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 year's F.RE.E. travel and leisure fair in Munich as a co-exhibitor at the stand of the Croatian Tourist Board. I

In addition to the Tourist Board of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the co-exhibitors at the stand are the Krapina-Zagorje Tourist Board, the Sibenik-Knin County Tourist Board, Klaster Slavonija, Zagreb Tourist Board, Novalja Tourist Board, Valalta, Solaris, Hadria, Dalmatia Camps , KUH, Camping Village Simuni, Novasol, Plitvice Holiday Resort, Aminess, Jadrolinija, Jadranka Campings, Hotels Njivice, Maistra, Mon Perin, Casa Nube, Zaton Holiday Resort, Ilirija and Campsite Bi Village.

The second working day of the fair is reserved for the press conference, which will be attended by Croatian Minister of Tourism Gari Capelli and Director of Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic. After the press conference, Slavonian specialties will be served on the stand.

On the third day of the fair, stand will be visited by football player Ivica Olic, a longtime FC Bayern player, accompanied with several current players of that football club, with which visitors will be able to take photos on a photobooth device that will be placed on the stand for that occasion.

In 2018 Dubrovnik-Neretva County was visited by 147 thousand tourists from Germany, which is 14 percent more than a year earlier, and they made 748,300 overnight stays or 4 percent more than in the previous year. Visitors from Germany are ranked second in the number of overnight stays made in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

Croatian Mountaineering Society Snijeznica organizes traditional climb on Snijeznica, mountain in Konavle which has several peaks above 1000 metres in height. The highest is Ilija's peak at 1234 metres above sea level. The event will be held one day after the International Women's Day, on Saturday, March 9h and it's called ''100 women at Snijeznica''.

Climbing Snijeznica for the International Women's Day proved to be really popular in the last couple of years. The gathering of participants is at 8:40 am in the center of Kuna Konavoska (near the info table about Snijeznica). At 9 am, after getting acquainted with the guides, the crowd will go uphill. The walk lasts about two hours on the mountaineering macadam path up to the top. During the climbing, two shorter breaks of 10 minutes will be made. At the top there will be a longer pause (depending on the weather conditions).
When it comes to returning, it’s good to know that you will not take the same path like uphill. It’s planned to go on the eastern side, to the meadows where you can mingle with other participants. Climbing, going down and socializing will end until 4 pm, before sunset.

When it comes to climbing, there are some rules. Solid shoes are a must, you should wear layered clothing, sun / wind / rain protection and take a backpack with chocolate, something to eat and 1.5 liter of water.

Even though the name of the event is ‘’100 women at Snijeznica’’ men are also welcome! You should inform the organizers if you are coming (and how many of you) through the e-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Facebook: Hpd Snijeznica.

In case of unusual weather conditions, the organizer also reserves the right to cancel the climb for safety reasons.

From the beginning of this year, all retired citizens can go back to the job market and work for four hours. In January, this option was used by 376 new pensioners, according to the Croatian Pension Insurance Institute. By the end of January, the total number of employed pensioners rose to 5514 and is far from some announcements of the mass returns to workplaces – Tportal reports.

The largest number of pensioners working half-time is employed in Zagreb – 1829 of them. Following are Primorje – Gorski Kotar County (680), Split-Dalmacija (591) and Istra County (419).

The highest number of pensioners, 1226, works in professional, scientific and technical activities - almost every fifth employee.
Many shopping chains offered job for retirees for four hours and in that activity by the end of January there were 881 employed.

Compared to the end of November last year, this was an increase for 74 retired people who got a job in the shops.

In health care and social welfare activities, 623 pensioners are working, while 583 are in manufacturing and 463 in building.

When looking at the total number of retirees in Croatia, which is about 1.2 million, these 5500 are only about 0.5 percent of the retired population.


British rockers Skunk Anansie, led by charismatic Skin, will celebrate the band's 25th anniversary on July 27th at the Salata stadium in Zagreb.

They were supposed to perform on INmusic Festival last year, but canceled the concert – so their fans are surely really excited because of the newest announcement.

Skunk Anansie are a British rock band[ whose members include Skin (lead vocals, guitar), Cass (guitar, bass, backing vocals), Ace (guitar, backing vocals) and Mark Richardson (drums and percussion).
Skunk Anansie formed on 12 February 1994, disbanded in 2001 and reformed in 2009. The name "Skunk Anansie" is taken from Akann folk tales of Anansi the spider-man of Ghana, with "Skunk" added to "make the name nastier".

They have released six studio albums: Paranoid & Sunburnt (1995), Stoosh (1996), Post Orgasmic Chill (1999),[5] Wonderlustre (2010), Black Traffic (2012) and Anarchytecture (2016); one compilation album, Smashes and Trashes (2009). On the concert, their fans will enjoy their hits such as "Charity", "Hedonism", "Selling Jesus" and "Weak".

