The prefect of Dubrovnik-Neretva, Nikola Dobroslavić, yesterday received an official visit from Simon Thomas, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Thomas is on his first official visit to Dubrovnik and took the opportunity to meet with Dobroslavić to discuss relevant topics.
"From the very beginning, my goal is to be active throughout Croatia, not just in Zagreb. I am especially glad to be in Dubrovnik because we British love your area and we are looking forward to visiting your county again as tourists after a two-year break. On rainy days, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, the British flicked through the Sunday newspapers and looked at beautiful photos of southern Croatia, and now is the time when everyone is finally ready to come,” said Ambassador Thomas during his first official visit to Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
Ambassador Thomas (left) talks tourism with Dobroslavic - Photo DNŽ
The Ambassador was interested in projects in the pipeline in the county, especially those linked to sustainable development, infrastructure and tourism.
Dobroslavić introduced Ambassador Thomas to the road and port infrastructure projects in the south of Croatia, emphasizing the importance of the new Pelješac Bridge which connects the Dubrovnik region to the rest of Croatia. He also brought up the future Metković - Osojnik highway and the Osojnik - Airport fast road, two infrastructure projects that will considerably improve the connections, both for locals and tourists.
"The interest of British tourists in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County is of great importance to us because we feel that we are really partners and traditionally together we create a tourist atmosphere in the summer months, but also in the pre-season and post-season. Despite the Ukrainian crisis, we hope that this season will be close to the level of 2019 figures,” said Prefect Dobroslavić.
The Ambassador was accompanied by Deputy Head of the Political Department Tomislav Kaznačić and Honorary Consul of the United Kingdom in Dubrovnik Mark Thomas.