Monday, 20 August 2018
Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović – a senior journalist at The Dubrovnik Times. Born and raised in Dubrovnik, Ivana (or Smile as she is known to all) graduated Media Studies from the University of Dubrovnik. A book worm, coffee addict and want-to-be world traveller Ivana brings her unique local insight, connections and general optimistic and well smiley feel to the Times.


Business Insider has recently published an interesting article titled ''100 under-the-radar islands everyone should visit in their lifetime'' and – no surprises there – Croatian islands found their place on that list.

-From sandy beaches to crystal clear waters, you may think you've seen it all when it comes to island life, even if just from photos. But it turns out there are plenty more unique and stunning islands in the world left to discover — and many of them fly under the radar despite their spectacular beauty – writes the Business Insider, explaning that they asked some of the most influential travel bloggers and experts for the most breathtaking and memorable lesser-known islands they've ever visited, combined with the opinion of the travellers from their own office, as well as digital journalists and TripAdvisor users.

Five Croatian islands that are on this list are:






All the islands come with the opinions of different experts – for the details visit the original article here.

Croatia will have all year round flights to South Korea starting this September. The airline Korean Air will operate flights between Zagreb and Seoul three times a week. With less than two weeks left to the launch of the new service, the airline is preparing and is satisfied with its current sales. In a statement to EX-YU Aviation News, the carrier said, "Ticket sales and advanced booking numbers are in line with our expectations for this route and we are satisfied with its performance. We continue to promote Zagreb as our newest European gateway and are entirely focusing on commencing scheduled flights in September. After the route stabilises, we may consider to fly to destinations in Croatia other than Zagreb". Korean tour operator KAL Tours and Hanjin Travel have contributed a large share of passengers to the new scheduled flights.

Korean Air will operate the return service from Zagreb to Seoul via Zurich over the winter months, however, the airline has not secured rights to sell tickets on the intra-European sector. "For the time being, it is impossible to purchase tickets from Zagreb to Zurich. However, we will consider ways to make it work in the future", Korean Air told EX-YU Aviation News.

The Croatian Minister for Tourism, Gari Capelli, has said the new service will help boost arrivals to the country in the off-season period. "We are strengthening our reach with new and emerging markets such as China, Japan and Korea, and I am delighted to note that over the past two years we have recorded growth of over 50% from these distant markets. Our wish is to further stimulate growth outside the summer months", Mr Capelli noted. The Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, recently said his government is negotiating the establishment of flights from Beijing and Shanghai to Zagreb, while Zagreb Airport's General Manager, Jacques Feron, added, "We anticipate to finalise talks over the arrival of a Chinese carrier because Croatia is becoming of growing interest to Chinese tourists" – writes EX-YU Aviation News.

In Croatia, as well as throughout Europe, cannabis has been the main and most commonly used illegal drug last year, amphetamines are in the second place, and heroin is most frequently used among opiates, according to the Croatian Public Health Institute data. The biggest number of drug addicts were in the County of Zadar.

The youngest person who experimented with psychoactive drugs had 13, and the oldest reported addict 76 years!

In 2017, 958 people were treated, nearly five times more men than women, and the opiate-dependent population is increasingly getting older, the Report on People treated for the Psychoactive Drug Abuse in Croatia in 2017 shows, based on available health information from the health system.

For the whole of Croatia, the rate of drug addicts treated is 248.3 (248.3 per 100,000 population aged 15 to 64). The seven counties have a higher rate of addicts than the Croatian average, and the leading are Zadar County (496.2), followed by Istra County (495.9), Sibenik-Knin (449.7), City of Zagreb (366.7), Primorsko-goranska (342.5), Split-Dalmatia (331.9) and Dubrovnik-Neretva (246.3). Other counties had rates lower than the Croatian average.

The situation is similar with the number of treated opiate addicts, the most of them were in Zadar County (485.4) followed by Istra (432.8), Sibenik-Knin (431.1), Primorje-Gorski Kotar (326.2), Split-Dalmatia (284,3), the City of Zagreb (261,4), and the County of Dubrovnik-Neretva (214,1). For the whole of Croatia, the rate was 200.3, and compared to the previous year (2016) there were no significant changes in the order of counties.

Very similar to last year, among those treated for addiction, the largest number of people were with secondary school education, 67.6 percent among those treated for opiate abuse. The most treated, as in previous years, lived with the primary family, and 37.6 percent of the treated addicts had children.

The latest discovery of The Sun is beautiful wife of the Croatian football player Mateo Kovacic – Izabel. They dedicated the whole article to her, titled: ‘’ Izabel Kovacic: Chelsea star Mateo Kovacic’s stunning businesswoman wife is dubbed Croatia’s Shakira''.

- CHELSEA fans are in for a treat with the arrival of Mateo Kovacic. Not because the Real Madrid loanee will help fix their midfield - but because he's brought stunning wife Izabel with him – writes the Sun, explaining that she's also known as 'Croatian Shakira' because of her curly blonde locks, but she's more than just a pretty face.

-Izabel, 24, is the founder and owner of a successful range of organic and eco-friendly baby products Lunilou. Since 2015 she has run the company - which sells baby moccasins, pillows and other accessories - alongside her older sister, Ivana Lucic, Izabel had studied economics at university in the Croatian capital Zagreb and were pushed to start the business because Ivana's oldest daughter has sensitive skin – The Sun adds.

