The Tourist Board of Dubrovnik-Neretva County participated in the FITUR fair in Madrid as a co-exhibitor at the stand of the Croatian Tourist Board. This important trade and travel fair is held from the 18th to 21st of January in the exhibition hall Fiera de Madrid.
The first day of the fair was intended exclusively for professionals in the tourism industry, while the other two days the fair was open to professionals and the general public. This was the tourist board’s third consecutive appearance at the show. The Dubrovnik-Neretva County has seen a steady increase in arrivals and overnight stays of tourists from Spain, and according to information from the tourist board a large number of visitors came to their stand during the fair.
Croatia has one more thing to brag about! In the competition of 205 countries in the world, it's been placed among the five countries whose accommodation facilities have the best scores by the guests on the website Booking.com – reports Slobodna Dalmacija.
The "Guest Review 2016" award is based on more than 110 million user ratings on more than 355 thousand tourist facilities in 205 countries. Countries that are in the top are Italy, the United Kingdom, Austria, Greece and Croatia, which received the highest ratings of 12,219 passengers.
Two accommodation facilities that got the highest grades are placed in Dubrovnik-Neretva County – Villa Ratac, Slano and Apartment Dee Dee Dubrovnik.
The rest are: Apartments Villa Lilla - Baska Voda, Premium Class Apartments- Zagreb, Casa39 Apartments- Rovinj, Apartments Oliva- Brist, Holiday Home Medimurski Ceker - Sveti Martin na Muri, Venus Apartment- Stobrec, Apartment Delisan – Split and Kampanel - Turanj.
By the research of Booking.com the top 10 requests passengers have when they do the reservation are a comfortable bed (80 percent), magnificent view (60 percent), free Wi-Fi (52 percent), spacious bathroom (39 percent), soft pillows (35 percent) service delivery in the room (28 percent), waterfall shower (25 percent), welcome drink (21 percent), large enough closet and hangers for coats (17 percent) and lighting (13 percent).
Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Food, Medicinal Herbs and Green Entrepreneurship is coming to Dubrovnik for the 14th time. It will be held in the hotel Tirena on Babin kuk from 16th to 19th of March.
All these years Mediterranean Fair is gathering exhibitors, experts, sponsors and enthusiasts to make joint efforts in order to present much of the ecological and traditional products which Croatia is full of.
This specialized manifestation has become the most important fair in the Republic of Croatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva County in the area of ecological and traditional agriculture as well as other green business.
This year's fair is aimed at expansion with new products, (hybrid, electric cars, eco-furniture and clothing from natural materials), the event ‘’Days of honey in Dubrovnik-Neretva County’’, raising the quality of exhibitors as well as improving the quality of organic and traditionally grown products. Of course, this year the Mediterranean Fair will continue with the promotion of local quality products, along with series of educational lectures, roundtables, presentations and much more.
The Croatian company Hangar 18 has presented the first smart phone in the world with a new Media Tek Helio x27 processor with a rear double camera and seven shooting modes.
The smart phone Noa H10 represents the latest achievement of the smart phone development and is part of the Element series of devices. This smart phone series is particularly interesting because the devices were created in order to provide a design and functions of the ''premium'' segment to end users at favourable prices.
As the first such device in the world, the Noa H10 will strengthen the company's position and its brand Noa on the markets on which it is already available (Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic and Slovakia) and enable the further entry of the company into new markets.
The latest smart phone from the Hangar 18 company is the top model of Noa smart phones and has the fastest Helio x27 processor with ten cores designed by Media Tek. The device has a 4 GB of RAM and a 32 GB of internal memory manufactured by Samsung. The 5,5 inches 1080 p Full HD display was designed by Sharp and was made in 2,5 D technology. The most distinguishing feature of the smart phone is its rear dual Samsung camera 2x13 MP that enables ''refocusing'' and post-processing, with a quadruple (Double Dual Flash) LED flash. The camera provides seven shooting modes.
This is actually the first device with a dual camera on the chipset that Media Tek has developed since March 2016.
Dubrovnik is the summer months is a well known holiday destination. Tourists come from all over the world to marvel at the magnificent UNESCO Old City, swim in the crystal clear Adriatic Sea or just relax on the beaches. But what about Dubrovnik through the winter months? It seems that the city is still off the radar of people looking to have a weekend away, however Dubrovnik has a unique winter face.
Granted the city can be rather chilly through the winter months, especially when the cold north wind blows down over the mountains, but you aren’t expecting to get a tan in January, are you? The cobbled streets of the historic Old City lay silent through winter, none of those cruise ships passengers to spoil the views, and you can quite easily find yourself alone with your thoughts to keep you company.
So here are our top five reasons to visit Dubrovnik through the winter
1 – Crowds, just to be precise – lack of crowds. During the warmer months it is quite normal to see five or more cruise ships unload their countless passengers in the city. You simply can’t get to see the ancient facades and museums without bumping into Mr. And Mrs. Jones from Florida who “are just here for the day.” The winter is a different story. And as soon as you enter through the gates into the walled city you will see why. The Stradun, the main street that runs as straight as an arrow through the heart of the city, is almost deserted, apart from the occasional cat. If you want time for yourself, time to reflect and “my time” then Dubrovnik in the winter has is by the bucket load. Many of the museums are open so you can browse to your heart’s content.
