Monday, 21 June 2021
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.


An underwater cleaning action was organized last week in the ACI marinain Dubrovnik. Members of the diving clubs Dubrovnik, ABYSS and Kjerna joined forces in the ACI marina Dubrovnik. These teams removed significant amounts of waste from the sea and thus made an exceptional contribution to the cleanliness of our seabed and environment.

The underwater cleaning in the ACI marina Dubrovnik was held on Thursday, June 17, during which large amounts of waste were extracted from the sea. The fact that the action lasted almost 4 hours shows how much effort the divers of the three clubs made.

"Caring for the seabed and protecting the environment is an indispensable part of our business policy, so every year we organize such actions. We are aware of the importance of human impact on the environment and we believe that such actions greatly contribute to the development of awareness and responsibility for the environment in which we live and work," said Leo Ajdukovic, the director of ACI Marina Dubrovnik.



At the third organized mass vaccination held on Saturday in Gruda, the second dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 was received by 1,020 people. The third mass vaccination was carried out successfully in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Health Centre, and Mayor Božo Lasić also expressed his satisfaction with the organization.

He once again thanked all general practitioners from Konavle as well as all employees of the Dubrovnik Health Centre headed by director Branko Bazdan, as well as all Konavle residents who responded.

He stressed that vaccination was crucial to achieve a successful tourist season and thus revive the local economy.

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, nine new cases of coronavirus infection have been reported in the last 24 hours.

These are five males and four females: four from Metković, two from Dubrovnik and one each from Opuzen, Ploče and Zažablje.

In the last 24 hours, 314 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 80,346 samples have been analysed.
Three people tested positive for coronavirus are hospitalized in Dubrovnik.

154 people are in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, three violations of the self-isolation measure were recorded, all at the border.

On the occasion of the launch of an air connection between Tel Aviv and Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board recorded a video about the rich Jewish heritage in Dubrovnik. The aim of the five-minute video is to present the Jewish history in Dubrovnik and the Republic of Dubrovnik and to point out the extremely long and unbreakable connection of the City with its Jewish population. The video is presented in Hebrew, with English subtitles, and the author and presenter is a long-time guide and member of the Jewish community of Dubrovnik, Matija Singer.

The promotional video is intended for promotion on social networks in the Israeli market and also for distribution to Israeli travel agencies, airlines and other partners through the Croatian Embassy in Israel and through Dubrovnik hoteliers, agencies and Dubrovnik Airport, which can forward the video to their Israeli partners.

From the beginning of July, Dubrovnik will be connected to Israel by direct flights from Tel Aviv to Croatia Airlines and Arkia Airlines. Arkia Airlines should connect Tel Aviv and Dubrovnik on Mondays and Fridays from July 2nd to October 29th, and Croatia Airlines twice a week from July 15th.

In 2019, 6,322 Israeli tourists arrived in Dubrovnik and achieved 19,481 overnight stays, and since Israel is one of the most vaccinated countries in the world and has positioned Croatia on the green Covid list, the promo video should assist in growing this market.

On the occasion of World Music Day, which is celebrated on Monday, June 21, a series of rich musical events will be held in the city of Dubrovnik at various locations, preceded by a performance by the Folklore Ensemble Linđo, on Sunday, June 20, in front of the Rector's Palace.

On the first day of summer, there will be a spectacular concert "Greeting to Summer", which the cellist Ana Rucner traditionally holds on the amphitheatre on Srđ on the first day of summer, Monday, June 21, at 5 am.

A musical treat organized by the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, on the occasion of World Music Day, will be held in front of the Church of St. Blaise, where a concert will be held at 8:00 pm by the B&P (brass and percussion) septet of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra with a program of popular, film, jazz and Latin music. This septet consists of Džemal Cakić, Martin Hrćan, Toni Kursar, Damir Butigan and Ivan Kušelj, percussionist Alan Polzer and percussionist Karmen Pervitić. The program that these musicians prepare always delights the audiences with their adaptations of famous music from movies, jazz arrangements, as well as favourite pop-rock all-time hits. For example, the audience will hear music from "Pink Panther" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's", then music from Star Trek, arrangements of the famous "Nessun dorma" as well as Spanish gypsy dance, but also jazz editions of traditional Dubrovnik songs. The concert is free, and visitors will be provided with seats.

