Saturday, 18 May 2024
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 Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, will once again this year, join the celebration of Fortress Night with specially curated events, mostly taking place tonight, May 10, on Lovrijenac Fortress.

And the highlight of the evening is a program scheduled from 7:30 PM to 10:15 PM at Lovrijenac Fortress, featuring artistic performances managed by the SFT Art Collective team under the direction of Marko Mijatović.

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Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy projection mapping and interactive installations created by Pixel Design and Linear Studio, accompanied by the music of Žarko Dragojević, an exhibition of posters from the Dubrovnik Summer Festival collection, jazz tunes by Maja Grgić and double bassist Zvonimir Šestak, amusingly eerie tales of Dubrovnik narrated by Marija Milovac, and a Renaissance feast that will surely complement the impression of the entire evening. Admission to all programs is free.

Fortress Night is a cultural and tourist event held at fortified monuments of cultural heritage (fortresses, citadels, castles, etc.). It was first realized in 2022 as a result of the European project FORTITUDE and has since connected and promoted programs at more than 45 fortification sites in 8 countries: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, and Slovenia.


In an encouraging boost for the local tourism industry, Dubrovnik has seen a remarkable surge in visitor numbers this week, with close to 14,500 tourists choosing to stay within its bounds. This marks a significant increase of 31 percent compared to the same period last year.

Leading the influx are tourists from the United Kingdom and the United States, followed closely by visitors from France, Germany, Ireland, Finland, and Canada.

Baby Lasagna absolutely 'rocked' the stage in Sweden and received the loudest ovations.

Baby Lasagna lived up to the favorite status and once again increased his odds in the betting! The audience's love for him was evident in the reactions during his performance, where the entire crowd danced and sang along to that infectious 'Rim Tim Tagi Dim' that has gotten under everyone's skin.

Social media ablaze: 'Croatia is definitely winning'

"I am very happy that we pleased the audience and secured a spot in the final. Performing on the big stage in front of a packed arena is a new experience that I will surely remember. I honestly can't wait to repeat the performance on Saturday, in the finals. Thank you all for your support!" said Marko Purišić to tportal just after qualifying for Saturday's grand finale.

The final will take place this Saturday starting at 9 p.m., and Baby Lasagna will compete against 25 other contestant countries.

The following countries advanced to the semifinals:


Traveling can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also come with its fair share of stress and anxieties. And for those who regularly use CBD products for their health and wellness, traveling can bring up even more concerns. With varying laws and regulations surrounding CBD across different countries and states, it's important to know how to safely and legally travel with your CBD products.

In this blog post, we will discuss some helpful tips and advice for traveling with CBD, so you can enjoy your trip without any worries or setbacks. Whether it's for business or pleasure, these tips will help ensure a smooth and stress-free traveling experience.

Shop Your CBD Supplies Online

One of the safest and most convenient ways to travel with CBD is by purchasing your supplies online. Not only does this eliminate the need to carry bulky or potentially messy products, but it also allows you to research and choose reputable brands that comply with legal regulations.

By shopping online, you can easily access lab reports and ingredient lists to ensure your products meet legal standards and do not contain any illegal substances. For instance, you can nourish your body with CBD gummies from a trusted brand, knowing that they are made with high-quality, legal ingredients. Plus, you can often take advantage of special online deals and discounts for added savings on your travel budget.

Research Laws and Regulations

Before traveling with CBD, it's crucial to research the laws and regulations surrounding the product in your destination. While CBD is legal in many countries and states, there are still places where it is restricted or completely banned.

By doing your due diligence beforehand, you can avoid any potential legal issues or confiscation of your CBD products at the airport. Keep in mind that laws may also vary within a country, so make sure to research specific cities or regions you will be visiting as well. This will ensure that you are fully informed about the legality of CBD in your travel destination.

Pack Your CBD Products in Your Carry-On Bag

When traveling with CBD, it's best to pack your products in your carry-on bag rather than your checked luggage. This is because most airport security screenings focus on larger bags and may not thoroughly check smaller carry-on bags.

By keeping your CBD products with you, you can ensure that they are not confiscated or lost during your travels. Additionally, this will allow you to have easy access to them if needed during the flight or layovers. Just make sure to follow the TSA's limits on liquids and gels for carry-on baggage when packing your CBD oil or tinctures.

Bring Necessary Documentation

In case of any questions or concerns at the airport, it's always a good idea to have necessary documentation on hand when traveling with CBD. This can include a doctor's note explaining the use and purpose of your CBD products, as well as copies of lab reports and ingredient lists from the manufacturer.

Having these documents readily available can help alleviate any doubts or suspicions from airport security and prevent any unnecessary delays or issues. Make sure to keep these documents organized and easily accessible in your carry-on bag for easy presentation if needed.

Be Aware of Airport Security Procedures

Every airport has its own set of security procedures, which may include additional screenings or inspections. While it's always important to comply and cooperate with airport staff, it's also important to know your rights as a traveler with CBD products.

