Wednesday, 12 December 2018
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 breaking news that Ryanair would be operating flights to Dubrovnik and Split next summer season came as a surprise, and none more so than to Dubrovnik and Split airports. Even though the news was widely released two days ago in the Irish press and in fact all over the world that for the first time ever the low-cost airline would operate flights to Dubrovnik it would appear that the airport knew nothing about these new flights.

Speaking to the Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List a spokesperson at Dubrovnik Airport commented that “We are surprised with Ryanair’s announcement that next summer they will launch flights to Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik Airport has received no official information about their arrival, nor has any agreement regarding slots or services with them been signed.”

And it would appear that Split airport is also completely in the dark about this breaking news with their spokesperson adding that “Nothing has changed at this period with regards to Split Airport and Ryanair. Our officials were at a conference in the middle of November in Madrid where flights were discussed. Nevertheless, no contact was made with Ryanair.”

Both airports have no contracts and no agreements with Ryanair and yet tickets for these new connections are available for sale on the airlines website.

Dublin Airport on the other hand seem to be well aware of these new flights with a statement reading “These beautiful Croatian cities are full of culture and history and I have no doubt they will be hugely popular destinations.” Adding that “"We will work close with Ryanair’s management team to promote its new services.”

Ryanair have been trying for years to enter both Dubrovnik and Split airports but to release tickets for sale without an agreement with these airports would seem rather premature to say the very least.

Dubrovnik is certainly in the Christmas spirit with the latest decoration bringing colour and joy to the Stradun. The shop window of the Dubrovnik pharmacy under the main bell tower is now full of advent festivities after students of the Art School decorated it with their “Advent Calendar on the Stradun.”

In order to make Stradun as the central venue for the 5th Dubrovnik Winter Festival even more beautiful and more appropriate for the holiday atmosphere, the City of Dubrovnik created the "Advance Calendar on the Stradun" project.

Various schools are involved in the project and their students will create advent calendars to be displayed on the Stradun. A great idea and one that is helping to bring a touch of colour to the Old City over the festive season.

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shop window pharmacy dubrovnik christmas

festive shop window dubrovnik

One of the leading car manufacturers in the world, South Korea's Hyundai, is considering open a factory in Croatia. According to reports in the Croatian media the South Korean car giant is seriously exploring the possibilities of launching a production facility in Croatia.

Apparently the Croatian government and Hyundai have been in negotiations for two months and they are currently analysing the potential investment. Further details as to the size of the investment are still unknown however it is believed that a site in northern Croatia is being considered and that the future plant will not just be for making parts but for actually producing the finished product.

If the South Korean automobile giant ultimately decides on such an investment, it would be of great importance to Croatia because it would open up a large number of new jobs, further boost exports, and better position the country on the investment map.

The attraction of the automotive industry to Croatia is one of the goals of the Government. Some companies in Croatia already produce parts for the world auto industry, and Croatia also has its own home-grown electric cars. According to official data, the Croatian car industry employs 2,861 workers.

In the first nine months of this banks in Croatia achieved a pre-tax profit of 5.25 billion Kuna, double the amount they made in the same period from last year.

The Croatian National Bank (CNB) has published the profit and loss accounts for banks in the country this year and it shows that it has been an extremely profitable year so far. In the first nine months of this year there were 23 active banks in Croatia, which is three less than last year, as two banks went into voluntary liquidation and one open bankruptcy proceedings.

Figures from the CNB show that from January to end of September banks in Croatia increased their profits by a healthy 99.7 percent, or around 2.62 billion Kuna.

For those of you with a sweet tooth this Saturday the 8th of December will be an opportunity to taste some delicious cakes and treats. The Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the City of Dubrovnik are jointly organising, for the eleventh year running, the Dubrovnik “Cake Party” will be held at 11.00am on the Stradun and all in a good cause.

In this humanitarian cake sale various cakes and sweets have been donated by local businesses, and we at The Dubrovnik Times are proud to be part, and the sale of these tasty slices will collect funds for the purchase of a neuro-feedback apparatus and the equipping of the sensory room of the Polyclinic for Mental Health Protection of Children and the Early Intervention Project of the General Hospital Dubrovnik.

