Friday, 22 November 2019

The Representation of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Italy organized a business workshop in Rome on Thursday, November 14th, for representatives of Italian tourist agencies and representatives of hotels and agencies in Croatia. The opening speech was made by the Director of the Representation of the Croatian National Tourist Board to Italy, Viviana Vukelic, followed by the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Italy, Jasen Mesic, and Ivana Jelinic, President of the Association of Italian Travel Agencies FIAVET.

The workshop was attended by 60 Italian travel agents and 20 Croatian representatives of hotels, agencies and tourist boards as well as the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.

The Italians have shown great interest for the Croatian market, especially for Dubrovnik because of direct flights throughout the year. The Vueling airline connects Rome and Dubrovnik twice a week during the winter, while in the season Croatia Airlines flies direct Rome – Dubrovnik flights three times a week, while Easy Jet and Vueling fly four times a week.

In 2019, 38 141 Italian tourists visited Dubrovnik, and they realized 115 784 overnight stays, which is the same as last year. The presentation of Dubrovnik and the tourist offer in Rome will certainly contribute to the increase of tourist visits from the Italian market.

Christmas in Croatia will have a political twist this year as the government has decided to hold the elections for President of the Republic of Croatia will be held on Sunday the 22nd of December, just three days before Christmas. It what would normally be an extremely busy weekend of last minute shopping, the last weekend before Christmas, citizens will now be asked to spare some of their valuable free time to vote.

And the run up to Christmas will be a cocktail of adverts for Christmas presents and political messages as the election campaign will run up to the 21st of December. Thankfully on the Saturday and Sunday of the election any publicity from Presidential campaigners is prohibited, so at least there will be a small respite before Christmas.

Holding the vote on the eve of the biggest religious holiday in the calendar is sure to be unpopular with many citizens. And why the government has chosen this date has yet to be announced but it is sure to negatively affect the number of people at the polling stations across the country.

 

The front runner in the election is current President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, from the ruling HDZ party, although she is closely followed by Zoran Milanovic from SDP and the independent candidate, and singer and TV personality, Miroslav Skoro.
In addition to the decision to call the presidential election, the government also made a decision on the amount of compensation for election campaign expenses, which is distributed to candidates who win more than 10 percent of the votes. For the candidate with the highest number of votes received in the first election round, this fee amounts to 1 million Kuna, but may not be paid in excess of the expenses incurred in the election campaign. 2.8 million Kuna has been earmarked in the budget for reimbursement of election campaign expenses.

If no one wins a majority or more than 50 percent of the votes cast, two weeks later, a second round of elections will be held, with the two candidates receiving the most votes in the first round. So as it seems that not one candidate will win more than 50 percent of the vote at the first time of asking there will yet another election coinciding with New Year. Meaning that between Christmas and New Year more presidential campaigning will bombard voters. It’s a political festive period for Croatia this year.

Christmas is just around the corner, apparently, and many websites publish Christmas related articles! Big 7 has just released the article titled The 50 Best Christmas Markets In The World and Zagreb Christmas Market was put on the third place! 

-Nothing is more likely to get you in the mood for the festive season than Christmas markets. With exactly 41 (!) days left until Christmas, we wanted to round up the very best of the best – Big 7 writes, adding that many people now choose to make a weekend trip out of visiting Christmas markets around the world, from traditional markets in Europe to other fairs dotted across the US. A quick city break to get some shopping in, have a few drinks and soak up the festive delights.

-Most of the markets kick off in late November, with many running until early January. So it’s time to get planning, grab a few friends and visit one of these best Christmas markets in the world – Big 7 concludes.

Zagreb Advent takes place from November 30th to January 7th 2020.

-This beautiful market has consistently been voted the best Christmas market in Europe and it isn’t hard to see why. The whole city is taken over by a Christmas spirit, with an outdoor ice rink, lots of trees and lights, as well as rides for the kids. With some great street food stalls and local crafts, this is the sort of market that you could easily return to for a couple of days in a row – Big 7 writes.

See the full list here.

Organized by the Commission for Mandarin Oranges of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the Initiative for the Independent Placement of Mandarins on Public Areas of Local Self-Government Units is held throughout Croatia, which is being implemented for the second year in a row in cooperation with the LEADER Network of Croatia and the Association of Croatian Cities.

As part of the Initiative, the "Neretva Days in Dubrovnik" event at Pile has begun today, and citizens and their guests will be able to buy mandarin oranges and products made from this fruit until November 30th. 

It is also good to know that in cooperation with the City of Zagreb, the manifestation “Zagreb to Neretva, Neretva to Zagreb” is underway, where fourteen mandarin producers from the Neretva Valley successfully market their products at eight attractive locations in the City of Zagreb through stand sales.

So far, more than twenty family agricultural societies joined the Initiative and just as many local self-government units have responded to the call of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, giving official licenses to mandarin producers, with the aim of making the mandarins more available through direct sale on the domestic market.

