Thursday, 23 January 2020

Luka Sulic, the famous musician from 2Cellos with Dubrovnik roots and his wife Tamara Zagoranski became parents on Thursday.

The proud dad informed all of his fans about the birth of his baby boy on social media:

-Our little miracle - baby boy Val has finally arrived yesterday at 8:46 p.m. Both mummy and Val were incredible and I’m so proud of them. For me this was an indescribable and dramatic experience...Full of joy, happiness, worries, tears, laughs, emotions... So many feelings in one day. It enriched my soul forever. #feelingblessed #feelingthankful – wrote the musician on his Instagram profile and signed it with ‘proud dad’.

As soon he has published the happy news, his fans from all over the world started congratulating him. We wish the happy family the very best as well. 

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Photo from official Instagram profile - lukasulicworld

 

Fancy owning your own private island in the Adriatic Sea close to Dubrovnik, although the answer would generally be a hearty “yes” the island of Daksa has been up for sale for years and has still to find a new owner. Daksa, which lies just in front of the Gruz harbour, is on the market for a reasonable 2 million Euros and still no one wants to buy it after four years on the market. One reason given is the legend that this small island is cursed. In 1944 53 people were killed on the island at the end of World War II.

The latest international publication to publish an article about Daksa is the German travel website Travelbook with a piece entitled “Why nobody wants this Croatian dream island.”

There is a Franciscan Monastery on the island from 1281, one of the oldest in the Dubrovnik region, and the remains of a tower and a fortress as well as a small lighthouse. But apart from these scattered buildings the island is uninhabited and only visited by the odd fisherman or a tourist looking for an adventure.

But the dark history of the island could well be putting off potential buyers. In October 1944, at the end of the Second World War, Partisans liberated Dubrovnik from the Germans. They arrested 300 people who they believed to be enemies of the state and German sympathisers and took them to the island. 53 were shot dead, including the mayor at the time and several priests, on the island without trial. From 1990 it was strictly forbidden to visit Daksa and in 2010 the victims’ bodies were exhumed and buried.

According to local economic experts, the announced introduction of the Euro as the official currency in Croatia should not increase real estate prices.

Croatia’s entry to the Eurozone is expected inside the next five to seven years, depending on when the government will submit a request for membership in the Eurozone, as well as on further fulfilment of the tasks Croatia is required to complete.

Economic experts emphasize that they do not see how the entry into the Eurozone could affect the real estate prices as they are already quoted in Euros. The effect of such entry is usually reflected in prices that are converted from domestic to Euro prices, for example, by rounding up, which then results in a rise in the cost of living, whilst real estate is already built, sold or purchased in Euros.

Mojca Kufner, the Head of Market Research, Product Development and Marketing Department at Zagreb Nekretnine pointed out that Croatia’s real estate market is already closely related to the Euro.

‘’All sales prices are already quoted in Euros as well as cost-effectiveness analyzes of projects, construction costs, etc. thus, I think that the introduction of the Euro will not significantly affect the real estate market’’, explained Kufner.

It is interesting to note that the neighbouring country of Slovenia marked ten years of the introduction of the Euro on the 1st of January this year. According to data, since 2007, the country recorded an increase in the cost of living by 20 percent, whilst the average salary rose by 30 percent.

This year will go down in the record books as the best year ever for Dubrovnik tourism in terms of numbers. From the 1st of January to the 31st of October this year 1.13 million tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is a huge 16 percent over the same period from last year. The most numerous tourists, in terms of nationality, this year have been from the UK, the USA, Germany, France and Spain.

On the 21st of October Dubrovnik for the first time in the history of Dubrovnik tourism achieved four million nights.
Proof the Dubrovnik is extending its traditional summer season to the shoulder season comes with the news that in October there were 13 percent more tourists in the city compared to the same month from 2016. In fact, 102,775 tourists arrived in Dubrovnik in October, and again the majority were from the United Kingdom.

In the hotel accommodation, from 1 January to 31 October this year, there were 605,024 guests, an increase of 6 percent compared to the previous year and 2,042,459 nights, 4 percent more than last year. In the hotel accommodation, the largest number of guests in the first ten months of this year were from the United Kingdom, USA, Germany, France, Croatia, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Austria and Australia.

In private accommodation there were 381,170 arrivals, 29 percent more than in the same period from last year, and 1,337,111 overnights, which is 24 percent more than in 2016.

Winter is coming and Dubrovnik once again goes into hibernation. From 60 flights a day through the height of the summer season to around 6 flights a day (on a busy day) Dubrovnik Airport shows its seasonal business model. Even though the airport has had a record year, with more than 2 million tourists arriving this year, the winter period is still proving challenging.

This winter period Dubrovnik can expect more flights than before but still way short of impressive. Croatia Airlines will connect the Croatian capital Zagreb to Dubrovnik three times a day as well as Frankfurt. However, flights to the German hub are only twice a week which although important as Frankfurt is a European hub it is still relatively poor.

The only other national airline to fly to Dubrovnik out of the summer season, Turkish Airlines, will connect Dubrovnik with Istanbul four times a week, an increase of one flight over last year. This opens up a hub for Asia and this connection was used mainly by tourists from South Korea last year. In fact, Turkish Airlines are the most co-operative with Dubrovnik’s winter plans, as they will offer a 20 percent discount on all ticket prices during the period of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival. The airlines will create a special promo code for the festival that passengers can add when booking a ticket online.

