Friday, 19 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.


The average net salary earning per person in Croatia in May amounted to HRK 6,476, stated the State Bureau of Statistics (CBS) announced on Friday.

Compared to April, the average paid net salary for May was 0.1 percent higher.

The highest average monthly net earnings per person is in the production of refined petroleum products in the amount of HRK 16,117, while the lowest wage of 4,251 Kunas is paid in the building industry and the gardening industry.

According to CBS data, the median net salary for May was 5,590 Kuna. The average monthly gross salary for May was 8,794 Kuna, which is 0.1 percent more than in the previous month.

The CBS data show that the average net hourly rate paid in May was 35.68 Kuna.

It is about to get hot again in Dubrovnik. After a period of unstable weather in Dubrovnik the heat is going to be turned up again with a heat wave to hit Dubrovnik next week.

After an extremely hot June that saw the region an indeed the whole of Europe in a heat wave Dubrovnik then saw a period of more unstable and even rainy weather with temperatures dropping in mid-July. However, from this weekend the summer is coming back in full force with temperatures back up in the low thirties, and next week will be even warmer.

Another heat wave over Europe is predicted for the end of July and Dubrovnik could well see temperatures in the high thirties. In the coming days, especially at the weekend, it is expected that the anti-cyclone activity in the southwest of the continent will be strengthened and warmer weather will follow.

The current sea temperature of the Adriatic in Dubrovnik is a warm 25.4 degrees. Its time to hit the beaches!

The State Bureau of Statistics have announced some fresh data on births and deaths in the Republic of Croatia from 2009 to 2018.

In 2018, the number of children born increased by 1.1 percent in comparison to the previous year, with 389 more children born than in 2017. The total number of births in 2018 was 37,109 children. And from this number 51.6 percent were boys and 48.4 percent girls.

At the other end of the scale the number of deaths in Croatia in 2018 was 52,706, which is 1.4 percent less than in 2017. Out of the total number of deaths in 2018, 25,964 or 49.3 percent were male and 26,742 or 50.7 percent were female.

The awards are rolling in for the Port of Dubrovnik this year. After being named as the best port in the Adriatic Sea region by MedCruise comes news of another prestigious recognition.

Dubrovnik has been named as the Top-Rated Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Destination for 2019 in the Cruise Critics Choice Destination Awards. And this is an extremely important award as it is based on passenger reviews and ratings. As Cruise Critic stated “Our awards are given exclusively on consumer ratings and reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website over the past year – so specifically first-hand feedback from cruisers themselves.” One of the users of Cruise Critic said about Dubrovnik "Most beautiful city! All I could keep saying was WOW! Walked the wall and rode the cable car.”

Cruise Critic is the world’s largest online cruise resource, great recognition for the Port of Dubrovnik.


Dubrovnik is the absolute king of social media in Croatia. By far the most traffic and interest of any Croatian destination on the web and social media is drummed up by Dubrovnik with nearly twice as much interest as the second Croatian city.

From the 10th of June until the 10th of July the online media reporting company Mediatoolkit ran a survey and analytics of Croatia on social media and the web. Their findings revealed that Croatia was mentioned 72,869 times, or 2,400 times a day on social media, which is a massive 222 percent increase over the same period from last year.

To put these figures into some context over the same time period one of Croatia’s competitors in the tourism industry, Italy, was also analysed and received around 7,500 mentions a day.

The majority of the mentions on social media came from the United States, the UK, Switzerland, Germany and Italy, with the vast majority of mentions, or 89 percent, written in a positive form. Many comments and posts talk about the natural beauty of Croatia and the sea as well as the islands and history. And by far the most used social media channel is Instagram.

Dubrovnik is the darling of the social media scene in Croatia with 12,759 mentions over the time period, followed by Split with 7,313 and Rovinj with 3,898. Of course a far few of the Dubrovnik mentions are connected with the popular HBO serial Game of Thrones, with King’s Landing mentioned around 4,000 times.

The beach on Donje Čelo on the island of Koločep is not suitable for swimming. The sea water on the beach had failed previous tests by the Institute of Public Health and on the 17th of July further tests were carried out.

The Environmental Inspection carried out further tests and inspections on the 17th of July on the sea water quality on the beach of Donje Čelo on Koločep and once again the sea water quality failed to meet the required levels.

Swimming on this beach has now been banned until further tests and carried out and the pollution problem is solved.

A therapy pool was built at the Dubrovnik General Hospital when the hospital was first constructed but unfortunately never actually fully completed. Now the pool will finally have a brighter future and will be put into function after the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Hospital signed an agreement on financing the whole project.

The City of Dubrovnik will draw up project documentation on the basis of the agreement and provide funds, and the hospital will conduct the public procurement and sign a contract with the building contractor. Once finally completed the therapy pool will have various different functions, from physiotherapy to aquatic therapy, and will be have all the required facilities, such as changing rooms and toilets.

The Mayor of Dubrovnik also announced that he and the Dubrovnik General Hospital will address the issue of housing for doctors and medical staff.


Dubrovnik is a magnet for tourist is from all over the world, and 2019 is proving to be a record breaking year in more ways than one. On the 16th of July Dubrovnik reached a landmark, the two millionth overnight stay was reached and a full seven days earlier than 2018.

From the 1st of January to the 16th of July 697,096 tourists have arrived in the city which is a massive 19 percent increase compared with the previous year and 2 million overnight stays were recorded an increase of 8 percent over last year.

Since the beginning of the year most guests have come from the United Kingdom, USA, Germany, France, Croatia, Spain, Australia, Finland, Ireland and Canada.

"According to the announcements we expect stable growth of tourist traffic in the continuation of the main season, and also by the end of the year," commented the director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlašić.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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