Tuesday, 27 October 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

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

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 499 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 253 measures taken due to speeding, 18 due to improper overtaking, 30 measures due to improper stop and parking, 70 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 13 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and one measure due to the use of mobile phone while driving.

The Dogus Group does not sell luxury hotels from its portfolio, including Villa Dubrovnik, it was published by the corporation, after the media reported Turkish billionaire Ferit Sahenk has put several hotels on sale.

Assets and the Dogus Group companies in Croatia are not in the process of selling - they said in a statement to the press, adding that they are heading in the opposite direction and are focused on our operational business and investment planning, including the Maraska project in Zadar.

The Dogus Group is active in seven core sectors and industries, including the automotive industry, construction, media, tourism and services, real estate, energy, and food and drink. The Group employs more than 300 companies, and in such a large conglomerate in certain cycles there is a logical approach to changing business strategies, and the group in co-operation with banks is currently working on repaying maturing loans. Also, the Dogus Group is currently negotiating certain strategic partnerships that will further strengthen the position of the group – it’s explained from the company.

This was a reaction for several media articles, all started by Bloomberg, and you can read the details here.

British national carrier British Airways, a member of the Airline Association OneWorld, will reduce traffic to Croatia in the winter flight schedule – Avioradar reports. On the line Dubrovnik - London (Gatwick Airport), flights from 6 November to 9 December of this year and from 12 January to 3 March of next year were withdrawn from the sale. In the remaining period there are two flights per week, Monday and Friday, same as in previous years.

Reducing traffic over winter months will also happen on the other winter line Zagreb - London (Heathrow Airport). In January, February and March of next year they flights were withdrawn from the sale on selected days every week. Days when the flight will not operate are different from week to week.


Famous news service Bloomberg has published an interesting article, saying that Turkish billionaire Ferit Sahenk’s Dogus Holding AS is seeking buyers for luxury hotels across southern Europe, including Villa Dubrovnik.

According to the article, the news reportes have spoken to people with knowledge of the matter, who wanted to stay anonymus because the discussions are private. As it restructures its debt, the group also talking to prospective buyers for Capri Palace, Madrid’s Hotel Villa Magna and Rome’s Aldrovandi Villa Borghese Hotel.

It’s likely that these trophy properties, some of them formerly owned by wealthy families, will be sold individually rather than as a portfolio, one of the Bloomerge sources said. Potential buyers include high-net-worth individuals from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Asia and the Middle East, some of the people said for Bloomberg.

-On Tuesday, Standard & Poor’s cut Istanbul-based Dogus’s rating to B-, citing the firm’s inability to execute a planned refinancing -- 725 million euros for itself and 1.6 billion euros for its investee companies -- contrary to the agency’s expectations. If Dogus is unable to extend the maturity of its borrowings, S&P said it doesn’t expect the firm to meet its financial commitments over the coming year "without accelerating and executing asset sales.'' – Bloomberg reports, adding a statement by the S&P analysts, saying that they understand Dogus has a detailed plan to dispose of part of its real estate assets for a total of about 500 million euros in 2019 and that the most of the assets are outside Turkey.

It remains to be seen if this is true and if Villa Dubrovnik, described as a ''stylish retreat for guests in search of luxurious privacy and first-class hospitality'' will get a new owner. It's certainly a gem – if you can afford it.

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.

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