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.

Email: ivana@thedubrovniktimes.com

At the end of 2018, there were 2.19 million registered motor vehicles in Croatia, which is 4.5 percent higher than in 2017, shows the data of the State Statistical Office.

Data on the number of registered vehicles came from the Ministry of the Interior.

The number of first-time registered vehicles was 180,454, which is a significant increase of 41.4 percent compared to 2017.

The increase in the first registration is shown in all types of vehicles except special vehicles and semitrailers.

The statisticians note that growth is caused by the increase in the number of first registration of used vehicles (70.5 percent) and the first registration of new vehicles (25 percent).

In 2018, there were 10,450 road traffic accidents with injured persons, which is 4.5 percent lower than in 2017.

In road traffic accidents in 2018 317 people died, which is 4.2 percent lower than in 2017. When it comes to injured persons, there was 13,989 or 4.2 percent less.

One of the most famous Hollywood power couples – Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds – have fell in love with each other and with Croatia apparently. Reynolds has been shooting the sequel to the successful action movie from 2017 "The Hitman's Bodyguard" in Rovinj for weeks now and now his beautiful wife has joined him!

Reynolds shared couple of photos on his official Instagram account, followed by 29 millions fans, sharing the news that he is also shooting the latest spot for Aviation Gin in Croatia and thanking the whole team. One of the photos shows him hugging his wife, looking as happy as ever.

Reynolds delighted his Croatian fans couple of days ago, when he shared a selfie on his story with words: ''If you you are gonna be repeatedly punched in the face anywhere… I recommend Croatia. I love this place.''

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What an amazing promotion! For those who don't know, 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. 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. Morgan Freeman is expected to join the crew too.

During the summer flight schedule, which covers the period from 31st of March to 27th of October 2019, 81 new air lines, including regular, low cost and charter lines, were introduced to Croatia from 24 world markets. Also, the first week of the summer flight schedule began with record 252 flights, which compared to the first week of the summer flight schedule last year presents a 30 percent increase. The greatest number of flights in the first week is recorded at the airports in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik.

-New airlines and the increase in the number of rotations are, among other things, the result of the activities of the Croatian Tourist Board. We collaborate with airline companies through strategic promotional campaigns on emitting markets, aiming to position Croatia as an attractive and well-connected year-round destination. We are particularly pleased with the new intercontinental line between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik, which for the first time, after almost 30 years, has connected us with the US market - said Director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Kristjan Stanicic, adding that this year over 40 million kuna is provided for the strategic marketing partnerships with tour operators and air carriers.

Looking at the markets, the most new lines, or 14 of them, are coming from German cities, followed by 12 new lines from the UK market, 8 lines from France, 5 lines from Italy, 4 lines from Netherlands, etc. Analyzing the summer flight schedule by the number of rotations, the most rotations are planned between Croatia and Germany, the UK, France, Austria and Switzerland.

Most new lines will fly to airports in Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula and Rijeka. Most Croatian airports this year also recorded an increase in the number of rotations when compared to the previous season, and according to the absolute number of new rotations, the Zadar airports have a 25 percent increase, Pula a 7 percent increase and Dubrovnik 4 percent .

When it comes to air carriers, most new lines were launched by Ryanair, 15 of them, and 8 new Volotea carrier lines, 6 new TUI lines and 5 new easyJet lines.

The analysis of the aviation link between Croatia and the broadcasting market was carried out on the basis of the published summer flight schedules of the Croatian airports of Zagreb, Osijek, Pula, Rijeka, Losinj, Zadar, Split, Brac and Dubrovnik.

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

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 260 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 129 measures taken due to speeding, 41 measures due to improper stop and parking, 12 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, nine measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 15 measures because of improper overtaking.

What happens when some of the most famous Hollywood celebrities come to shoot a movie in Croatia? Social media explode! For days now fans all over the world follow behind the scenes photos published by Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Ryan Reynolds from Rovinj, where they are filming the sequel to the successful action movie from 2017 "The Hitman's Bodyguard".

The most active is the lady of the group – Salma Hayek – who has shared a fair number of photos on her Instagram account that is followed by almost ten million fans! Samuel L. Jackson shared photos of Rovinj and Pula, while Reynolds have been the most shy member of this famous trio.

However, yesterday he shared a story that will surely make some of his 29 million fans want to visit Croatia. He published a selfie from the set, with words: ''If you you are gonna be repeatedly punched in the face anywhere… I recommend Croatia. I love this place.''

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Photo from the official Instagram profile of Ryan Reynolds

What an amazing promotion! For those who don't know, 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. 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. Morgan Freeman is expected to join the crew too.

For a couple of days now the sequel of the succesful action movie from 2017 ''The Hitman's Bodyguard'' has been filming in Croatia, in the beautiful city of Rovinj, gathering some of the great the greatest Hollywood celebrities: Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Ryan Reynolds. As it can seen on their social media platforms, it seems that they really enjoy Croatia!

That can especially be said for the lady of the group, Salma Hayek, who has been sharing photos non-stop, looking as beautiful as ever. The latest photo she shared was the one that everybody was waiting for: the whole group together!

-Grocery shopping #hitmansbodyguardstyle – says the caption of the photo, showing the three of them obviously on the set, since Reynolds looks smashed and Salma has pantyhose on her head. Samuel L. Jackson looks… Well, normal. In less than 24 hours, the photo has collected over 100 thousand likes and numerous comments.

This is surely a great promotion for Rovinj and Croatia in general! For those who don't know: 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.

We can't wait to see what will these lovable celebrities share next!

Croatia is full of beauty and thanks to the numerous platforms to share photos and videos, you can now see and fall in love with places that you still haven't even visited. That will happen to you if you watch the newest promotional video 'Zagorje – A fairy tale at hand', made by Visit Zagorje in cooperation with production house Krijas. The video was shot at over 30 locations in Zagorje, with around 60 locals taking part!

Magnificent nature, views to die for – this is just a short description of the video and the region that is often neglected by tourists who usually want to go south. Zagorje, placed in nothern Croatia, separated from Zagreb by Medvednica mountain is well worth visiting. If you don't believe us – just take a look at the video. And book your trip!

Dubrovnik Musical Spring will start on Friday, April 12, at the Franciscian Church at 8.30 pm. The cycle is organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (DSO), with the support of the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and it will last until the end of may. It includes concerts of classical music and gathers many successful domestic and international musicians. 

As it was announced earlier, 2019 in the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be dedicated to Mozart in the DSO, and the first concert of the mentioned cycle will be too. The orchestra will be directed by Marc Tardue, while Jasminka Stancul will perform as a soloist. This prominent pianist has been performing in the city since she was 18, and the Dubrovnik audience regularly visits her concers. She is always happy to return and share her extraordinary musical experiences, described as the "peak of pianism" by the critics. Stancul lives in Vienna since she won Beethoven International Piano Competition and works closely with the Vienna String Quartet, the Vienna Philharmonic, as well as numerous other ensembles such as Mozarteum orchestra, Camerate Salzburg, Bruckner orchestra from Linz, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and many others.

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