Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Luka Modric, the best Croatian athlete and footballer of the world, won another award! The latest Modric’s success comes from AIPS – International Association of Sports Journalists, which decided that Modric is the best male athlete of 2018.

A panel of 359 journalists from 87 countries voted for the Champions of 2018 and Luka Modric had amazing 419 votes, followed by Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic with 337 votes and Swiss tennis star Roger Federer with 290 votes.

- Jorge Valdano wrote of Luka Modric that he is a ‘miracle worker,’ a player who reminds us space and time do exist. The Croatian’s talents were globally recognised in 2018 as he excelled for both club and country, orchestrating the game in a simple but lucid manner from the midfield – it's stated on the official AIPS website, adding that  Modric won the Champions League for the third time in a row with his club, Real Madrid, and then led Croatia to the final of the World Cup where France proved too strong. The midfielder also became the first player other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to win the FIFA best award since Ricardo Kaká in 2007.

This is the full list:

Luka Modric - football 419 (13.15%)
Novak Djokovic - tennis 337 (10.58%)
Roger Federer - tennis 290 (9.1%)
Kylian Mbappe - football 282 (8.85%)
Lewis Hamilton - formula one 266 (8.35%)
Cristiano Ronaldo - football 234 (7.34%)
Kamil Sotch - ski jumping 202 (6.34%)
Marcel Hirscher - skiing 159 (4.99%)
LeBron James - basketball 142 (4.46%)
Martin Fourcade - biathlon 119 (3.7%)

The prestigious monthly magazine The Banker has awarded the Governor of the Croatian National Bank, Boris Vujcic, with the recognition of the Best European and Best Global banker for 2018.

The Banker also presented the same acknowledgment for the former Governor of the CNB, Zeljko Rohatinski, back in 2008.

In an article published by The Banker on the occasion of the award to the governor of the Croatian National Bank his versatility was emphasized: " Boris Vujcic is no stranger to multitasking. For seven years until Croatia’s accession in 2013, he was deputy chief negotiator in the country’s successful bid to join the EU. During this period, he was also deputy governor of the Croatian National Bank, then governor from 2012. These days he combines running the central bank with designing Croatia’s strategy to join the eurozone, as well as chairing the steering committee of the Vienna Initiative.”

The Banker also cites the role of the CNB in keeping Croatia's financial stability or banking stability in the crisis of Agrokor, for which the Croatian National Bank and five years before the outbreak of the crisis began to prevent excessive exposure of banks to that enterprise, and the article also highlights the public advocacy of the governor of the Croatian National Bank for structural reforms - particularly education, in order to create market competencies that will dominate innovation and technological progress, as well as smart immigration policy as one of the measures to address the problem of labour shortages in Croatia.

On the occasion of The Banker's award, the Governor of the CNB said: "I am extremely honoured, it is a great acknowledgment to the Croatian National Bank, and to me personally." This award is further motivated to continue working on our goals - price stability and exchange rates every citizen of the Republic of Croatia with certainty knew that what he owns or will only earn will not lose value. We also think of Croatian companies and the security of their financial operations and financing possibilities. Finally, we believe - and in this we will aim to communicate with all citizens and businesses, inform and answer any question and dilemma - that entry into the eurozone can further stimulate economic growth and development, make our country stronger in the European context and thus serve the prosperity of every citizen of the Republic of Croatia."

The fifth Dubrovnik Winter Festival is almost finished. During the final weekend the citizens of Dubrovnik and their guests will be entertained with a live music program and gastronomic offer on the festive stands, accompanied by the interesting program for children in the Lapad Bay, the North Pole Station in Luza and at the Bursa Theater.

Tomorrow, on Friday, January 4th, everybody will feel the urge to dance on Brsalje and Gundulic Square. Dubrovnik DJs will start playing music at 9 pm at Gundulic square and at the same time Dubrovnik Accoustic Session duo will perform at Brsalje.

