Thursday, 01 June 2023
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.


Day 5 of filming of Robin Hood:Origins can be described as rainy, windy and cold but there is no time to relax in Nottingham. The filming was supposed to take place on the Stradun today, but during our walk through the set it seemed like it's still not ready. People were working hard to assemble it all, but many pieces were just laying on the ground, waiting to be placed on the set. 

However, Pile Park and the entrance to the Old City seemed quite busy, as the crew was walking around and making everything ready for what it seems to be one more long night of filming. Pile Park is full of tents with make up artists and hair dressers, as well as coffee and sandwiches.

Director Otto Bathurst and producer E. Benett Walsh were spotted at the set, but sadly we didn't see any cast members, at least not during the day. However, some extras were waiting for filming. Also, two horses were taken to the Old City, one a bit less motivated to enter than the other. These poor horse seemed to have a great fear of wooden bridge, so it took some time before they were coaxed across it, or to be honest – pulled across.

Rain didn't seem to bother anybody and there were some rumors that the crew wished for this type of day. We heard some people saying that they also asked firefighters to help with some extra water! It seems that filming will again take place until the morning hours. Next week brings day scenes again. Don't miss photos from the set as well as the video for the latest update.

The leading Canadian leisure airline Air Transat expects even better results on the seasonal service between Toronto and Zagreb this year.

After launching its seasonal direct flight between the two cities last summer and carrying around 5,000 passengers, Air Transat has decided to expand its operations from one to two flights a week in 2017. The air carrier has also announced that it will operate the flights until later on in the season.

"We've increased our capacity on the destination from one to two direct flights from Toronto for our summer 2017 season in order to offer our customers more flexibility in their choices of holiday duration and packages", said Debbie Cabana, the marketing director of Air Transat.

In addition, in its summer schedule 2017 the Canadian airline has announced beginning of the operations to Zagreb on the 30th of May; it will operate flights on Mondays until the 16th of October, whilst the second weekly flight will be operated on Wednesdays starting on the 18th of June until the 3rd of September.

Air Transat is Canada’s leading holiday travel airline which carries 3 million passengers to 63 destinations in 30 countries annually. The Canadian airline company was voted the Best North American Leisure Airline at the Skytrax annual World Airline Awards held in June 2015.

New top list has been published by The Telegraph yesterday with a title '25 incredible streets you must visit before you die'. Stradun, Dubrovnik's main street (and for us the most beautiful street in the world), is placed on the third place just after Champs-Élysées and Ocean Drive. What is interesting, the cover photo of an article shows Stradun and it's a great promotion to Dubrovnik.

- Despite the crowds, a walk down Stradun, the main thoroughfare in Dubrovnik's old town, is a must, especially if you're a fan of Game of Thrones (it's where Cersei Lannister takes her walk of penance) – writes the author of the article. To be honest, Cersei didn't exactly walk on Stradun, but nobody can say that Stradun didn't earn its place on the list.

- Most of the top attractions in Dubrovnik are concentrated in the car-free old town, within the medieval walls - says Jane Foster, Telegraph Travel’s Dubrovnik expert, adding that wo monumental arched gates, Pile (to the west) and Pločc (to the east), serve as entrances to the old town, and they are joined by the main thoroughfare, Stradun (aka Placa). Off each side of Stradun lies a grid of narrow alleys (some involving steep stone steps), harbouring countless cafés, restaurants and apartments to rent – writes Foster.
Stradun is the pride of the Pearl of Adriatic and we are happy that it made this flattery list – although we're not surprised.

The Dubrovnik Times has teamed up with Break Time in our latest competition. Break Times has recently opened a store in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik featuring unique handmade products. All the Break Time bracelets, necklaces and key-chains are handmade using original yachting rope and nautical-inspired shackles and anchors.

To enter our Facebook competition all you need to do is follow this link to our Facebook page...the rest is easy.

The competition starts on the 24th of February and ends at midday on the 4th of March – Good Luck!

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According to the preliminary information from the latest fair for leisure and travel, the German market has recorded a significant increase in bookings for Croatia this year.

The travel fair which is being held in Munich from the 22nd to the 26th of February, has gathered more than 1,200 exhibitors from 60 countries, whilst 30 Croatian representatives, including the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) are promoting Croatia.

The Croatian Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli have met with representatives of the leading German tour operators - Thomas Cook, DER Touristik Koln, FTI, Schauinsland, ID Riva, Reisewelt, Misir Sonnenreisen and Novasol who have pointed out that Croatia is a destination which has been recording a continuous growth in the past few years.

