Saturday, 25 January 2020
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.


The FITUR International Tourism Fair, which celebrates the 40th anniversary, takes place from 22nd to 26th of January in Madrid, in the Fiera de Madrid showroom. Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepsic participated in the discussion of the FiturTechY program on "Transformation of the Tourism Model: Sustainable Development Goals" at the fair. One of the panel discussions was devoted to the topic of Cruise Tourism and Destination Management.

The keynote discussion at FiturTechY was on destination management strategies, and Deputy Tepsic presented the Respect the City project and measures within the program that have changed destination management and achieved sustainable tourism, in cooperation with numerous partners, primarily by the international association of cruise societies CLIA. She also presented a project for measuring the sustainability of a destination, which is being implemented for Dubrovnik by the Global Council for Sustainable Tourism, in accordance with United Nations criteria, and the results will be the basis for further action in sustainable tourism measures.

CLIA Spain Director-General Alfredo Serrano, President of MedCruise Airam Diaz, United Nations Member of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Christopher Imbsen, Director of the Barcelona Tourism Office Xavier Sunol Ferrer and Manuel Lopez, Advisor at Grupo Intermundial participated in the same panel.

During the fair, Deputy Tepsic met with Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli and Croatian Tourist Board Director Kristijan Stanicic and held a working meeting with representatives of, who expressed interest in the details of the Respect the City project.

Vogue Australia has recently published a list of 37 of the most beautiful cities in Europe and we are proud to say that Korcula and Dubrovnik found their places on the list!

Korcula is placed highly on the list, on the third place out of 37 cities included, while Dubrovnik is 35th. The authors didn't include any describtion about the cities, leaving the photos speaking for themselves.

-Incredible towns that'll draw you in and make you never want to leave – Vouge Australia states in the intro and when we see their Croatian choice, it's hard not to agree.

Dinant, Belgium is on the first place, followed by Ronda, Spain. If you are writing your travel bucket list, you can check the full list by Vouge Australia here – but we would advise you to stick with Korcula and Dubrovnik! What more does a traveler need?

The 19th annual charity event Festa 2020 Dubrovnik, organised in honor of Saint Blaise and the Day of the City of Dubrovnik, will begin with the traditional Festival of Vocal Groups today, on Thursday, January 23rd at the Marin Drzic Theatre at 8 pm.

The Festival of Vocal Groups includes well-known groups: Amfora, Cavtajke, FA Lindo, Kase, Kolafjaka, Kurenat, Subrenum, alongside with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra quartet and theatre company Kolarin. Good atmosphere, as well as singing, will continue after the concert with delicacies by the Agroturism Konavle.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the theatre box office. As we mentioned, Festa is a charity event, and all the collected money will go to the restoration of the Church of Saint Blaise and League against cancer Dubrovnik.

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board is participating at the FITUR fair in Madrid as a co-exhibitor at the booth of the Croatian Tourist Board.

The fair takes place from 22nd to 26th of January at the Fiera de Madrid showroom. In addition to the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board, co-exhibiting places were also rented by Abacus Tours, Illyria - Camp Soline, Atlas, Olivari, Nave Travel, Zagreb Tourist Board, Uniline, Valamar and HUP Zagreb.

The first three days of the fair are intended exclusively for professionals in tourism, while the last two days are open to professionals and the general public.

This is the sixth consecutive appearance of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board at this fair.

In 2019, 84,719 tourists from Spain visited the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is ten percent more than the year before, and they made 212,318 overnight stays or eight percent more than the year before.

A free concert by Argentinean composer Adrián Placenti dedicated to the photographs by Pavo Urban will take place on Monday, January 27th, starting at 8:30 pm at the Marin Drzic Theater. Even though the tickets are free, you need to pick them up at the box office early in order to attend the concert.

Pavo Urban is most remembered for his war photographs, but during his brief artistic career he has distinguished himself by a series of photographs of different styles, genres and themes, and Adrien Placenti, a composer from Buenos Aires, was fascinated by Urban's series of door motifs. These are small-format black and white photographs that feature and highlight interior or exterior doors as the most common motif; the door of the room, the hall, the door of the City, including the doors from Ploce in which he died a year after taking the photo.

This is a more personal opus related to Urban's intimate spaces and his then girlfriend, photographer Mara Bratos, to whom he wrote letters from the battlefield. In one letter, he describes what Dubrovnik looks like at two o'clock in the morning when he calls Mara to America. At first, this eerie silence and darkness were frightening to him, and then… ”… you think how wonderful this city is when you cannot see it. You just feel it. And with the first darkness and the extinguishing of the light on the windows you go out into the abyss, pass by the rare fireflies and only by the scent of carob do you know in which part of Sv. Jacob you are. And everything is a game, some strange competition with reality - you are trying to convince the war that it is not that’’.

In the suite Puertas abiertas (Open Door), the composer Placenti questions this idea of fireflies, the city as a labyrinth of souls and their encounters. On the other hand, tango is "a beloved bohemian with a wound that he hides, dressed in mourning from head to toe ... laughter but also death dressed in dancers," according to the classic text of the genre, Apología tanguera songs from 1933. In the traditional milonga, the rules of conduct require that dancers remain anonymous, and often dance for years without knowing each other's names, while the dance itself is physically quite intimate. It can be said that Placenti in Urban's earlier, more intimate photographs, feels that upcoming tragedy of lost souls that also embodies the aesthetics of tango music.

The story from the encounter of the work of deceased Dubrovnik photographer Pavo Urban and Argentine composer Adrián Placenti will be performed by the piano composer himself and Katalin Bartha on the violin with the narration of actor Dario Gverovic.

Free tickets to this concert can be picked at the Marin Drzic Theatre at the box office, which works from 9am to 3pm on Wednesdays and from 3pm to 9pm from Thursday to Saturday.

As many as 17.5 Croatian households are unable to pay their bills on time, according to a 2018 Eurostat analysis – reports. There are only two nations that are 'worse': Bulgarians, whose 30.1 percent of households are unable to pay their bills, and Greeks who are at the top with 35.6 percent of households with that problem.

The Dutch are the most liquid, with only 1.5 percent of households having problems paying their bills on time. Czechs are not that far with 2.1 percent, as well as the Swedes and Austrians with just over two percent of those who are problematic.

Germany, Luxembourg and Portugal follow. The nations with two-digit problems, in addition to those on top are Hungarians, Latvians, Cypriots, Slovenes and Romanians – writes.


Blue Monday is definitely over for drivers, since in Croatia petrol and diesel prices dropped today!

This morning petrol prices across the country are 10.187 kuna, which is a drop of 11 lipa from the last price of 10.187 kuna. The most sold Eurosuper 95 can be found at various petrol stations with the price from 9.94 to 10.04.

Diesel prices dropped below the 10 kuna limit - from 10.08 kuna to 9.84 kuna.

The price of gas oil also went down, from 5,447 to 5,258 kuna. Only the price of autogas increased from 4.708 to 4.74 kn.

Mayor of Vrgorac Ante Pranic gave the direcors of city institutions instructions on banning the use of plastic packaging in city institutions as well as at the events organized by the city, which should be replaced by glass and biodegradable paper packaging – reports.

The directors gathered by Pranic this morning were given instructions on stopping the consumption of bottled water at work meetings by the city government and at the City Council meetings.

In the future, water should be served in glass jars from the city water supply network.

All establishments will receive special waste disposal containers by Friday to separate the collected paper – reports.

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