Monday, 17 June 2019

Uber and students at the Vern University will cooperate on the development of the UberBOAT service in Croatia, which is intended for better maritime traffic connection among Croatian islands and better quality of transport service for tourists in Dalmatia.

UberBOAT represents a new service, which will be offered to all users of the UBER digital platform in Croatia starting from this summer. It is about transport of users by speedboats ordered by an Uber application along the Adriatic coast. The transport will be operated by existing operators – small businesses and companies already registered for the necessary activities, with all licences, permits and insurance. Therefore, VERN students will have the opportunity to actively participate in the development of entirely new service, which will be complementary to the needs of Croatia's tourism.

Apart from direct impact on the tourist season, better connection and integration of islands, this service represents a key precondition for improving the quality of life on Croatian islands in all segments, especially in terms of the labour market, education and health care.

''What is the best way to organize business for entrepreneurs in order to prepare them for this innovative service? How to optimize the workforce, vessels supply and services to maximize income? These are just some of the questions that the VERN students will be able to answer through this real business challenge. We believe that the knowledge they will acquire will be quite relevant in today's business world, whilst the best of them will have the opportunity to do practice at Uber and afterwards apply for a regular job'', commented Davor Tremac, the general director of Uber for South Eastern Europe.

It almost feels like spring came to Dubrovnik already – sun is shining, sky is clear and temperatures are rising. This Saturday was perfect for a walk around the Old City and many locals and tourists decided to take that opportunity. 

Everybody noticed that there was unusual number of ladies around and the explanation is simple – many ladies from the region decided to celebrate Women's Day in Dubrovnik. Yes it was on 8th of March, but it's never too late to celebrate!

The most successful music duo in the UK history is coming to Croatia this summer!

The electronic dance duo Pet Shop Boys will perform in Croatia for the first time in their long music career. They will hold a concert in the city of Zadar on the 12th of August 2017 as part of the Jazine Open Air 2017 music festival. It will be the band’s only concert in the region during their European tour and they will play tunes from their career as well as from their recent album ‘’Super’’.

From 1981 when Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe began their carrier in London, Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 50 million records worldwide and are listed as the most successful duo in the UK music history by The Guinness Book of Records. Three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, since 1985 they have achieved forty-two Top 30 singles and twenty-two Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart, including four UK number ones such as "West End Girls", "It's a Sin", and "Heart". Other hit songs include a cover of "Go West", "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" and "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" in a duet with Dusty Springfield.

At the Brit Awards in London in 2009, Pet Shop Boys received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2016, Billboard magazine named Pet Shop Boys the No. 1 Billboard Dance duo/group over the 40 years from the chart's beginning in 1976. In addition, the duo received NME's Godlike Genius Award in 2017.

If you were wondering why you should visit the island of Lokrum check out this video. The Lokrum Reserve has just released this latest promo video for the island and it is stunning.

Located just 600 metres from the Old City of Dubrovnik the island of Lokrum is a green oasis and a great place to escape the summer chaos. With hidden bays, thick forests and crystal clear seas Lokrum is a nature reserve with a few surprises. Peacocks roam free across the island and rabbits also call the island home. For fans of Game of Thrones there is a visitor’s centre that has an iron throne from the HBO serial.

But don't listen to us! Check out the video and see for yourselves.

Jacques Houdek will represent Croatia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv with the song My Friend.The song has been released about a week ago, but has been published on Eurovision Song Contest official Youtube channel just today.

''My friend'' is quite unusual, combining English and Italian as well as different singing styles. Its sounds like a duo but it isn't. That's why it has different reactions to it – some bow to the original concept, while the others are just not getting it.

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be held at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Semi-Finals will take place on Tuesday 9th May and Thursday 11th May, and the Grand Final will be held on Saturday 13th May.

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the longest running television shows in the world. It was on the 24th of May, 1956, that Europe saw the first ever Eurovision Song Contest. After all those years, the contest is one of the most typical European traditions.
Croatia didn't have much success on the Eurovision for a long time, but we'll see what happens this year.

The Croatia's Finest rebroadcast has started in more than 90 countries around the globe, reported the team in charge for this project a few days ago.

National Geographic Channel has started rebroadcasting the gastronomic travel documentary Croatia's Finest, which stars the British Masterchef winner Dhruv Baker, in China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Bahrain, the UAE and some other countries around the globe.

The broadcast of the first and only Croatian gastronomic travel documentary in English started on the Asian markets and even in some parts of Africa from the 1st of October 2016. When the show was presented to a potential audience of over half a billion people, it was among the TOP 10 watched shows on the National Geographic Channel Asia channel.

The Croatia's Finest includes 20 half-hour episodes that were filmed on some of the most beautiful locations throughout Croatia. On each of all those locations, Baker cooked in the open where no one has ever cooked before such as by the Sea organ on the Zadar waterfront. Baker's culinary creations, made of fresh local groceries, were inspired by original Croatian dishes.

Within the next three years more than half a billion people from 90 countries will be able to get to know Croatia better, its rich cultural heritage, natural beauties and supreme gastronomic offer which will be the biggest tourist promotion of Croatia and its products in the world so far.

Game of Thrones season 7 premiere date was revealed yesterday – the first episode will be aired on 16 July! It will be exciting to see the scenes filmed in Dubrovnik. In case you forgot, season 7 was supposed to skip King's Landing, but in December 2016 actors Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson or as in series – Cersei Lannister, Jamie Lannister and Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane were spotted in Dubrovnik

The date was revealed in interesting way, by Facebook Live video, which showed a giant block of ice, that was melted by fans commenting ''fire''.

