Thursday, 21 March 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.


The tenth anniversary of the Global Greening initiative will be celebrated in Dubrovnik on Sunday, March 17th at 6:30 pm and on that occasion the Sponza Place will go green! This event is organized by the City of Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Summer Festival and Dubrovnik Tourist Board in cooperation with the Embassy of Ireland.

Annual celebration of St. Patrick, National Day of Ireland, organized by Tourism Ireland will include a record number of places around the world and in Croatia, more precisely 400 places in 53 countries. The tenth annual initiative in Croatia will include record five cities and nine places this Sunday.

The Irish Embassy has again co-operated with the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, the City of Rijeka - the European Capital of Culture 2020 and the Irish City of Galway on this year's initiative. In addition to Dubrovnik, Rijeka and Zagreb, Zadar and Split take part in the initiative. Split will green the fountain on the famous promenade, in Zadar the most famous city monument, the church of St. Donat will be colored, Zagreb will illuminate the four locations of Fontana, Croatian Museum of Contemporary Art, Klovicevi dvori and Mestrovic's pavilion, and Rijeka Trsatska gradina and the "Molo Longo" crane.

With its record-breaking number of participants, Croatia has again shown that the link between Ireland and Croatia is growing stronger each year. Known world sights included in the Tourism Ireland initiative for the celebration of St. Patrick are the London Eye and many others.

Traffic police carried out a targeted preventive-repressive action directed towards drivers who do not use blinkers on the road yesterday. Even though it was announced, 36 persons got their tickets because they didn't use their blinkers, while the total of traffic offenses was 63.

Failure to turn the direction indicator on the part of a particular participant in traffic can jeopardize or mislead other traffic participants, which can lead to more serious traffic accidents.

Carrying out these activities will continue during the next period, through day-to-day traffic monitoring as well as through targeted activities.

Croatian National Tourist Board is presenting Croatia's tourist offer at the 26th MITT fair, which is being held in Moscow until March 14th. This is the largest tourist fair in the Russian Federation, which is among the top 5 tourist fairs in the world. Around 2000 companies and representatives of two hundred international tourist destinations are attending this year's fair, and it is expected that the fair will be visited by about 30,000 visitors. Within the Croatian stand, there are five co-exhibitors including Zagreb Tourist Board, Atlantis Travel, Istarski dvori 2, Lošinj Hotels & Villas and Croatia Yachting.

Among the numerous world delegations present at the MITT fair, there is also the Croatian government led by the State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism,Tonci Glavina and the Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Representative Office in Russia Rajko Ruzicka, who met with the most important partners on the Russian market on that occasion.

-Russia is a significant emission market for Croatia, which, among other things, it’s confirmed by the daily consumption of Russian tourists, which is by 50 percent higher than the average. It is important to continue good tourism cooperation and to strengthen our recognizability in this market. I am extremely pleased that the biggest Russian tour operators have recognized our ongoing work on quality improvement, and they have created additional offers for Croatia - Glavina said.

Director Ruzicka emphasized that on the basis of the first information and the meetings it can be concluded that there is a great interest for Croatia, which is why the continuation of positive trends and the growth of tourist traffic is expected. 
-Positive growth in arrivals, which should be higher than 20 percent according to the announcements, except from Russia, is also expected from the Ukrainian market. This is the result of numerous promotional activities that we carry out during the year, with the greatest attention given to the presentation of health and nautical tourism, which are among the Russians most recognizable segments of our tourist offer - said Ruzicka.

This was also confirmed by representatives of TUI led by Mahmut Kansu, director of development of foreign markets. TUI announces a 20 percent increase of Russian guests, and are very pleased with the cooperation with Croatian hoteliers and the available capacities this year. The Croatian delegation also met with representatives of the tour operator PAKS, whose director and co-owner Vitaljy Cizikov announced a growth of 15 percent, and stressed that a significant part of their offer relates to the Croatian destinations.

-Russian tourists in Croatia spend most of their nights in Istria, Split-Dalmatia County and Kvarner. Our goal is not only the growth of tourist traffic, but also the positioning of the Croatian continental offer on this large and potent market - said Croatian Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that during the last year there was more than 135 arrivals and over 932 thousand overnight stays by the Russian tourists.

The Spanish low farrier Vueling withdrew from the sale of the only line connecting Florence to an airport in Croatia – Avioradar reports. It is the Florence - Split line, which was in traffic once a week, on Fridays from June 1st to September 21st, 2018, and was planned the same for this year. Now it is no longer in the offer.

The line began with traffic in 2016 with three flights per week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays. The year after, it was reduced to two flights a week, Fridays and Sundays, leaving last year with only one flight per week. This means that Vueling will arrive in Split this year only from Barcelona and Rome.


Recently, website Emerging Europe published an article bringing 19 off-the-beaten-track destinations across the region well worth visiting in 2019 and Croatia found its place on it!

Croatian representative is Silba, a little gem – an island placed in nothern Dalmatia, south-east of Losinj, between the islands of Permuda and Olib.

-Car-free Silba is about as off-the-beaten-track as it is possible to get in Croatia. Long a retreat for hedonists, artists and anyone seeking an alternative lifestyle it packs a punch for those looking for unique sights too. The 16th century fortress is a gem, topped with a hexagonal watchtower whose narrow spiral steps can be climbed by the fit. There’s a gallery featuring the work of sculptor Marija Ujevic-Galetovic, a contemporary artist who does fantastic things with the human form, and throughout the summer the island hosts quirky cultural events. A ferry from Zadar will get you here – Emerging Europe writes about this little island that officialy has a population around 300 people, that varies throughtout the year.

Other destinations on the list include some destinations that are a good day trip from Dubrovnik, such as Mostar and Budva. Take a look at the whole list here.

British Low Carrier Jet2 is already planning a summer flight schedule for 2020. Among the announced addition for the next year there are three lines towards Croatia, two for Dubrovnik and one for Split – Avioradar reports.

Birmingham - Dubrovnik line will receive the third flight weekly. In addition to this year's two flights a week, Tuesdays and Saturdays, an additional third flight from May 2020 will take place on Thursday. Likewise, the Leeds / Bradford) – Dubrovnik line will receive the third flight weekly: In addition to this year's two flights a week, Thursday and Sunday, an additional third flight will take place on Tuesdays.

The Birmingham - Split line will have two flights per week, Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the summer season from May 2020. This is a boost compared to this year because the second flight, on Wednesdays, is scheduled only since August this year.

On the territory of the entire Republic of Croatia, and also in the area of the Police Administration of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, police officers of the traffic police will conduct a targeted preventive-repressive action directed towards drivers who do not use blinkers on the road from 10 am to 2 pm.

Failure to turn the direction indicator on the part of a particular participant in traffic can jeopardize or mislead other traffic participants, which can lead to more serious traffic accidents.

Carrying out these activities will continue during the next period, through day-to-day traffic monitoring as well as through targeted activities.

Strong northern wind – bura, that has been blowing since last night closed the bridge of Franjo Tudman in Dubrovnik for all the types of vehicles.

Because of the strong bura, air traffic has been affected too and some flights have been transfered to Split.

Drivers are advised to adapt to the situation on the roads, while pedestrians are asked to stay safe and be cautios if they have to go out, due to possible debris flying around.
This warning is particularly relevant to the area of the historic core where repair of roofs that have been damaged during the latest bura is still ongoing.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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