Sunday, 23 February 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

An earthquake rolled through the Croatian capital this morning at a little before nine o’clock. According to data from the Euromed Seismological Centre the earthquake was felt at 8.53 this morning and measured 3.3 on the Richter scale.

The epicentre was 29 kilometres northeast of Zagreb and 6 kilometres northeast of Marija Bistrica.

This morning’s earthquake was at a depth of 10 kilometres and some slight material damage has been reported.

 

The new director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board is Ana Hrnic. The new director of one of the most important positions in the city’s tourism industry was decided at the 14th session of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the vote was unanimous.

Ana Hrnic was born in 1983 in Dubrovnik, where she graduated from the American College of Management and Technology (RIT), where she received a bachelor's degree in management economics. Since 2003 she has been working in tourism and since 2015 has been a director at Gulliver Travel ltd.

 

Cigarette prices in Croatia could soon rise after the government proposed a new increase in duty. A packet of 20 cigarettes could soon rise in price by two Kuna a packet, meaning a packet a day smoker would be paying an extra 14 Kunas, or around 2 Euros, a week.

According to the proposal of the new regulation on Excise Duty on Tobacco and Tobacco Products, it is proposed that the excise duties on cigarettes from the current 335 Kuna per thousand items be raised to 375 Kuna.

The consultation on the proposal for the regulation will last until February 3, which means that it can be adopted at any government session and can take effect very soon. The governments point out that the proposal transposes the European Directive on the structure and rates of excise duties applicable to processed tobacco, but also to new products such as heated tobacco and e-cigarette liquids.

 

One of the most important travel fairs in the world has just finished, The New York Times Travel Show, and all of the indicators show that 2020 could be a record breaking year for incoming American tourists to Croatia. The New York Times Travel Show was held from the 24th to the 26th of January and over 35,000 visitors attended the exhibition which saw stands from 175 countries.

Croatia had representation from the tourist boards of Zagreb, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the Zadar county, Split county and the Lika-Senj county and there was huge interest for holidaying in Croatia. All of the signs from the market, which is traditionally a great compass as to the travel trends for the upcoming year, showed that Croatia is high on the list of US travellers.

In 2019 American tourists were the second most numerous in Dubrovnik, right behind British guests, and with American Airlines planning a daily service to Dubrovnik this summer they could well overtake the Brits as the most numerous visitors.

"This year's appearance at the New York Times Travel Show reaffirmed Croatia's popularity as a leading growing destination for Americans and announced another successful year with double-digit growth in arrivals and overnight stays from the United States. Croatia is truly one of the most sought-after tourist destinations, supported by market research and booking announcements by major travel associations such as USTOA, Virtuoso, Signature Travel Network and Travel Leaders Group, as well as numerous articles in leading US media such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Financial Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Travel + Leisure, USA Today," commented the Director of the New York Representative Office of the Croatia Tourist Board, Ina Rodin.

It could probably be considered the capital of tourism, or the capital of film productions or maybe even the capital of sunshine, but that Dubrovnik is the capital of Croatia, well no. It would seem however that not everyone knows that the actual capital of Croatia is Zagreb, as this latest travel guide to hit the web considers.

“Dubrovnik, if you don’t know, is the capital city of Croatia,” is the very opening line of an article entitled “This Is Why Dubrovnik Is Becoming One Of The World’s Most Popular Places To Go,” published over the weekend by journeyranger.com. In fact the whole article is a cornucopia of mistakes and bad information, although these could probably be forgiven if the article didn’t open with such a whooping error.

Dubrovnik has been treated to one of the mildest Januarys on record with seemingly constant blue skies and temperatures in the mid to high teens, but yesterday that all changed. Dubrovnik went from being the warmest city in Croatia in January to the wettest.

When it rains in Dubrovnik it really rains and yesterday the city was the wettest across the whole of the country. In fact, twice as much rain fell on Dubrovnik than any other city in Croatia. Just over 51 mm of rain fell in the city yesterday, compared to Zagreb and Split which saw virtually no rain whatsoever.

And the weather forecast for this week shows more rain and unsettled weather. Today should be a mixture of rain and sunshine, but Tuesday and Wednesday both show heavy rain. Thursday and Friday will continue with the mixed weather and temperatures throughout the whole week should reach a maximum of around 14 degrees. It isn’t a week to be without an umbrella!

 

Spain are the new European Handball Champions after defeating Croatia in a dramatic final match in Stockholm, Sweden. Spain retained the title after winning a close game 22-20.

Spain led for most of the game but Croatia fought back and brought the game level at 20-20. It was bound to be a tight game as when the two national teams met in the earlier rounds the game finished with a draw.

Croatia settled for the silver medal after a superb championships, and in the final 10,000 Croatian supporters filled the stadium hoping that Croatia would win their first ever European Championship.

After the match the Croatian captain was named Player of the Tournament.

Spain took a lead into the halftime break, 12-11, and started well in the second half going into a 16-12 lead. From then on Croatia were always playing catch-up and although they came close couldn’t find the winning solution.

The fans go behind the players at the end of the match showing their support for a proud end to a European Handball Championship 2020.

 

Dubrovnik might well be gripped in the hands of winter, however mild, but that hasn’t stopped the number of photos on Instagram.

Check out our top five Dubrovnik Instagram photos from this week and keep sending us your own photos and videos of the region.

 

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