Monday, 06 July 2020
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.


NEM 2018, the biggest TV industry gathering in the CEE region, will take place from 11th – 14th of June for the sixth year in a row in Dubrovnik. With only several months left until the official opening of the event, NEM is gradually revealing details of its rich programme prepared for 2018.

This year's New Europe Market (NEM) event will host seven panel discussions with esteemed, highly-relevant speakers and key players from the TV industry, as well as useful and ever interesting case studies and presentations. Recognizable and irreplaceable elements of NEM, the private screening room and market area, have experienced upgrades in their size and look. The private screening room will be focused not only on world production, but on local production, too. In this way, NEM will put a stronger emphasis on content which has, over the past few years, undergone great changes considering how audiences view television.

The significance NEM 2018 has for its attendees is borne out by Anette Schaefer, Vice President of TV Business Europe for Deutsche Telekom AG: “NEM is the key marketplace in the CEE region for international programming. NEM not only connects content sellers & buyers, it is the event for TV industry key decision makers to explore new business models and latest entertainment trends.”

Just like the private screening room, some of the panel discussions will focus on international and local production and its relevance for attracting and keeping viewers. NEM 2018 also tackles the question of ever-growing digitalization and accompanied content. Furthermore, there is the question of advertising and how to strike a balance between profit and viewer satisfaction.

Something new, but certainly controversial, is a discussion about the problems of piracy in the CEE region and in general and how this unwanted situation can be turned for the better. On the eve of the football World Cup, NEM will tackle the question of the steeply rising cost of sports TV rights. Last, but not the least is the panel about children user experience in terms of technology.

Founder of NEM, Sanja Božić-Ljubičić, revealed what we can expect from this year's edition of this event and its panel topics: “Every year Mediavision organizes NEM trying to be two steps ahead of the game we play and the business we love the most, the media. NEM is proud to bring together the most important players in the CEE region, but also the world, in order for us all to learn from our own experiences and mistakes.”

An announcement of the abolition of restrictions on the employment of Croatian citizens in the United Kingdom was sent British Prime Minister, Theresa May, to Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković today. Plenkovic welcomed this decision from Downing Street, and Croatia will respond reciprocally to British citizens, and they will also be able to work freely in Croatia from the 1st of July.

"This Decision means that Croatian citizens will be equalized in the United Kingdom's right of access to the labour market with all other EU citizens on the 1st of July 2018. It is the result many negotiations between the two prime ministers and the wider political and diplomatic activities Croatia has undertaken in the past period and will further stimulate the development of partnerships and bilateral relations after the United Kingdom's exit from the EU, “commented the Croatian government.

The abolition of restrictions on the employment of Croatian citizens has recently been announced by Malta, the former British colony, and today the smallest member of the EU. This means that further restrictions on the employment of Croatian citizens within the EU remain only in the Netherlands, Austria and Slovenia. Other EU members have already abolished the restrictions on the employment of Croatian citizens.

From summery T-shirts and shorts to full length fur coats and boots, the historic Old City of Dubrovnik yesterday was a combination of all these in one.

The first cruise ship of the year arrived in Dubrovnik, Viking Star, and the city had a summer feel as locals and tourists strolled up and down the main street.

The rest of Europe is either under a blanket of snow or is struggling to cope with flood waters, but Dubrovnik lapped up the UV rays on Sunday.

Check out the Sunday photo gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic.

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The Dubrovnik Times has teamed up with the specialised Dubrovnik real estate agency Krešić Properties to bring you a selection of interesting properties in and the around the Dubrovnik region. Over the next few months we will feature a property every two-weeks, from stone cottages, seaside villas, apartments and luxury retreats. Whether you are after that Adriatic home of your dreams or looking to move into renting property this is the feature for you.

Looking for a room with a view, well this glorious apartment has panoramic views over the Adriatic Sea and the picturesque soaring countryside. This spacious two-bedroom apartment is located in the charming bay of Zaton, around a fifteen-minute drive from the heart of the city of Dubrovnik, and with its south facing orientation is a true Mediterranean suntrap.

