Friday, 18 January 2019

Some 9.9 million passengers passed through Croatia's airports over the first ten months of 2018, a 10.5 percent increase from the same period the year before, the state statistics bureau stated. In October alone, the volume of passenger traffic was up by 11.7 percent year-on-year, to reach 905,000 travellers.

The busiest of the country's nine airports was Zagreb Airport, with 317,000 passengers, or 6.7 percent up from October 2017.

Zagreb was followed by Dubrovnik Airport, with 243,000 passengers or 12.9 percent up year-on-year, and Split Airport with 223,000 passengers, or 13.9 percent up.

The biggest year-on-year increases were posted by Rijeka Airport, which had under 15,500 passengers in October 2018, or 64.9 percent up year-on-year, and Pula Airport, with little more than 41,800 passengers, or 35.6 percent up. Zadar Airport recorded some 57,400 passengers, or 3.2 percent up from the same month last year, and Osijek Airport received 6,400 passengers, or 14.2 percent more.

By country of origin, the passengers processed by Croatian airports mainly came from Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, and the Netherlands.

Konoba Veranda, highly recommended restaurant on Tripadvisor because of the great food and atmosphere, is not well known just because of their meals, but also because of the warm hearts of its owners. Mirko and Maja Andric decided to close the season with the unique way – the action ''24 hours without compromises'', where they cooked for their guests non-stop from Saturday, November 24th – starting at 6am, all to the early morning of Sunday, November 25th.

Their goal was to collect money for the Dubrovnik General Hospital, or more precisely for the CTG device used during the pregnancy for the purpose of monitoring the pulse, (fetal) heart rate and the contraction of the uterus. Today they made their donation!

Two new CTG devices were given to the Dubrovnik General Hospital. One is also specialized for the monitoring the pulse of the duplets and both of the devices will improve the quality of medical care of Dubrovnik gynecology and maternity clinic. The Director of the Dubrovnik Mario Bekic thanked to family Andric, as well as Head of Gynecology Department Ilija Krmek, who said that the devices were much needed.

The municipality of Martijanec, located in Varazdin County, is one of the first municipalities in Croatia that abolished work on Sundays and holidays – RTL writes. Around 4,000 residents accepted the initiative by the mayor of the municipality Drazen Levak.

A total of 7 stores and trades unanimously agreed that they will not work on Sundays and are praised for the initiative all over Croatia. But they are not the only one – in the municipality of Ivankovo Sundays have been rest days for the last three months.

In Croatia, the law states that work on Sundays should be paid 35 per cent more than on working day and 50 per cent on holidays. More money or more time for yourselves – the municipalities of Martijanec and Ivankovo made their choice.

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair announced its 22nd line from Zadar for the summer flight schedule. The new destination will be Eindhoven in the Netherlands – Avioradar reports.

The new Zadar – Eindhoven line will be in traffic during the whole summer flight schedule, starting on 1st of April 2019. It will have two flights a week, on Mondays and Thursdays.

It is interesting to note that nearly at the same time, from April 3rd, the competing low-fare Dutch airline Transavia introduced a new line from Zadar to the Netherlands, connecting Zadar and Rotterdam twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

 

The traditional Christmas concert, which has been continuously held since 1991 on the same date and in the same place - on December 27th in the Franciscan Church, will again this year gather the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Dubrovnik choirs, soloists, conductors and a vocal group. The concert carries the name ‘’Narodi nam se kralj nebeski’’ and will bring traditional Christmas songs and tunes. The start of the concert is at 8pm and the entrance to the concert is free.

The concert will include the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Mixed Choir Libertas, the Cathedral Madrigalists and the Cathedral Choir, the Dubrovnik Chamber Choir, vocal group Atlant and the sopranos Laura Hladilo and Paulina Dapo, and the concert will be conducted by Maja Marusic, Frano Krasovac and Viktor Lenert.

Some of the songs that will be performed are the traditional Christmas songs such as Silent Night and Ave Maria and many more.

Christmas arrived again in Dubrovnik today as the Santa Bikers thundered into the Old City.

The traditional festive arrival of Santa bikers was organised by the Moto Club Libertas Riders and the motorbike club Two Wheels.