The City of Dubrovnik, in collaboration with the Administrative Department for Urban Planning, Spatial Planning and Environmental Protection, as well as for Utilities and Local Self-Government, became involved in the citizens' initiative Collective Tree Planting Days, which took place from October 25th to October 27th. So far, the result of this action is 610 planted seedlings in 139 locations in the City of Dubrovnik.

In agreement with the Coordinator for the County of Dubrovnik-Neretva Romana Tomic and the company Vrtlar Dubrovnik d.o.o. planting sites for the species of trees to be planted have been agreed. Also, an arrangement of seedling distribution for citizens has been agreed to be funded by the City of Dubrovnik.

178 seedlings were distributed to citizens at locations in Mokosica, Gruz, Lapad and Lazareti. Due to great interest, another action was organized and 200 more seedlings were distributed.

In addition to the City of Dubrovnik, the action was joined by the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Elite travel d.o.o., Sun gardens Resort, Diocese of Dubrovnik, Libertas TV, Association DESA - Dubrovnik, Hedera Estate d.o., Lions club Sv. Vlaho, Vetma Architectural Studio, Dominato property management, Boutique Villa Root, Urban & Veggie Restaurant, Grand Hotel Park, Pemo Ltd., Apropo Marketing Ltd., We do yoga studio Dubrovnik, Ladi Cosic (private person), Maro Kockovic (private person), Jelena Roko (private person), Romana Tomic (private person), NP Mljet, Croatian Forests - Forestry Dubrovnik, EKo taxi doo and MSC Cruise Ltd.

The employees of Vrtlar Dubrovnik d.o.o, along with the volunteers, planted trees at numerous locations.

The City of Dubrovnik recognized the importance of this action, which aimed to encourage citizens, associations, businesses and institutions to plant as many trees as possible on private and public areas throughout Croatia in order to contribute to the greening of urban areas and highlight the importance and many benefits of urban greenery.

The storm of the century crashed into Dubrovnik today with incredible scenes all over the city. With wind speeds touching 140 km/h, trees uprooted and waves actually throwing sea water over the iconic Dubrovnik City Walls. As the southerly winds reached gale force levels the rising sea spilled over onto the pavements and roads.

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The whole region has experienced extreme weather and today it was the turn of Dubrovnik to feel the force and power of nature as the stone walls of the ancient Old City once again stood strong to defend the city and its inhabitants.

Check out the video and photos of today’s amazing storm

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The powerful storm that hit Dubrovnik today brought down trees, crashed advertising signs to the ground and sent waves crashing over the whole city.

One of the absolute hotspots of the storm and indeed the centre for the high seas was Pile and one of the victims of the weather was the kayaks based down by the shoreline. The waves literally picked up kayaks from the shore and tossed them into the Adriatic. At one point seven kayaks were left stranded in the sea until workers came to rescue them.

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To say it wasn’t an easy job to fish them out of the crashing waves would be an understatement. The sea also created havoc with the equipment and advertising the kayak owners had left packed away for winter.

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The popular low-cost airline easyJet has made another step to strengthen their place on the Croatian market. A five-year agreement between Pula Airport in Istria and easyJet was signed at the recent World Travel Market in London and is sure to bring ever more flights and passengers.

It is believed that with this new deal easyJet will open even more UK cities to Croatia with more flights and a longer flight schedule in the pipeline. Pula is seemingly an important destination for the budget airline as every year flight numbers have grown, with a total of ten European destinations now connected to Pula via easyJet.

 

A major storm has hit Mljet. As Public Fire Department Mljet commander Mario Dabelic told Dubrovacki vjesnik, during yesterday 7 pines fell on the roads, and today there are thirteen. The weather does not calm down, rain constantly falls and the wind blows, so the firefighters are working all the time, and they have managed to save the boat at the port of Sobra.

It is not better on Peljesac either, and the local fire chief Mario Djuricic says that the firefighters have been running from intervention to intervention yesterday.

-Trees are falling, we are saving boats, and we are just rushing to Ston to help save a yacht - Djuricic told Dubrovacki vjesnik.

Mario Frlan, commander of Lastovo firefighters, said they had to remove nine fallen pines from the roads yesterday and four this morning. The citizens of Lastovo have removed the boats on time, so they have no problems when it comes to that, says Frlan.

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One of the most famous and respected gastronomic icons is the white truffle. This underground mushroom really enjoys a special respect and that's seen on their price, as it is one of the most expensive mushrooms in the world. This year there was an interesting collaboration between two Istrian brands – Karlic Truffles and Aura Distillery, producing gin with macerated white truffle. This is the first gin in the world which is made this way – Jutarnji.hr reports. 

Since gin is a very popular drink, especially lately, they decided to unite these two loves, and that's how White Truffle Gin came into being.

The white truffle harvest season starts around September and can extend all the way through the New Year and they are just working on a second edition of the product. As Jutarnji.hr writes, zhe first one came out two months ago and they have made 222 bottles, each numbered since they have collected 222 truffles, and can be purchased at a price of 750 kuna at the Aura distillery and Karlic Truffles. They have already shipped them all around the world.

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