Monday, 06 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

British guests could well be holidaying on the Croatian Adriatic this summer as the UK government plans talks on air bridges. According to a report in The Guardian British tourists could soon be sunning themselves on a Croatia beach, as British ministers are negotiating with Spain, Italy, Greece, France and Turkey, as well as Croatia.

Croatia has already fully opened its borders to ten European destinations but as the UK still has a relatively high Covid-19 infection rate it wasn’t included on this list.

British ministers are in talks with the leaders of six European countries in order to establish 'air bridges' for British tourists who want to spend their holidays. The idea is to allow Britons to go on holiday to countries with low prevalence of the infection and return home without going into quarantine.

Apparently Singapore, Australia and Bermuda were considered, but in the end Mediterranean countries were chosen as low distance destinations require transfers in countries where the epidemiological situation is much more serious.

Although the UK have expressed an interest in opening “air bridges” to Croatia there are no signs yet from the Croatian side. British tourists are extremely important to Croatia’s tourism industry, especially in Dubrovnik where they are the most numerous visitors, and if this “air bridge” project were to be allowed it would no doubt give a much needed shot in the arm to the country’s tourism industry.

The current 14-day quarantine regulation for people arriving in the UK is set to be reviewed on the 29th of June, although there is a possibility that an announcement could be made a few days before that date. The quarantine was proved extremely unpopular with the UK travel industry, airlines and with politicians from all parties. Indeed, it isn’t clear why the regulation was introduced, unless to motivate UK tourists to stay at home on holiday and therefore bolster the flagging economy.

 

One of the largest hotels in the Dubrovnik region, indeed in the whole of Croatia, is set to reopen its doors to guests on the 1st of July. Hotel Croatia in Cavtat will once again be welcoming guests as it opens in the middle of next week. This five-star hotel has been closed since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Hotel Croatia will be the fourth hotel in the Adriatic Luxury Hotels (ALH) group to reopen, after Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Hotel Excelsior and Hotel Odisej on Mljet. This Cavtat hotel is extremely popular with guests from the UK and ALH have already stated that they are monitoring the situation in the UK carefully.

“The operational procedures in the hotels have been fully adjusted to comply with all prescribed measures and recommendations for the operation of hotels during the Covid-19 epidemic submitted by the Croatian Institute of Public Health with maximum effort to maintain the expected level of a luxury hotel service,” states Hotel Croatia.

 

The Interior Minister and Head of the Civil Protection Directorate, Davor Bozinovic, announced that a new regime would be introduced on the borders with Bosnia and Hercegovina and Serbia, which could include 14-day mandatory self-isolation.

"We are monitoring the epidemiological situation in neighbouring countries and what we have been recording in recent days are infections that come, that is, are brought by people who mostly come from the countries of our eastern borders,” stated Bozinovic.

Adding that today there will be a meeting of the Directorate today and that they will probably make a decision on changing the regime that currently exists at the border crossings with Serbia, BiH and Montenegro, but also when it comes to travel for citizens of Kosovo and northern Macedonia.

"We will make a decision on Wednesday, you know that they will come into force at 00.00 the next day, but I would not prejudge now, but probably the regime that existed - self-isolation for those coming from those countries, it will be discussed on Wednesday and probably we will make a decision on that track, but let's wait,” concluded Bozinovic yesterday.

 

Croatia remains an epidemiologically safe destination for Slovenians, the Slovenian government spokesman, Jelko Kacin, and one of the leading infectologists confirmed on Tuesday, explaining that the situation in both countries is similar.

Speaking at an extraordinary press conference on Tuesday about 13 new cases of coronavirus in Slovenia, including 6 cases of transmission from abroad, Kacin said that the statement of Health Minister, Tomaz Gantar, about Croatia as a potentially epidemiologically dangerous destination for Slovenians was " insufficiently thought out” since the epidemiological situation in both states is similar.

Due to that statement and Gantar's warning that Croatia could be on the "red list" of countries from which a 14-day quarantine is required for entry into Slovenia, the Slovenian government has been overwhelmed with inquiries, which has resulted in problems with telephone lines.

This means that despite the increase in the number of new cases in recent days in Croatia, but also in Slovenia, the border crossing regime remains the same as before.

Of the 13 new infections confirmed in Slovenia in the last 24 hours, six of them are "imported", of which three from BiH, and one case each from Serbia, Kosovo and Croatia.

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly threatened world tourism, reducing the number of international arrivals from the beginning of the year to the end of April by 44 percent over the same period last year, with revenue losses of $195 billion, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has reported.

Although April was expected to be one of the busiest times of the year due to the Easter holidays the almost universal introduction of travel restrictions led to a 97 percent drop in international tourist arrivals that month.

In March, the decline was 55 percent worldwide, while for the period from April onwards, especially for the summer part of the tourist year, the UNWTO notes that "some hope is seen", but that everything is still uncertain and ungrateful for forecasts.

"The sharp decline in the number of tourists threatens millions of jobs and the economy, and it is vital that restarting tourism becomes a priority and managed responsibly, protecting the most vulnerable and taking care of health and safety. Until tourism is restarted, we call for strong support and we welcome the steps taken by both the EU and individual countries, including France and Spain, to economically support tourism and build the foundations for recovery," said the UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili.

