Monday, 21 June 2021

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, five new cases of coronavirus infection (one determined by an antigen test) were recorded in the last 24 hours. These are three men and two women: two from Metković and Ploče and one from Dubrovnik.

Six people made a full recovery in the past 24 hours - two people from Vela Luka, one from Opuzen and Ploče and two people who do not reside in the county.

In the last 24 hours, 501 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 77,299 samples have been analysed.

Four people tested positive for coronavirus are hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

There are 176 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been four cases of violation of the self-isolation measure (at the border).

Bookmakers don’t fancy Croatia’s chances at the upcoming European Football Championships as the odds on them lifting the trophy are an outsider 33/1.

Croatia face England in their opening Group D match this Sunday at Wembley, and will also play Scotland and the Czech Republic.

Croatia Euro 2020 Group D stage fixtures

13 June 2021: England vs Croatia - 18 June 2021: Croatia vs Czech Republic - 22 June 2021: Croatia vs Scotland

Just three years ago Croatia finished second in the World Cup in Russia after losing 4-2 to France in the final. They also beat England in the semi-finals in extra time. However, Zlatko Dalic’s aging side have been looking far from convincing over the past year and the retirement from international football of a few key players has left the squad in need of young blood.

Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic leads the way as their favourite to win the Golden Boot this summer. The Croatian forward is a massive 100/1 to earn the Golden Boot at the European Championships. He netted three times at the 2018 World Cup – including one in the semi-final and final itself.

The joint favourites, at least according to the bookmakers, to win this year’s tournament are France and England, both at 5/1. Followed by Belgium at 6/1 and Germany at 7/1 and Portugal and Spain both at 8/1.

 

On this day, the 8th of June 1936, one of the strangest and most tragic air accidents occurred in Dubrovnik. It was a sunny and clear morning, as most June days are in Dubrovnik, and at exactly 9:20am the residents of the historic Old City of Dubrovnik were awoken to the sounds of plane crashing into the heart of the city.

According to reports the military plane from the Air Force of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia was flying low over the city when its right wing caught the highest point on the Old City Walls, the Minceta Fortress. The wings broke completely off the plane sending it crashing into the city, directly onto one of the most populated areas. The sight of the crash is today a popular spot for cafés and restaurants, the intersection of Prijeko and Žudioska streets.

Smoke billowed into the morning air, the crash had started a huge fire in the residential area, black smoke and flames erupted, fire sirens echoed off the stone façades. Both the pilot and the navigator were killed, and seven residents of the city also passed away due to the ensuing fire.

So why was a military plane flying so low over the ancient Old City? The answer could well be love! According to legend, the cause of the accident was the pilot's desire to impress a young teacher who was staying in Hotel Gradac. Supposedly this young lady, who was a teacher, had met the handsome pilot at a dance a few days before in Dubrovnik.

It could well be that the pilot was flying low over the Old City to impress his love. It was even reported that he would sometimes fly low over the city and drop messages and even bouquets down to her. This flight, however, ended tragically.

 

The popular CNN show “Quest Means Business” will be broadcast from Dubrovnik this Thursday and the renowned journalist and precentor of the show, Richard Quest, is currently touring the city getting the lowdown on the state of the tourism industry.

The two and a half hour show about Croatia will heavily feature Dubrovnik, as the magnet for tourists in the country. Yesterday Richard Quest caught up with the director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Ana Hrnic, to discuss the challenges in tourism ahead and how the city is looking to attract guests in the future.

Quest will also interview the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, and other leading figures in the tourism business in the city. Frankovic revealed that “Three years ago, when I was a guest on the CNN show Quest Means Business and talked about the sustainability of tourism and the Respect The City program, I considered it one of the biggest commercials for the City because Richard Quest is a world famous journalist and his show has millions viewers around the world.”

And coverage for Dubrovnik on America’s most watched news channel will certainly help to boost interest in the US market. This summer season both United Airlines and Delta Airlines will directly connect Croatia’s southernmost airport with New York.

 

Dubrovnik Heritage Ltd has received the “Simply the best” award, in the category new projects in tourism, for the successful realization of the exhibition "COVID-19 and the plague - the present in the past.”

