Saturday, 25 September 2021

Petrol prices at gas stations across Croatia have risen sharply from today. Petrol prices jumped to an average of 10.322 Kunas per litre and just a week ago the average price was 10.062 Kuna per litre.

As of today the price of diesel has increased to 10.062 Kuna per litre, whereas last week it was 9.873 Kuna.

Oil prices on the world markets rose about 6 percent last week, as a result of the drone attack on Saudi Arabia's largest oil plant, causing production to be cut by more than 5 million barrels a day, or 5 percent of global production.

 

The 12th Croatian Festival of jams and marmalades, organized by DESA Dubrovnik, will be held during the weekend of September 27th to 29th, in the very heart of Dubrovnik's Old City, at the Marin Drzic Square in front of the Cathedral. Small and specialized producers from all over the country will visit Dubrovnik and bring hundreds of types of natural jams and marmalades. Exhibitors dressed in traditional costumes, presenting lemon, cherry, strawberry, plum, fig and orange jams make this festival one of Dubrovnik's autumn attractions.

The festival promotes not only small producers, including high quality local produce, but also the richness and diversity of cultural heritage of different parts of our country. As part of the event, the product rating was organized into four categories. Product evaluation and analytics will be conducted by a panel of experts from the Institute for Mediterranean Cultures from the University of Dubrovnik and Professor Josip Zuvela.

The exhibition program will run from Friday to Sunday, daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The festival is held with the support of the City of Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the City of Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Dubrovnik.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) launched the largest peacetime repatriation yesterday to bring more than 150,000 people back to the UK. Yesterday, 64 flights operated to bring back more than 14,700 passengers, meaning that over 95 per cent of all those due to return yesterday were repatriated by the CAA.

74 more flights are scheduled to operate today, to bring back a further 16,500 passengers. And the flight programme will continue until Sunday the 6th of October with more than 1,000 flights planned.

“With 13 days remaining and approximately 135,300 passengers still to bring back to the UK, we are working around the clock, in conjunction with the Government and the aviation industry, to deliver the flying programme after Thomas Cook ceased trading,” commented the CAA.

Richard Moriarty, Chief Executive at the Civil Aviation Authority, said: “Following the very sad news yesterday morning that Thomas Cook had stopped trading and its aircraft were grounded, we launched at the Government’s request our operation to return more than 150,000 people to the UK. A repatriation of this scale and nature is unprecedented and unfortunately there will be some inconvenience and disruption for customers. We will do everything we can to minimise this as the operation continues.

He added that “I am pleased to report that on day one we brought home over 95 per cent of people who were originally due back on this day with Thomas Cook; 14,700 people in total. We want people to continue to enjoy their holiday, so we will bring them back to the UK on their original departure day, or very soon thereafter.”

 

According to eVisitor, a system which contains tourist traffic in the commercial and non-commercial segment, as well as in the nautical charter, the number of overnight stays in Croatia exceeded 100 million this weekend. This is a great result, since the number of 100 million overnight stays was exceeded a week later last year, on September 28th. This confirms that even in this very challenging and demanding tourist year, the Croatian tourism sector is producing extremely positive results.

-Positive indicators so far about the realized tourist traffic, but also financial ones, are proof that Croatia is excellently positioned on the world tourist market. We will continue to guide our tourism policy in the direction of sustainable and responsible tourism with the aim of improving the quality of the overall offer - said the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli.

-The realization of 100 million overnight stays a week earlier than last year is a great result of Croatian tourism and a clear indication that our country is in a stable position on a very competitive international market. In order to keep up with the positive trends, we are already working very intensively on the preparation of the 2020 tourism year, while a major campaign for the promotion of the season is still underway - said Croatian Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic, noting that the results achieved so far confirm that Croatia is increasingly perceived as a year-round tourist destination in numerous broadcast markets.

Also,in the previous part of the year, more precisely: from January 1st to September 22nd, according to the first and incomplete data of the eVisitor system, 18.3 million arrivals and almost 101 million overnight stays in Croatia were recorded, which represents an increase from the same period last year, four percent in arrivals and two percent in overnight stays. In the same period, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Poland and Italy, while the destinations where the most overnight stays were recorded were Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Porec, Split and Medulin.

The exhibition 'The Beauty of Taiwan' will open in the Lazareti Complex, in the third hall tonight, September 24th, at 7 pm. 

The rich history of Taiwan and its natural beauty served as the inspiration for an exhibition presenting fourteen professional fine artists of this far-off country, who in their work blend scenes from the landscape and life of people typical of Taiwan with techniques and fine arts of Western art, in that way connecting the two geographically distant cultures. The exhibition will be opened by Taiwanese curator and major promoter of Taiwanese art around the world, Mr. Juan Su. He envisioned this traveling exhibition as a way of getting to know different artistic traditions, establishing cultural and creative connections and meeting Taiwan with other countries in the world.

The works are mostly made in the technique of oil and acrylic on canvas, while the themes and motifs show the artistic vision of different aspects of life in Taiwan.

