Thursday, 28 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.


In the last 24 hours in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 40 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded.

These are 16 males and 24 females: 21 from Dubrovnik, nine from Župa dubrovačka, four from Ploče and one from Dubrovačko primorje, Konavle, Korčula, Metković, Trpanj and Vela Luka.

21 people made a full recovery: 13 from Dubrovnik, two from Konavle, Ston and Župa dubrovačka, and one from Korčula and Mljet.

In the last 24 hours, 563 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 132,916 samples have been analyzed.

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

There are 1,056 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, three cases of violation of the self-isolation measure have been recorded. 


After a two-year break caused by the pandemic, Du Motion - Runners Days Dubrovnik has announced the long-awaited 6th edition for spring 2022!

The Dubrovnik Half Marathon, the Wall Race and the 5K Citizens' Humanitarian Race will be run on April 30 and May 1, 2022, and applications are accepted through Du Motion's official website.

“This is the moment that we and our runners have been looking forward to. The races for 2020 were almost full, but the coronavirus stopped the whole world, including sports. Months full of uncertainty followed, but interest in Du Motion did not abate. The runners stayed with us and gave us incredible support. We thank them all from the bottom of our hearts once again and look forward to a new gathering in Dubrovnik,” said the director of Du Motion, Alen Bošković.

But that's not the end of the news. Du Motion will open applications these days for another racing event - Lapad Run which will take place on October 24, 2021 at Babin Kuk. The 10 and 5 km races are organized in cooperation with the Public Health Institute of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County as part of the Month of the Fight Against Breast Cancer.

The current epidemiological measures of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection apply to both events.

All runners over the age of 14 must meet at least one of the conditions for participation: possession of a valid EU digital COVID certificate, a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test, a COVID-19 disease certificate or a vaccination certificate (for third countries).


Despite their age difference, Kylian Mbappé and Cristiano Ronaldo’s blistering pace highlights the perennial need for speed in top tier football. With this in mind, was curious to find out which European country produces the fastest footballers, by analysing the average speed of players in each squad.




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Austria is first out of the gate as the European nation with the fastest footballers at an average top speed of 30.40 km/h. 73% of Austria's players beat the average mean (29.26 km/h) of all footballers and countries considered. The global superstar David Alaba comes in 6th in the Austrian ranking - Martin Hinteregger and Konrad Laimer claim joint first place, both clocking 32.4 km/h.

Belgium races into second place with an average speed of 30.25 km/h. 60% of Belgian players trump the collective average, with Jan Vertonghen (32.6 km/h) coming out on top, followed by the irrepressible goal machine Romelu Lukaku (5th place with 31.3 km/h).

In third place is Croatia, hitting an average top speed of 30.07 km/h. Like the Belgians, 60% of their team managed a speed above the collective average of all players and countries. Joško Gvardiol’s average speed (33.3 km/h) makes him the fastest Croatian footballer, ahead of other talents such as Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovačić (29.7 km/h).

Hungary makes the top ten

Just a few decimals behind Germany, who came in at 9th (29.61 km/h), is Hungary who secured tenth spot, with a comparative 29.58 km/h. 46.6% of the Hungarian squad were above the collective average - significantly lower when compared to countries such as France (66.6%) and England (86.6%).

The most common nationalities per position

When looking at the player with the fastest average speed from each country, we find that remarkably 54.2% of these individuals are defenders, 25% are midfielders, and the remaining 20.8% consists of attackers.

To build a dream team based solely on average speed capabilities, you would be best advised to select Hungarian defenders, English midfielders, and Czech attackers. Between the sticks, choose Czech Tomáš Vaclík, clocking the fastest average speed of all the goalkeepers considered with 27.7 km/h.


The Croatian Minister of Tourism and Sports, Nikolina Brnjac, said on Thursday that 76 million tourist overnight stays have been realized in Croatia since the beginning of the year, which is about 70 percent of tourist traffic from the same period in 2019, and that there were no cancellations for the rest of September and postseason.

Answering questions from journalists after the government session, Minister Brnjac said that there are currently 410,000 tourists in Croatia, roughly the same as in 2019.

She stated that there are no booking cancellations so far, which she attributes to standardized travel procedures with Covid-19 passports and vaccinations.

