Saturday, 23 February 2019

New decorative figure, representing Snowman Raguseo, was presented today in the Dubrovnik Tourist Board office. 

Snowman has been built by the idea of Damir Racic from Dubrovnik and will be at the Tourist Board office during the holidays. It has already brought a great joy to children from the kindergarden Pile, who were delighted to see the snowman and take photos with him. They also sang ''Jingle Bells'' to Romana Vlasic, the director of Dubrovnik Tourist Board, who has greeted them and showed them the figure.

This is a great intro to the new Facebook competition. Dubrovnik Tourist Board calls for the participation of parents or adult family members to publish a photo of a child and Snowman Raguseo with hashtag #snjeskoraguseo.

The competition will take place from today to 16th of December, and the announcement of the winners - the best photos which participated and the award ceremony will be on Friday, December 23rd at 11 am.

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Atlas Obscura is a website that describes itself as the definitive guide to the world's hidden wonders - the community driven, editor curated project that uncovers unusual and overlooked places not found in your average guidebook. 

Since Croatia is full of hidden gems, we were wondering which ones are listed on this website and do we know them all. There are some from Dubrovnik area, such as Dubrovnik Maskeron, described as a ''gargoyle head that brings good luck''. There are also Walls of Ston, Dubrovnik Cathedral Treasury, abandoned tunnels of Korcula, Daksa island and Orlando's column – most of them are pretty common for the locals, but can be overlooked by tourists.

Many other attractions are listed on the Croatia list, such us Blue cave of Bisevo, Sea Organ in Zadar, Podgaric Monument, Jablanac Shipwreck and others. To check the whole list follow this link.

Men from Bosnia and Herzegovina have the largest penises in Europe – writes, according to the data of the website Target Map. 

According to the website the average penis length in erection in Croatia is 14,77 centimeters, in Serbia 14,87 and the record of 15, 65 is held by Bosnia and Herzegovina. Just to compare - the world average is 14 centimeters. Slovenians are quite close with average size of 14,01 centimeters and Macedonia is slightly below– 13,98.

Linden Pohland is an amazing young student that came for a semester in Dubrovnik. He studies International Hospitality and Service Management and currently is counting his last days at RIT Croatia. That's why he decided to share his Dubrovnik experiences with The Dubrovnik Times, as well as his views on tourism and much more. 

Why did you choose Dubrovnik?
A lot of friends suggested that I come here. Due to the hospitality program back at RIT campus in Rochester there are lots of people who have visited Dubrovnik in the past so they encouraged me to study abroad since it's such a great experience. When I first visited RIT, the academic advisor said – oh, you just need to visit Dubrovnik! Such a beautiful city and great experience for students.

Was it like that when you came? What's your experience?
It's hard to sum it up in a few words. It's a beautiful city, unique and it's an environment that I've never seen before. This is my first foreign experience, I've been to Canada, but I don't really count that. It was a shock. Different, a new experience.

How do you like it here?
During the summer months when I first came here it was not as nice as it is now. There are not as many people; you have more time to take it in.

So what do you think about tourism in Dubrovnik? Have you noticed the changes in the seasons?
I think that it's good because I feel that it keeps the area going. I'm starting to notice more and more that hotels and shops are closed after the summer. I feel that Dubrovnik really survives on tourism and without it I don't know what the main industry of the city would be. Because I know that the city earns a lot of money from tourism, especially during the summer months. I live in Babin Kuk, so I see the cruise ships coming in and out and it's crazy to see the amount of people that come through here. I feel without it, Dubrovnik wouldn't be where it is today.

What is your experience with locals?
I feel that you have to break the ice at first with them. Once you get to know them, they're really great people. They are kind, supportive and nice, but the overall first impression is that they are more closed. There's a bit of the barrier that you have to get passed. It takes some time to build social relationships because people have to trust you first and eventually when you pass that point and show them who you are, you're in.

