Wednesday, 20 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.


The low-cost airline Ryanair will connect Zagreb with 24 destinations in 16 countries in the winter flight schedule, and in December it will introduce a third aircraft into the Zagreb base, expecting around one million passengers on all routes by next summer, the low-cost airline announced on Tuesday.

The CEO of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, held a press conference in Zagreb today and emphasized that Zagreb is a great challenge for them and that they see great potential here. He pointed out that Zagreb is currently one of the growing ‘hot city break’ destinations.

"People want to come to Zagreb, especially for the Christmas fair in winter, and it has a lot of cultural and historical sights, good food and a growing number of foreign tourists. The recognition of Croatia through football is also important, and as far as I was able to see, there are a lot of beautiful women,” said O'Leary.

He believes that Zagreb deserves to have at least 3.5 million air passengers a year, because, as he said, it is the capital and he believes that in cooperation with Zagreb Airport, with which they share a vision of growth, these figures will be reached.

He reiterated Ryanair's earlier announcements that they would invest a total of $300 million in Zagreb to 'base' three aircraft there by the end of this year, thus directly creating 100 jobs and another 750 indirect ones throughout Croatia.

He also mentioned the good cooperation with other airports in Croatia - Zadar, Pula and Dubrovnik, as well as that from next spring they will fly to Rijeka, but only in Zagreb they will stay over the winter, while other flights will be only through the summer.

On several occasions, O’Leary pointed out that they are doing all this for Zagreb and Croatia without any financial assistance from the state, unlike the national airline Croatia Airlines, which the state is helping.

"Ryanair is introducing 24 new lines from Zagreb in the next six months, and CA has introduced only three new lines in three years and received 12 million euros in state aid," O'Leary commented.


The National Headquarters has released the latest data on coronavirus infections.

In the last 24 hours, 1,037 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 7,464.

Among them, 689 people are in hospital, of which 88 people are on ventilators.

Unfortunatley, a further 12 people died in Croatia in the past 24 hours.

The number of persons in self-isolation is 21,926. A total of 377,295 people recovered, of which 1,079 in the last 24 hours. To date, a total of 2,740,770 people have been tested, of which 9,777 in the last 24 hours.


In the last 24 hours, 43 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

These are 28 males and 15 females: 19 from Dubrovnik, seven from Metković, three from Konavle, Slivno, Ploče, Ston and Župa dubrovačka, and one from Korčula and Opuzen.

One male from Metković died (born in 1941)

59 people made a full recovery: 25 from Dubrovnik, seven from Konavle and Župa dubrovačka, six from Ston, five from Orebić, four from Metković, two from Vela Luka and one from Dubrovačko primorje, Korčula and Trpanj.

In the last 24 hours, 682 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 135,175 samples have been analyzed.

23 people tested for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Three patients require intensive care and are on ventilators.

There are 1,039 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, two cases of violation of the self-isolation measure were recorded. 

With its quaint geographical location, Croatia can quickly become one of the best places to enjoy esports gaming. The country is waking up to this potential.

Croatia and Esports: A New Facet of the Country's Tourism

Croatia is a touristic gem, and other than a misunderstanding between cruise liners and the city of Dubrovnik, the country is really shaping up as a great location. But one niche driver of tourism can be none other than video gaming. Competitive gaming, known for short esports, is taking the world by storm. In fact, the esports industry is worth $1 billion in 2021, an impressive figure all by itself. Next time you are looking for a great 免 存 奖励 casino, you may want to remind yourself that there are so many different forms of gaming to try.

But how can Croatia truly benefit from its burgeoning esports industry? According to Tony Sloterman, product owner at Casino Bonuses Finder, you don't need a massive offering to excite interest in any gaming product. However, esports has the advantage of being watched by 700 million people in the world. At least 100 million of these fans are based in Europe, and their numbers are growing. So here is how Croatia can make the most out of it.

Pulling in Crowds for Big Events

Croatia has the potential to not just be seen as a cruise line destination. In fact, the country itself is a little fed up with all the cruises and tourists that descend upon the city and cause a bit of chaos. So, there is a much smarter way to go about this by hosting the event. But what event has enough fans in Europe to actually merit hosting?

