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.


After a quite successful start of the first season connecting Canada and Croatia, Canada's Air Transat (TS/TSC) has already announced an upgrade of its seasonal flights between Toronto and Zagreb for 2017.

Next year the carrier will launch its flights earlier on the 30th of May instead of this year's mid-June. It will operate them twice a week (on Tuesdays and Sundays from Toronto, and on Mondays and Wednesdays from Zagreb) until the 18th of October 2017. On the other hand, in order to cope with the peak season demand, there will be a second flight each week from the 18th of June to the 4th of September. The carrier's operations will continue to be maintained with the Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Earlier this June, Gilles Ringwald, the Air Transat's Commercial Vice President said that the airline's operations to Croatia in 2017 would largely depend on this year's performance. "This is a seasonal service running from June to October because our estimates show that during the winter demand is very low. If we achieve satisfactory results this summer, we could extend the season next year", Ringwald said, adding that the leisure airline planned to carry around 5,000 passengers on its seventeen return flights to Zagreb in 2016. "We are always looking for new opportunities and could introduce additional frequencies on the route next year. It will all depend on this summer's results", he concluded.

When The Dubrovnik Times was contacted a few weeks ago by a reader who wanted to surprise his girlfriend on their first anniversary together in Dubrovnik we were only too willing to help. Pol Abril asked us if he could put a photo along with a special message to his girlfriend, Sara Richardson, in The Dubrovnik Times. The message read “Many people will read this, but only one will understand it!”

Sara was completely unaware of this little surprise, but thanks to this great video we can see her reaction.

Check out this cool video

Dubrovnik, thanks to the talented Daniel Pavlinovic, will feature in the World Meteorological Organization 2017 calendar! The spectacular photo was taken above Dubrovnik on the Srd Mountain and was taken by Pavlinovic in September 2013.
The WMO launched a competition for entries onto their 2017 calendar last year with the theme of “Understanding Clouds.” They received hundreds of thousands of entries from all over the world and after the expert jury made their decision Pavlinovic and Dubrovnik won a place on the final calendar for 2017.

A jury made up of meteorological experts and professional photographers picked the top 13 photos sent in and it wasn’t an easy job as the organisation stated that “We received an overwhelming number of amazing photo submissions.”

“The photo shows the cumulonimbus cloud after the passage of the cold front over Dubrovnik,” commented a proud Pavlinovic for The Dubrovnik Times. And we think you’ll agree that the photo is truly spectacular.

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Marina Mamic is incredibly talented Croatian make-up artist who has become famous because her amazing transformations into celebrities. Her latest transformation included Julia Roberts, famous actress and Marina got really positive reactions from her followers.

But this talented make-up artist also got a big surprise – Julia Roberts herself has shared her transformation on her official Instagram profile! Marina was so happy and shared that information whith her followers. This is really huge promotion for Croatian make-up artist, since over 111 thousand people have seen the video.

Until now, Marina has transformed herself into numerous celebrities, such as Johnny Depp, Rihanna, Nicki Minay, Orlando Bloom, Sarah Jessica Parker and many more. We hope that her Julia Roberts transformation will make her famous all over the world since she has an amazing talent.

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According to an online survey carried out by the GfK pollsters, more than half of the world population have at least one pet.

This survey included over 27,000 people from 22 countries and showed that Latin American countries (Argentina, Mexico and Brazil) have the highest number of pet owners, followed by USA and Russia. Croatians also placed high on this list i.e. 61 percent of Croatian households have at least one pet.

On the other hand, Asian countries appear to have the smallest percentage of pet owners, according to this online survey.

As far as Croatian pet owners are concerned, dogs are the most preferred pet animals i.e. 41 percent of people own a dog whilst 29 percent of Croatians are cat lovers.

By the geographical division, around 76 percent inhabitants in the north of Croatia have a pet, whilst 46 percent of people from the south (Dalmatia) cater for pets.

According to the press release from GfK, a third of the online population from 22 countries reported to have a dog, compared to 23 percent of people who have a cat. On the other hand, only 12 percent of people have a pet fish and 6 percent of them have a pet bird.
Generally, dogs are the most popular pets among the respondents of the GfK survey, especially in Argentina (66%) and Mexico (64%).

Among 22 world countries Turkey has the highest number of bird owners (20%).

Brad Pitt is so much in love with Croatia that he has promised to come back soon. The Hollywood actor spent a two-day flying visit to the Croatian coastline last week and more details of his trip are emerging.

Although at first it was believed that Pitt had just arrived in Sibenik on a holiday it has been revealed that in fact he was in Croatia on business. According to reports from RTL television Pitt met with architect Nikola Bašić and investors to see the site of a new development which would include luxury villas, a golf course, shops and a hotel.

“He is very modest and approachable,” commented Bašić to the newspaper Vecernji List. Adding that the star of Inglourious Basterds is a passionate lover of architecture and that during his visit he wanted to see as much of Croatia as possible.

“Croatia is the most beautiful country I have visited,” the architect recounted the words that Pitt used as he toured the coastline. Apparently the husband of Angelina Jolie was fascinated by the clean seas and the intensity of the colours.

The first week of the fourth International Late Summer Music Festival 2016, organised by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, is over but there are many more excellent performances on the way.

With nine evenings of classical music and even a jazz concert left on the program there is plenty left to see.