She also said that Croatia can be satisfied with the season, because the goal was to achieve about 60 percent of the total tourist traffic from 2019, and with today we have reached about 70 percent.

"The situation is even better when you look at the data on fiscalized accounts, the value of which for now, only in the first half of September, is 33 percent higher than at the same time in 2019," the minister stressed.


The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) released a new corona map on Thursday, recording the 14-day incidence of coronavirus infection across the European Union.

According to the latest data, Croatia is still marked in red.

Red means a 14-day incidence of 75 to 200 infected per 100,000 inhabitants with a positive share of more than 4 percent and areas where the 14-day incidence is infected from 200 to 500 per 100,000 people.

In the last 24 hours, 1,369 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 7,643.

9 people died in the past 24 hours.


In the last 24 hours, 53 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

These are 20 males and 33 females: 21 from Dubrovnik, 13 from Župa dubrovačka, 6 from Ston, four from Dubrovačko primorje, three from Metković, two from Konavle and Ploče, and one from Orebić and Trpanj.

49 people made a full recovery: 29 from Dubrovnik, five from Župa dubrovačka, four from Konavle and Metković, two from Mljet and Ston, and one from the Dubrovačko primorje, Opuzen and Vela Luka.

In the last 24 hours, 594 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 132,353 samples have been analyzed.

24 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospiatl. Four patients require intensive care and are on ventilators. 

There are 976 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been no cases of violation of the self-isolation measure. 


About 900 guests are currently staying in the area of the Dubrovacko Primorje. During the first 15 days of September, a total of 13,969 overnight stays were realized, which is about twice as many as in 2020, and 91 percent compared to overnight stays in the same period in 2019.

Since the beginning of the year, a total of 119,583 overnight stays have been realized, which is 70 percent of the tourist turnover realized in 2019. 50,150 overnight stays were realized in hotel accommodation, while 56,293 overnight stays were realized in private accommodation, which is 61 percent of hotel nights and 75 percent of overnight stays in private accommodation compared to the same period in 2019.

In September, most guests in hotel accommodation came from Germany, Poland, France, Great Britain and Belgium, while in private accommodation most guests came from Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, the Czech Republic and Great Britain.

Today, the director of the Dubrovačko primorje Tourist Board visited guests Andre and Maria Menzel, who have been staying with Cvijeta and Antun Mozara for 20 years. With a plaque and special gifts, the director of the Tourist Board thanked the Menzel couple for their twenty years of spending their vacation in Slano and with the family of Cvijeta and Antun Mozara. The coupler thanked the director for the gifts and announced that they would continue to come to Slano and to the Mozara family.

Organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, in cooperation with the Adriatic Luxury Hotels, the journalist Elizabeth Brownfield is in Dubrovnik from September 15 to 19, preparing a report on the best hotels on the Croatian coast for the digital edition of Forbes magazine, During her stay in Dubrovnik, the journalist will visit the most important cultural and historical sights of the city, the island of Lokrum and its surroundings.

The American journalist was welcomed by the director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Ana Hrnić, who welcomed her with a souvenir. Ana Hrnić and Elizabeth Brownfield talked about the importance of the American market for Dubrovnik and Croatia, the recovery of tourist traffic and the gastronomic offer offered by Dubrovnik and its surroundings. The journalist also expressed interest in the digital nomad program, because she is a nomad herself and spent a year and a half working from other countries before the pandemic.

In addition to the article about hotels, which will be published in the digital edition of, and which has about 27 million readers a month, the journalist will also write an article about Dubrovnik as a destination, given the great interest of American tourists.

Promotional campaigns in the American market conducted by the City Tourist Board since the beginning of 2021, in cooperation with American airlines, from promotional videos to reports and advertorials in their inflight magazines have proven to be an excellent assessment in ensuring great interest from the US market this year. The fact that the introduction of direct flights of the American airlines, United Airlines and Delta Airlines, with as many as eight weekly flights connecting the USA with Dubrovnik is a great success.

The American market is one of the most important emitting markets in Dubrovnik, whose tourists are currently in third place in the top list of the most numerous tourists in Dubrovnik. Currently, 1,548 tourists from the USA are staying in Dubrovnik, while in August there were 16,712 American guests.


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