Friday, 18 January 2019

The catastrophic fire at the hydropower plant in Plat took three lives on January 10th. To show respect to the employees that lost their lives and their families, as well to mark this tragedy, the Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavic proclaimed this day to be the Day of Mourning.

The day of Mourning is marked by mandatory placing of the flags of the Republic of Croatia on half the spears in all buildings where the state authorities and bodies of local and regional self-government units are located, as well as the buildings where there are headquarters or the activity of legal persons is done.

On the Day of Mourning, no entertainment events can be held.

Legal entities conducting television and radio activities will adjust their programs to mark the Day of Mourning by broadcasting programs that by their nature correspond to the marking of that day.

The picturesque seaside town of Cavtat has been nominated amongst 20 European destinations as the Best European Destination for 2019. In this prestigious annual selection of the best destinations to travel to in Europe the only representative from Croatia this year is the beautiful town of Cavtat and you can help Cavtat win. From today, the 15th of January, to midnight on the 5th of February 2019, people from all over the world can vote online for their favourite place.

“Just like you, we are passionate about travel. For the past 10 years we have been relying on real experts’ advice, your advice, to assess travel trends. In recent years, millions of you have been voting online to reward the title of Best European Destination to cities such as Lisbon, Bordeaux, Zadar and Porto,” comments the organisers European Best Destinations.

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European Best Destinations is an organization based in Brussels and developed to promote culture and tourism in Europe. In partnership with more than 300 participating tourism offices and the EDEN Network created by the European Commission, we promote a better understanding of the wealth, diversity and quality of European destinations. EBD is for the 6th year in a row, the most visited website dedicated to tourism in Europe.

Hundreds of thousands of votes are expected and the competition will be fierce as Cavtat faces some stiff competition with some larger destinations such as Florence, Geneva and London. The full list of candidates for the Best European Destination for 2019 is - Brussels, Budapest, Malaga, Bratislava, Vienna, Poznan, Braga, Berlin, Geneva, London, Metz, Monte-Isola, Riga, Paris, Dinant, Florence, Cavtat, Sainte-Maxime, Athens, Kotor.

Voting in the online poll can be found on this link and only one click and vote - only one vote per IP address / week is allowed. And you can also share the link and your vote onto your social media channels.

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In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were seven traffic accidents, where one person had hard injuries and one had light injuries. There were five traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 396 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 182 measures taken due to speeding, 63 measures due to improper stop and parking, 39 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and eight measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Looking for travel inspiration? Internet is full of suggestions where to go and the world is full of places that you still need to discover. 

Culture Trip, one of the favorite websites of all the travelers who want to learn about the world's culture and creativity, has recenlty published an article with a title that always attracts attention ''11 towns to visit at least once in your lifetime''.

-Yearning to escape the pitfalls that modern living entails? While many travel Instagrammers would recommend a visit to one of the world’s greatest metropolises, a trip to a quaint town is the perfect antidote to those 21st-century blues – writes the author of the article.

Wondering where you are supposed to go at least once in your lifetime? To Dubrovnik, of course. Our beautiful city has been put on the list, alongside with Yangshuo, China, Lalibela, Ethiopia, Santorini, Greece and others.

-Internationally famous for its stunning fortress that lines the waters of the Adriatic Sea, it’s little wonder this Game of Thrones locale is the jewel in Croatia’s tourism crown – the author of the article writes about Dubrovnik.

To see the full list, click here.

Since there is a large number of destinations that are connected with Dubrovnik regularly during the winter, from today, January 14th, a charter program of senior group arrivals from Scandinavia and Germany begins, which will bring more than 30,000 visitors to Dubrovnik to May 11th.

Organized by the travel agency WTouristic, members of the Karaci Group and RSD Reisen from Germany, the winter schedule of senior group arrivals from Germany and Scandinavia starts with one charter per day, until February 11th, when they will start arriving twice a day, all to May 11th. The winter program began already in October 2018, after which it was briefly routed to Split Airport, because of the works at the Dubrovnik airport.