The slices of cake will be on sale for only 15 Kunas and there will also be a rich entertainment program, a great opportunity to catch a sweet treat and donate to a worthy cause.

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For the first time in history a Croatian is the proud owner of the most prestigious individual award in football, the Ballon d’or. At a gala ceremony in Paris last night the Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modrić picked up the Ballon d’Or and broke a decade of dominance from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The midfield star becomes the first ever Croatian to win the Ballon d’Or. And it has certainly been a year to remember for Modrić who won a silver medal at the 2018 World Cup as well as the Champions League with Real Madrid.

He has also won individual medals along the way with the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup to the FIFA award “The Best” in September.

World reactions to Luka Modrić winning Ballon d’Or

Modric, who is the first Croatian to win the Ballon d'Or, beat off competition from former Real Madrid team-mate Ronaldo, who was second, and France's World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann in third place. – The Telegraph

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade. Modric, 33, won his third successive Champions League in May before helping Croatia to a first World Cup final. – BBC

Luka Modric a deserved winner, some thinking that Lionel Messi should have been higher after Barcelona’s brilliant La Liga season. But take a bow, Luka! You earned it, after manning the Real Madrid midfield to perfection and guiding Croatia to an unexpected World Cup final – The Sun

luka modric wins ballon dor in paris

“As a kid we all have dreams. My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies,” Modric told reporters after accepting the award. “The Ballon d’Or was more than just a dream for me and it is really an honour and a privilege to hold this trophy.” – The New York Times

Modric, 33, finished ahead of 2017 winner Ronaldo of Juventus and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann for the prize, leaving Messi, who was fifth, outside the top three for the first time since 2006. Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe finished fourth to round out the top five. Brazil star Neymar, who helped PSG to a domestic Treble last season, finished a distant 12th. – ESPN

The winner of the Ballon d'Or 2018 is Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, adding to his awards as FIFA's The Best and the World Cup's Golden Ball.The 33-year-old has entered the history books, ending 10 years of duopoly dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. - Marca

Croatian captain and Real Madrid ace Luka Modrić has finally broken years of dominance of the Ballon d’Or by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Luka Modrić won the most prestigious individual award in football tonight at the award ceremony in Paris.

The midfield star becomes the first ever Croatian to win the Ballon d’Or. And it has certainly been a year to remember for Modrić who won a silver medal at the 2018 World Cup as well as the Champions League with Real Madrid.

He has also won individual medals along the way with the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup to the FIFA award “The Best” in September.

The biggest low-cost airline in the world, Ryanair, will fly to Dubrovnik from Dublin in 2019. This will be a historic move by the Irish based airline as it is the first time that Ryanair has operated flights to Dubrovnik.

The new Ryanair flights to Dubrovnik from Dublin will operate four times a week as part of the airline’s summer schedule for 2019. And along with Dubrovnik the airline will also connect Split.

The Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison, welcomed the news stating that "These beautiful Croatian cities are full of culture and history and I have no doubt they will be hugely popular destinations.” Adding that “"We will work close with Ryanair’s management team to promote its new services.”

ryanir coming to croatia

Ryanair will have a total of 13 new services from Dublin Airport next summer to Bodrum, Bordeaux, Bournemouth, Caligari, Dubrovnik, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Kyiv, London Southend, Lourdes, Luxembourg, Split and Thessaloniki.

Ryanair has until now be in long-term negotiations with Dubrovnik Airport regarding flights on this popular line. Until now the airport had rejected the terms and conditions that the low-cost airline demanded but it would appear a deal has been struck and Irish media broke the news today.

Flights from Dublin to Dubrovnik open on Sunday the 3rd of June 2019 and will operate until the 25th of October. The flights are already available for sale on Ryanair’s website.

And according to information from the Ryanair website the flights from Dublin to Dubrovnik will be operated four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Dubrovnik is an extremely popular destination for Irish tourists and these new flights are sure to be popular with both potential Irish tourists and Croatians living and working in Ireland. And even though these first flights with Ryanair only cover the already busy summer period it must be hoped that interest in connecting these two cities throughout the winter months can be found.

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