This is an exhibition that opened in September 2020 in Dubrovnik Lazareti, as the first joint project realized in cooperation with the City of Dubrovnik, the Institute of Historical Sciences of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik Heritage Ltd. The exhibition shows how the Republic of Dubrovnik’s scientifically based measures and a disciplined approach in the prevention of infectious diseases successfully balanced the protection of the population from the plague and economic survival.

“Dubrovnik Heritage is extremely proud of this valuable recognition, which is a reward for the effort and work in the preparation and setting of the exhibition "COVID-19 and the plague - the present in the past", both the authors Vesna Miović and Zrinka Lucianović, and all employees of Dubrovnik heritage and the Institute of Historical Sciences of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Dubrovnik,” commented the Dubrovnik institution.

The Simply the Best award is an annual award for quality, inventiveness and creativity in tourism, founded in 2009, jointly awarded by UHPA - the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies and the specialized travel magazine Way to Croatia.

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, only one new case of coronavirus infection was recorded in the last 24 hours. This new case is a female from Konavle.

Six people made a full recovery - three from Dubrovnik, two from Metković and one from Župa.

In the last 24 hours, 137 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 76,798 samples have been analysed.

Five people tested positive for coronavirus are hospitalized in Dubrovnik.

There are 183 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been two cases of violation of the self-isolation measure (at the border).

Expectations from the tourist season are more optimistic than last year, but the key is the epidemiological situation and the readiness of destinations to provide the highest level of service and convince tourists that they are safe, commented the director of Rixos Premium Dubrovnik Ayhan Basci, for HINA.

"More tourist arrivals and hotel reservations in Dubrovnik can be expected from the end of June and in July, when we could see the first results of the opening of new airlines from the USA, Moscow, Poland, Ukraine, Israel, Paris, Lyon, Luxembourg and others,” said Basci.

Basci noted that countries such as Spain, Greece, Portugal and others have undertaken numerous promotional and other activities for the summer to attract tourists, while when asked about the offer and prices he says that in Dubrovnik, as elsewhere, prices are higher than last year.

High hotel prices an indication of higher demand

"This is not uncommon given the circumstances. Higher prices are an indicator of an expected higher demand this summer. Other Rixos hotels in the United Arab Emirates or Turkey, have similar prices. However, this season will be more specific in terms of what security and safety destinations can provide guests, not at the cost of accommodation,” Basci added.

Regarding tourist demand he believes that countries that have approached the vaccination process seriously and where it is taking place without delay should not have problems with the number of reservations and tourist arrivals.

"It is extremely important for each of us today that travel is safe. Tourism and hospitality workers should provide their guests with added value, offering the highest quality, from top gastronomy to entertainment, nature tours and more, and destinations that offer selective forms of tourism will be more successful and competitive even after a pandemic,” he added.

Shortcomings of Croatian tourism

He pointed out that the biggest advantage of Croatia is its beauty with untouched Mediterranean nature, recognizable history, heritage and culture, which is why it is regularly placed on the lists of the world's most desirable destinations, and is a member of the EU.

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"I see certain shortcomings of Croatian tourism in the limited number of high-quality tourist and catering staff, which is the result of a large number of young people leaving the country for economic reasons. Therefore, Croatia should be more open to foreign workers," Basci said.

He added that in the offer of luxury tourism, high-paying guests must be provided with added value not only through services but also continuous review and improvement of their own capacities in order to provide the best to guests.

Stronger synergy between private and public sector needed

Therefore, according to him, a stronger synergy of the private and public sectors is needed, which should cooperate more in the management of the destination and agreeing on minimum standards for all levels of services, which everyone then follows and implements.

“This would lead to year-round tourism that Croatia can have, so for example Dubrovnik and other famous destinations should be open all year round and provide services continuously,” says Basci.

"For example, Dubrovnik currently differs from the Cote d'Azur in that this French destination can be reached by airline at any time of the year, and hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping and more are available in winter. If this level of service availability was ensured in Dubrovnik, we would certainly have guests in the winter as well, which would result in a number of benefits for the local population and the economy as a whole,” said the hotelier.

Luxury tourism for the destination has many advantages

Noting that the Rixos group has been present in Dubrovnik with one hotel for more than 16 years, and that 150 million Kuna was invested in its renovation last year, which was the highest for Dubrovnik tourism last year, Basci added that they are ready to receive guests looking for luxury a five-star lifestyle hotel.

