Wednesday, 22 January 2020

On the occasion of the celebration of All Saints Day and the All Souls Day the Dubrovnik – Neretva County Mayor, Nikola Dobroslavic, and his associates laid wreaths and lit a candle to pay tribute to all the defendants and the victims of the Homeland War at the memorial in the Boninovo cemetery.

After laying the wreaths at Boninovo, representatives of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the City of Dubrovnik and the Croatian House of Commons laid wreaths at Veterans grave in the cemetery in Gospino Polje.

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Today, the 1st of November, is a national holiday in the Republic of Croatia as it is All Saints Day. All over the country people will head to graveyards and cemeteries to lay flowers, traditionally chrysanthemums, and candles on the graves of loved ones and to pay their respects on this holy day.

The origin of All Saints' Day may date back to a Greek Christian tradition from the 4th century, when a festival was held to honour saints and martyrs on the Sunday following Pentecost.

The first recorded All Saints’ Day occurred on the 13th May 609 CE when Pope Boniface IV accepted the Pantheon in Rome as a gift from the Emperor Phocas. The Pope dedicated the day as a holiday to honour the Blessed Virgin and all the martyrs.

IKEA Croatia has achieved great results in the third year of its operations in Croatia.

According to IKEA’s data, in the third business year that lasted from September 2016 to the end of August 2017, the company realized 622.4 million Kunas in turnover or 9.6 percent more in comparison to the second business year.

The company’s data also show that during the last business year, more than 1.7 million people visited IKEA store in Zagreb, whilst more than 5 million people visited IKEA’s website in Croatia.

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The largest number of orders was from the Split-Dalmatia, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Primorje-Gorje and Istria counties as well as from the Zagreb County.

‘’Excellent business results with a record growth in the third year of our operations in Croatia enabled further investments in employees, out of which almost 8,000 hours were invested in training and education. In accordance with the principles of diversity and inclusiveness, almost 53 percent of employees in the department store IKEA Zagreb are women who also account for 56 percent of our management’’, emphasized IKEA Croatia.

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Dubrovnik is full of colour today, as All Saints Day approaches. Chrysanthemums, roses, carnations, glorious bouquets and floral arrangements can be seen all over the city and especially at the Gruz market, as hundreds of people prepare for this important religious holiday.

Many people have already visited the graves of their loved ones and placed flowers, but tomorrow even more flowers will be seen all over Dubrovnik as the city marks the day.

See all sort of beautiful flowers in photo gallery made by Zeljko Tutnjevic.

Representatives of two of Dubrovnik's leading private accommodation companies, Direct Booker and Dominum Travel, announced that they are joining together to improve the quality of private accommodation rental at today’s press conference held at Direct Booker office.

-The goal is to to hit the market even stronger – explained one of the founders of Direct Booker, Nino Dubretic adding that the market is constantly changing and that’s important to follow the changes and answer to increasing demands in the area of private accommodation.

He emphasized the numbers of his company– over million overnight stays, over 100 thousand reservations, five thousand accommodation units, 150 employees – which is the reason behind running a press conference, since they feel the need to inform the public about all the news in private accommodation.

Direct Booker takes over sales and marketing of the majority of Dominium Travel accommodation units, and for hosting and taking care of the apartments, there is a brand new company - Dominatto made by merging Dominium Travel and Adatto, a former Direct Booker partner.

-    Every year brings new challenges – explained Slavica Grkes from Dominum Travel, that has been doing full property management for five years now.

She added that with merging they want to bring their business on a higher level. They plan to have a busy winter, since planning is half of the job. For example, they already know that they will have a quality department, which already shows how serious they are about offering only quality and top service.

- We have recognized the challenges in the market, such as lack of workforce – explained Denis Dilberovic from Adatto, adding that it’s easier to cope with problems together.
They plan to offer excellent working conditions and to be worthy competition to hotels and other agencies.

This three in one company will follow the trends and their founders hope that with their quality services they will also cross the boarders of Croatia, which is not so unusual for Direct Booker, which is present and well know all across the region.

Finally, they hope that the local government will recognize how worthy this project is and to support them on their ambitious way.

The Croatian tourist industry has achieved a historic tourism result this year.

A long-awaited and announced record of 100 million overnight stays was recorded for the first time in Croatia’s history last weekend. The eVisitor and eCrew systems provided data on tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities as well as in nautical charter.

