Tuesday, 11 August 2020
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

The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, received an inaugural visit from the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to the Republic of Croatia, Christian Thorning, and the honorary Danish Consul in Dubrovnik, Vlaho Đurković, yesterday.

Franković welcomed the Danish ambassador to the city for the first time and introduced him with the tradition of the Day of St. Blaise, presenting Dubrovnik's tourist and cultural offer and the efforts of city administration to create the city as a leading destination of sustainable tourism in this part of the Mediterranean.

Ambassador Thorning expressed special interest in the implementation of the “Smart City” solution in Dubrovnik and on opportunities for cooperation in the field of application of technology solutions in city management.

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Dubrovnik is present at one of the most important travel shows in London, the 24th Holiday and Travel Show, with the Dubrovnik – Neretva County Tourist Board attending. Traditionally one of the largest and most well attended shows in the travel industry the British market is by far the most important for the Dubrovnik region.

For the past few years British tourists have been the most numerous in the region, with almost 280,000 Brits holidaying in Dubrovnik in 2017. This is the eighth time that the tourist board has been present at this show, which attracts both tourism professionals and members of the public, and the feedback from the stand is very positive. British tourist achieved 1.4 million overnight stays in Dubrovnik in 2017, which was an increase of 23 percent over 2016. The Holiday and Travel Show finished on the 4th of February.



Among the most popular world leaders, Croats traditionally chose the Pope as their favourite.

However, the Pope is not popular only in Croatia. According to a large survey about the most popular world leader carried out in 53 world countries, around 53 percent of people have a positive opinion about the Pope, ranking him the first among world leaders with a rating of +36.

As far as Croatia is concerned, the Pope’s domination in the country is even more striking with a rating of +83, which is higher than in Columbia (+80), the Philippines (+80) and in Italy (+76).

The second most popular world leader in Croatia is the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Even though her political engagement is not at its best over the past few months, Merkel scored +38 among Croats. The latest President of France Emanuel Macron, who scored +36, follows Merkel on the list of the most popular world leaders in Croatia.

On the other hand, the American President Donald Trump heads the list of the most unpopular leaders in the world and in Croatia. At the global level, only 30 percent of people think of him as a positive figure, whilst the majority of 56 percent have a negative opinion about Trump.

Obviously the American President and Croatia are not in love because, following the trend of the European Union, the country rated Trump with -56.

The second most unpopular among world leaders is the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a rating of -54.

The position of the Russian President Vladimir Putin among world leaders is very interesting. At the global level, around 42 percent of respondents have a positive opinion about Putin, whilst 39 percent think of him as a negative figure.

The respondents in Croatia rated Putin with +18, placing him in the golden mean among the most popular world leaders.


Turkish Airlines, a member of the global airline carrier Star Alliance, will in the summer of 2018 upgrade its operations on the Dubrovnik-Istanbul (Kemal Ataturk Airport) line – Avioradar reports.

Traffic on this line started in May 2016 with 3 flights per week. Last summer there were 9 flights a week, and for the summer of 2018, a total of 11 flights a week is announced. Morning flights are planned every day except Wednesdays while the afternoon flights are scheduled every working day.

The second line of Turkish Airlines to Croatia, Zagreb - Istanbul, as well as last year, is planned with 14 flights per week, or more precisely two flights a day, one in the morning and the other in the evening. Both lines are in code-share cooperation with Croatia Airlines (OU / CTN), a partner from Star Alliance, which also sells these lines under its labels.


One of the most popular American brands continues to expand its business worldwide, including Croatia.

In the last quarter of 2017, globally popular McDonald’s earned $5,34 billion, more than analysts expected ($5,26 billion).

The financial director at McDonald’s Kevin Ozan recently announced that the company would invest around $2,4 billion of its capital and open up to 1,000 new restaurants around the world in 2018. This global expansion of the popular fast food chain also includes the opening of three new restaurants in Croatia.

McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in the Croatian capital of Zagreb on the 2nd of February 1996. Over the past 22 years, it has been operating in the country opening restaurants in Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Šibenik, Pula, Sisak, Varaždin, Velika Gorica and Karlovac. In the last business year, the franchise giant came to Slavonski Brod and opened its 29th restaurant in Croatia. It seems only a matter of time before the fast-food giant opens a McDonalds in Dubrovnik as well.

This year, the company started the final phase of digitization and restoration of restaurants, which will allow guests to experience the most modern way of ordering, and ensure McDonald’s to keep the leading position on the Croatian market.

‘’We are also thinking about expanding our offer by introducing delivery, and we believe that our guests will feel all the improvements we are working on every time they visit McDonald’s’’, commented the director of McDonald’s Croatia Pavel Pavliček.


Travel Weekly has recently published an article titled ‘Croatia: Done Dubrovnik? Try Korcula’, bringing a detailed promotion of this beautiful island, for all those tourists that have already visited Split or done Dubrovnik.

Author Mary Novakovich truly knows what she’s talking about, writing an article that will make everybody visit one of the most famous Croatian islands, full of advices of what to do and where to go.

- Ringed by medieval walls, Korcula Town, the island’s capital, is the big draw. But even on a short break, clients can discover some of the island’s peaceful villages, enchanting beaches and – unexpectedly – some of the best wine of Croatia – writes Novakovich.

The article takes you from the town of Korcula, to Lumbarda, Smokvica and Zavalatica. If you want to eat good, drink amazing wine and discover the secrets of the island, you should really visit it this summer.

And if you are having second-thoughts, be sure to read this article by Travel Weekly.

The Bitter Orange Day, humanitarian event organized by Desa, non-governmental organization , will be held today in front of the Sponza Palace from 10 am to 4pm. 

A variety of cakes and sweets made with the award-winning bitter orange jam will be offered, prepared by a number of Dubrovnik restaurants and hotels.

-This year, all collected income is intended for the treatment of Katarina Nobilo - a beautiful young girl who unfortunately experiences a cerebral palsy and can’t walk. But there is still hope for walking, by Glavic Polyclinic, through robot therapy: Lokomat – it’s stated from the organization.

Katarina is set to start with at least 60 treatmens, and the cost of only one therapy is 1000 kuna. To this date, 30,000 kuna has been collected in various ways.

Just on the last year's celebration of The Bitter Orange Day, it was collected as much as 7500 kuna.

Don’t miss the chance to get something sweet and help Katarina Nobilo.

Filming deadline day of Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik seems to be coming ever closer with the first glimpses of the set near the ancient Old City.

The HBO crew have already set up a logistic tent in the Pile area in front of the main entrance into the city and today the first set construction began.

In the shadow of the Lovrijenac Fortress, which doubled as the Red Keep, in the Bay of Pile a small set was constructed. It would appear that filming for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik is just around the corner.

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