The end of the Colorful Winter Program at the Bay of Lapad will take place on Saturday, January 5th, and the grand finale will be the concert of two young Dubrovnik bands Nianse and Sugarfree who will perform in Lapad from 1 pm, after Zagi event with magicians, animators and jugglers.

On the small scene of the Theater of Bursa, on the 5th and 6th of January, the Drama Studio of the young people from Hvar hosts the program "Wisdom Tales" directed by Jure Radnic.

The North Pole Station in Luza continues to work, the playground is open to children during the winter holidays, and there will be interesting interactive programs, creative workshops, etc.

On Saturday, January 5th, Trio Laus will sing all over the Old City. They will start at Brsalje at 9 pm and carry the good atmosphere all to Gundulic Square.

It’s good to mention that until Sunday, January 6th, city buses run free of charge on all lines in city traffic (including lines 26, 28 and 35) from 5pm until the last night's departure, as well as the special XMAS BUS. Everybody’s favorite XMAS TRAIN that runs through the Lapad Bay will also operate until January 6th, as well as the ice rink next to tennis courts in Lapad.

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The popular American TV property series “House Hunters” has featured Dubrovnik in their latest episode. From Jacksonville, Florida to Dubrovnik a couple with a local connection view three different properties in the Dubrovnik region before deciding on which one they want to purchase.

House Hunters is an American reality television series that airs on HGTV, and is produced by Pie Town Production. This episode is part of the international spin-off of the series “House Hunters International” and was aired in the States on the 2nd of January.

Nermin Dedic, originally from Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, left the region after the Homeland War and set up a new home in Jacksonville, Florida. “I spent a lot of time in Dubrovnik as a child and I have very fond memories, the smell of the Adriatic, the salt in the air,” commented Dedic as he set out with his young family to find the perfect home in Dubrovnik.

With a budget of $500,000 the couple search Dubrovnik and Cavtat to find their place in the sun. Nermin and his wife Tiffany have three young children and the property needs to have plenty of space for the family to spread out. In fact, Tiffany and Nermin have differing requirements for this Dubrovnik house, so will they find the compromise that suits both their needs and the needs of three children.

Check out the video below

Looking for a winter break in Dubrovnik to soak up the sights and sounds of the historic old City before the summer crowds arrive? Then you’ll probably be wanting to catch a bite to eat in a restaurant. But finding an eatery that’s actually open in the winter months, especially in January can be tricky in Dubrovnik.

The vast majority of the city’s restaurants have closed their doors for the winter holidays, however there are a select few still open and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board have published a guide to the restaurants, pizzerias and fast food eateries that are open for January 2019. If you are after a fast snack in a pizzeria or an elegant evening meal of traditional Dalmatian cuisine you’ll find what you are looking for in the guide. After the busy Christmas and New Year period in Dubrovnik the city is going into its winter hibernation. But it is the perfect time of the year to visit and have time and space to explore and discover the wonders of Dubrovnik at your own pace.

restaurant open dubrovnik 2019

There are a select number of hotels open and they are giving great deals in January, the only problem is finding a flights. This year Dubrovnik Airport is connected to seven international airports, from London to Warsaw, and with ticket prices reasonable outside of the peak season all you need to do is plan the best route and best time. Of course you aren’t going to laze on the beach or swim in the Adriatic but the historic Old City offers enough for a short break and combine it with a walk around the city walls or a hike in the Konavle countryside and you are onto a winner.

Download the list of Dubrovnik restaurants working and open in January 2019 here (or on the above link) Bon Appetite!

“The largest European low-cost airline, Ryanair, has decided to operate flights to Dubrovnik this coming summer season,” commented the director of Dubrovnik Airport, Frano Luetic. The Irish airline had previously announced these new flights from Dublin to Dubrovnik, four times a week, throughout the summer months but it later turned out that no contract existed between Ryanair and Dubrovnik Airport.

When the news leaked that Ryanair had started selling tickets on their website without having a signed contract with Dubrovnik Airport a spokesperson for the airport commented that ““We are surprised with Ryanair’s announcement that next summer they will launch flights to Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik Airport has received no official information about their arrival, nor has any agreement regarding slots or services with them been signed.”