Here is a program of the upcoming events –

06.09. Tuesday
Rector's Palace at 9 pm
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
Charles Olivieri-Munroe, conductor (Canada)
Martina Filjak, piano
R. Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54
F.B. Mendelssohn The Hebrides, Fingal’s Cave, overture op. 26
L. van Beethoven Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

08.09. Thursday
Rector's Palace at 9 pm
Dubrovnik Guitar Trio
RenataPokupić, mezzo-soprano

09.09. Friday
Rector's Palace at 9 pm
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
Stefan Sanderling, conductor (Germany)
DubravkaŠeparovićMušović, mezzo-soprano
W.A. Mozart La Clamenza di Tito, overture KV 621’Titus’
J. Haydn Symphony No. 104 in D major, Hob I:104 ‘London’
H. Berlioz Les nuitsd'été, Op. 7

10.09. Saturday
Rector’s Palace at 9 pm
Martina Filjak, piano
Dmitry Sinkovsky, violin (Russia)

13.09. Tuesday
Rector's Palace at 9 pm
Baroque Music
DSO String Chamber Orchestra
Dmitry Sinkovsky, violin and artistic leadership (Russia)
ĐanaKahriman, violin
A. Corelli Concerto Grosso in B flat major
J.S. Bach Concerto for two violins and d minor, BWV 1043
A. Vivaldi Violin Concerto in D minor, RV 242 ‘Per Pisendel’
T. Albinoni Piantabella
G.F. Händel Venti turbine
A. Vivaldi Concerto ‘Per la Solennita di San Lorenzo’
G.F. Händel Dove sei

15.09. Thursday
Rector's Palace at 9 pm
Jazz music
MatijaDedić, piano
ŠimunMatišić, vibraphone
Keith Jarrett Fortune Smiles
Keith Jarrett In your quiet place
Pat Metheny Missouri uncompromised
Pat Metheny Sirabhorn
Pat Metheny Question and Answer
Keith Jarrett Coral
Pat Metheny James
Chick Corea Armandos Rumba
Pat Metheny Farmers Trust
Chick Corea La Fiesta

16.09. Friday
Rector’s Palace at 9 pm
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
TomislavFačini, conductor
Diana Haller, mezzo-soprano
Dmitry Sinkovsky, violin (Russia)
L.van Beethoven Egmont, overture op. 84
W.A. Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, KV 219
G. Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia, overture
G. Rossini Giovanna d'Arco, Cantata a voce sola

17.09. Saturday
Rector’s Palace at 9 pm
Edin Karamazov, guitar
G.B. Pergolesi, F. Sor, A. Barrios, L. Brouwer, A. Piazzolla

20.09. Tuesday
Rector's Palace at 9 pm
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
ChristophCampestrini, conductor (Austria)
JanjaVuletić, mezzo-soprano
E. de Falla El amorbrujo, Suite
R. Wagner Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91
Z. Kodaly Dances of Galanta

22.09. Thursday
Rector's Palace at 9 pm
Charity Recital
Naira Asatrian, piano

23.09. Friday
Rector's Palace at 9 pm
Festival Closing Concert
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
Academic Choir Pro Musica, Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
ChristophCampestrini, conductor (Austria)
James Dick, klavir (USA)
F. Schubert Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D.759 'Unfinished'
L. van Beethoven Choral Fantasy in C minor, op. 80
W.A. Mozart Vesperaesolennes de Confessore, KV 339

More details are information on ticket sales can be found on the website of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra –

In a presentation nicknamed “Twice as Good” the results of the tourism season this year were highlighted at a press conference in the Dubrovnik Tourist Board offices. The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, the Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic, and the councillor of Entrepreneurship, Tourism and Nautical matters, Vlaho Margaretic, all spoke at the event.

This year’s tourism figures in Dubrovnik are certainly impressive, with more flights, more overnight stays and more income than ever before. It is estimated that the city will reach the three million overnight stay mark on the 15th of September, a full two weeks ahead of last year and a month earlier than 2014 when the landmark was reached on the 21st of October.

“In 2008 Dubrovnik recorded just over 500,000 arrivals and 1.7 million overnights stays, this year we can expect 1 million arrivals and 3.6 million overnight stays,” commented Vlahusic, explaining the nickname “Twice as Good.”

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One of the main bright points of this year has been the improvement in the city’s private accommodation offer, apartments, villas and rooms. From the beginning of this year until the 1st of September private accommodation in Dubrovnik achieved 1.07 million overnight stays, which is around 30,000 more than the same period from last year. And according to the Dubrovnik Tourist Board there are just over 19,000 beds in private accommodation.

“This is now a city that lives 24 hours a day and has long since ceased to be a boring destination without entertainment,” concluded the mayor. Adding that with the future opening of the Belvedere Hotel the standards of accommodation would be taken to a new level.

The increase in tourism numbers has also seen a drastic increase in the entrance tickets for many of the iconic attractions in Dubrovnik. In 2008 an adult ticket for the Dubrovnik City Walls was 50 Kuna, next year it will be 150 Kuna. An entrance ticket into the most visited museum in the city, the Rector’s Palace, in 2008 was 28 Kuna and the current price is 100 Kuna and that will rise to 120 Kuna next year. Whilst eight years ago a ticket to the island of Lokrum was 40 Kuna, and today it stands at 100 Kuna.

“We have seen an increase of 10 percent in the number of tourist arrivals so far this year and there are currently just over 16,000 tourists staying in Dubrovnik,” stated Vlasic.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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