Saturday, 25 September 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, six new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded.

They are one male and five females: four from Dubrovnik and one from Metković and Župa dubrovačka.

Ten people made a full recovery: six from Dubrovnik, two from Metković and one from Orebić and Ploče.

In the last 24 hours, 215 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 122,264 samples have been analyzed.

30 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

There are 502 people in self-isolation, and no case of violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours.


It’s August and pretty much all of Europe is on vacation. From beach resorts to mountain peaks and cultural destinations, Europe has so much to offer.

But there are a handful of destinations that are truly special and which everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. And some of these amazing destinations are best to experience as a child, together with the family and loved ones.

At, they decided to create the first travel bucket list destinations for children and families. They turned to online reviews to rank the best 50 family-friendly destinations in Europe based on their average rating and number of votes, as consistent high scores is a great indication of quality.

They ranked over 250 destinations that kids and families love such as amusement parks and theme parks, aqua parks, beaches, zoos and aquariums, kids museums, and national parks.

The rankings are a weighted average score based on the average Google rating and number of reviews for each destination. High ratings on Google are given more weight, so, for example, a destination with an average rating of 4.9 and 30,000 reviews will score higher than a destination with 4.5 average rank and 40,000 reviews. 

Plitvice National Park ranked as Europe's 4th best destination for families, while Krka National Park ranked 22nd. 

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The government is still struggling to convince half of the citizens in Croatia to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. So what are the reasons for refusing the vaccine, a survey conducted by the IPSOS agency revealed the fears.

Half of the population has been vaccinated with a single dose of the vaccine. The largest share of vaccinated is among those over 60 (over 60 percent of them), while the share of unvaccinated among those under 29 is over 70 percent.

The main reason for not getting vaccinated for 28 percent of respondents is fear of unexplored vaccine side effects and consequences. 23 percent of citizens do not want to be forced to do something, 21 percent of them are afraid of known side effects, and 18 percent do not trust the pharmaceutical industry.

Younger people believe that they will not become infected and that the vaccine does not protect them enough, but they are also afraid that the vaccine could cause reproductive health problems.

Nearly 40 percent of those who have not been vaccinated believe that nothing could encourage them to do so. The rest could be most encouraged by additional research on the safety of the vaccine.

One of the most influential rock stars of all time is currently on holiday in Dubrovnik. Sir Bob Geldof was spotted yesterday taking a stroll around the historic Old City of Dubrovnik and enjoying the sights. This isn’t the first time that this Irish rocker has been to Dubrovnik, back in 2016 he also visited the south of Croatia.

The founder of the Boomtown Rats was accompanied around the city by another rock legend, the Queen drummer, Roger Taylor.

And who could forget the biggest musical event of all time Band Aid in 1985 at which Geldof was the main organiser.


In the last 24 hours, 377 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 3,331.

Among them, 391 people are in hospital, of which 51 are on ventilators. 

1 person died in the past 24 hours.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 373,191 people have been infected, of which 8,325 died, a total of 361,535 people have recovered, of which 479 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 7,404 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 2,530,602 people have been tested, of which 9,570 in the last 24 hours.

As of August 28, 3,257,094 doses of vaccine were consumed, and 42.36% of the total population and 50.88% of the adult population were vaccinated.

On August 28, 3,985 doses of the vaccine were consumed, of which 2,406 people were vaccinated with the first dose.

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 16 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

These are six males and ten females: nine from Dubrovnik, four from Konavle, two from Metković and one from Korčula.

14 people made a full recovery: six from Dubrovnik, three from Konavle and Župa dubrovačka, and one from Dubrovačko primorje and Metković.

In the last 24 hours, 855 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 122,049 samples have been analyzed.

27 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

There are 534 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been no cases of violation of the self-isolation measure. 

The specialized American travel portal has published a list of 10 world travel destinations that must be visited in 2021, and among them is Croatia, primarily the Dubrovnik area. On the list, which includes Croatia, New York, Scandinavia, Russia, Japan, Greece, Turkey, South Africa, Italy and France, the authors point out that it is time to explore lively cities, charming small towns and stunning beaches around the world.

"Croatia really enjoys the status of a popular and sought-after destination on the American market, which is confirmed by numerous publications about our country whose media value is estimated at more than 200 million US dollars, but also the current flow of tourist traffic. Namely, more than six thousand American guests are currently vacationing in Croatia, who have made about 630 thousand overnight stays so far this year, which is an increase of as much as 300 percent compared to the same period last year, "said Ina Rodin, director of the Croatian Tourist Board community in New York.


Nineteen Afghan nationals who supported the European Union delegation in Kabul arrived at Zagreb Airport on Saturday night, the interior ministry said. The group of 19 Afghan nationals consists of three families with children and one single. And all of them have expressed their intention to apply for international protection in the Republic of Croatia, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

These are people and members of their families who supported the EU delegation in Kabul, and who previously passed all the necessary security checks. The European External Action Service (EEAS) has called on EU members to accept EU staff from Afghanistan, around 500 local people, mostly translators, logisticians and their families.

Croatia responded to the EEAS call and, as a sign of European solidarity, decided to accept 20 people whose lives and security were threatened by the arrival of the Taliban regime.

Given that as many as ten minors are among them, the group will be accommodated in the Ministry of the Interior's accommodation facility for vulnerable groups, where they are provided with all the necessary conditions, the statement said. The Ministry of the Interior adds that due to the security of the mentioned persons who are under the protection of the Republic of Croatia, it cannot provide more information.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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