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 Tourist Board office was visited by the media delegation from China, led by the Secretary General of all Chinese media and the directors of the largest Chinese media houses: People's Daily (3 million copies daily), China Daily, Europe Times, China News Service. At a meeting with the director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic, the topic of the discussion was promotion of Dubrovnik and Croatia in Chinese media.

Vlasic pointed out that the Chinese market is becoming increasingly important for Dubrovnik with an ever-increasing trend throughout the year. Last year in Dubrovnik there was a significant increase of Chinese guests. In 2018, 37 871 Chinese tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is 48 percent more than in 2017. Chinese tourists in Dubrovnik in 2018 made 69 023 overnight stays, which is 45 percent more than in the previous year.

The Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board emphasized the recently opened office of the Croatian Tourist Board in Shanghai, which will certainly contribute to even better communication with the Chinese market, in cooperation with the office of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. The Dubrovnik Tourist Board printed a new Dubrovnik Riviera Info brochure for the development of the Chinese tourism market, which is indispensable for communication in this market

Vlasic expressed hope for establishing a direct airline from China to Croatia, which is one of the basic precondition for developing cooperation between the two countries. Dubrovnik Tourist Board, together with the representatives of the City of Dubrovnik, also performed at the tourist fair in the friend city Sanya in November last year, and as a part of the year of culture of Croatia and China, there is also a possibility of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra visiting China.

One of the topics of the discussion was also the important political summit "China 16 plus" of the countries of Eastern and Central Europe and China, which aims to deepen and intensify relations in trade and investment and other important economic sectors, whose host is Dubrovnik.

Representatives of Chinese leading media outlets asked a number of questions and gave suggestions to director Romana Vlasic about possible future cooperation and increased visibility of Dubrovnik in Chinese media. They expressed their enthusiasm for Dubrovnik as the most recognizable Croatian brand in the world. The positive growth trend of the number of Chinese tourists in Dubrovnik is extremely important and points to further popularity of Dubrovnik in this prospective and large market.

The 20th edition of the Duubrovnik Carnival comes with one novelty! There will be a competition of making ''dirty macaroni'' (sporki makaruli) in the restaurant Klarisa on Tuesday, March 3rd.

The program will start with the workshop on making dirty macaroni, led by the Dubrovnik chef Damir Saric at 11:30.

From 12:30, competition under the masks will start! The five member jury will evaluate the best prepared macaroni, announce the winners and give them symbolic prizes and acknowledgments.

Hotels Valamar Dubrovnik, Hotel Hilton Imperial, Hotel Lero, Hotel Adria, Restaurant Mezzanave, Ruzmarin i Tourist and Catering School Dubrovnik will participate. All masked visitors will get their gratis portion of dirty macaroni.

If you want to learn how to make this meal, click here.

Dubrovnik and Instagram are the perfect match! There are numerous places in the Old City and around to get that perfect Instagram photo that could bring you new likes and followers. Influencers and bloggers often choose Dubrovnik for their destination – it's beautiful and photogenic, what more could you ask for?

Vogue has recently published an article bringing top 40 places to travel this year according to Instagram.

- Instagram has a new tracking tool called Dash Hudson, which allows us to use geotags and keywords to see the most popular locales people are posting from – Vogue explains.

Dubrovnik has been put at 32nd place, just after Moscow and before Stockholm. Just now, Dubrovnik has been ''hashtagged'' on almost 2 million photos on Instagram, some of them really breathtaking and enchanting.

First on the list is New York City, followed by Toronto and London. See the full list here.

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Traditionally marking the annual feast of St. Joseph in Ston and Mali Ston, the Ston Tourist Board invites everybody to join them at The Festival of Oysters. The tasting of oysters and Peljesac wines will take place at the seafront in Mali Ston on Satruday, March 16th, starting at 11 am. 

All the guests will be able to enjoy the most renowned aphrodisiac alongside a glass of supreme wine of Peljesac at reasonable prices.

-Through an all day presentation of Croatian island products, we offer a variety of traditional products of the upmost quality. Our organizers will ensure a feast to remember, accompanied by the Dalmatian music, folklore performances and raffles. We look forward to seeing you there – the Ston Tourist Board published.

The Administrative Department for European Funds, regional and international cooperation of the City of Dubrovnik has applied the Year of Orlando project for two competitions, from which the first in March is held in Solin and the second in Krakow in June this year.

The 5th International Congress of Historical Cities is held from 26th to 29th of March in Solin, where the international Cultural Tourism Award "Plautilla" will be awarded in three categories; quality and innovation in the management of historic cities, interpretation and protection of cultural heritage, and the promotion and distribution of cultural-tourist products. For the Year of Orlando, the Department for European Funds, regional and international co-operation of the City of Dubrovnik has reported in the last category for the best tourist product that is characterized by the quality and creative interpretation of cultural and historical heritage.

The Fifth World Congress of Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) is held in Krakow from June 2nd to June 5th, and the Year of Orlando was invited to submit projects related to the theme "Heritage and Tourism: Local Communities and Visitors- Sharing Responsibilities ". Selected projects will be presented at the congress.

Just a small reminder: with the decision of the City Council of the City of Dubrovnik, this year was proclaimed the Year of Orlando, and will be marked with the various programs that will take place throughout the twelve months of 2019.

If you want to learn more about the Orlando’s Column, click here.

The ceremony of giving Dubrovnik-Neretva County fireboat Sveti Florijan to the Public Fire Brigade Mljet will be held on Friday, March 1st in the Old City Port.

The fireboat will be handed over to the commander of the Public Fire Brigade Mljet by the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Perfect Nikola Dobroslavic.

Boat Sveti Florijan is the first fireboat in our area acquired by the Dubrovnik-Neretva County as part of the European project AdriaMORE, one of the projects currently being implemented by the Croatia-Italy cross-border program.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were seven traffic accidents, in which two persons got light injuries, while there were five traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 374 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 188 measures taken due to speeding, 31 measures due to improper stop and parking, 14 measures because of improper overtaking, 25 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 17 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 4 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

Due to the damage done by hurricane force winds, the Arboretum in Trsteno will be closed for visitors for some time, due to the danger of falling trees and branches.

This valuable monument of nature is just one of the damaged places in Dubrovnik affected by the strong winds, and the director Ivan Simic pointed out that the exact scale of damage will be determined later.

During the morning, Arboretum employees went around to observe the current situation.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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