Friday, 20 September 2019
Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović – a senior journalist at The Dubrovnik Times. Born and raised in Dubrovnik, Ivana (or Smile as she is known to all) graduated Media Studies from the University of Dubrovnik. A book worm, coffee addict and want-to-be world traveller Ivana brings her unique local insight, connections and general optimistic and well smiley feel to the Times.


Dubrovnik Symphony orchestra and pianist Naira Asatrian once again invite the citizens and their guests to the humanitarian concert, and all the collected money will go to the Dubrovnik General Hospital. This special event will take place at the Rector's Palace on Tuesday, September 24th, at 9 pm.

Over the last few years, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and Naira Asatrian have organized several concerts like this, such as "Naira for dystrophics", then a concert intended for the purchase of Fibroscan apparatus for Dubrovnik General Hospital, and last year for the Intensive Care Unit.

This year Naira will delight the audience with the music of Chopin and Beethoven.

Ticket prices are 70 and 100 kuna and can be purchased in the following places: Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra office (Sv. Dominika 9 – Revelin), Perla Adriatica (Ploce), Gift shop Dubravka (Pile), Luza. The tickets also can be bought one hour before the beginning of the concert in front of the Rector’s Palace and online.

Dubrovnik has longed for concerts by international music stars for quite some time and finally after long negotiations, thanks to the co-financing of the City of Dubrovnik on the occasion of 70 years of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, world music celebrities Tom Jones and Il Volo have performed on the most beautiful stage in Dubrovnik this year. With these performances, Dubrovnik has become one of the cities that, along with classical performers, offers interesting musical names on a global scale.

But these are not the only musical sensations that will perform in Dubrovnik! Considering the numerous positive comments made by citizens and visitors, and knowing that the tickets were sold out in a very short time, the City of Dubrovnik in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Summer Festival has started negotiations with two major international stars for the 2020 performances. One of them is Andrea Bocelli, while they cannot yet go public with the other name at this stage of negotiations.

-We are aware of the fact that due to the limited space these concerts cannot be financially profitable, but we think that they are extremely important for a destination like Dubrovnik, because of the quality of the service and the level of image – they said from the City of Dubrovnik.

Adam Goldstein, CLIA Executive Board Chairman and Vice President of Royal Caribbean Cruises, met with the Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic. On this occasion, once again the chairman of the main cruise ship organization gave support to the City for all of their cruise tourism projects.

As it was already announced, the rules for the 2020 season have also been harmonized, which will include further improvements in the number of guests who visit the City at the same time, with the aim of achieving the highest level of guest service and citizen satisfaction. CLIA representatives supported the measures, as well as the announced introduction of cruise ship transportation to Pile and back by low-floor articulated buses. Shuttle transport will be taken over by Dubrovnik Public Transport company Libertas, which will significantly reduce traffic jams on the city roads.

They also talked about a growing effort by cruise companies to put additional effort into environmental conservation measures with the introduction of modern technology on their ships, and to work together on sustainable tourism. On this topic the City of Dubrovnik and the CLIA, together with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), are preparing a joint project, all of which is actually a follow-up to the project by the City of Dubrovnik - Respect the City.

Il Salone del Camper, camping fair held in Parma, started on September 14th and it will last until September 22nd. Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board joined the fair today and will be there until the end.

The tourist boards of Split-Dalmatia, Zadar, Sibenik-Knin and Lika-Senj counties are presented at the joint stand, as well as the association Top camping Croatia.

Il Salone del Camper is held in the Fiere di Parma showroom, gathering many tourism professionals and is among the most visited camping fairs in Europe.

The exhibit space of about 80 thousand square meters gathers 350 exhibitors, with over 130 thousand visitors expected.

Dubrovnik brought luck to a young married couple from the United Kingdom – the Pearsons. Nelya, accompanied by her husband Thomas, is the millionth visitor of the Dubrovnik City Walls! On that occasion, the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities (DPDS), who takes care of the city's fortification system, awarded them with congratulations and gifts.

The Pearsons chose Dubrovnik as the destination for their honeymoon, while the tour of the walls was Nelya’s suggestion, which turned out to be a great one.

Representatives of the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities awarded the happy couple with souvenirs, flowers and a bottle of fine wine.

-We didn't know what was going on, we thought something went wrong, but in the end we were thrilled - said Nelya Pearson in surprise.

On the behalf of the DPDS Small Council, member Maro Kapovic shared the pleasure because of the visit of jubilee tourists was made by the member Maro Kapovic. He said that the millionth visitor arrived four days later than last year.

-That's not a big difference. We expect excellent number of visits in the post-season, during October and November, and I believe that last year's figures of 1.3 million visitors will be repeated - said Kapovic, adding that the high figures are thrilling, because of the inflow of money is used for conservation investments and the protection of cultural heritage throughout the former Dubrovnik Republic.

Kapovic also commented the current price of 200 kuna, which increased this year:

- The Walls of Dubrovnik deserve such a price and the figures show that we were right. We have pledged that we will not increase prices for the next two years, so there will be no change in price. We can see that such a decision resulted in the better flow of the walls. Tourists' visits are spread throughout the day, and we can be pleased with the investments that we will continue to make next year - concluded Kapovic.

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County issued a statement warning the public that fecal pollution had occurred at Mlini beach in Zupa Dubrovacka.

According to the information provided by the Institute of Public Health of the County of Dubrovnik-Neretva, during the ninth sea quality survey according to the Program for the determination of sea quality, it was determined that the results of the sea analysis for swimming at Mlini beach in Zupa dubrovacka, sampled on September 17th, 2019, exceed the values for the microbiological parameter of Escherichia coli.

The sampling will have to be repeated until the pollution has ceased, the County says, and the pollution has been notified to the Environmental Inspectorate and other competent inspections. Considering that sea samples at Mlini beach in Zupa dubrovačka, due to pollution of fecal origin, do not meet the requirements of the Regulation, it is not recommended to swim until further notice.

County Perfect Nikola Dobroslavic, accompanied with the head of the Managing Board for Economy and Sea Ivo Klaic and the director of the Dubrovnik partner company met with a representative of the American company "Croatian Premium Wine Imports" (CPWI), with origins in Metkovic - Mirena Bagur and a representative of Komarna 7 wine association, Mihovil Stimac.

Bangur presented her business plans for importing wine and promoting Dubrovnik-Neretva County in the United States, and noted that her company imports and distributes wine from the Komarna vineyards in Boston, Massachusetts.

Bangur also added that interest in our wines in the US market exceeds expectations, so her plan is to import wines from other parts of the county, but also to expand the market to other parts of the US.

Mayor Dobroslavic emphasized that the south of Croatia has the best wines in the country, and noted that in addition to Komarna, Peljesac, Korcula and Konavle must be mentioned when the topic is wine.

Dobroslavic said that the County was ready to help within its means and added that any promotion of our wines is always welcome. Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County also noted that the County has been organizing DubrovnikFestiwine for six years, promoting wine and winemakers from the south of Croatia.

The reconstruction of the waterfront in front of the Franciscan Monastery in Rozat is underway. The works started in late July.

An investment of 1.7 million kuna has been launched to prevent the further deterioration of the waterfront damaged by the river, causing the pierced concrete coastal wall to crack completely while the stone waterfront in the western part was almost completely destroyed.

The reconstruction of the waterfront is carried out in a way that the first thing is to build a new coastal wall, while the stone coast will be completely restored.

The waterfront restoration period is 150 calendar days.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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