Friday, 28 February 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.


Dubrovnik and its tourism opportunities were presented and exhibited at one of the most important tourism fairs in Japan last week. The Dubrovnik Tourist Board attended the JATA Tourism Expo in Tokyo from the 21st to the 24th of September and joined the tourist board of the county.

In 2016, the JATA fair saw over 185,000 visitors, of which 50,000 were professionals in tourism, and this year even more visitors were attracted to this leading fair in the region. Exhibitors from over 140 countries from all over the world presented their offers at the fair so competition for Dubrovnik was extremely high.

In the first eight months of 2017, nearly 26,000 Japanese tourists visited the County of Dubrovnik-Neretva, and generated over 52,000 nights, which is 9 percent more than in the same period a year earlier.

Want to get a quick bite-sized impression of Dubrovnik in the summertime, well this blitz video pretty much does the job.

“30 Seconds of Dubrovnik” created by J. Griffith packs in various activities and scenes from Dubrovnik, including cliff diving, street music, food and kayaking and was all created with a GoPro. This fun video gives some helpful hints as well as capturing some of the feel of Dubrovnik in the summer.

Check out the video we think its fun

Julia Roberts has reportedly visited Split on the Croatian Dalmatian coast but has successfully managed to avoid the media.

The Hollywood actress apparently visited Split this week with her husband Danny Moder who is currently filming the comedy romance Ibiza. Moder is the cinematographer of this latest blockbuster to be filmed on location in Croatia and which stars Richard Madden, Gillian Jacobs and Vanessa Bayer.

After filming in Belgrade it is believed that Julia Roberts arrived in Split along with her husband. It was rumoured that Moder was staying in the Radisson Blu hotel in Split and that Roberts joined him yesterday.

Fine local wines flow, the sound of Dubrovnik style snacks being sliced and diced and the aroma of freshly ground coffee all to the backdrop of funky art hanging from every nook and cranny, yes, art hanging around as you enjoy a break in Tavulin.

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Located in the very heart of the historic city core this wine & art bar is the new star on the Dubrovnik gastro scene. Whilst the concept might be well known in other Mediterranean destinations this is unique in Dubrovnik.

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Every month or so a new artist has their work highlighted in the bar. You even have the chance to purchase some art as you sip your Merlot. It’s literally a stone’s throw from the Stradun but you feel like you’ve entered a different world, one far away from the hustle and bustle.

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 If you want to take time to enjoy your chardonnay, relish your tapas or contemplate your coffee then Tavulin will give you that time. Make time for yourself in Tavulinand enjoy an authentic local experience!

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Iza Roka 11, Dubrovnik (you might need to hit the Google maps) 

Tel - +385 99 885 4197

Open from 11:00am to 00:15

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The European Statistical Agency Eurostat has recently stated that Croatia is at the bottom of the European Union when it comes to the involvement of people in cultural activities.
The Eurostat data show that last year only 36,6 percent of Croatian citizens visited a cinema, theatre, museum or historical site.

In comparison to other EU member countries, Croatia is only better than Bulgaria with 28,6 percent of people who were involved in cultural activities.

As stated by the European Commission, cultural participation is an essential dimension of the European statistical framework for culture as it is a "raison d'être" for the cultural sectors. It contributes to personal well-being and to the integration of individuals in society.

The Eurostat survey covered the following cultural activities: reading habits (books and newspapers); going to the cinema; attending live performances (plays, concerts, operas, ballet and dance); and visiting cultural sites (historical monuments, museums, art galleries or archaeological sites).

The first day of autumn arrived in Dubrovnik and the weather actually took a turn for the better. After a couple of days of mixed weather with scattered clouds and a few drops of rain the first day of the weekend saw endless blue skies and warm sunshine.

Although thousands of cruise ship passengers arrived on numerous ships today the historic Old City core still had a relaxed feel to it, if you discount the chaos on the Pile entrance. With the warm weather and temperatures up in the mid twenties is Dubrovnik in for an Indian Summer again this year?

Check out our photo gallery from Zeljko Tutnjevic













The Red Palm Weevil that plagued the palms of the Dubrovnik region has claimed another two victims.

The pest that attacked the palm trees of Dubrovnik, starting back last winter, has now meant that the two iconic palm trees by the entrance to the Old City of Dubrovnik have had to be cut down.

The city removed the two palms, for safety reasons, yesterday and now the entrance from the Ploce gate looks rather sad.

palm trees before

palm trees after

According to the final results on Income Poverty survey carried out by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (DSZ), the poverty risk rate in Croatia was 19,9 percent in 2016, whilst 28,5 percent of people were at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

The poverty threshold in 2016 for one-adult household was 25,668 Kunas a year, whilst a household with two adults and two children under the age of 14 amounted to 53,903 Kunas.

The data also show that last year the risk poverty rate for coastal Croatia was 15,8 percent, whilst for continental Croatia it was 21,9 percent. A difference by gender was also observed; the risk poverty rate was higher for women (30,8 %) than men (23,8 %).
Last year's risk poverty rate of almost 20 percent was slightly lower than in 2012, when it was 20,4 percent.

Comparison to other EU member countries indicates that last year the highest rate of poverty risk was recorded in Romania (25,3%), followed by Bulgaria (22,9%) and Spain (22,3%). On the other hand, the lowest rates were observed in the Czech Republic (9,7%), Finland (11,6%), Denmark(11,9%), Slovakia (12,7%) and the Netherlands (12,8%).

Furthermore, Bulgaria recorded the highest number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion (40,4%), followed by Romania (38,8%) and Greece (35,6%), whilst the Czech Republic (13,3%), Finland (16,6%), Denmark (16,7%) and the Netherlands (16,8%) recorded the lowest number of people at risk poverty or social exclusion.

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