Friday, 10 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.


If you were thinking of renting a jet ski whilst in Dubrovnik on holiday then please don’t behave like this! Yesterday a rented jet ski buzzed around the Belvedere beach just a few metres from swimmers.

The arrogant rider was showing off his “skills” within a few metres of swimmers who shouted at him to move away. Swimmers quickly made their way out of the sea trying to avoid the mad rider. Finally he responded to the shouts of the people on the beach and moved away. According to the law jet skis can only be used at a distance of 300 metres from the shoreline, which in this example of bad driving clearly wasn’t the case.


The Lapad beach unofficially opened yesterday as the security fences were moved away and swimmer rolled out their towels for the first time since the construction works began. Even though the beach hasn’t yet been officially opened guests can use four hospitality objects - a pastry shop, a cafe bar, an a la carte restaurant and a cocktail bar on the beach.

There are around 200 loungers on the beach, so plenty of room to finds a spare one, and two showers, and there is a new playground for children. The fence has been removed and the four entrances to the beach are open.

Works on the beach project began in mid-July last year and the total investment is around 90 million Kunas.

lapad beach opens

The Croatian Mountain Rescue has once again come up with a fantastic message on their social media channels.

Known for the dry wit and poignant messages the latest photo and message is sure to hit the mark again. This photo was posted on the official Twitter channel of the rescue service along with the message - #deartourists we wish you great time in Croatia. Have fun, stay safe. Call #112 in the event of an emergency. #HGSS #flipflopstyle


This year the Croatian capital of Zagreb is one of the most desirable tourist locations. Apart from statistical data that confirm that fact, numerous tourists have also expressed their thrill with Zagreb on social networks and blogs.

Every year Zagreb is packed with tourists who are more than excited to explore the Croatian capital, its history and charms it offers to its visitors.

Among many enthralled visitors is one of the most famous German bloggers Victoria Ade-Genschow. She posts numerous travels on her blog British Berliner, which also includes her visit to Croatia and Zagreb.

The German blogger was especially enchanted with the Croatian capital and commented it as a desirable family destination and a great destination for young people.

In the introduction, Victoria presented Zagreb as one of the oldest cities in Central Europe with rich history and many attractions. Therefore, if you have a chance to visit Zagreb or find yourself wandering around the city, here is the list of Victoria's top ten reasons to visit the Croatian capital.

1. The Gric cannon at the Lotrscak Tower (Croatian: Grički top)

2. Zagreb's mummy Nesi Hensu

3. Bicycle rental

4. Zagreb's museums

5. The Order of the Silver Dragon on St. Mark's Square

6. Safety and cleanliness of the city

7. The Kravat Regiment

8. The Zagreb 360° viewpoint

9. Tourist walks

10. The Gric Tunnel (Croatian: Tunel Grič).

A market of agricultural products will be held in Dubrovnik tomorrow, Thursday, July 27th on the plateau next to the cable car on mountain of Srd.

The fair will gather small producers and will last from 9 am to 9 pm. Producers that will be presented are from Dubrovnik region and will offer fruit, vegetables and traditional, homemade products from the region.

Fair is a part of the project AGROBIZNIS - breeding of agricultural heritage in the cross-border region of Dubrovnik-Herzegovina aimed at establishing a permanent communication between agricultural producers and consumers of agricultural products.

It is the most watched music video on YouTube ever and now it has a Croatian touch. Despacito by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee has almost 5 billion views on online channels. And the popular 2Cellos have recorded their own take on this globally popular hit and their version had so far received over 6 million hits.

With its 3.3 million certified sales plus track-equivalent streams, "Despacito" is one of the best-selling Latin singles in the United States. On April 17, 2017, a remix version featuring Canadian singer Justin Bieber was released; this version helped to improve the song's chart performance in numerous countries, particularly in the English-speaking world.

According to data from the eVisitor system that contain tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), tourist traffic in Croatia in the first six months of 2017 recorded a significant increase in comparison to the same period last year.

The data show that 5,7 million arrivals and 22,9 million overnight stays were achieved in the first half of this year, i.e. 22 percent more in arrivals and 23 percent more in overnight stays compared to the first six months of 2016.

Foreign tourists realized 4,8 million arrivals and 20 million overnight stays, up 24 percent in both categories, whilst domestic tourists also realized a significant increase in arrivals (14%) and overnight stays (20%).

Most overnight stays were achieved by tourists from Germany (4,9 million), Austria (2,2 million), Slovenia (almost 2 million), the UK (1,3 million) and Poland (1,1 million).

When it comes to tourist traffic by Croatian regions, the most successful was the Istria County with 6,8 million overnight stays, followed by Kvarner (3,9 million) and the Split-Dalmatia County (3,9 million).

As far as Croatian destinations are concerned, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Dubrovnik, followed by Rovinj, Porec, Zagreb and Split.

When it comes to accommodation facilities, out of the total number of overnight stays achieved in the first half of this year, most of them were realized in hotels (8,72 million), household facilities (5,48 million) and camps (4,24 million), whilst over 890,000 overnight stays were recorded in the nautical charter.

''The results of tourist traffic in the first six months of this year only confirm that Croatia has become a year-round destination'', commented the Croatian Minister of Tourism Garri Cappelli.

Cappelli also added that apart from traditional tourist markets such as Germany, Austria and Slovenia, Croatia’s tourist industry also achieved excellent results on the markets of the United Kingdom, Poland and the US, with a growth of over 30 percent. ''Numerous new flights that have been introduced this year have significantly contributed to these great results'', said Cappelli.

Furthermore, high growth in physical tourism indicators Croatia also recorded in June, when 2,7 million arrivals and 13,5 million overnight stays were recorded by the eVisitor system i.e. 32 percent in arrivals and 33 percent in overnight stays more compared to the same period last year.

Out of the total number of arrivals and overnight stays in June 2017, foreign tourists realized 2,4 million arrivals and 13 million overnight stays, or 34 percent more on an annual level, whilst domestic tourists recorded a rise of 18 percent in arrivals and 28 percent in overnight stays.

Most overnight stays were realized by tourists from Germany (3,45 million), Austria (1,24 million), Slovenia (1,18 million), the Czech Republic (795,000) and Poland (789,000).
In June, the most successful Croatian region in terms of overnight stays was the Istria County with 4,26 million overnight stays followed by Kvarner (2,49 million) and the Split-Dalmatia County (2,39 million).

In addition, the Croatian Ministry of Tourism also published data from the Croatian National Bank (HNB) , according to which tourism revenues in the first three months of this year amounted 395,9 million Euros, or 2,3 percent more than in the same period last year.

Dubrovnik is the top-rated destinations in Eastern Mediterranean chosen by cruisers! That has been published by the Cruise Critic, the largest online cruise review website. This is their second 'Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Destination Awards' and Dubrovnik won. All rankings are based on member review ratings for cruises taken in the last year.

-Choosing a cruise line plan is not easy, especially because of the growing number of wonderful destinations available for cruises - explained Adam Coulter, UK editor of Cruise Critic and added that with analyzing  first hand information from travelers and sharing them they try to inspre and guide their passengers to make it easier to choose a cruise plan with which they will be delighted.

You can see the whole list of top rated Eastern Mediterranean destinations here.

When it comes to Dubrovnik, during this year around 760 thousand passengers on round trips are expected. That is around 9 percent less than last year. The daily number of cruise visitors is limited to 8,000.


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