Friday, 03 April 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.


Tourism is an important industry for a country due to its role in the commercial increase in revenue and the creation of more opportunities for other industries. The impact of this industry can be felt in the accommodation, medical, infrastructure, and hospitality fields through the creation of beneficial relationships and employment opportunities. has a tone of essays evaluating the relationship between these sectors and the benefits it has on the common people. If you are interested in pursuing a career in tourism here is what you need to know about the industry.

What is the travel & tourism industry?

The tourism industry refers to structures put in place to facilitate the movement of individuals from one place to another. Travel and tourism is the act of traveling to different locations for business and pleasure purposes. Traveling, therefore, opens opportunities for service providers to attend to the travelers and offer them basic needs and therefore comprises of:


The transportation sector is involved in providing the tourist with the means to move from one place to another with modes such as air, water, railway, car rental, and coach services.


The hotels and outdoor camping provide temporary shelter for the tourists by offering catering for different budgets and tastes.


For institutions to attract tourists, they invest in entertainment which includes casinos, tours, bars, nightclubs and in the rooms where tourists can stream movies from Netflix.

Food & beverage

These are basic needs and for a location to be favorable the tourists should access them with ease. Considering the budget of the traveler, the establishments provide different forms of catering to accommodate every tourist.

What is the role of travel and tourism workers?

Due to the growth of the tourist industry around the world, there are endless opportunities for anyone wishing to work in the industry. Tourism jobs are endless from consultants, managers, and workers in tourism institutions. Tourism consultants, for instance, suggest suitable travel packages for clients and organize their accommodation and transport. The institutions need cleaners to take care of the accommodation rooms, chefs and caterers to take care of the food and other staff assigned to departments such as HR and security. That means that there are job opportunities in every sector involved in traveling and tourism.


How do I know if I am right for the job?

You may be a graduate or aspiring to peruse a career in the travel and tourism industry and wonder if you are right for the job. The endless opportunities in this mean there is a demand for job-ready professionals ready to be flexible with their skills and realize that these are jobs that require travel. The main departments that require specific qualifications in aviation and catering but there are other career opportunities that you can peruse with other degrees. For instance, the creative field is important as the industry is always looking for new ideas to better the tourist’s experience. Such jobs will, therefore, require the applicant to have a certain skill in music or design. For company staff, the qualifications are low but they are more interested in the person’s traits and their customer servicing skills. If you have doubts or fear that your resume not good enough you better ask for help from the best resume writing services.

Professional Lifestyle

This is a way of life for an individual where it involves dedication to a career, vocation or calling which one is trained for. This means that the individual is fully committed and adheres to the ethics and requirements of the profession in the interactions with clients. With all these responsibilities, some sacrifices are required in some professions such as jobs that involve traveling. Therefore, what are the qualities that can help you feel satisfies with life and achieve your professional goals? A professional lifestyle is demanding therefore one has to be patient, ethical, honest and dedicated.

Travel and Tourism Courses and Classes Overview

Some numerous universities and colleges offer degree and certificate programs in tourism. Anyone interested in pursuing a career in this field, here are the courses that cover the essentials such as hotel management, hospitality services, travel booking business, and finance concepts.

Tourism Planning

This tourism course involves providing the students with the ability to plan and organize travel for potential customers.

Hospitality Management

This involves the management of all aspects of tourism, accommodation, traveling, and food. It focuses on the importance of leadership and the use of information technology.

International Tourism

The course is meant to give the students an understanding of how global issues affect tourism.

Best List of Courses for students

To find the best course for you, has listed the list of tourism courses and programs with the best universities offering it. For your assignments, EssayKitchen can help in the completion.

A career in travel and tourism is interesting and full of adventure. That is one of the allure of the degree program because the people get to visit different places around the globe experiencing different cultures, religions, and ways of life. They can also acquire more skills to improve their way of doing things and customer servicing. Also, experiencing different foods and languages provides satisfaction to individuals that are open-minded and ready for an adventure.


We all need a little cheering up in these challenging times. Stuck at home on the couch counting the days, quarantined for social life, but imagine you were celebrating a birthday this coming month. A virtual one, over Skype and FaceTime, is going to the only way to collect your friends and family together.

The guys at “volimhrvatsku” have come up with an ingenious way to celebrate your birthday, or rather to blow out your birthday candles whilst wearing a protective facemask.

Keep up your spirits and have a good giggle!



The second person to die from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in Croatia has been confirmed. The Croatian Health Minister, Vili Beros, stated that the second victim of coronavirus in Croatia died at the Dr. Fran Mihaljevic Hospital for Infectious Diseases on Thursday.

The number of people infected with coronavirus COVID-19 in Croatia has risen overnight to 481 with 14 patients on respirators.

