Friday, 13 December 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

The City of Dubrovnik warned all the citizens and current Dubrovnik guests about the weather.

- Dear fellow citizens, The State Hydrometeorological Institute issued an orange warning for the Dubrovnik area for today, Tuesday, November 12th. The mentioned warning refers to the possibility of damage to structures, the risk of injuries due to broken trees, broken branches and flying debris. Also, because of the large amount of precipitation that is predicted, there is a possibility of flooding. Because all of the above, all the services of the City of Dubrovnik are placed on standby. This way, we ask that you be aware of the dangers and pay attention to the latest weather reports – the City of Dubrovnik wrote.

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Taron Egerton, one of the rising stars of the acting world, has recently done an interview for “The Big Ticket”, Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast, where he talked about becoming Elton John, singing for Joni Mitchell and the most interesting thing for us - how he really feels about his failed “Robin Hood” movie.

Egerton was the main star of the Otto Bathurs's 2018 version of this well-known story. On this occasion, Dubrovnik acted as Nottingham and Sherwood Forest, so the famous actor could be seen all over the Old City, filming scenes with co-stars such as Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan and Eve Hewson. 

It all seemed ideal during the filming, but sadly, the movie turned out to be a real flop. In the latest interview Egerton reveals that it was not all that perfect.

- It was absolutely not the movie that I signed up to make. It was pitched to me in a different way. I think it was made by committee and I think it lost its vision. I wasn’t very happy on set. I didn’t have a very happy time making it - Egerton explains. 

Hopefully the young star will visit Dubrovnik again and enjoy it more than when it was Nottingham! 

A rep for Lionsgate nor Bathurst commented on Egerton’s remarks.

You can read and listen the full interview here.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board presented sixth Dubrovnik Winter Festival in Zagreb and Ljubljana. The promotion of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival, organized by the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board for the sixth consecutive year, took place on Saturday, November 9th at Flower Square in Zagreb. With the performance of the vocal group Kase and the traditional Dubrovnik kolenda and prikle, arancini and almonds, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board introduced many visitors to the diverse and rich program of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival.

On Saturday, November 9th, Dubrovnik evening was held in Ljubljana, organized by the representative office of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Slovenia and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. With the performance of vocal group Kase, numerous media and travel agents who attended this evening enjoyed traditional Dubrovnik dishes and the presentation of the sixth Dubrovnik Winter Festival, which this year also offers a rich and varied gastronomic, cultural and musical program.

This year's edition of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival will open on November 30th, by lighting of the first Advent candle and turning on decorative holiday lighting, followed by a concert by the band The Frajle. Part of the rich program is the concert of Gibonni, Zorica Kondza, Novi Fosili, Urban and others. The youngest will also be cheered by the humanitarian Cake Party with the performance of Croatian singer Domenica and the already traditional Christmas fairy tale. 

On December 31st, Dubrovnik audience will be entertained by one of the most popular and longest-running Croatian bands, Parni valjak, while Mia Dimsic will perform for the children’s New Year. The rich gastronomic offer at the stands in several city locations is a necessary part of the winter festival tour, and on the weekends locals and their guests will be able to enjoy vocal group concerts.

On the first day of 2020, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will hold a traditional concert at noon on Stradun with oysters and sparkling wine, and in the evening Klapa Iskon will perform as the festival's finale.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 11 traffic accidents, in which three persons got heavily injured, one person got light injuries, while there were seven traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 757 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 436 measures taken due to speeding, 73 measures due to improper overtaking, 26 measures for improper stop and parking, 52 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 30 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 24 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

The National Park Mljet, the only national park in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County and Croatia’s first marine protected area in the Mediterranean, is today celebrating its 59th birthday. The National Park Mljet was founded on this day, the 11th of November 1960.

Situated on the island of the same name, Mljet National Park is the most important protected area of the Dalmatian south. It is the oldest National Park at the Adriatic. The park covers the western part of the island, which many regard as the most alluring in the Adriatic, full of lush and varied Mediterranean vegetation.

The park includes two deep bays which, due to their extremely narrow links with the sea, are regarded as and indeed named lakes: the Great Lake and the Small Lake. Mljet is also very rich in cultural heritage, the most prominent example being the complex of the 12th century Benedictine monastery. The monastery is located on a small island in the middle of the Great Lake and is set in a lush park. Over the course of centuries, numerous chronicles, dissertations and other literary works have been written here.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board is organizing "Saturday Winter Morning in the City" for visitors staying in Dubrovnik for the sixth consecutive year, with a goal of increasing the number of visitors during the winter. 

Every Saturday, starting from November 9nt, 2019 until March 28th, 2020, a free guided tour of the Old Town will be organized with an English-language guide, beginning at 10 am in front of Tourist Board Office Pile, Brsalje 5. In order to attend this free the tour, you must register the day before (Friday) by 6 pm at the office at Pile (tel: +38520312011; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The offer is for individual visitors and does not apply to group arrangements.

