Friday, 06 December 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.


Green Destinations Conference takes place in Zagreb, Delnice and Mali Losinj from 9 to 12 October, and one of the main topics is the sustainable management of destinations with the control of over-tourism and the protection of the interests of the local population. The first part of the conference was held in Zagreb on Wednesday, discussing the experience of Croatian destinations in sustainable tourism. The city of Dubrovnik was singled out as one example of good practice. Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepsic spoke at the conference about the challenges that Dubrovnik is facing in tourism and about the city's project Respect the City.

Deputy Tepsic emphasized that the focus of the program Respect the City is a better life of citizens through Tourism Management Measures. She announced that the City of Dubrovnik will undertake a sustainability measurement by the end of the year in collaboration with the Global Council for Sustainable Tourism, which will define further steps in managing the destination.

- Dubrovnik started a change of management and much more needs to be done to be called 'green', but we are starting with various projects and gradually introducing measures for that. From the research we will discover what needs to be changed quickly, what later, and also what people think. Our Respect the City project is also entering a new phase, and a plan for the management of the Old City center is being drawn up, which UNESCO has also requested, because that core is a World Heritage Site - she said, adding that this document would be ready by mid-2020.

The event brought together more than 120 participants from 30 countries around the world to discuss the so-called green solutions for tourist destinations, including nature conservation, biodiversity and local culture, waste and plastic waste management, especially from the seas and oceans, and strategies for developing an environmentally responsible destination policy. The organizer of the conference is Green Destinations, a non-profit sustainable tourism foundation that runs a global partnership of professional organizations, companies and academic institutions. The forum will also include awards and certificates for the top 100 sustainable and green destinations in the world in 2019.

If you always dreamed about having a Croatian football shirt to hang on the wall or want to smell one of your favorite players such as Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Dejan Lovren, Ante Rebic and the rest of the Croatian national team – here’s your opportunity!

Croatian football team will play against Hungary tonight at the Poljud Stadium in Split and after that all their shirts (worn of course) will go on the auction at the website

The players filmed short, but cute video in which they invite their fans to buy their shirts after the match and it was shared by the Croatian Football Federation, saying that the sale is also for a humanitarian cause.

- Trust me, you don’t want to miss this – Rebic says in the video which you can see below. 

And if you really don’t want to miss this, go to the website and wait patiently to place your bet. This is an unique opportunity, especially if they win the game tonight. Good luck!

The upcoming Good Food Festival, which will be held for the sixth year in a row organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, has received a great recognition from the United Kingdom. The Independent, one of Britain's most widely read online magazines, with as many as 22 million online readers a month, this year nominated for the UK's most prestigious Travel Media Awards, has listed the Good Food Festival in Dubrovnik in the article titled ‘The best food and drink festivals in Europe this autumn’, which brings festivals in France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

- Dubrovnik is in a mellower mood in October, the perfect time for its week-long Good Food Festival. From 14-20 October, get your fill of delicious Dalmatian cuisine during workshops and tastings, as well as the chance to dine with a top chef. The highlight is the fantastic spectacle of the Dubrovnik Table, which stretches along the main thoroughfare, Stradun, and is covered with the creations of the town’s restaurants and caterers – the Independent writes.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board has invited, through representations of the Croatian National Tourist Board abroad, around ten top journalists to accompany the Good Food Festival program. These include The Forbes Travel, USA Today, Vogue Poland, BBC Good Food Magazine and the website, BBC Radio and the Italian Miss Claire. This year's Good Food Festival will certainly be followed by media announcements and promotion.

This great recognition of The Independent is a confirmation that through the Good Food Festival, Dubrovnik has become recognized as a desirable European gastronomic destination.

Learn more about Good Food Festival 2019 here.

Breast cancer is the most common malignant disease of women. Every fifth day, the disease is diagnosed for one woman in our county. Regular preventative examinations can help to detect the breast cancer at an early stage. This means more successful treatment, a better quality of life for the sick women and their families and healing.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In order to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of this disease, the Institute for Public Health of Dubrovnik-Neretva County is organizing a public health action Pink Saturday on Stradun on October 12th from 10 am until noon in front of Sponza Palace.

The sixth edition of the Good Food Festival is just around the corner! One of the favorite festivals in Dubrovnik has been presented at the press conference at the Dubrovnik Tourist Board office. This year’s Good Food Festival starts on Monday, October 14th and will last until Sunday, October 20th.

