Friday, 24 September 2021
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.


After direct flights were launched from Philadelphia to Dubrovnik with American Airlines this year comes news that another transatlantic service could be in the pipeline.

The Canadian airline, Air Transat, have reportedly shown interest in expanding their flight connections between Canada and Croatia and flights to Dubrovnik are being mentioned. According to a report in the specialised website EX-YU Aviation Air Transat have already approached Dubrovnik Airport about the possibility of flights.

“Croatia remains a key destination for Transat in view of the interest shown by Canadian travellers in the summer and its potential for tourism development”, commented the airline to EX-YU Aviation. Adding that “We are continuously looking at all opportunities, including Croatia. Like all airlines, there are a number of considerations involved when we are selecting a destination, including customer demand, airport infrastructure and competition from other carriers”.

Since 2016 Air Transat have been flying between Zagreb and Canada during the summer months and these flights have been showing positive occupancy levels.

The popular UK travel shoe “Travel Man” hosted by Richard Ayoade came to Dubrovnik today to film for the upcoming show to be broadcast on Channel 4.

48 Hours in Dubrovnik will be aired on Monday the 21st of October on Channel 4 and this episode stars the English comedy actor, and darling of Hollywood, Stephen Merchant. Every episode of Travel Man, a fast-paced travel documentary, features a celebrity guest and Dubrovnik had the honour to pair Ayoade with Merchant.

Ivan Vukovic, a leading Dubrovnik tour guide, took the celebrity Brits on a Game of Thrones tour of the ancient Old City of Dubrovnik and he showed them some of the most iconic Game of Thrones locations, such as the steps used for the Walk of Shame.

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This Dubrovnik episode will be the first one of new season of Travel Man, the ninth season in total for this incredibly popular UK show.

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And it isn’t only Dubrovnik on the menu for the duo, they also visit the charming town of Ston where they get to taste some of the best oysters in the world, go on a buggy safari on the top of Srd Mountain and jaunt out to the island of Lokrum.

And we won’t have long to wait to see the efforts of their hard work in Dubrovnik as the episode will be aired in only a couple of weeks’ time.

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The Croatian National Tourist Board and Bluesun Hotels, in cooperation with Korean National Television KBS and A9, hosted the production crew of the most popular South Korean TV show Battle Trip, as well as Korea's biggest pop stars Park Cho-rong and Yoon Bo-mi.

It is a six-day visit to Croatian destinations, where the most watched Korean TV show is being filmed. Otherwise, the Battle Trip broadcast on the KBS channel follows over 25 million viewers in South Korea, as well as a large number of Korean expatriates, predominantly in the US, via KBS World.

Korean pop stars Park Cho-rong and Yoon Bo-mi who are currently residing in Croatia are members of the K-pop group Red Velvet. They are followed on social networks by an army of escorts, to be precise, 8.3 million followers on Instagram and 1.3 million followers on Facebook.




During her journey, she will learn about traditional Croatian customs such as making gingerbread hearts in Zagorje, enjoying gastronomic delicacies in Split, but also experiencing an off-road buggy adventure in Baska Voda and cycling around Brac. The show, filmed at the most beautiful Croatian destinations for 90 minutes, will be broadcast in South Korea in about a month.

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"Croatian destinations have made their way into excellent locations for filming top films, series and shows. The positive impact of world-renowned shows and films on the global promotion of our country is beyond question, which is confirmed by the huge jump in our country's popularity in the Korean market after the Korean reality show The Romantic was filmed in Zagreb in 2013. I am sure that the popularity of Croatia in Korea will increase further after the stay of their music stars in our country, but also after the broadcast of this most watched South Korean TV show, "said Croatian Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that the recent formal opening of the HTZ Representative Office in Seoul further increase our country's promotional activities in Korea.

South Korea, with a population of 51 million and established a direct scheduled Zagreb-Seoul scheduled airline by Korean Air, represents a huge market potential for Croatia.

In the past part of the year, we recorded over 317 thousand arrivals and 402 thousand overnight stays from this market, which represents an increase of almost 5 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year.

According to the realized number of nights, the destinations that record the highest traffic from the Korean market are Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Plitvice Lakes. Korean tourists mostly visit Croatia in the pre and post-season, mostly during May and June, and September and October.


You’ve probably already heard of the famous phrase, “Latin is a dead language.” Nowadays, though, this is no longer the case. More and more schools are beginning to integrate Latin into their curriculum as a required subject. Similarly, more people are becoming interested in learning the language once again. That said, let’s take a look at why learning Latin has become so popular:

1. English Has a Mix of Latin

This may come as a surprise, but many of the English words we know come from a Latin root word. For instance, the word “antebellum” comes from the Latin roots ante-, which means “before”, and -bellum, which means “war.” Thus, learning Latin can help you appreciate the English language more, which is why there’s renewed interest in learning it.

