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

Busy day is expected in Dubrovnik according to the cruisers schedule published on the official page of Port Dubrovnik. This Thursday is marked with red colour, which means that over 7500 passengers are expected.

According to the schedule, six cruise ships will arrive to Dubrovnik – MARELLA CELEBRATION, MSC LIRICA, AIDAblu, LA BELLE DE L'ADRIATIQUE, HORIZON and MSC SINFONIA. Four of the cruisers already arrived, while HORIZON is expected to come at 9:30 and MSC SINFONIA at 2 pm.
During the days like this, it’s normal to expect traffic jams and big crowds in the Old City. However, because of the works of the City Government, days like this are more bearable than before.

If you want to avoid the crowds, Friday and Sunday might be perfect for visiting the Old City, since they are marked with green colour, which means that less than 3500 passengers are expected. Saturday is marked with yellow colour, which means that between 3500 and 7500 cruise ship passengers are expected.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 24 traffic accidents, of which there were 12 with injured persons, where two persons were heavily injured, 10 had light injuries while 12 traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 773 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 327 measures taken due to speeding, 72 due to improper overtaking, 44 measures due to improper stop and parking, 93 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 28 measures because of improper turning and 15 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

The two millionth passenger was welcomed to the Dubrovnik Airport yesterday, the same day when the Port of Dubrovnik celebrated the arrival of one millionth passenger! Christian Nemeyer came with a Eurowings flight from Dusseldorf to Dubrovnik. Christian and his wife Ana couldn't hide their excitement – this is not their first visit to Croatia, but it's the first time that they'll spend their vacation in Dubrovnik.

Frano Luetic, Director of the Dubrovnik Airport, expressed his satisfaction with this year's achievements. He emphasized that during the winter months there will be many international lines, which is extremely imporant for the tourist offer of the entire county. 

The two millionth passenger was also welcomed by the Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board Romana Vlasic, who pointed out that 9 out of 10 tourists arriving in Dubrovnik come – by plane. She announced three new winter lines: to Warsaw, Prague and Madrid.

In the area of the Dubrovnik Public Fire Department, as a part of preventive fire protection measures, the Fire Department of the City of Dubrovnik carried out the action 'Firefighter apparatus of your home'. As part of the action, firefighting sprayers have been donated for initial fire extinction to residents of the historic core area.

As the continuation of this project, the appliances will be given to the other Dubrovnik households located in urban areas where there is a difficult access to firefighting vehicles.

When they collected sprayers, firefighters educated the citizens about the way the appliance was used. Almost 200 thousand kuna was spent from the City budget for this action.

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Photo by Zeljko Tutnjevic


Dubrovnik Port welcomed its millionth passenger in 2018, two days earlier than last year. Michaela from Germany sailed with the boat "Mein Schiff 2" and, after leaving the ship, was ‘’kidnapped’’ by the Gentle Pirates of Dubrovnik, welcoming her to the city "where even the pirates are gentlemen". After the negotiations, the Dubrovnik Port Authority redeemed the captured princess of the pirates and handed over the gifts. Michaela discovered that this is not her first visit to Dubrovnik, but it is certainly the most beautiful one so far. The crew of "Mein Schiff 2" and the ship's captain Helge Wrage joined the celebration.

On this occasion, the port of Dubrovnik shared data of the traffic of ships on round trips. So far, 532 663 passengers have arrived to the port of Gruž on 312 ships, and by the end of the year 128 more arrivals are expected with about 200 thousand passengers, which would round this year to 440 arrivals and about 740 thousand passengers.

The contract for the purchase of a fireboat intended for fires, but also other interventions on the sea and in the coastal area was signed today by the Perfect of the Dubrovnik Neretva County Nikola Dobroslavic and owner of Damor d.o.o. company Davor Matic. The signing was attended by the president of the Firefighting Society of Dubrovnik-Neretva County Stjepan Simovic and the Mayor of Mljet Divo Market, as well as the presidet of Dubrovačko-neretvansko vatrogasno društvo Stjepan Simović and the Mayor of Mljet Đivo Market and president of Mljet Fire Brigade Mario Dabelic, since the boat will be stationed on Mljet.

The construction of a fireboat, for which the amount of about 950 thousand kuna is planned and the delivery deadline is 150 days, is provided within the AdriaMORE project. The AdriaMORE project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through INTERREG HR-ITA Cross-Border Cooperation Program. The total value of the project is about 8 million and 625 thousand kuna. The project is a continuation of a good cooperation between Dubrovnik Neretva County with the Italian Region of Abruzzo.The National Hydrometeorological Institute and the Institute for Atmospheric Studies and Climate Change from Bologna participate in its implementation.

It's not so hard to fall in love with Korcula, one of the most beautiful Croatian islands, especially if you get the chance to see some amazing shots from it! Popular facebook page UNILAD Adventure has published a video showing the beauty of this amazing island, calling it one of Croatia's hidden gems, with the title – I need to visit Croatia after watching this!

The video was published 18 hours ago and it already has over 100 thousand views and almost 10 thousand comments! 

- I was just there last week! It's gorgeous beyond words – wrote one of the followers. - Been there so many times, and still wish to go there again – added the other. And the positive comments just keep coming, making a great promotion for Korcula and Croatia in general.

If you are thinking about visiting Korcula, this video might convince you to pack right away. Enjoy!

A public auction was held at the Dubrovnik court this morning, where a public city garage, placed at Ilijina Glavica (just a step away from the Old City) was sold for 170.9 million kuna to the Austrian company Travel Boutiqe Croatia d.o.o – Dubrovacki vjesnik reports.

This was also discussed at yesterday's session of the City Council where the Mayor Mato Frankovic said that the public garage would not be purchased by the City of Dubrovnik because it was too expensive.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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