Romana Vlasic, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board Director, presented the 2019 edition of the festival, which again includes famous chefs, workshops, Dubrovnik restaurant week with promo menus for locals and their guests, sweet festival offer, wine tastings, food truck, cooperation with the Dubrovnik Tourism School and much more.

-There will be a lot of events, much good food and excellent tastes – Vlasic said, adding that the sixth edition of the Good Food Festival will be followed by around 10 foreign gastro journalists, which brings great promotion of the Festival and Dubrovnik in general.

One of the most valuable parts of the Good Food Festival are surely gastro workshops held by the DESA Association. This year there is a novelty: a brand new space in the Lazareti Complex, with amazing kitchen that can welcome more people.

Jadranka Nicetic, the keeper of Dubrovnik tradition, will again take part at this year’s Good Food Festival, joint with Lucija Tomasic Saric. They will teach you about the smell and taste of Dubrovnik orange! Nicetic shared one wish with journalists at the press conference: that even more young people join these kind of events and learn about tradition.

Dario Sevelj, Director of the Dubrovnik Beer Company, said that they wanted to make mini fest inside this, bigger, festival. They will welcome Mojmir Zuvela and his traveling kitchen! 

-He is really unusual chef that carries his smoker with him and I think that you didn’t have a chance to try this kind of food in Dubrovnik since now – Sevelj said, adding that with food, beer and three days of live music he can surely say that it will be more than fun!

One more special event will be held at the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik, in the Kantenari Restaurant: dinner with a movie.
-This is a dinner for hedonists, dinner for all the senses – Andela Jelic from the Sunset Beach explained. It will include wine tasting, projection of the movie Sideways, alongside with three-course dinner. It will all end with live concert by Maja Grgic.

And the ‘boom’ events of the Festival are reserved for the last day: Gala Dinner and Dubrovnik Table.

Gala Dinner will take place at the Hotel Rixos Libertas. Chef was inspired with Dubrovnik spices and the dishes will be combined with cocktails made for that occasion.

Earlier that day, the Dubrovnik Table will be organized, and all the funds will go to humanitarian cause like always, to Lukjernica Association and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Luka Simunovic for the Dubrovnik Tourism School said that he thinks that this Festival should last at least for a month, while Marko Miljanic from the City of Dubrovnik added that at least the restaurants should keep this promotional menus during the winter months.

It’s good to know that the Good Food Festival also takes care that they use environmentally friendly products!

You can see the full program here.


Photo by Branka Mumalo

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 12 traffic accidents, in which six persons got heavily injured, four persons got light injuries, while there were six traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 870 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 649 measures taken due to speeding, 41 measures due to improper overtaking, 31 measures for improper stop and parking, 36 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 14 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and four measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

Croatia’s number one tennis star, Marin Cilic, shared happy news with his numerous fans at his official Instagram profile! He is going to become a parent for the first time with his beautiful wife Kristina.

-New ride! Excited to share with you all that #teamCilic will be growing. New member joining us in 2020 – Cilic wrote under the photo showing him with a stroller, which just keeps getting likes and reactions, not only from his fans but also from sport celebrities from all over the world! 

Kristina and Marin will welcome their first child around two years after they tied a knot in the Saint Nicholas Church in Cavtat. It is no wonder that this harmonious couple decided to marry in Dubrovnik because the city was crucial for the beginning of their love. Marin and the beautiful brunette met in Dubrovnik in 2008 at the Davis Cup, where Kristina worked as a hostess, and soon afterwards their friendship turned to love.

And now, more than 10 years later, they will welcome their first baby. Congratulations to the happy couple!

kristina and marin cilic

Marin and Kristina got married in 2018 in Cavtat (Photo: Niksa Duper)

As part of the Croatian Tourism Day, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Slavonia, Cavtat won first place - Tourist Flower in the category Malo misto (Little place). With this prestigious award, Cavtat rounded off 2019 honors in the best way. 

Cavtat started a series of awards this year by entering the Top 10 European Best Destinations in the categories "Best Romantic Destination" and "Best Destination for Nature Lovers".

This was followed by another international award Silver Flower, organized by the Communities in Bloom - CIB Association, whose winners were announced at a closing ceremony last weekend in the Canadian city of Yarmouth.

Last night international awards were joined by the Croatian one in Vinkovci, winning the first place - Tourist Flower in the category Authentic coastal destination Malo misto.

Konavle Municipality and Konavle Tourist Board congratulate all tourism professionals, utilities as well as all who have contributed to these valuable recognitions, which oblige them to continue their dedicated work to raise the quality of the tourism offer.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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