What are the differences between USA and Dubrovnik?
One of the main differences are the grocery stores. In the USA there are hundreds and hundreds of options for everything, while here grocery stores are smaller, which doesn't surprise me that much. In America, you can get everything imaginable in the grocery store! I had to get used to that.

Was your family surprised when you decided to go to Dubrovnik?
Yes and no. I think they saw it coming because it's something that I wanted to do – to study abroad. They were a bit surprised as well because I used to be shy, closed person. Since I was younger I became more social and came out of my shell. If you asked my parents when I was really young, around seven years old, they could never see me do something like this. But now it's different. I like to take advantage of opportunities. That's the only way to develop as a person. 

Do you now feel a bit like a local?
Honestly, I do. The biggest thing for me was the public transportation. When I just came here I didn't have a bus ticket, and did not know my way around, but after a while when Dubrovnik was crowded with tourists and they were entering the bus and making lines, I was like: c'mon, get off the bus, just buy a new bus pass, let's go, I'm trying to get back to my apartment! I was originally that person that frustrated locals, but then I slowly gained the mentality of the locals to some degree.

Do you think that Dubrovnik experience will influence your further career?
Definitely. I'm in the International Hospitality and Service Management program and I think it definitely helps just being in the different city, in an international environment. The world is getting more globalized, everywhere around the world people come from different parts of world for tourism and hospitality. Whether we like it or not, things are getting more interconnected and every day we meet more and more people that are not like ourselves, that come from all over the world and I think it's important to have international perspective.

You're a part of Eta Sigma Delta (ESD) Honorary Society, can you tell us more about it?
ESD recognizes a professional achievements of students in hospitality and tourism program from all around the world. They are trying to improve leadership skills of their members, as well as networking opportunities. They are bringing guest speakers that share their experiences. It's a way for students to be recognized within the industry.

You helped the establishing of the chapter in RIT Croatia?
I was in executive board of ESD in Rochester at the end of last year, everyone knew at that time that I'll be coming to Croatia this semester. We talked around the idea of starting a chapter of ESD while I was here. I eventually decided that I was going to do it. Why not? I had to give a presentation to all the professors and they were entirely sold on the idea. We recruited students, selected our members, voted for our executive board. We have a great team that will continue working after I leave.

What are your future plans?
After finishing my undergraduate degree I would like to continue on and pursue a master’s degree in Hospitality. I don't know where yet. Then I think about entering the industry in the hospitality and management resort area. But ultimately I would like to be a professor.

What are you going to miss the most when it comes to Dubrovnik?
I think I'll miss the community. RIT in Rochester is huge, there are over 18 thousand students there and I think I'll miss that small, community feeling at the RIT Croatia campus, it's really nice. There's not 100 different things all going on at once, it's more focused. Also, I'd miss the landscape, the scenery around here. It's not every day that you can wake up and walk around looking at the mountains and the beautiful sea.

Dubrovnik is truly wearing its festive colours. The Old City is decorated to the maximum, the public areas in Gruz, Lapad and Babin Kuk are all getting into the swing. If you were looking to give a Christmas present this size, here is a box made to measure.

This latest Dubrovnik Christmas decoration is located in Gruz and if it looks impressive during the day it is even more spectacular at night. The perfect photo opportunity with the big day around the corner.


British American Tobacco (BAT) as one of the world’s leading multinational companies, is very satisfied with the results which this company achieved in its first year of doing business in Croatia.

Almost a year and a half ago the BAT company took over the Croatia's TDR, the leading independent tobacco manufacturer in Central Europe for 505 million Euros. The first year after the takeover, the TDR (Tvornica Duhana Rovinj) company recorded a share growth on all three markets on which the BAT Adria company operates (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia).

On the other hand, the second business year will be marked by growth in exports to Western Europe countries, especially Germany, which will become the main export market of the factory in Kanfanar, Istria, said from the BAT company.

