Saturday, 20 July 2024
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


The City of Dubrovnik continues its intensive investments in communal infrastructure, with nearly 800 meters of new pedestrian and traffic fences being installed across seven locations as part of a program to enhance the maintenance of public and traffic areas.

To date, pedestrian fences have been installed on Bana Josipa Jelačića Street (300 meters), in the Zlatni Potok neighborhood (120 meters), and on Ivana Matijaševića Street (100 meters) and Od Izvora Street in Nova Mokošica (100 meters). Additionally, protective pedestrian fences have been set up at the entrance to the Nuncijata neighborhood (15 meters) and in Komolac (near the "gas plant").

At the entrance to the Nuncijata neighborhood, a new protective pedestrian fence has been installed, while on Bana Josipa Jelačića Street, the old traffic fence has been replaced with a new pedestrian fence. There are plans to install another protective barrier fence on Iva Vojnovića Street, measuring 120 meters, on the section above the Palčica Kindergarten.

The works, valued at 135,237.50 euros (including VAT), are being carried out under a dynamic road maintenance system by the company Asphalt Team.

Following the completion of the fence installations, work will commence on installing handrails in over 25 pedestrian streets in the City of Dubrovnik, with an investment of 115,992.50 euros

The average monthly net salary per employee in legal entities in Croatia for May this year was 1,324 euros, which is nominally 16.9 percent higher and really 13.2 percent higher compared to the same month last year, according to data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (DZS) published on Friday.

Compared to the salary for April this year, the average net salary for May was nominally 0.1 percent higher, while in real terms it remained at the same level.

The highest average monthly net salary per employee in legal entities for May was paid in air transport, amounting to 2,135 euros, and the lowest in clothing manufacturing, amounting to 847 euros.

Dubrovnik, last year's national tourism champion and recipient of numerous international awards, continues to achieve excellent tourism results, with the two-millionth overnight stay recorded on July 16. The figure of two million overnight stays in 2024 was reached 11 days earlier than the previous year.

This result was significantly contributed to by the excellent preseason and stable tourist growth during the season.

As Mayor Mato Franković mentioned at last week's meeting with the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Tonči Glavina, the activities of the City of Dubrovnik and its partner stakeholders in destination management are focused on maintaining a stable season, especially on the post-season and winter period. Following the securing of more flights throughout the year, the focus is on year-round tourism.

In addition to all this, Dubrovnik continues its path towards long-term sustainability through numerous initiatives and the adoption of a strategic planning framework. The city's dedication to sustainable and responsible management of its most prevalent industry has been recognized at a broader international level.

To keep our beaches and environment clean, especially during the summer months when waste levels are higher due to tourism, LAG 5 has initiated the project "Let’s Preserve Our Islands" with partners. The aim of the project is to encourage responsible and conscientious behaviour and minimize the amount of small marine debris, which is mostly composed of plastic, metal, glass, rubber, and paper, with cigarette filters being the most common items found on beaches.

Cigarette filters are made of a type of plastic that is non-biodegradable and contain harmful chemicals that threaten the environment and the health of humans and animals. Cigarette butts that end up in the sea are particularly dangerous as just one can pollute up to 500 litres of water and take up to five years to decompose.

Motivated by the positive outcomes we can influence and thus contribute to our community, LAG 5, through the implementation of the "Let’s Preserve Our Islands" project, and upon the suggestion and idea of the Lastovo Tourist Board, has ensured the free distribution of eco-bins in its area. The eco-bin is a small and functionally designed container for the temporary disposal of non-biodegradable small waste. Due to its ecological function and long-term use, the eco-bin is made of environmentally friendly, recycled, and non-flammable plastic that can be maintained and recycled again.

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The project has secured 2100 eco-bin ashtrays for beaches and the production and printing of stickers for them, as well as the production and printing of bilingual posters and leaflets to inform visitors and local residents about the harm of leaving cigarette butts in nature and other similar environmentally harmful behaviours. All printed materials have the donor's logo, and the distribution of all materials began recently in collaboration with local tourist service providers (agencies, renters, caterers, family farms, trades) and in the offices of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Lastovo, the Municipality of Lumbarda, and the city of Korčula.

The project is funded by the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds in the amount of 5,652.00 euros through the Public Call for the submission of projects to encourage the development of civil society on the islands in 2023. The project duration is from October 1, 2023, to October 1, 2024, with LAG 5 as the project holder and partners being the Lastovo Tourist Board, Korčula Tourist Board, and Lumbarda Tourist Board.

Popular summer vegetables have significantly increased in price compared to last summer, according to new data from the Ministry of Agriculture.

According to the market information system, the price of a kilogram of watermelon in Croatian markets last week averaged 1.33 euros, while the week before last it was 1.45 euros. This is on average about 40 percent higher than the same period last year, reports N1

The most expensive watermelons were sold in the market in Pula: at one point, they were priced at up to 4 euros. In Zagreb, the price was 2 euros, but last week it dropped to an average of 1.75 euros.

The height of summer has arrived, marking the peak of the tourist season in Dubrovnik. Beaches are bustling, cafes and restaurants are thriving, and thousands of visitors are enjoying the radiant sunshine of Dubrovnik.

To ensure these guests are well-informed, the Župa Dubrovačka Tourist Board has installed new information points.

One is located in the bustling tourist area of Mlini, while the other is conveniently placed near the Sheraton Hotel in Srebreno.

These points are expected to be bustling with activity and engagement.

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For the past few weeks the south of Croatia, and indeed almost the whole of the south of Europe, has been gripped in a heatwave. Daytime temperatures in Dubrovnik haven’t dropped below 30 degrees for weeks and the Adriatic Sea reached record levels this week with an amazing 30 degrees measured.

So what’s the weather likely to be next week, and when can we expect a break from the intense heat. Heat the one person described to us as “like living in an oven.” According to forecasters the warm and sunny weather is set to continue for at least another seven days. However, it might feel slightly cooler the coming week as forecasters predict temperatures in the low thirties rather than the mid to high thirties.

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Night time temperatures have been just as high in Dubrovnik, with the average between 26 and 28 degrees. And with humidity levels around 50 percent it has meant sleepless nights or non-stop air-conditioning.

One local commented to us that “you can’t even cool off in the sea, it’s warmer than my bath.” And they weren’t far out as the average bath, or indeed shower, temperature is 37 degrees, and the Adriatic is now around the 30-degree mark. Bear in mind that public swimming pools are normally between 26 and 28 degrees and you have some idea just how warm the sea is in late July in Dubrovnik. And with the hottest month of the year closing fast we could see temperatures rise again.

ITA Airways and Croatia Airlines have announced an extension of their codeshare agreement to enhance connectivity between Italy and Croatia further.

According to a joint statement, the existing codeshare partnership includes routes connecting Rome (FCO) with Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik, operated by Croatia Airlines and shared with ITA Airways.

The expansion will see the Croatian airline’s OU code added to ITA Airways’ domestic flights between Rome and Palermo, Bologna, Florence, and Naples.

Croatia Airlines currently operates two weekly flights from Dubrovnik to Rome and one daily flight from Split to Rome, both serving as stopovers for flights originating in Zagreb.

"This enhanced codeshare agreement between ITA Airways and Croatia Airlines will provide both business and leisure travelers with more options and convenience when flying within the networks of both airlines. Italy will be more accessible to Croatia Airlines’ customers, thanks to seamless connections from Rome to the mentioned domestic destinations," ITA Airways stated.

"Similarly, ITA Airways will benefit from increased passenger flows between Italy and Croatia, catering to both leisure and business travelers," they concluded.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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