It is a journey that begins and ends in Dubrovnik, during which guests will visit Ston, Makarska, Trogir and Split. They will spend two nights in Dubrovnik hotels - Hotel Rixos Libertas, Hotel Lero, Hotel Villa Paradiso and hotels in the Valamar group. This year, more than 30,000 visitors are scheduled to arrive until May 11th, while next year's plan is to bring 65,000 visitors.

German air carrier Condor announced the third line to Zadar in its summer flight schedule – Avioradar reports. Condor started to fly to Zadar just last year, on the Zadar - Frankfurt line. For this year, a new line Zadar - Hannover has already been announced.

The third line will connect Zadar with Düsseldorf. On the Zadar - Düsseldorf line there will be two flights a week, on Mondays and Fridays from June 7th to October 25th 2019. Airbus A320 aircraft will fly on this line from the fleet of Spanish company Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics.

Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics is a new airline owned by the Thomas Cook tourism group headquartered in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

As the black clouds of uncertainty hang over the UK with some kind of Brexit around the corner, the restrictions on foreign workers seem to be just as stringent as ever. It is slightly ironic. Croatia is handing out tons of visas to foreigners to replace the workers that have left for the greener fields of other EU members. And yet as the UK is leaving the EU family and faces an uncertain future, especially with filling job positions, the requirements for actually obtaining a work visa are, to say the least, challenging.

One of the toughest tests, and yes it is a test, for foreigners is the so called International English Language Testing System, or IELTS. Think of the hardest English test you remember from school, multiply it by 100 and that’s how tough this test is. Shakespeare himself would struggle to ace it! But the Brits are tough. NO IELTS no entry.

Even though it is so exceptionally hard I admire the fact that they have stuck to the rules and demanded that foreign workers have an above average level of the native tongue. Not only do people have to learn the language they are also forced to understand something, if only on a surface level, of the culture, the history and traditions. All of these are important tools to start a new working life in a foreign land.

But if look at the flip side, Croatia. You want to work in Croatia as a foreigner there is absolutely no test of Croatian, zero! You can start a business, run a business with thousands of employees and you don’t even have to know “dobar dan.” You don’t have to understand any of the culture or history, in fact anything and you can work freely.

Now you could argue that being a member of the EU means you have to obey EU policies. Of which one of the most rigorous is free movement of people and the freedom to work in any other member state. That is true up to a point. Except in the UK and Germany who both require a test of the language to obtain a work visa. It is a classic case of one rule for the big boys and one for all the rest.

In Dubrovnik we have had plenty of cases of foreign managers and directors, many of the major hotels have at one point been steered by a foreign “captain,” and yet very few of them knew more than ten words in the language of the country they were working in. One foreign director meant that the whole force work had to speak English. I guarantee you that if you only spoke Spanish and wanted to work in the London, or Berlin or in fact Paris, as a director the door would by firmly shut in your face. And quite right to. And yet in Croatia we have countless cases of directors from all over the globe forcing their language onto a whole organisation.

In their wisdom the government has decided to increase work permits for foreign nationals this year seven times more than last year. A massive 65,000 will be handed out. How many of these applicants will need to know Croatian? Not one. You could argue that many of these visas will go to workers from the former Yugoslavia and they will already have some language skills. And you would be right. But a huge chunk will go outside of the neighbouring countries. Beggars can’t be choosers. The country faces a crippling labour shortage. It’s true.

Without these foreign workers we would almost stop, or at least be stuck in second gear. So can the government be strict with the application process? Can they even afford to turn people away? I imagine if you put a Croatian language test as part of the application process then you would automatically lose at least half of the interested workers. But at the same time by not having a language test you are also showing a lack of respect towards your own culture. It is a catch 22 situation. As the English would say “You can’t have your cake and eat it.” 

American Rock Band Garbage will have their first concert in Croatia on this year's INmusic Festival, which will be held at Jarun, Croatia from June 24th to June 26th. The band will have only two concerts in this part of Europe, one of which will take place in Zagreb.

