Sunday, 21 October 2018

"We have chosen Croatia because of the reputation that Zagreb has as a location with good software developers and the moderate cost of labour," commented Carl Lundstrom on announcing the opening of an office for Cenrabit in Zagreb.

Carl Lundstrom is best known as the co-founder of Pirate Bay as well as other tech companies.

Centrabit, a Swiss based company, is a Bitcoin Trader application, which Lundstrom claims is the fastest and most secure trader of Bitcoins in the world.

Four years after founding their company in Switzerland, the start-up is now expanding by opening an office in Zagreb, which is looking to hire several C++ programmers, who will be able to choose later on whether they want to be based in Zagreb or move to Centrabit's headquarters near Zurich in Switzerland.

The cause of the catastrophic fire on Pelješac is most likely to have started from a spark from an overhead power cable. It seems that the gale force northerly winds blew over an electrical pylon in the early morning hours of today and the sparks caused thee forest fire to ignite.

There are still more than 300 firefighters around the town of Orebić who have beeeen joined by 50 soldiers from the Croatian army. in the field that are holding fire. Because of the fires that burned on the end of the Pelješac Peninsular, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Defence Minister Damir Krstičević has urgently convened a meeting of the County Fire Department of the Dubrovnik Neretva County, which will take place tomorrow at 8.00 am in Orebic.

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VIDEO - Fire raging through Orebic – guests evacuated, roads closed

Long and uncertain night for Orebić as fire rages on

Croatians can travel to 169 different countries in the world without a visa making the passport the 16th strongest and the highest ranking since 2006. According to the 2018 Passport Index, which is published by Henley & Partners consultancy firm the Croatian passport is now listed in 16th position up from 21st position from last year.

The global passport ranking system uses various indicators to create this annual list with the most important being the number of countries a passport holder can travel to without needing a visa.

This year’s list was topped by Singapore and Japan whose citizens can travel to 189 countries without requiring a visa. In second spot was Germany with 188 visa-free destinations, whilst the third position was shared by seven countries, France, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, South Korea and Italy.

Croatia finished in healthy 16th position which is the highest ranking in the twelve years that the passport rankings have been complied.

“We are defending people and homes, the situation on the ground is very bad,” commented the Chief of the County Fire Brigade, Stjepan Simović, direct from Orebić.

The catastrophic forest fire that started at around 8 o’clock this morning is still burning in Orebić, and now the Croatian Army are on the scene to assist in the fire fight and the control of the evacuation of citizens.

A gale force northerly wind is making the situation extremely hazardous and simply controlling the fires is proving challenging. The front line of the fire is believed to be around 10 kilometres in length and as we understand the fire is spreading in two directions. The main road to Orebic is closed and campsites have been evacuated of tourists.

One ship, two helicopters, an airplane, and over fifty members of the Croatian army have joined in the fight, which has every fire fighting force in the county involved. The strong northerly wind is making it difficult for the planes to have any effect and the helicopters are fighting cross winds and the fire spreads quickly.

The road from Orebić to Dubrovnik is still closed for all traffic and as Simović pointed out the firefighters and the citizens of Orebić can expect a long and uncertain night.

VIDEO - Fire raging through Orebic – guests evacuated, roads closed

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For the second year in a row, the Croatian Tourist Board is implementing the project "Croatia, Full of Islands to Discover", which aims to the positioning of Croatia as an attractive and quality nautical destination. As part of this year's project, the Croatian islands are enjoyed by 18 world-famous influencers and bloggers from Germany, Great Britain, France, Poland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Australia and Japan. This promotion is focused on blogs and social networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The travel program includes the islands of Brac, Hvar, Vis, Bisevo, Ravnik and Solta, and while visiting the island the influencers will be presented with destinations, tourist attractions, customs and delicacies. In the implementation of the project and program, which runs until September 29th, local tourist boards also participate.

-This represents one of the most attractive segments of the Croatian tourist offer. Our coastline with more than a thousand islands is unique in the world, which confirms today's status as one of the most desirable nautical destinations in the Mediterranean. I'm sure bloggers and influencers are full of positive impressions, as can be seen from the many posts that they have already shared with many fans and companions on social networks and blogs - said the Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic, adding that the quality promotion of nautical tourism offers will be continued, especially in the periods before and after the season.

Polish blogger and photographer Michal Maj is part of the program ‘Croatia, Full of Islands to Discover’. He runs one of the most popular blogs in Poland. This is Maj’s third time in Croatia because, as he said, it is a very beautiful and attractive country that is only couple of hours away from Poland. He emphasizes that Croatia is a country full of diversity where you can’t be bored, especially if you are sailing the beautiful Adriatic Sea. Martin Solhaugen, a film director and influencer from Norway, who if followed by nearly 100 thousand fans on social networks Instagram and YouTube, had a great desire for sailing in Croatia. As he said, Croatia delighted him, as well as this project that brought together his colleagues from all over the world. Luke Jackson-Clark from Great Britain is also sailing the Adriatic. He is a professional photographer with more than 50,000 fans on Instagram and is delighted with the natural beauties of Croatia that he says is "full of life." Among the participants are British actress Lauren Arthurs, who is active on Love Lauren's blog, as well as social networks Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, followed by more than 130,000 fans. She describes Croatia as a country that takes your breath away, especially because of the crystal clear sea and the rich and varied eno-gastronomy.

