Tuesday, 16 April 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

Regarding the Ramazan Bayram, the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, sent his congratulations to the main Dubrovnik imam, Salkan ef. Herić, the Islamic Community in Dubrovnik, and to all fellow citizens of the Islamic faith. The entire text of the congratulations is as follows:

"Dear Mr. Herić,

On behalf of the City of Dubrovnik and personally, I extend my congratulations to you and to all fellow citizens of the Islamic faith on the occasion of Ramazan Bayram.

Ramazan is above all a time of unity, so I wish for our thoughts to be directed towards solidarity and assistance to those in greatest need. May the love and kindness we share strengthen the bonds among people and inspire us to build a better world.

Dubrovnik has always been a symbol of tolerance, respect for diversity, and coexistence of different cultures and faiths. Therefore, let us continue together to preserve the rich identity of our City in the spirit of mutual respect.

Bajram Šerif Mubarek Olsun!

With respect,


Mato Franković"


The Tourist Board of the Municipality of Mljet began implementing a project to update and create a network of cycling routes on the island at the end of last year.

At a workshop held in mid-November 2023, the lecturers and designers of this project, Ms. Lidija Mišćin and Mr. Boris Mišćin, proposed new cycling routes that include GPX files and technical data for the routes, and at the beginning of this year, the routes were finally consolidated on newly created cycling maps.

The maps are printed in three language variants (Croatian, English, and Italian). Mljet will now finally have consolidated cycling routes throughout the island, thus contributing to the development of cycling tourism and further enriching the tourist offer throughout the year.

Cycling maps can be obtained free of charge at the Tourist Board office in Sobra. 

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Preparatory work is underway in Dubrovnik to commence the restoration and rehabilitation of the statue of Saint Blaise above the Outer Pile Gates, with an estimated duration of 60 days.

Significant damage to the statue of Saint Blaise was identified as early as 2020, prompting preventive conservation and restoration work to prevent further deterioration. Through detailed examination, it was determined that a large portion of the sculpture's surface had eroded, causing it to lose its original form.

Saint Blaise Statue Above Dubrovniks Outer Pile Gates Undergoes Restoration 1

Photo - DPDS


The head of the statue of Saint Blaise is detached, with several cracks on the neck, a visible crack on the bishop's mitre, and on the part of the statue from the shoulder to the chest. The statue's beard is detached and subsequently attached with a bronze peg. A portion of the sculpture below the staff is affected by malachite greenery, as well as a small part of the wreath, while a smaller area of the stone is covered with black grime.

Rimac Technology, a manufacturer of electric drive systems and battery systems for global automotive manufacturers, has entered into a long-term partnership with the BMW Group. Rimac Technology will develop and produce high-voltage battery systems for BMW Group vehicles to be used in future generations of models planned for the second half of the 2020s, reports TPortal.

By delivering large quantities of advanced battery systems, Rimac Technology is entering the next phase - the development and production of technology for large-scale projects. Collaboration with the BMW Group marks a significant milestone for Rimac Technology, as it represents the largest and most ambitious project the company has undertaken to date.

Such a developmental leap requires the establishment of complex and large automated production lines for batteries, which will be located at the new Rimac Campus near Zagreb. A significant part of the campus will be dedicated specifically to this project, emphasizing the company's commitment to partnership with the BMW Group.

Dubrovnik is among the top cities for free attractions, new research by John Lewis Finance has uncovered. The research reveals the top 10 European cities with the highest number of free attractions.

“Our research reveals that Assisi in Italy boasts the highest number of top-rated free attractions, with 21 options to explore across an area with a population of just under 28,000. Following closely after Assisi are Dubrovnik in Croatia and Chania in Greece,” writes the website.

City breaks are among the top choices for holidaymakers in 2024, with 39% opting for this type of getaway. In light of this John Lewis Finance analysed thousands of the top-rated free TripAdvisor attractions all throughout Europe, to uncover the best city breaks that won't break the bank.

“Located in the stunning coastline surrounded by crystal blue water, this Croatian town is a picturesque scene straight out of a postcard. While many will recognise it as the backdrop featured in Game of Thrones, serving as the primary filming location for King’s Landing, the town offers so much more than that,” adds the website.

