Friday, 23 February 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.


Driving through beautiful natural scenery can be one of the most relaxing activities and a real therapy for travellers. Sometimes the journey itself is the destination.

According to the website “Dangerous Roads” two of the numerous Croatian roads found their place among the world's most spectacular roads. The Adriatic Highway also known as “Jadranska Magistrala” and D512 state road are among the best coastal roads in the world.
The world list included such gems as the Pacific Coast Highway (USA), Hana Highway (USA), Great Ocean Road (Australia), the Atlantic Ocean Road (Norway) and the Amalfi Coast Road (Italy).

About the popular Croatian roads the website writes as follows: ''D512 state road is one of the most beautiful roads on the Adriatic coastline of Croatia. The road is 30.6 km long and carries substantial tourist traffic in summers. This narrow, winding hill road starts in Makarska, one of the best tourist destinations on the Croatian coast and ends in the Road 62 near Vrgorac, a town in the Split-Dalmatia County''.

''The Adriatic Highway is an asphalted road in Croatia, along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. The road, part of the European route E65, runs along the coast of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. A quick glance at the map, at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. The road has a collection of serpentine twists and turns, leading to a hole in the crash barrier, the sea hundreds of feet below. The route has clear blue water to one side, and the view of islands in the distance. The Adriatic Highway has to be seen to be believed. It swoops down close to the shoreline before climbing high over cliff tops, often with nothing but a sheer drop on one side to the sea below''.

The British airline has released a short promo video highlighting the beauties of Dubrovnik in the summer time. In fact Dubrovnik has featured as a top destination for easyJet in their in-flight magazine along with this fascinating video.

easyJet brought the second highest number of tourists to Dubrovnik in 2015 and this year looks like breaking that record. The budget airline recently celebrated carrying their 1 millionth passenger to Croatia.

Check out this latest promo video for Dubrovnik.  

The Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel won the two most prestigious tourism awards in the World Travel Awards in Sardinia on the 5th of September 2016 and thus confirmed its position as one of the leading resort hotels and business hotel in Croatia.

For the third year in a row the Valamar Lacroma hotel won the prestigious award for the leading business hotel, whilst in 2013 and 2015 it was voted the leading hotel in Croatia.
''The awards for the best hotel in Croatia and one of the best business hotels, where Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik has achieved excellent results, are the best indicators of our continuous work on improving the quality of our service. These awards also represent the exceptional recognition and acknowledgement to all our employees for their great work. That is why the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel is always the first choice among conference hotels in Croatia'', emphasized Tea Pestotnik Prebeg, the manager of the Valamar Lacroma hotel.

The World Travel Awards have been awarded since 1993 and for the 23rd year in a row it gave praise and rewarded the world's achievements in the tourism sector. It has been praised by the newspaper The Wall Street Journal as the ''Travel's Industry Oscar''. The World Travel Awards cover a wide range of categories, whilst candidates are elected by professionals from the tourism industry thus it is truly a great honour to be nominated for this prestigious statuette.

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Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel

Only couple of weeks after the first MTV Summerblast festival in Porec organizers announce that the next one will be even better and bigger – writes the website Glas Istre. This years festival welcomed big names of the electronic dance scene such as Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Lost Frequencies, Fedde Le Grand  and there were more than 10 thousand visitors from more than 17 countries of the world.

This is the first MTV festival and the organizers got the licence for next three years. They think that it will become one of the greatest music festivals in Europe. Combined with the most popular music platform they are planning to bring some of the biggest pop names such as Rihanna, Beyonce, Calvin Harris and Fifth Harmony, writes Glas Istre.

Instagram is really the biggest source of beautiful photos from Dubrovnik! The one that made it to the top photos today is really special. On the profile s_marga this young traveler has published a photo which shows her standing on the rooftop, accompanied with a great caption.

