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 Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board attends this the most important tourism fair in the world – ITB in Berlin, held from 6th to 10th of March.

At the stand of the Croatian Tourist Board they rented an info desk where they will present all clusters of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

The new promotional movie "Dubrovnik Riviera" is nominated for one of the awards at the "Golden City Gate" multimedia festival, held within the ITB fair, and the award ceremony will be held today.

Approximately 7,500 exhibitors from almost 200 countries around the world participate in the fair on 160,000 square meters and more than 120,000 business visitors are expected to attend.

The emphasis of the ITB Berlin tourist fair is on business meetings and certainly represents an important source of information on tourism trends.

New cruise ship Costa Venezia, the largest in the Mediterranean, arrived to Dubrovnik yesterday morning and can still be seen anchored in the Port of Gruz.

The Costa Venezia cruise ship Costa Crociere can accommodate 4232 passengers and has 1278 crew members. Boat size is 135 500 BRT and it’s 323 meters long.

It brought approximately 4,000 passengers to Dubrovnik. Its route includes Trieste, Bari, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Zadar and then it returns to Trieste. From March 8th, the ship from Trieste goes on a 20 day trip, and will return to Dubrovnik on Saturday, while its last destination is Dubai.

-Originality, innovation and the warmth of Italian hospitality to see the world from a different perspective, that of the sea. The sophisticated and sensual atmosphere that makes Venice unique in the world, travels with you aboard Costa Venezia, our new ship dedicated to the City of Marco Polo and Casanova. Bathe in the multisensorial emotions of a cruise between Europe and the Orientalong an itinerary full of history and charm, the ancient routes of merchants and privateers – it’s stated at the official page of Costa.

costa venezia 1

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Aigle Azur will be a new name among air carriers arriving in Zadar – Avioradar reports. This French airline will fly on the new Lyon-Zadar charter line. The line will be in traffic once a week only during August, from August 4th to September 1st. Arrival of aircrafts from Lyon to Zadar will be during night hours from Saturday to Sunday. Airbus A320 aircraft will fly on the line.

For this charter line, the French regional air carrier HOP! has already flown for two years, with Canadair CRJ-1000 aircraft. That means that this line will increase the capacity for passengers.

Aigle Azur is little known on Croatian airports. During the years it mainly operated on charter flights from France to Dubrovnik.

According to the eVisitor system, excluding the data for nautical services, 28,495 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik from 1st to 28th of February, which is 92 percent more than in the same period of 2018, and there were 49,397 overnight stays , or 38 percent more than last year.

In February, the greatest number of guests was from Croatia, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, USA, Sweden, Korea, Belgium, China, Finland and Denmark.

Of the total number of tourists in February, 25,779 guests were in Dubrovnik hotels, which is 106 percent more than last year, and they made 38,178 overnight stays, or 49 percent more than in the same period last year.

In private accommodation, during February, there were 1,809 guests, an increase of 14 percent compared to February 2018, with 6,993 overnight stays, which is 2 percent more than in the previous year.

The record preseason and the beginning of the year in Dubrovnik are the result of the connection with seven European destinations, as well as the charter program of senior group arrivals from Scandinavia and Germany, organized by WTouristic Travel Agency, Karaci Group and RSD Reisen from Germany, with who over 30 thousand tourists will come to Dubrovnik before May 11th.

From 1st of January to 28th of February 2019, there were 45,408 arrivals, which is 69 percent more than last year, with 87,899 overnight stays, or 24 percent more. The top five countries counting the largest number of tourists in Dubrovnik since the beginning of the year are Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Korea and the United States

Some of the greatest Hollywood celebrities: Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Ryan Reynolds, will come to Croatia to film the sequel to the successful action movie from 2017 "The Hitman's Bodyguard" – reported by Glas Istre.

The information was confirmed to them by the Mayor of Rovinj, Marko Paliaga, who said that the city has already issued the necessary permits for the filming of the newest Hollywood spectacle. According to the permits, the filming starts at the beginning of April and will last for the whole month!

Glas Istre writes that a big film crew will come to Rovinj and stay at the best Maistra Hotels. It is assumed that part of them will sleep in Lone and part in the new Grand Park Hotel. However, it is unknown where the biggest stars of the film will be located, but it is certain that they will have a special treatment with the highest level of service. The Mayor of Rovinj has also revealed to Glas Istre that a film camp will be built for shooting purposes.

hitman cast croatia

All star line up for latest Hitman flick 

The Hitman’s Bodyguard was a great success for Lionsgate, since their budget was 30 million dollars and they earned – 175 million. The sequel, which will be entitled The Hitman's Wife Bodyguard, is already attracting a lot of attention and will be a great promotion for Croatia as a filming location. Just recently it was announced that one more action star is added to the cast: Frank Grillo, known from the movies such as The Purge: Anarchy, The Grey, and Warrior.

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Rovinj offers stunning backdrops - Photo Pixabay 

It has been confirmed to The Dubrovnik Times by a source that shooting of this latest Croatian-located Hollywood blockbuster will begin on the 4th of April this year. Although the exact location of the filming is still unknown, however Rovinj and the surrounding region offer a multitude of different locations for the production team.

The Croatian National Tourist Board started its first marketing campaign for promotion of the preseason on 12 European markets, including: Germany, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Slovenia, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Hungary, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. The campaign will be run until April 15th on social networks Facebook and Instagram and on YouTube, and there are also advertising display activities.

- This year we continue with the implementation of activities that contribute significantly to further positioning Croatia as a year-round tourist destination. In order to achieve that goal, we also run this marketing campaign to promote the pre-season on 12 key markets by promoting nautical, active tourism, culture, eno-gastronomy and natural beauty. We are focused on the products that represent the main motif of the arrival of tourists in the period of the preseason - said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic..

Before the beginning of this year's campaign for promoting the pre-season, the Croatian National Tourist Board has successfully implemented the first brand campaign this year, which was conducted on a total of five broadcasting markets, including Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden and Spain. The main objective of the brand campaign was to raise Croatia's recognition as an attractive tourist destination and to strengthen the brand of the national tourist.

The Croatian National Tourist Board plans to carry out four major promotional campaigns during 2019 - two promotion campaigns for pre and post season and two brand campaigns. The aim of promotional activities is, among other things, a positive impact on tourism traffic, which in the first part of the year recorded more than 525,000 arrivals and 1.4 million overnight stays, which represents an increase of 11 percent in arrivals and 6 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year.

The King of Latin Pop, Enrique Iglesias, is coming back to Zagreb! After celebrating his 41st birthday in the Arena Zagreb back in 2016, Iglesias will have another concert at the same place on December 1st this year.

He announced the happy news at his social media profiles and already delighted numerous fans who can't wait to dance and sing his hits – from Bailando to Hero, this showman will surely provide great atmosphere and a concert to remember!

Back in 2016, Iglesias was really excited because the whole Arena Zagreb – around 18 thousand people - sang him Happy Birthday, and he described it as one of his best birthdays ever. Surely, he has a goal to create the same atmosphere or even better on December 1st. We'll see!

Dubrovnik water company Vodovod Dubrovnik informs the public that the street ''Ulica iza Grada'' (behind the Old City) will be closed for all trafic from midnight until 6 am, because of the works on repairing the water supply network.

You can see the street marked on the map below.

iza grada

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