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 words of Anton Kliman, the Croatian Minister of Tourism, this year Croatia will have a record-breaking tourist season and can expect to generate an income of more than 8 billion Euros from the tourism industry.
The Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) has published an analysis titled ''Assessment of the increase in the number of consumers and the potential consumption of food and beverage during tourist season''. The HGK included all of the data from the 2015 tourist season when the revenue from tourism amounted to 7.96 billion Euros.
Using data from the Institute for Tourism, the HGK's analysis showed that foreign tourists on holiday in Croatia spent on average 66.4 Euros a day, of which 18 per cent or 12.2 Euros was spent on the consumption of food and drinks outside of accommodation facilities.
According to the analysis foreign tourists who spent the most in 2015 were British (122 Euros) followed by Russians (99 Euros), French (95 Euros) and Austrians (72 Euros).
The HGK analysis also showed that the number of consumers during peak season (including locals and tourists) in terms of food and beverage, in the Istria County increased by 350.5 per cent. In the Zadar County the increase was 228.6 per cent and in the Sibenik-Knin County 219.6 per cent. This percentage in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County was 203 per cent whilst the Split-Dalmatia County recorded 175.9 per cent.
When you are going to family vacation, one of the most important information is if the destination is kid-friendly. Croatia is full of beauties and according to the site Momaboard, it's full of places that children can enjoy too.
Dubrovnik found its place on the list of the best kid friendly destinations in Croatia.
- This is the undisputed gem of the whole Adriatic Sea, an ancient town with a colourful history that changed owners and rulers again and again, but nevertheless has succeeded in carving out its own unique character and charm – writes the author of the article, mentioning that Dubrovnik reached prominence during the period of Republic of Ragusa.
-Take your kids on a cable car ride above the city to the Srdj hill and enjoy spectacular views of Dubrovnik Old Town, the deep blue sea and the surrounding islands. Or visit the Aquarium inside the Sveti Ivan tower and discover species straight from the Adriatic Sea, even including sea turtles – the kids will love them! – says the author.
Some other places on this list are: Korcula, Hvar, Trogir, Split and Vis.
Apart from its natural beauties and booming tourism industry Croatia is also rapidly becoming recognised as a hotbed for young innovators. After the smart benches that have recently been placed all over Croatia and exported all over the world, a team of young Croatians gone one step further with another ''green'' invention - the first Croatian smart shower.
Three young students of economics from Osijek, Matias Knezevic (20), Kristijan Gorupic (21) and Niko Jelec (21) have been working on their invention for over a year and a few days ago they have placed their first Smart Shower LOOPS in their native city of Osijek.
''This is a multi-purpose shower and is intended for outdoors. It operates using the renewable energy resources i.e. it has 300 W battery on top of the construction that collects solar energy during the day and automatically activates the lighting system after sunset. The Smart Shower LOOPS also has advertising panels and provides 4G Internet access up to a range of 500 meters 24 hours a day. Around 60 people can access the internet at the same time'', commented the young trio.
The construction of the Smart Shower is made of stainless steel whilst a base is made of quality wood which is much better in terms of hygienic conditions. It also has a purifier that provides protection from lime scale.
The young innovators have been searching the internet in order to find a similar product but, as it seems, their smart shower is the first of the kind on the planet.
They expect their invention to be recognised on the market and hope to expand their business along the Adriatic coastline next summer.
Another great green invention from Croatia - Photo Vlado kos / Cropix
A group of tourists from Luxembourg sailed the Croatian Adriatic coastline this summer and were left breath taken by the bays, islands, coves and nature. In fact they were so impressed that they decided to film their sailing adventure and have put together this stunning aerial video.
“Epic landscapes, amazing colours, beautiful weather, soothing breeze of the Mediterranean and lots of fun - this video is a glimpse on our journey,” commented the sailors on their YouTube channel.
The drone video was recorded in various locations along the Croatia coastline including the islands of Brac, Vis and Saint Klement.
A great advert for sailing in the Adriatic Sea, now check out the video. .
The Growth of a Game, in partnership with the Croatian American Football Association, will be hosting one of the premier American football camps in Europe from August 5th-7th, 2016 in Split. This all-American sport is growing ever popular in Croatia and these kinds of camps will only help to improve the level of the teams as well as increase publicity throughout the region. The Growth of the Game aims to promote the sport across Europe and has a popular website and growing social media accounts.
