Sunday, 25 September 2022
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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Interesting experiment found its way to Croatia– on Sunday, 19th of March, hundreds people in around 30 cities, including Zagreb, will stand united in eye contact. This special event will take place on Trg Bana Josipa Jelacica on Sunday, from 10 am to 3 pm.

- We will share a minutes eye contact with strangers in the heart of our cities and towns worldwide. Your participation in this global event demonstrates that beyond our differences there is love and humanity. You will be representing your country on this incredible day and what happens will forever change the social fabric of the present and future – it's written on the official page of the experiment.

This experiment is organized by Liberators International and it will happen in Croatia for the first time. Last year in October almost 200 cities joined this event.

It will be interesting to see if Croatians and their guests will be willing to share short but intense eye contact with complete strangers. In the time of new technologies, when we are so distant, a small eye contact could be a step to bring us back together. At least for a minute!

Dubrovnik is basking in warm sunshine today as temperatures reached 18 degrees. A warm front is currently hanging over Dubrovnik are set to remain sunny and calm for at least the next seven days.

Up until the end of this weekend the temperatures will stay constant at around 18 degrees. Today the city was a mixture of heavy coats and shorts as the bright sunshine keep people guessing on the right wardrobe.

Check out our gallery from today in the Old City

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On the second day of his official visit to Russia, the Croatian Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli participated in a meeting of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) and Russian Travel Agencies (ATOR), where he also met with Alla Manilova, the deputy Minister of Culture in Russia, in charge of tourism.

During the meeting, Cappelli presented the status of tourism in Croatia in 2017, with an emphasis on health tourism and investments in the tourism sector as a significant contribution to the further strengthening of Croatia's tourist offer and services in the country.

On this occasion, Maja Lomidze, the director of ATOR also participated in the meeting as well as representatives of TUI Russia, Coral, Paks, and Russian Express who presented booking figures and interest in Croatia for 2017 to the Croatian Minister Gari Cappelli.
Most tour operators have recorded an increase of early bookings by 20 to 35 percent for Croatia this year, and praised the excellent cooperation with the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) in Moscow. They also pointed out that one of the competitive advantages of Croatia is that it is perceived as a safe destination.

Furthermore, the Tourism Minister Cappelli informed the representatives of the tour operators about new investments in the Croatian tourism industry, emphasizing the development of year-round tourism and stronger support to tour operators who bring tourists in the off-season period.

According to data, Russian tourists achieved 119,700 arrivals (+7%) and 879,100 overnight stays in 2016, most of which were realized in hotels and household facilities. The most visited Croatia’s counties by Russians were the Istria County (328,700), the Split-Dalmatia County (192,000) and the Primorje-Gorje County (102,000), whilst the most popular cities were Porec, Umag, Dubrovnik, Rovinj and Opatija.

Dubrovnik has been awarded as the best cruise destination in Europe for 2016. At the SEATRADE Cruise Global fair in the US the city was awarded by the British Cruise Insight magazine as the best destination for 2016. According to the website cruiseline.com, where cruise ship passengers left their impressions and rankings for each destination last year Dubrovnik was chosen as the leading port.

The SEATRADE fair is one of largest such exhibitions in the world and was held from the 13th to the 16th of March in Fort Lauderdale. Dubrovnik tourism industry was represented by the director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Roman Vlasic, who also collected the award.

During 2017 in Dubrovnik 577 cruise ships are expected to arrive in Dubrovnik with around 760,000 passengers. These figures are a slight decrease on last year, around 9 percent fewer cruise ship passengers are expected this year compared to 2016.

 dubrovnik cruise award

According to a Zagreb International Airport (MZLZ) press release, the first test landing at new Franjo Tudman Airport in Zagreb was successfully conducted on the 14th of March with passengers on the flight from Vienna to Zagreb.

"All procedures for the test reception and dispatch of passengers and their luggage at the new terminal were carried out successfully," MZLZ reported, adding that the construction of the airport is in a final phase.

The airport management's website has also announced that the official opening of the airport will be held on the 21st of March when the first flight (to Dubrovnik) will take off from Franjo Tudman Airport. Seven days later, on the 28th of March, the new airport will be fully open to traffic.

Valued at more than 300 million Euros the Zagreb Airport's new terminal building stretches over 65,000 square metres and three levels, featuring three baggage carousels, eight air bridges (six for international flights and two for domestic services), nine security checkpoints, 23 passport control booths and a car park with the capacity of more than 1000 vehicles.

Construction work on one of the most popular beaches in Dubrovnik is in full swing in preparation for the upcoming summer season. The beach on the Bay of Lapad is a magnet for thousands of tourists and is surrounded by many hotels.

Works have been going on for several weeks as after the company “Dubrovnik Sunsets” won the beach concession. When completed the beach area will include restaurants, cafes, shops and terraced sunbathing spots.

Check out the photo gallery of the beach today

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The Dubrovnik Strings Chamber Orchestra will have a rather special concert this Friday the 17th of March when they will be joined by the Marko Genero. Born and raised in Dubrovnik Genero graduated viola at the Zagreb Music Academy and became the youngest assistant professor at the academy.

He continued his career with the Zagreb Soloists where he performed all over the world. In 2001 he obtained a master’s degree in Essen and has won numerous international competitions. Genero, from 1999, has been the solo violist of the Symphony Orchestra in Bochum.

The concert program for this Friday includes J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, Bach Concerto for Viola and Strings, Vivaldi Concerto Grosso in G minor and Britten Lachrymae for Viola and Strings.

Tickets are available at the office of the orchestra from Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 2.00pm. For further information visit the website of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. The concert starts at 8.00pm in the Dubrovnik Cathedral. 

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According to a reputable daily newspaper The Globe and Mail from Toronto, Canada deports thousands of people annually, however, data from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) do not reveal details of why some individuals are deported back to their homeland. The story of those thousands of unwelcome people contrasts with international perceptions of Canada's warm embrace of foreigners.

In most cases, the reason for deportation is ‘’non-compliance’’ with the basic entry requirements, whilst only 10 percent were returned to their home countries due to their criminal activities, which is the second most common justification.

The data from CBSA on Citizenship of removed persons in the period from 2012 to 2016 show that the most deported nation from Canada were Hungarians (6,942), followed by Mexicans (6,937) and the US citizens (5,666).

After Americans, the most unwanted nations were Chinese, Colombians, Indians, French, North Koreans and Croats who placed as the 9th on the CBSA’s TOP 10 list. According to the CBSA data, almost 1,282 Croatian citizens were deported from Canada in the period from 2012 to 2016.

Furthermore, the results of CBSA Unwelcome Index for the period from 2011 to 2015 show that citizens of Hungary were the most unwelcomed in Canada. ‘’ Most Hungarians removed during this period were Roma’’, explained Sean Rehaag, an associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto who specializes in immigration law.

Hungary was followed by Slovakia, Croatia and the Czech Republic, which the Canadian daily newspaper emphasizes as the countries with a significant Roma population. "There was a lot of discrimination and rights abuses affecting Roma in those countries during this period’’, said Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees.

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