Tuesday, 23 July 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.

Email: ivana@thedubrovniktimes.com

'Por el Mundo', famous television show hosted by popular Alejandro Wiebe, known as Marley, has been shot in Dubrovnik! One moment was really special – the performance of Dubrovnik vocal group Kase and famous Argentinian singer Soledad Pastorutti. They sang Halleluyah and their mini concert attracted viewers from all over the world – in two days this video has been viewed more than 17 thousand times.

For those who don't know, Soledad "La Sole" Pastorutti (born October 12, 1980 in Arequito, Santa Fe) is an Argentine folk singer, who brought the genre to the younger generations at the end of the 20th century, and the beginning of the 21st. She is also a film and TV actress. Her first album, Poncho al Viento, is Sony Music's best-selling album ever in Argentina according to Alberto Caldero, Sony Music's president in the late 90s, in an interview with La Nación newspaper. Her second album, La Sole, is Sony Music Argentina's second best-selling album ever.

The vocal group Kase is well known in Dubrovnik and all over the region. And now – in Argentina too!

Take a look at the video below and enjoy!

The quality of the sea water in front of the Hotel Rixos Libertas is suitable for swimming again, since the sample analysis meet the requirements of the Bathing Water Quality Regulation. 

On the 5th of July the Public Health Institute of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County sampled the sea water on the beach of Hotel Libertas Rixos and the sea water was not suitable for swimmers. According to available information, the Libertas public sewage pumping station had been shut down due to power supply shortages. This malfunction was fixed in the early morning hours of the 6th of July.

During the contamination, swimmers were advised to avoid this beach, but now they can swim without any worry. Additional samples will be taken in a week, in order to confirm the end of contamination.

As usual when it comes to big events in Dubrovnik, The City of Dubrovnik, led by the Mayor Mato Frankovic, decided to allow the restaurants and bars in the area of the City of Dubrovnik to work longer hours during the night of the opening of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. On Wednesday night, July 10th, till Thursday, July 12th, they can work until 4 am. 

Restaurant and bar owners are obliged to ensure the respect of public order and peace in their facilities without endangering themselves or others. If they do have some sort of problem in breaking the public order and peace, they are obliged to immediately report that the Dubrovnik Police Station, according to the Mayor's Conclusion.

The cultural and entertainment program 'Ulicama grada Grada' (On the streets of our City), organized by the City of Dubrovnik continues this week, with the vocal groups Ragusa, Kase, Maestral and Ragusavecchia. Also, famous singer Ibrica Jusic will traditionally play at the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery.

This week, the schedule is as follows:

Monday, July 8th – vocal group Ragusa, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Thursday, July 11th – vocal group Ragusavecchia, Lapad Bay from 9:30 pm;

Friday, July 12th – vocal group Kase, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Saturday, July 13th – vocal group Maestral, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Sunday, July 14th – Ibrica Jusic, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from midnight. 

A total of nine vocal groups participates in this event, and the programs are being held at three locations, so the locals and their guests can enjoy beautiful music in the Old City, Lapad Bay and once a month in Mokosica.

Croatia lost 44,409 students in six years, from 2013 to 2019, Vecernji list reports. 

Alarming statistical data was obtained by calculating and analyzing the number of children enrolled in schools, and loss of pupil population included both girls and boys. In other words, all school institutions, including primary and secondary elementary schools, including art school institutions operating in Croatia, 2607 in total, from 2013 to 2019 lost 11,736 elementary and 32,673 high school students. To understand it even better – Croatia lost the entire Lika-Senj County by the number of lost students.

Vecernji list writes that observed by counties, most students from 2013 to 2019 were lost from the Osijek-Baranja County - as many as 5895 students, followed by the Vukovar-Srijem County which lost 4922 middle and high school students in six years. Despite the mentioned lack of students, the number of schools in that county remained the same for all six years - 110 school establishments. During this period most schools in Croatia were closed in Karlovac, Split-Dalmatia County, Dubrovnik-Neretva County which closed five schools, while three school institutions stopped working in Bjelovar-Bilogora and Sibenik-Knin County.

According to statistics, the City of Zagreb is the only one to record the increase in the number of primary and secondary school students, as well as the increase in the number of school institutions – Vecernji list reports.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 32 traffic accidents, in which six persons got heavily injured, 17 got light injuries, while there were 17 traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 852 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 317 measures taken due to speeding, 103 measures due to improper stop and parking, 65 measures due to impromper overtaking, 78 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 26 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 42 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

Cruisers on the Croatian Adriatic are not a rare sight and there were 171 round trips of foreign vessels during the first five months of 2019, which is an increase of 18 percent compared to the same period last year. Also, there was 19 percent more passengers or 247.5 thousand, according to the data from the Central Bureau of Statistics– Poslovni.hr writes.

