Sunday, 19 May 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 Arabian Travel Market (ATM) fair is held in Dubai from April 28th to May 1st, on which the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board acts as a co-exhibitor at the Croatian Tourist Board's stand.

Arabian Travel Market is the leading global tourism event in the Middle East and is held for 26th time. A visit of over 40,000 professionals in tourism is expected to take place in the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC) during these four business days.

The Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb, National Park Plitvice Lakes, Amathus Travel, Abacus Tours, HUP and Jung Sky are also presented with the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board and Croatian Tourist Board.

This year an increase in the number of tourists from this extremely attractive market is expected.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were eight traffic accidents, in which two persons got heavily injured, six had light injuries, while there was one traffic accident with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 428 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 178 measures taken due to speeding, 15 measures due to improper stop and parking, 32 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 13 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and seven measures because of the use of mobile phones while driving.

Due to works on the repair of manholes, the street Iza Grada (behind the Old City) will be closed for the traffic of all vehicles, except emergency vehicles, on Tuesday night, April 30rd until Wednesday morning, May 1st, from midnight to 5 am.

All vehicles coming from the Ploce direction to Pile will be diverted to Petra Kresimira IV street and further across to the Street of druga Dalmatinska brigada to the state road no.8.

You can see the street marked on the map below.

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In order to mark the International Earth Day this week and prepare the beach for the upcoming tourist season, a cleaning action in the Sumratin bay was organized by Sunset Beach Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik Diving Club, with the support of Cistoca d.o.o.

-We are currently preparing for the upcoming season so that domestic and foreign guests will feel more comfortable at the Sunset Beach in Dubrovnik, and these preparations include, among other things, underwater cleaning actions that we certainly plan to repeat in the future – on this occasion the director of operation of the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik Mili Vuckovic, reports.

-For numerous of years people are taking everything from the sea, without giving back,which means that it is the ultimate moment to do so, and cleaning actions are the first step. We were happy to respond to the invitation of Sunset Beach in Dubrovnik to clean up the area of the Sumratin bay, and this year we planned another dozen actions in the whole county - added Vlaho Radonic, Secretary of the Diving Club Dubrovnik.

In total, about 2 cubic meters of waste have been extracted from the sea.

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Tenth International Folklore Festival organized by the Association "Dubrovacki primorski svatovi", within the project Easter in Primorje will be held on Sunday, April 28th at Gromaca, starting at 4 pm.

The international folklore event organized by the association "Dubrovacki primorski svatovi" is happening this year for the tenth time and has become a tourist attraction. Numerous cultural and artistic societies from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina will participate in his performances and presentation of customs.

The traditional "Easter in Primorje" event aims to revive the Dubrovnik Upper Villages, preserve the local identity, tradition and customs, as well as enrich the tourist offer of the City of Dubrovnik. This rural area is only a few kilometers away from the city center and has a strong agrotouristic potential. This is a great opportunity for presentation of diversity and cultural heritage, through entertainment, gastronomy and active stay in nature.

Libertas Dubrovnik has a special free bus line for citizens and visitors. Departure to Gromaca is at 3.15 pm and return at 6.30 pm. The bus stops at bus station in Gruz next to Tommy supermarket, in front of Srd Department Store, at Komolac and Mokosica.

From the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia, they informed about the stranded excursion boat at the mouth of Neretva. The unlucky event happened last night. Fortunately, it did not result in injuries of passengers or crew, the boat wasn’t damaged and the environment wasn’t either – reports.

The notice of stranded excursion boat was received from an eyewitness at the Port Authority Ploce, yesterday, April 25th at 6.12 pm, followed with immediate reaction from the employees, who found excursion boat stranded on a sandy, muddy river foam at the very mouth of the river Neretva, but outside the navigation area.

After reviewing the crew and passengers, Port Authority Ploce officials found that there were no injured persons among the six crew members, all citizens of the Republic of Croatia, as well as among the 14 passengers of mixed nationalities, and at 8.34 pm, th rescue boat carried out the evacuation of passengers to another passenger motorboat ‘Turugau Dalmatia’, transporting them to the Ploce harbor.

The inspection of the ship did not detect any damage that would cause sinking and there was no contamination of the sea or the river delta environment at the perimeter of the accident.

Therefore, the officers of the Port Authority of Ploce at 9.15 pm approved the refloat, after which the harbor excursion boat was taken in the port of Ploce, where at 9.55 pm it was tied to a safe berth, and the investigation of the causes of this maritime accident will continue under the jurisdiction of the Port Authority of Ploce.

"The Coast of Giants: An Anthropometric Survey of High Schoolers on the Adriatic Coast of Croatia", a study conducted within PeerJ's open access scientific journal, which covers biomedical and medical fields, provides interesting information on the height in the eastern Adriatic. The largest women with an average height of 169.1 cm and the largest men with an average height of 183.9 cm come from the Split - Dalmatia County, while women from the Dubrovnik - Neretva County, with an average height of 168.9 cm and men with a height of 183.3 cm, are immediately behind. In the area of our county, the tallest women come from Metkovic and their average height is 168.7 cm, while men height of 184.9 cm is also on the top of our county writes.

Considering the height of the average 18-year-old in Croatia between 1980-84 and 2006-08, the data reveals the growth of 2.9 cm, while in women of the same age group there was an increase of 1.8 cm. Historical data shows that in the period of 125 years between 1883-2008, the average male in Croatia grew by as much as 15 cm, or more precisely from the initial 165.5 in 1883 to 180.5 in 2008, which averages 1.2 cm growth per decade.

The research was based on anthropological methods, and it did not take into account only one factor, but many, adding the exploring of political, economic, economic and social conditions in the community.

The whole research can be viewed at

A delegation from the Ministry of the Interior, which included Police Officer of Dubrovnik Police Station Valentina Subotic, participated in the international exchange course "Capacity building in the area of Legislation Implementation". The course lasted from March 20th to April 3rd, and was held in Guangzhou, organized by the Guangdong Police College, on the basis of a call from the Ministry of Public Security of China.

China is participating in the implementation of the "Safe Tourism Season" project from last year. This project was launched in Croatia back in in 2006 as a co-operation of the Croatian police with the police of other European countries. As part of the project, foreign police officers work in common patrols with their Croatian colleagues and achieve direct contact with the citizens of their countries and help in better communication between the Croatian police and foreign nationals and vice versa. Throughout many years of implementation, a total of 20 foreign police organizations from 18 countries have been involved.

During the last tourist season, police officer Valentina Subotic served on a joint patrol with his Chinese colleague who stayed in Dubrovnik for two weeks in July last year. We had the chance to join them and if you are interested in details click here: Interview - On Patrol With Lili Long and Chuande Zhang

When it comes to the course, it was organized in such a way that both Chinese police and legal experts exchanged experience and knowledge and examples of good practice of both sides, and members of the Croatian delegation had the opportunity to visit and become acquainted with the functioning of all the police organizing units that use high technology in their work, given that China is the second economic power of the world.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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