Wednesday, 23 October 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.


Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board is having its first appearance at the World Tourism event for UNESCO Cities and Sites held this year in Rome from September 26th to September 28th.

For the first four years this fair was held in the city of Assisi, for the next three years in Padua, and for the last two years in Siena. Italy is the country with the highest number of UNESCO protected sites, having a total of 54.

Each year, over 120 sites from all over the world under UNESCO protection participate in this fair to promote and raise awareness of responsible cultural tourism.

In addition to UNESCO protected sites, many tour operators participate in the fair to get acquainted with various cultural offerings.

On the first day of the fair there is also a B2B workshop.

In addition to the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board, the Split-Dalmatia, Sibenik-Knin and Zadar County Tourist Boards are also presented at this fair at the joint stand.

Korcula, one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia, has been picked as one of the best islands in the whole world! The choice has been made by the readers of the website Big 7, aggregated scores from previous media results and the travel team of the website. In the article titled Best islands in the world 2020, they bring top advices where to go on your next vacation.

Out of the 50 islands that are listed, Korcula was placed 5th, which is a great result!

-Korcula is one of the must-visit destinations on Croatia’s South Dalmatian coast. It’s a little further out to get to than most of the other islands, so you can enjoy less crowds and a more laid-back feel – it's written in the article, adding that people call Korcula Town “Little Dubrovnik” because of its medieval squares, churches, palaces and houses, while the beaches and dense forest offer incredible scenery.

The list before Korcula includes Flatey (Iceland), Palawan (Philippines), Espiritu Santo (Vanuatu) and Sommarøy (Norway).

You can see the full list here.

As a part of the cultural and entertaining program "On the Streets of Our City" (Ulicama naseg grada), ending this week, Tomislav Bralic and the vocal group Intrade will perform on Saturday, September 28th, in Mokosica, starting at 8 pm. The concert is organized by the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the Mokosica Town District.

The Intrade vocal group has been active since 1985 and is one of the most popular vocal groups in Croatia today, with numerous concerts throughout Europe. In addition to the vocal group songs, they are happy to sing Dalmatian chansons and are best known for their new compositions. They have received numerous awards, among them the most distinguished "Porin" for the performance of the song "Moja jube" and the award for the most performed song "Zora bila" at the Dalmatian chanson festival.

The free concert will take place in front of the coffee bar Kiss coffee, but will be moved to the sports hall in case of bad weather.

The traditional concert on the occasion of the World Tourism Day, organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be held on Friday, September 27th in front of the Cathedral, starting at 7 pm.

The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marc Tardue, has prepared a rich program of film, popular and Latin music to traditionally mark the World Tourism Day. They will play music from well-known films such as The Godfather, Memories of a Geisha and The Scent of a Woman, while Latin hits will also be performed by a trumpet soloist, Dzemal Cakic. The musicians will be joined by Nevio Koncic, who will sing several well-known love songs, such as "Sto to bjese ljubav", "Romanca" and "Your song".

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According to the Program for the determination of sea quality at the beaches of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County for 2019, the Public Health Institute of Dubrovnik-Neretva County carried out the 9th regular sea research on 118 beaches in the period from September 9th to September 20th.

The sea on 116 beaches was good for swimming. 

Sudden polutions of the beach Porporela and Mlini were discovered, but cleared up until the end of the research. 

Out of the rest 116 beaches, the sea at 112 beaches was rated as a sea of excellent quality, while the sea at the beaches Trstenik at Peljesac, Kupari and Smokovjenac in Zupa was rated as good, and sea at the beach Kobas at Peljesac was rated as satisfying.

The 12th Croatian Festival of jams and marmalades, organized by DESA Dubrovnik, will be held during the weekend of September 27th to 29th, in the very heart of Dubrovnik's Old City, at the Marin Drzic Square in front of the Cathedral. Small and specialized producers from all over the country will visit Dubrovnik and bring hundreds of types of natural jams and marmalades. Exhibitors dressed in traditional costumes, presenting lemon, cherry, strawberry, plum, fig and orange jams make this festival one of Dubrovnik's autumn attractions.

The festival promotes not only small producers, including high quality local produce, but also the richness and diversity of cultural heritage of different parts of our country. As part of the event, the product rating was organized into four categories. Product evaluation and analytics will be conducted by a panel of experts from the Institute for Mediterranean Cultures from the University of Dubrovnik and Professor Josip Zuvela.

The exhibition program will run from Friday to Sunday, daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The festival is held with the support of the City of Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the City of Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Dubrovnik.

According to eVisitor, a system which contains tourist traffic in the commercial and non-commercial segment, as well as in the nautical charter, the number of overnight stays in Croatia exceeded 100 million this weekend. This is a great result, since the number of 100 million overnight stays was exceeded a week later last year, on September 28th. This confirms that even in this very challenging and demanding tourist year, the Croatian tourism sector is producing extremely positive results.

-Positive indicators so far about the realized tourist traffic, but also financial ones, are proof that Croatia is excellently positioned on the world tourist market. We will continue to guide our tourism policy in the direction of sustainable and responsible tourism with the aim of improving the quality of the overall offer - said the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli.

-The realization of 100 million overnight stays a week earlier than last year is a great result of Croatian tourism and a clear indication that our country is in a stable position on a very competitive international market. In order to keep up with the positive trends, we are already working very intensively on the preparation of the 2020 tourism year, while a major campaign for the promotion of the season is still underway - said Croatian Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic, noting that the results achieved so far confirm that Croatia is increasingly perceived as a year-round tourist destination in numerous broadcast markets.

Also,in the previous part of the year, more precisely: from January 1st to September 22nd, according to the first and incomplete data of the eVisitor system, 18.3 million arrivals and almost 101 million overnight stays in Croatia were recorded, which represents an increase from the same period last year, four percent in arrivals and two percent in overnight stays. In the same period, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Poland and Italy, while the destinations where the most overnight stays were recorded were Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Porec, Split and Medulin.

The exhibition 'The Beauty of Taiwan' will open in the Lazareti Complex, in the third hall tonight, September 24th, at 7 pm. 

The rich history of Taiwan and its natural beauty served as the inspiration for an exhibition presenting fourteen professional fine artists of this far-off country, who in their work blend scenes from the landscape and life of people typical of Taiwan with techniques and fine arts of Western art, in that way connecting the two geographically distant cultures. The exhibition will be opened by Taiwanese curator and major promoter of Taiwanese art around the world, Mr. Juan Su. He envisioned this traveling exhibition as a way of getting to know different artistic traditions, establishing cultural and creative connections and meeting Taiwan with other countries in the world.

The works are mostly made in the technique of oil and acrylic on canvas, while the themes and motifs show the artistic vision of different aspects of life in Taiwan.

The exhibition will be open until September 27th, every day from 11am to 7pm. The entrance is free.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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