Monday, 25 October 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.


Dubrovnik is one of the most photographed destinations in the world, every day thousands of snaps are published on social media sites and seen throughout the world; however this one really caught our eye.

Sofia Erhan from Bucharest, Romania added this photo to her Facebook account and within hours it had hundreds of likes. It is certainly one of the best photos we have seen of Dubrovnik for a long time...well done Sofia.

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Dubrovnik will be the host for the fifth time to the young filmmakers from Mediterranean countries. The selection jury of the Dubrovnik Film Festival for children and youth of the Mediterranean countries, popularly known as Duff, announced the results of the selected films in all categories. The jury are: young Dubrovnik director, screenwriter and critic Luksa Benic, a film editor from Zagreb Nina Velnic and animator and graphic designer Tea Strazicic. They have selected a total of 82 films among the applicants for the competition program. Films will be shown in two age categories: 38 movies of children up to 15 years in all film genres, 31 movies of youth from 16 to 20 years and 13 films in a unique, open category.

Apart from the competition part of the program during the festival there will be the workshop and accompanying programs that will be led by professionals from the world of film. In addition to competitors from eight Mediterranean countries, young people of Dubrovnik will once again have the opportunity to get to know the world of animation, learn all about the sound, to record their first feature film or make their own first timelapse video. For high school students the film art classes will be organized.

Duff is for the fifth time organized by Dubrovnik Cinemas, the Association for the Promotion of media culture Luza and Summer School Film Sipan, with the partnership of the Dubrovnik Gymnasium, in the period from 17th to 23rd October for all events, or from 20th to 23rd October for the competitive program.

The Croatian Tourist Board has initiated a new and interesting promotional campaign titled ''Croatia Feeds'' during August, which is full of short, innovative and entertaining descriptions of popular Croatian destinations and tourist products.

This campaign will last till the 11th of September 2016 with the main goal of inspiring potential tourists in an original way, to opt for Croatian destinations for their next vacation. For this purpose a special website was designed which, apart from imaginative titles, contains numerous attractive photos.

Apart from the Croatian Tourist Board, in the creation of the campaign and its contents on the markets in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 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 campaign ''Croatia Feeds'' is completely different from our previous online campaigns. Banners with interesting and intriguing titles, together with a new branded logo and attractive photos are a guarantee for attracting users' attention and our potential tourists. We also have a new campaign website which provides optimal experience of simple, transparent and informative use to users. Our campaign can be found on Google browser and on Google Display Network. There are also some special PR activities which will accompany the entire project for which we believe will achieve great results'', said Ratomir Ivcic, the director of the Croatian Tourist Board.

According to first results, the campaign has been more than successful so far. For example, on the 26th of August there were more than 85 million impressions, mostly on the German market, whilst the campaign websites achieved more than 80,000 clicks. Considering the fact that the campaign is visible on the most popular web portals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, it is expected that ''Croatia Feeds'' will achieve significantly higher numbers of impressions and website clicks till the 11th of September.

According to the latest news from Rijeka, the Croatian shipyard Viktor Lenac is expecting a new and lucrative contract for the overhaul of the US Navy command ship USS Mount Whitney.

Aljosa Pavelin, the CEO of the one of the leading shipyards for ship repair, conversions and offshore in the Mediterranean, says that they are waiting for the completion of the tender process and for a formal decision on the final selection of a contractor.

"We submitted the best bid and we believe that this will be enough for this extremely important project to be awarded to the Croatian shipyard. If we get this job, works will begin at the end of 2016 and will last until mid-2017," said Pavelin.

A few days ago the US Department of Defence reported on its website that Viktor Lenac was awarded a $20,998,341 firm-fixed-price contract for a 179-day dry docking and overhaul of USS Mount Whitney.

"This contract includes 14 options which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $31,921,042. The work will be performed in Rijeka, Croatia, and is expected to be completed by July 2017," the US Department of Defence said.

This has got to be our photo of the day! This “sea monster” was spotted by the team from Ludo More and posted on their Facebook site. Apparently this seaside beauty is situated on the rocks of the Konavle coastline near to the popular swimming destination Luka Cilipi.

All we can say its hats off for the creativity!

Many people, including locals, are completely unaware that a piece of one of the world’s most famous structures, the Berlin Wall, found its place in the Croatian capital almost seven years ago.

On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on the 9th of November 2009 the official unveiling of a segment of the Berlin Wall took place in front of the German Embassy and the Goethe Institute in Zagreb.