On the plus side the Spanish, low-cost airline Vueling will this winter fly to two new European destinations. With three flights a week (and sometime four) to Barcelona and two flights a week to Rome Vueling will certainly help to save Dubrovnik’s winter tourism this year. And with prices starting at only 80 Euros for a single to Rome and 60 Euros for Barcelona these flights will be extremely popular.

British Airways will offer a few flights over the Christmas and New Year period, two flights a week from Dubrovnik to Gatwick from the 15th of December until the 8th of January. Before restarting on the 9th of February with two flights a week, on Fridays and Mondays, until the middle of March when they start with their normal summer schedule.

The picturesque seaside town of Cavat was shining in the warm early November sunshine today.

During the summer months Cavtat is a hive of activity with hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world enjoying this sleepy historic destination. However as soon as November knocks on the door Cavtat has a very different feel.

Restaurant owners were packing tables and chairs into winter storage, shops had padlocked their doors, boats and ferries were conspicuous by their absence and the main promenade was a ghost town.

Only a handful of tourists were dotted around in the bars and restaurants that remain open making the most of the golden rays of sunshine.

Check out our photo gallery of Cavtat from today

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Eurowings, a low cost subsidiary of Lufthansa has announced new flights to all Croatian airports next year.

By the end of this year, Eurowings plans to carry more than 900,000 on flights to and from Croatia, or 60 percent more than last year. However, by introducing new flights next year, the company expects this number to rise to more than 1 million passengers, said representatives of Eurowings at the Eurowings media conference that was held on the 31st of October.

‘’In the next four years Eurowings, as a part of the Lufthansa Group, has big plans for Croatia which is the country with the largest growth rate in our network. Next year we plan to increase our market share in Croatia, but also in Europe, where we are the fastest growing airline and the third in the ‘low cost’ segment’’, commented Markus Leopold, the Regional Manager at Eurowings.

On the day of the conference, Eurowings launched the new all year round flight between Zagreb and Dusseldorf, with additional flights between Rijeka and Cologne and Pula and Dusseldorf that were launched on the 2nd of November. Thus, Eurowings is one of the few airlines to fly all year round to and from Croatia.

‘’We want to extend the tourist season and airline season in Croatia; we see a great potential here. The fact that we are on a good path is confirmed with a large demand for flights, especially for this flight between Dusseldorf and Zagreb and back, which is fully occupied. We also expect cooperation with the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) in joint advertising because we are the only air carrier to operate flights to all Croatian airports, even all year round flights to some of them, thus a support from local partners is more than welcome’’, explained Ivan Oreč, the Network Development Manager and Airport Relations at Eurowings.

In addition, this year Eurowings has carried the largest number of passengers to Zagreb (170,000), then to Dubrovnik, Split, Pula, Zadar, Osijek and Rijeka.

‘’Last year the largest number of passengers were carried to Spain, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland and Austria. Croatia is in the top ten countries and is a traditionally important market to which we pay full attention’’, concluded Oreč.

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Trece Uho (Third Ear) Festival is an annual arts fest held every November in Dubrovnik. For five days every year this festival takes locals and their guests to another country. This year’s pick is Bosnia and Herzegovina, country that is a sort of ‘melting pot’ of cultures and nations, just a boarder away from Croatia. It will be held from November 10th to 15th.

-We want to present this very living and diverse country through its rich history, modern art, gastronomy and cinematography. We will show the links between the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, focusing on the Dubrovnik area with the presentation of the Youth Center, workshops and a panel discussion that will bring a sort of critical view of the past events and inspire us to contemplate future cooperation – organizers stated, adding that the whole programme will be available soon.

All events to this special festival are free and in the last couple of years it took us to Italy, Nordic countries, Japan, Canada, Australia...

-Trece Uho is completely run on volunteer power. Our festival’s mission is to engage our community by promoting volunteering and to invest our time in opportunities for cultural collaboration. Yes, our city is a top touristic destination, however, our aim is to keep vibrant cultural events happening in the very quiet off-season.  So, see you in November! – say the organizers on their official website.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the Croatian President, has been listed by the American magazine Forbes as the 39th Most Powerful Woman in the World. The new list from this reputable magazine places German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the top of the list and British Prime Minister Theresa May as the second most powerful woman on the globe.

The Croatian President was placed in 39th position and as the 14th most powerful woman in politics in the world. According to Forbes she is more powerful than Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, of the governor of the Russian central bank, Elvira Nabiulin.

Forbes commented that Grabar-Kitarović is "The youngest person ever to hold the post of the President of Croatia, and also the first woman in that position. Grabar-Kitarović continues to strengthen his position on the international scene this year, working with President Donald Trump and the US to build an American import facility liquefied gas on the island of Krk that could deliver up to 2 billion cubic meters a year for distribution to Western Europe, which could help Europe's energy independence from Russia.”

Dubrovnik Tourist Board, with the aim of encouraging tourist visits during the winter months, organizes Saturday winter mornings in the City. This is fourth year that they doing this and during the last years it turned out to be a great success.

Every Saturday, starting from November 4th March 31st next year there will be free sightseeings of the old town core with a guide in English, starting at 10 am in front of the Tourist Board Office, at Pile,  Brsalje 5. For this free tour, you need to sign up at the office (tel: +38520312011; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The offer is intended for individual visitors and does not apply to group arrangements. After visiting the city with a professional guide, at 11.30 am in front of the church of St. Blasius, the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik offers to all visitors the performance of the Folklore Ensemble Lindo, which will not be held only in case of bad weather. This free program will enrich and contribute to a variety of entertainment programs during the winter months.

The Voice of Dubrovnik

THE VOICE OF DUBROVNIK


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