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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 world's first artificial football turf Polytan, certified according to the FIFA Handbook 2015 with the prestigious FIFA Quality Pro certification was set up at the Aminess Football Centre in Novigrad, Istria.

This very demanding and expensive project was realized in cooperation with the Maxmar Group from Zagreb and fully meets all the needs of professional clubs and players in top leagues.

Mladen Knezevic, the marketing director at Aminess Hotels & Campsites commented, ''More than a hundred football teams a year, mostly from Croatia, Austria, Slovenia and Germany come to preparations to Aminess Hotels & Campsites. Manchester City Juniors will visit us for the fourth time in a row this year, whilst we have been hosting first league players at Istria Winter Cup for seven years now. Furthermore, the second Istria Youth Camp will be held in October 2017, which will gather younger selections of the best European clubs such as Milan, Roma, Manchester City, Dinamo, Redbull Salzburg and others. The fact that over the past few years we have been recording a continuous increase by 10% -15% in arrivals of sports groups and individual athletes, has only led us to a decision to direct our investments in the high quality sports infrastructure''.

Polytan is a manufacturer of synthetic turf systems across the world and has been a FIFA Preferred Producer since 2011. In December 2016, Polytan, together with its partner company Maxmar Group, installed the LigaTurf RS Pro II CoolPlus premium football turf system with the Bionic Fibre infill granules and an elastic layer laid in situ.

Carried out according to the new FIFA criteria at the beginning of this February, the certification confirms that the playing surface meets the highest standards in terms of playing properties, safety, long life and execution of construction work.

For the Aminess Football Club in Novigrad, the FIFA Quality Pro certificate is also a prerequisite for staging recognized international matches as well as international club competitions and is confirmation from the world’s football governing body of the high quality of the synthetic turf.

The Swiss air carrier Edelweiss Air has announced a new line to Croatia in 2018.

As from next year, the Swiss airline will introduce a new flight in its summer schedule for 2018 between Dubrovnik and Zurich.

The new summer flight will start operating at the beginning of the summer schedule i.e. from the 30th of March to the 26th of October 2018 with two rotations a week, on Mondays and Fridays with Airbus 320 aircraft.

The Swiss national air carrier Swiss International Air Lines, a member of the global air carriers association Star Alliance, has on offer all lines operated by Edelweiss Air within the code-share cooperation.

Edelweiss Air is a Swiss leisure airline wholly owned by the Swiss International Air Lines Group and thus part of the Lufthansa Group. It was founded in 1995 and has a fleet of 10 aircraft. The airline operates flights to 54 European and intercontinental destinations from its base at Zürich Airport.

For seven consecutive years between 2001 and 2008, Edelweiss Air received the golden Travelstar Award for its excellent achievements.

The Tourist Board of the Municipality of Mljet regularly honours its longtime guests for contributing to the development and improvement of Croatian tourism.

-This year we thanked the couple Lorenc from Czech Republic, who are visiting Saplunara for 10 years in a row, staying with family Hansal – Mljet Tourist Board reported.

At a small ceremony, besides the gathering and the banquet, they were given with the letter of thanks, gifts and flowers. They describe Saplunara as their second home and say that they will continue spending their vacation on the island of Mljet.

According to data from the Croatian National Bank (HNB), more than 400 counterfeit banknotes worth almost 100,000 Kunas were registered in Croatia in 2016.

The HNB figures show that last year 435 counterfeits worth 99,930 Kunas were registered in the country, which was a decline of 16.2 percent in comparison to 2015. However, 1,057 counterfeit banknotes were registered in foreign currencies, with the largest number of Euro banknotes (897), or 19.8 percent more compared to the previous year.

Considering that in 2016, there were on average around 197 million banknotes in circulation in Croatia, it means that 2.2 counterfeit banknotes were registered per one million original Kuna banknotes. In addition, the Annual Report from the Croatian National Bank shows that in 2015 there were 2.8 registered counterfeit banknotes.

When it comes to foreign currencies, 1,057 counterfeit banknotes were registered, out of which the largest number were Euro banknotes (897), followed by counterfeit US dollar banknotes (126), whilst the remaining 34 counterfeits were Australian dollars, Canadian dollars, sterling pounds and Polish zloty banknotes.

Tourists in Dubrovnik are going to new lengths to get that special holiday snap, even if it means putting their lives at danger. This latest shocking photo appeared today on the social media account of a tourist to the city.

Perched on the edge of the St. Ivan Fortress on the entrance into the old city harbour of Dubrovnik this tourist, and presumably the person taking the photo, had climbed through a security barrier to get to the very edge of the stone fortress.

The lengths that some people will go to in order to “impress” their followers on social media is sometimes mind-blowing.

The Three Seas Initiative Summit, as a joint project launched by Croatia and Poland, has begun in Warsaw on the 6th of July 2017.

The Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is the co-host of this year’s event held in the Polish capital entitled ‘’Connectivity, Commerciality, Complementarity’’.

The ''Three Seas Initiative” gathers the EU member countries of Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Slovenia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Romania and Slovakia. The initiative is a declaration adopted by these twelve European countries in order to establish an informal platform for strengthening political ties and facilitate cross-border cooperation and implementation of macro-regional projects in the region BABS: Baltic – Adriatic – Black Sea.

On this occasion, the Croatian President posted a photo on Twitter of her welcoming the US President Donald Trump. She also noted that it was a ‘’beginning of the Three Seas Initiative Summit in Warsaw with a special guest’’.

Dubrovnik marked International Kissing Day yesterday with a romantic treat on Porporela. The Dubrovnik Tourist Board organised a special treat for lovers in Dubrovnik in one of the most spots in the city.

"Today we have come from Great Britain, and we have just walked through this beautiful city, and we came out of curiosity here because we saw something happening. This is fantastic, we're delighted, I kissed my girlfriend and it was a magic spell," commented David a tourist from England.

As the sun set over the ancient walls of the city Dubrovnik marked International Kissing Day with a special kissing bench overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Couples sat on the bench and had the opportunity to send their photos to the world with the hashtag #kissfromdubrovnik

This is the first time we have experienced something like this and we are glad that this has happened in a city that is also romantic and unique, "said Elen a tourist from Austria.

As well as the kissing bench couples could also pose in front of the Magic Mirror and take home a romantic photo as a memento of their time in Dubrovnik on International Kissing Day.

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After several days of consultations and meetings of experts from the Ministries of transport, justice, finance and economy, which all analyzed the country’s possibilities about the Uber’s online application for transportation services, the Traffic Inspectorate of the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure has decided to require a court ban on using the Uber application in Croatia.

As far as the Croatian government is concerned, it has already expressed its opinion that Uber partners-drivers are operating illegally in the country.

The Traffic Inspectorate will bring in an indictment proposal against the Uber application to be temporarily banned in Croatia. The ban will not be permanent due to the current changes of amendments to the Road Transport Act, which could also liberalize the taxi service market and legalize Uber’s business in Croatia.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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