The exact number of the cruise sips or cruisers was 43, or three more than in the first five months of 2018. They stayed for the longer period of time – 386 or 25,3 percent more days.
The cruisers came under the flags of ten countries, but the highest number of round trips during the first five months was made under the flag of Malta: 41, with 34.4 thousand passengers traveling to Croatia.

Italy is on the second place when it comes to the number of round trips – 36, however far more passengers came with those cruisers: a little more than 85 thousand.

The third place is taken by the cruisers under the flag of Panama, with 26 round trips and nearly 59 thousand passengers.

By month, most cruise trips of foreign vessels this year on the Croatian Adriatic were made in May, a total of 88, which is three trips or 3.5 percent more than in May 2018, while the largest increase of these trips, of 48.5 percent, was achieved in April, when there were 49.

As usual, Dubrovnik was the most visited cruise port, with 124 visits of cruisers, followed by Split – 76, Zadar – 32, Korcula - 30, Sibenik - 25, Hvar - 20. Rovinj, Ploce, Stari Grad, Pomena and Pula had less than 10 visits.

After the highly successful show in Melbourne, the Croatian National Tourist Board for the first time in history presented Croatia and Croatia's tourist offer in Sydney in front of the leading Australian tour operators and 82 Australian tourist agents. This workshop was organized in cooperation with the Slovenian Tourism Organization under the slogan "Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia".

-I must admit that the interest in Croatia and Croatia's tourist offer in Australia exceeded our expectations. We have been presenting to the leading Australian tour operators who already offer Croatia in their programs, but what is especially delightful – to many tourist agents who, because of the great interest of Australians traveling to our country, want to cooperate with Croatian tourist companies - commented the director of Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic, adding that this year Croatian Tourist Board focuses on increased Croatia's promotion in far-off markets such as China, the United States, Canada, Singapore, South Korea and especially Australia.

The Sydney presentation was attended by, among others, tour operators Experience Croatia & More, a company with more than 40 years of experience in the tourism industry that first introduced Croatia as a tourist destination on the Australian market; Greece and Mediterranean Travel Center, an Australian agency specializing in the sale of Greece, Egypt, Italy, Spain, Malta and Croatia; Excite Holidays, the leading Australian, but also global, travel platform for travel, accommodation, transportation and Sun Island Tours tour operators specializing in the sale of Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.

-The interest of Australians traveling to Croatia year after year is growing, they are travelers who can’t be steady, they love adrenaline, sports, good fun and great food, and your country is full of that. Croatian Australians want to see and explore - said Paul Polyviou, CEO of Sun Island Tour, praising the release of a special brochure devoted exclusively to cruise journeys on the Croatian coast this year.

-The Australian market is extremely important for our city because Australian guests stay longer in the destination, and for them Zagreb offers a great value for money and is the starting or ending point for a long journey to Croatia and neighboring countries. Since 2015, we have recorded a steady rise in Australian visitors. At that time, we recorded 16,896 arrivals and 33,716 overnight stays, while in 2018 we recorded 30,636 arrivals and 64,288 overnight stays, which is an increase of 81 percent in arrivals and 91 percent in overnight stays - said the director of the Zagreb Tourist Board Martina Bienenfeld, while Luka Olivari, a representative of Rijeka - European Capital of Culture 2020, noted that Rijeka was highly accepted by Australian travel agents.

-Australian tourist workers are particularly interested in art, education and pop culture, for which Rijeka has been in the forefront for years. Rijeka has so far been a lesser known destination for Australian travelers and these workshops have contributed to increasing the tourist attractiveness of the whole region and strengthening the identity of the city - concluded Olivari.

In order to fully complete the promotion of the Croatian tourist offer in Australia, the Croatian tourist delegation will host a presentation of to around twenty leading Australian travel and lifestyle media like Travmedia, Get Lost Magazine, Marie Claire, Gourmet Traveler, Travel Weekly Australia on July 5th in Sydney , SBS, Harper's Bazaar, Travel Tolk, KarryOn, Escape, Luxury Travel Magazine, MiNDFOOD, The Australian Women's Weekly, etc.

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