2. Increased Vocabulary

Since many English words come from Latin, you just need to learn some root words in Latin to help you decipher many English words. The English language has a vast vocabulary that can make it difficult even for native speakers to learn. However, by learning a few words in Latin, you can decode the meaning of many words in English. This makes it important to learn Latin if you’re also serious about learning English.

For instance, you come across a highfalutin word such as “omnibus.” If you know the Latin root omni-, which means “for all,” then you can already get the gist of the word “omnibus” without searching the dictionary for its meaning. In fact, the word “omnibus” means encompassing or covering all of a series or set.

3. Language of the Early Church

The mother tongue of the Christian Bible is, in fact, Latin. So, to be able to understand what the Bible says in its original language, many people found it useful to study Latin. When reading translations of the Bible, many small details could get lost in translation.

Learning Latin would avoid that from happening and help you interpret the Bible as accurately as possible. Did you know that the word “Trinity” is actually a Latin word that comes from tres- (which means “three”) and -unus (which means “one”)? For Theologians, it is also important to learn Latin to better appreciate the meaning of words such as these.

4. Getting a Piece of History

Not only was the Bible written in Latin, but all of the works of renowned writers and thinkers were also written in this language. This includes the written works of Cicero, William Shakespeare, Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Horace, Vergil, Ovid, Aquinas, Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton, Tolstoy, Plato, Hobbes, Dante, Homer, and more.

Learning Latin will help you get closer and allow yourself to interpret the original meaning of the works of all these great people and get a piece of history. More people wanted to learn Latin in order to read the classics in their original language and uncover a different take on these literary works.

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5. Entails a Different Discipline

Another reason why learning Latin has become very popular is because of the structure of the language. The Latin language is structured very logically, and learning it will enable you to share a similar train of thought. Mastering Latin will help you become more logical, make sound judgments, and enhance critical thinking. Learning Latin is, therefore, a good exercise to think more systematically.

6. Scientific Names are in Latin

Science is something that is very important and will always be used on a daily basis. When science was just being discovered and developed, Latin was used to describe all the scientific things that were being learned. Because of this, all scientific names are in Latin. To have a better grasp of science, many people, especially those working in this field, started learning Latin as well.

7. Latin Dominates in Law and Government

As much as Latin is used in science, it is also the mother language of law and politics. Many legal terms that are used today come from Latin. If someone is gunning to become a lawyer, then they should study Latin. Many words used in today’s court, such as de facto, pro bono, caveat emptor, referendum, veto, or quorum are actually Latin words.


Basically, Latin is the foundation of the English language and has made its mark before, and even until now. This classic language remains to be studied in different cultures because of its rich culture and construction. Given the reasons above on why it has become so popular, you might also be interested in learning Latin as well. Give it a try if you have some time to spare, and you might just be surprised with the beauty of the Latin language.


Whilst the rest of Europe, and indeed most of the rest of Croatia, is gripped in the wet and grey start to autumn Dubrovnik has been basking in golden sunshine for the past few days.

The popular Sunset Beach Dubrovnik was awash with sunbathers and swimmers yesterday as tourists took the chance to top up their tans before heading home to colder climes. With temperatures in the low twenties it was the perfect day to relax by the Adriatic.

And the sea is still warm, the sea temperature today in Dubrovnik measured a balmy 22.5 degrees. In fact, the sea temperature in Dubrovnik is warmer than almost all northern European capitals. Dubrovnik could be in for more sunshine until the end of October as the Indian Summer blazes on. 

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The property market in Croatia is continuing to blossom with prices rising almost on a weekly basis. And it isn’t only the seaside locations along the Croatian Adriatic that are catching the eye of home buyers, the capital is one of the boom markets.

Croatia was among the European Union countries in the second quarter with the strongest rise in residential property prices compared to the same period a year earlier, more than double the European average, estimates from the European Statistical Office showed on Monday.

The prices of residential real estate in Croatia rose by 10.4 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period last year. This further accelerated price growth on an annual basis, after 7.4 percent growth in the first three months of this year.
Only Hungary, by 14 percent, and Luxembourg, by 11.4 percent, recorded stronger year-on-year growth. The group still stands out for Portugal, with a price increase of 10.1 percent.

According to available data from the European Statistical Office, only Italy recorded a 0.2 percent fall in residential property prices compared to the previous year.

And one of the hotspots is the Croatia capital Zagreb, which has seen prices rising almost as fast as Dubrovnik, the most sought after real estate destination in Croatia. Whereas five years ago you could buy a large family house for the same price as an apartment in Dubrovnik this gap has closed considerably.

