Tuesday, 07 April 2020
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.

Email: ivana@thedubrovniktimes.com

The United States government has approved the donation of two Black Hawk UH-60M helicopters to the Republic of Croatia - Jutarnji list reports.

he donation includes two new helicopters with equipment and spare parts worth around 50 million dollars. These completely new helicopters should come to Croatia in 2020.

As Jutarnji list writes, two US Black Hawk M series arrived on Thursday in Zagreb to be presented to the local public today.

The US government's decision to donate two new multi-purpose helicopters is yet another proof of a strong strategic partnership between the United States and Croatia.

The Black Hawk UH-60M is the newest version of this helicopter, featuring the most modern communication, navigation and sensory systems. Helicopters, as Defense Minister Damir Krsticevic announced a year ago, should be deployed to the Special Forces Command. This is a multipurpose version of the helicopter because it can be used for air strikes, evacuation of the wounded, tracing and rescue and the transfer of soldiers, but it can also be used in fire extinguishing, border control, etc.

The new two helicopters in the military system should enter in 2020, when the first F16 fighter aircraft from Israel should arrive in Croatia. In addition, the Air Force will also have the Kiowa Helicopters available. According to announcements, the UH-60 helicopters will be fully interoperable with the F16 and Kiowa helicopters, enabling rapid and effective joint action – Jutarnji list concludes.

In addition to the excellent results of tourist traffic realized during the year from the British market, from which 794,000 arrivals and over 4 million overnight stays have been achieved during the first nine months – an increase of 8 percent, Croatia's popularity is also confirmed by the numerous media releases in some of the most popular media. 
-British travel lovers are very responsive to our promotional activities, and the overall Croatian tourist offer is also very popular in this market. This is clear from the continuous growth of tourist traffic and the fact that this market takes on a stronger position among the top 10 markets from which we have the largest number of tourist arrivals – said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that eVisitor data shows that Croatia is the most popular among young British tourists.

In a special attachment to the Financial Times, the weekend edition called "How To Spend It", there was a great story about Korcula and a Croatian eno-gastronomic offer, which was presented as high quality. Croatia is presented as a growing gastronomic destination with an authentic food & wine scene.

Also, as part of the story, the cultural scene was highlighted with the unquestioning strengthening of the British Croatian relations. ‘’How to spend it’’ is printed in almost 200,000 copies and has a reach of 2 million readers. The publication is available in print edition and in online version.

Alongside with this, the first set of shows were broadcasted on the ITV television, focusing on the promotion of luxury and authentic destinations of central Dalmatia, eno-gastronomic offerings and cultural heritage as part of their popular prize-winning games. The show had a reach that exceeded 14 million viewers.

When it comes to great British-Croatian relations, we must mention that currently in Dubrovnik the British Days are held. See the full program here.

A new sea-cleaning action organized by the Dubrovnik Diving Club with the support of Valamar Riviera was held last week in the Solitudo area, but there’s no stopping! Next weekend is reserved for the new action in Zaton.

This valuable sea-cleaning action was attended by members of the Dubrovnik Diving Club and employees of City firm Cistoca d.o.o. The leading Croatian tourism company Valamar Riviera supported the work of the Dubrovnik Diving Club within one of its nine cornerstones of socially responsible business, Green Valamar, which encompasses various initiatives aimed at protecting the environment.

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Breast cancer is the most common malignant disease of women. Every fourth or fifth day the disease is diagnosed to a woman in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

With the regular preventive check-ups breast cancer can be detected at an early stage. This means more successful treatment, better quality of life for a woman and her family and being cured.

October is the breast cancer awareness month.

In order to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of this disease, the Department of Public Health of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County organizes a public medical action called the Pink Saturday at the Stradun on October 13th from 10 am to noon in front of Sponza Palace.

The action will be joined and supported by health professionals, women who are under breast cancer treatment and the celebrities of Dubrovnik, with the sharing of various promotional materials.

The Port of Dubrovnik has issued a statement about its new business move – renting a part of the Old City Port – Posat – as a parking lot. They are offering it as a parking lot only during the church ceremony of weddings and celebrations in the Old City of Dubrovnik.

The fee for the use of the port area Posat is 1,500 kuna per hour or around 200 euros, plus the corresponding VAT, and can fit up to 15 vehicles. When everything is added and divided, this is 125 kuna for each car per hour.

Requests for use and reservation must be announced in advance by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 020 / 313-511.

The City of Dubrovnik, DURA evelopment agency and the Enum Software startup, within the Respect the City project, have developed and launched an application for predicting the number of visitors to the historic core of Dubrovnik.

The application is available on the link www.dubrovnik-visitors.hr/prediction and it presents an upgrade of the existing Dubrovnik Visitors System. Based on machine learning as a special branch of artificial intelligence, it estimates the number of people in the area of the historic core and the contact zone of Dubrovnik on a selected day and is certainly most useful to visitors to plan their arrival to the Old City, but is also important in providing accurate information to citizens as well as all business subjects in planning their daily or business activities.

The bilingual application recognizes textually and visually four possible cases: no crowd (green color), small crowd (yellow), crowded (orange) and really crowded (red). In case the system foresees a crowd, users are recommended to visit the Old City in the morning, late afternoon or evening to have the best experience of staying in Dubrovnik.

In the core of the strategic and multidisciplinary project "Respect the City" are informed visitors and citizens and this application is a useful tool in managing tourist traffic. Specifically, for predicting the number of visitor algorithms, different parameters are used, such as the number of visitors to cruise ships, the number of arrivals and overnight stays in accommodation facilities, as well as weather forecast (average temperature and rainfall data). Algorithm updates and improves itself automatically with each new data (for example, a seven-day time forecast is taken into account).

Through the next upgrade of the system, it is planned to establish cooperation with the accommodation reservation platforms in such a way that, when making individual reservations, the user planning their arrival in Dubrovnik offers a link to the calendar so that it may influence the choice of the term of stay or arrival. When designing the application, the experience of a friend of Venice city using a similar system was used.

Just a reminder - Dubrovnik Visitors is a system that, thanks to the cameras / counters located at the entrance to the historical core, provides an insight into the actual number of visitors at any time, and based on the collected information that is updated every 15 minutes, it creates the basis for decision-making and handling of the pedestrian traffic organization around and the historic core.

September is the most favorite month for weddings in Croatia, according to the data of state statistical institute from the last year. In June, they’ve published that 20,310 couples were married and the average marriage in Croatia lasts about 14.7 years – 24 sata writes. It seems that the number of divorces increases every year. 

When it comes to European Union data on the number of divorces on 100 marriages, Croatia is in the middle. In 2016, the country with the highest number of divorces per 100 marriages was Portugal (69 divorces), with the lowest divorce rate was Malta (12.2 divorces). Croatia had 34.4 divorces per 100 marriages.


After the recent pollution to the Dubrovnik water system after the heavy reain, the Public Water Company announced that the water is once again safe to consume again in most of the Dubrovnik area. The river of Ombla, as well as the City of Dubrovnik water system are clean from the pollution and it's safe to drink the water.

Water is still not good for consumption at Mokosica, as well as those areas that get their water from Palate and Sumet, since it's yet polluted.

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