Monday, 22 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 height of fashion this year in Dubrovnik comes from the rolling countryside of Konavle. Elegant and fresh the hit this year are Konavle bracelets. You may have thought that the Mayans or the Egyptians had a monopoly on traditional bracelets, now they have competition from Konavle. These hand-crafted bracelets have a touch of history as well as a dose of fashion.

The centuries old culture of embroidery from the Konavle region is now being used in a modern manner. The idea and the handy work comes from Stane Vlasic, she pours hours of time and love into each creation. All the handmade bracelets come in differing colours, sizes and designs and each has its own story. They are certainly eye-catching and unique. A beautiful Dubrovnik souvenir, a memento of your time in the city, you can find them for sale in the gift shop Silk and More on Lučarica Street and also in the DESA Association in the Lazareti complex just outside of the Ploce Gate. Take a small piece of Dubrovnik home with you.

The strictly symmetrical geometric motifs were embroidered in a myriad of forms, most often in red, black and dark green with gold-yellow trimming. The Konavle embroidery is a basic decorative element of the women’s national costume of this part of the Dubrovnik region. Applied on the bodice and cuffs, it was originally embroidered in silk thread - obtained from the silkworm that was solicitously bred in every house of Konavle - and dyed with natural colours.


One half of the 2Cellos is about to break the hearts of millions of fans around the world by getting married. Stjepan Hauser has proposed to his girlfriend the popular Croatian singer Jelena Rozga. After a six month relationship the couple are to tie the knot, although they are still keeping details of the wedding secret.

"I believe in love at first sight and it has happened to me,” said Rozga wearing a shining diamond engagement ring.

The 38 year old singer and one half of Croatia’s most well known musical group started their relationship last summer and even with their heavy work schedules and constant travelling the couple bloomed.

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Photo - Livio Andrijic / CROPIX

Grab your chance for a holiday to Croatia with reduced flights with the low-cost airline Ryanair. The popular budget airline has released information of special discounts to Croatia this early summer. This Ryanair special offer is for flights from the 1st of April to the 25th of May, which will still give you chance to soak up some summer sunshine.

The Irish airline operates between four Croatian destinations, Pula, Rijeka, Zadar and Osijek. Ryanair, whose flight prices are some of the cheapest on the market, are offering 25 percent discounts on all flights to Croatia.

You’ll have to be quick to make the most of these deals are this 25 percent discount offer finishes at midnight on Sunday the 7th of February.

The newly built Sub City shopping centre in Zupa near Dubrovnik has been sold. Less than six months after the shopping centre was opened the owners, Agrokor, have sold the centre to the South African investment company, Tower Property Fund, for a 28 million Euros.

Agrokor is currently in the final negotiations with Tower Property Fund and it is expected that the 28.7 million Euros plus VAT deal will be finalised soon. The deal will see Agrokor remain in the shopping centre on a property management contract for the next twelve years.

A statement from the PR department of Agrokor read that, "Agrokor is in final negotiations on the sale and lease back of the centre in cooperation with Tower Property Fund Limited listed.”

It is reported that the negotiations will be completed by April this year. “These retail centres have been sold by Agrokor in a sale and lease back in order for them to utilize the cash more effectively in their business given they are a retailer and property is not their core strength,” commented Marc Edwards, CEO of Tower.

On the eve of the opening of the “Mercedes Global Training” event in Dubrovnik representatives of Daimler AG for Croatia met with the mayor of Dubrovnik today.

Dean Torti, the marketing and PR manager for Star Import, the general importer of Daimler AG for Croatia, said the choice of Dubrovnik for this major event was not accidental. “Mercedes Global Training is organized every year and is intended for sales staff and sales coordinators to learn about new models before they are placed on the market,” commented Torti at a press conference held with the mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic.

Mercedes are based at two different locations in Dubrovnik, at the Radisson hotel in Sun Gardens, Dubrovnik and at Valamar Hotels in the Babin Kuk suburb of Dubrovnik. Over the past weeks hundreds of different classes of Mercedes cars have arrived in the city and over the past days more and more German number-plated Mercedes have been driving around the city.

At the press conference today Vlahusic took the opportunity to thank all involved in this project, adding that the city can look forward to an increase in the number of overnight stays as well as the marketing effect of having this top brand car company in the city.

The Dubrovnik Times has been informed from an inside source that on the last day of the Mercedes training a special event will be organised. An “unmanned” Mercedes will drive from the Radisson hotel in Orasac to the Old City of Dubrovnik. This has yet to be confirmed by Mercedes. According to information we have received the car will drive using GPS and a high-end computer system. Of course the road from Orasac to Dubrovnik will have to be closed during this “driver-less” journey, which should take around 30 minutes.

Daily flights from Dubrovnik to Moscow could be a possibility this summer season 2016. The Russian based Red Wings Airlines recently applied to the Croatian Air Transport Agency for a licence to operate flights to Dubrovnik, Pula and Split. And according to reports by the Russian news agency RIA, and the licence has been granted opening up the possibility of daily flights from the Russian capital to Dubrovnik.

Red Wings Alliance, which is based in Moscow's Domodedovo airport, was founded in 1999. According to their website the airline “performs year-round charter flights to the most popular tourist destinations.” The airline has been given permission to operate daily flights between Dubrovnik and Moscow and Pula and Moscow. Whilst from Split to Moscow they have been granted five flights a week. But as Red Wings website is only in Russian we can predict that the flow of tourists will be one-way.

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County tourist board is currently presenting the tourism attractions of the region at one of the most important travel exhibitions in the world. The Destination Holiday and Travel Show in London opened yesterday, the 4th of February, and will continue until the 7th of February. This is the UK's biggest and longest-running travel show and has hundreds of leading and independent tour operators as well as over 70 tourist boards from across the globe.

This is the County tourist board sixth appearance at this travel exhibition and this year they are sharing a stand with the County tourist boards of Split, Sibenik, Zadar and Lika. The Destination Holiday and Travel Show attracted around 37,000 visitors last year and this year there will be over 300 exhibitors from all over the world at the fair in the Olympia Centre.

The British market has long been the most important one for the Dubrovnik region. The most numerous tourists in Dubrovnik last year, in terms of nationality, were from Great Britain. In 2015 around 14 percent of all of the tourists who visited the Dubrovnik-Neretva County were British. Of course the number of flights to and from Dubrovnik and the UK is the main reason for the growth in British tourists. British Airways even operates flights through most of the winter months to Dubrovnik.

Our partners at LMT Studio have created a video to mark the Day of St. Blaise. Yesterday Dubrovnik celebrated the day of the patron saint of the city for the 1044th time. As ever the Stradun was awash with colours and sounds as the main procession made its way in front of thousands of people.

If you were unable to be at Dubrovnik’s biggest day of the year catch a glimpse of the atmosphere in this new video from LMT Studio.


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