Tuesday, 12 November 2019
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

Dubrovnik is a centre for tourism, a magnet for the world’s productions companies with Game of Thrones and Star Wars, and now it seems that the door has opened to another branch of tourism. The city has hosted a number of significant car events over the past year and now the destination has been awarded with international recognition. The Sun Gardens, Dubrovnik resort has picked up the “Best Venue for Car Launch” for south-east and east Europe.

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This international accolade is mainly due to the fact that this Dubrovnik resort hosted the Mercedes Benz training event earlier this year at which over 15,000 sales staff participated.

But this was just the icing on the cake as Dubrovnik also played host to Bentley convention, a Porsche event and a Hyundai congress. And this isn’t the end of the major automobile events in Dubrovnik. In 2017 Nissan will come to town for the global presentation of the new Nissan Micra, which will also be held at Sun Gardens, Dubrovnik. From the beginning of 2017 until the middle of March over 7,000 delegates from Nissan will be holding a training event in the city in parallel with the Micra launch.

The Old City of Dubrovnik was absolutely packed last night as the Dubrovnik Winter Festival rolled on in festive spirit.

The Stradun resembled a summer’s evening as thousands of people enjoyed the winter stands and a concert in front of the St. Blaise Church.

Check out our gallery from last night

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''The construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Croatia is a low-risk investment that is not complicated, and it could bring huge commercial benefits to the country very soon'', said Ian Brzezinski, a member of the Atlantic Council's Strategic Advisors Group.

At a panel discussion held in the House of Europe in Zagreb on the 30th of November Croatia's role in the Three Seas Initiative was discussed in order to encourage the country to become a regional leader in strengthening economically and politically the area between the three seas.

The Three Seas Initiative is a political platform which gathers twelve EU member countries of Central and Eastern Europe situated in the Adriatic-Baltic-Black Seas region. It was launched with the main goal of boosting the regional competitiveness and development primarily through the development of energy, transport and communications infrastructure.

Ian Brzezinski, the son of a famous American expert for geopolitics Zbigniew Brzezinski, also emphasized that the LNG terminal in Rijeka would be important not only for countries in northern and southern parts of Europe but for the whole European Union. ‘’Therefore, the government of Croatia should change local conditions in order to enable this north-south energy corridor to become a reality’’, explained Brzezinski.

David Koranyi, the director of the Atlantic Council's Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative said that it was the right moment for the construction of the LNG terminal which would be useful for Croatia due to its good European environment and the proximity of interested gas supply importers.


Travel+Leisure published a list of unreal bars for a drink you'll never forget and Dubrovnik is right on the top!

- Whether it's one of the most breathtaking views in the world, a completely unique location, or a cocktail you simply can't find anywhere else, these bars are more than just watering holes – it's explained in the article.

The first one is... Buza bar! Famous bar located on the cliffs right by the sea has attracted many visitors since it was opened.

- Game of Thrones fans will enjoy locating the hidden Buza Bar in Dubrovnik, Croatia, as its nearby streets and magnificent views have often been the backdrop for the show. A literal hole in the wall, the bar leads curious travelers to a charming drinking spot on cliffs hugging the ocean with breathtaking views over the Adriatic Sea – writes Travel+Leisure.

Dubrovnik can be really crowded during the summer, everybody knows that, and tourists are often trying to find a way to avoid the crowds. Daily Mail published an article yesterday, offering the quieter side of Croatia – Elaphiti Islands

- Nothing can be said to be certain in this world, to paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, except death, taxes — and that there are more tourists in Dubrovnik than there are teapots in England – with this witty intro starts the article and the author continues with an explanation that Dubrovnik's walled seafront old town is a marvel, as picturesque and romantic as anywhere in southern Europe, but sometimes even the most committed sightseer needs a hideaway.

And what is a better solution than the Elaphiti Islands? The Daily Mail brings a few details about Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan – picking Lopud as their favourite.

- Dubrovnik surely ranks among Europe's top 20 destinations, but with travel, juxtaposition is all — and the Elaphiti Islands offer just that – concludes Daily Mail.

Zagreb the final frontier! The tourist offer of the Croatian capital has been enriched with a new facility, the Subspace hostel, the first and only such hostel in the European Union.

On the 1st of December the futuristic hostel was opened in the Tesla Street in Zagreb and offers its guests an overnight stay in space capsules and an opportunity to experience the feeling of being aboard a spaceship.

The capacity of the Subspace hostel is 20 single bed capsules, bathroom facilities, a kitchenette, a cafe bar and a terrace at the Tesla Street. Each capsule is 2 metres long and 1.2 metres wide and high, it has a ventilation and is equipped with a bed, an android monitor, USB ports and chargers for mobile devices, a safe for money and valuable documents as well as a mirror. Yes, this is not an accommodation option for those with a touch of claustrophobia.

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The hostel ceiling and walls are painted with unique drawings that become visible under ultraviolet light and create a special impression of the night sky as if one is really in the space.

Targeted guests are all those who seek privacy, or as the owner said ‘’the Subspace hostel offers privacy of a hotel room at a hostel price’’.

The idea was inspired by Sci-Fi films such as Blade Runner, The Fifth Element and Avatar. The project was realized within a year and a half, whilst the value of this investment is slightly more than two million Kunas.

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The latest Volvo Trucks live test brings an amazing video that was shot on Dinaric Alps in Croatia. It connects pro paraglider Guillaume Galvani and truck driver Louise Marriott in the live test that has a goal to maintain speed to keep paraglider in the flight.

The most breathtaking part is for sure when a truck goes beneath the bridge – all while making sure that the paraglider is safe. This promo video ends with a note to find out how to maintain speed and still save fuel on the official Volvo pages.

Video also shows amazing beauty of Croatia that can be seen during the drive – and the flight too!

November exceeded expectations of tourist workers and despite a small number of direct flights from European centers this month record results were achieved again. According to the E-visitor system, in November there was 21 632 arrivals, which is an increase of 32 percent and 50,842 overnight stays, an increase of 27 percent. Most of the guests in November were from Croatia, Albania, the United States, Bosnia, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Slovenia... Dubrovnik is starting to get more and more attractive in the late autumn. The fact that direct year-round flights were established from Frankfurt and Istanbul and that the flight from London was kept meant a lot for the results.

Since the beginning of 2016 to the end of November in Dubrovnik, including the results of nautical tourism, there was 1,017,756 arrivals, or 12 percent more and 3,684,626 overnight stays or 13 percent more. Top guests were from the United Kingdom, followed by the Germans, the US, France, Croatia, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Australia and Italy.

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