This camp, known as “The Growth of a Game Split Skills Camp”, will be an annual event with the intent of improving the level of players from around the region. Players and coaches from all across Europe will visit Split for the camp, and upwards of 120 players are expected to be in attendance. And our own Dubrovnik Sharks American Football team will also be in attendance this weekend in Split.
Dubrovnik Sharks / Photo Adriatic Images
The Growth of a Game Split Skills Camp will be led by several of the top coaches in Europe, including Daniel Levy, head coach for the Warsaw Eagles in Poland; Geoff Buffum, head coach for the Calanda Broncos in Switzerland; Tyler Harlow, head coach for the Cineplexx Blue Devils in Austria; Matheus Dias, defensive coordinator for the Warsaw Eagles; Eoin O’Sullivan, offensive line coach for the Warsaw Eagles; Alexandre Braga, defensive backs coach for the Warsaw Eagles; and Clayton Lovett, defensive coordinator for the Brazilian national team.
The organisers added that “The majority of camp attendees will be from Croatia, Serbia, and Slovenia, however players from as many as 15 countries will be present.”
''As far as shopping habits of Croats are concerned, they show tendency for compulsive shopping like Americans'', say economy experts from Zagreb and Rijeka Universities of Economy in their economic survey recently published in the new issue of the Economic Trends and Economic Policy magazine.
According to the survey, around 5 percent of people show tendency to obsessive shopping which exceeds their real needs and wallets. This survey was based on a poll carried out in a shopping centre in the Primorje-Gorje County in April 2014. Around 800 people participated in the poll.
The survey also showed that age and salary were the most important factors of compulsive shopping whilst the category of gender was not statistically significant.
''Younger consumers and those with higher incomes are more likely to buy compulsively than other consumers. They are prone to spend the rest of their money at the end of a month and buy things they cannot even afford; they like to buy things even though their bank accounts are empty. On the other hand, when it comes to their buying habits they have a guilty conscience'', emphasized the authors of the survey adding that shopping habits of younger consumers changed in response to the economic crisis.
''As far as shopping behaviour of men and women is concerned, the survey shows that Croatia is approaching developed countries. Nowadays, more and more women are involved in the labour market, they have higher incomes and less time for shopping, whilst men are more involved in shopping and are becoming more like women concerning their shopping habits, even when it comes to impulsiveness in the Croatian environment. There are more and more compulsive men buyers'', said the economy experts.
According to the words of the experts, the difference between men and women is that men usually focus on technology goods and objects that symbolize power and prestige such as computers, cars and mobile devices, whilst women prefer products related to beauty and good looks such as clothes, cosmetics, shoes and jewellery.
Not so long ago the movie Fan, the Bollywood hit, was released and it's not the secret that it has a lot of sequences filmed in Dubrovnik. That really influenced the tourists from India, who were inspired by the action scenes of Shah Rukh Khan and felt the urge to visit Dubrovnik.
Today The Economic Times has published an article titled 'Travel inspirations from Bollywood: Romantic New Zealand and dreamy Croatia' and as it's clear from the title, it's about the countries that were used for filming the Bollywood hits but also have a lot to offer.
The Economic Times writes about Zagreb, Istria and of course – Dubrovnik. Here's how they describe our town:
- If you are thinking of the best time to visit Dubrovnik then the answer is anytime is worth a visit. The buzz is just so catchy right at the street cafes, where tables remain packed well into the night. You may want to time your visit during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival (gets over in August) or during the Feast of St Blaise (in Feb) when the patron saint of the city is honoured.
On Friday, August 5, Croatia is celebrating Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian Defenders. Since that's a public holiday, some of the shops, banks, exchange offices, etc. will be closed or working shorther hours, so keep that in mind if you're visiting Croatia.
It's a celebration of the day in 1995 when the Croatian Army took the city of Knin during Operation Storm, which brought an end to the Republic of Serbian Krajina, a self-proclaimed Serb entity in Croatia.
In 2008, the name Day of the Croatian Defenders was added to this holiday by the Parliment, therefore this day also honors the serving men and women and veterans of the Republic of Croatia Armed Forces.