Monday, 08 August 2022
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.


Croatian Kinological Association in cooperation with the Kinological Association Libertas Dubrovnik organizes international dog show CACIB Dubrovnik 2017, which will be held on 25th and 26th of April. Dog show will be held in the Solitudo autocamp.

Exhibitors come from 31 countries and 3 different continents. In two days, 800 dogs will be shown, and will be evaluated by international experts.

Program of the show:
Tuesday, 25 April
 09.45 Opening of the show
 10.00 Evaluation of dogs
15.00 - 16.30 Selection of the most beautiful dog

Wednesday, 26 April
10.00 Evaluation of dogs
15.00 - 16.30 Selection of the most beautiful dog

Even though the works are still in progress and the hotel has not been officially opened yet, one of the coolest hotels in Croatia received its first guests before Easter.

According to the British newspaper The Times, Salona Palace is one of the thirty coolest hotels in Croatia, which is located in the ancient Dalmatian town of Solin in the Split-Dalmatia County. It is a four-star hotel just 30 metres from the entrance in the ancient Roman city Salona, one of the largest archaeological sites in Croatia nowadays.

‘’A perfect place to feel the history and explore where Julius Caesar once walked. Hotel Salona Palace is a newly built small luxury resort offering you everything you need whether you are coming for business or pleasure’’, says the hotel.

Salona Palace is designed in the shape of a cross; it has four floors and spreads over 4200 square metres. It has 44 rooms and three suites (Standard & Superior Rooms and Caesar Suite & Junior Suite) as well as spa & wellness centre, swimming pools, a conference room, a banquet hall, and restaurants.

It is interesting to note that each room is decorated with Salona motifs, and each has a smart system for light and temperature regulation. The hotel will also open Joe’s Beach Lounge and Bar on nearby Kasjuni beach, with paddle boarding and kayaking on offer.

City of Dubrovnik joins the largest global environmental and voluntary movement ‘Let’s do it’ for the sixth time! This event is organized on Earth Day, with the aim of regulating illegal dumping and encourage environmental awareness inside the local community.

Department of Urban Planning, Spatial Planning and Environment of the City of Dubrovnik organizes Green and Blue cleaning in several locations, in collaboration with the numerous organizations, associates, partners, volunteers and local residents.

Program of the event:
-    Public Institution the Lokrum Reserve in collaboration with students of the Department of Aquaculture Dubrovnik
Departing on Lokrum on Saturday, April 22, and Tuesday, 25 April, with the boat at 10 am
Students will clean up the marine waste and also create a map with micro localities of the marine waste
-    Association DART
Departing on Lokrum on Saturday, April 22, at 10 am

Sipan – cleaning up paths and streams, April 26 and 27
- Youth Association Orlando
April 22, starting at 9 am at the location of "Old Hospital’’. After the action of collecting waste, eco- workshops are planned, as well as the screening of the documentary and amateur table tennis tournament.

-    Croatian Mountaineering Association Dubrovnik
April 22, cleaning footpaths Nuncijata-Sumet.
Gathering at the playground Nuncijata at 9 am.

-     Eco Center Zeleno Sunce, Mokosica, Dubrovnik
26 April, decorating eco-park in Mokošica and planting new seedlings, starting at 9:30 am.

- Volunteer Fire Department Rijeka Dubrovacka
As part of the campaign they will clean up illegal dumps in the City.

- Diving club "Nautilus"
Within the Blue cleaning, they will make examinations and analysis of heavy sediments in Rijeka Dubrovacka.
Everyone is welcome to join this action – protecting our planet starts with you!

According to the latest data from the eVisitor system, 117,288 arrivals and 399,921 overnight stays were recorded during the Easter period in Croatia, or 68 percent more arrivals and 94 percent overnight stays in comparison to the same period last year.

''For the first half of April the results are excellent and we believe such trend will continue in the rest of the month. These figures indicate that Croatia has plenty to offer even in the pre-season period, and that it becomes more recognizable as a year-round destination'', commented Gari Cappelli, the Croatian Minister of Tourism.

The data show that most overnights stays were recorded in the Istria County (134,000), in the Kvarner region (70,000) and in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (57,000). The most numerous guests were from Germany (90,000 overnight stays), Italy (41,000), Austria (41,000), France (16,000) and Slovenia (15,000). The domestic guests realized 46,000 overnight stays in the Easter period.

Fashion can be often used for a good cause, and that is an idea behind the design of Croatian born Marija Curic, a fashion designer and Ivana Curic, Founder of Curic&Curic. After finding out that Matthew Shane Cameron, husband of well known Croatian singer and host Tajci and their dear friend, suffers from Stage IV lung cancer, they decided to unite and donate their designs and time.

Every shirt is hand painted by Marija Curic who designed an image of healthy lungs and painted on the back of shirts. Marija hopes that this design benefits other people who are fighting the same disease like Matthew Shane Cameron. The design represents healthy lungs and includes a hashtag #breathefree, as for patients with this kind of cancer that is the hardest part.

Croatian superstar Tajci was deeply touched by their initiative. If you want to be a part of it follow this link.



The second largest IT company and the largest exporter of technology services Infosys which opened a centre for the delivery and support for its users in Croatia last autumn, has announced an official opening.

The Indian IT company has located its regional headquarters in Karlovac, where it took on a number of engineers who worked for the French industrial giant Alstom (after it was taken over by the American company General Electric).

Apart from Croatia, Infosys has already opened a similar centre in Moscow, Russia. The new delivery centre in Croatia, which is intended for the European Union market, and the delivery centre in Russia, which is directed towards the market of the Commonwealth of Independent States, focus on businesses related to aerospace and automotive industry, energy industry, turbo machinery as well as to serving other engineering clients.

"The establishment of centres in Croatia and Russia enables us to tap into a rich pool of engineering talent and bring this to the industrial and manufacturing companies that we work with around the world'', said in a statement Sandeep Dadlani, Global Head-Manufacturing, Retail, CPG and Logistics at Infosys.

Over the course of last week there were eight traffic accidents in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County. According to information from the police one of these accidents resulted in a fatality, three accidents in which six people were injured and four accidents with material damage.

In the county last week the traffic police stopped 366 drivers for traffic violations. This total included 189 drivers who were fined for speeding, 29 for not wearing a seat belt, 18 for improper overtaking and 6 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The fourth edition of the Dubrovnik wine festival “Dubrovnik FestiWine” was presented in Hotel Dubrovnik Palace. This year's festival will be held until the 23rd of April and this year the festival has an international character as leading wine producers from around the region are participating.

festiwine dubrovnik 2017

“Dubrovnik FestiWine was created following the strategy of development of viticulture and winemaking in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The strategy has promoted the excellent wines of our county, as it is known to have the highest quality red and white wines in Croatia. We wanted through this festival to promote wine buyers and wine lovers, our citizens and numerous tourists. This year we have a festival open to the countries of the European Union and some special partners," commented the prefect of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavić.

The central event of the festival is “The exhibition of wine” which will be held in the Lazareti complex on the 21st and 22nd of April 22 and is open to the public.

Dubrovnik FestiWine held since 2014, when it emerged as a regional wine festival Dubrovnik-Neretva County, with the aim of promoting indigenous variety Dubrovnik-Neretva County as well as the wine culture.

More information and the full program of the Dubrovnik FestiWine 2017 can be found here

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