‘’We are extremely proud of the fact that we have achieved such a great and historic number and confirmed, once again, that Croatia is truly a hit tourist destination. This is a result of the work and cooperation of all participants in tourism thus I congratulate all on this historic result for Croatian tourism’’, said Gari Cappelli, the Croatian Minister of Tourism.

Cappelli added that this great result is also a confirmation that tourism in Croatia does not happen, but that with quality planning, marketing activities and organized work during the entire year it is possible to make such a big step forward.

‘’Croatia is and can be much more than a summer destination which has been already confirmed by a large number of new and quality offers and excellent results in the pre-season and off-season period’’, concluded Gari Cappelli.

Get your running shoes ready. Along with Dubrovnik Aquathlon, Dubrovnik 10K is a new race under the Du Motion brand. It’s the grand finale of the Dubrovnik Run league, gathering runners not just from Dubrovnik and the rest of Croatia, but also neighbouring countries.

On Sunday the 19th of November at 9.30 am runners will line up on the start line at the Sunset Beach in the Bay of Lapad and run 10 kilometres around the scenic Babin Kuk peninsular before finishing at the Sunset Beach.

Registration is already open for the race with more details available on the website - - with entry prices only 100 Kuna.

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Map of the 10K Dubrovnik race 

The Miss Croatia team has officially presented the video with which the current Miss Croatia Tea Mlinaric will present at this year’s Miss World beauty contest in China.
Video was created in collaboration with Pink Wing Production and the Croatian Tourist Board.

-I enjoyed filming the video because I really want to introduce Croatia through all of its beauties. The most beautiful part of the video for me is,of course, my county and the Nehajska Tower with a horseman and his horses, talking about the mentality of our people - said Miss Croatia, Tea Mlinaric, as reported by

Video shows beautiful scenes from Croatia and, of course, there are some amazing Dubrovnik shots. Miss World 2017 final will be held on Saturday November 18th in China.

The Nautical Channel, the world’s only specialized TV channel for sailing, water sports and travel, has started broadcasting the third season of the travel TV series ‘’Sail-Ho! Croatia’’.

More than 150 million viewers in 54 countries around the globe will now have an opportunity to see the beauties of Croatia as well as some, so far, unseen and undiscovered content.

The filming of the TV series started on the 30th of May 2017 at the Kornati Cup regatta, whilst the final film clap marked the end of the filming on locations in Istria at the end of July.

The first and second seasons of ‘’Sail-Ho! Croatia’’, broadcasted in 2015 and 2016, achieved a great result with an average audience of around 20 million viewers per episode. The third season is a logical sequel because more and more viewers, especially boaters, opt for Croatia as their next summer destination.

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‘’After exceptionally accepted first and even better second season of the TV series, we are delighted to present the third season to our viewers. They will once again have the opportunity to sail along the Croatian coast and we can hardly wait to discover more to them. Croatia is definitely a positive discovery and with each new episode we reveal something new and interesting’’, commented Andrew Miller, the director of Nautical Channel.

Some of the destinations that will be presented to Nautical Channel viewers include Konavle-Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Korčula, Omiš, the island of Brač, Vodice, Knin, Jezera, the small island of Vir, the islands of Krk, Cres and Lošinj as well as Istria and Zagreb.

The Amali Doare production, which has been producing this TV series for the Nautical Channel since 2015, is preparing the production and the fourth season, which is to be recorded in 2018.

The main partners of the series are ACI Club d.d., the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ), the Croatian Electric Company (HEP), INA d.d., the Tourist Board of Zagreb, the Tourist Board of the Split-Dalmatia County, the Kvarner Tourist Board and many others.

It seems that wild boar has been seen in Gospino Polje in Dubrovnik today – reports Dubrovacki Vjesnik. Apparently, the animal has been hit by the car and got confused, so it started roaming around, and as said by witnesses was seen also at Ivo Vojnovic street, where it scared people drinking their morning Monday coffee.

It is interesting to tell that the appearance of wild boars is not so unusual in Dubrovnik, since at the end of last year one of them was seen at Nuncijata, near the Franjo Tudman Bridge, where it scared the drivers at the east entrance of the City.

It is said that this sort of animals come to settled areas for food. It’s possible that in the winter months they will feel more attracted to Dubrovnik, but hopefully not, because wild boars are not the type of winter tourism that we are aiming for.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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