Thursday, 20 June 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

After one the worst ever months of weather for decades Dubrovnik should be in for a more settled and warmer start to June. This weekend will see a mixture of sunshine and clouds, with even the chance of a few scattered showers, but in comparison to the May it will finally feel like summer has arrived in Dubrovnik.

Saturday will open with sunshine and clouds and temperatures predicted to be 21 degrees by midday, with highs to reach 23 degrees by the mid-afternoon. There will be some cloud cover during the day but generally it will fell warm and calm with a slight south-westerly wind. Possibly a good day to hit the beaches, although the Adriatic still hasn’t reached its summer temperature and is around 19.5 degrees. Although this may seem warm it must be taken into account that during the summer the temperatures reach a bath like 27 degrees.

Sunday will also see more settled weather with clouds and sunshine, although it will be a couple of degrees cooler than Saturday, with highs to reach 21 degrees by mid-afternoon. There is a small chance of some scattered showers but compared to May these will be light and infrequent. All in all, a great weekend to be al fresco in Dubrovnik and for the brave to dip in the Adriatic Sea.

 

In spite of the terrible May weather the tourist season in Croatia is well on course to beat last year and according to the Minister of Tourism the country’s tourism industry will finish the year with a 3 percent increase over 2018.

The bad weather, increased competition from Turkey and Greece and the uncertainties surrounding Brexit don’t seem to have affected the tourism industry throughout Croatia as more and more visitors arrive. Since the beginning of the year until the middle of May the number of tourists arriving rose by between 4 and 5 percent, in comparison with 2018, and it is expected that June will bring better results than last year.

The Croatian Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, reviewed the year's expectations and the predictions for the rest of the year at a meeting with the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization - UNWTO Zurab Pololikashvili, who arrived in Zagreb for the annual meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe.

"Croatian tourism is in a good position at the moment, good at this time, we have good bookings for the autumn months and we will end the year as we said, with a growth of around 3 percent when compared with 2018,” said the minister.

 

Cavtat has a new facility for disabled visitors as today a special lift for disabled people was installed in front of the Hotel Croatia in this popular seaside resort.

The lift will assist disabled people enter and exit the Adriatic and cost 77,000 Kuna. The Borough of Cavtat stated that this was just one of the number of measures with which they are assisting disabled people.

 

The iconic main street through the Old City of Dubrovnik, the Stradun, has over recent years turned into a mecca for ATM machines. Whereas years ago the Stradun could boast only a couple of bank machines now it seems that every shop front and doorway is a cash dispenser.

And with the mega high rents throughout the city business owners could be forgiven for wanting to cover at least some of their rent by facilitating ATMs, and with banks paying up to 20,000 Kuna a month for the privilege a large chunk of rent is taken care of.

However, this multi-coloured machines are becoming more common than pigeons and the latest addition has caused the conservation department to step in, and not just because of the ugly ATMs but because the traditional green wooden doors have been replaced by new metal ones.

After a complaint from the Green Forum organisation on the new doors the conservation department have ordered that the doors must be returned to their original state.

“The owner / investor for the works did not obtain the prior approval of the competent Conservation Department and the works in accordance with the Law on Protection and Conservation of Cultural Property were suspended,” commented the conservation department. Adding that the owner must return the doors to the original state.

 

Every third respondent would like to work after retiring, either full or part time while about 40% would work only if they would not have enough finances to survive and 15% would not work in any circumstances in their senior years, shows the results of a survey conducted by the MojPosao job search web site on a sample of 2,800 respondents, reports HINA. 

One-third of the surveyed people want to work after retiring and low income is not the only motive for that, the survey showed and indicated that people with a higher education were more apt to continue working in their senior years, MojPosao reported.

The survey indicated that 35% of the respondents were open to the possibility of working, with 9% stating they would continue working full-time and 26% said they would like to work part-time.

Of those respondents willing to continue working, 40% had higher education qualifications, 30% had secondary school qualifications and 35% had elementary school qualifications. The survey also showed that people with higher incomes were more prone to work after retiring.

Older respondents were more likely to accept working after retiring and as many as 53% who were older than 46 would work after retiring, while 36% of those aged between 36 and 45 would as would 32% of those aged between 26 and 35.

Almost 70% would continue doing their 'old' job while one-third would do something else and women were more apt for a change than men.

 

With an official reception, the Croatian Parliament will mark the Day of the Croatian Parliament today, remembering the 30th of May 1990, when the first, democratically elected multilateral parliament was constituted, and almost half a century of socialist rule in Croatia was completed.

On this day, distinguished guests from political, social, cultural, religious life will be remembered by the President of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandroković.

Throughout the centuries, the parliament has had an important historical role, and after the constitution of the multilateral parliament, as the highest legislative and representative body, it made key decisions to determine the future of Croatia, including the Constitutional Declaration of Sovereignty and Independence.

 

An unusual scene on the waterfront in Korcula stopped passers-by yesterday. A whole line up of the best-selling American sport’s car, the Ford Mustang, shined on the Korcula dock front.

Around 30 lovers of this legendary muscle car arrived in Korcula yesterday as part of a rally from Rijeka, through Zadar, Sibenik and Split all the way to Dubrovnik. From one tip of the country to the other, and on the way they stopped off at Korcula.

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The first airline of the popular Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair will land at Dubrovnik Airport this Sunday. The arrival of Ryanair will open a new page in the history of Dubrovnik Airport, because this is the first time this company has operated services on a regular line. The flights will operate four times a week between Dubrovnik and Dublin from the 2nd of June to the 25th of October.

Ryanair have announced that the flights to Dubrovnik will be operated by Boeing 737-800 with a maximum capacity of 189 seats for passengers while the flight time will be approximately 3 hours.

As the largest low-cost airline in the world there are high hopes that these new connections will open other such flights to other European destinations in the coming months, and even the possibility of a direct connection throughout the winter.

 

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