Tuesday, 07 December 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

While the daily temperature in the Sibenik area these days measuring around 15°C, the sea temperature is much warmer, around 21°C. Nevertheless, the river Krka is certainly a few degrees colder, but these brave tourists visiting Croatia didn’t seem to mind.

''We are freezing, but everything is great because we are in Croatia'', the beautiful Kimmi Stacey wrote on her Instagram profile, after she had taken a dip with her friends in the river Krka a few days ago.

According to her posted photos, Stacey who lives in Hawaii, but is currently in Germany as part of the student exchange program, has already visited many European cities from Amsterdam to Paris. But she is thrilled with Croatia.

''Hawaii, you have competition! Croatia is a magical place'', wrote the young Hawaiian girl under photos which show her and her friends in their swimming costumes on a deserted beach in Split and Veli Drvenik where they tried out in diving.

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Dubrovnik artist and captain, Stjepko Mamic, received a pleasant surprise this week when the French broadcaster Voyage TV (FOX) asked him if they could record an episode in his studio in Dubrovnik.

“In each city they visit the producers chose a place and person that best represents their city,” explained Mamic. “When they arrived to film in my art studio they were very relaxed and we had lots of fun,” we added.

This special report about Dubrovnik will be released on French television in two months time and is sure to create interest on the French market for 2017.

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The weekend of rain was only a taster of what was to come as a week of unsettled weather is predicted for Dubrovnik.

Rain, storms and south winds are forecast for Dubrovnik this week as the summer sunshine comes to a close. Highs will reach 20 degrees this week with Thursday and Friday expected to be the warmest and clearest days of the week.

Next weekend also looks like wet and windy with storms and heavy downpours predicted. Certainly not a week to be without your umbrella.

Thanks to the record breaking figures of all Croatian airports this year, air carriers already operating over Croatian skies have announced more flights in the near future.

From next year Norwegian Air Shuttle airline will be introducing two additional weekly rotations on the route Split – Helsinki.

The Norwegian airline Norwegian Air Shuttle in their summer timetable for 2017 has announced the reinforcement of the route between Split and Helsinki. The existing three rotations a week every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday will be reinforced with two additional rotations every Wednesday and Friday. A total of five rotations a week will connect Split to Helsinki every day except Mondays and Sundays.

The line will begin to operate from the start of the summer season flight schedule, i.e. on the 28 of March 2017, which means that compared with this year's season the next one will begin with operations two weeks earlier.

Aircraft operating on this route will be the Boeing 737-800 from the company's fleet daughter company the Norwegian Air International which is registered in Ireland.


Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will have a concert 'Classical Vs. Film Music' on Tuesday, 11th of October in the Rector's Palace, starting at 9 pm. 

In the first, classical part of the concert cellist Vid Veljak will be presented and the concert will be conducted by Veton Marevci.The audience will have the opportunity to listen Divertmento in D major, KV 136 W. A. Mozart and Concerto for cello and orchestra no. 2 in D major, Hob VIIb / 2 J. Haydn.

Although young, cellist Vid Veljak is the winner of numerous competitions including international competitions Antonio Janigro in Porec and Distant Chords in Split, and in 2015 he was a finalist of the prestigious Cello Competition "Guilhermina Suggia" (Porto, Portugal). As a soloist he has performed accompanied by the famous the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Zagreb Soloists, Rijeka Chamber Orchestra, HRT Symphony Orchestra and the Zagreb Philharmonic. At the concert on Tuesday he will perfome with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra for the first time.
In year 2010/2011 Veton Marevci enrolled in orchestra conducting at the Music Academy in Zagreb, in the class of maestro Uros Lajovic. In seasons 2011 to 2013 he was one of the conductors of the Zagreb Youth Orchestra. In early 2015, he conducts Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time, followed by a year perform duties of assistant conductor of the same orchestra, performing two versions of Orff's Carmina Burana.