If you are selected for additional screenings, make sure to calmly and politely explain the purpose of your CBD products and have necessary documentation ready if needed. Stay informed about any changes in airport security procedures and be prepared to adjust accordingly. This will ensure a smooth traveling experience without any unnecessary complications or misunderstandings.

Be Mindful of CBD Use in Public Places


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While CBD may be legal in your destination, it's still important to be mindful of where and when you use it. Different countries and states may have different laws regarding public consumption of CBD, so make sure to research and follow these regulations.

Additionally, it's always considerate to be mindful of those around you and their comfort levels with CBD use. If necessary, find a private or designated area to use your products, or opt for discreet methods such as topicals or capsules. By being respectful and aware of local laws and customs, you can enjoy the benefits of CBD while traveling without causing any disruptions.

Traveling with CBD can be a smooth and hassle-free experience if you follow these helpful tips. By shopping online for reputable products, researching laws and regulations, packing your CBD in your carry-on bag, bringing necessary documentation, being aware of airport security procedures, and being mindful of public CBD use, you can ensure a safe and legal journey. Remember to always stay informed and prepared, so you can fully enjoy your trip while maintaining your CBD routine.

The Tourist Board of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board are presenting at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai from May 6th to 9th.

The ATM fair is the leading global tourism event in the Middle East, and this year marks its 31st edition at the Dubai World Trade Centre, exclusively targeting tourism professionals.

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Over the past three decades, the Arabian Travel Market has become the premier global event fostering the growth of the travel and tourism industry. In a world where travel transcends boundaries and business opportunities abound, there exists a place where global visionaries in travel and tourism converge. It's a platform where leisure seamlessly blends with business, MICE, and luxury travel, attracting global leaders to experience the future. Welcome to the Arabian Travel Market - the gateway to global travel and tourism growth – is this year's slogan.

Dubrovnik and Dubai will once again be connected this year by direct flights operated by Fly Dubai.

According to the eVisitor tourist registration and deregistration system, there were about 15 thousand tourists in Dubrovnik over the past weekend - 13 percent more than this time last year.

Along with the British, the most numerous guests are from the United States, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, and Finland.

Since the beginning of the year, nearly 211 thousand arrivals and 549 thousand overnight stays have been registered, which is 19 percent more than in the same period last year.


From Tuesday, we can expect a slight decrease in fuel prices across Croatia.

Eurosuper 95 will decrease by 1 cent and will cost 1.55 euros per litre. A slightly larger drop is recorded for Eurodiesel, which will cost 1.41 euros per litre, four cents less than before.

For the same amount, blue diesel will also be cheaper, costing 87 cents per litre. After the prices take effect on Tuesday, they will be valid for the next 14 days.


Dubrovnik will soon bid farewell to one of their popular entertainment spots as Klub Dubina, situated within the TUP complex, announces its closure. The news was shared with the public via a Facebook post, expressing gratitude to friends, supporters, and visitors who contributed to the club's journey.

Operating for over four years, Klub Dubina has been a vibrant hub for cultural events and live performances, hosting an array of local, regional, and international artists. Despite facing challenges, including the delay caused by the pandemic, the club successfully opened its doors to the public in April 2022, offering a diverse range of programs.

The club's closure comes as a disappointment to many, especially considering its efforts to revitalize the local cultural scene and provide a platform for emerging talents. Klub Dubina's management expressed frustration with the lack of support and communication from the new administration of the TUP complex, which ultimately led to the decision to cease operations.

The club owners commented “Unfortunately, with the arrival of the new management, instead of the expected support and cooperation, we encounter the exclusion of the club from the "New European Bauhaus" project, the announcement of the club's demolition, lack of understanding, and almost no communication, which culminated in the blocking of accounts and pushing into bankruptcy by the TUP management.”

However, the management of TUP paint an entirely different story, “Since assuming responsibility for Tup d.d. company, it is important to emphasize that on multiple occasions and in various ways, efforts were made to accommodate Klub Dubina, namely the company Ritam jedan dva Ltd. The existing debt of Ritam jedan dva d.o.o. company has always been the subject of discussions and agreements between the Management of Tup d.d. and the lessee, Ritam jedan dva d.o.o. It should be noted that Tup d.d. company also covered their electricity, water, and municipal fee expenses.”

And they added that in August 2022, Tup d.d. sought to assist Ritam jedan dva Ltd. with an HAMAG Bicro loan for Klub Dubina. Despite agreeing on a debt settlement plan, Ritam jedan dva Ltd. failed to comply, leading to forced collection proceedings in January 2023. The company's management aimed to resolve the issue amicably but faced non-compliance from Ritam jedan dva Ltd. Tup d.d. expresses regret over the situation, having previously shown understanding towards Ritam jedan dva Ltd’s business challenges. The current debt owed by Ritam jedan dva d.o.o. stands at €38,820.17.

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