Monday, 21 June 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.


The County Port Authority, in co-operation with the Dubrovnik Diving Club, the Orhan Fishing Club and the CIAN company, will organize an action of cleaning the Old Town Harbour tomorrow, Saturday, May 22, 2021, starting at 10:00 AM.

Also, all fellow citizens and all those who want to get involved are welcome in the action.


The Croatian tourism industry has received a massive boost ahead of the 2021 tourist season with the news that Germany will remove Croatia from the list of high-risk countries this Sunday.

This is good news for Croatian tourism because Germans are convincingly the most numerous tourists and it is encouraging that this country is finally easing epidemiological measures. The curfew has been abolished in Berlin, the regions are gradually opening bars and shops, but restaurants only on the second of June.

“Currently, a third of the German population has received their first vaccine, and approximately one in 10 people has been fully vaccinated,” said Lothar Wieler, director of the Robert Koch Institute of Infectious Diseases.

German tour operators are optimistic because they doubled their reservations in April. And Lufthansa is slowly reviving routes.


Booking a flight seems like an easy decision, but only if you know the correct tips and tricks for it. We know that people can get anxious about booking their flights at the right time and not missing an opportunity of getting the best deal. 

Many airlines offer these deals depending on the situation of the market because the more the demand, the higher the price of the ticket. 

Many factors are likely to affect the higher or lower prices of the flight ticket. Some are evident to people during flight booking, but some are not so clear. Well, we believe in knowing what you are signing up for before booking your flight. Therefore, here are some things that you should know before booking a flight.

Tips & tricks for booking a flight

If you are someone who loves to travel on vacations, there is no way you should wait until the holiday season or off-season, when most major airlines offer discounted fares. 

The reality is that you can save money on your flight reservations at any time of year. All you have to do is remember these easy tips the next time you need to book a flight.

1. Use flight-booking sites

It is not a proper way to rely on the only official website of airline companies to get the best deals for your flight; instead, it is time-consuming too. To find the cheapest flight, use the best flight search engines, which offer you the best result according to your needs.

To book via an airline's website, you must first determine which airline offers the best fares. Numerous travel search engines and online travel agencies (OTAs) can assist you in locating the best offers, so you know which airline's website to go to. 

Some OTAs also have benefits that make booking anywhere other than the airline's website worthwhile.

● Sky scanner

One of the most well known websites for booking flights. You can use it to search for and compare flights, destinations, and dates. The platform is very user-friendly and helps you to search for cheap flights from anywhere.

● Momondo

It is yet another fantastic site, both in terms of design and functionality. You will find a quick search box on the home page where you can enter your travel details.

2. Join Facebook travel groups

Travel groups abound on Facebook, with participants regularly sharing tips, tricks, and scoops! A significant system failure occurred on an international flight-booking website a few years ago.

It was first shared in a private Facebook group, but it quickly spread to other Facebook groups.

3. Choose from a variety of airlines

Yes, booking a return flight is the most convenient way to book flights for your holiday. Furthermore, the consensus is that return flights are less expensive. However, the reality is very different.

Make the extra effort to look at other airlines' flights and be more transparent about your flight time. We are confident that you will be able to find a better price.

4. Book connecting flights

Direct flights are often more convenient, but stopping over will also save you a lot of money if you have a little more time. (Sometimes, connecting flights only add a couple of hours to the journey.)

Since people prefer faster, direct flights, those with layovers are typically less expensive. The trick is to provide enough time between flights, not too little, so that you have to rush to the gate, and not so much, so that you are bored out of your mind while pacing the terminal.

If you only have a day or two, choose layovers that are longer than a day to allow you to explore a new place.

5. Make use of the incognito mode

Why do you think you see a higher price almost every time you go to a flight-booking site? So, do not be fooled by these portals. These portals automatically record your cookies and server information. As soon as the device detects that you are using the website for the second time in a few days, it will automatically lift your airfares.

Using the private browsing mode or the popular Incognito mode in Chrome browsers is the best way to prevent this. If you are using a standard browser, make sure to clear the cookies or open the website in a different browser or device.

6. Fare Sales

To draw more passengers, airlines offer fare sales for a limited period. To receive an early alert, you must apply to the airline's email list. Another place to look for these offers is, which lists all of the airline companies' flight booking discounts.

7. Book Ahead

That might sound clichéd, but there is no better way to get a cheaper flight ticket than to prepare ahead of time and purchase your tickets then. Booking early has always proven to be the easiest way to get reduced airfares, regardless of what promotions or offers are available.

8. Plan ahead of time

Tickets purchased at the last minute may be more expensive than tickets purchased months in advance. Although there are occasionally last-minute surprise discounts, planning ahead of time can help you budget appropriately and find the best price available.