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German Embassy in Zagreb 

The segment of the Berlin Wall in Zagreb, which is 3.2 metres x 1.2 metres large and weighs over 2.5 tons, was donated to Zagreb by Axel Brauer, the German entrepreneur who had five segments of the Wall, which he bought from the former government of DDR. He decided to give one piece to the Croatian capital as a gift.

Twenty seven years has passed since the Berlin Wall came down. Nowadays numerous remains of the Wall can be seen in cities all over the world and pieces of the wall are of the most sold souvenirs in the German capital.

The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 by the Government of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) and forcibly divided Berlin and the rest of Germany into East Berlin/East Germany and West Berlin. Over the years the original parts of the Berlin Wall have been reminding the world of the peaceful revolution of the people in the East Germany and of the end of the division of Germany which symbolizes the fall of the Berlin Wall on the 9th of November in 1989. The unification of Germany was on the 3rd of October in 1990.

Andrea Bocelli, the famous Italian tenor who has been completely blind from the age of twelve, has sold more than 85 million albums, more than any other opera singer in history. His music is a universal language that connects people around the world just like the state of the art communication solutions which make our daily lives much easier. That is why Deutsche Telekom, one of the leading telecommunications groups in Europe, choose the famous tenor to participate in its new "Europe" campaign highlighting the idea of a connected Europe.

The campaign "You can’t see what it is that connects Europe. But you can feel it." featuring the famous tenor conveys Deutsche Telekom’s and the artist’s shared belief in the idea of the connectedness of countries and people, through a network that is invisible but always provides this feeling of connectedness.

For Andrea Bocelli, today's network technology is one of the great achievements of our modern world. “The network turns Europe into a community and brings people closer together. Like my music. Music is a special language that everybody understands – and thus connects people”, says the tenor. “Life is a complex web of relationships with people. With the help of this network and new technologies, I want to stay connected with all the people who are important to me. What is true for music is also true for the network: You can’t see what it is that connects Europe. But you can feel it.”

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Andrea Boceli on the Stradun...or at least his body double 

In the last few days, as a part of the Deutsche Telekom campaign in Croatia, big posters of Hrvatski Telekom can be seen throughout the country showing people with their arms flung wide open to the world forming the letter ''T''. The message is quite clear – the best network gives you a sense of freedom wherever you are.

Otherwise, this TV commercial have been already broadcasted throughout Europe and was recorded at various locations in a number of European cities. We are proud to say that Dubrovnik features in this TV commercial with the most famous street in the world Stradun and Dubrovnik's Franjo Tudman Bridge on which the famous world tenor Andrea Bocelli stands and throws his arms up to the world and to freedom.

The most popular low-cost airline in the world, Ryanair, could soon start flights to Dubrovnik. There have been rumours for several months that the Irish airline has shown an interest in operating between Dubrovnik and the UK and it seems that these negotiations are coming to a head.

Ryanair recently held talks with the three main parties in Dubrovnik, the mayor, representatives from Dubrovnik Airport and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and it appears that some movement has been made. Following these talks Ryanair has approached Dubrovnik Airport to reduce its landing fees and to sign a long-term contract. Speaking to the specialised website EX-YU Aviation the Route Manager from Ryanair, Luis Fernandez-Mellado, stated that the budget airline is interested in operating year-round flights to Dubrovnik, he described Dubrovnik as an “extremely interesting destination.”

Without doubt there would be a strong demand for Ryanair flights to Dubrovnik, who would be in competition on the London to Dubrovnik route with easyjet. But the fact that the Irish airline has shown interest in flying outside of the summer season should prove tempting for the local authorities. Fernandez-Mellado added that Dubrovnik would prove to be an excellent city break destination during the winter months.

On the other side the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, has publically stated that he would be willing to sign a long-term contract with Ryanair up to 2024. So as both sides see an interest and both seem willing to negotiate we can only assume that the current sticking point are the financial terms.

The Dubrovnik Times contacted both parties, however both we keeping their cards very close to their chest. The press office of Ryanair commented that “While we are always interested in new routes, we do not comment upon or engage in rumour or speculation.” Whilst the City of Dubrovnik gave a similar response, telling us that “the negotiations are currently ongoing and we will let you know as soon as we have more news.”

Ryanair currently operates flights to four airports in Croatia, Pula, Osijek, Zadar and Rijeka to various European destinations. Within the next weeks we should uncover whether Dubrovnik will be the fifth Croatian airport to welcome the budget airline.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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