Monday, 20 January 2020

Lately big topic in the European cooking world is shortage of butter. It’s making the butter cost a lot more than before, as well as the products connected to it.

The lack of butter is a reflection of the major fall of milk production in Europe and is especially felt in France where butter is used in large amounts for the production of bakery products – writes

Some stores in France have informed their costumers about the problem with signs placed on their windows, saying that they are not selling certain bakery products anymore due to lack of butter.  

In France, butter prices rose by as much as 60 percent this year, official data shows, and this will be felt even more  pre-Christmas time when cakes and other products may be missing.

Butter prices have also increased in Croatia as a result of global price movements. The price of butter is on average about 25 kuna per 250 grams, which is around three euro. It is expected that prices will get even higher, also during the pre-Christmas period. Some even went that far in speculating, saying that this might be a year without cakes and cookies for Christmas in Croatia.

Be careful if you are walking in the Pile area of Dubrovnik today as a hole has appeared in the stone pavement.

These photos were sent to us by a reader who almost twisted her ankle in this hole. And as the hole in the pavement is in a busy area of the city, right next to the bus stops and tourist coach arrivals, we hope that the city is on the scene quickly to repair the damage and refill the hole.

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In order to attract new investors, the Croatian city of Bjelovar has come up with an ingenious new approach – to become the first tax free city in the country.

‘’High taxes, high VAT, uncertain political situation, frequent changes in governing structures, introduction of new taxes etc., all these are problems that affect the business climate. Therefore, the city authorities of Bjelovar have decided to help those who express an interest of investing in our city or plan a new investment here by abolishing taxes’’, explained Darko Hrebak, the mayor of Bjelovar.

The city of Bjelovar will be the first tax free city in Croatia, however, the city authorities expect to lose at least 4 million Kunas of the city’s budget in the first year of implementation of the new approach, but they are also hoping for a new employment and investment boom.

The Croatian Pensioner Society (MUH), the largest pensioner’s organization in Croatia, warns that 50 percent of pensioners in Croatia live on the brink of poverty.

Around 570,000 Croatian pensioners receive an average pension of 1,348 Kunas, which remains behind the rise in salaries by 2,55 percent, the most in the last 18 years.

These data only confirm that a large number of elderly people in Croatia live in poverty, that many of them receive an income that is below the level of social assistance and that the situation is worrisome.

The Croatian Pensioner Society (MUH) also stated that, according to the latest data, all pensioners in Croatia who acquired their pensions in accordance to the Pension Insurance Act, on the average receive 2,314 Kunas a month, which accounts for only 38,4 percent of the average salary of 6,018 Kunas.

It is interesting to note that in comparison to neighbouring countries, Croatian pensioners are among the poorest pensioners in the region.

Our resident "Style Guru" has been scanning the streets of Dubrovnik this week for the latest and greatest in fashion.

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Forebears is an interesting website that show how common your surname is and where your family originated from.
The website collects genealogical data from numerous historical books from a whole array of world countries, sorts them and shows the distribution of surnames around the globe.

According to Forebears data, the world's most common surname is Wang. More than 76 million people share that same surname and most of them live in China. In fact, among the ten most common surnames in the world, seven of them can be found in China, whilst the remaining three are most common in India.

On the other hand, Smith is the most common surname in Great Britain, Australia and the United States. There are more than 4 million people in the world who bear that surname; however, it ranks only as the world’s 117th most common surname.

As far as Croatia is concerned, the Forebears data show that the most common surname in the country is Horvat, followed by Novak, Marić, Kovačević, Babić, Kovačić, Jurić, Matić, Petrović and Marković.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board won the Best Stay 2017 award in category ‘’Best luxury travel destination’’ at the Best Stay conference held in Split. There were three finalists: Opatija, Split and of course Dubrovnik, and our city was awarded as a destination that is the best in luxury tourism when it comes to offer and presentation.