And the children of the Old City were particularly happy to see the Santas as they handed out sweets and treats. At midday the bikers arrived on the Stradun and stayed for an hour of fun and Christmas spirit.

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Christmas day is only just behind us and already the stores, shopping centres and online retail giants are offering their St. Stephen’s Day, or Boxing Day sales. The USA and Great Britain led the way on a global scale for post-Christmas discounts and many of the online stores, such as Amazon, sent at millions of e-mails this morning advertising huge discounts. In fact, research carried out by the UK bank Barclays has shown that Boxing Day is the most popular day for shopping during the Christmas period.

Croatia is a step behind, or a day behind, as far as the sales are concerned and the vast majority of the shops throughout the country have started advertising sales starting on the 27th of December. The Croatian Chamber of Commerce have announced that they expect prices to be reduced by between 20 and 50 percent for these post-Christmas sales.

- Practice has shown that domestic traders have been following European retailers' tendencies for seasonal retail sales in the last few years, and there has been an increasing fall in prices. In addition, the deadlines have been harmonized so our customers no longer go so far as to buy in other countries in the environment - explained Tomislav Ravlić, Director of the Chamber of Commerce of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.

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It’s the day after Christmas, a public holiday, St. Stephen’s Day. The 26th of December is St. Stephen’s Day a national holiday not only in Croatia but across most of the world.

Saint Stephen's Day, or the Feast of Saint Stephen, is a Christian saint's day to commemorate Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr or protomartyr, celebrated on 26 December in the Latin Church and 27 December in Eastern Christianity.

St. Stephen’s Day, also called Boxing Day, Wren Day, or Constitution Day, one of two holidays widely observed in honour of two Christian saints. In many countries December 26 commemorates the life of St. Stephen, a Christian deacon in Jerusalem who was known for his service to the poor and his status as the first Christian martyr (he was stoned to death in AD 36).

In the United Kingdom and some Commonwealth countries, the December 26 holiday is commonly known as Boxing Day, which takes its name from the practice of giving small gifts to household servants on that day for their work throughout the year.

It is an official public holiday in Alsace-Moselle, Austria, the Balearic Islands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Catalonia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, and Switzerland. The date is also a public holiday in those countries that celebrate Boxing Day on the day in addition to or instead of Saint Stephen's Day, such as Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

 

The Croatian President passed on her warms greetings to Croatia’s throughout the world on Christmas with the traditional Christmas message to the nation.

“Every year we joyously await Christmas, a feast of love for mankind, of charity and solidarity towards our neighbour, and also towards all people as a distinct expression of veneration for the Word of God. The meaning of the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the feast of light, kindness and peace is to see, understand, respect and help others in need.

May Christmas inspire us to be extravagant in giving the gifts of affection, friendship and communion since we have learned, time and again, just how much good we can bring to our people and our Homeland if we act in unison.

Let us lavishly give the gifts of kindness and joy, respect and tolerance, and excessively promote the positive values that empower us. Let us celebrate Christmas through the rich variety of our Christmas traditions, songs and greetings, surrounded by the warmth of family and friends.

To all the Christian faithful in the Homeland and abroad, I wish a merry Christmas and an abundance of all the best in the new year 2019!”

President of Croatia - Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

Organized by the Association of Agrotourism Konavle and as part of the 11th annual manifestation “The Scents of Christmas in Konavle” a Christmas concert will be held today, the 26th of December 26th at 6.00pm.

The special festive Christmas concert, entitled "Silent Night, Holy Night" will be held in the parish church of St. Srda and Baha in Pridvorje.

The mixed vocal group (klapa) "Dubrovnik Airport", the mixed vocal choir "Vežilice", the men's "Atlant" vocal group, the women's vocal group "Cavtajke" and KUD "Stjepan Radić" from Pridvorje will all perform in this bumper Christmas concert.

"Scents of Christmas" in Konavle has been the best event in Croatian rural tourism, the bearer of the Golden Charter Award "Sunflower of Croatian Rural Tourism". "Scents of Christmas" in Konavle run from 2008 as the most popular Christmas carols in Croatia. In a very short period this happening became recognizable as a tourist product, and the organizer is the "Agritourism of Konavle".


Come to Pridvorje tonight and enjoy the Christmas songs!

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