Monday, 17 June 2019

All indicators suggest that this year should be another bumper year for Dubrovnik’s tourism business. And we can expect more Austrians and Germans in the region than ever before. Reports in the German media show that bookings for Croatia are well up on 2016.

The most popular destinations for German tourists for 2017 are Greece, the Balearic Islands and then Croatia. One of the reasons that bookings for Croatia and well up on last year is the collapse of Turkey as a holiday destination. Figures show that a massive 58 percent fewer Germans plan to travel to Turkey this year compare to 2016. And just to highlight how terrible the figures are a huge 40 percent fewer German tourists actually travelled to Turkey last year.

And there is more good news from Austria. The leading newspaper in Vienna, Der Standard, writes that Dubrovnik is one of the most favourable destinations for tourists this summer season. Traditional holiday hotspots such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, Rome and Paris are still more popular than Dubrovnik however according to Der Standard Dubrovnik stands out because of the low taxes in hotel accommodation. For example, in Rome the tax for a overnight stay ranges between 5 and 7 Euros, while in Dubrovnik it is 1 Euro for adults and 50 cents for children, regardless of how many stars the hotel has.

Legendary British rock band, The Cult, are to play a concert in the Croatian capital on the 27th of June.

This is the first time that The Cult have been to Croatia in eight years, a country where they have a solid fan base. In 2009 the British band sold out their concert in Zagreb. And now they will be making their first large appearance in the open air. The organisers have brought together all of the rock and metal concerts scheduled for June under the name Zagreb RockFest.

In June Mastodon and Ministry will be playing in Tvornica, and on the 26th of June, one day before The Cult, the Prophets of Rage, House of Pain and Black Peaks will also be playing at Šalata. Ian Astbury and his lads are after all the biggest draw, guaranteeing a top-drawer concert. Tickets go on sale on the 3rd of March at 200 Kuna and can be purchased at www.eventim.hr.

Blustery south winds brought with them crashing waves and rain today in Dubrovnik. The south winds started blowing on Sunday and overcast skies have brought rain. Today the waves crashed down on the iconic Banje Beach near the Old City of Dubrovnik.

The weather forecasters predict that the rain will end tomorrow and more stable weather with the odd ray of sunshine should be the norm until the end of the week.

Check out this stunning photo gallery by Tonci Plazibat

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The Embassy of the State of Israel and the Virovitica-Podravina County in cooperation with the Israel Export Institute and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) have organized a seminar on agriculture titled ''The use of new technologies in agriculture''.

The seminar was held in the city of Virovitica on the 6th of March, whilst similar lectures will also take place in other Croatian cities such as Osijek, Slavonski Brod, Koprivnica and Vrbovec.

Experts from Israel's leading agricultural companies (NETAFIM, ND Project, PROFIT AGRO, Afimilk, ICL Fertilizers, ADAM) shared their experience and knowledge in order to inform local farmers on new technologies in agriculture regarding irrigation, greenhouse production, dairy, fertilizers and plant protection.

On this occasion, the Israeli consul Irit Shneor explained, ''Israeli technology can be applied in Croatia. That is why we brought representatives of our most progressive companies that specialize in this technology. Israel is the leading country in agriculture technology. We are very successful in the development of modern technologies in order to compensate the fact that our geographical conditions may not be favourable for agricultural production. In addition, we invented the system of drip irrigation, but there is also soil solarisation, usage of wastewater for irrigation etc. You would be surprised to see how our deserts ''bloom'' and how everything is so green''.

On the other hand, Igor Androvic, the head of the Department of Economic affairs, Agriculture and EU funds commented, ''If we bear in mind that Israel produces most of its food on the area of 310,000 hectares, then this is definitely a country that can be an example for others''.

Filming of the Hollywood blockbuster Robin Hood: Origins was wrapped up on the 6th of March but it seems that Dubrovnik will have a lasting memory of the movie. “A section of the Robin Hood set that is currently located in the Old City harbour will soon have a new home,” commented the former mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, to The Dubrovnik Times.

The set in the old harbour was one of the most complicated and was the first to be constructed. It appeared to be burnt down in the last section of filming in Dubrovnik but this was a mixture of special effects and gas pipes. The set is still very much intact. “The idea is to take part of this set and move it to the island of Lokrum,” added Vlahusic. He added that the set would then be rebuilt on this island just off Dubrovnik and act as an attraction for film buffs. “We will locate in near the children’s playground and even have the plan to offer bows and arrows so that visitors can get the real Hood experience as they shot into targets,” concluded Vlahusic.

