Thursday, 14 November 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 Walk for Health project, in collaboration with the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Dubrovnik Running School, begins on October 5th at 10am in front of the Kompas Hotel. The walk will be about our kilometers long and it goes on the Lapad Bay Promenade, passing the Hotel More, all to Orsan where the walk will end. 

The goal of the project is to active the citizens of Dubrovnik, but also their guests, and to emphasize the importance of moving in an accessible and fun way.
October 5th is the World Walking Day, and everybody is invited to celebrate and join this project! The most important thing is that this action contributes to the construction of the walking path.

Walkers will get matching T-shirts, refreshments and will be able to measure their blood pressure.

The celebration of World Walking Day was started by the leading international recreational organization TAFISA.

The project continues every Saturday at the same time, until February 2020.

Walk with the expert guidance of a team of Dubrovnik running school!

After being named one of the top destinations for 2019 at the beginning of the year, Cavtat has won another valuable international recognition - the Silver Level in the Communities in Bloom competition. The winners were announced at a closing ceremony last weekend in the Canadian city of Yarmouth, and the award will be presented to representatives of the Konavle Municipality and the Konavle Tourist Board in November at the closing ceremony of this year's INTERSTAS Tourism Film Festival and Tourism Fair in Solin. 

The explanation says:
-Cavtat and its surroundings are full of extremely valuable cultural and historical sites and monuments that are managed. At Bukovac House, the curator simply captures the audience by guiding them through the life and home of this remarkable artist. Similarly, the Konavle Local Museum presents a detailed account of the Konavle folk costume and the Konavle embroidery, where the removal of silk thread from the silkworm moths is presented. The Konavoski Dvori Green Restaurant offers traditional food that waiters serve in traditional costumes. All cultural and historical attractions are very well accompanied by tourist information in several languages .

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on enhancing green spaces in communities.

“People, plants and pride… growing together” is their slogan, and it captures the essence of the program.

Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, current president of Croatia, announced that she will compete for another mandate.

- For five years I have been living face to face with Croatia. I passed every inch of our beautiful homeland and, as the voice of the people, turned my attention to the problems and difficulties and did everything in my power to help the Croatian people – Grabar Kitarovic wrote on her official Facebook page

She added that she is the president above the party and ideological divisions and that she have always everywhere defended and will continue to defend the fellowship of the Croatian people.

-I have encouraged and will encourage public space for the best of us: Croatian startup entrepreneurs, innovators, athletes, talented students, for Croatian youth, for all those who, by example, confirm that a better Croatia is possible Grabar Kitarovic continues, explaining that faith saved the country in its hardest moments and brought it to freedom and now freedom gives us an opportunity to build the country we want: stronger, fairer, better. 

- I believe in Croatia. Let's believe in Croatia – concluded Croatian president, and these words seem to be her slogan for these elections – because I believe in Croatia. 

Grabar Kitarovic is well known around the world, especially from the FIFA World Cup, when she won the hearts of many by cheering for the national team and hugging Croatian and French footballers after the finals.

During September there were 292,002 arrivals in the area of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is 1.5 percent more than in September last year. In the same period, 1,162,549 nights were spent in the County, which is one percent more than in September 2018.

Since the beginning of the year and during the nine months of 2019, there have been 2,008,108 arrivals in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and 8,157,887 overnight stays. Compared to 2018, arrivals are nine percent up and overnight stays increased by three percent.

The most overnight stays were made by guests from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the United States of America, Poland, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Norway, etc.

There have been 3,183,689 overnight stays in hotels since the beginning of the year, which is an increase of three percent and in households 3,533,115 overnight stays were made, presenting an increase of four percent compared to the nine months of 2018.

One of the most talented and promising musicians of the new generation, Vlaho Arbulic, delighted his fans with his new single ‘Stanford’.

Vlaho showed how he excelled in different music genres, surprising his audience with a trip to country tones. After the hits Blabla, Home and Feel it, this single, for the fourth time in a row, illustrates the author's journey into new musical directions, in addition to its theme, which is also a story of a journey and new beginnings.