The project "Croatia, Full of Islands to Discover" is a continuation of the promotional activities that Croatian Tourist Board conducts this year in order to position Croatia as an ideal nautical destination. The additional promotional significance of the project is that all bloggers, in addition to travel, are specialized in the topics of eno-gastronomy, culture, fashion or photography. It’s good to add that more than 440,000 arrivals and nearly 3 million overnight stays have been realized in the segment of the nautical charter in the previous year, representing a two percent increase in arrivals and four percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year.

A forest fire broke out this morning in the town of Orebic on the Peljesac Peninsular and due to strong northerly winds quickly covered a large area of woodland. The strong winds and the inaccessible terrain have made it difficult for the firefighters to extinguish.

- All firefighters from Peljesac came to assist as well as firefighters from the island of Korcula. The fire spread to houses but we stopped it in time, and now it is spreading up the hill, we should be careful because the situation is not simple at all – said the head of the Dubrovnik Fire Brigade, Stjepan Simović.

Two firefighting planes came to help but due to the high winds were forced to leave the area.

Guests from the campsite Nevio have had to be evacuated and the main road is closed due to fires on the roadside.

Free concert for the children ‘The Carnival of the Animals’, which has been performed at the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival and had amazing interest by the audience of all generations, will be held again in co-operation with the Caboga Stiftung Foundation. The concert will take place in the Bunic Kaboga Summer Villa on Sunday, September 30th at 6 pm.

Along with the Dubrovnik musicians performing this popular Saint-Saëns work, there will be a story teller: actress Srdana Simunovic.The Carnival of Animals is the most famous music piece that found its way to the hearts of children all over the world. Composer of this work, Camille Saint-Saëns, was born almost 200 years ago in Paris and is one of the artists known as the "miracle of the child". As an adult and respected composer, while spending time with his friends on vacation in Austria, he decided to play around in a zoological fantasy entitled The Carnival of Animals. Through various portions of this descriptive piece of full humor and satire, he commented on other composer's compositions, his own works, and his music critics (in a line dedicated to long-eared animals). Each of the 14 items of Animal Carnivals is devoted to one animal or group of animals, and almost all parts hide quotes or music reviews of other famous musical works.

Free performance tickets are available at the Festival Palace (Od Sigurate 1) from 9am to 12pm. There is also a free bus service from Pile, which departs at 5.30 pm.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board organized the presentation of a tourist offer in Tokyo on the 19th of September, in partnership with the Turkish Airlines, and with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Japan.

A presentation for about 200 travel agents, media representatives, tourism companies and organizations was held at the prestigious business location of the Tokyo University Club. The ambassadors of the Republic of Croatia in Japan, Drazen Hrastic and Romana Vlasic, the director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board addressed the guests, while the presentation of Croatia and Dubrovnik in the Japanese language was done by Edouard Tripkovic Katayama.

Interest in Dubrovnik is increasing, and that was confirmed by the number of agents and representatives attending this, by now the most visited Croatia and Dubrovnik presentation in Japan, followed by work meetings with the largest media and tour operators.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board presented the tourist offer of the city at the Tourism Expo Japan Fair, from 20th to 23rd of September, in cooperation with the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board. The Zagreb Tourist Board, the Sibenik-Knin County Tourist Board and the Tourist Board of Sibenik were also presented at the Croatian Stand. The first two days of the fair were of a business character, while the last two were open to the public. Exhibitors from 130 countries participated in the fair, and this year's fair attracted around 200,000 visitors, making it the most visited one.

The Asian market is of great importance for Dubrovnik, and Japan is an extremely important market especially because it provides a year-round visitors, and the presentation of Dubrovnik and tourism offer in Japan will certainly contribute to increasing tourist visits. Interestingly, around 70% of Japanese people decide on a trip organized through travel agencies, while a smaller percentage decides to do it alone. That’s why it’s advisable to organize presentations and seminars for tourist travel agency organizers and representatives in Japan.

By September 19th, 28 525 tourists from Japan visited Dubrovnik, which is 25 percent more than in the same period last year, and they made 57 998 overnight stays, which is 17 percent more than last year.

And the best football player in the world is…Luka Modrić. At a gala ceremony in London last night the Croatian captain and Real Madrid general Luka Modrić won the FIFA world’s best male player. Modrić (33) beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to the award and this is the first time that a Croatian player has collected this prestigious FIFA award.

It has been incredible season for Modrić, he won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then took Croatia to the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia where they won the silver medal.

"This award is not just mine. It is my team-mates from Real Madrid and Croatia. Without my coaches, I would not have won this and without my family I would not be the player I am today," commented Modrić at the ceremony.

What a difference a day makes! As predicted the weather took a turn for the worse today as the clouds closed in and the sun was blocked completely.

Temperatures plummeted to the low twenties and spots of rain are falling all over the county. The summer has been put on hold in Dubrovnik and the bad weather is predicted to last for around three days. These photos show the power of the clouds as they collected ominously over the city and the Adriatic.

A strong north wind is blowing and the days of relaxing on the beach are over. At least for the meantime.

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