as other parts of Croatia and the world in a special way, journalists will have the opportunity to try during the events of the Good Food Festival, which they will also attend. Journalists will participate in a Venezuelan evening with a renowned musician and a lover of cooking Ricardo Luque at the Kantenari Restaurant at Sunset Beach and at dinner with the famous Croatian chef Dino Galvagni at Amfora Restaurant. Additionally, they will also enjoy delicious delicacies at the traditional Dubrovnik Table, the highlight of the festival program.
Communication Tactics Department of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board during the year hosts about 400 foreign journalists and agents whose announcements are an invaluable advertisement of a tourist offer that finds the way to the widest audience around the world. Thanks to visiting journalists, Dubrovnik is promoted in the leading foreign media and deserves to be one of the best tourist destinations in the world.
You can be a part of the Good Food Festival too, check the brochure here.
FORBES has recently released a list of the World's Highest Paid Athletes in 2018 including boxer Floyd Mayweather on top, followed by Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Connor McGregor, Neymar and LeBron James. That inspired Croatian website Index.hr to publish a list of the Croatian Highest Paid Athletes, which includes eight footballers, one basketball player and one tennis player.
The most paid Croatian athlete earns nine million euros annually. If that’s compared to Mayweather who earns $ 285 million according to Forbes, that's a small amount, but it's still a great earnings per season – Index.hr writes.
This is the list:
10. Sime Vrsaljko (3 million euros)
9. Dejan Lovren (3,6 million euros)
8. Marin Cilic (3, 6 million euros)
7. Ivan Perisic (4 million euros)
6. Mario Mandzukic (4 million euros)
5. Vedran Corluka (4,2 million euros)
4. Mateo Kovacic (4,4 million euros)
3. Ivan Rakitic (5,5 million euros)
2. Luka Modric (8 million euros)
1. Bojan Bogdanovic (9 million euros)
Website MojPosao examined the culture of giving tips in Croatia in a survey that showed that tips are supported by 77 percent of respondents, while those that are against it believe that the prices of services in Croatia are too high for the citizen's standard.
Most of the respondents (61 percent) support tips, but they do it only for certain services, while 16 percent of respondents support and leave them for any service, the survey results showed and there were more than 3800 respondents. The tips are not supported and left by 13 percent of the respondents.
The tips are usually left to the waiters in restaurants and cafes, hairdressers, car mechanics and taxi driver. Decision on tip and how much it amounts depends most on the courtesy of the staff, the amount of attention and the quality of the service. The tip usually amounts to 5 to 10 percent of the value of the bill.
-I leave a tip if the service provider went out of what I would expect as a customer - one respondent said, while other said that he was leaving tips for services where the employee's pay was lower than the average salary.
For any kind of service, tips are left by 16 percent of the respondents, and some of them say that they tip the florists, bakers and salesmen who are helpful and kind. -It's always nice to make a day better for someone who deserves it - one respondent said.
One respondent says that he’s sorry that he can’t tip all sectors, giving an example of educators who can’t receive tips but "keep an eye on the parents' greatest treasure and bear great responsibility on their backs."
The tips are not supported, but are given by 10 percent of respondents who say they are rewarding the courtesy of employees if they are above the average. -A tip (or better stimulation) should be a matter of an employer it’s left to the end user - one respondent says.
-It is a personal problem for me to feel the need to leave a tip even when I'm not happy with the service. Primarily, both employees and employers in the service sector should change their attitude towards the users in order to justify giving tips - says another respondent.
Tips are not left or supported by 13 percent of the respondents, who think employees are paid for their work, and also want to remind everybody that they do not even receive the tips themselves at their workplaces. They also do not support practice that is not equally applied in all activities.
-I think the prices of services are pretty high for our standard, so the tip does not come to mind - says one f the respondents.
Turkish Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance Global Airline Association, has reduced the number of flights on the Dubrovnik-Istanbul line in the upcoming winter flight schedule that begins on October 28th this year – Avioradar reports.
All flights from October 4th to December 9th this year have been withdrawn from the sale. In the rest of the winter flight schedule valid until March 23rd, 2019, there are still four flights a week Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, same as last winter.
The final concert of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra in the atrium of the Rector's Palace for this season will be held on Friday, October 19th and will host the young violinist Asi Matathias. The orchestra will be conducted by Noam Zur and Ludwig van Beethoven's works are on the program. The concert will start at 8.30 pm.
Maestro Noam Zur is a frequent guest in Dubrovnik and for the last few years has been the director of the International Opera Festival Tino Pattiera. Since last year he has been Chief Conductor of the Salte Symphony Orchestra in Argentina. Since 2001 Zur has been conducting in renowned concert halls and leading orchestras throughout the USA, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Switzerland, Austria, France, Estonia, Romania, Scandinavia... With composer and conductor career, Noam Zur is actively teaching conductors, instrumentalists and singers, and is often a visiting professor in Israel, Argentina, Mexico and Romania.
As a soloist Asi Matathias will perform, a talented violinist who debuted with Israel's Philharmonic Orchestra under the guidance of Zubin Meht and today is enchanting the stages around the world. He recorded for BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), CBC (The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), WQXR (The Classical Music Station New York) and ORF (The Österreichischer Rundfunk) and performed throughout Europe, USA, Asia and Israel in prestigious auditoriums as such as Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall and Weil Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, The Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Izumy Hall in Japan and others. This is his first performance in Dubrovnik and he will play Beethoven's Concert for the Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 61st. The orchestra will perform the Symphony no. 3 in Es major, op. 55 "Heroic" in the second part.
Eurostat has released data showing a downward trend of dangers to poverty and social exclusion in the European countries before the World Day of the Poor, which is marked today, October 17th. However, in Croatia 27.9 percent of the total population is at the edge of poverty, which puts our country high on the list of countries with a high percentage of the risk of poverty.
Eurostat had no data for Croatia in 2008, so only reference indicators for 2017 can be seen, without comparison. As mentioned, Croatia there are 27.9 percent of people on the edge of poverty or social exclusion, which is almost 1.2 million people. Only six EU members have higher risk of Croatia, while our country has higher risk of poverty than 21 EU members
Nearly 20 percent of people in Croatia are in danger of poverty after receiving social benefits, while a 10.3 percent figure shows how much people can’t afford four of the nine material goods they need for life, such as bill payments, unexpected costs, do not own a car, a television, are not fed protein-rich meals every two days like fish or meat, and can’t afford a week of travel and vacations.
The percentage of people over the age of 59 who worked less than 20 percent of their working time (students excluded) in 2017 was 13 percent, which is the worst indicator for Croatia, which places it fourth in the EU, immediately after Ireland, Greece and Belgium.