Saturday, 25 May 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.

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The Croatian Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli is to officially visit London this week for a series of bilateral meetings with high political representatives and British tourist companies.

The aim of this visit is to strengthen cooperation with the UK, which has become one of the most important tourist markets for Croatia in recent years, with an average annual growth of around 20 percent.

During the first day of his visit on the 19th of April, Minister Cappelli will visit the British Parliament and attend Prime Minister Theresa May's Questions. He will also meet with Tracey Crouch, the State Minister for Sports, Tourism and Heritage, Damian Collins, the president of the Committee for Culture, Media and Sports of the House of Commons, John Whittingdale, the member of the Parliament and the former Minister of Culture, as well as with Patricia Yates, the director of strategy and communications at Visit Britain, the British institution which was found with the purpose of promoting the UK and development of the British tourism industry.

On the second day of his visit on the 20th of April, Cappelli is to meet with the directors of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in order to discuss investments in Croatia, as well as with Reli Slonin, the CEO of the Arena Hospitality Group.

According to data from the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, the tourist market of Great Britain is one of the most important emissive markets for the tourism industry in Croatia, whilst British tourists are the seventh most numerous guests in the country. Last year they realized 630,000 arrivals (+22%) and 3,3 million (+25%) overnight stays in comparison to 2015. The most visited destinations were Dubrovnik, the Konavle region, Split, Pula and Porec.

Dubrovnik musical spring, a series of concerts of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, which will be held April 18th to 28th, will begin with performances of one of the best young Croatian pianists, Aljosa Jurinic

The first concert will be held tonight, April 18th, in the Franciscan church. Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Austrian conductor Christoph Campestrini.  Talented young pianist will be presented with Prokofiev Concert for Piano and Orchestra no. 2 in G minor. In the second part of the concert the orchestra will perform Schumann's Symphony no. 4 in D minor. The concert starts at 8:30 pm.

The biggest success of Aljosa Jurinic was in 2012 when he won prestigious piano competition Robert Schumann, in the composer’s home town Zwickau. In 2015 he was a finalist in the 17th International piano competition Fryderyk Chopin in Warsaw. He won numerous competitions, such as three piano competitions in Italy: Third international piano competition Encore! Shura Cherkassy in Milan, fourth international piano competition Luciano Luciani in Cosenza and fifth international piano competition in Massarosa in 2014. Aljosa is also the winner of all the major prizes for young musicians in Croatia.

Dubrovnik audience will also have the opportunity to listen to Aljosa Jurinic in the recital, which will take place tomorrow, on Wendesday April 19th, in the Franciscan church. The pianist will perform works of Beethoven, Chopin, A. Dorman and F. Liszt.

With the increase of tourists in Dubrovnik since the beginning of the year comes news that the sales of the Dubrovnik City Card has also had a huge increase. In the first three months of 2017 sales of the card have increased by an impressive 30 percent compared to the same period from last year.

And hand in hand with this there has also been a healthy increase in the revenue from the sale of the Dubrovnik City Card, this time by 44 percent compared to the same period from last year. “Based on previous indicators a significant increase in revenues can be expected this year compared to 2016,” read a statement from the organisation.

The 1-Day Dubrovnik Card is a unique pass allowing entry into 9 cultural-historical monuments, the top attractions of Dubrovnik. The 3-Day and 7-Day Dubrovnik Card are a unique pass allowing entry into 10 cultural-historical monuments, 9 top attractions of Dubrovnik, and 1 gallery in Cavtat. By purchasing a Dubrovnik Card, you will get a bus card valid throughout the city of Dubrovnik, and also coupons for a suburban ride by purchasing 3 – Day and 7 – Day Dubrovnik Card.

The weather was favorable to all those who gatherd on Easter Monday in Dubrovnik village Klisevo on manifestation Easter in Primorje for the eight year in the row.

At the event, which grew into an international folklore and tourist attraction, local specialties and traditions were presented, with the participation of cultural and artistic groups from our region and neighboring countries.

Some of the things that were shown are an ancient art of egg painting with hot wax and pituresque Wedding in Primorje, which was brought to life by the assocciation Primorski svatovi. That traditional type of wedding has some military elements and festive costumes are really special – costume and jewelery of the bride shows how wealthy her house is.

You’ll feel like you went to Klisevo with beautiful photo gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic.

For the past eleven years, the World Economic Forum has engaged leaders in travel and tourism business to conduct an in-depth analysis of the Travel and Tourism competitiveness including 136 world economies.

Consequently, the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index measures “the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the travel and tourism sector, which in turn, contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country”.

According to the latest Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report for 2017 related to safety, Croatia has been ranked among one of the safest countries in the world for holidaymakers to visit.

The report evaluated 136 countries on factors and policies that influence travel and tourism business, including exposure of tourists and business to security risks including violence and terrorism.

Among 136 world countries, Finland is the safest country in the world, whilst Croatia placed as the 24th of this list. Finland was followed by the UAE, Iceland, Oman, Hong Kong, Singapore, Norway, Switzerland, Rwanda, and Qatar.

Some of the major world powers weren’t ranked as high as they would have like to be. Russia came in at 109th, the United States in 84th position, the UK in 78th and Germany in 51st place.

On the other hand, the least safe world destinations for tourists are Colombia, Yemen, El Salvador, Pakistan, Nigeria, Venezuela, Egypt, Kenya, Honduras, and Ukraine.

With more tourists than ever before arriving over the Easter period in Dubrovnik it feels like the summer season has already started in the city. The streets of the historic city centre are buzzing and restaurants and cafes bars are overflowing with guests.

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In spite of the bad weather over the Easter weekend guests still had sunny spots in between the showers to enjoy an al fresco meal. Almost all of the tables in the city were full over the weekend and at some restaurants there were queues, it is a summer atmosphere.

And Dubrovnik’s restaurateurs are certainly enjoying this early start - the changeable weather hasn’t helped but we have been busy non-stop – commented one restaurant owner. Prijeko, Stradun and all the squares and streets were full as diners enjoyed an Easter break.

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Tourist traffic results for this year's Easter surpassed expectations of Dubrovnik tourist workers! In hotels, private accomodation and other facilities in Dubrovnik there is currently a bit less than 11 800 guests which is a great confirmation of popularity of Dubrovnik in this period of the year. The most numerous guests are from Spain, than UK, USA, Germany, Austria, France, Israel, Greece, Croatia, Finland and others.

Optimism and satisfaction with achieved results are the main features of successful Dubrovnik tourism Easter. Rich Easter program - egg painting, vocal group performance and folklore- offered something for everyone and as in previous years, impressed all who happened to be in Dubrovnik on Sunday Easter morning.

This year started great for Dubrovnik, from January 1st to April 15th there was an increase of 14 percent in the number of arrivals – 97,238 and 268,332 overnight stays, which is 17 percent more than in the same period last year.

Well on the plus side at least he had the beach and the Adriatic Sea to himself. This brave swimmer was determined to make the most of his break in Dubrovnik by diving into the Adriatic Sea on the Banje beach even though the weather was far from summery.

An early swim will get the blood racing, but with the sea temperature and the air temperature in Dubrovnik almost equal at around 16 degrees it must have been a “refreshing” start to the day. Not only was the sea completely empty but so was the beach.

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