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.

Email: ivana@thedubrovniktimes.com

The French Alliance of Dubrovnik, in collaboration with the Dubrovnik Libraries and the Art School of Luka Sorkocevic, as a part of celebration of the Francophone Day, will have a concert called "Evening of French Composers". The concert is a gift to the Dubrovnik citizens and their guests. Lucija Pecar will lead everybody hrough the music program performed by the students and professors.

The concert will be held on Tuesday, March 19th, at the "Saloca od zrcala’’ (Mirror Hall) of the Dubrovnik Library, starting at 7 pm.

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

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 453 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 173 measures taken due to speeding, 30 measures due to improper stop and parking, 12 measures because of improper overtaking, 66 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 13 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and five measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

Border crossing Gornji Brgat, connecting Dubrovnik and Ivanica, will be closed for almost a month – from March 25th all to April 17th.

The reason behind the closing are the works on the new border, which is located a few hundred metres in front of the old border, and will be considerably larger than the former one and will have more room and more lanes for vehicles wishing to cross from Croatia into Bosnia and Herzegovina.

During this period, only pedestrians will be allowed to cross the border.

The capital of Croatia, Zagreb, will once again welcome spring with the Festival of Lights!

From 20 to 24 March this event will enchant everybody with romance that will mark the life of Upper town squares, streets and facades.

The Festival will take place in the historical centre of the city, in the romantic Upper Town. Thanks to modern lighting solutions enabled by top notch lighting technology, the arrival of spring but also symbolical awakening, growth and renaissance will be shown every day from 6 to 11 PM by imaginative light shows, audio visual installations and projections.

Light art is a new discipline that has escaped the confines of museum walls, its artists using as their canvas the city, its buildings, its monuments, the night sky itself. Part art, part design, architecture and entertainment spectacle, the festival both brings you something beautiful to look at and something to make you see your world differently.
Festivals of Light are bringing an exciting new dimension to ever more cities around the world, enrobing their famous monuments in vivid hues or using them as an integral part of creative works.

In 2017 Zagreb’s very first Festival of Lights was a four-day celebration of spring that included experiencing a light harp and challenged visitors to win a prize in a unique laser maze.

Festival of Lights Zagreb is one of the first events heralding the new tourist season, enticing us outside to enjoy a spring night in the city and to witness innovative art and the joy of light. Just one more reason to visit Zagreb!

For more information visit the official page of the Festival.

Reception to celebrate the introduction of the direct flights of American Airlines from Philadelphia (USA) to Dubrovnik was held at the residence of the US Ambassador W. Robert Kohorst for about 70 representatives of the tourism sector.

The US ambassador, Mr. Kohorst, welcomed and thanked the Minister of Tourism, Garri Cappelli, the director of the Dubrovnik Airport, Franko Luetic, and the director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic. The ambassador emphasized many links between the United States and Croatia, and especially Dubrovnik, which is a very strong Croatian tourist brand on the American market.

Director of American Airlines for the EMEA area, Tom Lattig, expressed satisfaction with the business decision of the company to introduce a direct flight from Philadelphia to Dubrovnik, pointing out that American Airlines is the largest US airline company and that Philadelphia is the base, where more than four hundred aircrafts land daily and it is an excellent hub for this flight.

After many years of negotiations by the Dubrovnik Airport, this important line for Dubrovnik and Croatian tourism was confirmed.

The first flight is scheduled for June 7th 2019, and the rotation will take place three times a week by the end of September.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board has started with a marketing campaign in the USA, in cooperation with American Airlines, and the duration of the campaign is from March to August. In the very end, in August, Dubrovnik will be on the cover of the American Way magazine. It was also agreed to record video that will be the main video during the month of August on all screens and social networks of the airline, after which it will remain in the video system on aircrafts for the next twelve months. The representatives of American Airlines discussed the organization of a joint announcement for the most significant US media and the organization of the arrival of the inaugural flight.

This seasonal line is just the beginning of excellent long-term cooperation.

In 2018, a total of 137 783 tourists from the United States visited Dubrovnik, or 24 percent more than in 2017, with 383 801 overnight stays, an increase of 20 percent compared to the previous year.

The promotion of Dubrovnik in the second largest city of Ireland and the prestigious River Lee Hotel on Thursday, March 14th, was organized by the Croatian Tourist Board representative office in London, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, the Irish national airline Aer Lingus and Cork Airport. The event was attended by more than 80 tourist agents.