The representatives of Novasol, the leading specialized agency for private accommodation, have emphasized that the image of Croatia has been growing primarily thanks to the quality marketing. This year Croatia's market has already recorded 35 percent increase in bookings due to a bigger offer of new apartments and houses in private accommodation. ''However, the continuous decline of bookings for Turkey and North Africa is surely in Croatia's favour'', commented a representative of Novasol.

On the other hand, the representatives of TUI have commented that this year Croatia is a very popular destination not only on the German market but in Russia and the UK as well.
However, all tour operators have agreed on one thing; that the geopolitical situation in the world is surely in Croatia's favour because the country is still perceived as a safe destination among tourists.

As it is known, the German market is one of the most important emissive markets which achieved 2,3 million arrivals and 17 million overnight stays in 2016. Around 35 percent of the total number of German tourists travelled in an organized arrangement, whilst 65 percent of them travelled individually.

In addition, in terms of tourist traffic numbers, Istria is the leading region among German tourists, followed by Kvarner, Split and Zadar. The most commonly used types of accommodation by German guests were household objects (33%), camps (30%) and hotels (28%).

The latest surveys on household consumption in Great Britain show that the British spend 2 percent of their income on cigarettes and alcohol. On the other hand, data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics show that in 2014 Croatians spent 2.2 percent of the household budget on cigarettes and alcohol.

Furthermore, as far as food and drinks are concerned, the average household in Croatia spends the majority of its income or 29.5 percent on food and drinks, whilst the average household in the UK spends only 11 percent. Unlike Croatia where the consumption of food is on the top of the household bills list, the British spend most money on transport (14%), rent and energy consumption.

The data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics show that the items of transport, rent and energy consumption are on the second and third place on the list of the average household in Croatia, but with higher shares; rent and energy consumption account for 16.2 percent of the household budget, whilst transport accounts for 13 percent.

Large differences between spending in Croatia and the UK are also visible in the segment of restaurant and hotel services. The average household in Croatia spends only 2.7 percent of its budget a month on these services, whilst the average household in the UK spends 9 percent, or almost three times more than the average household in Croatia.

According to the national survey in the UK, the average British household has more money left for spending on recreation and culture. For this purpose, the British spend twice as much than Croatians i.e. recreation and culture account for 13 percent of the consumption of British households, but only 6 percent of the consumption of Croatian households.

However, both countries have one thing in common; the least money is spent on education, which accounts for only 1 percent of the total consumption of the average household in Croatia and in the UK.

Robin Hood: Origins is into day four and tonight will be another day of night filming.
However tomorrow the cast and crew moves to the centre of the city, with filming set to start on the iconic Stradun street which runs straight through the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Today flags and banners were raised and hung along the Stradun as the final touches are put to the intricate Nottingham themed location.

Check out our gallery of the latest edition to the Stradun Robin Hood set

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The British Embassy in the Republic of Croatia has announced the British-Croatian Forum on the economy of experiences and its impact on economic growth and development, which is to take place in Zagreb on the 2nd of March 2017.

The British-Croatian Forum will be organized by the British Embassy in Croatia and the British Ministry of International Trade (DIT), in cooperation with the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK), the British business centre in Croatia and the business consulting company Filipovic. Furthermore, Andrew Dalgleish, the British Ambassador to Croatia and Gari Cappelli, the Croatian Minister of Tourism will open the Forum which is to bring together many experts from both countries.

''It is my pleasure to announce the forum under the title ''Economy of experience in the service of economic growth and development'' which is to be opened by the Croatian Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli. As it is well known, Croatia is a favourite destination for British tourists; their number increased by 20 percent last year and follows the upward trend'', emphasized Dalgleish describing Croatia as ''the country of great opportunities which is interesting to the British not only as a tourist destination but as a destination for business cooperation as well''.

The British Ambassador Dalgleish also commented that the economy of experiences is linking entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and creativity, thus in those fields Croatia and the UK can achieve long term and continuous cooperation. ''This business forum is just another indicator of excellent bilateral relations between our two countries'', concluded Dalgleish.

The economy of experiences is a newer concept, which focuses on consumers who are looking for more than just a product and service; they want an experience that that product or service can provide. In this regard, the British Embassy points out that Croatia as a country with natural and cultural heritage, rich history and tradition, as well as with an excellent geographic position has the opportunity to become the world famous tourist destination, which provides additional content and services - experiences.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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