Sunday, 23 September 2018
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.


According to the PwC Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey, every other company in Croatia was a victim of economic crime last year, with the losses from 50,000 to 1 million dollars. Compared to the previous year, the rate of economic crime in Croatia (53 percent) is now twice as high – reports.

It also surpassed the world average (49 percent) and significantly surpasses the average for economic crime in Eastern European countries (47 percent). In the survey, it is reported that their experience was shared by 62 leading Croatian organizations, and it covered 7200 business participants from 123 countries.

The survey shows that economic crime in Croatia has changed. Many of the most evolved forms of this crime, such as "bribery and corruption", are now down. In 2016, one third of businesses complained about corruption, and last year only 12 percent complained about it. Theft has also increased (58 percent of business have been hit by thefts in 2016 and 30 percent in 2017), as well as frauds.

When it comes to tax frauds and misuse of information in securities trading, according to this survey, in Croatia there weren’t any in 2016, as well as the last year. It seems that economic criminals are looking for new areas where they can act.

Human resources scams, where they have been hired during recruitment and with salaries, have been completely erased due to the outflow of the workforce. However, the manipulation space in the business world is now in new areas of economic crime. Increasingly, criminal acts such as unlawful mergers and abuses of superior market positions, showing a violation of the Competition Protection Act (from zero jumped to 6 percent).

There is also an increase in deceptive business behavior, including abuses of incentives. This form of criminality jumped from zero to 33 percent! This problem is particularly serious because a quarter of businesses claim to have the biggest consequences.

At the top, as the most widespread form of economic crime and with the biggest consequences for business, are consumer scams. These are those in which clients or other entities through mortgage frauds, credit card misuses, insurance frauds, fraudulent identities and other ways are cheating business.

Even 36 percent of the organizations had the greatest damage of this type of fraud. The most common victims of fraud are technology companies, insurers, financiers and merchants.

A recreational walk from the Uvala Lapad (Lapad Bay) to Orsan called "Walk for Health" will take place on Saturday, September 22nd at 10 am. 

The action takes place within the National Program "Healthy Living", and the Organizers are the Public Health Institute of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and Dubrovnik School of Running with the support of the City of Dubrovnik.

Walking is the simplest and cheapest body activity we can regularly perform and interact with each othe! The action continues every Saturday at 10am in the Uvala Lapad (Lapad Bay), depending on the weather conditions. Walk, socialize and be healthy in Dubrovnik!

Croatia seems to be a real piece of heaven for nudists! That's clear from the Instagram profile named ''Get naked in Croatia'', which promotes naturism in Croatia. They publish lovely photos from all over the country, Dubrovnik included, showing mostly tourists enjoying the beautiful nature – their surrodings and their bodies! 

Reactions are positive and the profile seems to collect more and more followers every day. That's no surprise since naturism or nudism is becoming more popular too, which is visible on social media where the naked body is not a taboo anymore.

This Instagram profile is a great inspiration for nudists, since they can see lovely spots where they can just take their clothes off and enjoy Croatia. If you are wondering where to get naked in Dubrovnik, this might be the answer.

The police administration reminds that tomorrow, September 19th, is European Day Without a Road Death with reinforced preventive-repressive activities. So, the police will all day monitor and seek for the most difficult traffic offenses related to four traffic killers (speed, alcohol, drugs and safety belt) throughout Croatia tomorrow and therefore in Dubrovnik-Neretva County too.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 24 traffic accidents, of which there was one with death case, 16 with injured persons, where eight persons were heavily injured, 13 had light injuries while seven traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 863 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 357 measures taken due to speeding, 60 due to improper overtaking, 104 measures due to improper stop and parking, 106 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 23 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Speaking as the first speaker of the "high level" panel at the World Summit on Urban Tourism in Seoul, Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic presented solutions that Dubrovnik implemented in tourism management and are still in progress- from the project "Respect the City" to co-operation with the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

At a conference that takes place in Seoul from 16th to 19th of September, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), it was possible to hear that virtually all major tourist cities such as Paris or Nice, whose representatives also participated in the panel, face the problem of overcrowding and, therefore, the dissatisfaction of citizens.