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The apartment is fully furnished in a modern and elegant style and includes a sun terrace and a balcony to make the most of the al fresco Dubrovnik way of life. It is perfectly located, away from the crowds of the city, and offers all the tranquil features of a perfect Adriatic base. With two bedrooms, one bathroom, air-conditioning, heating, well-equipped kitchen and roomy living area the apartment is spread out over 81 metres squared.

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The expansive living space opens out onto the stone terrace with large double glass doors and gives a real summer flow to the property. The two bedrooms are delightfully designed and attractively furnished with large wardrobes and plenty of cupboard space.

Zaton, which is situated only 8 kilometres from Dubrovnik, is a peaceful seaside town with café bars, restaurants and beaches. The bay is well protected from the Adriatic and is therefore a magnet for luxury yachts through the warmer summer months.

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This stunning property is not only a great family home it is also a good choice if you are looking to get into Dubrovnik rental business. And as it is already completely furnished the hard work has been done for you, just add your own details and paintings and get on with enjoying our Mediterranean place in the sun.

The series continues in two weeks’ time with another stunning Dubrovnik property.

Interested in more info on this property contact  Krešić Properties

Key features
Location – Zaton
Price - € 215,000.00
Living area - 81 m2
Number of bedrooms - 2

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Tourism is far from sun, sand and the sea and Croatia quite clearly has much more to offer than just a sunny spot to roll out your towel, but this new tour by an American agency is about as far from a classic vacation as you can get.

“Scores of these wonderfully bizarre monuments lay scattered across the hills and mountains of the region, vast Modernist effigies raised to commemorate the deeds of anti-fascist partisans and revolutionaries,” writes the agency Atlas Obsura on their tour entitled “Past Future Monuments of the Balkans.”

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In 1984 Sarajevo was the home of the Winter Olympics 

For a mere $3,650 guests can get up close and personal with the concrete history of Yugoslavia, from the Sniper Monument in Serbia to the abandoned Olympic Centre in Sarajevo and Tito’s Mausoleum. “Once upon a time, these striking sites were busy with tour buses and school children, but ever since the collapse of Yugoslavia, the visitors have dwindled,” adds Atlas Obsura.

Monument to the Revolution of the People of Moslavina

Monument to the Revolution of the People of Moslavina

The agency specialises in working with small groups of up to twelve travellers, and in the niche travel market they have found a unique approach to discovering the regions not so distant past. Monuments to Tito, war memorials and underground tunnels are all included in this 13-day tour and guests will visit Zagreb, Belgrade and Sarajevo.

After just a year of opening Zagreb Airport has collected an award as the most improved airport in Europe. At the Airport Service Quality Awards held by the Airports Council International Frano Tuđman Airport was named as Europe’s most improved airport for 2017.

This award is particularly important as it involves surveys from passengers though the airport and the new multi-million Euro airport in the Croatian capital obviously impressed passengers. On a worldwide level a total of 343 airports were included in the survey and the only other time that an airport in the region has won such recognitions was when Skopje in Macedonia was awarded for the best airport with under 2 million passengers.

The most improved airport in Latin America was Belo Horizonte, in North America it went to Cleveland and in Africa to Nairobi, whilst Ahmedabad won in Asia and Dubai in the Middle East.

With the arrival this morning of the cruise ship Viking Star the cruise ship season in Dubrovnik is now up and running. With just over 900 passengers on-board the Viking Star was launched in 2015.

And just as the ship arrived the overcast skies lifted and spring sunshine poured down on the city making sure that these first cruise ship passengers of the year had a day in Dubrovnik to remember.

The Port of Dubrovnik opens this season cruise seasons on the 17th of March with the arrival of a Viking Star with a total of 900 passengers. By the end of the year in Dubrovnik 489 cruise ships are expected with about 770,000 passengers.

