Sunday, 25 August 2019

The ferries, catamarans and ships of the state ferry company Jadrolinija are having an extremely busy year, carrying until now 8.5 million passengers.

From the beginning of the year until the 18th of August Jadrolinija have transported a total of 8.5 million passengers and 2.2 million vehicles. Despite the fear of a worst tourist season than last year the company have carried 1.5 percent more passengers than last year.

July was a bumper month when the company handled 2.3 million passengers and 560,000 cars and trucks. The company is on target to beat last year’s figures when they recorded 12.3 million passengers and three million vehicles.

The number of celebrities that chose Croatia for their holiday this year keeps on growing! The latest one to join the list is famous actress Charlize Theron, who was spotted on the island of Hvar.

Beautiful Charlize, known as an actress and producer, delighted the employees of Restaurant Gariful, where she enjoyed a splendid meal with her family. Her satisfaction is clear from the video that the Gariful published on their official Instagram profile, where the famous actress says: ''It was amazing!'' They also shared their experience on their blog.

-Theron and her family accompanied to our restaurant eating grilled lobster and drinking following wine. They were chatting with our staff and several times emphasize how satisfied they are. We sat them at tetrace in front of the restaurant, first line to the sea what gave them a complete view and make feel like a star. Oh wait, they are! They stayed for about two hours, thanked us and promised to see again some time soon. Thank you and see you, Charlize – it’s written on the website.

Gariful has hosted numerous celebrities this year, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Tommy Hilfiger, Stallone sisters and Jon Bon Jovi. Charlize Theron is probably still in Croatia, but is really secretive about it – she didn’t share anything on her official Instagram profile, followed by great number of fans.

The Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra will traditionally close the Dubrovnik Summer Festival with a large gala concert on August 25th in front of the Church of St. Blaise, this year under the direction of conductor Enrico Dindo, with the guest of young percussion star Simon Rubin. The final concert will start at exactly 10pm.

Enrico Dindo, a celebrated cellist and conductor, said that the creation of music is always an extraordinary experience, but making music in suggestive places makes it unique, and Dubrovnik is undoubtedly one of the most charming places to have such a magical experience. He pointed out that he had had this luck several times, since he had already performed as a cellist at the Festival, but this occasion is even more special because of the presence of the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. He’s been their chief conductor since the 2015/2016 season. In addition to professional collaboration, with Simone Rubin he also has a friendship that was born immediately and very spontaneously, as he pointed out, and he was fascinated by his percussion world and the overall way he experiences music, which led them to often share concert podiums. He added that he considers Simone to be one of the greatest contemporary musicians.

Simone Rubino is a name that marks a new era of percussionists who have established themselves on the classical music scene. He has performed with leading European orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and collaborated with major conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Gimeno, Manfred Honeck, Tugan Sohiev and Kazuki Yamada. At his concerts, Rubino creates a virtuoso fireworks of unheard timbres and rhythmic precision, while enchanting with his sensible and nuanced style, the critic writes. He will be the resident artist of the Munich Radio Orchestra in the new season.

The final concert will be followed by a brief ceremony for the closing of the 70th Festival and the lowering of the Libertas festival flag from the city bell tower, with members of this year's drama and music festival ensemble.

According to the eVisitor tourist check-in and check-out system, not counting the nautical data, the three-millionth overnight stay in Dubrovnik was realized on August 21st, seven days earlier than in 2018, which confirms how excellent the tourist season is.

From January 1st to August 21st this year there were 980 365 arrivals in Dubrovnik, which is an increase of 14 percent compared to the last year, and 3,000,285 overnight stays, which is 6 percent more than last year.

Since the beginning of the year, most guests arrived in Dubrovnik from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Croatia, Australia, Ireland, Italy and Finland. There were significant increases from certain markets compared to the same period last year, such as the US with 16 percent increase in arrivals and 16 percent in overnight stays, followed by France with 13 percent increase in arrivals and 11 percent in overnight stays, Germany with 59 percent increase in arrivals and 12 percent in overnight stays and Ireland with a 34 percent increase in arrivals and 34 percent in overnight stays.

Geri Halliwell, better known as Ginger Spice, is enjoying an active break in Croatia and is certainly making the most of the crystal, clear Adriatic Sea. Halliwell, or rather Geri Horner after her recent marriage to the supremo of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, Christian Horner, was spotted a few days ago in Dubrovnik with Bernie Ecclestone and his wife.

Geri has obviously caught the speed bug from her husband and posted a photo and video on her social media profiles of her skills on a jet-ski.

