Thursday, 05 December 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

Low-cost airline EasyJet have announced that they will once again offer clients package deals, seeking to fill the void created by Thomas Cook's demise, the British media has reported.

Around 20 million passengers fly with EasyJet to Europe each year, however only 500,000 people actually book their accommodation with them.

Explaining the decision to reopen package holidays, EasyJet explains: "The total European market package deals are worth around £61bn a year. The UK market alone is worth £13bn and has grown six percent annually over the past period."

“Customers spend holidays differently today, we know they want arrangements of different duration, not the traditional seven or 14 nights," the Irish company said.

The announcement of expanding their current offer was made with release of the 2018/2019 performance report, which ended in September. Pre-tax profits fell 26 percent to £427m (€ 500.4m). Revenue rose 8.3 percent to £6.38bn.

 

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The festive spirit is coming to Zupa this winter season as the borough has finally decided to follow the lead of Dubrovnik and Konavle and organise an “Advent in Zupa.”

The Municipality of Zupa and the Zupa Tourist Board have joined forces to create Advent in Zupa for the first time ever and it will be held from the 13th of December to the 1st of January. The borough has organised winter houses selling festive culinary delights before but this has tended to be on a small scale and without any accompanying program of events. And although this year’s festivities in Zupa will not be on the scale of Dubrovnik it is however a positive step in the right direction.

Six special festive stands will be organised this year offering all the tastes and aromas of Christmas and this event is also being supported by the local restaurant Tutto Bene.

A festive program will be put together which will include cultural and entertainment events and a New Year’s Eve celebration.

 

The weather forecast for Dubrovnik for the next two days looks less than promising to say the least. Gale force southerly winds, torrential rain and overcast skies will make sure that locals and tourists will have an umbrella within sight at all times.

Just last week an amazing storm hit the whole Dubrovnik region and one of the extreme weather phenomena was a huge waterspout that appeared between Dubrovnik and Zupa over the Adriatic Sea.

This video of last week’s waterspout was sent to us by a reader and shows the sheer height and power of nature. Could we see similar sights over the next two days? The weather conditions would suggest maybe.

Check out the video below

 

Fancy an evening out at the cinema? Cinestar is celebrating their 16th anniversary next week and have announced that they will be selling tickets for only 16 Kunas to mark the event.

On Wednesday the 27th of November, on the 16th birthday of the largest cinema chain in Croatia, cinema-goers can catch the latest Hollywood hit for only 16 Kunas, a substantial saving on the normal price of a ticket.

Of course Wednesday will be a busy day so if you want to catch Frozen II, Midway, Ford vs Ferrari or one of the other hits then you might want to reserve your place in advance. The 16 Kuna special offer is valid for all movies, including 3D and VIP seats, but not for 4DX movies.

Check out the Cinestar site for more details.

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Clearly Croatia is a popular holiday destination for South Korean tourists. Ever since the beauties of Croatia were highlighted on two popular South Korean TV shows a few years ago the country has seen an ever growing number of tourists.

And now comes news that the airline, Korean Air, will upgrade and expand their flights connections between Seoul and Zagreb for 2020. Korean Air has announced that in 2020 they will operate the link with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which holds up to 269 seats, with 24 business-class seats and 245 economy seats.

This move is an upgrade since Korean Air have until now operated the connection with the 218-seat Airbus A330-200. Korean Air will fly three times a week between Seoul and the Croatian capital in the summer of 2020 with seasonal flights starting on the 31st of march next year.

 

Get ready for another two days of rain and storms as the experts as weather forecasters predict another period of unsettled weather in Dubrovnik. After a few days of sunshine and blue skies the rains are on their way back to Dubrovnik with forecasters stating that today and tomorrow will be extremely wet and windy with gale force southerly winds.

Just last week the whole Dubrovnik region was struck by incredible storms with raging seas and floods and it seems like today and tomorrow will see similar weather conditions.

Highs today will reach 14 degrees torrential rain and strong southerly winds forecast. And tomorrow will be a similar story with highs to reach no more than 16 degrees and rain and southerly winds again forecast.

Croatians spend an average of five hours a day on their smart phone, according to a Masterindex survey conducted by Improve for Mastercard.

The survey found that 82 percent of Croats are satisfied with the current level of digitization, while as many as 67 percent of residents use smartphones to pay their bills. In addition, we mostly use smartphones for online chat (84 percent), followed by email (82 percent), online shopping (81 percent), internet search (79 percent), social networks (74 percent), and online or mobile banking (64 percent).

Compared to last year's results, social networks are slightly less used and navigation, payment applications and video on demand more. Younger respondents use their smartphone above average, buy online more often, share photos, watch videos, listen to music, use payment apps, track sports, and get informed about travel and traffic.

Older respondents, on the other hand, make greater use of navigation, e-readers, Internet and mobile banking, e-mail, and Internet search, and more often view the weather.

Mobile phones are mostly used by young people between the ages of 18 and 29, with an average of five and a half hours a day, but still less used by older people.

 

Dubrovnik artist Deša Vlahutin will present her work at the prestigious gallery of one of the largest auction houses in London. Bonhams Auction House will exhibit a series of sculptures called "Fibonacci Fragments" on the 25th of November. The exhibition not only has a visual character, but is a set of reflections on the impact of the Fibonacci series on art and life.

Visitors will have the opportunity to hear an interactive lecture by Ph.D. Jan Rosenzweig on the life of a famous mathematician and the relationship between mathematics, art and nature. The exhibition will also feature a musical piece composed of compositions inspired by the Fibonacci series.

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Deša's fascination with Fibonacci has resulted in a collection of sculptures which, as their origins, have figures of the Fibonacci sequence that, through the relationship of sculptural surfaces, evolve into a series that combines mathematical precision and minimalist sculpture. Seven white sculptures are devoid of detail, and they draw their sculpturalism precisely from the mathematical relation of one surface to the others, forming a rounded whole.

 

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