Saturday, 23 September 2023
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.


According to the data available to the Financial Agency, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County ranks second in Croatia in terms of entrepreneur productivity criteria. With an average entrepreneurial salary of 6,415 Croatian kuna, it holds the seventh position in Croatia and is the best Dalmatian county by this criterion.

Based on the data from the Financial Agency, it is ninth in Croatia in terms of the amount of profit generated by entrepreneurs, which amounted to 1.34 billion Croatian kuna in 2022. Interestingly, it outperforms the Split-Dalmatia County in this regard. With a total export value of 2.8 billion Croatian kuna, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County ranks 16th in Croatia. The total income of entrepreneurs in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in 2022 amounted to 14.7 billion Croatian kuna.

Here are the top 10 entrepreneurs in terms of total revenue in 2022 in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County:

1. Luka Ploče d.d. - 712,344,484 Croatian kuna

2. Atlantska plovidba d.d. - 629,220,918 Croatian kuna

3. Jadranski luksuzni hoteli d.d. - 434,540,265 Croatian kuna

4. Zračna luka Dubrovnik d.o.o. - 393,510,566 Croatian kuna

5. Pemo d.o.o. - 299,944,567 Croatian kuna

6. Grupa Jadranski luksuzni hoteli d.o.o. - 254,984,650 Croatian kuna

7. Texo Molior d.o.o. - 249,568,687 Croatian kuna

8. Royal Hotels & Resort d.o.o. - 160,754,382 Croatian kuna

9. Libertas d.o.o. - 160,380,500 Croatian kuna

10. Dubrovački vrtovi sunca d.o.o. - 148,914,656 Croatian kuna


Ryanair, the budget-friendly airline, is introducing a brand-new weekly flight route connecting Lanzarote in the Canary Islands to Zagreb.

Commencing on November 4th, these flights will be available every Saturday, using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a seating capacity of 189 passengers, writes EX-YU Aviation.

This exciting development marks the inaugural scheduled air service connecting Zagreb with the Canary Islands. For more information on flight schedules, please visit their official website.

In August of this year, through the fiscalization system, 0.6 percent fewer invoices were collected compared to August of last year, while the collected amount was 18 percent higher than last year. Specifically, 1.5 billion euros more were collected, reports Dubrovacki Vjesnik.

According to the Tax Administration data, in August, during the peak of the tourist season, a total of 9.89 billion euros were collected through the fiscalization system, while in August of the previous year, 8.38 billion euros were collected. Since the number of bills is slightly lower, it is clear that tourists and citizens paid almost one-fifth more for the same amount of goods and services. This is a consequence of higher prices and a two-year inflation.

The peak tourist months bring the highest turnover in the tourism sector and related activities. In August 2023, the value of issued bills in wholesale and retail trade and vehicle repair amounted to 2.54 billion euros, while in the accommodation and food and beverage preparation sector, 1.3 billion euros were collected through the fiscalization system, and in the processing industry, 556.3 million euros.


During her vacation on Lopud Island, the former Spice Girls member and renowned fashion designer Victoria Beckham shared new photos from the south of Croatia, this time to bid farewell to the calendar summer with a stunning sunset.

Victoria, accompanied by her former footballer husband David Beckham and their family, chose the island of Lopud for the second year in a row as their vacation spot and did not regret it.

"On the last day of summer. I love you, David Beckham," she wrote in the caption of the post, which followed a rainy start to the last week of August. Along with her photo, she also posted a video of her husband doing push-ups during sunset.


On the island of Korčula, this year, the Knightly Games Festival is being organized once again.

The Knightly Games Festival is an event in which knightly associations from the island of Korčula participate, performing unique sword dances dating back to the early seventeenth century. Moreška and Kumpanije from the island of Korčula are protected as intangible cultural heritage of the Republic of Croatia.

"This year, the concept has been slightly changed, with an emphasis on knightly associations performing in various locations across the island. This will allow the island's residents and their guests to become acquainted with the rich cultural heritage of Korčula and knightly games," emphasize the organizers.

This year's program includes guest appearances and performances on the following dates:

02.09. - Žrnovo - Knightly Association Kumpanjija-Smokvica

09.09. - Korčula - KA Kumpanjija Pupnat

12.09. - Vela Luka - Moreška – Korčula

15.09. - Korčula - FD Kumpanija Vela Luka

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The height of the main tourist season in Dubrovnik is behind us as September arrives. In the middle of the week until the weekend in Dubrovnik, there are 18 and a half thousand tourists, or one percent less than this time last year.

According to eVisitor records, the most numerous guests were from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Australia, Spain, Ireland, Poland, and Italy.

“Is this a bus stop or a taxi rank?” sarcastically commented one passenger on the busy bus. They had a point. Not one but two Uber taxis blocked a busy bus stop on Pile, right outside of the Old City, this morning and were in no hurry to leave.

Not only had the taxis blocked one bus but a whole line behind them. And instead of apologising for their obvious mistake one of them glared at the bus driver for beeping his horn and the other was clearly in no rush.

If only there were inspectors on this extremely busy Dubrovnik junction or even security cameras. But wait, there are both and yet this apparently happens on a daily basis.

Gerard Piqué (36), the former Barcelona footballer, is enjoying his vacation in Croatia. The news was reported by the magazine 'Lecturas,' which features exclusive photos of Piqué as he relishes in summer pleasures alongside his new love, Clara Chía Martí (24). She was also the reason behind his breakup with the renowned Colombian singer Shakira.

The cover photo of the magazine shows Piqué sitting on a paddleboard, while his girlfriend in a green bikini is paddling.

It's mentioned that the couple arrived in Dubrovnik on a luxury yacht and that they didn't come alone on vacation, but were accompanied by Piqué's parents.

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Gerard Piqué and his girlfriend Clara Chío - Photo Instagram 

And the Spanish couple's Dubrovnik vacation has ceratinly caught the attention of the Spanish media with popular Hello! Magazine writing “Piqué and Chía have taken a break from their recent challenges and found comfort in the beautiful scenery of Croatia. Multiple media sources report that they are accompanied by a group of loved ones, including Piqué‘s parents, Joan Piqué and Montserrat Bernabeu, and his brother Marc Piqué and his newlywed wife, María Valls.”


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