On the occasion of the launch of the new direct line Aer Lingus on the Cork-Dubrovnik route twice a week, which will start on May 4th, representatives of the Aer Lingus and Cork Airways, Jenny Rafter and Brian Gallagher, highlighted that they have great expectations when it comes to filling the new airline.

-This event has proven to be an excellent example of exchange of experiences and ideas of tourism and industry of Croatia and Ireland. We have exceptionally high expectations regarding the availability of direct flights and are awaiting their launch in May with great impatience. Huge response from agents is an additional confirmation of how much Dubrovnik is an exciting destination in Ireland and we expect that interest will be reflected throughout Croatia – Brian Gallagher commented.

Jenny Rafter explained that they expected about 40 agents and media and the number was doubled, which is a proof of the incredible appetite of the Irish tourism market for Dubrovnik.

-Ireland is ready for something new and different, and Dubrovnik meets all the conditions to become the main favorite of Irish tourists – Rafter concluded.

Ivana Shiell, PR and Marketing Consultant of the Croatian Tourist Board Representative Office of Great Britain also emphasized the success of the event.

-Interactive-educational event confirmed that Dubrovnik as a destination goes hand in hand with trends dominated by cultural-entertaining contents and authentic eno-gastro experiences. If we add to the fact that the Irish economy is on the uphill path, and Irish tourists are steadfast and big consumers looking for new and inspirational destinations, Dubrovnik has the potential to become this year's hit destination on the Irish market.

Sandra Milovcevic, Head of Communications Department of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, held a presentation and revealed to the attending agents the comprehensive potential of the destination from rich historical and cultural heritage to tourist capacities and numerous events throughout the year. Presentation and promotional videos of Dubrovnik Tourist Board stimulated and educated the participants in new ways of presenting Dubrovnik to future clients, while agents with dynamic interaction further confirmed the perception of Dubrovnik as one of the most desirable destinations for the Irish.

The record-breaking visit of the presentation is a proof of exceptional interest from the Irish market, which justified the excellent forecast of Aer Lingus by choosing just Dubrovnik as one of the new direct air routes this year. The Irish tourism market has significant potential and is ranked in Dubrovnik in the 12th place when it comes to the number of tourist arrivals. In 2018 Dubrovnik was visited by 22,374 Irish tourists ( five percent more than in 2017), and 97,840 overnight stays were realized, also five percent more than in 2017. The statistics point to the extraordinary prospect of the Irish market.


After the presentation, a prize draw was held in which two Aer Lingus return flights connecting Cork and Dubrovnik and two overnight stays at the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel were won by Travel Agent agency representative Paul Sexton.

In addition to getting acquainted with Dubrovnik as a destination, a successful evening had the aim of convincing agents in the quality and authenticity of eno-gastronomic offerings along with the Dubrovnik specialties of Croatian chef and Croatian wines with the sounds of the klapa (vocal group) song.

If you are into active holidays and want to spend your Saturday in Dubrovnik on fresh air, discovering some of the best views of the City, ESN Dubrovnik offers you a solution! Hike on the mountain of Srd, placed just above the Old City of Dubrovnik, is organized this Saturday, March 16th for foreign students and anybody else that would like to join them.

-We truly believe that BALANCE is one of the most important things in life, so let's balance our lives with some nature and sports – organizes wrote on the Facebook event.

The hike takes about an hour and a half of walking and you don’t have to be in the best shape of your life to get to the top – it will be challenging, but not too challenging.

The meeting point is near the bus station of bus 3- Magistrala 1, or location: Staza prema utvrdi Imperial- Jadranska cesta 4, 20000, Dubrovnik, which you can see on the map https://maps.app.goo.gl/8a5wF.

The hike starts at 3pm, which is the perfect time if you want to enjoy the sunset from the top.

- Please don't forget your good shoes, 1 L of water at least and some snacks – organizes concluded.

The new promotional video of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board – Dubrovnik Riviera, in the production of Balduci Film and directed by Herve Tirmarche won two awards at the Japan World’s Tourism Film Festival that was held in Osaka, Japan. 

In the category of tourist destinations, the Dubrovnik Riviera film won the second place. According to the ratings of the students of the Wakayama Tourism School, the Dubrovnik Riviera film was the best.

Just recently, the video won the ''second star'' award in the category of regional videos at 'The Golden City Gate' multimedia festival at the ITB Fair in Berlin.

DUBROVNIK RIVIERA from Balduci Film on Vimeo.

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