-Just a year ago, in the world media, Dubrovnik has been shown as an example of negative management of the destination, and today the representatives of the City are invited to numerous conferences and we are shown as an example of good practice. Everyone wants sustainable tourism and everyone is looking for solutions, and Dubrovnik is currently one of the cities that is working on that intensely and in just a year has achieved great success in the field of sustainable and responsible management. However, we are aware that much work needs to be done to establish a model of governance we want – said the Mayor of Dubrovnik.

As the main figure of sustainable tourism, the mayor does not see visitors, but citizens. -Citizens are number one. As long as our citizens are happy and satisfied, our tourists will be happier and have the best experience of Dubrovnik - Mayor Frankovic said in a concluding statement.

The UNWTO summit in Seoul has gathered over 300 participants from 50 countries around the world. The first panel, attended by ministers and mayors, was led by Rajan Datar, a renowned journalist and host of The Travel Show at BBC.

The mayor met in Seoul with the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization Zurab Pololikashvili. The UNWTO Secretary was invited to the 4th Tourism and Strategy Festival, which will be organized in Dubrovnik at the beginning of November.

Croatia joined the volunteers of the 150 countries and marked the World CleanUp Day and the International Day of the Protection of the Ozone Layer by removing the waste from the environment and educating the public on the importance of waste removal. That’s why the Department of Urban Planning, Spatial planning and Environmental protection organized Green and Blue CleanUp in cooperation with the Lokrum Reserve.

The action started at 9 am, with members of the Diving Club Dubrovnik, the Institute of Oceanography and Fishery Split and the Association Sunce, who cleaned the underwater of the Portoc bay and collected about 80 bags of seaweed weighing over 100 kg. The waste collected was about this composition: plastic waste about 20%, cans50%, glass 15% and metal 15%.

A large number of associations from Dubrovnik were a part of this action on the land, as well as many locals. Around 110kg of waste, mainly plastic, glass and a smaller amount of metal, were collected on the island by the edge of the rocks and in the bays.

National Geographic has recently published an article titled 17 of the World's Most Wild and Beautiful Places, taking their readers all over the world. They also included Croatia or more precisely, Plitvice Lakes. 

-Deep in central Croatia’s dark, primordial Dinaric Alps, water and rock create the shimmering “land of the falling lakes,” as Plitvice National Park is known. A network of trails and wooden boardwalks entices more than a million visitors a year to explore waterfalls, streams, caves, and interconnected lakes – it's written next to the beautiful photo.

This is not the first and certainly not the last time that Plitvice Lakes have been placed on that sort of list! The oldest and largest national park in the Republic of Croatia is loved by the tourists and locals. The park is situated in the mountainous region of Croatia, between the Mala Kapela mountain range in the west and northwest, and the Lička Plješivica mountain range to the southeast. 

With its exceptional natural beauty, this area has always attracted nature lovers, and already on 8 April 1949, it was proclaimed Croatia’s first national park. The park is primarily covered in forest vegetation, with smaller areas under grasslands. The most attractive part of the park – the lakes – cover just under 1% of the total park area.

The Plitvice Lakes National Park offers visitors seven different routes to tour the lake system, and four hiking trails. The park is open to visitors year round.

Dubrovnik City Walls welcomed their million visitor today and this happened 14 days before compared to the last year! The 25-year-old Sofia Petrovic from Notthingham in England had the honor to be the millionth visitor, and she arrived with her boyfriend Luke Armitage. This is their first visit to Dubrovnik. This young couple was welcomed by the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiques and and the secretary of the Society Denis Orlic gave them flowers and gifts.

The news is that the ticket prices will increase, so instead of 150 kuna, the visitors will pay 200 kuna for the entrance to the City Wally. As Orlic said on the occasion of this small ceremony, between one million and 200 thousand to one million and 300 thousand visitors are expected by the end of the year.

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