On Thursday, the National Headquarters announced that there are 39 new coronavirus patients, meaning in total 481 are infected in Croatia, this is a jump of 63 patients from yesterday morning.


"In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, we have two new positive cases for coronavirus, meaning a total of 26, which means that the condition is stable but just as serious as it has been before,” said the Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavic, at today's press conference of the Civil Protection Staff in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

Whilst the Chief of Staff, Josko Cebalo, added that "So far, 165 samples have been sent to Zagreb, currently 7 patients are hospitalized and 19 are in self-isolation. As of yesterday, we did not have a violation of the measure of self-isolation, which is the best way to emerge victorious from this battle.”

And the head of the Dubrovnik – Neretva Police Force, Ivan Pavlicevic, emphasized that measures are still being implemented to stop people leaving their place of residence except in cases of urgency and with valid passes. "We carried out a few dozen self-isolation checks yesterday, and all of them were found at home, thank you all for keeping to the prescribed measures.”



The number of people infected with coronavirus COVID-19 in Croatia has risen overnight to 481 with 14 patients on respirators.

On Thursday, the National Headquarters announced that there are 39 new coronavirus patients, meaning in total 481 are infected in Croatia, this is a jump of 63 patients from yesterday morning.

"There is no exponential growth in new cases, it is extremely important, 3,958 suspected patients have been tested. There are 14 patients on respirators," commented the Croatian Minister of Health, Vili Beros.

The Minister of the Interior, Davor Bozinovic, thanked all citizens who are respecting the measures introduced by the government.

"The measures being taken are expected to continue to deliver results. It is important that everyone who is not in the emergency services has to slow down the pace to conserve resources and energy for health professionals, police, shops supplying people, security guards. The message to citizens is to be home, we are doing everything possible to keep this situation under control," said Bozinovic.

Whilst the Chief of Police, Nikola Milina, added that “Yesterday we received confirmation from epidemiological services that we have the first two cases of police officers infected with coronavirus. But I have to point out that our officers, together with health professionals, are at the most exposed so we carry out regular tests.”

And the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, said that "We have 18 healthcare workers who have tested positive, six are specialized doctors, seven are nurses and two are dentists. The age average of patients throughout Croatia is 49 years, there are 18,601 people in self-isolation, including 546 health professionals who are in self-isolation."

However, the Health Minister emphasized that “Despite the spread of contamination in healthcare facilities, we have enough healthy doctors in the healthcare system."



Keeping a sense of humour in these challenging times is an absolute must, and clearly this café bar owner in Zupa has one.

All cafés and restaurants in Croatia were forced to close a week ago as part of the measures to halt the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. The owner of this café bar in Zupa hung a sign on the door that simply read “Closed - until we are open.”


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One of the iconic symbols of culture in Croatia, the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, has announced that after the recent earthquakes in the capital that the building is completely safe and without restriction.

On Wednesday the National Theatre reported that “The building of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, after a survey of statists this morning (March 25th), was declared open without restriction. The earthquake that struck Zagreb on the morning of March 22 fortunately did not damage the theatre building, which was designed by Austrian architect Ferdinand Fellner. and German architect Hermann Helmer inaugurated October 14, 1895.”

The Croatian National Theatre added that “We hope to see you soon in our and your theatre."


As the bells sounded midday in the ancient Old City of Dubrovnik the chimes eerily echoed of the stone facades, not a soul, not a café chair or a restaurant table, only the pigeons paid any attention to the mark of twelve o’clock as they fluttered from roof to terracotta roof. These cobbled streets and squares would normally be slowly filling as the tourist season gently begins, but this is not a normal year.




Only a handful of locals skittered around the empty streets, mostly wearing gloves and masks, nobody stopped to chat and all social distancing regulations were being obeyed. It seems strange, almost unworldly, to see the heart of the pearl of the Adriatic as silent as it is, as it has been for the past week. Every footstep on stone reverberates as if walking in a cave.

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And as the travel restrictions are now in full force the roads are as empty of traffic as the Stradun is of life. Citizens are following social distancing regulations and the message, that is bombarding us from all media outlets, of #stayathome seems to be working.

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There was even some good news today as the authorities announced that there are no new cases of coronavirus in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County. In these challenging times we all need all the positive news we can get. And the Dubrovnik Airport, the southernmost airport in Croatia, has also announced that they will reopen their doors on the 15th of April. The first case of coronavirus infection was detected with an employee at the airport.

Dubrovnik might still be in lockdown, and will be in lockdown for a good few weeks yet, but at least the advice to the public seems to be working, small steps, but steps in the right direction. Keep following the guidelines, keep washing your hands and keep being creative at home.





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