Purchasing ahead of departure time also allows you to plan your accommodation and even make changes later on. Given the pandemic, it is best to buy tickets for a long time in advance, especially given the possibility of a brutal winter this year.


These are some extensively used tips for booking flights. Nowadays, in this generation, every task must be completed quickly to maximize time and effort while producing a helpful report. Therefore, online ticket booking is highly convenient and relatively inexpensive.

You can book your ticket from the comfort of your own home,which means you do not need to worry about spending money on gas or parking to get your ticket. You can get your desired flight with a click. So, why waste time roaming around to get a cheap ticket

EUROCONTROL has issued a new forecast looking at the possible evolution of domestic and international air traffic in Europe over the coming four years taking into account the expected evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report’s key finding is that traffic is not expected to reach 2019 levels until 2024 at the earliest.

Eamonn Brennan, Director General EUROCONTROL said “The situation remains very challenging for European aviation. We’re heading into summer 2021 and most restrictions are still in place despite encouraging progress on the vaccination front. So while we are anticipating an uptick in summer traffic, our most likely medium term scenario envisages a coordinated lifting of restrictions by Q1 2022 between regions, which facilitates more long-haul travel. We’ll probably have around 50% of 2019 traffic for all of 2021 (5.5 million flights). By the end of next year, traffic will only have recovered to 72% of 2019 levels, and will only get back to close to where we were pre-pandemic by 2025.”

The first scenario foresees traffic returning to 2019 levels by 2024, assuming widespread vaccination take-up across the European network by summer 2021 coupled with a coordinated easing of travel restraints, and the resumption of a few long-haul flows. This scenario is aligned with the airlines’ plans for the summer months built on the pent-up demand effect, particularly for the VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives) market. However, this first scenario is considered optimistic given the current state of vaccine rollout progress, with a coordinated approach across States less likely to be reached in the coming months.

The second scenario remains most likely, whereby 2024 traffic recovers to 95% of the 2019 figure based on widespread vaccination take-up across Europe and coordinated easing of travel restraints being reached by Q1 2022 between global regions, with more long-haul flows starting to return.

The third, most pessimistic scenario assumes traffic in 2024 will only reach 74% of the 2019 figure, with a full recovery not before 2029. This scenario envisages persistent restrictions over the coming years owing to patchy vaccine uptakes and/or renewed outbreaks of new virus strains, with passenger confidence negatively impacted.

“The pace of recovery will be driven by vaccine progress and by States adopting consistent and coherent measures to support the aviation industry and ensure that passengers feel safe to fly again. In this regard, there is an urgent need for a commonly accepted approach like the proposed EU “Digital Green Certificate”, one that can provide passengers, airlines and airports alike with the certainty they need to resume travel,” Eamonn Brennan added.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 12 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (five of which were determined by a rapid antigen test).

These are four people from Dubrovnik and Metković, one each from Dubrovacko Primorje and Vela Luka, and two people who do not reside in the county.
A total of five males and seven females were infected, and five of them have an established epidemiological link.

20 people made a full recovery - four people each from Dubrovnik and Metković, three each from Opuzen and Župa dubrovačka, two from Vela Luka and one each from Blato, Korčula and Ston, as well as one person who does not reside in the county.

In the last 24 hours, 291 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 71,758 samples have been analysed.

21 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in Dubrovnik. Intensive care is required by two patients on invasive ventilation.

There are 272 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, one violation of the self-isolation measure was recorded.

The Croatian National Tourist Board is launching a special promotional campaign "Trust me I've been there" in 12 markets in Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Poland, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Russia.

The campaign will be active until the end of July, and is implemented through activities on social networks Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, then through the most watched TV channels, popular websites and newspapers in each market and through outdoor advertising on billboards, digital panels and public transport.

The goal of the campaign is to invite guests to spend their vacation in Croatia, as well as further positioning Croatia as an attractive, safe and well-prepared destination.



"This is a new campaign that is different from all previous ones, i.e. that is personalized and adjusted to the preferences of each individual market. It is with this goal that we decided to create special messages, and the main actors of the campaign are satisfied guests who invite their fellow citizens to come to Croatia and share first-hand information that our country is an ideal and safe destination for summer vacation," said the CNTB director, Kristjan Staničić, adding that the Safe Stay in Croatia security label will continue to be communicated through the campaign, which in the current situation provides an additional sense of destination security.

