Monday, 20 January 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.


Three new Libertas city articulated MAN Lion's City A23 buses departed this morning for their inaugural tour of the Dubrovnik center.

The starting and ending stations was Pile, and passengers were media representatives who, with Mayor Mato Frankovic and associates, as well as Libertas director Anto Vojvodic, joined the test drive which took them all to the Port of Gruz.

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A total of 62,938 new passenger vehicles were sold in Croatia last year, which is an increase of 4.8 percent compared to 2018, while 4022 new cars were sold in December alone, an increase of a significant 66.7 percent compared to December 2018 – writes, according to the data of the agency Promocija plus.

Volkswagen had the best sales by far with 8481 new cars sold, accounting for 13.5 percent of total sales. In the second place is Skoda, a member of the same concern, which sold 5873 vehicles and holds a 9.3 percent share, while the third is Renault with 5807 vehicles or 9.2 percent. Opel sold 5291 vehicles (8.4 percent of the market) last year, and Renault's subsidiary Dacia sold 3,685 new cars (5.8 percent share).

Suzuki is in sixth place (3670), followed by Peugeot (3584), Hyundai (3171), Fiat (2678), while the tenth is Toyota (2605 cars sold). Audi ended the year with the sale of 1656 new cars, BMW with 1459, and Mercedes with 1252. The statistics of the Promocija plus show that 201 Land Rover, 115 Porsche, 48 Jaguars and 47 Infiniti models were also sold last year. Five Maserati, three Bentley's and one Ferrari, 30 Lexus and 29 Tesla models were also sold – writes. 

Last year, Croatian buyers mostly chose Skoda Octavia, which was chosen by 3320 people. The Renault Clio ranks second best-selling with sales of 2347 units, the third being the 'everlasting' VW Golf (2304). The Suzuki Vitara sold well last year as well, the fourth most sold in 1762, the fifth being Dacia Duster (1586).

According to cities and counties, the most new vehicles were sold in the Zagreb area - 24,237 or 38.5 percent, the second is the Split-Dalmatia County with 4631 vehicles sold, followed by Istria (4557). The least cars were sold in Koprivnica-Krizevci County with 577 new vehicles sold, Virovitica-Podravina (261) and Lika-Senj County with 249 cars sold.

The Croatian National Tourist Board is conducting a major promotional outdoor advertising campaign in Brussels commemorating the start of Croatia's presidency of the Council of the European Union. During January and mid-February, public transport, buses, trams, the airport and the most frequent and representative city locations in Brussels will be full of Croatia's motives, all with the aim of further emphasizing that the youngest, but also the most beautiful member is taking over the EU presidency for the first time.

-The Croatian Presidency of the EU Council is an ideal opportunity for further promotion of our country, so before the very beginning of the Presidency we started this campaign that we believe will have positive promotional effects. We also support the timing of the campaign, which fits in perfectly with the Belgian "tourist" calendar, as market research by the association of Belgian tour operators ABTO shows that guests from Belgium most often book their holidays between December and February – the Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic emphasized, adding that more than 220 thousand arrivals and almost one million overnight stays were made in Croatia from the Belgian market last year.

As part of the Brussels campaign, there are 25 buses and trams on which citizens of the EU capital and numerous visitors can see Croatia's motives with a focus on the nautical tourism product. Advertising activities are also carried out through large posters located at the Brussels subway stations, in the city center and in the so-called "European Neighborhood", in selected attractive city locations and through large digital screens positioned at the most frequent locations within the Brussels airport, with over 26 million passengers annually.

The positive results of the promotional campaign are also highlighted by Ivan Novak, Director of the Croatian Tourist Bord Representative Office for the Benelux Countries. -We represent our country as a highly desirable tourist destination for the one million inhabitants of the Belgian capital, employees of numerous international institutions such as the EU, NATO and Eurocontrol, representatives of more than one thousand international associations and lobbying offices and employees of international corporations. We will also include over 350 thousand Belgians commuting to Brussels every day, as well as some of the almost 4 million business and tourist visitors who visit this city on an average year – Novak said.

According to the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, in the past year, the walls of Ston, the castle of Veliki kastio and other fortifications in Ston and Mali Ston were visited by the largest number of visitors so far, 64 thousand of them with purchased tickets.

This is eight thousand more visitors than in 2018, which can be attributed to the constant renovation works financed by the Society and the increased availability of attractive Ston sights to domestic and foreign guests who spend the summer in the Ston area, as well as to the many tourists who visit Ston during the year.

Is it possible? The most wonderful time od the year has already passed and it's time for the summer countdown… Or Christmas countdown already! 

This Tuesday is marked with dismantling of the festive stands. No more sausages, mulled wine, prikle… Until the end of this year. Time flies!

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In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were six traffic accidents, in which one person was deadly injured, one persons got heavily injured, while there were four 2 traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 983 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 777 measures taken due to speeding, 22 measures due to improper overtaking, 141 measures for improper stop and parking, 42 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, nine measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and seven measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

According to the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in the commercial and non-commercial segment and nautical charter, in Croatia during the Christmas and New Year holidays, or more precisely - from December 20th 2019 to January 6th 2020, there were 238 thousand arrivals and 621 thousand overnight stay, which is an 8 percent increase on arrivals and overnight stays.

-The realized holiday tourist traffic exceeded our expectations, and it further confirms the fact that Croatian destinations are working quality and continuous work on the development of year-round tourist offer. Attractive content and rich Advent programs have been created and that brought us into the positive atmosphere in 2020. We are facing a very challenging tourist year, but we are optimistic about maintaining our country's competitive position in the large international market - said Croatian National Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that during the Christmas and New Year holidays, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Croatia, Austria , Slovenia, Germany and Italy.

Observing the tourist traffic on the coast, 134 thousand arrivals and 405 thousand overnight stays were realized in the Adriatic counties during the Christmas and New Year holidays, while 104,000 arrivals and 216 thousand nights were realized on the continent together with the city of Zagreb.

Looking at counties, the most nights spent on the coast were in Istria, Kvarner, and Split-Dalmatia County, while on the continent most nights were spent in Zagreb, Krapina-Zagorje and Medimurje counties. Looking at destinations, the most overnight stays were made in Zagreb, Opatija, Porec, Rovinj, Dubrovnik and Split.

During the night from Monday to Tuesday, the two-day strong bura has stopped. It had strong hits of more than 100 km/h in parts of Dalmatia during Sunday, but started to weaken on Monday and during the night it almost completely ceased – Dalmacija Danas reports.

The calm of the wind favored additional cooling, so the night brought low air temperatures. At 2am after midnight Muc, Trilj and Vinalic near Vrlika measured -5 °C.

As Dalmacija Danas writes, Such values are not at all unusual for this part of the year for Zagora, but more than interesting information comes from Blatsko polje on Korcula, where temperature went as low as -7 ° C! Korcula's interior is known for its very low air temperatures during calm winter nights. Only a few kilometers further down the coast, temperatures are more than 10 degrees higher.

Along the coast and in the islands it was mostly from 0 to 5 ° C during the night, below zero in Zagora. Compared to the cold night, during the day the temperatures will be comfortable, in many areas above 10 °C during the hottest part of the day – Dalmacija Danas explains.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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