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.
The number of departures on the regular ferry line 634 Orebić-Dominče (Korčula) will increase from the upcoming weekend through the cooperation of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the Municipality of Orebić, the Agency for Coastal Line Maritime Transport and Jadrolinija.
Namely, with the increase in the number of passengers arriving on the island of Korčula via the port of Orebić or coming from Korčula to Pelješac via the port of Orebić, the need for a vessel with a larger capacity and a greater number of departures on the mentioned line has emerged. Thus, on the route Orebić-Dominče, the ferry "Mljet" will operate, which has a capacity of 616 passengers and 145 passenger vehicles. From this weekend, additional departures will be provided on the mentioned line when the need arises.
Could the south of Croatia face a serious water shortage? The summer temperatures across Dalmatia have been in the mid-thirties for months and rain hasn’t fallen over a constant period of time since the summer began. And with another hot and dry August on the way it could be at least another month before normal rainfall arrives. And this, according to the State Hydro Meteorological Institute, could cause a problem with drinking water in the south of Croatia.
The institute warned on Tuesday that since the water in the south of Croatia is more dependent on the amount of precipitation, if there is no rain, the availability of drinking water could become a problem, as water consumption has increased due to the tourist season.
In Croatia, temperatures have been high for a long time, at the end of July they rose to 39 degrees Celsius, and the current hydrological state and river water levels are significantly affected by the lower amount of precipitation in recent months, according to the institute.
“According to the calculations of the meteorological models, there are no forecasted significant precipitations in the next week that could improve the current hydrological situation,” said the institute.
Already the Istrian County has limited water consumption and prohibited the watering of public and private green areas, the use of showers on beaches, the washing of vehicles and public areas, streets and squares. And if rain doesn’t fall soon on the south of Croatia similar water restrictions could be seen.
A year is a long time in tourism. From almost complete isolation and shutdown to crowded streets and waiting lists for overbooked restaurants. Experts feared that the consequences of the pandemic would be deep and long-lasting, voices of optimism were few and far between. But clearly a year is a long time in tourism as figures from the front line of the tourism industry, Dubrovnik Airport suggest that the bounce back has already begun. Seeing that around 90 percent of visitors to Dubrovnik arrive through the airport the data of passenger numbers highlights the overall situation of tourism in the city.
In July last year 191,714 passengers passed through Dubrovnik Airport. It was the first month that the city saw tourist return mainly thanks to the fact that the UK eased travel restrictions. A month before only 59,566 passengers had passed through the southernmost airport in Croatia.
Just to get some perspective in 2019, which was a record year in terms of tourism numbers, a massive 514,723 passengers used the airport. Only August saw more passengers through the airport, with 524,615.
Now, this July the return to “normality” is coming closer, as 425,536 passengers used Dubrovnik Airport, more than double the numbers from last year.
In fact, these latest figures for July are the busiest the airport has been since August 2019!
Already over 1.1 million passengers have used the airport this year and with August and September expected to bring impressive results the 2 million landmark could be within reach. The driving force are flights from the UK, with easyJet, British Airways and Jet2.com the market leaders, however the airport is connected with over 60 European destinations, as well as transatlantic flights from New York.
In 2019 a total of 2.89 million passengers used Dubrovnik Airport, in 2020 as the pandemic struck that dropped to just over 330,000, and then in 2021 927,934 passengers. This year will surpass the previous two years in a matter of weeks. A year is a long time in tourism, indeed.
According to data from the eVisitor tourist check-in and check-out system, 193,473 tourist arrivals and 724,817 overnight stays were recorded in Dubrovnik in July 2022. These figures represent a 66 percent increase in tourist arrivals and a 70 percent increase in overnight stays compared to the same month from last year.
After two years of travel chaos caused by the global pandemic the tourism industry in Dubrovnik is bouncing back. 2019 was a record year for Dubrovnik’s tourism businesses and the latest figures from July this year highlight that after a couple of barren years the resilience of tourism should not be underestimated. Compared to the record year 2019, 91 percent of tourist traffic was achieved in overnight stays and 84 percent in tourist arrivals in July.
Most of the guests who stayed in Dubrovnik during July were from the United Kingdom, the USA, France, Germany, Norway, Ireland, Croatia, Spain, Poland and the Netherlands. According to the type of accommodation in July, there were 84,797 arrivals and 329,588 overnight stays in hotels and 81,164 arrivals and 302,874 overnight stays in private accommodation.
In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 69 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours.
There are 22 people from Dubrovnik, 17 from Metković, 14 from Župa Dubrovačka, 5 from Konavle, 4 from Kula Norinska, 3 from Ploče, 2 from Ston, and 1 each from Blato and Dubrovačko Primorje.
86 people recovered in the past 24 hours: 46 from Dubrovnik, 15 from Metković, 8 from Konavle, 7 from Župa Dubrovačka, 4 from Ploče, 2 from Opuzen and 1 each from Dubrovačko Primorje, Korcula, Kula Norinska and Orebić.
In the last 72 hours, 226 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 256,888 samples have been analysed.
In the Dubrovnik General Hospital, 17 people positive for the Covid-19 are currently hospitalized, and one patient is in intensive care.
Summer in Dubrovnik and the sun is shining. With temperatures unlikely to fall below thirty degrees all month we are in for some spectacular sunsets and indeed sunrises. On the first day of August we climbed the Srđ Mountain overlooking to Old City of Dubrovnik and waited for the first sunrise of August.
With a gentle northerly breeze and clear skies the sunrise was truly enchanting. And as the sun slowly rose its glow swept across the Old City, well worth a very early morning.
All photos - MMK
The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, made the decision to declare a Day of Mourning in the area of the City of Dubrovnik due to the tragic death of firefighter Goran Komlenac a member of the Public Fire Department.
Tuesday, August 2, 2022, was declared a day of mourning.
The flags of the Republic of Croatia, Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the City of Dubrovnik will be flown at half-mast on all buildings where state authorities and bodies of local and regional (regional) self-government units are located, as well as buildings where the headquarters or activities of legal entities are carried out.
Legal entities that carry out television and radio activities will adapt their programs to the commemoration of the Day of Mourning, especially in such a way that they will broadcast programs that by their nature correspond to the commemoration of that day.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, said Albert Einstein.
Once again a delivery van got stuck under a stone arch into the historic Old City of Dubrovnik, and to make matters even worse, it was the same van!
Back in the beginning of May the same van was stuck under this stone entrance gate, although presumably it was a different driver.
It was then established that the vehicle was driving in the pedestrian zone - Saint Dominik Street in Dubrovnik without the approval of the Administrative Department for Communal Activities, Transport and Local Self-Government of the City of Dubrovnik.
Maybe the driver thought that the entrance had widened in the meantime?