2 – Get the local experience. By chance, or maybe by design, many of Dubrovnik’s main festivals are outside of the summer season. By far the biggest day in Dubrovnik’s calendar is the Day of St. Blaise – the patron saint of Dubrovnik – on the 3rd of February. This is a special time to see Dubrovnik, as the city is filled with colours and sounds, the festivities go on for almost a week, but the 3rd is a magnificent explosion of joy. The Dubrovnik Winter Festival, although only a new kid on the block, has rapidly stamped its mark on the city. From the middle of November till early January the festival brings a real Christmas feel to the city. New Year is also a party filler, although the music needs a little more of an international feel, and goes on well into the early hours of the 1st of January. The fireworks display is also a thing of beauty, bring in the New Year with a bang – literally. For lovers of seafood the Oyster Festival at the beginning of March is a must see, or rather a must taste! The bay of Ston is well-known throughout Europe as producing some of the yummiest oysters, natures aphrodisiac!
3 – The price is right, well it is cheaper. There is no doubt that Dubrovnik is a cheaper destination in the colder months. From the parking, which drops by half, to accommodation and even restaurant menus – forget the “summer surcharge” and enjoy a value for money break in the winter. And whilst you will pay a guide to show you the sights in the summer, in the winter the Dubrovnik Tourist Board offers this service for free, now that is a nice bonus. Our tip is to get a Dubrovnik City Card, this card allows you to travel on buses, visit museums and the iconic city walls, and is available at a discount to purchase online – click here
4 – Ride the cable car alone. Ok, you might not be alone but you at least you won’t be crowded into a stuffy car like sardines. Weather permitting, and it normally permits, the Dubrovnik Cable Car is open all year round. And having more room to yourself means that you will be able to get some fantastic panoramic views on the way up and down. At the top the Panorama Restaurant, yes not a very creative name, is open all year round and as the name suggest has great views. Drink a coffee and have the view for free!
5 – It isn’t all about the beaches. Dubrovnik is much more than a sun, sand and sea destination, it always has been. If you are after cheap beer, all-night parties and a full English breakfast hen you have come to the wrong place. This is a gem for culture vultures. And although you might need a warm jacket the culture doesn’t end when the last cruise ship sails over the horizon. Check out a concert from the excellent Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, marvel at one of the many museums, walk the city walls, watch ballet, the list goes on. And in the winter you won’t have much of a problem finding a spare seat, in fact you will probably be welcomed with open arms.
Dubrovnik is a city for all seasons, and each season offers its own magic, even winter!
The three largest airports in Croatia, Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik, all recorded a record in 2016. The country’s main airports all had their best ever years, in terms of passengers numbers, ever. In total these three airports received over 7 million passengers, a huge increase of 13 percent on 2015.
Dubrovnik Airport saw an impressive growth in passenger numbers in 2016 and with the new terminal, Terminal C, ready to open this early summer this year should be even better. In 2016 Dubrovnik Airport handled 1.9 million passengers, falling short of the 2 million barrier by only around 6,000 passengers. This year should see Dubrovnik Airport easily break the 2 million passenger mark. In 2016 Dubrovnik Airport had an increase of almost 18 percent in passenger numbers.
Speaking to the specialised website, EX-YU Aviation News, the deputy director of Dubrovnik Airport, Frano Luetic, said “Figures were aided by a stronger winter season thanks to the airport's efforts to attract airlines during the off-season.” He added that more work must be done in the off-season, although the addition of Turkish Airlines helped the overall winter figures.
The flu epidemic is still raging through the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, since the beginning of December, when the first cases were recorded, until the 15th of January, more than 500 cases have been reported.
Last week, January 9th to the 15th, the Public Health Institute of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County registered the most cases, more than 200. In fact 109 of these cases were reported n the island of Korčula.
Flu vaccines are still available in the Institute for Public Health and some family physicians.
Dubrovnik is set to be the host of the European launch of the brand new Nissan Micra. The latest car from Nissan is currently being test driven around the Dubrovnik region and has appeared in the historic Old City for a photo shoot.
The brand new Nissan Micra is being presented by Nissan to their large fleet of customers, European dealers and their sales staff and until the 23rd of March be shown to a grand total of 7,000 guests. After the huge success of the Mercedes Global Training, that was held in Dubrovnik at the beginning of 2016, Nissan has followed suit and decided to show off their latest model with the stunning backdrop of Dubrovnik.
Snow is falling on the island of Korčula! On Monday morning snow fell in the central part of the island, the first snowfall this year and now today more snow has fallen.
Large amounts of snow fell in the central, uninhabited part of the island, but also in the villages of Cara, Smokvica and Blato, and especially in the small village of Pupnat. Due to unfavourable conditions on the road the police closed the road across the island yesterday afternoon.
Snow ploughs are out across the worst affected areas and also salt is being spread on all the roads. And whilst snow falls in Korčula, Dubrovnik is oddly bathed in sunshine, truly a microclimate. According to the weather reports more snow is expected on Korčula tonight and tomorrow morning. Temperatures are slightly above zero on the island and this is the first snow that Korčula has seen since 2009.
Extremely cold weather continues to cause troubles in Croatia. Low air temperatures have been increasing the quantity of floating ice on the river Danube and the risk of ice completely covering the river through Croatia.
The Croatian water company (Hrvatske Vode) asked for assistance from Hungary thus Croatia, Serbia and Hungary decided that two Hungarian icebreakers would arrive on the Danube in the Osijek-Baranja County and the Vukovar-Srijem County in the eastern part of Croatia on the 16th of January.
The competent Hungarian authority told that the two icebreakers would be operating along the joint Serbia-Croatian section of the Danube, between Hungary’s southern border and the Croatian city of Vukovar.
According to a statement from the Croatian water company, more icebreakers will arrive if the weather conditions worsen. They also emphasized that the current level of the river Danube in Croatia was not a threat to people or property.