After a tour of the City with an expert guide, at 11.30 am in front of the church of Saint Blaise, Dubrovnik Tourist Board gives amazing gift to all visitors: the performance of the Lindo Folklore Ensemble which will not be held in case of bad weather.

This free program will enrich and contribute to a diverse range of entertainment programs during the winter months.

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The Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian National Tourist Board are presenting for the first time the Croatian economic and tourism offer at China's most important international import fair China International Import Expo (CIIE), held in Shanghai from November 5th to 10th. 

-With an appearance at the ITB China fair, which we participated in in May this year and won the Croatian Tourism Award, this is our second major launch in 2019 at the extremely important Chinese market. In the past year, 24 percent more arrivals and overnight stays have been made from this market compared to the same period last year, making China the second largest distant market with the highest tourist turnover in Croatia. According to the Chinese National Tourism Administration, Chinese travel abroad is expected to reach 200 million in 2020, and accordingly we expect growth in demand for Europe and Croatia by many Chinese travel lovers - said Croatian Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that 483 Chinese travel agents have successfully completed on-line training on Croatian cultural, natural, gastronomic and adventurous tourist offerings this year.

At this year's CIIE fair, attended by over 150 thousand Chinese and foreign buyers with exhibitors from more than hundred countries and regions of the world, today the "Croatia day" was held as part of the Croatian National Pavilion, a meeting of Croatian companies with numerous Chinese partners. Croatian Ambassador to China Dario Mihelin and State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Frano Matusic attended the fair.

-The Chinese market is no longer reserved for the bravest only, the door of the Chinese market is open to the whole world, and this is an opportunity we shouldn't miss. And this fair is proof that the Chinese are turning to imports and reducing their trade surplus, and it is important that we are constantly present here. Our exports to China grew 25 percent last year, which is proof that we can compete in such a large market. On the wings of these good indicators, as well as good political relations, it is time for even more concrete results - said Luka Burilovic, President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which yesterday also organized the Croatian-Chinese Economic Forum in the joint premises of the Croatian Chamber of Economy and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. From now on, they will be available to Croatian companies interested in trying out the Chinese market. -Last year's CIIE fair exceeded expectations, contracted jobs reached 50.8 billion dollars, so we hope that our companies will fight for their share of the cake too - Burilovic added.

Stanicic used the presentation at the fair to meet with important Chinese partners such as the Shendi Group and Ctrip to discuss future joint cooperation.

Ctrip is China's largest online travel agency, or the second largest travel agency in the world, which is the largest advertiser of hotels and accommodation in China, serving more than 300 million people in over 220 countries. The Shendi Group is best known for building and operating the Shangai Disney Resort and operates as a company for the design of entertainment projects and events. Representatives of the Chinese group, on the initiative of the CNTB Representative Office in China, visited Zagreb, Rijeka and Opatija in September.

Burilovic visited Croatian companies that exhibited at the fair: Degenija, Intereuropa, Megajoule, AMP Net.

- China is one of the most attractive markets with a great future potential for Podravka. So far, we are present here, but we have a lot of room for progress. Podravka has always supported economic diplomacy initiatives of this form. The presence at CIIE is an opportunity to maintain and deepen existing business contacts in this large market. In the last two years, Podravka has changed its business model of processing the Chinese market, and we are recently back in Shanghai through cooperation with our distribution partner, and we are working on cooperation development projects in the future - said Vedran Kelek, Podravka's Director of New Markets.

It's good to know that this year's edition of the CIIE is the second in a row, and its launch and first edition last year is a significant move by the Chinese government to liberalize and open the market, which is second in the world in terms of imports and leading in consumption. China's largest import fair is held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, covering an area of nearly 300 thousand square meters. Considering that China is the most populous country in the world and stands side by side with the United States as a world economic giant, the Chinese government is making an extraordinary effort to make CIIE a must-see in the calendar of events at the international level. The particular value of the CIIE Fair lies in the numerous business meetings, meetings at high political and diplomatic levels, the presentation of the economic and tourism potentials of different countries, as well as the mutual exchange of experience and knowledge.

CNN has published an article about Dubrovnik, saying that it may ban the opening of new restaurants in the Old City as a part of the fight with overtourism. 

-Dubrovnik's council will vote in December on the restaurant proposal, which would see a moratorium on any new outdoor chairs and tables in the Old Town for the next five years – CNN writes, adding that doesn't seem like much to most of us -- but since most restaurants in Dubrovnik's Old Town are built into the city walls, indoor seating is extremely limited.

CNN contacted the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, who said:

-Anyone wanting to open a restaurant in the Old Town cannot put down new tables and chairs for the next five years.

Frankovic explained that they can open inside, but knowing the Old City it's very hard to find a place where you can work inside. He added that ninety nine percent of restaurants work mainly with outside tables.

-The city council owns all the public space in Dubrovnik, and can therefore decide whether or not a restaurant can be allocated space outside for tables. If a restaurant closes, Frankovic said, it would be considered as fully closed -- meaning other businesses would not be able to take over the space – CNN writes, adding that when asked if that would effectively mean a five-year ban on new restaurants, Frankovic said: "Correct."

You can see the full article here.

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