Monday, 21 June 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.


Today, for the first time this summer season, the Russian national airline, Aeroflot, will operate flights to Split and Dubrovnik.

Russia's national airline, Aeroflot Airlines, will reconnect Moscow with Split and Dubrovnik as of today, reports Croatian Aviation.

From today until the end of September, the company will operate daily between Moscow and Split, mainly with A320 aircraft. It is a long-running seasonal line that was not in traffic last summer due to the outbreak of a global pandemic.

After 7 years, Aeroflot will return to Dubrovnik Airport today. The last time the company operated between Moscow and Dubrovnik was in the summer of 2014. Regular operations have been announced daily until September 30, and the A320 and A321 aircraft with a capacity of 140 and 183 seats, respectively, will operate on the route.

This year's Eurovision Song Contest was watched by about 183 million people, organizers from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced on Monday.

The grand final held on May 22 in Rotterdam had a 40.5 percent share, which is four percent more than the previous 2019 Eurovision final.

The EBU is particularly pleased with the fact that in the 15-24 age group, ‘share’ ratings have risen to 52.8 per cent, up seven per cent from two years ago.

Eurovision Week, which includes two semi-finals, was watched by 50.6 million viewers from 234 countries on the official YouTube channel, or 28 percent more than in 2019.

"We are thrilled that the audience has returned to Eurovision in such large numbers and we are proud of that," said executive producer Martin Osterdahl.

In Italy, the winning country, the final was watched by 4.3 million people, the most in 10 years.

In the Netherlands, the host country, there were 5.4 million people watching on the small screens, the most since 2003, the year in which ratings began. The share of viewership was a great 78.5 percent.

But no one can compare to the biggest fans of Eurovision, the Icelanders, who again had the biggest ‘share’ in relation to any market - a surprising 99.9 percent.

For the eleventh year in a row, Germany had the largest number of spectators in absolute numbers, 7.8 million.


Almost 2,500 tourists stay in Dubrovnik last weekend and the most numerous, in terms of nationality, were from the US.

According to the eVisitor system of recording guests last weekend in Dubrovnik almost 2,500 tourists arrived. This is five times more than the same weekend from last year, although this is to be expected given that the pandemic almost closed all travel last season.

Apart from Americans the most numerous tourists in Dubrovnik last weekend were from Germany, Poland Bosnia and Herzegovina, France and Austria.

Since the beginning of the year, close to 30,000 tourist arrivals and 93,000 overnight stays have been registered.


On the exchange rate list of the Croatian National Bank (CNB) set on Monday, the Kuna weakened against most major foreign currencies, and against the Euro by 0.08 percent, compared to Friday's exchange rate.

The middle exchange rate of the Euro on the exchange rate list of the central bank published today sees the Euro at 7.515997 Kuna. This is the first time since May 20 that the Euro exchange rate is above 7.51 Kuna.

The Kuna also weakened against the US dollar, by 0.07 percent, and against the British pound, by 0.02 percent. Thus, the middle exchange rate of the dollar of HRK 6.168237 and the pound of HRK 8.743598.

At the same time, the Kuna strengthened against the Swiss franc, by 0.07 percent, to 6.850786 Kuna at the middle exchange rate.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, no new case of coronavirus infection has been recorded in the last 24 hours.

Four people made a full recovery - one from Korčula, Metković, Vela Luka and Župa.

In the last 24 hours, 110 samples were processed, and a total of 74,596 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.
Nine people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in Dubrovnik.

There are 164 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, four violations of the self-isolation measure at the border have been recorded.


A Dubrovnik restaurant has found a novel way to celebrate the fact that they are reopening tomorrow, by offering all guests free coffee. “Tomorrow, May 31, your morning cappuccino or expresso is on the house. Sit back enjoy the views of the Old City of Dubrovnik and we'll bring the coffee,” writes the Restaurant Gusta Me on their social media.

As coffee, especially morning coffee, is one of the favourite beverages in Dubrovnik this offer of “coffee on the house” is sure to prove popular.

Many restaurants and café bars in Dubrovnik have been waiting patiently to be able to reopen to guests. New regulations mean that people can now use open terraces and Covid-19 regulations are set to be eased even more allowing restaurants to open longer and to utilise inside spaces.

After a tough 2020 and a closed winter period this popular Dubrovnik restaurant has created an innovative way to put the pandemic behind them and look forward to a much brighter future. 

And for those of you wanting to take advantage of the special offer Gusta Me is located just outside of the Old City by the Ploce gate.     


In the last 24 hours in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, one new case of coronavirus infection was recorded, a woman from Trpanj.

Nine people made a full recovery - four from Dubrovnik and one each from the Dubrovacko Primorje, Korčula, Metković, Pojezerje and Zažablje.

In the last 24 hours, 282 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 74,486 samples have been analysed.

Eight people tested positive for coronavirus are hospitalized in Dubrovnik.

156 people are in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, six violations of the self-isolation measure at the border have been recorded.


On the occasion of marking Croatian Statehood Day, Niagara Falls was lit up in the colours of Croatia for the first time in history, twice during the evening of May 29.

“A beautiful night illumination in red, white and blue lasted from 9:00pm to 9:15pm and again from 10:00pm to 10:15pm American time, which in Croatian time falls on the Statehood Day itself, on May 30 in the early morning hours. The Croatian National Tourist Board broadcast this unique experience via live streaming on its social networks Croatia Full of Life, which is followed by millions of audiences around the world,” reported the Croatian National Tourist Board.

This attractive event, which will further draw attention to Croatia as a desirable tourist destination and certainly on the radar of Americans this year, was realized at the initiative of the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in New York with the support and engagement of the Croatian Tourist Board.


The ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United States Pjer Šimunović, the Mayor of Niagara Falls Robert Restaino, the Military Envoy of the Republic of Croatia to the United States Brigadier General Tomislav Galić, the Consul General of the Republic of Croatia in Los Angeles Renee Pea, the Consul General of the Republic of Croatia in Chicago Sanja Laković, pastor of the Croatian Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Bistrica, Lackawan, New York Rev. Christopher Ćorić and other members of the Croatian community from the state of New York.


"This special event is important in promoting our country as an attractive tourist destination in the US market. The interest of Americans in our destinations is growing from year to year, which is confirmed by the two newly introduced direct flights that connect Dubrovnik and New York this season, which connects us to the United States better than ever before. We have achieved more than 80,000 overnight stays from this market so far this year, and numerous announcements from our partners suggest that good trends from the US market will continue in the coming period", concluded CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić.

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