UNWTO data shows that by the end of April, tourism in Asia and the Pacific had been hit hardest by the pandemic, with 51 percent fewer foreign tourists than last year, while Europe was in second place with a 44 percent drop. They are followed by the Middle East with a drop of 40 percent, America with 36 percent, while in Africa there were 35 percent fewer international tourist arrivals than last year.

The UNWTO points out that they projected in early May that tourism in 2020 could face a potential drop in the total number of international tourists of 60 to 80 percent, depending on the lifting of travel restrictions.

But they add that since mid-May, they have found an increase in the number of destinations gradually opening with measures to restart tourism, including the introduction of improved safety and hygiene measures and policies aimed at promoting domestic tourism.

 

By following these used RV buying tips you are sure to make a great investment in the future recreation fun for the whole family. The secret is to take your time get the information you need to make an informed decision on your RV purchase. Many will say get educated first and do your research on all the options then decide on the facts not just on what a salesman tells you.

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The best place to begin is to set a budget for your family. Start with all the basics. Fuel costs, RV Insurance, storage, RV park fees and maintenance costs. You will need to be very realistic with the costs. Recreational Vehicle price ranges very on the class RV you decide on. If you’re the large family Class A type in the uses class the price range can be almost anything you can think of. Used Class A RVs for sale can run from about $29,000 into the millions of dollars depending on the size and the options installed.
To start with size does matter. What are your families requirements when it comes to space needed to accommodate them? If they are cramped their activities will be very limited. Too much space is just throwing your money away. Sleeping quarters for family members and guests for as few as three or as many as you need, will determine the size required.

Begin your research online once you have a size and type in mind. RV websites offering free information are all over. Most of the RV dealerships have websites with lots of great information. Don’t be afraid to search in other states for what you want. You would be surprised at the special packages RV dealerships have to accommodate RV buyers. Many will offer to provide for your travel to their site so you can drive the new or used RV home.

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Price guidelines are a subject you must be on top of at all times to insure you are getting a fair price. NADA can provide a good baseline price range and it is the publication most often used. Armed with the NADA numbers a little research online with some price comparisons to verify the price ranges of some of the models will keep you up to date.

The buyer inspection is very important for both new and used RVs to insure everything is serviceable and in good working order. If unsure hire an RV inspection service or a very good mechanic that has RV knowledge. New will include Factory Warranties used can get extended warranties. But get all the details up front like where the RV needs to go for service and just what it covers.

Before purchasing a used recreational vehicle, have it checked out fully by a professional mechanic who has a specialty in RVs. If you decide to finance through a bank or lender, the lender may require this inspection before granting you financing.

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All families should consider renting the RV of their choice before buying. Used RV Buying tips will help with the big investment in the family’s future and it is best to try and RV on for size first to be sure it is going to meet the family needs. There are many high quality companies across the country that will rent you and RV. The top listed are Cruise America and Freedom Roads plus there are many others to choose from.

Many used RVs carry warranties that can be transferred to new owners. Make sure you have all the details first. Is it transferable and what does it cover and for how long. You may like the idea of an RV service plan or extended warranty program. Many times they can save some costly repairs that may be needed unexpectedly.

If you live in an area with more than one RV dealer carrying the model you want visit them both and let them compete for your business. You can bargain your way in to some great deals using this method. Buying an RV, Boat or Car always required some wheeling and dealing to get a good price so keep the salesman on his toes.

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The price is a lot more appealing because there is no depreciation. The first owner paid this for you. Used more often than not happen to be well cared for with all the new bugs worked out already. Bugs and the standard water leaks and electrical problems bad connections and shorts that come with any new RV. Are you considering buying a used RV? Used RV buying tips will save you from having to work them all out yourself.

 

The official state jet has been grounded. On June 13, there was a breakdown on a flight that was supposed to transport a patient from Dubrovnik to Zagreb for emergency medical reasons. But when the official government jet touched down at Dubrovnik Airport, oil was spotted leaking from the right engine, reports Nova TV. None of the crew members, nor the passengers were endangered on that occasion.

The plane is currently grounded in Dubrovnik, where the fault is being rectified. President Zoran Milanovic, who was scheduled to travel on an official visit to Moscow on the government plane has cancelled his trip. It is reported that the malfunction cannot be repaired in time for the planned trip, and there are no commercial flights to Russia due to the coronavirus epidemic.

"An unusually large loss of engine oil was noticed from the right engine of the aircraft, and according to the instructions of the engine manufacturer, a series of tests were performed to determine the most precise position of the engine failure. This failure is common in jet aircraft. Neither the crew members nor passengers were in danger. The arrival of a special team of mechanics to repair the defect on the aircraft is expected in Dubrovnik today. Work on the aircraft should be completed on June 24, 2020, if there is no need for further work,” commented a state spokesman.

 

The number of new cases in the Republic of Croatia in a 24-hour period is 19, which means that the total number of people who have contracted the virus since the pandemic began is now 2,336, announced the Civil Protection Directorate today.

The new cases are from Bjelovar-Bilogora County, one from Šibenik-Knin County, one from Dubrovnik-Neretva County, one from Međimurje County, one from Koprivnica-Križevci County, 9 people are from the City of Zagreb, 3 people are from Osijek County -Baranya County, and 2 from the Zadar County.

So far 72,746 people have been tested, of which 268 in the last 24 hours. There are currently 9 people in hospital, and there are no patients on a ventilator.

 

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