Monday, 20 January 2020
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 positive effects of the systematic measures launched by the City of Dubrovnik Local Government in 2017 with the program "Respect the City" were recognized internationally among the professional public and the world media, and in support of this is the article of the popular British Independent "Where not to go in 2020" – the City of Dubrovnik wrote in its press release. As they write, Dubrovnik has not been included in the list of destinations to be avoided in 2020, after the British Independent in 2017, along with Venice and Barcelona, included Dubrovnik as a destination whose protected heritage is endangered due to an excessive number of tourists.

-This imposed stigma on mass tourism has not affected its popularity at all, on the contrary, statistics testify to the increase in tourist arrivals from year to year. However, there were no unbearable crowds and blockages to the entrance to the historic core, except once exceptionally due to the ship's earlier location, which showed - Dubrovnik's problem was not the number of tourists, but the management of the destination – the City of Dubrovnik writes, adding that thanks to the controlled, effective and strategic measures of local self-government, the negative trend was stopped and the negative effects were prevented. Dubrovnik has transformed itself from a city where tourism spontaneously occurs to a destination that responsibly manages tourism, respecting the identity of the City and protecting the natural and cultural resources that attract millions of people.

Bruges, Iceland, New Orleans, Rome, Komodo, Kyoto, Amsterdam, Uluru, Venice and Machu Picchu were on the list of undesirable destinations, and two key criteria in creating the list were over-tourism and over-pricing.

The newest collection of Louis Vuitton really attracted attention of Croatians, especially the sweatshirt with red and white checkers that many connect with Croatia, especially if you think about our football jerseys!

-This graphic top is an eye-catching tribute to the iconic Damier pattern. Crafted from soft cotton jersey, it features sporty ribbed hems and a high-contrast checkerboard print. A playful reference to the House’s leather goods is hidden inside the motif – it's written at the official Louis Vuitton page.

For those who don't know, Damier – which means checkerboard – refers to the design style. Like the Monogram, it is made of coated cotton canvas.

The newest sweatshirt was posted all over the social media, with many reactions and comments, some saying thank you to Louis Vuitton for making Croatian edition of their line, while others joke that this is the new look for Croatia Airlines crew.

Croatian passport is ranked 20th on the Henley Passport Index for 2020! If you have a Croatian passport, you can go in 169 countries without any trouble. 

The most 'powerful' passport is Japanese, followed by Singapore, South Korea, Germany and Italy. The 'worst' passports are those from Afganistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Somalia. 

The Henley Passport Index is the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information, and enhanced by ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department.

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

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 1047 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 807 measures taken due to speeding, 26 measures due to improper overtaking, 14 measures for improper stop and parking, 45 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, nine measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 21 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

In the period from January to November 2019, 75 foreign cruise ships arrived in Croatian seaports, which made 710 journeys. There were 1.1 million passengers on board who stayed for 1 413 days in Croatia – Croatian Bureau of Statistics reports. 

The highest number of cruises was realised by vessels under the flags of Malta (199 cruises) and Bahamas (127 cruises), while the highest number of passengers on board the arrived vessels were under the flags of Panama (287 thousand passengers) and Malta (258 thousand passengers).

Out of the total of 710 journeys, the majority was realised in the County of Dubrovnik-Neretva (59.4 percent) and the County of Split-Dalmatia (25.6 percent), which makes up the total of 85 percent. The remaining 15 percent of journeys were realised in the following counties: Zadar (6.5 percent), Istria (3.8 percent), Primorje-Gorski kotar (3.1 percent) and Sibenik-Knin (1.6 percent).

The most visited seaports were Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar.

The most visits of foreign cruise ships were realised in the seaport of Dubrovnik (518 visits), followed by the seaports of Split (267 visits) and Zadar (117 visits).

In the period from January to November 2019, the number of journeys of foreign vessels on cruise increased by 4.9% and the total number of sojourns by 5.1 percent, as compared to the same period of 2018. In this period of 2019, the number of passengers on board increased by 8.6 percent, as compared to 2018.

Croatian Ministry of the Interior launched a public debate on amendments to the Law on Explosive Substances and Production and Traffic of Weapons, according to which it would be completely forbidden to use all kinds of firecrackers throughout the year, even during Christmas and New Year holidays – Jutarnji list reports.

Two years ago, the law was made stricter and it eliminated firecrackers from the so-called F 3 categories and only firecrackers and regulars with lower F2 shooting intensity remained on sale. Under the new changes to the law, they will now be banned to citizens, while other pyrotechnic items of categories F2 and F3, those used for small fireworks, would still be allowed to be sold to citizens over 18 years of age from December 15st to January 1st and will be allowed to be used between December 27th and January 1st.

Those who break these rules will be fined in accordance with the law. As a result, legal entities selling firecrackers will be fined between 10 and 30 thousand kuna, and persons who purchase, possess or use firecrackers of the above categories will be fined from 5 to 15 thousand kuna.

Those who use pyrotechnics in areas where large numbers of citizens congregate will be punished, unless they are F1 pyrotechnics, including sprinklers, fountains and volcanoes.

The reason for the new law suggestion is the protection of life and health of people, especially children, and the reduction of the number of fatal and injured animals, the Ministry of the Interior states in its explanation, as the Jutarnji list reports.

One of the greatest Croatian musicians, Oliver Dragojevic, passed away in July 2018 after his fight with lung cancer at the age of 71, but will be remembered forever. In order to keep his memory alive, a special museum to honor this amazing artist will be made in the heart of Vela Luka, Korcula, where Oliver Dragojevic was born. 

It will contain numerous and interesting archival material related to famous Croatian musician, in whose honor a concert is held every summer in the square in front of the church. A good wind in the back came from Zagreb – Dalmatinski portal writes.

-We passed the Ministry of Culture competition and received one million kuna to start decorating the Oliver Dragojevic Memorial Museum Collection at the Cultural Center - said Vela Luka Chief Katarina Gugic for the Dalmatinski portal.

According to the article, it is now necessary to make an adaptation of the space for the collection within the Cultural Center.

To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, a recital will take place at the Dubrovnik City Library Reading Room on Monday, January 13th at 6.30 pm.

At this concert, Adrian Ivicevic will play cello and Miron Konjevic will play the piano. The repertoire includes works by J. S. Bach and L. van Beethoven.

In case you didn't know, 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of the great German composer Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert is co-organized with the Dubrovnik Libraries. The concert is completely free!

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