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.
2018 was certainly a year to remember for Dubrovnik Airport and 2019 should be even better. A record of number of passengers were handled last year, in total 2.53 million, which represented a healthy increase of 9.3 percent over 2017. And for this year the airport is looking for another increase, this time by 5 percent.
“This past year was demanding and turbulent but our goal of achieving 10% growth, which is above the global average, has been more or less attained. We expect that our net profit for 2018 will amount to 9.8 million euros. In 2019, we estimate passenger growth of 4.59%. The biggest increase in travellers is expected from the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic,” commented the director of Dubrovnik Airport to the media.
This year will see the arrival of several new flights and airlines, including direct flights from the USA with American Airlines, direct connections with Israel and the first ever flights from Ryanair. All of these new lines should help dramatically boost passenger numbers this year. It is estimated that between 65 and 70 international airlines will land at Dubrovnik Airport this year with the vast majority operating mainly through the summer season.
"After 28 years, Croatia will be linked with the United States thanks to American Airlines' service between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik. During the summer, Flydubai will continue to run flights from Dubai while the world's largest low cost airline, Ryanair, will launch services to our airport", added Luetić.
Work on preparing the first pile for the future Pelješac bridge is underway, with the first metal pile at 127 metres in length to be installed tomorrow.
The testing of this first pile is necessary for the investor, Croatia Roads, to check all the equipment that the contractor, Chinese Roads and Bridges, intends to use in the bridges construction.
A total of 130 piles of various lengths will be needed for the construction of the futue Peljesac Bridge.
According to the contractor a pile test is required in order to determine the groundwater drilling technology, pile foundation construction and their mounting.
This isn’t a sight you often get to see but it is absolutely gorgeous. The snow covered mountains rising high over the walled Old City of Korcula. Natures colours are truly spectacular.
For the vast majority of the time the images that appear of the island and city of Korcula are bathed in warm summer sunshine with a glinting turquoise Adriatic Sea lapping at the base of the stone walls. But these artic days in the Dubrovnik region have brought some special scenes.
Korcula looking more like an Alpine resort than a Mediterranean summer retreat is just one, but nevertheless a spectacular one. A truly great photo from Dora Lozica.
With so much white noise on social media it is sometimes hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. But these illustrations immediately jumped out the page at us. Davor Bakora is the creative mind behind these wonderful Dubrovnik illustrations and we caught up with him to find his inspirations.
Educated at the The Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design Communication Design he has devoted his life to his passion. He is collaborates with art directors, designers, entrepreneurs and editors at magazines, newspapers, advertising agencies, publishing houses, companies and institutions worldwide and was honoured by American Illustration, Communication Arts, 3x3 and Creative Quarterly.
Your Dubrovnik illustrations have lit up social media and have brought lots of attention. How do you choose which images to create?
I’d rather say the images choose me. “Espressionism” is one of my most personal series where I just put ink on my sketchbook pages. The concept is to find a place where I can draw something for an hour or two, let loose, dive into sketchbook flow mode and finally don’t think at all about what I do.
How inspiring is Dubrovnik for an artist?
Very inspiring. There is so much art, architecture, history, in the air, everywhere. I feel every time I’m in Dubrovnik. Mediterranean atmosphere, coffee, the Adriatic Sea, blue and green and a lot of Dalmatian stones around, beyond and above you.
What feedback have you received from your work and how are the images of Dubrovnik received?
Well, some like and some awarded some of my works. Regarding the Dubrovnik drawings, I guess they are popular because they look different the way they are drawn, just black and white, especially compared to the usual views and the common colours in Dubrovnik postcards, photos or paintings. There’s more to come and I hope to offer “Espressionism” prints soon.
How did you enter the world of illustration?
I always wanted to visualise ideas, to create something new by the evening that didn’t exist in the morning. I liked magazines with great illustrations like the New Yorker even before I was studying and I definitely wanted to work with these editors and art directors who particularly appreciate the art of commercial illustration. So I studied Communication Design at the Stuttgart Academy of Fine Arts and specialised in the illustration class of Prof. Heinz Edelmann. I knew the work of mainly French, Belgian and a few American comic book artists before and discovered the work of great contemporary illustrators during my studies by publications like American Illustration and Communication Arts. Inspiration and motivation by my fellow students was also crucial.
