Dubrovnik was presented in the ceremonial residence of the Mayor of Prague on Friday the 17th of May, in co-operation with the Croatian Tourist Board's representative office in the Czech Republic, the Croatian Embassy in the Czech Republic, the City of Dubrovnik and the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik.
The presentation was attended by over a hundred guests, along with Prague Mayor, Zdenek Hrib, the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, Ljiljan Pancirov, the Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik, Jelka Tepsic, the director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic, and the director of the representative of the Croatian National Tourist Board in the Czech Republic, Dubravko Miholic. The event was also attended by twenty ambassadors, numerous travel agents, tourist journalists and other guests from the business and political life of the Czech Republic.
The former statue of Roland, and today's Bruncvik, located on the Charles Bridge in Prague, is one of the links between Dubrovnik and Prague, and was highlighted on the occasion of the marking Orlando's year (600th anniversary of placing the Orlando statue in Dubrovnik).
The Mayor of the City of Prague Mr. Zdenek Hrib held a welcoming speech in which he stressed his satisfaction with the cultural and tourist cooperation of the two cities.
The Croatian Ambassador to Prague, Ljiljana Pancirov in her address focused attention on the link between Prague and Dubrovnik. "Literalist Ivo Vojnovic was extremely appreciated by Prague, where almost all of his plays were performed, Vlaho Bukovac spent much of his artistic life in Prague and spent time at the Academy of Fine Arts. This is only a small part of the extremely rich ties that exist between the Czechs and the Croats, " Ambassador Pancirov pointed out.
The director of the Croatian Tourist Board's representative in the Czech Republic, Dubravko Miholic, presented direct daily flights between Prague and Dubrovnik from SmartWings, and highlighted the growing interest of Czech airlines in the south of Croatia. "I congratulate Dubrovnik and Prague on the fact that they are the champions in their countries by the number of tourist nights. Dubrovnik received 4.4 million overnight stays last year and Prague had 18.2 million overnight stays and I believe there is certainly room for even better future cooperation between Dubrovnik and Prague, " added Miholic.
The director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic, welcomed the participants, expressing her satisfaction with the excellent air connections of the two cities, and the hope of an increase in the number of Czech tourists. In 2018 4,487 tourists from the Czech Republic visited Dubrovnik realized 17,346 overnight stays.
The Head of Communications Department at Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Sandra Milovcevic, held a presentation highlighting the tourism offer and attractions of Dubrovnik and its surroundings as well as numerous events throughout the year.
Deputy mayor Jelka Tepsic spoke about the 600th anniversary of Orlando and the program of events thaqt have been organised and also presented the successful project “Respect the City”. "We believe that in the future we will have more concrete and firm relations between Prague and Dubrovnik, the Czech Republic and Croatia, as it has been through the history of our two countries and cities. Today, there is a link between tourism and we want to work more in the future to strengthen cultural links, especially between Dubrovnik's summer festivals and cultural institutions of the city of Prague", Tepsic.
The Dubrovnik Summer Festival Representative Francesca Tevsic held a presentation about one of the oldest and most prestigious European festivals, celebrating its 70th anniversary this summer. In this jubilee season, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival will present more than 80 dramatic, musical, ballet, film, folk and other performances on the impressive open stages of the city of Dubrovnik to numerous domestic and foreign audiences.
For all the guests present, a prize draw was prepared and the winner of Barbora Krunclova won two return flights from Prague to Dubrovnik with Smartwings and a free weekend stay for two people at the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik hotel.