The Minister of Tourism and Sports, Nikolina Brnjac, said that Croatia is fully ready to start the tourist season. "Through this campaign, we will present their favourite destinations and tourist products to tourists, and it specializes in each individual market. This is a continuation of the activities by which we position Croatia as an attractive, safe and well-prepared tourist destination. We work intensively to ensure optimal safety and health conditions for tourists, but also for our fellow citizens and all stakeholders in the travel chain. The process of vaccinating tourist workers who we expect to be vaccinated by the beginning of summer has intensified, borders for foreign tourists are open, the Safe stay in Croatia project has more and more users every day, we have defined more than 300 points for testing tourists in tourist centres, we co-finance the price of antigen tests for tourists, and we will have special epidemiological data for the islands. We are ready for the season, and additional optimism is provided by the improvement of the epidemiological situation, which we know is crucial for the interest of the guests," concluded Brnjac.

Any professional in any field requires a trademark to stand out against competitors. In the UAE, artists have discovered that having a trademark is one of the best things to do for their brands. This is because a trademark gives a brand that distinctive element, and for artists, this can contribute to a good source of revenue.

Difference between Trademark and Copyright

It is easy to misunderstand the difference between a trademark and copyright. Note that copyright is responsible for protecting the works of artists, and it is responsible for activities like royalty collection and keeping track of any duplicated work of the artists. Professional artists use copyright to protect and help them track their works.

Trademark is a little different and is more focused on protecting the brand. This can be in the form of names, logos, slogans, images and other branding factors. There are several institutions in the UAE that you can use to trademark your brand and the process is simpler today thanks to internet technology.

The Trademark process

There are so many reasons why artists should have a trademark, especially in a region like the UAE. In the UAE, registering any trademark, including an artist’s name, must follow a strict procedure.

The steps for trademarking an artist name in the UAE are - 

1. Research

Before you can register a trademark with any responsible institution you usually need to run a check. This is important because there could be another artist with the same trademark name as you. This can have your fans and clients confused and misled when searching for your work.

2. Application

Once it has been verified that the trademark name you want to register is available, you will be allowed to apply for said trademark. The application form is supposed to be submitted to the trademark register with the following documents:
• The Power of Attorney
• Trade License
• A sample of Trademark design / name and
• What the trademark will cover. This can consist of the works, images and voice of the artist.

3. Contact details

The artist will need to provide their active contact details such as phone number, email and even social media handles. This is important because trademarking companies usually have updates and other important information that they share with their clients via channels such as newsletters.

4. Identification

Identification documents are required when an artist wants to trademark their name in the UAE. Acceptable forms of documentation include passports, UAE ID cards, driving licenses and even birth certificates.

5. Application fee

It costs about AED 500 to trademark an artist name in the United Arab Emirates. The cost can, however, vary depending on the agent or registering company.

6. Publication

Your trademark registration will then be made public by getting published in at least two national newspapers in the UAE. This is one of the benefits of having a trademark in the UAE as the registrar is informing the public about your brand which is a good marketing advantage.

7. Issuance of certificate

Once an artist meets all the stated requirements they are issued with the certificate of the trademark to prove ownership of a brand name. Many artists like musicians don’t use their official names, and usually trademark their alias names. However, the identification information required here has nothing to do with the alias name and artists should only submit their legal names.

It takes about four months before an artist name trademarking process is complete.

Not all can be Trademarked

While artists can trademark their name and brand in the UAE some elements cannot be trademarked. These are usually public properties owned by the government or other brands. For example, an artist whose name includes third-party names may not be eligible for a trademark. The Red Cross symbol is an example of a sign that can never be trademarked in the UAE as an artist, even if it is your best branding choice.

Need help with your Trademark?

In the UAE it is imperative to hire a good, knowledgeable firm aware of the UAE laws to get your Trademark registered. If you use one of our registered Trademark Attorneys like Far consulting Middle East they will take you step by step through the process.

An agreement has been reached at the EU level to open the borders to all travellers who have completed the Covid vaccination process, AFP reports.

The decision on whether fully vaccinated citizens of Great Britain and some other countries will be allowed to enter the European Union unconditionally will be made on Friday.

Although it is likely that an agreement to lift some restrictions on border crossings has been reached, no agreement has been reached on Covid passports.

"Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the governments of the member states will resume negotiations on Thursday," the Portuguese EU presidency said.

The digital certificate could open more EU countries to travel within the Union in late June, even as the coronavirus pandemic continues, as well as concerns about new strains of the virus.

The so-called digital green certificate will be proof that the person has been vaccinated against Covid-19, has a negative test result or has recovered from the disease. This was introduced to avoid discrimination against persons who could not be vaccinated.

The aim of the confirmation is to abolish as soon as possible the measures currently in force when it comes to travel between countries.

However, it is up to each of the 27 Member States to decide what benefits the certificate brings within their borders.

Greece has already eased the entry conditions for foreigners who have been vaccinated, and Spain is allowing tourists from the EU to enter on the condition of a negative test.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, one sixth of the European Union's adult population is now vaccinated with both doses. The Commission aims to increase that to 70 percent by September.


The Voice of Dubrovnik


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