In the second part of the concert Orchestra will perform the popular film music, more precisely theme songs of some of the most popular films and TV series such as Titanic, The Godfather, Pirates of the Caribbean, James Bond, Game of Thrones, the famous works of H. Mancini, C. Santana and others. This program by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra began to run over the past year and it gathers and inspires many visitors.

European Coastal Airlines, a scheduled seaplane service that was launched in Croatia two years ago, has suspended all operations until the business environment becomes “trustworthy.” All flights from ECA were halted in August this year after the company’s Air Operators Certificate was revoked after an audit into the safety procedures of the German owned airline. A statement from ECA read that “we will no longer invest any funds into the Croatian seaplane project until the administrational situation has been resolved, giving us the opportunity to operate in a safe and trustworthy marketplace.”

According to reports on the specialised website EX-Yu Aviation the seaplane company has tried on several occasions to solve the problem with the Croatian government and other authorities but had become caught in the complicated red tape and bureaucracy. “The shareholders of European Coastal Airlines do not see any alternative than to suspend operations for the time being. This comes at a high cost of almost every operational job within our company, however, we have been left with no other choice to protect the investments implemented until today,” added ECA.

The launch of ECA was generally greeted with enthusiasm, the seaplanes connected islands and coastal destinations with regular flights at affordable prices. The company invested into seaports and infrastructure in Croatia, a total of around 22 million Euros, and had plans to expand the service all along the Croatia coastline. This year ECA had even started international flights to Italy and Montenegro. Getting the business off the ground in Croatia was a mammoth task and took ECA around 14 years to get up and running, further proof of the ultra-complicated paperwork. "It comes with the greatest regret to inform the public about these developments, nevertheless we feel the necessity to make everyone understand the situation we are in", concluded ECA.

At the beginning of October the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) launched an autumn promotional campaign ''Croatia Feeds'' on six European markets. By mid-November the HTZ will be inviting and motivating potential tourists with short and innovative descriptions of Croatian destinations to opt for Croatia for their next holiday.

This campaign includes the European markets of Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, the Netherlands and Switzerland with so called native advertising, display and advertising on social media.

The “Croatia Feeds” campaign was designed as ''story telling'' i.e. telling interesting stories about Croatia but in an intriguing and slightly different way in order to attract users' attention. The stories were selected depending on the preferences of each market'', reported from the HTZ Central Office.

The Croatian Tourist Board already tested its campaign on three markets (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) in the period from the end of August to mid-September. As reactions and market response were pretty successful, the HTZ decided to go on with the campaign this autumn on several foreign markets but for a longer period of time.

Apart from the Croatian Tourist Board, in the creation of the campaign and its special website with imaginative titles and numerous attractive photos also participated members of the Google creative team ''The ZOO'' which cooperates with numerous world brands and agencies. The main partner of this campaign is one of the leading international marketing agencies – BBDO.

The ‘’Croatia Feeds’’ campaign can be found on Google browser and on Google Display Network.

On the eve of the 25th anniversary of Croatia's independence (8th October 1991 – 8th October 2016) the Croatian National Bank (HNB) issued and put into circulation the new commemorative 25 Kunas coin.

Earlier this summer the HNB published a public-opinion poll on its website in order to invite all interested parties to include in the poll and upon their own personal criteria select the coin design which they consider to be the best.

Based on the works of the Croatian sculptor Damir Matausic, the Croatian Monetary Institute designed three different 25 Kunas coins.

More than 10,000 people participated in the poll. In addition to citizens living in Croatia, Croatian citizens living abroad, as well as tourists who happened to be in Croatia during the survey, also had the opportunity to express their opinion. Around 50 percent of the respondents voted for the first proposed coin design submitted by the HNB after which 50,000 new coins were put into production at the Croatian Monetary Institute.

On the commemorative coin ‘’The 25th anniversary of Croatian Independence’’ were also inscribed years which symbolize a quarter century of the country’s independence – the 8th October 1991 – the 8th October 2016.

The Croatian National Bank has issued 11 series of the 25 Kunas commemorative coin so far which has numismatic value. Even though it is a commemorative coin it can also be used as means of payment.

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