Wednesday, 20 March 2019

According to the eVisitor system, excluding the data for nautical services, 28,495 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik from 1st to 28th of February, which is 92 percent more than in the same period of 2018, and there were 49,397 overnight stays , or 38 percent more than last year.

In February, the greatest number of guests was from Croatia, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, USA, Sweden, Korea, Belgium, China, Finland and Denmark.

Of the total number of tourists in February, 25,779 guests were in Dubrovnik hotels, which is 106 percent more than last year, and they made 38,178 overnight stays, or 49 percent more than in the same period last year.

In private accommodation, during February, there were 1,809 guests, an increase of 14 percent compared to February 2018, with 6,993 overnight stays, which is 2 percent more than in the previous year.

The record preseason and the beginning of the year in Dubrovnik are the result of the connection with seven European destinations, as well as the charter program of senior group arrivals from Scandinavia and Germany, organized by WTouristic Travel Agency, Karaci Group and RSD Reisen from Germany, with who over 30 thousand tourists will come to Dubrovnik before May 11th.

From 1st of January to 28th of February 2019, there were 45,408 arrivals, which is 69 percent more than last year, with 87,899 overnight stays, or 24 percent more. The top five countries counting the largest number of tourists in Dubrovnik since the beginning of the year are Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Korea and the United States

The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, received an inaugural visit from the Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to the Republic of Croatia, Adriano Chiodi Cianfarani, and the honorary Italian consul in Dubrovnik, Frano Bongi, yesterday.

Mayor Frankovic wanted to welcome Ambassador Chiodo, pointing out that in Dubrovnik there is a small but very influential Italian minority. Italians have had a lot of influence on the Dubrovnik area in history, and today Italian tourists have a significant role in the tourist traffic of the city, emphasized Mayor Franković. He expressed satisfaction with the excellent cooperation of the city administration with honorary consul Bongi for many years.


Ambassador Chiodi expressed the desire to deepen cooperation, primarily on the cultural and economic agenda, for which there is great potential. The two countries are geographically positioned close offering many opportunities, but the key is to raise the level of mobility that is currently over-complicated, he noted. Certainly, a better inter-regional transport link with fast catamaran lines is needed, which would open new opportunities for additional tourism development and investment.

A total of 7,098 new cars were sold in Croatia in the first two months of 2019, down by 5.9% from the same time in 2018, while the number of vehicles sold in February alone was 3,547, a year-on-year decrease of 7.6%.

The best-selling brand in the first two months of this year was Volkswagen, with 1,270 units sold, followed by Skoda (787 cars sold), and Suzuki (492).

In February, the most popular car models were the Skoda Octavia, with 176 vehicles sold, the Suzuki Vitara (142), the VW T-Roc (126), the VW Tiguan (119) and the VW Touran (105).

Of the total number of new vehicles sold in the first two months of this year, 3,843 or 54.1% were petrol vehicles and 3,018 or 42.5% were diesel vehicles. Also sold were 22 electric vehicles and 142 hybrids.

Some of the greatest Hollywood celebrities: Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Ryan Reynolds, will come to Croatia to film the sequel to the successful action movie from 2017 "The Hitman's Bodyguard" – reported by Glas Istre.

The information was confirmed to them by the Mayor of Rovinj, Marko Paliaga, who said that the city has already issued the necessary permits for the filming of the newest Hollywood spectacle. According to the permits, the filming starts at the beginning of April and will last for the whole month!

Glas Istre writes that a big film crew will come to Rovinj and stay at the best Maistra Hotels. It is assumed that part of them will sleep in Lone and part in the new Grand Park Hotel. However, it is unknown where the biggest stars of the film will be located, but it is certain that they will have a special treatment with the highest level of service. The Mayor of Rovinj has also revealed to Glas Istre that a film camp will be built for shooting purposes.

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All star line up for latest Hitman flick 

The Hitman’s Bodyguard was a great success for Lionsgate, since their budget was 30 million dollars and they earned – 175 million. The sequel, which will be entitled The Hitman's Wife Bodyguard, is already attracting a lot of attention and will be a great promotion for Croatia as a filming location. Just recently it was announced that one more action star is added to the cast: Frank Grillo, known from the movies such as The Purge: Anarchy, The Grey, and Warrior.

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Rovinj offers stunning backdrops - Photo Pixabay 

It has been confirmed to The Dubrovnik Times by a source that shooting of this latest Croatian-located Hollywood blockbuster will begin on the 4th of April this year. Although the exact location of the filming is still unknown, however Rovinj and the surrounding region offer a multitude of different locations for the production team.

The Croatian National Tourist Board started its first marketing campaign for promotion of the preseason on 12 European markets, including: Germany, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Slovenia, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Hungary, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. The campaign will be run until April 15th on social networks Facebook and Instagram and on YouTube, and there are also advertising display activities.

- This year we continue with the implementation of activities that contribute significantly to further positioning Croatia as a year-round tourist destination. In order to achieve that goal, we also run this marketing campaign to promote the pre-season on 12 key markets by promoting nautical, active tourism, culture, eno-gastronomy and natural beauty. We are focused on the products that represent the main motif of the arrival of tourists in the period of the preseason - said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic..