However, at a press conference Luetic confirmed the arrival of Ryanair for next summer. “The airline has announced four flights a week from Dublin and we hope that ticket sales is going well,” concluded Luetic.

The New Year’s celebrations passed without any major incidents according to information from the city’s emergency services. In spite of the fact that thousands of people celebrated the passing of 2018 and the New Year in Dubrovnik, including around 5,000 foreign tourists, the night passed relatively peacefully.

The fire-brigade reported that there were two smaller fires, one in a restaurant kitchen and one fire in grassland, during the night. And from the Dubrovnik Police and the Dubrovnik General Hospital they reported that there was one case of a patient needing stiches and one person who was treated due to excessive alcohol consumption.

If you are planning on visiting Dubrovnik in 2019 and what to avoid the crowds, then a new application will help you make the most of your trip. Dubrovnik, especially during the peak summer months, is magnet for tourists from all over the world seeking to discover the unique historic Old City. In 2018 around 1.3 million international guests enjoyed the sights and sounds of the pearl of the Adriatic. So if you want the Old City to yourself you’ll need to plan ahead. A new application and website link will help you plan the best day and month to visit Dubrovnik.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board have a rather interesting new link on their website which will help you find out when the crowds are less and the city is freer. “The application for predicting the number of visitors uses machine learning (the branch of artificial intelligence) to predict the number of people in the Old Town on a given day. This data can be useful to both citizens and tourists to help better plan their visits to the Old Town,” comments the website.

Adding that “To predict the number, the machine learning algorithm uses various parameters such as the number of people coming from cruise ships, number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays as well as weather data such as temperature and precipitation. The machine learning algorithm improves with new data and is expected to give more accurate information as time passes and the data is re-evaluated.”

guest prediction dubrovnik

The predictions go from - Not crowded - There shouldn’t be any problems with the number of people in the Old Town on the selected date. To the busiest expected days, such as in July and August with – Overcrowded - Because of the number of people visiting Dubrovnik from all over the world, it is expected that the city might be overcrowded on the selected date. It is strongly advised to visit the city in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the biggest crowds and have the best experience possible.

You can find the information to plan your trip by visiting the website -


Croatians have spent record 14,85 billion kuna in December, which is an increase of 7,1 percent compared to the last year when 13,79 billion kuna was spent, shows the data of the Tax Administration of the fiscal system – reports.

-This increase of over one billion kuna is in line with the estimates of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. The wage erosion and their growth through tax reform acted on the optimism of citizens and also on consumption. We also had a good tourist season, which also helped this year's record-breaking December - said Director of Trade Sector HGK Tomislava Ravlic as writes.

If the current dynamics of the real growth of retail trade continues, next year the level before crisis could be reached, and in 2020 we could overcome that level. The estimate is based on the growth in retail trade traffic, which is steadily increasing since 2014, and it was 4.2 percent higher in the first ten months of this year than in the same period of 2017.

According to the results of last year's Chamber of Commerce research, the largest number of respondents spent between 100 and 500 kuna on holiday gifts (39%), followed this year by those who spent between 500 and 1000 kuna (31%). The upper limit of 1000 kuna exceeded 9% of the respondents, while 21 percent of respondents have spent less than 100 kuna or nothing. Almost 40% put toys beneath the Christmas tree, followed by cosmetics (37%), footwear and clothing (36%) and food products (25%).

Throughout 2018 almost 20 million tourists visited Croatia. According to latest figures released by the Croatian National Tourist Board there were 19.7 million tourists visiting Croatia in 2018 which is 6.5 percent more than in 2017. The number of overnight stays also increased in 2018 and reached 106 million bed nights, an increase of 4 percent in comparison to 2017.

The director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Kristjan Stanicic, commented that “the national tourist board would continue promoting Croatia's tourism in markets from which large numbers of tourists usually come to Croatia.”

The largest share of Croatia's visitors traditionally come from Germany, Austria, Slovenia, and Italy, and the tourist industry accounts for nearly 20 percent of the country's GDP.

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