Monday, 08 August 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.


The new terminal of Dubrovnik Airport is open, well still a soft opening, and passengers and staff have a whole new experience. The spacious new terminal, Terminal C, will be fully functional by the beginning of May and will replace Terminal A for passenger departures.

This new terminal is connected to terminal B and when fully operational the two terminals will be completely joined, leaving terminal A as a baggage sorting area. With an impressive sixteen gates, two for internal flights, the airport will soon be able to handle more passengers.

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Valamar Riviera is the leading tourist company in Croatia with accommodation that can handle around 55,000 guests per day at its 30 hotels and resorts as well as at 15 camping resorts along the Adriatic coast – in Istria, on the islands of Krk and Rab, and in Dubrovnik. Therefore, it is important to note that the company accounts for 12 percent of the total categorized accommodation in Croatia.

Consequently, Valamar Riviera is among the top five employers in Croatia and was declared the best tourist company. The best proof for this important title is also the fact that nearly 65 percent of seasonal workers return to work at Valamar year after year. Therefore, the company increases the number of employment contracts for an indefinite period of time every year; for example, in 2016 more than 60 workers got permanent employment, whilst an additional 178 permanent positions are planned for 2017.

For the upcoming summer season Valamar is looking for a larger number of professional, diligent and motivated persons to work in a dynamic environment at its tourist objects and facilities. Thus in 2017 Valamar Riviera will employ 1,200 new employees.

Valamar Riviera has already announced job openings in the department of food and beverages, in the department of household, at reception, in the department of technical and maintenance services as well as for workers in the sport facilities, reservation centres, information points etc.

The company will also provide free accommodation to all seasonal workers who come from different Croatia's counties. The quality of accommodation will be additionally enriched this year by building Valamar Staff Residence centres in Dubrovnik (it will be fully functional in 2018), on the island of Krk and in Rabac, Istria.

Popular humanitarian race '5k' will be held as a part of Du Motion racing events this year again, along with the Dubrovnik Half Marathon. Money will be collected for Nevio Kresic, six year old from Konavle and the only person in Croatia diagnosed with Mayewski osteoplastic primordial dwarfism type two – disease he shares with only 50 people around the world. 

That's a disease that is characterized by short growth and frequent strokes, and people with this type of disease usually live up to 20 years old. Despite a rare disease of which very little is known about and struggle with frequent operations, Nevio shines the sincere kid's energy and courage at the first sight.

He won the hearts of Du Motion team as well and so they want, with the help of their runners, to help him walk through life easier.
Race for Nevia will be run on Sunday, April 30 from Stradun, around the Walls, to the Gruz Pool, back across Boninovo to Stradun, and its lenght is suitable for amateurs and beginners. Price entry fee is symbolic 60 kuna, and all registered runners will receive a commemorative 5K T-shirt and a medal.

Locals and their guests have already shown a big heart last year when they gathered more than 40 thousand kuna for the treatment of young Dubrovnik girl Karla Sentic.

It's time to do the same thing for Nevio! Du Motion therefore invites you to join this charity race and give him support through running and cheering on Stradun.

Dubrovnik and their guests have already been shown to have a big heart when at last year's edition of "5K" race gathered more than 40 thousand for the treatment of young people from Dubrovnik Karla Sentić.
For mor information about Du Motion, as well as the registration for the race, visit the official web site and also the social networks- Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

At the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood which is to be held on the 26th of February, this year’s winners will be taking home the famous Oscar statuette manufactured by an American Croat.

For over 80 years, the Chicago cult company R.S. Owens & Co made the Oscar statuette, but last year the Academy selected Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry from New York to make the famous statuette.

It is interesting to note that Dick Polich, the son of Croatian immigrants, is the founder and the owner of Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry. Polich, originally Polic, is an 83-year-old graduate economist from Yale University and a graduate metallurgist from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His roots are from the small village of Zlobin near Rijeka.

