Saturday, 20 October 2018

From the beginning of this year until the end of August the number of cruise ships in Croatian seas increased by 4.6 percent compared to the same period from last year.

In the first eight months of the year the number of passengers disembarking rose by 12.5 percent according to data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics. In total during the mentioned period there were 451 cruise ship arrivals carrying around 686 passengers.

Out of a total of 451 cruises, most trips were realized in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (55.9%) and the Split-Dalmatian County (24.0%), both these counties accounted for almost 80 percent of all cruise ship arrivals in Croatia.

And somewhat unsurprisingly Dubrovnik received the most cruise ships with 346 arrivals, followed by Split with 166 arrivals and Zadar with 83.

The explosive new trailer for Robin Hood has been released and Dubrovnik stars front and centre. This all-action blockbuster stars Taron Egerton as Robin Hood and Oscar award winning Jamie Foxx as Little John and is step to be released on the 21st of November this year.

“Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) a war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander (Jamie Foxx) mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance,” states Lionsgate Movies.

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Aerial view of the Stradin in Robin Hood - Screenshot 

 

The latest and quite possibly most explosive ever Robin Hood movie filmed was recorded largely in Dubrovnik back in early 2017 and was the last Hollywood blockbuster to be filmed in the city. Directed by Otto Bathurst the movie was mostly shot in the centre of the Old City of Dubrovnik with the main street and many of the side streets transformed from the “Pearl of the Adriatic” to medieval Nottingham.

The free flowing action movie has a host of big names, including Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Tim Minchin, and Jamie Dornan. And although he only filmed in Dubrovnik for one afternoon the heartthrob star of 50 Shades of Grey left a mark on the city as his photos from the ancient walled city soon went viral.

After the global success of Game of Thrones and The Last Jedi can we expect even more movie fans to visit Dubrovnik in the future to see the set of Robin Hood.

Dubrovnik will have another flight connection this winter as the tourist season slowly but surely pushes into the off season. For the first time ever Dubrovnik will be connected to Poland this winter with the Polish national airline, LOT, confirming that they will fly direct from Warsaw to Dubrovnik throughout the winter months.

“The Dubrovnik Tourist Board is working hard on extending the season into the winter months and this is clear from our slogan – Dubrovnik A City For All Seasons,” commented the director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlašić to The Dubrovnik Times.

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This new line from LOT started flying in May this year with six flights a week. And it is now extended to the entire winter flight schedule from November 2018 until the end of March 2019. On this line in the winter period there will be four flights a week, or more precisely - Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

“This winter Dubrovnik will have direct flights connections with seven European cities throughout the winter, never before have we had so many flights through the winter. LOT will fly for the first time to Dubrovnik in the winter, four times a week, and this connection is important not only for the tourists that will come from Poland but also for connecting flights through Warsaw,” added Vlašić.

Apart from Warsaw with LOT airlines Dubrovnik will also have direct flights this winter to London, Barcelona, Rome, Frankfurt, Istanbul and Madrid. And as Vlašić emphasized the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, along with Dubrovnik Airport, is working intensively to attract even more flights for next year.

LOT has already opened reservations and tickets sales online and according to information bookings are going well. A single ticket from Dubrovnik to Warsaw starts at around 70 Euros and the flight time is two hours.

This Sunday, the 7th of October, a sea-cleaning action will take place in Dubrovnik in co-operation with the Dubrovnik Diving Club and the City of Dubrovnik.

The seabed from the Orsan Sailing Club to the Diving Club Dubrovnik will be cleared of waste materials from 10.00 am to midday on Sunday. The Dubrovnik Public Cleaning company will then collect the waste and dispose of it correctly.

Before the end of this year two such cleaning actions are planned, in Zaton and the Old City Harbour. And similar such cleaning operations are carried out throughout the year to preserve the clarity of the sea water and to protect the biodiversity of the underwater world in the Dubrovnik region.

From Ruđer Bošković as a member of the London Royal Society to delighted British tourists; from Richard the Lionheart to Daniel Day Lewis - the links between Britain and Dubrovnik stretch through various periods of history to the present day, symbolizing the close links between people, knowledge, culture, business, and art of Croatia and Great Britain. This close relationship will be marked with the British Days in Dubrovnik from the 10th to 12th of October 2018.

An iconic London double-decker will be parked on Pile at the entrance to the Old City of Dubrovnik on Wednesday the 10th of October. Where traditional British tea and biscuits will be served to visitors and children will be able to have fun in the Escape Room and play football. In the Visia Cinema we will show the best of recent British theatre and film productions, including Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch, and we will also open an exhibition of British artists who took part in this year's Organ Vida.

