Sunday, 05 July 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.


Anton Kojter, winemaker from Medimurje, found a wallet with 100 thousand kuna at the parking lot in the village of Pleskovac – writes.

The story was firstly published in the week newspaper Medimurje, and it states that Kojter gave the wallet to the police officers, who found the owner really quickly – a young man who didn’t even know he lost it. He had that amount of money because of the car purchase and awarded Kojter with 1000 kuna.

Modest winemaker didn’t want to share the story with the public, but after hearing a lot of stories guessing that he took half of the found amount, he decided to clear things up.

He was happy, he said, helping a young man and did not even think of keeping the money.

The State Bureau of Statistics has published data on cruises in Croatia from January to September 2018. The results show that 64 cruisers arrived to the Croatian ports during that period, with 554 round trips and 834,000 passengers transported who spent 1,123 days in Croatia – N1 reports.

The largest number of trips was made under the flags of Bahamas (144 trips) and Malta (128 trips), while the largest number of passengers arrived at ships from Panama (234,000 passengers) and Bahamas (175,000 passengers).

Of the 554 round trips, most trips were made in Dubrovnik-Neretva County (55.8%) and Split-Dalmatia County (24.7%), which is a total of 80.5%. Other 19.5% of trips were realized in Zadar (6.3%) and Istria County (5.8%), Sibenik-Knin (5.2%) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar (2.2%).

The largest number of foreign cruise ships visited the port of Dubrovnik (417 visits), followed by Split (198 visits) and Zadar (100 visits).

Foreign cruise ships in the period from January to September 2018 saw an increase in the number of journeys by 2.6% over the same period of 2017. During that period, the number of passengers on cruisers increased by 10%, while the total number of days of stays decreased by 4.5% compared to the same period of 2017.

The Dubrovnik String Quartet will host a cycle named ‘’Dubrovnik’s Salon Music’’ through the month of November in Slanica (Revelin).

The cycle has started with the concert on Friday, November 2nd, and the next concert is scheduled for Friday, November 9th, when the Quartet will perform a Classic Evergreen program.

Then, on Wednesday, November 14th the Dubrovnik String Quartet will be joined by the soloist, guitarist Pero Skobelj and on Friday, November 23rd, the guests will be students of the Art School Luka Sorkocevic.

All concerts start at 8.30 pm and the tickets are available one hour before the concert.

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One of the greatest Croatian musicians, Oliver Dragojevic, passed away in July, but will be remembered forever. That's confirmed with the news from beautiful Korcula, where they are planning to open a special museum to honor this amazing artist that has been battling lung cancer for a year and sadly lost the battle at the age of 71.

At the heart of Vela Luka, Oliver's birthplace, a museum is planned – it was confirmed by the Deputy Mayor of the town Dragisa Barcot for the website Dalmacija Danas.

He said that the initiative for the museum came from Oliver's family and was immediately accepted by the city where this musician was born and spent a lot of his time. They see it as a big project, so after agreeing on location, are thinking about ideas and how to make this project the best they can. One of the plans to honour one of the best Croatian musicians ever is also ''Oliver Days''.

Oliver Dragojevic's career is marked with many timeless classics and his music will live on for the centuries to come!

Croatian doctors will treat their patients without a day of work experience, right after Faculty of Medicine – starting from next year. Despite the fact that both the students of medicine and the Chamber of Physicians warned that this was a bad solution and that doctors had to be trained after a medical diploma, Croatia abolished the internship – reports.

According to the article, the new Health Care Act from the last week explicitly releases the future doctors from these obligations. So the first generation of graduate doctors who enrolled in medicine in 2013 when Croatia joined the EU will get a license to work immediately after graduation.

- It was agreed a few years ago that there will be no internship and now we see that for some of the students that is not good. That is why we are preparing a solution including couple of months of mandatory internship within two years of graduation, and at the same time they can get a specialization so that people do not wait for jobs - says Minister of Health Milan Kujundzic, as reports.

Nearly 90 percent of students at the faculties of medicine in Zagreb, Osijek and Rijeka have stated that they want an internship, which lasts for a year. The Medical Chamber considers termination of the internship a step backward in the structure of professional training of doctors because it does not provide the necessary safety start of the health care.

As stated in the article, in Austria, doctors prior to a license pass a three-year internship at the University Hospital. In Germany, a year and a half, in Sweden for 21 months, in Denmark for 18 months… And in Croatia, none.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were nine traffic accidents, of which there were four with injured persons, where five had light injuries, while five traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 449 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 146 measures taken due to speeding, 31 measures due to improper stop and parking, 43 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 15 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and seven measures because of using mobile phone while driving. Don't forget that during this period of the year you have to have your lights on during the day – 12 drivers were fined last week because they've kept them off.

Dubrovnik Airport and Croatia Airlines have issued a joint press release regarding a reduced flight schedule in the upcoming period.

