Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

The Tourist Board of the Municipality of Mljet regularly honours its longtime guests for contributing to the development and improvement of Croatian tourism.

-This year we thanked the couple Lorenc from Czech Republic, who are visiting Saplunara for 10 years in a row, staying with family Hansal – Mljet Tourist Board reported.

At a small ceremony, besides the gathering and the banquet, they were given with the letter of thanks, gifts and flowers. They describe Saplunara as their second home and say that they will continue spending their vacation on the island of Mljet.

According to data from the Croatian National Bank (HNB), more than 400 counterfeit banknotes worth almost 100,000 Kunas were registered in Croatia in 2016.

The HNB figures show that last year 435 counterfeits worth 99,930 Kunas were registered in the country, which was a decline of 16.2 percent in comparison to 2015. However, 1,057 counterfeit banknotes were registered in foreign currencies, with the largest number of Euro banknotes (897), or 19.8 percent more compared to the previous year.

Considering that in 2016, there were on average around 197 million banknotes in circulation in Croatia, it means that 2.2 counterfeit banknotes were registered per one million original Kuna banknotes. In addition, the Annual Report from the Croatian National Bank shows that in 2015 there were 2.8 registered counterfeit banknotes.

When it comes to foreign currencies, 1,057 counterfeit banknotes were registered, out of which the largest number were Euro banknotes (897), followed by counterfeit US dollar banknotes (126), whilst the remaining 34 counterfeits were Australian dollars, Canadian dollars, sterling pounds and Polish zloty banknotes.

Tourists in Dubrovnik are going to new lengths to get that special holiday snap, even if it means putting their lives at danger. This latest shocking photo appeared today on the social media account of a tourist to the city.

Perched on the edge of the St. Ivan Fortress on the entrance into the old city harbour of Dubrovnik this tourist, and presumably the person taking the photo, had climbed through a security barrier to get to the very edge of the stone fortress.

The lengths that some people will go to in order to “impress” their followers on social media is sometimes mind-blowing.

The Three Seas Initiative Summit, as a joint project launched by Croatia and Poland, has begun in Warsaw on the 6th of July 2017.

The Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is the co-host of this year’s event held in the Polish capital entitled ‘’Connectivity, Commerciality, Complementarity’’.

The ''Three Seas Initiative” gathers the EU member countries of Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Slovenia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Romania and Slovakia. The initiative is a declaration adopted by these twelve European countries in order to establish an informal platform for strengthening political ties and facilitate cross-border cooperation and implementation of macro-regional projects in the region BABS: Baltic – Adriatic – Black Sea.

On this occasion, the Croatian President posted a photo on Twitter of her welcoming the US President Donald Trump. She also noted that it was a ‘’beginning of the Three Seas Initiative Summit in Warsaw with a special guest’’.

Dubrovnik marked International Kissing Day yesterday with a romantic treat on Porporela. The Dubrovnik Tourist Board organised a special treat for lovers in Dubrovnik in one of the most spots in the city.

"Today we have come from Great Britain, and we have just walked through this beautiful city, and we came out of curiosity here because we saw something happening. This is fantastic, we're delighted, I kissed my girlfriend and it was a magic spell," commented David a tourist from England.

As the sun set over the ancient walls of the city Dubrovnik marked International Kissing Day with a special kissing bench overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Couples sat on the bench and had the opportunity to send their photos to the world with the hashtag #kissfromdubrovnik

This is the first time we have experienced something like this and we are glad that this has happened in a city that is also romantic and unique, "said Elen a tourist from Austria.

As well as the kissing bench couples could also pose in front of the Magic Mirror and take home a romantic photo as a memento of their time in Dubrovnik on International Kissing Day.

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After several days of consultations and meetings of experts from the Ministries of transport, justice, finance and economy, which all analyzed the country’s possibilities about the Uber’s online application for transportation services, the Traffic Inspectorate of the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure has decided to require a court ban on using the Uber application in Croatia.

As far as the Croatian government is concerned, it has already expressed its opinion that Uber partners-drivers are operating illegally in the country.

The Traffic Inspectorate will bring in an indictment proposal against the Uber application to be temporarily banned in Croatia. The ban will not be permanent due to the current changes of amendments to the Road Transport Act, which could also liberalize the taxi service market and legalize Uber’s business in Croatia.

The summer festival of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, Saint Blaise, was celebrated last night with a Mass in the church of St. Blaise in Dubrovnik, led by the General Vicar of the Diocese of Dubrovnik, Mgr. Dr. Stanko Lasić.

The procession started, with the relic of the left arm of St. Blaise, from the cathedral and then entered into the St Blaise church at the main entrance. At the end of the Mass the relic of the arm of St. Blaise was returned to the cathedral treasury.

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A new golf course will open in Dubrovnik tomorrow, and no it isn’t the long awaited course on top of the Srd Mountain overlooking Dubrovnik, this “course” is in the ACI Marina Dubrovnik. The ACI Marina Dubrovnik will open the doors of the new golf training ground "Golf Range Concept.” It isn’t so much a golf course more a golf practise ground. With six putting holes, a sand bunker, chipping green, driving nets and a nine hole practise course this innovative project will make the ACI Marina Dubrovnik the first marina to offer such unique content to its guests.

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The project "Golf Range Concept” is the latest idea of building a golf training ground on the surface area of a tennis court. And the company stated that “With its innovation and excellent design, the Golf Range Concept promotes golf and makes it accessible to everyone, and consists of a golf training ground and mini golf course that includes all the elements of a professional golf course where all the tricks of real golf can be practiced.”

The Golf Range Concept project is built on the surface of a tennis court, i.e. about 600-800 m2. In the construction of a golf training ground, the most up-to-date materials and artificial grass were used for golf, which makes it possible for the golf training ground to be open all year round.

Professional golf equipment is also available - Dunlop sets of matching golf clubs, special sets for kids by age groups, balls and carts as well as mini golf clubs and balls - all included in the price for one hour of playing.

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