Sunday, 19 May 2024
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

The latest rankings for the most stressful airports in Europe for 2024 have been unveiled, shedding light on the traveller experience across the continent. According to the Stressful Airports Index released by travel experts at StressFreeCarRental.com, Charles-de-Gaulle Airport in Paris has secured the unenviable top position for the second consecutive year. Conversely, Zagreb Airport in Croatia emerges as the least stressful airport, offering travellers a more relaxed journey.

The index, which evaluates airports based on factors such as passenger numbers, distance from city centres, flight destinations, car parking charges, and departure delays, provides valuable insights for travellers seeking smoother airport experiences.

Among the notable findings, Charles-de-Gaulle Airport in France clinched the top spot due to its considerable distance from the city centre (31.66 km), extensive flight options (270 destinations), and hefty car parking charges (€100 for a week). Meanwhile, London's Heathrow Airport boasts the highest parking fee on the index at €143.34 per week.

On the other end of the spectrum, Zagreb Airport in Croatia stands out as the least stressful airport, with a departure delay score of 1.4 out of 5 and a convenient distance of just 22.04 km from the city centre.

John Charnock, CEO of StressFreeCarRental.com, emphasized the importance of a stress-free airport experience, stating, "A bad and stressful airport experience could make or break the holiday." He highlighted Charles-de-Gaulle Airport's challenges, including high passenger volumes, expensive parking fees, and significant departure delays.

The Stressful Airport Index serves as a valuable resource for travellers, providing insights into the factors that contribute to airport stress levels and helping them make informed decisions when planning their journeys.

 

Europe's leading low-cost airline, Ryanair, has announced a special 24-hour flash sale starting today, April 24th. This limited-time offer provides travellers with a 20% discount on flights scheduled between April and June. The sale will be live until midnight tonight, offering an extensive selection of destinations across Ryanair's renowned network.

Travelers can take advantage of this opportunity to book affordable flights to a variety of must-see destinations, including sunny hotspots, vibrant city breaks, and hidden gems waiting to be explored.

Jade Kirwan, Ryanair's Head of Communications, expressed excitement about the sale, stating, "As summer approaches, the urge to travel grows stronger. Why wait when Ryanair is offering a massive 24-hour flash sale with 20% off all flights for travel between April and June? Stop overthinking those summer plans and book a low fare Ryanair flight to one of Europe's sunny hotspots, vibrant city escapes, or undiscovered destinations waiting to be explored. Ryanair's fantastic flash sale fares are available to book now on ryanair.com until midnight tonight."

Travelers are encouraged to visit ryanair.com to seize this opportunity and secure their dream getaway at a discounted rate before the sale ends.

Croatian President Zoran Milanović told Albanian Foreign Minister Igliu Hasanaj on Tuesday that Croatia supports Albania's accession to the European Union, the president's office announced.

The conversation partners agreed that Croatia and Albania have excellent bilateral relations.

Milanović confirmed Croatia's strong support for Albania's EU membership and reiterated his belief that Albania's EU membership negotiations should already be in the final stages, especially considering the fact that the country has been a NATO member for 15 years, the statement said.

The European Championship, which takes place in Germany from June 14th to July 14th, is getting closer.

Let's remind you, Croatia will play against Spain, Albania, and Italy there. UEFA has released a list of referees who will be there, and there are no Croatian referees on the list, not even Ivan Bebek, who often works as a VAR referee at Champions League matches, reports SK.

When it comes to neighbouring countries, Slovenia will have as many as seven referees in Germany, some of whom are fourth officials, and they also have VAR referees. Two referees are coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Irfan Peljto and Senad Ibrišimbegović).

The German delegation is led by Daniel Siebert, who recently refereed the derby between Hajduk and Dinamo, and three referees from Argentina will also be at the Euros.

 

According to data from the eVisitor tourist registration and deregistration system, there were about 11,000 tourists in Dubrovnik last weekend, which is 29 percent more than at this time last year.

The most numerous guests were from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Croatia, Ireland, Poland, and Finland.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 143 and a half thousand arrivals and close to 362 thousand overnight stays, which is 17 percent more than in the same period last year.

On the occasion of the passing of the long-time prominent tourism professional and author of books on Dubrovnik tourism, Nikša Bender, Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković extended his condolences to the family:

Dear family,

With the passing of Mr. Nikša Bender, the City has lost one of the most knowledgeable experts on the history of Dubrovnik tourism, one of those who, through their dedicated work, contributed to its creation and advancement.

Throughout almost his entire life, he was connected to tourism, writing about it in his retirement years, working in the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and tourist agencies before that. He initiated numerous tourism events, spearheaded the publication of the magazine "Welcome to Dubrovnik," as well as the production of the first promotional tourist film about Dubrovnik. All of this was yet another manifestation of his love for this city.

He left an indelible mark with his two publications under that title, preserving the memory of those who contributed to the development and success of tourism in Dubrovnik and Croatia. One of them undoubtedly was Mr. Nikša.

He left us with so much legacy, and his exceptional contribution to the history and affirmation of Dubrovnik and Croatian tourism is confirmed by numerous awards he deservedly received, thereby promoting the name of Dubrovnik worldwide.

On my personal behalf and on behalf of the City of Dubrovnik, I express sincere condolences to the entire family.

Mayor

Mato Franković

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board organized a free Flower Concert in the beautiful setting of the garden of the Crijević Pucić Summer Residence.

This exceptional event, enriched with classical music and beautiful floral decorations by Kristina Skvrce, created a magical atmosphere in the garden of the Ljetnikovac. Visitors had the opportunity to enjoy a specially crafted Dubrovnik cake adorned with sugared flowers, further enhancing their experience of this unique event.

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As part of the program, distinguished art historian Ivan Viđen gave an inspiring lecture entitled "Summer Residences at the Doors of the City: Curiosities from the History of the Summer Retreat," providing visitors with insight into the rich history of this historical site.

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Following the lecture, visitors were delighted by the performance of the String Quartet of the DSO, whose members Đana Kahriman, Anvar Turdyev, Šimun Končić, and Mihaela Martinović, with their extraordinary talent, provided a top-notch musical experience.

Just a few days remain until the eighth edition of Du Motion - Runners' Days Dubrovnik, which once again gathers running enthusiasts from across the globe to the stunning city of Dubrovnik.

"We're witnessing record numbers once again; all races are sold out, and we're expecting 2700 participants from a staggering 50 countries," emphasized Du Motion Director, Alen Bošković.

The excitement kicks off on Saturday, April 27th, with the thrilling yet challenging Walls Race, transforming the globally renowned symbol of the city into an exclusive running track. On the same day, the laughter and cheers of joyful children from Dubrovnik kindergartens and elementary schools will resonate along Stradun during the Orlando Children's Race.

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Sunday, April 28th, is reserved for the internationally acclaimed Dubrovnik 21K race, which sold out months in advance and will feature a slightly modified route this year. Additionally, the Dubrovnik 5K citizen's race, with one thousand participants running in support of ten-year-old Marko Akrap, will add a touch of philanthropy to the event.

The upcoming weekend promises a city in motion, with hundreds of volunteers from elementary and high schools, various municipal services, the Red Cross, sports and car clubs, and the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service ensuring smooth operations.

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"We invite our fellow citizens to join us in cheering along the race route or on Stradun. Come and enjoy the incredible atmosphere, greet the runners because your support means a lot to them. Together, we can create an unforgettable experience for all Du Motion participants," concluded Bošković.

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