Friday, 13 December 2019

The Irish low-tariff airline Ryanair said on Wednesday that in 2020 it would restore its base in Zadar and introduce 11 new lines, predicting a 50% increase in the number of passengers.

The Zadar base will consist of three planes of Laudamotion, the Austrian low-tariff airline owned by Ryanair, which should help create 90 jobs, it was said at a news conference held by Ryanair and Zadar Airport officials.

The Irish airline had a base in Zadar until late 2018 and the company will again rent its old premises.

As regards the 2020 summer timetable, which goes into force in April, Ryanair will operate 31 lines at Zadar Airport and the new lines include the European destinations Aarhus, Bremen, Cork, Paris, Gdansk, Kaunas, Liverpool, Maastricht, Riga, Toulouse and Wroclaw.

Ryanair estimates that in 2020 it will transport 672,000 passengers, a 50% increase, which is expected to generate around 490 jobs in various services at Zadar Airport.

Ryanair executive director Eddie Wilson said that as of now Zadar residents and their guests could plan travel to 31 destinations in Europe until October 2020.

As of December 12, tickets will be sold at a promotional price of €21.99 for flights in May and June 2020.

Zadar Airport director Josip Klismanic said the return of Ryanair's base to Zadar with three aircraft was a major sign of recognition for Zadar as an airport and a destination.


On Tuesday, the 10th of December 2019, a traditional Christmas reception was held at the Croatian Embassy in London, organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, in cooperation with the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) representation in London and the Croatian Embassy.

Eighty guests were in attendance at the Dubrovnik Christmas reception - travel agents, airlines, tour operators and media such as National Geographic, CNBC, CNN, Metro, Daily Mail, The Sun and others, as well as many prominent London figures. Croatian specialties and local wines were served, prepared by the British company Taste Croatia for the occasion, all accompanied by local music performed by academic musician Pero Škobelj.

Tomislav Vlahutin, a diplomat at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the United Kingdom, welcomed the attendees and announced the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United Kingdom Igor Pokaz, the Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic and the Director of the HTZ representative office in London, Darija Reic.

The Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United Kingdom, Igor Pokaz, emphasized the excellent cooperation, excellent flight connections and the importance of Dubrovnik as an extremely popular holiday destination for the British.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board director, Romana Vlasic, stressed the importance of the British tourist market for Dubrovnik, adding that the British traditionally ranked as the most numerous visitors to Dubrovnik, and this year saw a 6 percent increase in arrivals, with 3 percent more overnight stays. She stressed that British Airways has also introduced a third weekly flight this winter and invited the British to visit Dubrovnik in the winter months, especially during the Dubrovnik Winter Festival and to celebrate Christmas and New Year in Dubrovnik. She spoke about winter programs, the prolongation of the tourist season and record tourist traffic. Thanking everyone who came, she also expressed her expectation that links between Dubrovnik and London would continue to strengthen in the future and that the number of arrivals of British tourists would continue to increase given the announcement of an increase in flights from the UK throughout the year.

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British tourists have been the most numerous visitors to Dubrovnik for many years, and this year, by the beginning of December, there were 196,938 arrivals and 914,895 overnight stays, which is about a 6 percent increase in arrivals and a 3 percent increase in overnight stays compared to the same period from last year.


At the Christmas reception, a lucky winner of two London-Dubrovnik return flights provided by British Airways and a free weekend stay for two sponsored by Valamar Lacroma was arranged and lucky winner was Divyakumar Shah from Sona Tours, a specialist agent for British Indians, of which there are over 1.5 million in the UK, but also for the Indian market. He recently organized a multi-day Indian wedding in Dubrovnik. This prize stay will be used to further get to know the destination, and to organize special events.

The strong northerly winds that engulfed the Dubrovnik area last night not only created traffic difficulties but also caused havoc with the Dubrovnik Winter Festival decorations.

