Tuesday, 18 June 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 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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Easter Sunday was a stormy one in Dubrovnik with torrential rain, gale force winds and even hail stones. After two weeks of warm sunshine and temperatures in the mid twenties the heavens opened over Dubrovnik today.

This photo, sent to us by a reader, shows the full force of the storm today as a double lightning strike explodes into the hillside over the Old City.

The forecast for the next few days is for more rain and storms with temperatures expected around 17 degrees. More stable weather and sunshine is forecast Thursday.

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Easter Sunday in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik was, in spite of the bad weather, a joyous day. Tourists and locals enjoyed the celebrations on the Stradun and the traditional colouring of Easter eggs drew huge crowds.

The Association of Dubrovnik Primorje held a workshop in front of the Sponza Palace in the heart of the city presenting the traditional colouring of Easter. Dressed in costumes from the Primorje region members of the association made the Easter eggs in front of tourists who were fascinated by the whole process.

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3LHD's project for the freshwater aquarium in Karlovac has won two A+Awards prizes rewarded by one of the most popular world portals dedicated to architecture - Architizer.

The freshwater aquarium in Karlovac won in the category of Architecture + Landscape dedicated to innovative projects that create natural environment. It was rewarded with the Jury Prize A+Award and the readers of the portal A+Popular Choice Award.

For the fifth year in a row the A+Awards program promotes the best projects and products in the field of architecture and product design as well as their potential to have a positive impact on a daily life.

Thanks to the popularity of the Architizer portal and A+Awards program, rewarded projects have been presented to the audience of more than 400 million users and readers of Architizer.

The world recognition for 3LHD came for their innovative solution for ‘’Aquatika’’. The building of the freshwater aquarium in Karlovac is nicely fitted into the natural environment along the river Korana and is completely covered with soil. The design concept was inspired by levees and trenches of the city's historic centre.

At the centre of the building, there is a square with an entrance space, a souvenir shop, a cafe bar, a reading room and offices. The exhibition area of the aquarium represents flora and fauna of Croatian rivers and their ecosystems, as well as their geological history and traditional culture. The scenario of the exhibition is linear and follows the entire flow of the karst river, from its ''source'' in the square, across a ramp with aquariums, a cave and a tunnel to the aquariums that represent swamplands and travertine barrier.

The freshwater aquarium ‘’Aquatika’’ was created within the program entitled ‘’Freshwater Aquarium and Museum of Rivers – KAquarium’’. The project was co-financed by the European Union Regional Development Fund within the "Regional Competitiveness 2007-2013’’ Operational program. The total value of the project is 36.691.939, 28 Kunas, whilst the grant from the European Regional Development Fund was 36,222,282.45 Kunas.

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