Tuesday, 04 August 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Traditional Dubrovnik Carnival is organized for the 18th time by the City of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik Tourist Board. This four-day event is dedicated primarily to children and youth, but is a great fun also for the adults that want to have a great masquerade.

Dubrovnik Carnival will open on Friday, February 24th, with an exhibition of carnival masks, costumes and photos, organized by DART in the Tourist Information Centre at Pile. An exhibition will be followed by the parade of carnival groups of the children from Dubrovnik kindergartens on Stradun and their presentation in Revelin. The first day will end in Lazareti.

The second day of the carnival will be on Sunday, February 26th, and it involves pre-school children and carnival families, with an ending Carnival party in Revelin.

On Monday, 27th of February is masked school day, which be held in Revelin during the whole day.

‘’Ultimi’’ or the end of the carnival will be held on Tuesday, 28th of February, with good entertainment, prizes for best masks and the concert of Art group.

Dubrovnik Carnival 2017 is the final event of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival.

The average monthly net salary per employee in Croatia in November last year was 5,805 Kuna (around 770 Euro), it was stated by Central Bureau for Statistics today - reports Poslovni.hr

Compared to October, the average monthly net salary in November was higher by 163 Kuna (a bit more than 20 Euro) or nominally – it shows a growth of 2.9 percent.

On an annual basis, compared to the average salary for November 2015, the average net salary for eleventh month last year was higher by 2 percent or 116 Kuna (around 15 Euro).

According to the first data of Central Bureau for Statistics, the average monthly gross salary per employee in November last year amounted to 7,959 Kuna (a bit more than 1050 Euro).

On a monthly basis it’s an increase of 3.6 percent or 278 Kuna (around 35 Euro), and on annual level average gross salary was higher by 196 Kuna (25 Euro) or by 2.5 percent.

There seems to be a continuing trend of baring all, well at least baring your backside, in travel photos. And Dubrovnik hasn’t avoided this trend.

The latest photo to appear seems to be a tourist somewhere in the Zupa region of Dubrovnik on top of a building overlooking the Adriatic Sea. However there have been photos of a similar ilk from the top of the Srd Mountain overlooking Dubrovnik and from the iconic Dubrovnik City Walls. We await to see if this summer season brings more backside exposés.

butt naked dubrovnik

Photo - Instagram - undisclothed1


According to a statement from the Croatian Tourist Board, the low-cost airlines Volotea and Transavia from France as well as an online French travel agency Karavel are planning to expand their business to the Croatian market in 2017.

During his working visit to France, the Croatian Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, met with executives of the three companies as well as with representatives of the French Tour Operators' Association (SETO), the tour operators Pierre & Vacances and Voyageurs du Monde who announced their plans of expanding services to Croatia.

The French airline Volotea expressed its interest in operating flights to Zagreb, Rijeka, Pula and Zadar in order to bring 220,000 French tourists to Croatia by 2020. Last year the airline operated flights to Split and Dubrovnik which achieved great results, thus it has announced additional routes to the two Croatian cities from Strasbourg and Marseille, increasing the number of seats by 52 percent.

Transavia as a member of the Air France-KLM Group has announced an increase of the number of seats to Dubrovnik and an introduction of new flights to Zagreb and Pula next year.

On the other hand, the leading French online travel agency Karavel reported an increase of 7 percent in bookings for Croatia in comparison to the same period last year and plans to expand its services to Croatia, which is perceived as a very safe tourist destination.

Dubrovnik has played host to Game of Thrones, Star Wars and is soon to the backdrop for the latest Robin Hood movie, but it seems that it isn’t only Hollywood that loves to film in the city.

One of the best known Indian models and actresses has recently been in Dubrovnik filming an advert for a cosmetics company. Huma Qureshi, who has starred in countless films, recorded a commercial for the company Blue Heaven Cosmetics in Dubrovnik.

And although the beautiful actress is supposed to be the star of the commercial she gets well and truly upstaged by Dubrovnik.

Check out the Blue Heaven advert!

It is only winter if the calendar says so. After the freezing cold front that hit Dubrovnik only ten days ago, followed by torrential rain, it would seem that we have moved into the third season, summer.

The city has gone from temperatures of – 6 degrees to sunbathing on the beach in the matter of a few days. This weekend has seen temperatures rising and clear blue skies. Some people made the most of the sunshine to sunbath on the Banje Beach or work “al fresco” on their laptops.

laptop on beach

Mimosa Day, national humanitarian action dedicated to the fight against cervical cancer has been marked today in the Old City by the Croatian League Against Cancer and League Against Cancer Dubrovnik. They organized traditional mimosas sale and distribution of the brochures on prevention of this malignant disease. In Croatia, 330 women a year get this type of cancer, while 120 of them die because of it. 


By purschasing mimosas locals expressed their solidarity and support to this humanitarian action, with a goal to raise money to improve oncology care in the Dubrovnik area and give support to those who are treated for malignant diseases who need help.


At the end of January this year elevent European Week of Cervical Cancer Prevention will be marked. That's the fourth most common cancer when it comes to women. Early detection and education are the best way to prevent cancer. Early detection increases the chances of successful treatment.


                                                                                                                                                   Photos by Zeljko Tutnjevic 

The Croatian Tourist Board participated at the Vakantiebeurs fair which was held in Utrecht from the 11th to the 15th of January. It is one of the first larger tourism fairs that has been held in Europe this year at which Croatia traditionally represents its tourist offer.

''The Benelux market is very important market for the Croatian tourism sector which realized more than 3.5 million overnight stays in 2016. The participation of the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) at the Vakantiebeurs only confirmed a significant interest of the Dutch in Croatian destinations especially in our camping segment which we will present in more detail at the Caravana fair from the 19th to the 24th of January in Leeuwarden'', stated the HTZ.

The tourism fair was abundant with various meetings with representatives of the media as well as with tour operators and air carriers. It is important to emphasize that air carriers showed great interest in Croatia thus many new flights to the country will be introduced, whilst the existing ones will be expanded. Therefore, KLM has announced a new flight from Amsterdam to Split this year, TUI - Netherlands will operate an additional flight between Amsterdam and Pula, whilst Thomas Cook - Netherlands will introduce a new tour operator program for central Dalmatia.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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