Works on the uphill and downhill course of the Dubrovnik Airport, making it currently the largest construction site in the Republic of Croatia, began and will last until March 15th, 2019, when Dubrovnik Airport should be fully ready for a new tourist season and even better passenger acceptance, as well as an even better air link between Dubrovnik and Zagreb, on which the local population depends.

These works will require constant adjustments and will directly affect the limitations that will have to be introduced to the flight queue. Aware of the needs of passengers at the Dubrovnik Airport, these works were limited to the minimum necessary period - from 8th of November to 9th of December this year, in which certain types of aircraft will not be able to be in traffic during the night hours.

Keeping up with the protocol agreed with Dubrovnik Airport, and in the desire to transport as many passengers as possible, Croatia Airlines as a Croatian national airline throughout this period will ensure the daily connectivity of Zagreb and Dubrovnik, by implementing a reduced flight schedule. Consequently, and having in mind realistic flight limitations and always guiding with the principle of passenger safety, the reduced flight schedule will change day by day depending on the operating conditions as well as the stage of work.

It should be noted that Croatia Airlines, instead of canceling flights, will carry out special preparations with the crew during that period to make the flight operations completely safe and despite all the restrictions caused by the works on the Dubrovnik Airport.

Dubrovnik Airport and Croatia Airlines will work hard to make these works affect passengers as little as possible and will inform them, together with maximum engagement of all capacities, about all necessary changes. For all passengers who purchased tickets for the evening flights at a time when there were no restrictions on the above mentioned works were yet unknown, Croatia Airlines will offer the flights in alternative times and seek an acceptable solution and justify their expectations.

For all necessary information, passengers can contact Croatia Airlines Contact Center on 072 - 500 505 and (01) 66 76 555 as well as the company's offices in Dubrovnik (020) 773 232, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dubrovnik Airport and Croatia Airlines are apologizing to all users of services on possible inconveniences, and thank them for their patience and understanding due to the great complexity of the project for the reconstruction of the maneuvering areas of the Dubrovnik Airport.

The Croatian National Tourist Board has opened a Representative Office in Shanghai that will cover large and a strategically important market of China. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has officially opened the office in front of numerous guests, in the presence of Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic, President of the Croatian Chamber of Economy Luka Burilovic, and Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in China Nebojsa Koharovic.

- This will be the best tourist year for Croatia ever with almost 20 million arivals and over 106 million overnight stays and a billion euro investments in tourism. Next, 2019, will be a year of culture and tourism between Croatia and China and this is a great opportunity for us to further position our country on the Chinese market – Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said during the opening.

Director Stanicic emphasized in his introductory speech that Croatian Tourist Board Representative Office in Shanghai is opened in the Croatian Chamber of economy office for cost savings and future stronger institutional co-operation.
-We are exceptionally proud to open the office in Shanghai just in the year that has been declared the year of tourism of the European Union and China. It is the right moment to embark on this great and important market with an even stronger positioning of our country as an attractive all-year tourist destination. For example, this year alone, we note the growth of Chinese tourists' turnover by 40 percent, and there is room for even better results. Croatia to take a firm market position in China, and the potential is confirmed by the award of the renowned Travel + Leisure magazine, which has declared our country the most desirable new European destination for Chinese tourists this year - Stanicic said, adding that the new office will implement all key activities aimed at attracting even more Chinese visitors, introducing direct flights between China and Croatia, and developing tailor-made products for Chinese tourists.

-I am delighted by the fact that, apart from tourists, a great interest for Croatia is also shown by investors who have already started with big investments in the tourist sector. This positive trend should also be stimulated and capitalized, and I do not even doubt that we will succeed in joint efforts - Burilovic emphasized.

Franka Gulin, director of the newly-established office in Shanghai, also attended the opening of the branch office.

-China is the world's largest market in every way, and this fact for us, as a relatively small European country, is also the biggest challenge. However, I am confident of the excellent results that we will achieve in the future as the Croatian tourist offer contains all that Chinese tourists prefer to consume, a rich cultural and historical heritage, preserved nature and quality eno-gastronomy - Gulin said.

It’s good to know that during the first ten months of this year, 216,000 arrivals and 315,000 overnight stays were recorded from the Chinese market, representing a 43 percent increase in arrivals and 42 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. Chinese tourists made the most overnight stays in Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar.
Chinese tourists are interesting because they visit mostly before and after the season, as most arrivals are in October (18%) and June (16%), then in May (14%) and September (14%). The largest number of Chinese tourists to Croatia are organized, mostly within the regional tour, and more than 66% of Chinese overnight stays have been spent at hotels, while accommodation in households is around 24%. On average, they stay very short at destinations and often change their place of residence.

Also, when traveling to Europe, they tend to visit several destinations and precisely because of this, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Slovenian Tourist Board on the Chinese market carry out joint promotional activities within the project "Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia".

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