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With the summer just around the corner and a bigger influx of foreign tourists expected in Dubrovnik than ever before private renters throughout the region are busily preparing for a hectic season. There are around 14,500 private beds in Dubrovnik, which when you compare that to a population of only around 40,000 shows just how many people use Airbnb, and Expedia to fill their household coffers.

So with so much competition how can you stand out from the crowd and make your Airbnb listing the most attractive.

Ten top tips to make your Airbnb listing number one 

1 – Be a Superhost - although this list is in no particular order becoming a Superhost would probably be in number one position anyway. Superhost status means that when potential guests filter down their choice of holiday accommodation they quite regularly only choose Superhosts. The become a Superhost you need to do some basic things correctly – respond to guests quickly, get good grades on price, location and cleanliness and host a certain number of guests.

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2 – Use Airbnb verified photos – you can spend time and money getting the perfect collection of photos from your sun washed apartment but there is a cheaper, and much more effective, way of highlighting your letting. Airbnb has its own photo service and its free! Simply apply online for a free photo session. And the added bonus is that you’ll have Airbnb verified photos which will raise your ranking.

3 – It’s all in the details – avoid any religious icons or pictures on the walls, you don’t want to upset your guests. Be artful yet discrete with your wall furnishings, don’t hang tacky “stock” photos but get creative. Guests are more likely to want relaxing and simple decorations than heavy “over the top” paintings.

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4 – Be honest – Airbnb is set up very much as a social media style booking agency, if you lie you’ll get found out very quickly. Bad news spreads faster than good news. If you are miles from the beach then don’t say “front line to the sea.” Be as honest as possible even if you think it will put off some guests. Basically highlight the good points but don’t avoid the traps.

5 – Get catchy with your title – with such a huge offer of accommodation units in Dubrovnik you are going to have to stand out from the crowd. All things equal, an Airbnb listing with the better, more attention grabbing title will a higher click through rate from the search results. Don’t be boring with something like, “Studio Apartment Dubrovnik.”

6 – Reviews are the key – without any reviews, if you have just started your Airbnb journey, it is hard to get noticed. However, once you start hosting and getting those guests through your doors hopefully the positive reviews will flood in. Begging for a review is never a good idea, you’ll just appear desperate and needy, so it’s all about offering a top service and keeping your fingers crossed. A little tip is too leave a review for each guest immediately after they have checked out. They will then get an alert that you have left them a review and are more likely to write one back. You’ll also need reviews to get that Superhost status.

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7 – Be price sensitive – be realistic with your pricing. Do research by looking at properties in your area and what they have to offer and fix your prices around those. Airbnb has its own pricing system, smart pricing, which will take all the parameters into account and suggest a price that is right for you. However, this price is often lower than it needs to be so although it pays to check out their recommendation it is also a good idea to do your own research. And a tip is to keep prices lower at the beginning until the reviews come in and then adjust according. Of course your prices need to reflect the time of year.

8 – Don’t be lazy with your description – the description is the key, don’t be lazy and write three sentence and on the other hand don’t write a novel. Accuracy is extremely important. The best method for writing a good description is to put yourself in the place of potential guests, what information would be important to you if you were travelling.

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9 – Answer those questions – you have to be responsive with all inquiries not matter how weird and wonderful the questions might be. And Airbnb will even rank you in accordance to your response rate, so don’t put it off till tomorrow. Don’t forget that Airbnb makes money when you make money so they want you to be quick with your replies and they want you to reply to all of your booking inquiries as fast as possible.

10 – Check out your calendarAirbnb will see how active you are on your own site, so be active! Make sure that your calendar is up-to-date and of course accurate. By just opening your Airbnb site every day you will slightly improve your overall rankings, for if you can’t be bothered to check your own site how can you expect guests to take a look. Click your app or site every day and watch your ranking improve. A busy host is a good sign for Airbnb.

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