The gale force winds almost completely ripped off the banner hanging from the bell tower in the centre of the historic city core. Let’s hope for more calm and peaceful weather for the festive season.

The wind did finally bring down the banner and according to an eye-witness nearly nit two pedestrians.

At the end of November 2019, 128,450 persons were registered with the Croatian Employment Service, up 5.6% on the month and down 12.6% on the year, the HZZ said on Wednesday.

As of today, 128,777 persons are registered with the HZZ and there are 11,033 vacancies.

In November 2019, Split-Dalmatia County had the highest number of the registered jobless (22,388 or 17.4% of all jobless in the country), while Lika-Senj County had the lowest number (1,646 or 1.3%).

In November 2019, 30,677 jobless received unemployment benefits, up 2.7% on the year.

Dubrovnik will be connected to the Lithuanian capital next summer season as the airline AirBaltic have announced new flights. From the 2nd of May 2020 Dubrovnik will have twice weekly flights from Vilnius. The airline will also connect Vilnius with Rijeka, with the first flight on the 7th of May.

AirBaltic already operates flights between Riga and Dubrovnik, and these new flights from Vilnius will be operated by the Airbus A220.


More than 300,000 tons of food is thrown away by Croatian households annually, while at the same time organisations try to incite solidarity with the hundreds of hungry and homeless people.

The findings of a recently published survey in the Waste Management journal confirmed data which said that 75 kg of food is being thrown away in Croatia per capita on average annually. In Europe, 92 kg are thrown away annually per capita on average.

The survey was conducted in 2017, covering 115 Croatian households.

Researcher Branka Ilakovac said households account for 77 percent of the 380,000 tons of food waste in Croatia, while in Europe they account for little more than 50 percent.

Eighty-eight million tons of food is thrown away in Europe and about 1.3 tons billion worldwide.


The great exhibition ANTUN MASLE (1919-1967) is a retrospective exhibition on the occassion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the famous Dubrovnik painter and it will open at the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik on Saturday, December 14th at 6 pm.

Antun Masle is one of the most important painters from Dubrovnik who belongs to so called Dubrovnik coloristic circle, a distinctive variant of "southern expressionism". In his portraits, landscapes and still lifes, Antun Masle uses color similar to Fovist principles, and in his later works approaches the art brute.
The author of the exhibition is one of the most famous Croatian historians, theorists and art critics, Igor Zidic.

The exhibited art is owned by national museums and galleries, such as the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, the Split Art Gallery, the Zagreb Modern Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, the National Museum in Zadar, the City Museum in Rovinj, and artworks from various private collections will be on loan, of which the collection of the heirs of Antun Masle is of particular importance. Antun Masle had his last retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik in 1984, so it will be valuable for introducing the younger generation to his work.

The exhibition remains open until Sunday, March 1st, 2020.

Good news for some of the drivers in Croatia! Petrol prices went down at midnight. 

It's time to visit the nearest petrol station, because petrol prices across the country are around 10,08 kuna, which means that the full tank of 50 liters is 10 kuna cheaper compared to yesterday.

Diesel prices dropped down from 9,92 to 9,88 kuna, while autogas went down from 4,61 to 4,57 kuna.

The price of gas oil went down for about three lipa and costs 5,31 kuna on average.

December is one of the most beautiful months of the year, and if you are lucky to share it with your friends and family in your warm home, it's good to think about those who are living in worse conditions and will appreciate any kind of help. 

The Humanitarian Action "Share the Joy of Christmas" organized by the Caritas of the Dubrovnik Diocese will be held at Pile on Saturday, December 14th from 9am to 4pm and on Sunday, December 15th from 9am to 1pm.
Thirteenth 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 area of Knin.

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. Let's share the joy of Christmas!

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were nine traffic accidents, in which one person died, there were no heavily injured persons, three persons got light injuries, while there were six traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 477 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 299 measures taken due to speeding, 14 measures due to improper overtaking, 36 measures for improper stop and parking, 23 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 25 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and seven measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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