- Now everyone travels and you can hardly surprise anyone with your trips. People not gonna go wow if you go to Europe for your holidays. People go to same places, do same things according to guides, trip advisers, have same pictures and only few have different experiences because they dont plan when and what time visit all museums in the city but keep themselves open to adventures. I always wanted to live when our planet was unexplored when you can be the first person to step on the land, when places are still unnamed, undiscovered and untouched. When I was a kid I had a huge map on my wall with all the countries and their first conquerors and I was reading adventures of Armstrong, Captain Cook, Vasco da Gama, Columbus and Magellan and dreaming that one day I will discover something that will change the world and will make myself known. Do you think I still have a chance or everything is already discovered and found? – writes Margarita Samsonova on her Instagram profile that has over 38 thousand likes.

Then she describes how she took the photo, saying that she invaded the house of eldery Croatian man, because he had amazing balcony with a great view to the city. She adds that he didn't speak English but let them take pictures and the next thing he saw was her climbing his rooftop. We can only imagine his reaction and let's say – it was worth it.

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While start-ups in Croatia are looking for local business angels, a Singaporean businessman claims to have prepared 10 million dollars for that purpose. Moreover, he points out that so far he invested into three Croatian companies – Geofoto, Hipersfera and Mobile One. He has also been negotiating with two more companies – Insig2 and Rimac Automobili.

Patrick Teng has already visited Croatia three times this summer. He met the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and the executive of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Nikola Dobroslavic.

Apart from his investments into technology companies, the Asian entrepreneur is also interested in investing in banking sector (he has been negotiating with Karlovacka Banka) as well as in the tourism industry.

He emphasizes that his plan is to bring Hanging Gardens, one of the world's most luxurious hotel brands to Dubrovnik.

As a part of the initiative to attract foreign investments into Croatia, Teng was brought in Croatia by Drazen Margeta, the Croatian ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, who also covers the territories of Philippines, Singapore and ASEAN.

Mr Teng is well known to the investment community with his 30 years of investment experience in innovative businesses. Seven years ago he founded Six Capital, the company for stock exchange trading. Previously, he was the vice president of the Chase Manhattan Bank in Singapore, after that he worked in the Union Bank of Switzerland in Tokyo and many other stock markets throughout Asia and the Pacific region. Today he is the CEO of Six Capitals, the company which promotes digital health service and the democratization of banking. This summer in Indonesia he signed an agreement on the development of the centre of competence for block chain.

Ana Konjuh is in the quarterfinals of the US Open! 18-year-old Konjuh from Dubrovnik has entered the quarterfinals of the US Open after defeating the fourth seed and the fourth ranked player in the world Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland. It one of the major upsets of this Grand Slam tournament Konjuh sent the favourite Radwanska without losing a set – 6.4, 6.4. Under the roof in Arthur Ashe Stadium the ace from Dubrovnik finally got the better of the Polish player, after losing seven matches in a row against her.

Konjuh, who is ranked only 92nd, jumped for joy as she wrapped up the match, her first win against a top ten player. ''I'm real excited about my performance tonight. My serve was pretty good tonight,'' Konjuh said. ''I don't think she had any answers,'' commented Konjuh after the match.

In the quarterfinals Konjuh will play against Karolina Pliskova from Czech Republic, the tenth seed at this year’s US Open. Pliskova caused the biggest upset of the tournament when she defeated Venus Williams.

The seventh “Kinookus” food film festival begins on Thursday the 8th of September. This unique event, held in Ston a 45 minute drive from Dubrovnik, is the oldest food film festival in Europe. And this seventh edition will be held from the 8th to the 11th of September with the theme of “Food Tourism.”

The festival opens with the multi-award winning Croatian documentary film Tourism! The film deals with the effects of mass tourism on the Dalmatian coastline and is directed by Tonci Gacina. The program continues with 25 different events, including a Japanese film, a Chinese film and a French film in a very varied film festival.

In the “Kinofocus” section there will be three presentations. Anton Prega, an acclaimed Albanian chef, will present his agro tourism “Mrizi and Zanave.” Ana and Bozidar Jukic will present their agency Insider Holidays which offers visitors to Dubrovnik a unique insight into the cuisine, wines and local customs of the area. And Eugenio Berra from the Italian Association for Responsible Tourism will recall tales of the Danube Delta.

For more information and a full program of events check out the festivals website –

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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