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Along with the Bonsai Volunteer Centre, British experts will share experiences of volunteering in healthcare. The historian Judith Everand will explain the interesting stories behind the island of Lokrum where, according to legend, Richard the Lionheart was saved after being shipwrecked. A saxophone quartet from the British Army and the Beatles Revival Band are in charge of the musical entertainment, and at the Dubrovnik Beer Company pub will be able to test the knowledge - or learn something new – about Britain.

And for the finale, on Friday, you will have the opportunity to watch Croatia vs England in the League of Nations, the first time the two nations will meet after the 2018 World Cup.

All events are free and open to the public.

The British Days in Dubrovnik are organized by the British Embassy in the Republic of Croatia and the City of Dubrovnik.

Download the full program on the link above

The Croatian national airline, Croatia Airlines, has been named as the safest airline in the world according to the specialised website AirlineRatings.com. Croatia Airlines received the highest rating in terms of safety, 7 stars, and has been placed as the safest airline in the world.

Airlineratings.com audits airlines once every two years. Geoffrey Thomas is the editor-in-chief for Airlineratings.com. He has congratulated Croatia Airlines for its achievement. He stated that Croatia Airlines has played a major role in Croatia’s economy ever since 1990.

This high ranking is a result of an audit from the Air Transport Association Operation Safety whose goal is to reduce airline accidents.

After the recent pollution to the Dubrovnik water system after the heavy reain, the Public Water Company announced that the water is once again safe to consume again in most of the Dubrovnik area. The river of Ombla, as well as the City of Dubrovnik water system are clean from the pollution and it's safe to drink the water.

Water is still not good for consumption at Mokosica, as well as those areas that get their water from Palate and Sumet, since it's yet polluted.

Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepsic welcomed representatives of the international organization Peace Boat, who held a presentation in the City Hall on the consequences of using nuclear weapons. Guests from Hiroshima Tsukamoto Michiko and Sora Tamiko shared their testimonies about the survival of the atomic bombing in 1945 and the devastating consequences which nuclear weapons bring.

On behalf of the City of Dubrovnik, Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic and herself, deputy Tepsic said that she is honored because successful cooperation between Peace Boat and the City of Dubrovnik has been going on for many years through various activities. She emphasized the importance of active engagement of this organization and thanked the guests for sharing their personal stories.

Peace Boat has its headquarters in Tokyo, and for 30 years has been organizing educational programs on a transatlantic ship. It is a member of the ICAN Steering Committee, the International Association for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, which in 2017 received the Nobel Peace Prize. The theme of this trip is "From the ban to the abolition of nuclear weapons with the power of civil society". In the introductory statement, Terachi Ami, a representative of the organization, emphasized that nuclear weapons are endangering the world, causing terrible consequences and should be banned in every sense of use. She presented the current Peace Boat programs and the current situation with the ratification of the United Nations nuclear weapons prohibition agreement.

Tsukamoto Michiko was 10 years old when she had survived the atomic bombing, and in her presentation to the gathered students and representatives of associations and social organizations, among other things, she said that nuclear weapons and people cannot exist together. She emphasized that her testimony is not a historical story, but today’s reality, as many people today suffer from the consequences of radiation.

#Croatia has proved to be one of the most popular hash tags this season on social media. With millions of visitors to Croatia uploading photos onto the social media sites, from Facebook to Instagram, the power of online marketing is proving ever stronger. And Croatia is a country that just lends itself to Instagram, with turquoise blue skies, soaring mountains and historic old cities Croatia is a haven for photo opportunities.

And prove comes with a recent survey carried out by the global travel agency TUI. The holiday company have announced that #Croatia was one of the most popular tags on Instagram in 2018.

Along with Croatia the most popular European destinations for hash tags were Greece and Cyprus. The survey by TUI shoed that Greece had the most mentions on Instagram with 1.4 million hash tags between May and July this year, whilst Croatia came in second place with an impressive 759,000 tags. In thirds place came Cyprus with around 249,000 mentions on social media.

Use the hashtag #dutimes for the opportunity to be featured on our Instagram page.

British low-cost airline Jet2 boosted London-Croatia in the summer flight schedule for 2019 – Avioradar reports. They already published a boost on the Dubrovnik-London line, but there have been more changes!

In addition to the previously announced boost on the Dubrovnik - London route from four flights per week to five flights per week, one more flight has been added! It will operate on Mondays. Therefore, Jet2 will connect Dubrovnik and London every day except Wednesdays.

There is also a boost on the Split – London line, where one more flight has been added. This year there were flights on Thursdays and Sundays and next year the Jet2 will operate on Wednesdays too.

The third line, Pula – London. remains unchanged as this year, twice a week, Thursdays and Sundays.

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