Condé Nast Traveler is one of the most widely read and recognized travel magazines in the world. Being present in the mentioned magazine in any way certainly contributes to the global positioning and excellent branding of a tourist destination, including Croatia.

Each year, as part of the Readers' Choice Awards, its readers vote online for their favorites in the categories of best countries, cities, islands, hotels, airlines and cruise companies. More than 600,000 readers took part in this year's survey, held from April 1 to July 30.

And readers of the renowned New York travel magazine this year ranked Croatia in the 20th, the most popular country in the world.



"Choosing Croatia among the top tourist destinations in the world is the latest in a series of certifications that our country enjoys the status of a very popular and fast-growing destination in the large and important US market. In addition to numerous awards and recognitions, this is confirmed by the tourist turnover achieved so far in the year, in which American tourists made almost 600 thousand arrivals and more than 1.6 million nights, which represents a growth of high 12 percent compared to the same period last year, " HTZ Director Kristjan Stanicic, emphasizing that when it comes to distant markets, the largest turnover in Croatia is from the US market.

In addition to Croatia, Indonesia, Thailand, Portugal, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Peru, Greece, Philippines, Italy, Vietnam, Turkey, Japan, Mexico, Tanzania, Israel, Colombia, New Zealand were awarded in the 2019 Best World Countries , Ireland and Cambodia.

In addition to publishing the results in a web edition, the results of the survey will also be published in a printed version of a magazine published in the US and UK.

October has never been more exciting. Actually, it has been for the last five years now thanks to the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Autumn Music Variety cycle. So, for five years in a row DSO has been making Octobers more and more compelling. This is achieved by offering a musical program with a spectrum of musical hearings. From classical music and pop to gypsy jazz music this festival is for anyone that just loves music. No matter what your musical preferences are the DSO is providing a program that will keep you warm this Autumn.

This year’s cycle consists of four concerts and is proud to announce that it’s participants are well known Croatian musicians. Alongside the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the audience will enjoy Slobodan Begić, conductor, Tomislav Fačini, conductor, Marc Tardue, conductor (USA), Martina Zadro, soprano, Džemal Cakić, trumpet, Stefani Grbić, piano, Dora Kamber, violin and Pero Škobelj, guitar. This music cycle will begin on Sunday 13/10 and will end on Friday 25/10.

On Sunday 13/10 at the Sponza Palace at 8.30 pm the audience will enjoy a chamber concert by violinist Dora Kamber and guitarist Pero Škobelj. They will be playing pieces from Baroque by S.L. Weiss Ciaccona in G major. Following Weiss will be pieces by Austrian composer F. Schubert Arpeggione sonata in A minor. The programme will be continued by Croatian composer which passed away last year M. Miletić with the piece Sonatina for violin and guitar. In conclusion visitors will find pleasure in Argentinean composer A. Piazzola and the pieces, Histoire du Tango, Café 1930 and Nightclub 1960.

Tuesday 15/10 brings a different type of DSO concert. At 8:30pm at the Rector’s Palace the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra’s Pops Ensemble alongside Slobodan Begić, conductor and trumpeter Džemal Cakić will deliver a Film Music program that consists all of the world’s favourite pieces heard in admired movies. The program will include popular themes from movies and shows such as those from Game of Thrones, James Bond, the Godfather, Titanic, Memoirs of a Geisha, Scent of a Woman, as well as well-known Sway, Guantanamera, Manha de Carnaval, The shadow of your smile, The best of Queen, the Beatles forever, Volare, New York New York and many other.


The third Concert of this musical cycle continues with DSO alongside Croatian conductor Tomislav Fačini and pianist Stefani Grbić. They will be playing at the Rector’s Palace at 8:30 pm. Program includes Concert for orchestra (2nd paragraph) by Croatian composer I. Končić, Concert for piano and orchestra in C major, KV. 467 by W. A. Mozart and Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90,'Italian' by F.B. Mendelssohn.

The last Concert of the Autumn Variety Festival will end once again with the Orchestra playing alongside chief conductor Marc Tardue. At 8:30pm at the Franciscan Church, Croatian soprano Martina Zadro will accompany the Orchestra and our conductor. Program consists of a pieces from W.A. Mozart.

Information for the concerts are available on the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra website, on its social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram and special content can be found by following the hashtags #autumnmusicvariety #dubrovniksymphony. Information about concerts and tickets are also available on the phone number +385 20 417 110, and reservations can be made via mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The ticket prices range from 50 to 300 Kuna. Tickets can also be purchased at the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (St. Dominic 9), the gift shop Dubravka at Pile, the agency of Perla Adriatica at Ploče and Luža Cultural Info Centre. Tickets can also be found one hour before the beginning of every concert at the venue entrance.

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