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 days when Dubrovnik Airport celebrated the million passenger to pass through the airport aren’t that long ago, but how times change, as already 2.5 million passengers have used the airport this year.
From the beginning of this year to the end of September this year the number of passengers to travel through the airport increased by 11.6 percent over last year to 2.5 million. By the end of the year there is every chance that the 3 million mark will be reached.
Through September 405,924 passengers travelled through the airport, which was an impressive increase over 2018 when 386,365 passengers used the airport.
In 2018 a total of 2.539 million passengers used the southernmost airport in Croatia, which was an increase of over 9 percent on the year before, and this year the 3 million mark looks like being broken.
If the Irish government is satisfied with the new Brexit agreement reached between EU and UK negotiators, then the leaders of the other member states should support it, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic told the press before an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday.
"If the Irish government is satisfied with this agreement, my impression is that most of the member states will accept it," Plenkovic said, without ruling out the possibility of the agreement being ratified by 31 October when the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union.
"If the House of Commons in London ratifies the deal, technically everything can be done in the next few days," he added.
Plenkovic said that he had met with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at a meeting of the European People's Party which preceded the summit.
"This seems to be a reasonable agreement, and I talked about it with Varadkar. It will not cause problems to the everyday lives of people on the island of Ireland, and things that remain open will be dealt with along the way, which is also good," he said.
Plenkovic reiterated Croatia's position that the UK's departure was bad.
"It is bad not just politically, but it is also a historic defeat that will certainly have consequences for the long-term functioning of the EU," he said, recalling that the UK is not just any country but a permanent member of the UN Security Council, a nuclear power and a champion of free trade.
"Although the UK wasn't always constructive, its membership certainly didn't weaken the Union, but strengthened it," he added.
EU and UK negotiators reached a new agreement on Thursday, just hours before the EU summit, replacing the backstop mechanism, which was disputed by London, with a new approach. The new deal differs from the previous one, reached with the previous UK Prime Minister Theresa May in November last year, in that the protocol relating to Northern Ireland was revised, while all other provisions remained the same.
The Irish backstop, a protection to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland, was replaced by a new approach. The revised protocol on Northern Ireland protects the all-island economy on the island of Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement in all its dimensions and safeguards the integrity of the single market, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said.
Under the new agreement, Northern Ireland will remain aligned to a limited set of rules related to the EU's single market in order to avoid a hard border: legislation on goods, sanitary rules for veterinary controls, rules on agricultural production/marketing, VAT and excise in respect of goods, and state aid rules.
One half of the most famous Croatian classical/pop duo the 2Cellos has announced his first ever solo tour. Stjepan Hauser will open his European tour on the 2nd of April next year in Paris and continue to play dates in London, Brussels and Milan amongst others. Tickets for Hauser’s first solo tour go on sale tomorrow.
“The moment has finally arrived. You asked for it, you got it: my first ever solo tour!!” commented Hauser on his official Instagram account.
2Cellos have just finished a punishing World Tour and the duo had already announced that they would be taking a break from playing together for a while.
Looking for a long weekend break this winter? Thinking of visiting a European destination to soak up the cultural sights or a shopping holiday. Croatia Airlines have released their winter 2019/2020 winter timetable and there are a total of 19 different destinations.
The internal flights between Zagreb and Dubrovnik obviously dominate the schedule, with a total of 24 flights weekly, but there are also some more faraway cities such as Dublin and Copenhagen. In fact, the Irish capital is a new entry for this year’s flight schedule from Zagreb Airport.
Here is a list of the weekly flights from Zagreb Airport with Croatia Airlines for this 2019/2020 winter schedule
Croatian cuisine is as diverse as its landscapes, so how well do you know Croatian cuisine?
From the rolling hills of Istria, the wide opens expanses of Slavonia and the dramatic coastline of the Adriatic, each region has its own very distinctive cuisines. Take our short 10-question quiz and find out if you are a Croatia foodie ace or not.
Good luck! And Bon Appétit!
The summer in Dubrovnik is a thing of the past but that doesn’t mean that the fun stops! With the Dubrovnik Winter Festival on the way, mild months of weather and the tranquil echo of footsteps in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik, now is the perfect time to visit.
Check out five reasons why the winter is the right time to visit Dubrovnik
The summer season in Dubrovnik may be over and the vast majority of tourists have already left but summers are like birthdays, they come around every year. So why not plan for your next break in the Dubrovnik region with some tips from one of the largest US news networks, USA Today.
The popular American news network has released a video entitled “Local tour guides reveal the best things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia | 10Best” and it contains some great travel tips. The get the local knowledge USA Today used two Dubrovnik tour guides “Local tour guides Daniel Slezak and Alexandra Cram offer insider tips on how to spend a day in the Old Town taking in a thousand years of history, or day-tripping along the scenic coastline.”
Whether its island-hopping, kayaking, hiking or sightseeing this video puts together a lot of the “must-do’s” whilst in the city. So before booking your airline tickets for next year check out the video first and grab some cool ideas.
Uber users in Zagreb will, as of today, have two new services to choose from. The online transport serviced announced today in the Croatian capital that two additional services are now on offer in Zagreb - Comfort and XL. These new services will allow customers to select higher class vehicles or vehicles with more space.
With the new Comfort option, Zagreb users will have a user preference option, the first of its kind in Europe. This means that within the app passengers will be able to advise the driver in advance whether they want to talk without talking and whether they prefer a higher or lower temperature inside the vehicle.
Uber Comfort is designed for customers who require a high-class shuttle service with drivers who have a minimum of 250 rides and an average rating above 4.9. In addition, customers who opt for Uber Comfort will be offered the option of expressing preferences about talking to the driver or the temperature of the vehicle. The option will be available to them after they have selected the Comfort service and set a destination, before the final confirmation of the ride.
However, you will have to pay more for the comfort option, the minimum amount of rides with the Comfort service is 17 Kuna, the start fee is 8 Kuna, the price per minute is 0.80 Kuna and the fee per kilometre is 4.60 Kuna.
"We remain fully committed to doing business in Croatia. We take our customers' feedback seriously and provide them with new options to make their experience more quality, such as options related to the type of vehicle or whether to talk to the driver. By expanding our existing offering in Zagreb, we will meet the specific needs of airline customers who often have excess baggage, users who want higher class vehicles, but also those who want to drive without talking," commented Davor Tremac, Uber's General Manager for Southeast Europe.
The second Uber XL service is for users traveling in groups and needing up to 6 seats. This allows customers to simply choose an Uber XL instead of ordering two X services, which is ultimately more cost effective. For Uber XL, the minimum amount cost per journey is 20 Kuna, the starting fee is 10 Kuna, the price per minute is 1.10 Kuna and the price per kilometre is 6 Kuna.