In the newest video this singer from Konavle "plays" the character of a boy from a village in love with a girl outside his league, who goes to Stanford College. Although he is aware that he will probably never see her again, their last night and farewell bring a unique combination of passion and sadness. The song vividly portrays something that almost all of us will sooner or later encounter in our lives - a love split.

As the author of the music and lyrics, with the help of producer Darko Dimitrov, Vlaho shared his emotion in the best possible way.

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board is participating at the IFTM Top Resa Paris fair this year again, which is taking place from 1st to 4th of October. The fair is being held for the 41st time and is the most important French international travel and tourism fair. IFTM Top Resa is exclusively a business fair for tourism professionals.

About 160 destinations on 350 stands are presented at Top Resa, with a total of over 34 thousand tourism professionals.

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board is attending this fair together with the Representative Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Paris and the Zagreb Tourist Board at a joint stand.

n the first eight months of this year, 120,337 French tourists visited Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which made 434,466 overnight stays, which is 15 percent increase in arrivals and 12.5 percent more of overnight stays compared to the same period in 2018.

In the period of just five years, thanks to emigration, in 2018, Croatia has a 2.4 percent decrease in population than in 2013, and it is particularly worrying that even in the large cities, the centers of municipalities, despite the migration of new people, the number of those who left the city still exceeds those who live there – reports.

More specifically, in the last five years, just over 88 thousand people have immigrated to Croatia, but at the same time 189 thousand have left it, and thanks to enormous population loss rates in some already badly populated municipalities, demographers fear increasing numbers of the empty areas, on which it will be difficult to organize a new life in the future.
Examples are municipalities such as Civljan and Ervenik in the Sibenik-Knin County, which have lost 39.3 percent or 37.8 percent of the population in five years, which means that every third inhabitant has left the area during the period of five years.

When it comes to statistics on migration from and to abroad, it shows that in only five years only 96 cities and municipalities recorded population growth as a result of immigration, while 463 recorded a minus due to emigration and in 42, or 7.5 percent, the emigration rate is recorded in double digits.

As writes, the statistics are even more cruel, especially in favor of centralization when looking at internal and external migration statistics: in this case, as many as 137 cities and municipalities have recorded a double-digit rate of decline, which means that there is a lack of population due to migration within Croatia and abroad and that is the problem of every fourth local government unit.

In spite of the thoughts that emigration usually occurs in smaller towns, the Central Bureau of Statistics also shows that big cities - the centers of counties - have a problem too.
For example, if we only look at the data on migration to or from abroad, out of 20 cities, the number of immigrants exceeded emigrants in only three of them, Dubrovnik, Pula and Split, but when statistics on internal migration of residents are included in the figure, only Dubrovnik has a positive rate with 1.5 percent and Zagreb with 0.3 percent.
The statistics that talk about the cities and municipalities with the highest population growth is also interesting, given that it overlaps somewhat with the names of the cities and municipalities that give the highest compensation for newborns.

For example, the municipality of Sali in Dugi otok has a population growth of 16 percent and at the same time gives 60 thousand kuna to each family who welcomes a child, Vis has a population growth of 6.5 percent and a population policy that provides over 60 thousand kuna for a third child, and the municipality of Vir recorded a population growth of 14.2 percent, where they reward the family with 7500 kuna for the first child – reports.

Chinese tourists have been spotted with their national flags, going for a walk near the Old City of Dubrovnik. It seems that even though they are far away from their country, they wanted to mark the 70th birthday of the People's Republic of China. They've been seen by the reader of Dubrovacki vjesnik, who took a photo of them passing by. 

People's Republic of China was founded exactly 70 year ago. On 21st of September 1949, Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed the establishment of the People's Republic of China with a speech at the First Plenary Session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. This was followed by a mass celebration in Tiananmen Square on 1st of October exactly 70 years ago, at which the proclamation was made publicly by Mao at the Tiananmen Gate, the date becoming the new country's first National Day.


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