Thursday, 02 April 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.


In November 2017 in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 31 675 arrivals, which is 18 percent more than in November 2016. When it comes to overnight stays there is also an increase of 13 percent compared to the last year, or more precisely - 83 672 overnight stays were made. 

In the 11 months of 2017 Dubrovnik-Neretva County had 1 891 095 arrivals with 8 265 690 overnight stays! Compared to 2016, there is an increase of 15 percent in arrivals and 12 in overnight says.

From the beginning of the year, the highest number of overnight stays were made by the tourists from UK, Germany, Poland, Croatia, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina and USA.

Dubrovnik has a reputation as a destination for the slightly more seasoned traveller. With a lack of nightclubs, and nightlife in general, the city tends to attract couples over 45 years-old who are looking to enjoy a romantic weekend break.

However according to the latest figures from the European organisation Eurostat the younger generations of Croatia are starting to holiday more and more. In 2014 the number of homegrown Croatian tourists between the ages of 25 and 34 who holidayed in the country was 210,322.

However, two years later, in 2016, this figure had almost doubled to 376,058. Whether it is thanks to an increase in music festivals, a rise in Airbnb apartments or the various international film productions is unknown.

The Croatian information system eVisitor has been nominated for the UNWTO Award for Innovation in Tourism.

The UNWTO Awards recognize inspirational individuals and projects for their innovative achievement as well as an invaluable commitment to the development and promotion of sustainable tourism in accordance with the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (GCET) and goals of sustainable development.

Therefore, the eVisitor system has found its place among the top 14 most innovative projects, out of 128 projects applied from 55 countries.

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The best individuals and the most innovative projects will be awarded at the 14th edition of the UNWTO Awards, which is to be held within the International Tourism Fair FITUR in Madrid, Spain in January 2018.

eVisitor system is a unique online information system which connects all tourist boards in Croatia and enables daily insight in tourist traffic. It also provides an updated database about accommodation facilities and accommodation service providers, reports for statistical and marketing purposes in real time as well as a better control of a visitor’s tax charge with the goal of achieving larger revenues in the tourism sector.

The most successful start-ups in Southeast Europe in drawing investment funds are those from Croatia.

The data from Atomico, an international technology investment company headquartered in London and the largest European capital fund, which invests in start-ups, shows that in the period from 2012 to 2016, Croatian start-ups drew around $100 million of investments.

According to a research conducted by The State of European Tech that was published at the world’s leading start-up event held in Helsinki last week, by the amount of investment Croatia was put side by side of Luxembourg, Lithuania, Portugal and Cyprus.

The largest investments in start-ups was drawn by the United Kingdom ($18,7 billion), followed by Germany ($11,4 billion), France ($10 billion) as well as Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Russia and Switzerland.

In Southeast Europe, according to Atomico, the most successful start-ups in drawing capital are those from Croatia that attracted $100 million of investments in the four-year period. The data also mentioned Romania and Hungary, however, these two countries drew investments less than $100 million.

This data is important for Croatia because it indicates that all other countries in the region, together with the rest of Europe, drew as much investments as Croatia, i.e. $100 million.

A rare lunar event that dazzled stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts around the world on the 3rd of December can also be observed in Croatia in the next few days.

The supermoon phenomenon is an event when Earth’s very own natural satellite approaches the planet as close as possible. On its orbital path, the Moon is at the point closest to Earth known as its perigee.

During perigee, the Moon approaches Earth as close as 363,300 km. On the other end of the spectrum, the Moon’s apogee takes it as far away from the planet as 405,500 km.

This unique and stunning spectacle also means that the Moon can appear up to 14-times lager and 30-times brighter than usual as seen from Earth.

For those who missed the supermoon yesterday, the good news is that the Moon will still appear much larger over the next few days.

Noah Petro, NASA's deputy scientist of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, explained:”The difference in distance from one night to the next will be very subtle, so if it’s cloudy on Sunday, go out on Monday.

In the last two years Advent in Zagreb has been picked as the best one in Europe on the website European best destinations, the first website dedicated to the promotion of tourism in Europe. This year our capital competes again!

- Christmas in Europe is one of the most beautiful times of the year for young and old alike. The streets of the most beautiful cities in Europe are dressed in sublime Christmas lights. Magic is in the air – it's written on the website that organizes the competition.
And it really is that way! Every year it seems that Zagreb shines even brighter. It attracts many tourists, but also visitors from all over Croatia. Christmas time in Zagreb is perfect time to visit Croatia's capital and many have recognized it. That's why it was picked as the best one in the last two years. Last year it collected 33,607 votes, while Strasbourg, that came second had 19,242.

There are 22 cities in the competition and everybody are invited to vote until December 11th. Will Zagreb win again? It's up to you! Vote here.

Christmas is just around the corner and many artists are feeling inspired. One of them is Pave Baletic, creative housewife from Gruda, Konavle, who surprised everybody with her wonderful collection of Christmas decorations combined with Konavle motifs. 

The artist has painted Christmas ball ornaments, that were already presented to the world by Konavle Tourist Board at the London Tourism Fair.

Pave Baletic is well known for applicating Konavle motifs (from folk costumes and jewelery) on Easter eggs. Her work is really unique and beautiful – as you can see.

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A very special cafe opened its doors just a few days ago in Zagreb! It's a ''Silent cafe'', a cafe for deaf people and people with bad hearing, where drinking coffee, socializing and communicating doesn't cause them any problem or anxiety.

Employed waiters also do not hear, and this praiseworthy project was financed by the City of Zagreb. In order to overcome the communication barriers and prevent misunderstandings with the waiter, guests can simply order drinks by using a tablet. If you want to pay, one click is enough and the waiter will arrive.

However, owners also invite people without hearing problems to get acquainted with the obstacles of those who do not hear by visiting their cafe. Guests can flick through newspapers and also watch the TV with shows in sign language.

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