Monday, 06 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.


Dubrovnik is truly wearing its festive colours. The Old City is decorated to the maximum, the public areas in Gruz, Lapad and Babin Kuk are all getting into the swing. If you were looking to give a Christmas present this size, here is a box made to measure.

This latest Dubrovnik Christmas decoration is located in Gruz and if it looks impressive during the day it is even more spectacular at night. The perfect photo opportunity with the big day around the corner.


British American Tobacco (BAT) as one of the world’s leading multinational companies, is very satisfied with the results which this company achieved in its first year of doing business in Croatia.

Almost a year and a half ago the BAT company took over the Croatia's TDR, the leading independent tobacco manufacturer in Central Europe for 505 million Euros. The first year after the takeover, the TDR (Tvornica Duhana Rovinj) company recorded a share growth on all three markets on which the BAT Adria company operates (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia).

On the other hand, the second business year will be marked by growth in exports to Western Europe countries, especially Germany, which will become the main export market of the factory in Kanfanar, Istria, said from the BAT company.

The company also stated that over the past year successfully integrated the TDR in its global system and that the TDR's share on the Croatian market increased to almost 55 percent.

Since its arrival in Croatia and investment of more than 500 million Euros in the purchase of the TDR, the British American Tobacco has continued to make new investments. This year the company invested 19 million Euros, whilst the investment of additional 30 million Euros in the Kanfanar plant is planned for next year.

The factory in Kanfanar produces approximately 7,5 billion cigarettes, whilst 60 percent of this quantity is exported to 19 foreign markets.

''The British American Tobacco company is the biggest investor in Croatia and over the past few years it has been extremely satisfied with its business results in Croatia. We have started to export to new foreign markets such as Greece, Bulgaria, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Spain and Poland. After closing the BAT factory in Germany, part of local production quantities was moved to Kanfanar. Starting from next year Germany will become our largest export market of our factory in Kanfanar'', said Ram Addanki, the CEO of the BAT Adria company.

The traditional Christmas party organised by the Rixos Libertas Hotel yesterday in a gala festive party. Representatives of businesses, media, travel agencies and local authorities all attended the event and were treated to specialties prepared by the hotel’s chefs.

“I want to wish you all a very merry Christmas and thank you for a successful 2016, our doors are always open to you,” commented the Executive Director of the hotel, Ayhan Basci.

Rixos Libertas Hotel will remain open all through the winter period and according to information from the hotel bookings are solid and ahead of last year.

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The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle held their annual Christmas party last night in an international party. Members from all over world gathered in the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik hotel and brought an international feel to the festivities in the city. Along with a prize draw and festive cuisine the circle also sang Christmas carols in English, German and Croatian.

“We have had an excellent 2016 in which we have raised much needed funds for charities in the city. I want to thank you for your support and wish you all a safe and merry Christmas,” commented Christiane Mandukich the president of the Dubrovnik Foreign Circle.

The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle’s mission and vision is to actively serve the community by providing services that contribute to the health and vitality of the greater Dubrovnik Region. The organization’s goal is to provide friendship and understanding between its members and the Dubrovnik community at large by organizing cultural and social events. The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle engages in fundraising activities for the benefit of its community projects.

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In cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic Finland the famous Finnish ambassador of goodwill, love and peace came all the way from Rovaniemiin the northernmost part of Finland to the Croatian capital to bring joy and Christmas presents to children of Zagreb.

"Indeed, he decided to arrive on the Finnish Independence Day and enhance the magic to the Zagreb’s winter fairytale," the Finnish Embassy in Zagreb stated on its web site.

Joulupukki arrived in Zagreb on the 6th of December for a two days visit. He made the Advent in Zagreb even more special because from the 2nd to the 12th of December the Croatian capital is defending title it won last year as the Best European Advent Destination.

The first day of his visit Joulupukki was riding in his carriage and visited the famous Advent locations such as the Ice Park, At Rudolph's and the Advent at Zrinjevac and brought children Christmas gifts prepared by Kras. The children were able to sit in his lap, whisper him their Christmas wishes and take a photo with the famous Santa Claus.

Balloons and clown, elves and Dance Studio Lazareti, Linđo, Christmas songs, a lot of cakes - that is a short description of Cake Party that will be held on Saturday from 11 am on Stradun, just around Orlando. 

Traditional ninth, humanitarian and fun party for children as well as older fans of sweet will be a delight to visitors who will have the opportunity to show their generosity. By purchashing the voucher of 15 kuna they will enjoy cakes and help the Association of multiple sclerosis Dubrovnik-Neretva County. This association is known to the public - it has a transporter that, except that it is used for the members of the Association, helps immobile tourists to visit Dubrovnik cultural and historical sights. Association needs wheelchair, so we need to join forces and help them get this essential tool!

We are proud to be the part of the sweetest party this year. Don't miss the chance to try our cake this Saturday, at 11 am.

For a complete arrangement of the first phase of the Lapad Coast reconstruction - from municipal harbor Batala to the building of the Faculty, City of Dubrovnik provided 18 million kuna in the budget for 2017. Work on the first phase of reconstruction can begin immediately after the adoption of the budget and the completion of the tender procedure and be carried out next year. You can see how the Lapad Coast is supposed to look like in the video simulation. Project includes widening the road, sidewalk on both sides of the road, new parking sites and infrastructure and landscape arrangement in the whole area.

Great news for Croatian inventions again! The biggest online store Amazon is interested in selling a smart umbrella from Croatia, the so called ''Kisha''.

The ''Kisha'' is a smart umbrella designed by the Kisha start-up from Rijeka, Croatia which is manufactured in the plant of the largest domestic umbrella manufacturer ''Hrvatski kisobran'' from Zapresic near Zagreb.

Six months ago the ''Kisha'' appeared in lots of famous Western media such as Forbes, Wired, The Daily Mail and Adweek, whilst the first line of 1,000 pieces the Croatian start-up sold out in less than three months.

The latest edition of the Business Insider unofficial Goldman Sachs gift guide for 2016in buying Christmas gifts i.e. ''the things a man wants but feels guilty buying for himself, as well as the things he needs but probably doesn’t even know it'', the Croatian invention found its place on this prestigious Christmas gift list.

As the author John LeFevre in the section ''Gifts for his travels'' wrote: ''The globetrotting gadabout needs this classic Tusting Waxed Canvas Weekend bag ($775), a universal MacBook charging station ($45) that includes 4 USB ports, a Kisha smart umbrella ($100) that tells you when it's going to rain, and this Urban Carry G2 concealed, quick drawholster (%105).''

What makes the Kisha umbrella so special and smart? This is an umbrella one will never misplace or lose. For its work and the full potential it uses a smart phone because it has a built-in Bluetooth transmitter with which the umbrella and the smart phone connect. There is also a great application that one has to install on his smart phone. This app warns about the rain what makes the umbrella a perfect weather forecaster and signalizes every time one moves away from or forgets his umbrella.

The Croatian smart umbrella is a 100 %windproof, a 100 % corrosion-proof, and is crafted with the perfect stitching, flexible and strong wires. It has an opening and closing mechanism one will want to use over and over again.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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