In this article full of beautiful photos of Izabel, The Sun also explaines that she became a darling in the Spanish media during her time in Madrid, where she was frequently pictured supporting Mateo from the stands at the Bernabeu. They also bring some details about their relationship.

See the original article here.

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Photos: Official Instagram profile by Izabel Kovačić

Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the Department of Communal Affairs and Environmental Protection, in accordance with the Bathing Water Regulation, warns the public that there has been a short-term pollution of the sea near the Monika auto camp in Molunat.

Three days ago the Department of Public Health of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County carried out a sampling of the sea at the beach near the Monika auto camp in Molunat.

Laboratory analysis found that results of the sea analysis exceeded the limit values for the microbiological parameter of Escherichia coli. In accordance with the Water Quality Regulatio, sampling shall be repeated until the contamination has ceased. Pollution has been notified to the Environmental Inspectorate and other competent inspectors.

Since sea samples at the beach near the Monika auto camp in Molunat do not comply with the requirements of the Regulation due to contamination of faecal origin, it is not recommended to swim there until further notice.

The Croatian National Tourist Board presented itself at the Virtuoso Travel Week, the most significant tourist event on the American continent, which is held for 30th time from 11 to 17 August in Las Vegas. It is an event that brings together representatives of the most influential tourist entities specializing in luxury and experiential travel, and this year there has been a record attendance of more than 6000 participants from 100 countries around the world.

-The USA is an extremely important market for us, from which we achieve high double-digit growth rates on an annual basis. There is a potential for further development, which is why it is strategically important to strengthen the promotional activities and the position of Croatia in this big market. It is certain that positive trends can contribute to our quality cooperation with large tour operators and associations, such as the Virtuos network, which has partners and associates in more than 50 countries - said Croatian Tourist Board director Kristjan Staničić, adding that in the previous part of the year from USA there were 373,000 arrivals (+ 23%) and 1,058,000 overnight stays (+ 18%), which places it in the fastest-growing markets in 2018.

Among the many participants of the Virtuoso Travel Week, there are representatives of the Croatian tourism sector who have held numerous meetings with representatives of travel agents specializing in luxury travel from the USA, Canada, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand, and introduced them with the latest news in Croatia's tourist offer.

Ina Rodin, director of the Croatian Tourist Board Representative Office in New York, emphasized that joint marketing activities with Virtuoso are one of the key priorities of Croatia's promotion to the US market.

-Croatia's popularity and the growth of demand for our country within the Virtuoso network has grown by about 28 percent. Croatia's excellent position is additionally confirmed by the annual Virtuoso research, according to which Croatia is among the top 10 destinations in three categories - in the category of fastest growing destination, the most popular destination for so-called. Millenials and in the category of the most popular international destination - said Rodin.

With 17,500 tourist advisors from 50 countries with annual turnover of over $ 23.7 billion American dollars and a portfolio of more than 1,700 partners including hotels and resorts, airlines, cruise companies, onsite travel agencies and tourist boards, Virtuoso is one of the most significant organizations in the segment of luxury travel. Croatia has a total of six members in this network, with the exception of the Croatian Tourist Board: Leonidas Travel DMC, Calvados Club, Fortuna Travel, Hotel Villa Dubrovnik and Boutique Hotel Alhambra - Lošinj Hotels & Villas.

Lonely Planet has recently published an amazing video showing the beauty of Dubrovnik, but also with amazing tips on how to spend time in the city if you only have a day. Video that lasts a bit more than 2 minutes is a perfect little guide for all those that are planning their Dubrovnik vacation, especially if they are coming for a short time.

Lonely Planet advises tourists to get up early and hit the Walls, walk on Stradun, visit Franciscan Monastery and Museum and then the Rector's Palace. After that, they recommend visiting an island of Lokrum and grab some lunch there and also swim – if you wish. Then you should head back to the Old City to grab some dinner and after it you can jump in the cable car. Sounds like the perfect day to us! Take a look at the Lonely Planet's video.

The Motovun Film Festival arrives at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival for the first time ever with one of its specialties - movie projections on unexpected locations, under the open sky, in places where movies never run, on August 23rd and 24th. And where? That will remain a secret until the last minute!

The Motovun Film Festival will feature two exceptional films - the best film of this year's festival (the winner of the Propeler Motovun Award), and one of the best screenings of William Shakespeare's work:

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Kenneth Branagh, UK, 1993) - one of Shakespeare's most popular movie adaptations ever, with Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Michael Keaton;

KILLING JESUS (Laura Mora Ortega, Columbia, 2017) - a true story of a director whose father was killed in an assassination in the unsure streets of Medellin, and the main heroine is in search of a killer, just as the director herself did in real life. The film, with Croatian, is also titled in English.

Two amazing films on two amazing secret sites, and the entrance to screenings is free for anyone who discovers them. How to find out where the movie is hiding? During the next few days the Dubrovnik Summer Festival will release a few tips that lead to the responses where you can enjoy movies on Thursday and Friday, August 23rd and 24th, and they'll publish the exact location right before the projection itself.

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