Best Stay conference is focusing on luxury and quality in every aspect of the guest experience in tourism, bringing together around 250 experts. This is a chance to get acquainted with the latest trends as well as exchange experiences with leading people in tourism.  The award giving ceremony is a novelty in this year conference and include several categories such as "Best Luxury Hotel", "The Most Innovative Hotel Design", "Best Luxury Travel Destination" (where Dubrovnik was awarded), followed by "Best ICT Solutions for Hotels" and "Best making hotels websites ".

-This worthy acknowledgment to Dubrovnik is an affirmation of the efforts that all the members of Dubrovnik tourism invest in the presentation of Dubrovnik and the battles, but also of the love they put into their work. This is an indication that both guests and the profession recognize all what makes Dubrovnik and its luxury tourism stand out, providing additional motivation for the work, development and follow up of contemporary trends in the future – it is said from the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.

In organization of Atlas, the biggest destination management company in Croatia and Emirates, one of the world’s largest airlines, as well as with a support of the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) and Tourist Boards of Zagreb, Rovinj, the Istria County and Central Dalmatia, representatives of leading tour operators in China toured Croatia from the 15th to the 20th of October.
The main goal of the study tour was to present Croatia’s tourist offer and attract more guests from this Far East market with great potential.

During the five-day tour, Chinese representatives had an opportunity to visit tourist attractions in the area of Zagreb, Istria and Split. They were enchanted with natural beauty of Croatia, especially the colour of the Croatian sky and the quality of food. This encounter resulted in specific questions thus an agreement was already reached with MICE, which first group is coming to congress in Croatia in December this year.

The number of Chinese tourists in Croatia has recorded high growth rates. In the first eight months of this year, that number surpassed the entire last year. Chinese tourists, known as the world’s Number One travellers, on the average spend 750 Euro per travel, whilst the main motive for their arrival is the sightseeing of natural phenomena and cultural sights thus it is no surprise that on the average they sojourn two or three nights in a destination.

Emirates’ direct flights to Dubai certainly open up new opportunities for further growth. Thus, trips from Shanghai and Beijing are now more accessible to Chinese travellers, with only one stop in Dubai.

According to the latest data more than 143,000 tourists from China visited Croatia by the 20th of October this year. They realized 213,338 overnight stays or 57 percent more in arrivals and 49 percent more in overnights in comparison to the same period from last year. Among the most visited destinations in that period were Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split and the National Park Plitvice Lakes.

At today's session of the society assembly in Zagreb the mandate of the Dubrovnik Airport Director, Roko Tolić, has been extended to the end of the tender procedure.

Dubrovnik airport is currently the only airport in Croatia where a new director still has not been elected for a four-year term. In Dubrovnik three candidates registered for the position, including Tolić, however in the meantime the two other candidates dropped out. One candidate did not have all the necessary qualifications, while the other decided to drop out of the application for the leading position at Dubrovnik Airport.

Tolić’s contract has been extended several times on a monthly basis, and the final decision on the appointment of a new director should be made by the Government of the Republic of Croatia.

In a time where the Dubrovnik Airport is going through a complicated investment stage, involving European Union funds, it is vital that a director is appointed on a four-year mandate as soon as possible. Why the government is dragging their heels is unsure, the airport has recorded its best year on record and welcomed 2 million passengers for the first time ever, and with the investment phase in full swing it would seem extremely important to have a director named.

The Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will move her office from Zagreb to the Dubrovnik – Neretva County from Wednesday, October 25th to Sunday, October 29th. This the 10th time she has done this, but the first time in Dubrovnik, since she tends to visit different parts of Croatia every time.

Grabar-Kitarovic will have a busy schedule in Dubrovnik. The first day is reserved for meetings and visiting Zupa Dubrovacka, as well as Konavle and Prevlaka.

The second day in Dubrovnik-Neretva County will be marked with meetings connected with the building of the Peljesac Bridge. The President will visit Ston, Orebic and the island of Korcula.

Friday will be ‘’island hopping day’’, since Grabar-Kitarovic is planning to visit Lastovo, Mljet and Sipan and return to the Old City in the afternoon hours.

On Saturday, the president will visit Slano, Opuzen, Metkovic and Ploce and on Sunday, the last day of her stay in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, she will attend ceremonies marking the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Dubrovnik.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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