This season will be only seven episodes long, as opposed to usual 7. Fans are getting more and more excited and we are too waiting impatiently to see the newest scenes from King's Landing.

The seasonality of Dubrovnik's tourism business has traditionally been an unsolvable problem, but of course it isn’t only the Pearl of the Adriatic that has a problem.

The picturesque seaside location of Cavtat, around 30 minutes from Dubrovnik, is a magnet for tourists in the summer months.

The promenade is a vibrant meeting place, the numerous cafes and restaurants spill out onto the streets and music and laughter fills the air. Yachts and luxury cruisers from all over the world dock in the harbour and excursions boats crowd into the bay. However the winter period is a quite different story.

Check out our Cavtat in the winter gallery

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Can you feel it in the air? Spring is coming and many in Dubrovnik are waking up from their winter slumber, getting ready for warmer and busier days. People are slowly shedding away layers of clothes. Summer threads are lurking ominously from our closets, counting down the days until we have to try them on to see if they still fit.

I myself am at the gym more and more, struggling to get as fit as possible before the long and arduous tourism season ahead of me. It always bothered me that I need to be fit just because society deems is important to be physically attractive. Being healthy is one thing, but nowadays you are expected to look your best all the time. God knows we have our physical appearance well documented by ourselves or those around us and posted on social networks where our pasty torsos basically fall into public domain. I was never big on sports and gym-going experience was especially unappealing to me. Lifting and lowering chunks of iron while listening to the latest eurodance hits and counting repetitions was never my idea of two hours well spent. I've changed my outlook on exercise in the last five years or so and nowadays I enjoy working out (most of the time). It is mostly out of desire to keep healthy. I'm still frustrated that people will almost always congratulate you on your dropped weight before they do so when you achieve something great in your line of work, start a professional blog, or make an amateur movie, but I guess that's just the way of the world.

Does that make you happier? 

Having said all this, at least I’m not a woman. As difficult as it is for men to keep fit as much as the media or movie industry would have us be, things are way more difficult for women whose physical appearance is dissected and scrutinized to the finest detail. It’s a stressful state of affairs and I can only imagine what it takes to navigate through the jungle of self-help, beauty, popular psychology, or nutrition advice being hurled at women from every direction, every day. Truth of the matter is, we are all looking better and better as people, women especially. But, does that translate into feeling happier?

Somehow, I get the feeling happiness remains as elusive of a concept as ever. It seems society is relentless at feeding women various fears and doubts aimed at making them permanently discontent and frustrated. It stands to reason – people who are dissatisfied with themselves or believe there is something wrong with them are much more likely to spend money trying to cure whatever ails them than those who are happy. What can you sell a happy person? Perhaps a cappuccino and an occasional three course meal, and that’s about it.

Working on your physical fitness is smart and sensible, but the fact is, there is no universal definition of what is sexy or pretty. So, as a belated International Women’s Day gift: Women, next time you are frowning to yourself in the mirror, keep in mind you are most probably way more beautiful than you think… at least to us regular guys. And if you start hearing the approaching footsteps of insecurity next time you undress at the beach or try on that summer dress before going out, remember it’s probably just the echo of big business trying to get you to buy what they’re selling. Just close your eyes and ignore it until it’s gone.


Bozidar Jukic, AKA The Restless Native, is a Dubrovnik local with too many interests to name them all, with writing being at the very top of the list. He is a lover of good food, music and film, and a firm believer in the healing power of laughter. His professional orientation is towards tourism and travel so it comes as no surprise he spends most of his time alongside Mrs. Jukic running their own local tour company. Their goal is helping travellers from all over the world get a more intimate experience of Dubrovnik and what it has to offer. To find out more about their work, visit their website or Facebook page.



A few days ago, the Association of Foreign Investors in Croatia (FIC) held their general assembly and presented results of the association in 2016.

The results showed a double increase of the FIC members in 2016 in comparison to the previous year, with a series of successfully implemented projects for improving the business and investment climate in the Republic of Croatia.

Burak Baykan, the regional director of the Dogus Group, was elected as a new member of the FIC Board. In the past seven years of its operations in Croatia, the Turkish Group has invested more than 250 million Euros in the country and employed around 350 Croatian citizens.

The Dogus Group started its investments in Croatia with acquisition of D-Marin Mandalina in the city of Sibenik, which was followed by acquisitions of D-Marin Dalmacija in Sukosan and D-Marin Borik in Zadar. The Group also entered in the ownership structure of ACI with a share of 10,87 percent. D-Resort Sibenik, which was opened in 2015, was the first greenfield investment of the Dogus Group in Croatia worth 25 million Euros.

Furthermore, the Dogus Group is the owner of the most exclusive and most awarded Croatian boutique hotel Villa Dubrovnik in the city of Dubrovnik. Currently, the largest project of the Group in Croatia is construction of the first five star hotel in the centre of Zadar, which will operate under the name Hyatt Regency Zadar Maraska. Upon completion of this project, the total investment amount of the Dogus Group in Croatia will rise to 350 million Euros.

In addition, the FIC assembly also announced a major investment gathering in June that will present the best examples of countries in the region for attracting foreign investment.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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