Friday, 22 September 2023
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.


In a significant milestone, Zadar Airport welcomed its one-millionth passenger of the year, a rare occurrence in its history, last Friday. This achievement comes just a year after the airport handled over a million passengers for the first time, showcasing its remarkable growth.

The millionth traveler, disembarking from a Ryanair flight originating in Memmingen, Germany, was greeted almost a month ahead of the previous year's schedule. This accomplishment is a testament to the airport's increasing popularity and efficiency.

General Manager Josip Klišmanić expressed his delight, stating, "We are thrilled to celebrate this remarkable achievement. This year, we anticipate accommodating approximately 1.25 million passengers, reflecting a 12% increase compared to the previous year. Notably, August emerged as our busiest month ever, with Zadar Airport handling 295,000 passengers."

Zadar Airport's impressive growth can be primarily attributed to its partnership with Ryanair, which maintains a seasonal base in the city. This collaboration has played a pivotal role in driving the airport's success, and it continues to contribute significantly to its increasing passenger numbers.


The Croatian National Bank (HNB) will release the first commemorative two-euro coin into circulation on September 15th, in celebration of the introduction of the euro as the official currency in the Republic of Croatia, as announced by the bank on Tuesday.

The coin will be issued in a quantity of 250,000 pieces. The designer of the national side's artistic concept is Nikola Vudrag, a university graduate in sculpture. It was minted at the Croatian Money Mint.

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In addition to its numismatic significance, the commemorative euro coin also has the status of legal tender, and there is generally no fee for its exchange. It will be available for purchase at the cost of two euros.

Interested citizens can obtain this euro coin starting from September 15, 2023, at the counters of commercial banks and the Croatian National Bank's cashier.


In June, the City of Dubrovnik announced a Public Call for co-financing the costs of developing project documentation for the installation and integration of solar panels on residential homes.

And this invitation is open until October 8th, and for those citizens who are interested, and reside within the area of the City of Dubrovnik, need to submit applications with complete documentation by the specified date.

This will enable them to qualify for the allocation of non-repayable financial funds if they meet the requirements.

Financial support for co-financing the costs of developing project documentation can be obtained up to 90 percent of the incurred expenses, but not exceeding 930 euros, including VAT, per household.

You can find more info here


In an annual tradition that has travel enthusiasts and wanderlust aficionados on the edge of their seats, the highly anticipated list of "The 50 Best Islands in the World for 2023" from Big 7 Travel has been revealed. This compilation of the world's most captivating and alluring island destinations offers a tantalizing peek into where globetrotters should set their sights for the year ahead.

The list, put together by experts and enthusiasts alike, encompasses a wide range of island experiences. From sun-soaked Caribbean cays to serene Nordic bays and virtually everything in between, these destinations promise unique adventures and natural beauty. And a Croatian island features, not onlz in the top 50, but in the top 10! The island of Hvar came in at tenth position and was described as "Hvar might be one of Croatia’s best-known and trendiest islands but that doesn’t make it any less special. Between its cobbled alleys, cocktail bars and yacht-lined promenade it’s easy to see why travellers hotfoot to Hvar Town, but beyond the capital, there are ancient hamlets, acres of vineyards and secluded beaches for those looking for something a little more low-key. Star-spotters should get extra excited: Jelsa was recently named the first International Dark Sky Community in Southern Europe." 

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To curate this prestigious list, a meticulous selection process was employed. Scores were meticulously aggregated, taking into account valuable contributions from an engaged social media audience and travel experts who have explored these destinations firsthand. Notably, this year's assessment also considered significant events scheduled for 2023, new hotel and restaurant openings, and special initiatives designed to enhance the visitor experience.

For those eager to embark on an island escape like no other, stay tuned for detailed insights into each of the 50 featured destinations. Whether it's a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a solo expedition, this list has something for every type of traveler. It's time to start dreaming, planning, and exploring the world's best islands in 2023.


In August, Zagreb Airport achieved a remarkable milestone by handling 383,618 passengers, making it the busiest month in its history.

This figure represents a significant 10.1 percent increase compared to the same period last year and a notable 2 percent rise when compared to the pre-pandemic levels of 2019.

It's worth noting that the airport's monthly growth rate has decelerated since May.

Similar positive results are anticipated for Zagreb Airport in September, based on available seat capacity, while the return to double-digit growth percentages is expected to resume in November.

For the January to August period, Zagreb Airport welcomed a total of 2,446,623 travellers, reflecting a 7.5 percent increase compared to 2019 and a remarkable 23.8 percent surge compared to 2022.



From September 9th to 17th, 2023, the camping fair 'Il Salone del Camper' takes place in Parma, where the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board is also participating.

The Il Salone del Camper fair is being held for the 14th time at the Fiere di Parma exhibition space and gathers numerous tourism professionals, making it one of the most visited camping fairs in Europe.

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With approximately 80,000 m2 of exhibition space, the fair hosts 350 exhibitors and expects over 130,000 visitors.

From the beginning of the year until August 31st, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County recorded 39,440 arrivals and 137,372 overnight stays of Italian tourists, representing a 5 percent increase in arrivals and a 1.5 tourist decrease in overnight stays compared to the previous year.


According to the received registrations and departures of tourists through the eVisitor system, there were 18 and a half thousand tourists in Dubrovnik last weekend - three percent less than at this time last year.

In addition to the British, the most numerous guests came from the USA, Germany, France, Australia, Ireland, Spain, and Canada.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been slightly more than 954 thousand tourist arrivals in Dubrovnik and three million 63 thousand overnight stays, which is nine percent more than in the same period last year.

After the construction of the public lighting system on the slope of Srđ, from the Bosanka settlement to the state road D8, the previously unlit section from the pedestrian crossing near the Srđ Transformer Station to the base of Bruna Bušić Street in Ploče has been illuminated as the second phase of this investment.

In the first phase, lighting was previously installed along a stretch of approximately 650 metres on the old road to Bosanka, leading from the pedestrian crossing on the main road all the way to the settlement. A total of 21 lamp posts were installed, using the most modern technology with solar power supply, meeting all ecological and energy-efficient standards.

With the completion of the second phase, a total of 900 metres of the route are now illuminated, providing safe pedestrian communication for the residents of Bosanka and this part of Ploče, as well as for everyone else who uses this path.


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