Monday, 25 October 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.


The construction at the Dubrovnik airport is still in progress and everything is going according to plan. The project of expanding the airport is the first in Croatia, and one of only five projects in the European Union, that have been partially financed from the so-called Juncker initiative.

The main goal of this 250 million Euros worth development project is to increase the airport passenger capacity and to reduce the traffic congestion on the current airport’s runway. A new passenger terminal, expanded runways and taxiways, access roads and car parking are currently being constructed at the airport.

The project also includes the construction of internal gas stations, a new aviation fuel tank and underground pit system for fuel filling as well as the installation of solar systems to improve energy efficiency.

With over 1.5 million passengers passing through Dubrovnik annually, the airport has been voted by the European Airport Council as the second best airport in Europe in the under 5 million passenger’s category. But according to the words of Roko Tolic, the general director of the Dubrovnik Airport, after the completion of the development project in March 2017 the airport will easily reach 2 million passengers a year and will be one of the most modern in the region.

New Coca-Cola is coming to town! Special edition of the Coca Cola bottles with Dubrovnik will soon be in the souvenir shops and restaurants.

Of course, that wouldn't be possible without the cooperation between the City of Dubrovnik and Coca Cola. At the presentation of this special Coca Cola bottle Mayor of Dubrovnik Andro Vlahusic said thanks to the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta, as well as to Croatian representatives.
He added that Dubrovnik is one of the three cities that got this amazing opportunity. The other two are London and Rome.

Jaksa Malagic, regional sales manager emphasized that this is not the first cooperation between Coca-Cola and Dubrovnik. First was around 15 years ago when the Dubrovnik sticker was at the glass bottle of Coca-Cola.

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British week has officialy started in Dubrovnik today. There is no better way to start then with a traditional English brekfast and a cup of tea, with a few words from the organisers and guests.

Everybody, from Mayor of Dubrovnik Andro Vlahusic to Romana Vlasic, the director of Dubrovnik Tourist Board, accompanied by Peter Clements, deputy head of mission and Mark Thomas, honory consul have emphasized the connection between England and Dubrovnik, which is going strong for many years.

They welcomed this new project which will become, as a Mayor promised, the tradition that will from now on happen every year. Clements also said that no matter of what the situation with England is, implying on the recent leaving of the EU, Dubrovnik and England will always be friends.

After the traditional breakfast everybody went to Pile entrance of Dubrovnik, where the iconic red London double-decker bus is parked.
Read more about the program of the British week here and don't miss our photo gallery.

After the success of direct flights from Toronto to Zagreb the Croatian capital is optimistic of attracting direct flights from the US. According to a report on the specialised website ex-yu aviation the General Manager of Zagreb Airport, Jacques Feron, commented that “New York would be an excellent destination.” However he added a note of caution by saying that “although it is true that this metropolis is well connected to all major European airports.”

The management of Zagreb Airport have been targeting flights to the US for some time; in fact they openly state that New York is the “most desired route” for the Croatian capital. And the fact that the recent introduction of flights from Canada to Zagreb operated by Air Transat are proving successful seems to have added fuel to the fire for flights to the US. There are even talks that the seasonal summer service that Air Transat had first negotiated will be extended into the winter period, thus extending the tourist season in Zagreb. "On the first flight there were 140 passengers flying from Toronto to Zagreb and 280 passengers back,” commented Feron.

And it isn’t only Zagreb Airport that are pushing for flights to the US, the Croatian Ambassador to the United States is also working hard to “explore the possibility” of direct flights to Croatia.


Every weekend our resident "Style Guru" will be scanning the streets of Dubrovnik for the latest and greatest in fashion.

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Croatia were knocked out of the Euro 2016 in France last night after a mammoth battle against Portugal. Portugal beat Croatia 1-0 to win a place in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals with a goal in the 117th minute.

In a tense game in Lens that was dominated by two strong defensive displays chances were few and far between. The game went into extra time after a 0 – 0 stalemate in which there were only a attempts at goal. In fact the 117th winner from Ricardo Quaresma for Portugal was the first shot on goal in the whole match. To say it was a cagey affair would be an understatement, Croatia were on top for most of the game and Cristiano Ronaldo was kept quiet by a strong Croatian defence.

But then with only just over two minutes of extra time remaining the Portuguese counterattacked and broke Croatian hearts with a late, late winner.

“We dominated the game but we didn’t score,” commented the Croatian coach, Ante Cacic. Adding that “So the best team lost. It happens in football.”

Portugal now go into the quarter-finals where they will face Poland whilst the Croatian team fly home wondering what could have been.

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The British have always had strong connections with Dubrovnik and the region. Starting when Richard the Lionheart was returning from the Crusades in 1192 and according to legend was shipwrecked near the island of Lokrum. From those early beginnings the British have had a love affair with the city.

Kings and Queens, high-ranking politicians, actors, sportspeople, the list goes on. Dubrovnik is a magnet for British guests, over the past decade the most numerous tourists every year have come from Great Britain, this year once again British guests are leading the way. This year, for the first time ever, the City of Dubrovnik will organise the “British Week in Dubrovnik,” from the 27th of June to the 3rd of July. The rich program, which is jointly organised with the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Lokrum, Midsummer Scene and Dubrovnik Cinemas, includes all of the best of Britain. (excel to pdf

From Hamlet on Lovrijenac Fortress, an exhibition of Richard the Lionheart on the island of Lokrum, British film classics under the night sky, an exhibition of famous British people who have been in the city, plus much, much more. Every day has a highlight event, and every day has at least four separate events. There will even be an iconic red London double-decker bus parked on the Pile entrance into the Old City of Dubrovnik serving English tea and biscuits. With the British the most numerous guests in the city, and the strong links between the UK and Dubrovnik the first ever British Week in Dubrovnik is guaranteed to be a success and for sure just the first in a traditional event.

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Due to strict UEFA rules the Croatian national football team had to wear their blue jerseys in their opening three group matches against Turkey, the Czech Republic and Spain. As these three group opponents of Croatia had red and white on their jerseys, UEFA made a strict decision before the tournament that the Croatian football players would have to play in their blue jerseys in order to avoid clashes.

The Croatian red and white checkerboard design, which has become famous throughout the world and even has inspired Marc Jacobs for his new collection of slip up shoes, was voted the best looking jersey before the championship even started.
As the Portuguese footballers will wear their green jerseys in the match against Croatia on the 25th of June at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens the Croatian players will finally have the opportunity to run out on the field wearing their jerseys in the red and white cubes.

Apart from the UEFA's strict rules regarding the Croatian jersey this football organization didn't apply such rules to the Croatian player Vedran Corluka, exactly the opposite.

After having injured his head in the opening match against Turkey the Croatian defender donned a water polo cap in the match against the Czechs in order to prevent opening up of his head wound. In the match against Spain Corluka run out on the field wearing the water polo cap again after UEFA gave him the green light that it was all right for him to play with his cap on. UEFA only advised him to remove the ear protectors from the cap but anyway Corluka made history as the first player ever to play in a water polo cap.

UEFA asked Corluka a permission to take a photo of the Croatian defender wearing water polo cap so it could be kept in the UEFA's museum as a part of the football history.

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