You have guessed correctly – esports! Esports is followed by some 100 million people on the continent, and if we had to bet on it, we would argue that they would be very happy to travel and see some big event. To put it this way, esports is a huge business, and fans DO care about esports events.

Not least, Croatia has an immense advantage – its geographical position. You can fly from Bulgaria to Portugal in roughly two hours, thus having crossed the entirety of the European continent. The destinations may look big, but the continent has been inter-connected so well that distances are no longer an issue for anyone.

And yes, if Croatia is to start hosting esports events, people will respond by turning up to watch and this is a fact. So, why is the country not exploring this potential?

Esports Is Slowly Making Its Way through Europe

With the PGL Major hosted in Sweden and the Dota 2 International hosted in Romania, esports are moving quickly. Previously, you would have to travel far to get in on the action, but these days, it's all easy as players will have access to everything they want to see within a short distance.

Admittedly, the Dota 2 International wasn't originally planned for Romania, but the fact that Valve has chosen Europe as their destination once again, after rescheduling, is indicative of how important this region is to game developers and esports fans. Croatia has arguably no worse conditions to host a major event and adds a lot of charm to any such tournament because of its quaint geographical position. Croatia is a top-notch option if you are looking to really make your mark on esports, and organizers know that. Now, does Croatia realize its full potential?


The sea water on the 120 beaches of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County are crystal, clear according to a new official survey. Every summer the sea water on all the beaches of the county is tested to make sure that it meets the requirements of the regulation on the quality of sea water.

From the 6th the 16th of September the 120 beaches were checked in the ninth regular sea survey for 2021 by the Public Health Institute of Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

The sea samples on all the 120 beaches complied with the requirements of the regulation. The sea on 116 beaches was rated as a sea of ​​excellent quality, while on four beaches the sea was rated as good.

And as the current sea temperature is around 23 degrees the Adriatic is just as inviting as ever.

On Sunday, the sixth edition of the Zagreb Burger Festival ended at Zagreb's Franjo Tuđman Square. This event is known not only for gourmet burgers and burger masters from other cities, for whom this is a great opportunity to present, but also for ranking in the burger world.

This year, out of nine caterers, three came from Dubrovnik, Šibenik and Varaždin. Dubrovnik's Guloso premiered to the people of Zagreb with their excellent burgers.


Marko Bautović, caterer and owner of Guloso, said that this award is very valuable to him, because the Zagreb Burger Festival has positioned itself very high among Croatian gastro festivals and is very proud to have been given the opportunity to participate and win.

The second place was won by Reshetka International from Varaždin, a multiple winner of awards at the Zagreb Burger Festival, and in third place is The Burger Bar from Zagreb.


Demand for new cars in the EU fell sharply in August, for the second month in a row, while in Croatia the spring recovery extended to the summer, data from the ACEA manufacturer's association showed on Thursday.

In August, only 622,993 new cars were registered in 26 EU countries (excluding Malta), 19.1 percent less than in the same month last year.

Leading European markets recorded double-digit declines in August, with the largest in Spain, where 28.9 percent fewer new cars were registered than in the same month last year.

A similar percentage drop was recorded in Italy, by 27.3 percent, and Germany is in the group with a drop in the number of registered new cars by 23 percent.

Croatia recorded the opposite trend, with 2,815 new cars registered in August, 8.3 percent more than in the same month last year. The number of registered cars rose for the sixth month in a row, after a 9.2 percent jump in July, according to the ACEA.

September is known in Dubrovnik for its long end of summer shadows, temperate seas and cooler evenings. It, however, be a month that the weather takes a change for the worse, and today looks like being of those days.

Black skies and echoing thunder greeted the city this morning as the summer sunshine was put on hold. And the forecast for today and the start of the week look like being wet and wild, with thunder storms and rain. Highs today will be between 23 and 25 degrees.

A yellow weather warning for storms was issued by the Croatian Meteorological Service, “Strong thundershowers are possible, lightning risk 60 percent chance of heavy thunderstorms. Be especially careful in exposed areas such as mountains, forests, meadows and open grounds.”

But whilst the next two days will be changeable the rest of the week will be more settled and with more sunshine, summer hasn’t finished yet in Dubrovnik.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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