What advice would you give for up and coming illustrators?
It’s all about mutual respect and collaboration. Give your best on all projects. Or learn to say “No” if someone asks but rejects a reasonable fee. If your goal is to become a perfectionist, rather try to square a circle. You have to “draw wrong,” to exercise in order to develop your skills, style etc. Don’t give up. Stay open-minded. Learn and improve every day. Ask for advice but decide on your own. Don’t judge everything but work on anything.
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Winter is certainly biting in Dubrovnik this week. Artic northerly winds and plummeting temperatures have even brought sprinklings of snow to some parts south of Dubrovnik. Snow ploughs were in action this morning in the Konavle region and the hills above Zupa have traces of snow from overnight.
The temperature today is around 4 degrees but with a blasting northerly wind the real feel is well below minus. Over the next few days the icy weather will continue with highs to reach around 8 degrees tomorrow and on Friday.
The Croatian Meteorological Service has issued the following warning for tomorrow “Locally new snow cover, especially in the hinterland. snowfall > 5 cm STAY ALERT for widespread snowfall and/or ice on roads and pavements. Localised interruptions in outdoor activities are possible. Be careful when walking, biking or driving on slippery surfaces.”
Croatia could soon have another domestic airline, Smile Air. According to reports on Poslovni dnevnik the owner of Avio Nova, Nino Borić, is working on setting up a new airline in Croatia. Borić, who has more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, registered the name Smile Air back in the summer of 2017.
Speaking to Poslovni dnevnik Boric stated that he works with the philosophy of Sir Richard Branson, the owner of Virgin Atlantic, who, as he says, knows that a good attitude towards employees also means satisfied passengers.
Borić is the owner of Avio Nova, headquartered in Florida, and for years he has been in high positions in the operations of various airlines. The other co-owner of Smile Air is Bernard Lukač, a 30-year-old pilot and former instructor in Croatia Airlines, and for the last eight years an inspector at the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency (CCAA).
The third member of the team is Krunoslav Dumlija, a pilot with 15 years of experience and a former CCAA inspector. Asked about the amount of capital needed to start this business, Borić said he would start with two aircraft in operational lease, and it would need between $3 and 5 million.
Fairness in collaboration, greater care in investigative reporting and reliability with respect to agreements are German PR professionals' three most important wishes from journalists. dpa subsidiary news aktuell and Faktenkontor have surveyed professionals and managers on what they would like from journalists. Almost 990 communications professionals participated in the PR-Trendmonitor.
It found that fair play between communicators and journalists was at the top of the wishlist: Almost half of those surveyed said that fair collaboration was the most important (49 per cent). The desire for greater journalistic care in investigative reporting was second (48 per cent). Almost as important for the PR professionals was that they are able to rely on agreements made with media representatives (47 per cent).
By contrast, good news was last on the rankings. Just a quarter of those surveyed would like to see more positive news items in the media (25 per cent). And only a few communicators experienced a lack of time for background interviews. Only a quarter expressed the desire for more time for confidential exchanges with journalists (24 per cent). When it comes to answering questions, the situation is similar: Only a fifth wanted more time to answer questions from media representatives (21 per cent).
What PR professionals want from journalists:
1. Fairness in collaboration 49%
2. Greater care in investigative reporting 48%
3. Reliability on agreements 47%
4. Mutual respect in interaction 46%
5. Understanding for the role as lobbyists for business 41%
6. Less mistrust in collaboration 29%
7. Greater professional expertise in journalists 28%
8. More space for positive news 25%
9. More time for confidential exchanges 24%
10. More time for answering questions 21%
The most popular tourist attraction in Dubrovnik, and in Croatia, the iconic Dubrovnik City Walls will increase ticket prices from 150 Kuna to 200 Kuna for this season. An adult ticket for the walls will this year set you back over 33 percent more than 2018. The association “Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities” announced the price rise back in September last year but it seems now that the price rise has been accepted by the association and the City of Dubrovnik.
And not only will the ticket prices for individuals be drastically more expensive this year but also the association has announced that the special price for groups will also be stopped for this year. The group price has been stopped because the association commented that various tourist companies were buying the cheaper tickets are reselling them.
In 2018 around 1.3 million visitors bought tickets for the Dubrovnik City Walls, making them the most popular tourist attraction in the city.
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