Halliwell came to international prominence in the 1990s as Ginger Spice, a member of the successful girl group the Spice Girls, the best-selling girl group of all time with over 85 million records sold, of which more than 75 million copies sold with the quintet lineup with Halliwell. In 1998, Halliwell left the Spice Girls to pursue a solo career but later returned to the group when they reunited in 2007. Halliwell reportedly amassed a $40 million fortune during her last two years in the group.

It’s a big end to the week in the leading Dubrovnik nightclub Culture Club Revelin.

Tomorrow night there will be a gig from the popular Italian DJ duo The Cube Guys. The Cube Guys are known for performing a special 4 hands DJ set.

Nightclub Revelin is continuing to prepare the best summer parties in Croatia. Nightlife in Dubrovnik is finally at the very top of clubbing destinations in Croatia, owing it to the spectacular summer season line up of the most unique and special club in the world – Culture Club Revelin.

The Cube Guys is a club project born in 2005 from the collaboration between two of the most important Italian producers: Roberto Intrallazzi and Luca Provera. Their particular house sound, combined with tech-tribal elements and vocal contributions, evolved during the years, becoming more and more international and original.

 

Computer gaming is the mot propulsive segment of the IT industry worldwide, and this trend is present in Croatia, too, where local gaming companies export all their products, but the biggest challenge they now face is double taxation, a local studio executive said at the Gamescon conference held in Germany.

The biggest challenge for gaming studios in doing business is the absence of a Croatia-USA double taxation avoidance agreement, which affects their revenues and negatively impacts their competitiveness, representatives of the Croatian exhibitors at the Gamescon fair in Cologne have said.

The fair in that German city is open to visitors from 21 to 24 August.

According to a press release from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK), Croatian exhibitors are participating in the fair for the sixth consecutive year.

A survey of Croatian creative and cultural industries, which was conducted by the Zagreb-based Institute of Economics, show that a score of Croatian gaming companies employ some 250 employees, and they export their products worldwide.

Gamepires/Pandora Studio executive Andrej Levenski was quoted as saying that companies specialised in the production of computer games practically export all what they produce.

This company has so far sold 1.5 million copies of its games. However, the biggest challenge affecting the financial results is that Croatia has no agreement with the USA on double taxation avoidance, according to Levenski.

 

This summer has certainly been a “who’s who” of the rich and famous in Dubrovnik and none more so than the latest mega yacht to drop anchor in front of the Old City. It is a beauty. Odessa II at 74 metres in length and accommodating a dozen passengers in the height of luxury, she set her owner back a cool $100 million when he purchased her back in 2013. Sir Len Blavatnik, a Russian born businessman, is, according to the Sunday Times Rich List of 2019, the fourth wealthiest man in Britain with an estimated fortune of £14.4 billion.

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Blavatnik (62), who is a close personal friend of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, received a knighthood for services to philanthropy. He was born in Odessa, hence the name of the mega yacht, and now lives in He owns a grade II listed building in Kensington Palace Gardens which is valued at £200 million.

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His mega yacht certainly caught the attention of tourists and locals in Dubrovnik and as he is a close personal friend of the Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, who has several properties and businesses in Dubrovnik, he could be in the city on a business deal. In fact he was at anchor in sight of one of Vekselberg’s Dubrovnik properties, the hotel Belvedere.

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The third multimedia event of the Salt Festival will open in Ston on the 28th of August. This interesting festival, which runs until the 2nd of September, covers various events in the historic ambience of Solana: gastronomic events, a fair of traditional products, music evenings, concerts, performances, workshops for children and much more.

The Salt Festival will be held from the 28th of August to the 2nd of September at multiple venues in Ston, and entry to all events will be free of charge.

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The Salt festival in Ston is held in the oldest salt works in Europe. In the time of Dubrovnik Republic, salt was very important and was called a "white gold." Salt was the main reason why the city walls were built so this valuable treasure needs to be in the centre of an attention as it was in 14th century.

For more information the Salt Festival visit the website

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board continues to organize a number of fun summer events on the Elaphite Islands and other tourist destinations.

For this week, they announce these various events:

Thursday, August 22

Zaton Bay, beginning at 9 pm, will host its traditional floating concert by the Zaton Barss Band.

Guitar evenings continue at Porporela from 9pm to 11pm, with academic musician Per Skobel.

Saturday, August 24

Zumba kids Dubrovnik will perform at the sports field at 9pm in Trsteno.
On the island of Kolocep, on the waterfront of Donji celo, Vocal group Kasa will entertain everyone starting at 9.30 pm.

On the island of Sipan, in Suđurđ on the waterfront, there will be a traditional Fishermen's Night with the popular pop star Giuliano. The concert starts at 10.30 pm.

 

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