The company also stated that over the past year successfully integrated the TDR in its global system and that the TDR's share on the Croatian market increased to almost 55 percent.

Since its arrival in Croatia and investment of more than 500 million Euros in the purchase of the TDR, the British American Tobacco has continued to make new investments. This year the company invested 19 million Euros, whilst the investment of additional 30 million Euros in the Kanfanar plant is planned for next year.

The factory in Kanfanar produces approximately 7,5 billion cigarettes, whilst 60 percent of this quantity is exported to 19 foreign markets.

''The British American Tobacco company is the biggest investor in Croatia and over the past few years it has been extremely satisfied with its business results in Croatia. We have started to export to new foreign markets such as Greece, Bulgaria, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Spain and Poland. After closing the BAT factory in Germany, part of local production quantities was moved to Kanfanar. Starting from next year Germany will become our largest export market of our factory in Kanfanar'', said Ram Addanki, the CEO of the BAT Adria company.

The traditional Christmas party organised by the Rixos Libertas Hotel yesterday in a gala festive party. Representatives of businesses, media, travel agencies and local authorities all attended the event and were treated to specialties prepared by the hotel’s chefs.

“I want to wish you all a very merry Christmas and thank you for a successful 2016, our doors are always open to you,” commented the Executive Director of the hotel, Ayhan Basci.

Rixos Libertas Hotel will remain open all through the winter period and according to information from the hotel bookings are solid and ahead of last year.

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The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle held their annual Christmas party last night in an international party. Members from all over world gathered in the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik hotel and brought an international feel to the festivities in the city. Along with a prize draw and festive cuisine the circle also sang Christmas carols in English, German and Croatian.

“We have had an excellent 2016 in which we have raised much needed funds for charities in the city. I want to thank you for your support and wish you all a safe and merry Christmas,” commented Christiane Mandukich the president of the Dubrovnik Foreign Circle.

The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle’s mission and vision is to actively serve the community by providing services that contribute to the health and vitality of the greater Dubrovnik Region. The organization’s goal is to provide friendship and understanding between its members and the Dubrovnik community at large by organizing cultural and social events. The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle engages in fundraising activities for the benefit of its community projects.

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In cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic Finland the famous Finnish ambassador of goodwill, love and peace came all the way from Rovaniemiin the northernmost part of Finland to the Croatian capital to bring joy and Christmas presents to children of Zagreb.

"Indeed, he decided to arrive on the Finnish Independence Day and enhance the magic to the Zagreb’s winter fairytale," the Finnish Embassy in Zagreb stated on its web site.

Joulupukki arrived in Zagreb on the 6th of December for a two days visit. He made the Advent in Zagreb even more special because from the 2nd to the 12th of December the Croatian capital is defending title it won last year as the Best European Advent Destination.

The first day of his visit Joulupukki was riding in his carriage and visited the famous Advent locations such as the Ice Park, At Rudolph's and the Advent at Zrinjevac and brought children Christmas gifts prepared by Kras. The children were able to sit in his lap, whisper him their Christmas wishes and take a photo with the famous Santa Claus.

Balloons and clown, elves and Dance Studio Lazareti, Linđo, Christmas songs, a lot of cakes - that is a short description of Cake Party that will be held on Saturday from 11 am on Stradun, just around Orlando. 

Traditional ninth, humanitarian and fun party for children as well as older fans of sweet will be a delight to visitors who will have the opportunity to show their generosity. By purchashing the voucher of 15 kuna they will enjoy cakes and help the Association of multiple sclerosis Dubrovnik-Neretva County. This association is known to the public - it has a transporter that, except that it is used for the members of the Association, helps immobile tourists to visit Dubrovnik cultural and historical sights. Association needs wheelchair, so we need to join forces and help them get this essential tool!

We are proud to be the part of the sweetest party this year. Don't miss the chance to try our cake this Saturday, at 11 am.

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The Voice of Dubrovnik


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