Tuesday, 16 July 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

Australian Times, Britain’s only media outlet specialising in connecting with Australians living in the UK, has published a list of 5 off the beaten track (but easy to get to) European summer escapes and two are in Croatia! Orasac and Plitvice Lakes have found their place on the list with Lyon, France, Zarautz, Spain and Kotor, Montenegro.
We are glad that someone has discovered our little pearl, Orasac, located just around 15 kilometers northwest from Dubrovnik, between Zaton and Trsteno.
- The turquoise water is deep but calm in the little beach cove. And, there is a stone sea wall from which the kids (and big kids) launch themselves into the sea. A small beachside café offers visitors breezy panoramic views over the ‪‎Adriatic Sea and a seafood cuisine that is fresh and delicious – writes the author of the article, adding that it's easy to go from Orasac to Dubrovnik, as well as to visit Elaphiti islands.

Dubrovnik is the star of many videos and when you write its name in the Youtube search bar it's hard to tell which one to watch first. Every now and then we accidentally click on something special, as it was this 360° Dubrovnik tour by VR Gorilla. While you're guided by the voice of the narrator and, as usual, watching the video, you can click on the arrows and look around you! The video was made last August, but don't worry, everything is pretty much the same.

VR Gorilla is an Amsterdam based virtual reality production studio that aims to create the most immersive, enthralling experiences imaginable. If you're having a hard day and you're dreaming about the trip, maybe this is a perfect solution for you before you actually pack your bags.

The popular website Budget Travel has chosen Dubrovnik in their list of the most affordable destinations for 2016. In their recently published list entitled “26 Affordable Alternatives to Pricey Vacation Hot Spots,” the website points out that Croatia is a cheap alternative to more established holiday destinations.

“Croatia is just a hop across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, but the savings are ample,” writes the website adding that “the rolling hills and loads of sunshine are terrific for relaxation.” Budget Travel then picks out Dubrovnik as a must see destination and mentions the fact that the popular series Game of Thrones was filmed at various locations around the city.

Read the article here

Odien Group from the Czech Republic as one of the leading investors in the real estate sector plans to invest 10 million Euros in Croatian tourism in the next few years.

According to the online newspaper Poslovni.hr after taking over the Le Meridien Lav hotel and marina near Split in 2015 the Czech company has planned to invest two million Euros in a resort in Podstrana near Split this year and another eight million Euros in the next three years in order to strengthen the position of this luxury tourist complex in the tourist market.

Odien Group knows well the Croatian market mainly through their travel companies. Čedok travel agency was the first in the former country of Czechoslovakia to operate bus tours to the Adriatic coastline.

Michael Saran the managing partner of Odien Group annonuced that was only the beginning of their investment in Croatian tourism and the real estate business due to which the company would open an office in Zagreb by the end of this year. ''Although tourism has been our strategic investment, our investment interest in Croatia is not limited to tourism, which is why we decided to open an office in Zagreb. From Zagreb we will run not only operations in Croatia but in Slovenia and Montenegro’’, commented Saran.

He also added that they halted some of their investments in Turkey due to the geopolitical situation in the world and emphasized that was not the only reason why foreign investors showed interest to invest in Croatia. ‘’They see a large potential for investment especially in the tourism industry. That is why we are here’’, concluded Saran.

After the successful filming of the globally popular TV series “Game of Thrones” and the eighth episode of “Star Wars” once again Dubrovnik has an opportunity to confirm itself as a well known destination for international movie and TV industry.

Over the last ten days a casting call for extras in “Knightfall” has been put out and setting up the scenes for shooting a new series has already begun. “Knightfall” is an upcoming American historical fiction drama television series which recounts the fall, persecution and burning at the stake of The Templar Knights and will be filmed for the History Channel.

A producer of the project is the famous American actor Jeremy Renner one of the leading characters in the actual movie spectacle Captain America: Civil war.

According to some announcements the series will have ten episodes and there are some speculations that Jeremny Renner apart from his producer role might play one of the roles in the series.

In recent years History Channel has become famous for its historical drama television series Vikings.

jeremz knight dubrovnik

Jeremy Renner

The Art Heritage of the Pejacevic family is a title of a guest exhibition of the Art Museum from Osijek was opened on Sunday at the Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik.

The exhibition presents works of distinguished artists such as a baroque painter from Vienna J. G. Weickert, an English portrait painter A. Ossani, a sculptor from Hungary J. Engel, artists from the Austro-Hungarian art circles Móro Than and Franz Pinter as well as the Croatian painter J. F. Mücke. The Croatian modern art is also represented in this exhibition through the art works of Vlaho Bukovac, Mencije Clement Crncic and Nasta Rojc.

The noble family Pejacevic had a number of rich art collections in their castles in Croatia and abroad. These works were continuously collected since the beginning of the 18th century when the family arrived and settled in Slavonia and Srijem till the Second World War. Nowadays these art works are mostly a part of the holdings of galleries and museums in Croatia and in part they belong to private owners. By their quality and quantity these art collections make the most significant part of the art heritage of eastern Croatia.

The authors of this exhibition are Jasminka Najcer Sabljak a doctor of science and an art curator in the Museum of Art and Silvija Lučevnjak a professor and a director of the Homeland museum in Našice.

The exhibition will remain open until the 10th of July in the Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik.

Mr Anton Kliman the Croatian minister of tourism met with Li Jinzao the president of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) on Monday to discuss cooperation between Croatia and the People's Republic of China, cooperation as a part of the China +16 initiative as well as the possibility of boosting tourism relations between these two countries. The meeting was held in the Croatian Ministry of Tourism and this is the first time that such a high level Chinese tourism delegation has visited Croatia.

Mr Jinzao as a president of the biggest and the most important government body that covers the tourist sector in China, travels to Europe every year and he chose Croatia, the Czech Republic and the Russian Federation for his annual tour this year which only confirms that the relationship with Croatia regarding tourism has become very important for the PR of China.

On this occasion Mr Jinzao saw the sights of Zagreb and will open an exhibition at the Lisinski concert hall on Tuesday, the 7th of June. One of the topics of the meeting to be discussed is the possibility of organising a meeting of several ministers of tourism this fall in Croatia as a part of the China +16 initiative.

Growth predictions of this emissive tourist market show that China will achieve 160 million travels a year by 2018. Chinese tourists mostly prefer organised tours and when they travel to Europe they like to visit more than one destination, i.e. six to eight.

However, the trend of lowering the number of destinations is visible and now they opt for tours that include one or two countries. The most important motive for travelling is sightseeing followed by gastronomy and shopping.

According to the data more than 203,000 arrivals and 269,000 overnights were realized by tourists from China, Chinese province of Taiwan and Chinese administrations, regions of Hong Kong and Macao in 2015 which is an increase of 36% in arrivals and 37% in overnight stays in comparison with 2014.

Six months of full occupancy is a business dream for many companies in the Croatian tourism industry but that dream has come true for the mini cruise ships in the Adriatic that have achieved cabin occupancy of 180 days this year which is an incredible success.

According to the newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija from the period from mid-April till the end of October the fleet of 140 mini cruise ships that operate in the Croatian Adriatic are almost completely booked solid. Since their season begun they have been hosting new groups of tourists every week coming from all over the world. The great majority of them come from Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Africa.

It is probably no wonder that 65 new ships were built in the last decade and this type of nautical tourism have been booming in the Adriatic in the last two years. Last year ten new mini cruisers set sail and this year five more have been built in Croatian shipyards. In the last two years private owners have invested an incredible 23 million Euros in the construction of around 15 new mini cruisers, this is a business that is booming.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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