There is already a Game of Thrones visitors centre on Lokrum, so along with the future Robin Hood set the island is becoming a film theme park.

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Photo - Adriatic Images

This month Breitling begins the world tour on its Douglas DC-3 plane which will have several stages and encompass Europe, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and North America. The journey starts in Geneva and finishes six months later, in September at the Breitling Sion Air show in Switzerland.

The famous Swiss watchmaker company has decided to celebrate its 77th birthday with limited edition of 500 pieces of the Navitimer watch, its famous chronograph intended for usage in aviation.

The tour around the world will be marked by numerous stops in order to organize events or to participate in air shows, whilst some lucky passengers will have the opportunity to be part of this journey. The first Breitling stop will be the Croatian capital of Zagreb, thus the plane which was flown by James Bond, will land at the Zagreb airport Pleso on the 10th of March.

The DC-3 propeller plane with two engines which was invented in 1935 revolutionized air travel at the time. Nicknamed ''The plane for the Normandy invasion'' this plane had its five minutes of fame in June of 1944. It was delivered to the American Airlines company in 1940, thus the US military was the first to fly this plane between 1942 and 1944. Later, it was engaged in the commercial usage.

Around 16,000 copies of this plane were manufactured, whilst all larger airline companies bought them as part of their fleet. Nowadays, there are less than 150 such planes across the globe that are fully functional.

After it was restored by a group of dedicated enthusiasts, nowadays the DC-3 aircraft defends the colours of Breitling and participates in numerous air shows.

The famous Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx - who was in Dubrovnik for the past two weeks, filming for the new Robin Hood: Origins movie - took with him a few Break Time handmade nautical souvenirs to remind him of Croatia. Mirela Rus, one of the two Break Time owners, met Jamie Foxx on Stradun (the main street through Dubrovnik’s Old City) and offered him a few pieces of handmade nautical jewellery from the newly opened Break Time shop in Antuninska 5, to remind him of his time in Croatia.

"He is a very, very cool and down-to-earth guy, he walked on Stradun (the main street of Dubrovnik Old Town) with members of his family and he agreed to have his photo taken with basically everyone who asked him to, unlike Jamie Dornan and Taron Egerton, who always jumped in the car as soon as filming was over, " commented Mirela Rus. Adding that he liked the fact that the products were handmade.

Jamie Foxx will have a unique memento of his time in Dubrovnik.

‘’If 2016 was the year of political shocks, this year could be when we find how they will impact the global economy’’, reported Bloomberg in its article representing the Misery Index for 2017.

The Bloomberg Misery Index combines inflation and unemployment data of 65 world countries. According to these criteria, the most miserable country in the world for the third year in a row is Venezuela with ‘’impressive’’ 499 points, followed by the Republic of South Africa (32,2 points) and Argentina (30,9 points). The Misery Index is designed in a way that a higher score means more economic misery. The least miserable world country in terms of economy is once again Thailand.

As far as Croatia is concerned, the country placed as the 12th on the Bloomberg Misery Index list with 13,7 points i.e. the result is worse by 0,1 percent in comparison to the previous year. However, Croatia is not economically the most miserable member country of the European Union because Greece placed as the 4th on the Bloomberg Misery Index list with 23,2 points, whilst Spain placed as the 6th with 19,6 points.

Among other European countries with poor economic forecasts for 2017 are Turkey (5th place), Ukraine (7th place) and Serbia (8th place), whilst Italy placed just behind Croatia as the 13th on the Bloomberg Misery Index list.

Spectacular views could be seen today as Robin Hood:Origins filming came to the end. The whole set placed at Posat (right next to the Old Port) has been set on fire or at least it seemed that way. Actually, it was a stimulation with controled special effects. It looked quite real and it was a great ending to almost 2 weeks of filming in Dubrovnik. 

These two weeks were for sure exciting with celebrities like Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan and Taron Egerton walking through the streets of Dubrovnik. There were some problems like locals complaining that Stradun was damaged when the set was built, so many will tell that it's about time that Robin Hood leaves Dubrovnik. However, here is no doubt that Robin Hood: Origins will bring countless publicity to the city and quite possibly new tourists wanting to see the film sets.

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According to information from the Dubrovnik Police there were ten road traffic accidents in the past seven days, three of which involved injuries.

In the Dubrovnik – Neretva County the police have reported that last week they stopped and cautioned 463 drivers. A total of 251 drivers were stopped due to speeding offences, 51 drivers for not wearing seat belts, 20 for not having their headlights on and 12 drivers under the influence of alcohol.

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