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"The challenges posed to the tourism sector by the coronavirus pandemic have adversely affected the business of the Rixos Group, as well as other businesses operating in the field of tourism. However, I am proud that none of the 180 full-time employees at Rixos Premium Dubrovnik were released, despite the fact that the hotel was empty,” Basci pointed out.

"The public and private sectors should join forces and through destination management strengthen the move towards the development of the luxury segment of the market, in which there is no place for mass tourism. Luxury tourism for the destination has many advantages, especially in the context of sustainability and minimizing environmental and community impact,” said the Dubrovnik hotel director.

Asked whether Rixos is considering or planning a new acquisition or investment in Croatia, Basci said he is always analysing market opportunities, but also that it would make it easier for entrepreneurs who want to do business in Croatia, including the hotel industry, to simplify the entire investment system and related administrative steps.

With the beginning of the summer flight schedule, the German national airline, Lufthansa, resumed traffic to a number of airports in Croatia, first to Zagreb, then to Split and Dubrovnik, and in May to Zadar and Pula. The company will increase the number of operations at Croatian airports in the second half of June, reports Croatian Aviation.

Until the end of June, Lufthansa will continue to connect Munich and Frankfurt, its two most important hubs, with 5 Croatian airports: Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Pula. From both German airports, Lufthansa will operate to four Croatian airports. Namely, Lufthansa currently operates towards Zagreb only from Frankfurt, and that line from Munich is not announced in this summer season.

From mid-June, Dubrovnik will have several weekly flights to Frankfurt and Munich. The Lufthansa line from Frankfurt currently operates 5 times a week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. From June 21, daily flights are announced!

The line Munich - Dubrovnik - Munich currently has 7 weekly rotations, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and two flights on Saturdays. As of June 22, an additional rotation is announced on Tuesdays, so Lufthansa will operate between the two cities as many as 8 times a week.

 

Žganci are a traditional dish of Croatian and Slovenian cuisine. They are made of corn flour, water, salt, and butter, and since the dish is made with such everyday ingredients, žganci are often called poor man’s food.

Žganci are usually served with cream or yogurt, but they can also be made with fried bacon. They are made with larger corn kernels, and they present a perfect breakfast or dinner!

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There are a lot of variations of this recipe. In Slovenia, they are called ajdovi žganci and they are made with buckwheat flour and water, while in Austria, žganci are called sterz and they are made of flour, water, fat, and salt. Sterz can also be made with eggs, pork cracklings, bacon, beans, and onions.

Despite their variations in the world, žganci are considered a Croatian traditional dish which needs only 10 minutes to make, prepare, and taste. Are you ready to make this simple, yet delicious dish? Let’s cook!

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Ingredients for Žganci 

- 70 dkg corn flour

- 1.5 l water

- 2 tablespoons butter

- pinch of salt

- yogurt or cream

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Cooking Method

Step 1

Put water in the cooking vessel and add salt and butter. When the water boils, reduce the heat and put corn flour into it while mixing the ingredients.

Step 2

Mix the ingredients for around 10 minutes until you get a nice and dense mixture.

Step 3

Serve žganci warm with cold yogurt or cream.

And that’s it! Isn’t it easy? And yet, it presents a perfect and delicious breakfast, dinner, or even snack throughout the idea!

Of course, you can make žganci with fried bacon too, but personally, I just love the combination of warm and cooked corn flour with cold yogurt.

While cooking žganci, make sure to pour the corn flour into water gradually while mixing all the ingredients. And that’s the only tip and trick you need for this dish!

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Property prices across Croatia are continuing to climb even with the uncertain economic trends in the pandemic. But the pandemic has led to a slight drop in property sales.

According to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce about 32,000 properties were sold in Croatia last year, 3,000 less than in the year before the pandemic. And the Croatian capital continues to be the hotspot for property investors. In Zagreb and the Zagreb County, twelve thousand were sold last year, which is twice as much as in 2015. And the rise in prices was stimulated by favourable financing conditions, subsidies for housing loans, stability of employment and income, growth in household savings. On the other side of the coin property sales in Dubrovnik dropped last year, although prices didn’t decrease.

"It should be noted that this increase in real estate prices is primarily caused by rising prices of newly built apartments for which there is a special demand in the city of Zagreb after the earthquake," said Dubravko Ranilovic of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.

 

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