Top ten European cities for free attractions:

1. Assisi, Italy

2. Dubrovnik, Croatia

3. Chania, Greece

4. Florence, Italy

5. Venice, Italy

6. Rhodes, Greece

7. Bruges, Belgium

8. Porto, Portugal

9. Reykjavik, Iceland

10. Lisbon, Portugal


Yesterday, the 32nd session of the Croatian Tourist Board Council was held, during which the Council members, among other things, adopted decisions on the allocation of non-refundable funds and support based on previously announced public calls. This concerns the Public Tender for the allocation of funds to regional tourist boards in tourist underdeveloped areas and the continent in 2024, through which a total of over 3.4 million euros was allocated for 41 projects, and funds were also allocated through the Public Tender for united tourist boards, totalling over 2.9 million euros for 114 projects that met all the competition requirements.

"A strong and developed system of tourist boards is one of the key foundations for further development of Croatian tourism, i.e., development of tourism offerings at destination level, as well as the effective implementation of their promotion on a global scale. By allocating funds to united tourist boards, as well as to regional tourist boards in underdeveloped areas and the continent, we positively affect the dispersion of tourist traffic, extension of the season, stimulation of tourist spending, and thus the sustainability of Croatian tourism," stated Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Croatian Tourist Board, adding that quality events are also an important part of the offering, often being the main reason for visiting a particular destination.

At yesterday’s session, the HTZ Tourist Council also adopted a decision to approve funds totalling nearly 1.3 million euros for marketing collaborations with over 30 organizers of TOP events in 2024, including events such as the ATP tournament Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag, INmusic festival, SEA STAR festival, Rabska fjera, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Sinjska alka, and others.

"The development of the continent and underdeveloped areas, as well as the encouragement of cooperation among tourist boards to make the system stronger and more resilient, strongly contributes to achieving the goals of our reform, as it promotes tourism development equally in all parts of the country, as well as strengthening the quality of products and services. That's why we increase funds for this purpose every year, and this year we have provided a record amount of 10 million euros for regional and local tourist boards. We also encourage the quality of offerings through co-financing TOP events, and I am pleased that this year we will support more than 30 events, from the coast to the continent, which will surely be an additional incentive for tourists to visit throughout the year," said Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac.

It should be noted that the Council members also adopted the Annual Report on the implementation of the HTZ work program for 2023, as well as accompanying financial reports, according to which HTZ achieved a total revenue, including funds from special funds, in the amount of 47,855,541 euros last year. This represents a realization of 100.1% compared to planned revenues.

The average monthly net salary in legal entities in the City of Zagreb for January of this year was 1,409 euros, which is nominally higher by four percent compared to December and an increase of 12.2 percent compared to January 2023, according to data from the City Office for Economy, Environmental Sustainability, and Strategic Planning.

Compared to the average monthly salary for January at the national level in Croatia, which was 1,239 euros, the average net salary in Zagreb for that month was higher by 170 euros.

The highest average monthly net salary in legal entities for January in Zagreb was paid in the extraction of crude oil and natural gas industry, amounting to 2,184 euros.

The lowest salary was paid in the production of leather and related products, amounting to 864 euros.

The median net salary for January of this year was 1,201 euros, meaning that half of the employees earned less, and half earned more than that amount.

The average monthly gross salary per employee in legal entities in the City of Zagreb for January 2024 was 1,987 euros, which is an increase of 4.5 percent compared to December 2023, and an increase of 12.5 percent compared to January 2023.

Libertas Dubrovnik has announced that during the first three months of 2024, the city and suburban public transportation system witnessed a notable surge in ridership. According to the latest data released by the transportation authority, a total of 1,279,644 passengers were recorded, marking an 11.27 percent increase compared to the same period in 2023.

The suburban routes experienced a spike of 8,189 additional passengers, while the city routes saw an impressive rise of 126,058 more passengers. This surge in ridership indicates a growing reliance on public transportation services in and around Dubrovnik.


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