Polich Tallix was among the first in the United States to offer technological expertise and industrial capabilities in metalworking, which had previously been only capable in Europe. Dick Polich has made thousands of sculptures in his career, and worked with more than five hundred artists.

Using a cast bronze Oscar from 1929, Polich Tallix artisans managed to restore subtle features of George Stanley’s original sculpture, which was based on sketches by MGM art director Cedric Gibbons. The overall size of the statuette remained the same. It takes Polich Tallix around 3 months to complete 50 Oscar statuettes required for the big night.

''The entry of foreign retail chains into the Croatian market hasn't resulted in cheaper goods on their shelves'', commented Tanja Popovic-Filipovic, the head of the Centre for Consumer Education and Information.

Popovic-Filipovic also warned that even though it is an open market retailers adjusted prices of their products and no one was willing to offer products that would be cheaper than products of other competitive retail chains.

''The only way to cheaper food products is through shortening the distribution chain i.e. to buy from small local producers'', explained Popovic-Filipovic.

According to a survey by Eurostat, in 2015 the prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages in Croatia were still 9 percent below the average prices in the European Union.

However, the purchasing power of Croatian citizens is far more lower than in the rest of the EU. The average wage in the European Union is around 1,500 Euros, whilst in Croatia it is up to 740 Euros.

Supermarkets are the most profitable economic sector in Croatia; they recorded an annual growth of revenue by 4.5 percent in 2016.

The Robin Hood: Origins set in the centre of Dubrovnik took a new twist this morning with huge metal constructions installed over the Stradun. These new frames will be used to install a large wooden gate over the main street in what should be the finishing touches to this, the second set, location on the Stradun.

Dubrovnik is slowly but surely being transformed into Nottingham. Another three or four locations are being considered in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik, along with the Stradun and the old harbour. Filming is set to begin on the 20th of February and will last for around three weeks.

According to the former Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, Robin Hood: Origins will be the first of a trilogy, we can only assume that the other two films will also be filmed in the city.

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And this little gem from the Robin Hood set in Hungary has appeared on social media 

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This year one of the largest European events of its kind the Health Tourism Industry (HTI) conference will take place in Istria, Croatia.

The prestigious HTI conference which is to be held at the Hotel Lone in Rovinj from the 28th of February to the 2nd of March will gather leading national and international experts as well as the Hollywood star Eva LaRue, well known for her role as the CSI detective Natalia Boa Vista.

This year's seventh edition of the HTI conference will be interesting for its innovative integrated gathering, which apart from the conference on medical tourism includes two more international events – ILHA's (International Luxury Hotel Association) European Luxury Hospitality Summit and Taste the Mediterranean Festival.

The main speakers at the HTI conference will be the president of the American Medical Tourism Association Jonathan Edelheit, the president of the European Historic Thermal Towns Association Giuseppe Bellandi, the expert from Croatia Dr Dragan Primorac, whilst the famous Hollywood actress Eva LaRue, who is also an expert in luxury travel, will hold a special lecture.

The Croatian Tourist Board will also participate at the HTI conference whose workshop for health tourism ''Buy Croatia'' will gather more than 40 large service customers from all over the world.

The HTI conference will be organized in cooperation with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) and under the patronage of the President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism.

The start of General, new project of director Antun Vrdoljak, is just around the corner. New movie and television series will start being filmed in the second half of February and will show the life of general Ante Gotovina.

The interesting thing is that Gotovina should be played by Goran Visnjic, Croatian actor with Hollywood adress and Vrdoljak's son in law, while Gotovina's first wife, Columbian Ximena Dalel, is supposed to be played by Penelope Cruz. Other actors that will apparently join the cast are Natasa Janjic, Tarik Filipovic and Goran Navojec.
The buzz about this movie started almost two years ago but it seems that it will finally come to realisation. Casting agency Serena made a casting call, searching for males in the Gospic area and extras of any age in the Zadar area.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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