Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović – a senior journalist at The Dubrovnik Times. Born and raised in Dubrovnik, Ivana (or Smile as she is known to all) graduated Media Studies from the University of Dubrovnik. A book worm, coffee addict and want-to-be world traveller Ivana brings her unique local insight, connections and general optimistic and well smiley feel to the Times.


Il Salone del Camper, camping fair held in Parma, started on September 14th and it will last until September 22nd. Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board joined the fair today and will be there until the end.

The tourist boards of Split-Dalmatia, Zadar, Sibenik-Knin and Lika-Senj counties are presented at the joint stand, as well as the association Top camping Croatia.

Il Salone del Camper is held in the Fiere di Parma showroom, gathering many tourism professionals and is among the most visited camping fairs in Europe.

The exhibit space of about 80 thousand square meters gathers 350 exhibitors, with over 130 thousand visitors expected.

Dubrovnik brought luck to a young married couple from the United Kingdom – the Pearsons. Nelya, accompanied by her husband Thomas, is the millionth visitor of the Dubrovnik City Walls! On that occasion, the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities (DPDS), who takes care of the city's fortification system, awarded them with congratulations and gifts.

The Pearsons chose Dubrovnik as the destination for their honeymoon, while the tour of the walls was Nelya’s suggestion, which turned out to be a great one.

Representatives of the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities awarded the happy couple with souvenirs, flowers and a bottle of fine wine.

-We didn't know what was going on, we thought something went wrong, but in the end we were thrilled - said Nelya Pearson in surprise.

On the behalf of the DPDS Small Council, member Maro Kapovic shared the pleasure because of the visit of jubilee tourists was made by the member Maro Kapovic. He said that the millionth visitor arrived four days later than last year.

-That's not a big difference. We expect excellent number of visits in the post-season, during October and November, and I believe that last year's figures of 1.3 million visitors will be repeated - said Kapovic, adding that the high figures are thrilling, because of the inflow of money is used for conservation investments and the protection of cultural heritage throughout the former Dubrovnik Republic.

Kapovic also commented the current price of 200 kuna, which increased this year:

- The Walls of Dubrovnik deserve such a price and the figures show that we were right. We have pledged that we will not increase prices for the next two years, so there will be no change in price. We can see that such a decision resulted in the better flow of the walls. Tourists' visits are spread throughout the day, and we can be pleased with the investments that we will continue to make next year - concluded Kapovic.

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County issued a statement warning the public that fecal pollution had occurred at Mlini beach in Zupa Dubrovacka.

According to the information provided by the Institute of Public Health of the County of Dubrovnik-Neretva, during the ninth sea quality survey according to the Program for the determination of sea quality, it was determined that the results of the sea analysis for swimming at Mlini beach in Zupa dubrovacka, sampled on September 17th, 2019, exceed the values for the microbiological parameter of Escherichia coli.

The sampling will have to be repeated until the pollution has ceased, the County says, and the pollution has been notified to the Environmental Inspectorate and other competent inspections. Considering that sea samples at Mlini beach in Zupa dubrovačka, due to pollution of fecal origin, do not meet the requirements of the Regulation, it is not recommended to swim until further notice.

County Perfect Nikola Dobroslavic, accompanied with the head of the Managing Board for Economy and Sea Ivo Klaic and the director of the Dubrovnik partner company met with a representative of the American company "Croatian Premium Wine Imports" (CPWI), with origins in Metkovic - Mirena Bagur and a representative of Komarna 7 wine association, Mihovil Stimac.

Bangur presented her business plans for importing wine and promoting Dubrovnik-Neretva County in the United States, and noted that her company imports and distributes wine from the Komarna vineyards in Boston, Massachusetts.

Bangur also added that interest in our wines in the US market exceeds expectations, so her plan is to import wines from other parts of the county, but also to expand the market to other parts of the US.

Mayor Dobroslavic emphasized that the south of Croatia has the best wines in the country, and noted that in addition to Komarna, Peljesac, Korcula and Konavle must be mentioned when the topic is wine.

Dobroslavic said that the County was ready to help within its means and added that any promotion of our wines is always welcome. Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County also noted that the County has been organizing DubrovnikFestiwine for six years, promoting wine and winemakers from the south of Croatia.

The reconstruction of the waterfront in front of the Franciscan Monastery in Rozat is underway. The works started in late July.

An investment of 1.7 million kuna has been launched to prevent the further deterioration of the waterfront damaged by the river, causing the pierced concrete coastal wall to crack completely while the stone waterfront in the western part was almost completely destroyed.

The reconstruction of the waterfront is carried out in a way that the first thing is to build a new coastal wall, while the stone coast will be completely restored.

The waterfront restoration period is 150 calendar days.

For the seventh year in a row Agrotourism Konavle organizes a traditional manifestation called "Picking", which symbolically marks the beginning of the grape harvest in Konavle and promotes Konavle as wine region, preserves its tradition and cultural heritage. 

This great event will be held on Saturday, September 21st, at Ivo Karaman Winery in Pridvorje, starting at 2.30 pm.
Organizers point out that this time Konavle winemakers and winegrowers will once again show communion, because by bringing the best white grapes, with the one harvested for the purposes of the event, they are working together and making Konavle mass wine.

This year's program includes a gathering at 2.30 pm at the Ivo Karaman Winery, which, along with the vineyard, tasting room and field house, is located south of the road going from Ljuta to the monastery of Sv. Vlaho in Pridvorje. The picking is from 2.45 pm to 3.30 pm, followed by meal at 3:30 pm and at 4 pm departure by train and car to the monastery of Saint Vlaho in Pridvorje.

Gathering grapes from Konavle winemakers and processing them in a traditional and contemporary way and socializing with live music will be held between 4 pm and 5:30 pm.

This year's event is held under the auspices of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, and participation in the event is free for all participants.

Sunday was 'The Fast and the Furios' day for 43-year-old Hungarian who drove his McLaren on the highway near Ploce a way over the speed limit. For winning the title of the fastest driver in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, he was driving from Ploce to Split with the speed 216 km/h, at the place where the traffic sign limits speed to 130 km/h.

Because of this he was fined with five thousand kuna fine and a protective measure, banning him the use of a foreign driving license in Croatia for one month.

Representatives of the City of Dubrovnik participated in the traditional GDi Solutions Day conference held on Thursday in Zagreb at the Kaptol Boutique Cinema. The conference was attended by 250 experts who discussed the topics of smart society and business and the impact of climate change on life, business and business processes. Special honors were also awarded in three categories, and the City of Dubrovnik received the 3D Urban Planning Award for the Smart and Sustainable City in the "GDi Smart Society 2019" category.

The award was received by the Head of the Department for Urbanism, Physical Planning and Environmental Protection Jelena Loncaric, who represented the City of Dubrovnik together with Senior Advisor Franjo Barisic. Loncaric also participated in the interesting panel discussion, with representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, Natura Viva Public Institution and the Environmental and Energy Efficiency Fund. The panel discussed the economic impact of climate change and investment and infrastructure construction as a mechanism for managing climate change.

In other categories, the Ministry of Agriculture's Fisheries Directorate was recognized for its innovative idea of traceability in the food chain from sea to table, in the category "GDi Smart Innovation 2019". Generali Insurance has been recognized in the "GDi Smart Industry 2019" category for its geo-cloud flood, earthquake and landslide risk management solution.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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