Saturday, 20 October 2018
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 Croatian national airline, Croatia Airlines, has been named as the safest airline in the world according to the specialised website Croatia Airlines received the highest rating in terms of safety, 7 stars, and has been placed as the safest airline in the world. audits airlines once every two years. Geoffrey Thomas is the editor-in-chief for He has congratulated Croatia Airlines for its achievement. He stated that Croatia Airlines has played a major role in Croatia’s economy ever since 1990.

This high ranking is a result of an audit from the Air Transport Association Operation Safety whose goal is to reduce airline accidents.

#Croatia has proved to be one of the most popular hash tags this season on social media. With millions of visitors to Croatia uploading photos onto the social media sites, from Facebook to Instagram, the power of online marketing is proving ever stronger. And Croatia is a country that just lends itself to Instagram, with turquoise blue skies, soaring mountains and historic old cities Croatia is a haven for photo opportunities.

And prove comes with a recent survey carried out by the global travel agency TUI. The holiday company have announced that #Croatia was one of the most popular tags on Instagram in 2018.

Along with Croatia the most popular European destinations for hash tags were Greece and Cyprus. The survey by TUI shoed that Greece had the most mentions on Instagram with 1.4 million hash tags between May and July this year, whilst Croatia came in second place with an impressive 759,000 tags. In thirds place came Cyprus with around 249,000 mentions on social media.

Use the hashtag #dutimes for the opportunity to be featured on our Instagram page.

Phones may have become smarter but users less so. Filling your social media accounts with selfies is extremely popular but recent studies have shown that selfies can also be life-threatening. From 2011 to 2017 259 people were killed trying to get the perfect selfie, according to CNN. Standing on the top of a mountain peak, close top moving traffic and on top of buildings whilst trying to get just the right shot is a dangerous business.

Indian scientists have published a study in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, which investigates the number of people killed and how they have been trying to photograph themselves. Most people were injured in India, followed by Russia and Pakistan. Most of the injured were men (72 percent) and were less than thirty years old.

Most of the victims drowned because they got too close to the sea and waves washed they away. However, there have been various accidents with wild animals, close to speeding trains and America led the world in selfie accidents with firearms.

Most often young people and tourists put themselves in harm’s way because of the desire to look cool on social networks.

And Croatia is not without its selfie victims. The national park Plitvice Lakes has unfortunately been the scene of more than one fatal accident whilst tourists try to take a selfie.

A court in the Croatian capital has rejected perjury charges against Croatia’s captain and Real Madrid ace Luka Modrić. In the trial of the former Dinamo Zagreb executive Zdravko Mamić, which began in April this year, Modrić was accused of perjury after he gave his testimony during the court case.

It was alleged that Modrić gave contradicting statements during the trial and in a statement to investigators regarding his contract with Dinamo Zagreb. On Wednesday a municipal court in Zagreb rejected the perjury charges. Modrić was asked to give evidence on his transfer from Dinamo to Tottenham in 2018.

Modrić wasn’t the only famous Croatian footballer caught up in this high-profile case, the Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren also gave evidence in the case and was also later charged with perjury. Mamić was charged with illegally taking percentages of transfer fees paid by foreign clubs for Dinamo Zagreb players.

Mamić was found guilty in June and sentenced to 6.5 years in prison, however the day before the verdict was announced he fled to neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina, which doesn’t have an extradition treaty with Croatia, where he is still hiding today.

This reprieve for the Croatian captain comes after the best season in his career so far. After guiding Croatia to the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia he was awarded with the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament and then later picked up the prestigious FIFA award as the “Best Player” of the 2017/2018 season.

After the torrential rains that fell in Dubrovnik on Tuesday the tap water in Dubrovnik is still not suitable for drinking.

The Dubrovnik water company in co-operation with the Dubrovnik Fire Brigade will organise a number of water cisterns around the city to provide fresh drinking water. Tourists are advised to drink bottled water.

On Tuesday the 2nd of October between 2.00 am and 7.00 am around 260 litres of rain per metre squared fell on the city.

The parking in front of the five-star Hotel Dubrovnik Palace today as the opening stage of a classic old-timer rally kicked off. Classic Jaguars, beautiful Mercedes, a 1964 Austin Healey and a 911 Porsche Targa were all on show today as the rally from Dubrovnik to Athens started.


The 16-day rally will take in Sarajevo, Belgrade, Kotor, Tirana and Aristi amongst other cities before ending on the 18th of October in Athens.

The rally, which is a pre-1980 classic touring event, is organised by ROARR who have been, as they state, “running classic car rallies since 1999 in some of the most exciting locations on the planet.”




Croatia’s economy is slowly but surely seeing the green shots of recovery with news that the gross foreign debt once again falling. In the second quarter of this year the debt totalled 40.1 billion Euros, or 80 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

Compared to the same quarter from last year the debt has fallen by around 97 million Euros and financial analysts predict that it will continue to fall. And when compared to the first quarter of this year the debt has fallen by around 500 million Euros.

Speaking to the press analysts at Raiffeisenbank Austria commented that "Looking at 2018 as a whole, we expect the trend of falling gross external debt to continue... The lower debt should come as a result of deleveraging in all key sectors. Combined with the projected GDP growth, we expect the debt-to-GDP ratio to drop below 80 percent by the end of 2018.”

Game of Thrones and Dubrovnik or Dubrovnik and the Game of Thrones the pair are inseparable. Ever since the directors chose Dubrovnik as the location for King’s Landing for season two of the series the city has become a part of the Game of Thrones world.

Hundreds of thousands of dedicated fans visit the city every year to see the sights and the backdrops in real life. Themed tours, souvenir shops, visitor’s centres, even restaurants offering Game of Thrones style menus, you name it and Dubrovnik has seen it.

But this latest offer rather caught our eyes. Dubrovnik is no stranger to international hen parties, but a Kings Landing Walking Tour Hen Party, well that’s a first. This UK based travel company is tempting future brides-to-be with the chance to see the Red Keep and tour the filming locations and as they advertise “Perfect for your Instagram feed.”




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