Garbage shared the happy news with their fans on social media.

- Delighted to announce we'll be playing INmusic Festival in Zagreb, Croatia this summer on June 25th – the band wrote at their official Facebook page that is followed by almost 1 million people.

For those who don't know, Garbage is an American rock band formed in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1993. The band consists of Shirley Manson (vocals, guitar), Duke Erikson (guitar, keyboards), Steve Marker (guitar), and Butch Vig (drums), all of whom are involved in songwriting and production, and have currently sold over seventeen million albums worldwide.

The band joined other announced bands on the Croatia's biggest international open-air festival – INmusic, such as The Cure, Foals, LP, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls and Peter, Bjorn and John.

The initial construction works on the new Peljesac Bridge started yesterday with installation of the first metal pile for the bridge.

At 127 metres in length the first pile was eased into place on-board a special ship brought from China by the construction company, China Roads and Bridges.

A total of 130 piles of various lengths will be needed for the construction of the future Peljesac Bridge.

New York Times has recently published the list of 52 places to go in 2019, inspiring all the travelers who are currently planning their vacation. Since this is a really visited website, it's a great promotion and honor to be featured on the list. Croatian representative is Zadar, placed 11th on the list, alongside with nearby islands.

David Farley writes in the article that after the Croatian soccer team captured the world’s attention in the World Cup last summer – its team captain Luka Modric’s inspiring play was particularly notable – soccer fans revved up their search engines and learned that Mr. Modric hails from Zadar, a pretty, compact town on the Dalmatian Coast.

- Zadar is often ignored as visitors hopscotch from Istria in the north to Split and Hvar and then down to Dubrovnik. But that may be about to change, especially withRyanair adding regular flights from Prague, Hamburg, Cologne and Nuremberg, starting this spring. Beyond Zadar’s medieval core, the city’s seaside promenade and music-making “sea organ,” created by the architect Nikola Basic, is a must-see (or hear). The magical sunsets alone were enough to wow Alfred Hitchcock, who visited the city in 1964, and said he’d witnessed the most beautiful sunset in the world there. The town is also a gateway to untrammeled islands, especially Dugi Otok; an hour-and-20-minute ferry ride takes visitors to the sparsely populated island with uncrowded beaches and taverns serving seafood. Seeking ultraclean waters? Then head to the island of Pasman, where the currents frequently change, making the surrounding waters some of the cleanest in the Adriatic – Farley explains.

Will you add Zadar on your 2019 travel list?

New York Times places Zadar on the list of 52 places to go in 2019
 
 
 
New York Times has recently published the list of 52 places to go in 2019, inspiring all the travelers who  are currently planning their vacation. Since this is a really visited website, it's a great promotion and honor to be featured on the list. Croatian representative is Zadar, placed 11th on the list, alongside with nearby islands.
 
David Farley writes that after the Croatian soccer team captured the world’s attention in the World Cup last summer – its team captain Luka Modric’s inspiring play was particularly notable – soccer fans revved up their search engines and learned that Mr. Modric hails from Zadar, a pretty, compact town on the Dalmatian Coast.
 
- Zadar is often ignored as visitors hopscotch from Istria in the north to Split and Hvar and then down to Dubrovnik. But that may be about to change, especially withRyanair adding regular flights from Prague, Hamburg, Cologne and Nuremberg, starting this spring. Beyond Zadar’s medieval core, the city’s seaside promenade and music-making “sea organ,” created by the architect Nikola Basic, is a must-see (or hear). The magical sunsets alone were enough to wow Alfred Hitchcock, who visited the city in 1964, and said he’d witnessed the most beautiful sunset in the world there. The town is also a gateway to untrammeled islands, especially Dugi Otok; an hour-and-20-minute ferry ride takes visitors to the sparsely populated island with uncrowded beaches and taverns serving seafood. Seeking ultraclean waters? Then head to the island of Pasman, where the currents frequently change, making the surrounding waters some of the cleanest in the Adriatic – Farley concludes.
 
Will you add Zadar on your 2019 travel list? 

 

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