Saturday, 04 July 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

Clients of the largest online platform for renting boats prefer Croatia to all other global destinations, claimed from Zizoo.

The company Zizoo, named after the nickname of the famous explorer and oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, is the leading boat holiday platform, offering 8,000 boats across 200 destinations worldwide. Zizoo provide its services both to licensed sailors, and to those with no sailing experience, interested in renting a boat together with a captain and optional crew as an alternative or complement to hotel accommodation.

''Our mission is to make boat holidays as easy and affordable to book as a hotel stay'', says Anna Banicevic, one of the co-founders of Zizoo.

The largest Zizoo's destination market is Croatia, whilst the highest number of users of their services comes from Germany, Austria, the UK, and the US.

As its main strategic market, Zizoo plans to open a new office in Zagreb as part of the next investment round most likely at the beginning of 2018.

The company especially pays attention to further development of charters because they are the key of Zizoo's success. In addition, their goal is to additionally facilitate the business and enable further growth. Zizoo emphasizes two main things - a prolongation of the tourist season, due to favourable weather conditions, and stimulation of shorter charters at higher prices, in order to open up a huge new market of clients who want to experience vacation on board for the first time.

Zizoo is an Austrian boat rental service founded in May 2014, based in Vienna with offices in Berlin, Germany. It provides more than 11,000 boats listed by individuals and charter companies from 30 countries around the world. Users can rent catamarans, motorboats, sailboats and gullets.

The company is also the first platform which has no intermediaries and which offers charter companies an adequate technology for direct commercialization of boats on the global market in real time.

It is interesting to note that Zizoo’s shareholders include some of Europe’s and the US most reputable investors such as Axel Springer Digital Ventures, Mairdumont Ventures, AWS Founder Fund, Russmedia, and Plug and Play along with other European and US angel investors.

Avax rent-a-car published a promo video today, showing pure Croatian beauty. It takes us on a road trip through some of the most amazing parts of Croatia – Dubrovnik, Medvednica, Rastoke, Velebit, Pag, Zlatni rat and many more...

The video is 4 and half minutes long but it’s absolutely mesmerizing and it makes you wish that it was even longer.

This is a great promotion, not only for this rent-a-car company, but also for Croatia. Just one look will make you want pack your bags! The video could also inform you a bit about Croatia's transport connections and the ability to drive to some of the highest peaks by car and capture beautiful photos.

The road from Dubrovnik to the airport is far from adequate, commented the Croatian Minister of Tourism, Gari Capelli, after a working meeting with the director of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board, Vladimir Bakic, and his staff yesterday.

Minister Capelli arrived yesterday in Dubrovnik to participate in the 10th ISABS, a scientific conference in the field of biomedicine and he took the opportunity to visit the Tourist Office of the County and discuss various matters.

He expressed his great satisfaction at the tourist season so far and talked about the challenges facing the tourist industry in Croatia and Dubrovnik in particular. The promotional activities for 2018 were also on the table and the minister expressed his pleasure that a new conceptual solution for the Croatian Tourist Boards stands at trade fairs would be created. He also brought up the fact that the main road that leads from Dubrovnik Airport to the city is inadequate and needs upgrading.

A project of a long mountain trail through the Dinarsko gorje or Dinarides is being presented at the European Parliament in Brussels from the 19th to 20th of June.

The Via Dinarica trail is also a program for sustainable tourism development and local economic growth. It is being implemented in all countries encompassed by Dinarides. Due to its most developed tourist infrastructure and mountainous terrain, Croatia has a leading role in the project.

Thanks to the outstanding achievements in the development of active tourism, the sustainable development of mountain areas and the regional connection of people in the area of Dinarides, earlier this year Via Dinarica was nominated for ‘’The European Citizen’s Prize (ECP)’’ awarded by the European Parliament.

The Via Dinarica trail is a mega-hiking and walking trail which links natural and cultural sights of the Dinarides, thus this way it is recognized and acknowledged as a great development opportunity and potential for Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, and especially for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Via Dinarica is a route intended for mountaineers, cyclists, horseback riders and other holiday-makers visiting Dinarides as tourists, but at the same time, it is a platform for the development and improvement of living and working conditions for people living in the Dinarides area.

Apart from hiking activities, one of the main goals of the project is to promote local economy in order to make local food, accommodation and various services closer to tourists.

It is interesting to note that in November 2016 the prestigious National Geographic Traveler included the Via Dinarica trail among the world's Best Trips for 2017.

Not only do you have a great view from the public buses around the Dubrovnik region but you also (now and again) get some free entertainment. These bus buskers performed an improvised concert on the 1A bus from Mokosica to Dubrovnik.

An improvised performance that had good acoustics inside the tightly packed bus as a mixture of tourists and locals made their way into town. The video was taken by a local and published on her Facebook site. Well it certainly brought a smile to our faces.

Check out the video

It is going to be hot, hot, hot this weekend in Dubrovnik with a mini heat wave predicted. Starting tomorrow temperatures will start to rise to the low thirties, which is rather fitting seeing that the 21st of June is the first day of summer, and then on Friday the heat wave begins in full force.

The County Public Health institute has announced that in the Dubrovnik region the extreme temperatures will start on Friday and last all weekend. Saturday and Sunday even have the chance of a few thunderstorms as the weather goes into overdrive.

All over the weekend the mercury will not drop below thirty degrees Celsius and experts are advising that people avoid the midday sun and drink plenty of fluids. The summer 2017 is beginning in Dubrovnik and it is going to be a warm one.

Coral Beach Club opened its doors last night to a new summer season. This relatively new Dubrovnik beach and club is situated on the peninsula of Babin Kuk near to the Valamar hotels. Even though it is a new beach on the scene it has already attracted many guests.

Last night the Coral Beach Club presented their program for this summer season which includes a party program “Deep into the Sunset” which will play host to popular DJ’s, musicians and performers. Guests to the Coral Beach, which undoubtedly has some of the best sunsets in Dubrovnik, can enjoy jazz and soul music as the sun sets over another Dubrovnik day.

coral beach club

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Dubrovnik is known throughout the world for its role as King's Landing in the globally popular serial Game of Thrones. Many of the main actors have been in Dubrovnik filming famous scenes but the work that goes on behind the scenes is just as impressive, if not more so, than the leading lights.

This new video has just been released by HBO and entitled “A Story in Special Effects,” it gives a brief insight into the special effects that delight fans every season. As the final season of Game of Thrones is in the pipeline we can expect Dubrovnik to be the centre of attention once again with the crew and actors expected in the city in late summer/early autumn.

Check out this behind the scenes look at the special effects of Game of Thrones

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