As part of the celebration of the first day of summer and World Music Day, in Pile, between the outer and front doors, a multimedia ambient installation "Where do we come from ?, What are we ?, Where are we going?" by Iris Lobaš Kukavičić will be exhibited.

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Covid-19 has shown us a lot of drastic changes, both in our personal and professional lives. People have now gone from having access to easier vacations to being anxious about stepping out of their houses. If you are one of those people and you want to get into the realm of safe travelling again, there are a few countries that have opened up their doors to vaccinated tourists and you should start planning your visit pretty soon.

But, how you’d check the hostupon review on Sitechecker, we always want you to double-check the precautionary terms and conditions before you end up investing all your money on a paid vacation. That aside, the following are some of the countries that have opened up for vaccinated tourists.


If you are in the mood for something beachy, laidback, and tropical, Anguilla is the perfect destination. Although their safety protocols are a little complicated and strict, know that they are in place to ensure the safety of the travellers and the locals. There are certain “bubbles” or spaces where the travellers can explore freely and there are spots that are completely shut down. You just need to know about the spots well before you book your trip.


Another tropical destination that is welcoming tourists is the Bahamas. 16 main islands are open to the tourists at the moment that they can travel and explore on their own. However, you will be asked to fill out a health application and other important criteria before you go around skirting for things. So, be mindful of the protocols. The Bahamas is also well connected via flights, which is another reason why you wouldn’t regret making the trip at all.


If you are an adventure kind of person, Barbados is going to welcome you with open arms. The travellers need to produce their vaccination certificate along with a negative test report within three days. While there are curfews after 7 pm, you can explore the beauty of the place in the morning. Also, the restaurants are open for dining, so you wouldn’t have to worry about getting take-outs.


Although quite an underrated spot like the hostupon hosting reviews, Belize is a beautiful place to plan your next vacation. The place is covered in natural beauty from all ends, allowing you a perfect getaway and retreat from the fast and busy lifestyle that you are likely spending now. While you are there, make sure to check out the Belize Barrier Reef.


Another country worth mentioning in the list is Bulgaria. If you are fully vaccinated with the two-week immunization period, you are good to get in the country. All the beaches, restaurants, and spas are open, so you can have a chill time relaxing and doing nothing for once.

If you are already planning your next vacation, the following are some of the best places you can look out for. However, make sure that you follow all the protocols and instructions that the countries suggest.

The City of Dubrovnik will once again finance the program "Red Cross in the City" - Service for saving lives on the water and ecological protection of the coast on the beaches of Dubrovnik. The long-term co-operation continues, and 15 lifeguards from the Society of the Red Cross Dubrovnik, who have undergone training, will start working on the city beaches from Monday, June 21.

They will be present every day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on the beaches in Danče, Mandrač, Bellevue, Šulić, Štikovica, Zaton Mali and Orašac. At the same time, a Rescue Station is being formed on Mandrač Beach, where there will be a base for the ‘Rescue Runner’, which is used for rescue at sea. This scooter was purchased last year with funds from the City of Dubrovnik, and the Dubrovnik Red Cross was the first in Croatia to receive such a vessel. The rescue station on Mandrač will be located on the part of the beach intended for people with disabilities, and employees will be available to help use the elevator to descend and exit the sea.

The City of Dubrovnik has provided the amount of 500,000 Kuna for the Rescue Service on the beaches of Dubrovnik for this year.


MSC Cruises announced today that it has leased the largest air charter program for the summer of 2021 to make as many boarding ports as easily and safely available from a number of European countries.

Guests will be able to enjoy an undisturbed journey from their homes to their cruise ship and holiday at sea, all under the protection of the company’s leading health and safety protocol which has now been extended to air travel, the company said.

This opens up a wide selection of ports, boats and itineraries this summer for MSC Cruises guests from Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland for cruises through the eastern and western Mediterranean and northern Europe. Among those involved in this program are MSC Splendid, MSC Orchestra and MSC Magnifica who also come to Dubrovnik and Split.

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