The exhibition will be open until September 27th, every day from 11am to 7pm. The entrance is free.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 20 traffic accidents, in which five persons got heavily injured, nine persons got light injuries, while there were nine traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 887 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 543 measures taken due to speeding, 36 measures due to improper overtaking, 43 measures for improper stop and parking, 75 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 19 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 28 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

British tourists in Croatia have no reason for concern because not one guest who arrived in an arrangement with the Thomas Cook Group will suffer any damage or remain unattended to, the ministries of foreign and European affairs and tourism said on Monday in a joint press release.

"We are very sorry to hear the news of the Thomas Cook company closing down as it has a long tradition and experience in tourism. What is exceptionally important is that not one its guests currently staying in Croatia will suffer any damage or be unattended to. The British government will organise flights to have all tourists return home while the British government's insurance agency will cover the costs of their accommodation," the ministries said in the press release.

The Ministry of Tourism has been in touch with hotels so that their guests can receive timely information and continue holidaying in Croatia without any problems.

"With regard to the current and future impact of Thomas Cook's closure on tourist arrivals from Britain to Croatia, we wish to underscore that there are many good British tour operators offering their services for Croatia and we believe that this situation will not have any significant impact on Great Britain as one of our markets," the ministries said.

The ministries added that January-August figures indicated that about 800,000 tourists from Great Britain visited Croatia and generated 4.1 million beds, which is a year-on-year increase of about 4% and 3% respectively.

Dubrovnik, a true architectural masterpiece, an enchanting stage almost custom made for a Shakespearean play, as bespoke as can be. I’ve had the privilege to experience many great cities around the world, the likes of Rome, Venice, Florence, Verona, etc. All cities historical wonders in themselves steeped in the wonderful, artistic, spellbinding history of medieval Europe boasting the marvels of the splendid baroque, gothic, renaissance architecture; but never have I witnessed a stage already set, effortlessly creating a truly magical experience of sights and sounds, elating the spirit, the mind and soul.

An experience of beauty, of peace, of cries of joy, of the magical twinkling of musical notes like stars in the night sky. The stunning baroque church shining in all its glory with saints and guardian angels perched on its intricate facade, inspecting its people with intrigue, offering love, comfort and protection.

Perched on the stage below the blissful harmony, a state of trance created by the philharmonic orchestra as it weaves its magic through the crowd, touching and enriching people’s souls. Each crescendo a feast for the mind, body and spirit, challenging our current lifestyle and transporting us back to a bygone era where music, food, love and romance was the order of the day. An era which we crave .....ohhhhh......to be able to wander the paved shining streets of Shakespeare’s times, to dive into the history, to be able to search for and find ones Romeo. To live, to love, to laugh; Isn’t that what life’s about? Tales of love, of sacrifices, tales of tragedies but ultimately culminating in happy endings....

Breathing freely in the open air under the serene night sky, surrounded by magnificent buildings standing proud in all their glory, encircling us like a warm sheltering embrace. It feels as if the saints and angels have awoken to the music of ‘Tonight’ to nurture and protect and remind us the true meaning of life. To love that little bit more, to breathe and fill our lungs with pride and happiness, to be grateful for all the wonderful things in our life, to take a step back and distress, to reach out and touch and feel the wonders of the world, reminding us of our existence and instilling in us our lost faith.

This evening I feel at peace in a state of pure relaxation, of tranquillity, of positivity, like I’m floating in the night sky light as a feather, dressed in a flowing white robe, devoid of any tension or stress, feeling pure, content with complete faith in the Almighty as if I too can wave my magic wand sprinkling stardust like the conductor below making everything alright. The splendidness of the evening enriching my being, a heightened sense of magic elevating my soul to a new world, a world of freedom.....of Libertas.

Dr Anjana Kumar (UK) 

 

The cultural and entertainment program 'Ulicama grada Grada' (On the streets of our City), organized by the City of Dubrovnik will end this week with the free concerts of vocal groups FA Lindo, Subrenum, Kolafjaka and Kase at the stairs of the Dominican Monastery.

For the last week, the schedule is as it follows:

Monday, September 23rd – vocal group FA Lindo, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 9:30 pm;

Wednesday, September 25th – vocal group Subrenum, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Thursday, September 26th – vocal group Kolafjaka, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Friday, September 27th – vocal group Maestral, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm.

In this program, that started on June 1st, Dubrovnik vocal groups Kolafjaka, Maestral, Subrenum, Ragusa, Ragusavecchia, Kase, Pucki pjevaci, FA Lindo and Poklisari participated, each with 9 free performances. Famous Dubrovnik singer Ibrica Jusic also enriched the program with concerts at the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery, as well as the program 'Serenades in the Park Gradac'.

 

 

Autumn is here and so is the new boat schedule for Lokrum! Since it's rainy, maybe today is not a perfect day to visit it, but as soon as the weather stabilizes, it will be the time to do some island hopping. One of the first stops for all the tourists in Dubrovnik is the little dreamy island of Lokrum, just a short boat ride away from the Old City of Dubrovnik. Peacocks, rabbits and beautiful nature will make you feel like you are in heaven.

Since the summer season is over, the boat operating hours are changed accordingly. The boat will operate from 9 am to 6 pm from today, September 23rd. That's still more than enough time to have fun on Lokrum!

You can see the full schedule here.

The Voice of Dubrovnik

THE VOICE OF DUBROVNIK


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