Wednesday, 22 January 2020
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.


During 2019, a record 14,500 aircraft from all parts of the world landed at Split Airport, carrying around 3,302,000 passengers, the airport announced on Wednesday.

"In the past year, we had 29,000 landings and take-offs at Split Airport, which means that we had 14,500 aircraft and this is the highest number of aircraft during one year in the history of our airport," commented Mate Melvan from Split Airport.

3,302,000 passengers in 2019 was also a record number for the airport and a 5.8 percent growth over 2018. "Throughout 2020, we expect a further increase in traffic at our airport and we believe that this traffic will be more than 3.4 million passengers,” added Melvan.

Split Airport has direct flights from 25 countries around the world. And there is plenty of room for improvement in the future as Split Airport suffers from the seasonality of many Croatian airports, meaning that during the winter months it is virtually empty. 


Rental car businesses are found in every city because lots of people need to use their services quite often.

Rental car businesses are found in every city because lots of people need to use their services quite often. If you wonder, “Are there rental car companies near me?” the answer will likely be “yes.” Often, people rent an auto when they do not have their own vehicle or they cannot use it. Sometimes, you just need a special vehicle, and it is great that you can easily check a rental car company’s fleet on the Internet, for instance, here Let’s find out what are the good reasons for you to rent a car.

Reason #1 — Rent a car if you do not have your own auto

While it is possible to use public transport, it may be better to rent a car to travel to/from home from/to work. This may save you plenty of time. In order to make it not only convenient but also cheap, you can split the costs between your colleagues who also need to travel the same route.

Reasons #2 — Get the right model depending on your trip

Unless you are a millionaire who can afford to purchase a fleet of several different cars, you will likely need to use different cars depending on the type of your trip. If for day to day traveling, you can use a small vehicle with low fuel consumption, you will need something else for traveling long distances with your family or friends.

blonde lady in rent a car 2020

Reason #3 — Your car is broken

Some things happen suddenly, such as problems with your car. If there is a problem with the engine, tires, etc., they should be fixed which may take time. Since you want to stick to your usual routine, renting a car would be the best solution for you.

Reason #4 — Traveling long distances

Sometimes, it is just physically impossible to take your car with you, for instance, if you are about to fly to another continent or to another part of the country. In this case, you can simply rent a comfortable car to enjoy your trip even more.

“As George Bernard Shaw once said, “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik.” With its winding streets, Game of Thrones filming locations, cliffside beach bars and UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town, it’s no wonder Dubrovnik is such a popular spot. Head over to the nearby town of Cavtat for truly breath-taking scenery and to remove yourself even further from the tourist scene,” writes Big 7 Travel about Dubrovnik on their latest travel list.

The global travel site Big 7 Travel has released the official list of the 50 Best Places to visit this decade and Dubrovnik came in at a very healthy 19th position.

Following on from sample survey results of their 1.5 million social audience and contributions from their editorial team, they can reveal the places in the world that travellers should have on their radar this decade.

Spanning six continents, it's an exciting mix of emerging tourist destinations and places that might soon be changed beyond recognition.

dubrovnik the pearl of the adriaitc we know it 2020

Countries who made it into the Top 25 include Italy and Kenya, as well as Tokyo, thanks to its futuristic buildings and old-meets-new vibe. Other places in the Top 50 to add to your ‘must-visit’ list this decade include Greenland and Jordan.


19th Dubrovnik, Croatia

10th. Singapore

9th. Kapiti Island, New Zealand

8th. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

7th. Belfast, Northern Ireland

6th. Melbourne, Australia

5th. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

4th. San Jose, Costa Rica

3rd. Boston, Massachusetts, USA

2nd. Kyiv, Ukraine

1st. Guadeloupe, Caribbean


According to a decision by the NATO Alliance to relocate the mission from Iraq to Kuwait, members of the Croatian Army have been redeployed from Baghdad to Kuwait and are safe, the Croatian Ministry of Defence has reported.

Fourteen members of the Croatian Army have been deployed to Kuwait, and a further seven members of the second Croatian contingent who have completed the mission will be returned to Croatia.

We are monitoring the security situation with the Allies and appropriate decisions will be made in coordination with the Allies. We emphasize that the safety of Croatian soldiers is paramount, commented the Ministry.


The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, sent a Christmas card to the parish priest of Dubrovnik, Vlado Perisic, and to all fellow Orthodox believers celebrating Christmas tomorrow.

Dear Mr. Perisic,

The joyful message of the birth of Jesus, which gives hope and inspires us to fellowship, mutual respect and understanding, may be our inspiration to continue our successful cooperation so far and to promote a society based on solidarity and friendship.

To you and to all believers of the Orthodox faith, on my behalf and on behalf of the City of Dubrovnik, I congratulate Christmas. I wish you to spend your holidays joyfully in the surroundings of your loved ones.

With respect,

Mayor - Mato Franković


The UK’s flagship airline, British Airways, has announced an expansion of flights to Croatia for the summer season of this year. British Airways will this year greatly increase the number of flights to the Croatian capital for this summer.

Operations between London Heathrow to Zagreb will be increased from daily flights to eleven weekly flights in the height of the summer season. And from Heathrow to Split flight frequencies will also be increased from seven a week to ten a week.

Whilst flights to Croatia’s southernmost airport, Dubrovnik, will remain at the same level as last summer, eleven flights a week through summer.


Four years ago Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic won 1,114,945 votes and became the fourth president of Croatia, yesterday however was a different story as she lost to SDP candidate Zoran Milanovic.

In the second round of voting yesterday the number of votes for the former president fell from 1,114,945 to 929,488 votes.
In the second round of presidential elections, Zoran Milanovic won 1,034,389 votes.

In the 2015 presidential elections Grabar-Kitarovic defeated Ivo Josipovic by just over 30,000 votes, winning 50.74 percent of the vote.


The 2020 Croatian Presidential election was certainly a close run affair with Zoran Milanovic winning with around 53 percent of the vote. And the polling station of Lumbarda on the island of Korcula perfectly demonstrated just how close it was. The relatively small voting station on Lumbarda created history this presidential election as it was the only one that saw an absolute dead heat.

1,110 citizens were eligible to vote in Lumbarda and 570, or 51.3 percent, went to the polling station yesterday. And after all the votes were counted it was remarkabley the same for both candidates. Zoran Milanovic won 271 votes and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic won 271 votes, with 28 voting slips invalid.


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