Tickets go on sale on Friday.

In Croatia last year, the total number of cows and bulls decreased by 8.2 percent compared to the previous year, pigs by 6.6 percent, sheep by 3.1 percent, and poultry by 10.6 percent, while the number of goats increased by 3, 9 percent – shows the data from the Central Bureau of Statistics.

On December 1st, 2018, there were 414,000 cows and bulls in Croatia, which is 8.2 percent less than a year before, when there were 451 thousand.

The data shows that the number of cows and bulls aged over two years decreased by 15.4 percent to 165 thousand, with the number of dairy cows dropping by 2.2 percent to 136 thousand.

Last year, the number of young cows and bulls under a year decreased by 1.9 percent, up to a total of 153 thousand, while the number of cows and bulls from one to two years fell by four percent to 96 thousand.

According to the recently published data, the total number of pigs, which was 1 million last year fell by 6.6 percent, with the number of breeding pigs dropping by 2.3 percent to 125 thousand and the number of sows dropped for 4.2 percent, to 68 thousand.
Statistics on the number of cattle and poultry show that the number of sheep fell last year by 3.1 percent, to 617 thousand, and poultry by 10.6 percent to 9.3 million.

According to data from December 1st of 2018, there were 80,000 goats, which is 3.9 percent higher than in 2017.

One of the biggest Croatian football stars, Real Madrid midfield ace and Croatian national captain, Luka Modric, has shared a photo from Dubrovnik at his official Instagram profile followed by 17 million people (yes, you read it right!).

At the photo, he poses with his wife Vanja, with Dubrovnik right behind their back. In the caption of the photo where the famous couple looks relaxed as ever, Luka put three hearts. No surprise that the photo collected over 200 thousand likes in an hour!

Modric has been spotted in Dubrovnik two day ago, posing in the Pantarul restaurant with the President of the Square “five-a-side” football club, Zeljko Raguz. It didn't take long for the rumors to start – it seems that Modric is not in Dubrovnik just for vacation, but also to purchase a luxury villa. Either way - he is doing a great promotion for Dubrovnik, since he has a great number of fans all over the world. 

Dubrovnik Airport is expecting another successful business year, with about 5 percent increase in passenger traffic and 3 percent in airplane operations, and plans to complete the development project of the port worth over 220 million euros in autumn – SEEbiz reports.

-Dubrovnik Airport started with preparations for this year and for the summer season already in October last year, when initial carrier plans were received. Since then, there has been a continuous negotiation process with the scheduled flight operators, which will end in February, after which we will announce scheduled flights for the summer season 2019 - they said from the Dubrovnik Airport as SEEbiz writes.

This year, similar to the last year, 60 charter airlines, including charter carriers, will operate in that airport and will bring passengers from 30 countries, mostly from the EU. Dubrovnik Airport wanted to emphasize the start of the direct flights from Philadelphia to Dubrovnik of the world’s largest air carrier American Airlines.

The good trend with the number of passengers continued in January this year, with more than 26 thousand passengers, which is 18 percent more than in January last year.

Recalling last year, they estimate that for Dubrovnik Airport Dubrovnik it ended successfully. According to their data, over 2.5 million passengers or 9.3 percent more than in 2017 have gone through the airport in 2018, with the majority of passengers (2.2 million) being international, which is 11 percent more than in 2017. Among them, there were 686.7 thousand passengers from the United Kingdom, followed by the Germans and the French.

The number of passengers on domestic flights was about 255 thousand, which is 4.5 percent less than in 2017, and a minus of 14.7 percent was recorded in the segment of goods and mail, with 176.3 thousand kilograms.

There were nearly 24 thousand aircraft landings / take-offs in 2018 or 9.7 percent more than in the year before, and most of the traffic took place during the summer months.

The city of Dubrovnik signed a contract for the purchase of three lifters to help to people with disabilities to enter the sea.

One of the lifters will be placed in Zaton, and it’s value is 61,800 kuna without VAT. The others will be placed at the island of Lopud, in front of the Hotel Lafodia and on the beach Zaorsan in Sudurad, on the island of Sipan. Joint price for two lifters is 160,000 kuna without VAT.

By the beginning of the swimming season, all the lifters should be installed. The deadline to build in lifters on the islands is two months, while the lift in Zaton should be installed this spring. The lifters will make it easier to enter the sea for people with disabilities thanks to possibility of 360 degree turning and stopping in any position using the hand lever.

It’s good to know - Zaton already has one lifter for people with disabilities, as well as the beaches of Copacabana and Mandrac in Solitudo.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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