Before the beginning of this year's campaign for promoting the pre-season, the Croatian National Tourist Board has successfully implemented the first brand campaign this year, which was conducted on a total of five broadcasting markets, including Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden and Spain. The main objective of the brand campaign was to raise Croatia's recognition as an attractive tourist destination and to strengthen the brand of the national tourist.

The Croatian National Tourist Board plans to carry out four major promotional campaigns during 2019 - two promotion campaigns for pre and post season and two brand campaigns. The aim of promotional activities is, among other things, a positive impact on tourism traffic, which in the first part of the year recorded more than 525,000 arrivals and 1.4 million overnight stays, which represents an increase of 11 percent in arrivals and 6 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year.

The King of Latin Pop, Enrique Iglesias, is coming back to Zagreb! After celebrating his 41st birthday in the Arena Zagreb back in 2016, Iglesias will have another concert at the same place on December 1st this year.

He announced the happy news at his social media profiles and already delighted numerous fans who can't wait to dance and sing his hits – from Bailando to Hero, this showman will surely provide great atmosphere and a concert to remember!

Back in 2016, Iglesias was really excited because the whole Arena Zagreb – around 18 thousand people - sang him Happy Birthday, and he described it as one of his best birthdays ever. Surely, he has a goal to create the same atmosphere or even better on December 1st. We'll see!

Dubrovnik water company Vodovod Dubrovnik informs the public that the street ''Ulica iza Grada'' (behind the Old City) will be closed for all trafic from midnight until 6 am, because of the works on repairing the water supply network.

You can see the street marked on the map below.

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The steady and not so slow decline of the population inside the historic Old City walls of Dubrovnik has meant that over the past years fewer and fewer citizens call the ancient city home. From its heyday when over 6,000 people had an address inside the walls to today when that number is nearer 800 the falling population has brought a range of problems.

In 1961 there were around 5,500 people living in the city, but forty years later that number had halved, meaning that in 2001 only around 2,700 citizens lived behind the stone facades. Of course it must be taken into account that during those forty years the Homeland War of the early nineties meant that people were forced to leave their homes. However, a mere five years later, in 2006, that number had halved again to around 1,300.

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Today the number is believed to be around 800, but whether this actual number is bolstered by people who are registered inside the Old City but actually live in Lapad, Gruž or another suburb is open for debate. With the city almost turning into a museum in the winter months, before the millions of tourists arrive, it is heartening to see at least some signs of life in the UNSECO World Heritage Site.

And what better way to spot the last citizens than to catch their full washing lines on a sunny day. In fact, these very washing lines are a source of attraction and interest to the international visitors that arrive every year. They clearly show that there is still life and that the city is indeed a city and not a museum.

So we have decided to celebrate the washing lines of Dubrovnik. We don’t see them as a white flag of surrender but as a multi-coloured sign of life.   



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The popular Dubrovnik eatery “Bistro Tavulin” has once again opened its doors for the new season and as ever the creative staff have been busy preparing new dishes and experiences. Located in the heart of the historic Old City of Dubrovnik, directly behind the iconic St. Blaise Church, Bistro Tavulin is always a magnet for locals and tourists and due to its unique location, away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets, is both central and charming.

And with the coming of a new season so Bistro Tavulin reopened its doors on the 1st of March with all of the old favourites on the menu that guests have tried and recommended as well as a couple of new beauties. This year you’ll be able to taste baby-beef carpaccio (with pine seeds, rocket, cheese marinated in olive oil, honey and mustard dressing) and cuttlefish ragout (with baked Roman gnocchi and onion jam) and homemade tortellini filled with Adriatic shrimps (beurre blanc, cheese from Pag, rock samphire and thyme.)

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And for the International Women’s Day this Michelin listed Dubrovnik restaurant has prepared two special menus for the big day.

International Women's Day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year and is a focal point in the movement for women's rights. International Women's Day is a public holiday in many countries and largely celebrates womanhood.

Bistro Tavulin has prepared a meat and a fish menu for International Women’s Day at a special price of 190,00 Kuna per person!

Meat Menu

Steak tartare

Beef cheeks in sauce – cauliflower puree, semolina and pancetta croquettes

Crêpes Suzette – with white chocolate

Fish menu

Tuna confit – cream of chickpeas, green beans and dried tomatoes

Homemade tortellini filled with Adriatic shrimps - beurre blanc, cheese from Pag, rock samphire and thyme

Kaiserschmarren from apple and blueberry – vanilla ice-cream and mango

Reserve your table at Bistro Tavulin today and celebrate International Women’s Day

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The annual feast of St. Joseph, known as Oyster Day, that was supposed to be celebrated at the seafront in Mali Ston on Saturday, March 16th, is sadly canceled.

The reason behind canceling is the presence of ''Noro'' virus which was found in the part of bay of Mali Ston – around 30 percent - by regular sampling of seawater and shellfish quality.

- Bearing in mind the possible health problems that could be caused by the consumption of raw shells, a common decision was made by the organizer to cancel this part of the event – it's published by the Ston Tourist Board.

However, Oyster Days will be marked in the restaurants in Ston during the whole week. Don't hesitate to try this delicacy, combined with supreme wines from this region.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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