Monday, 16 September 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.


Just how well do you know Croatia? Here are 13 different destinations from all over the country, how many do you know?

From the dramatic Adriatic coastline, to the wide open plains of Slavonia and the rolling hills of Istria. Croatia is a country of diversity.



You reserve the venue for your international event, spend time, money and effort on advertising it and print up all the posters. But mistakes will always happen.

Clearly the organisers of this international congress in Dubrovnik needed to turn on their spellchecker as they managed to print signs with the name of the city their conference was being held incorrectly.

Instead of Dubrovnik they renamed the pearl of the Adriatic as “Dubronik.” Whoops!


A total of 6.3 million passengers travelled through Croatian airports in the first seven months of this year, an impressive 8.8 percent increase over the same period from last year. According to the latest statistics from the Central Bureau of Statistics 73.4 aircraft operations were record from the beginning of the year until the end of July.

Among the nine Croatian airports, the largest number of passengers this year, 719.8 thousand, passed through Split Airport, which is an increase of four percent compared to the same month last year.

Split is followed by Dubrovnik Airport, which grew by 8.6 percent with 510.9 thousand passengers, while Zagreb Airport “Franjo Tudjman” finished third with 363.9 thousand passengers, or 3.8 percent less than in July last year.

The largest increase in the number of passengers, of 28.4 percent, was in July at Zadar airport, through which 142.7 thousand passengers passed.

The majority of foreign passengers came from Germany, followed by the UK and France.


Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic held a working meeting yesterday in Hamburg with leaders of the world's cruise lines sailing to the Port of Dubrovnik, members of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Various topics were discussed in the meeting including the management of the destination and the successes and challenges facing the City of Dubrovnik in implementing the Respect the City project, primarily in the form of reducing the number of passengers on cruise ships. Regarding the further development of sustainable tourism, the rules for the 2020 season have also been harmonized, which will cover further improvements in the number of guests who visit the City at the same time.

The introduction of a cruise tax was also announced, beginning in 2021, in accordance with the applicable Law on Tourist Fees of the Republic of Croatia. The funds that the City of Dubrovnik will derive from the residence tax for cruise ship guests will be earmarked for the improvement of the city's communal infrastructure.


The Croatian premiere of the documentary film by director Jonathan Berman, Calling All Earthlings, will be screened this Friday in Dubrovnik.

Calling All Earthlings explores a 1950's UFO cult, led by a Howard Hughes confidante who claims to combine alien guidance with the work of Nikola Tesla to create a time/ energy machine: “The Integratron.” Can it really break through the boundaries of space, time, and energy? Government agents conspire against the community that gathers around his work in the deep California desert. Can he finish The Integratron before the government finishes him?

The film will be shown in the Cinema Slavica this Friday starting at 8.00pm and after the screening their will actually be a chance to meet the director and take part in a Q and A session.


The unemployment rate across the whole of Croatia is continuing to fall with latest figures showing that the number of people out of work is 114,498. This means that the rate of unemployment in Croatia is down 14.6 percent on the year.

And whilst this figures may look promising a few factors have to be taken into account, firstly the large number of people employed in seasonal jobs on the Croatian coastline in tourism, and secondly the hundreds of thousands of people who have left the country in search of a brighter future in other EU member states.

In fact, the rate of unemployment grew slightly in August, and this was the second consecutive month that this trend has occurred. Although overall throughout the entire year the figures are positive.


Dubrovnik politician and MEP, Dubravka Suica, has landed a top position inside the newly formed European Commission. President-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, presented her new team and the new structure of the next commission yesterday, with Croatia’s MEP Dubravka Suica set to become the Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, the first such a position for a Croatian MEP since the country joined EU in 2013.

Suica, a longtime member of the ruling centre-right Croatian Democratic Union, has served as HDZ MP from 2000 to 2011, and was first elected into the European parliament in 2013. Earlier this year, she was appointed vice-president of the European People’s Party (EPP). Dubravka Šuica will also lead, from the Commission side, the work on the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Clearly the healthy Mediterranean diet isn’t keeping everyone in Croatia lean and in shape as it appears from new data that Croatians are crazy about dieting. Incredibly Croatia is the eleventh most diet-obsessed country in the world and the most searched type of diet is liposuction.

The popular American website “Chef’s Pencil” analysed Google Trends’ data for searches on the topic of diet (nutrition) which included diet-related searches made in local languages, to come up with their list. Google provides a country and city score, which shows the local interest-level for diet-related searches.

The three most popular diets in Croatia were liposuction, keto diet and Diet 10.

Top Countries:

1. Poland (Google Trends Score: 100)

2. Australia (Google Trends Score: 83)

3. United States (Google Trends Score: 78)

4. New Zealand (Google Trends Score: 77)

5. Moldova (Google Trends Score: 77)

6. South Africa (Google Trends Score: 76)

7. Georgia (Google Trends Score: 76)

8. Lebanon (Google Trends Score: 74)

9. Canada (Google Trends Score: 70)

10. United Kingdom (Google Trends Score: 70)

11. Croatia (Google Trends Score: 70)

12. Qatar (Google Trends Score: 67)

13. United Arab Emirates (Google Trends Score: 67)

14. Ireland (Google Trends Score: 67)

15. Romania (Google Trends Score: 65)


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