Thursday, 29 July 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.


Walking the streets of the old town of Split in skimpy clothes will soon be a minor offence if the city councillors support the amendment to the decision of communal order which is one of the topics of the agenda for the next session scheduled for Tuesday, May 17.
The proposed amendments will introduce the ban of walking around the city centre in skimpy clothes or in a bathing suit, and of course without any clothes. Control of this regulation will be carried out by municipal staff. The sanction fine will be 500 Kuna if paid on the spot or 1000 Kuna within the misdemeanour procedure.

According to the national newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija - This regulation is just a logical continuation of what has already been done by numerous cities and local authorities along the Adriatic coast largely because of foreign tourists who often walk around the cities minimally dressed in summer months.

The Croatian national airline, Croatia Airlines, could soon find itself under the wings of a new owner. The government are looking to privatise some of the few businesses controlled by the state, including Croatia Airlines, and Turkish Airlines have shown an interest in snapping up the airline.

If we estimate that this is a good business opportunity for Turkish Airlines then we will be interested in investing into Croatia Airlines, confirmed the managing director of HR for the Turkish carrier, Abdulkerim Çay. Yesterday the first flight from Istanbul by Turkish Airlines landed at the Dubrovnik Airport.

Even though the government have shown interest in privatising Croatia Airlines there is still plenty of work to be done before a public tender is announced. There has been no official announcement of the sale of the airline, or a clear model as to which version of privatisation the government will seek, a strategic partner or a complete sale.

- Turkish Airlines is a business and as yet we don’t know which way the sale of Croatia Airlines will go. However if we see a good opportunity between the two companies then we will certainly consider it – commented Abdulkerim Çay during his visit to Dubrovnik Airport.

Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik has just made a new record – the Dubrovnik hotel has won the prestigious Connie award for the fifth time, a feat that has never done by any other Hilton hotel in the world! The Connie award is reserved only for the best hotels in this prestige international hotel chain.

The Hilton in Dubrovnik won its first award in 2010, only five years after joining the Hilton group. But Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik continued to keep its trend of excellence and picked up its second award in 2012 and every following year including last year.
This award is named after founder of Hilton hotel chain Conrad Hilton also known as Connie to his family and friends. Almost one hundred years ago he opened his first hotel with a beautiful vision to fill the earth with light and warmth of hospitality.

Today with Connie award Hilton group celebrates the vision of its founder and honours the best hotels for keeping this vision alive in order to set the example for other hotels to follow.

What makes this award so significant is perfect balance of excellent product, extraordinary service and competitiveness. Each member of a team contributes by being hospitable with every guest they meet and being able to anticipate guest's needs to the smallest details.

Congratulations Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik!

Meritum Comunications & Art Hill in collaboration with Bina-Istra will bring Jose Carreras to Croatia, on the occasion of his last world tour, aptly called “The Final World Tour.” The concert by one of the best known tenors in the world will be held in the beautiful Pula Arena on the 23rd of July starting at 9 p.m.

Visitors will enjoy world famous melodies by the famous Spanish tenor, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre. This unique musical experience will have a humanitarian character and Bina- Istra will donate all funds raised at this event to children's wards of Rijeka and Pula hospitals. This musical spectacle in the unique atmosphere of the ancient Arena is perhaps the last chance in Croatia to enjoy the beautiful music and melodies of the famous musical virtuoso.

Tickets sales begin in a few days but due to the great interest we advise you to book and buy your ticket at the earliest opportunity. All sales information is available at

Dubrovnik Tourist Board in cooperation with Turkish Airlines and support of Croatian National Tourist Board organized a press-tour for 39 foreign journalists from Turkey, Canada, Taiwan, Malaysia, Korea an Japan. It was done on the occasion of the inaugural flight between Istanbul and Dubrovnik. This tour will promote Dubrovnik, the new location of the most successful European airline. Journalists arrived yesterday, with the first flight from Istanbul and were part of the ceremony at The Dubrovnik Airport.
Then they went on the ride with the cable car to Srđ, followed by the tour of the Old Town and its mayor attractions. Today they went to Elaphites.
Impressions of Dubrovnik and the importance of the direct air route between Istanbul and Dubrovnik will be the topic of the reports in the print and electronic media, plus the social networks. That will contribute to the success of the new line, which will operate throughout the year and it's really important for the countries of the Far and Middle East.
The journalists will leave tomorrow, also with the flight by the Turkish Airlines.








The connection between the Game of Thrones and Dubrovnik is unbreakable, and now we have a life-size character from the hit series on the streets of Dubrovnik.

Tyrion Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage, is alive and well in Dubrovnik, well at least of model of him is on the streets of Dubrovnik.

Many businesses in Dubrovnik have introduced Game of Thrones themed contents to their offer, but this Game of Thrones store in the Old City has gone one step further with this model of the popular character. Located on one of the main streets in the historic Old City the model of Tyrion Lannister is proving a hit with tourists who are lining up to get their photo taken with him.

The Game of Thrones store, Dubrovnik City Shop, also has a full-sized throne from the series inside which customers can pose in.





There is a possibility that Ryanair will finally come to Dubrovnik! It seems that Dubrovnik Airport started talking with the largest low cost airline, who has avoided Dubrovnik before because of the high fees, over potential year round flights to the city.

- The Deputy General Manager of Dubrovnik Airport, Frano Luetić, says the two sides held talks during the recent Routes Europe forum, which brought together a wide range of airlines, airports and tourism authorities – writes EX-YU Aviation News and adds that Luetić said that they provided Ryanair with a letter of intent from local authorities under the condition they operate service on a year-long basis and also that Ryanair is ready to come to Dubrovnik and talk with all relevant stakeholders.

Ryanair isn't new in Croatia, since it has flights to Osijek, Pula, Rijeka and Zadar. Anyhow, Dubrovnik Airport has been trying hard to improve this winter season, because 85 percent of the travellers fly during the summer months. By the information of EX-YU Aviation News, there should be flights from Dubrovnik to Frankfurt this winter, and Turkish Airlines that just came to Dubrovnik will keep their route all year around. There is a possibility that seasonal service of Austrian Airlines from Vienna will last the whole year too.

Turkish Airlines , one of the world's fastest growing airlines, directly connects Istanbul and Dubrovnik from today.
Inauguration of the new, 285th destination of Turkish Airlines, was held this morning at the Dubrovnik airport with the first plane landing from Istanbul. Among the others, the chairman of the Turkish Airlines Ilker Ayci, Mayor of Dubrovnik Andro Vlahušić and general manager of the Dubrovnik airport Roko Tolić attended the ceremony.
Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the best airline in Europe for five years in a row.


                  Photo: Nikša Duper

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