Tuesday, 07 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Dubrovnik has been awarded as the best cruise destination in Europe for 2016. At the SEATRADE Cruise Global fair in the US the city was awarded by the British Cruise Insight magazine as the best destination for 2016. According to the website cruiseline.com, where cruise ship passengers left their impressions and rankings for each destination last year Dubrovnik was chosen as the leading port.

The SEATRADE fair is one of largest such exhibitions in the world and was held from the 13th to the 16th of March in Fort Lauderdale. Dubrovnik tourism industry was represented by the director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Roman Vlasic, who also collected the award.

During 2017 in Dubrovnik 577 cruise ships are expected to arrive in Dubrovnik with around 760,000 passengers. These figures are a slight decrease on last year, around 9 percent fewer cruise ship passengers are expected this year compared to 2016.

 dubrovnik cruise award

According to a Zagreb International Airport (MZLZ) press release, the first test landing at new Franjo Tudman Airport in Zagreb was successfully conducted on the 14th of March with passengers on the flight from Vienna to Zagreb.

"All procedures for the test reception and dispatch of passengers and their luggage at the new terminal were carried out successfully," MZLZ reported, adding that the construction of the airport is in a final phase.

The airport management's website has also announced that the official opening of the airport will be held on the 21st of March when the first flight (to Dubrovnik) will take off from Franjo Tudman Airport. Seven days later, on the 28th of March, the new airport will be fully open to traffic.

Valued at more than 300 million Euros the Zagreb Airport's new terminal building stretches over 65,000 square metres and three levels, featuring three baggage carousels, eight air bridges (six for international flights and two for domestic services), nine security checkpoints, 23 passport control booths and a car park with the capacity of more than 1000 vehicles.

Construction work on one of the most popular beaches in Dubrovnik is in full swing in preparation for the upcoming summer season. The beach on the Bay of Lapad is a magnet for thousands of tourists and is surrounded by many hotels.

Works have been going on for several weeks as after the company “Dubrovnik Sunsets” won the beach concession. When completed the beach area will include restaurants, cafes, shops and terraced sunbathing spots.

Check out the photo gallery of the beach today

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The Dubrovnik Strings Chamber Orchestra will have a rather special concert this Friday the 17th of March when they will be joined by the Marko Genero. Born and raised in Dubrovnik Genero graduated viola at the Zagreb Music Academy and became the youngest assistant professor at the academy.

He continued his career with the Zagreb Soloists where he performed all over the world. In 2001 he obtained a master’s degree in Essen and has won numerous international competitions. Genero, from 1999, has been the solo violist of the Symphony Orchestra in Bochum.

The concert program for this Friday includes J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, Bach Concerto for Viola and Strings, Vivaldi Concerto Grosso in G minor and Britten Lachrymae for Viola and Strings.

Tickets are available at the office of the orchestra from Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 2.00pm. For further information visit the website of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. The concert starts at 8.00pm in the Dubrovnik Cathedral. 

marko genero poster

According to a reputable daily newspaper The Globe and Mail from Toronto, Canada deports thousands of people annually, however, data from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) do not reveal details of why some individuals are deported back to their homeland. The story of those thousands of unwelcome people contrasts with international perceptions of Canada's warm embrace of foreigners.

In most cases, the reason for deportation is ‘’non-compliance’’ with the basic entry requirements, whilst only 10 percent were returned to their home countries due to their criminal activities, which is the second most common justification.

The data from CBSA on Citizenship of removed persons in the period from 2012 to 2016 show that the most deported nation from Canada were Hungarians (6,942), followed by Mexicans (6,937) and the US citizens (5,666).

After Americans, the most unwanted nations were Chinese, Colombians, Indians, French, North Koreans and Croats who placed as the 9th on the CBSA’s TOP 10 list. According to the CBSA data, almost 1,282 Croatian citizens were deported from Canada in the period from 2012 to 2016.

Furthermore, the results of CBSA Unwelcome Index for the period from 2011 to 2015 show that citizens of Hungary were the most unwelcomed in Canada. ‘’ Most Hungarians removed during this period were Roma’’, explained Sean Rehaag, an associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto who specializes in immigration law.

Hungary was followed by Slovakia, Croatia and the Czech Republic, which the Canadian daily newspaper emphasizes as the countries with a significant Roma population. "There was a lot of discrimination and rights abuses affecting Roma in those countries during this period’’, said Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees.

According to the previous announcements, department store IKEA confirmed that they are working to open a new delivery center in Split until the end of August this year – reports Slobodna Dalmacija.

New IKEA in Split is designed as a "pick-up point", a place where their customers are able to take the ordered goods without paying delivery from Zagreb. Location is still unknown, since the owners of this global supply are not ready to share it with public yet.However, it is planned that IKEA warehouse occupies about 1,500 square meters, while 1000 square meters of exhibition space is planned in the future, for costumers to ''feel'' the furniture.

This will not be a classic IKEA store but more of a showroom where customers will be able to order and pick up goods. Whilst shoppers in southern Croatia could be disappointed with that, at least they won’t have to drive to the Croatian capital to shop.

Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Food, Medicinal Herbs and Green Entrepreneurship is coming to Dubrovnik for the 14th time. It will be held in the hotel Tirena on Babin kuk from tommorow, Thursday 16th of March to Sunday, 19th of March.

All these years Mediterranean Fair is gathering exhibitors, experts, sponsors and enthusiasts to make joint efforts in order to present much of the ecological and traditional products which Croatia is full of.

This specialized manifestation has become the most important fair in the Republic of Croatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva County in the area of ecological and traditional agriculture as well as other green business.

This year's fair is aimed at expansion with new products, (hybrid, electric cars, eco-furniture and clothing from natural materials), the event ‘’Days of honey in Dubrovnik-Neretva County’’, raising the quality of exhibitors as well as improving the quality of organic and traditionally grown products. Of course, this year the Mediterranean Fair will continue with the promotion of local quality products, along with series of educational lectures, roundtables, presentations and much more.

American company Mercer has published annual quality of living ranking and Vienna is placed first for the 8th year in the row.When it comes to Croatian cities, Zagreb has found it's place on the 98th place on the list of 231 cities. 

Vienna occupies first place for overall quality of living for the 8th year running, with the rest of the top-ten list mostly filled by European cities: Zurich is in second place, with Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), Copenhagen (9), and Basel, a newcomer to the list, in 10th place. The only non-European cities in the top ten are Auckland (3) and Vancouver (5). The highest ranking cities in Asia and Latin America are Singapore (25) and Montevideo (79).

When it comes to our neighbours Ljubljana is placed 76th, Belgrade 138th and Sarajevo is 159th.

Check the detailed results here.

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