Wednesday, 03 June 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.


The Dubrovnik Winter Festival is going full speed ahead with concerts, performances and much more on a daily basis. This is the fourth year in a row that Dubrovnik has played host to the winter festival and more and more people have attended since those early days. One of the brands of the festival is a red scarf, you’ll notice that the Orlando statue in front of the St. Blaise Church is decorated with a red scarf to mark the festival. These scarves are available to purchase as a unique Christmas present in the Dubrovnik Winter Festival official shop.
Official Dubrovnik Winter Festival presents
Located in the Luža building, which is where the main cinema in the Old City is housed, is the shop of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival. Along with red scarves you can also pick up festive mugs, notebooks, fridge magnets, diaries and much more. If you are looking for a special souvenir for the children, then why not grab a Dubrovnik Winter Festival puzzle. And for those rainy days in the winter you’ll need a strong umbrella to keep you dry, the official festival shop has just the answer, and at only 100 Kuna it won’t break the bank. Get yourself along to the official festival store and solve a few Christmas presents.

festival shop 2017 2

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British low-cost airline EasyJet (U2 / EZY) will launch seven new lines for Croatia in its summer flight schedule in 2018 – reports Avioradar.

There are four new lines from Pula to Basel, Liverpool, London (Southend airport) and Milan (Malpensa airport). Dubrovnik will get two new lines to London (Southend) and Venice. The seventh new line will connect Zadar and Berlin (Schönefeld Airport). With these seven new lines, Easyjet will have a total of 46 lines from four Croatian airports: Dubrovnik, Pula, Split and Zadar.

The Dubrovnik-London (Southend) line will fly twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays from July 28th to September 1st next year. For several years, EasyJet has been flying on the routes to Dubrovnik from other London airports - Gatwick, Luton and Stansted. The second line Dubrovnik - Venice is planned three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from June 26th to September 1st.

The new Pula - Basel / Mulhouse line will connect these two cities for the first time with a direct regular line. Flights on this line will operate two times a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays from June 26th to September 1st. Line Pula - Liverpool is currently the only line from Liverpool to Croatia and will fly two times a week on Wednesdays and Sundays from July 29th to October 10th, 2018. In addition to the existing line for Gatwick, the new line Pula - London (Southend) will be introduced with two flights per week on Thursdays and Sundays from July 24th to 25 October 25th. The fourth Pula new line Pula - Milan (Malpensa) will connect these two cities on a regular basis, with 3 flights a week - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 25th to August 31st, next year.

Zadar will get a new line Zadar - Berlin (Schönefeld) with 2 flights per week on Wednesdays and Saturdays from June 27th to 1 September 1st.

According to the leading Croatian jobsite MojPosao, a large number of Croats have quit their job at least once in their active life.

MojPosao conducted a survey including 450 respondents, which shows that almost 95 percent of Croats quit their job at least once during their career, whilst 37 percent of them were fired as technologically redundant workers.

Furthermore, the largest percentage of respondents (56%) quit their job due to very low salary and a lack of professional advancement (50%).

Bad working conditions were the main reason for 46 percent of respondents to quit their jobs, whilst 42 percent of them did the same due to mistreatment from a boss.

Rijeka Airport has announced the re-introduction of flights of the German leisure airline Condor to Rijeka after two years.

As from 2018, Condor aircraft will operate flights between Rijeka and Frankfurt, the fourth busiest airport in Europe and the main German hub airport with flights to almost all existing destinations across the globe.

''This flight is very important to us, not only because of German travellers coming to a holiday but also because of the connection to our airport which will then enable passengers from Rijeka to continue their journey to almost any destination on all continents. As far as the expected results are concerned, according to our estimates, this flight will bring us new 10,000 passengers next year'', commented Tomislav Palalić, the director of Rijeka Airport.

The flights between Rijeka and Frankfurt will be operated twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays, from May to October 2018, meaning that Rijeka Airport, along with already announced Ryanair's flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays, will operate flights to Frankfurt four times a week.

The south winds have been blowing hard for the past few days and apart from overcast skies and rolling seas it has also brought a great deal of plastic pollution to the sea. The employees of the public cleaning company had their hands full this morning as the Old City harbour was far from its normal turquoise blue. Plastic bottles, shoes, balls, logs and various other pollution covered the surface of the sea in the harbour.

One huge tree trunk, which presumably had been blown by the seas from distant parts also floated into the harbour. Five workers of the public cleaning company fished the rubbish out of the sea for most of the morning, a truly horrible sight in Dubrovnik. Many of these bottles are blown up the coastline with the southerly winds from Montenegro and Albania, but with the strength of the winds over the past few days we can’t rule out the possibility of some of this pollution coming from North Africa.

Check out the photo gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic

rubbish in dubrovnik seas

plastic bottles in dubrovnik pollution

pollution in adraiaitc sea in dubrovnik

pollution in sea dubrovnik harbour


According to voters from all over the world who are participating in a survey on the popular website The Top Tens, Croatia is the stupidest country on the planet.

Despite this devastating voters’ opinion, it is important to note that the survey is still ongoing thus, Croatia might lose its first place after all.

However, for the time being, the Top 10 stupidest world countries are Croatia, the United States, North Korea, Mozambique, Vatican City, Serbia, Italy, Zimbabwe, Argentina and Greece.

Apart from voting, voters are also free to leave their comments on why they consider a particular country the stupidest one.

Here are just some of the comments about Croatia and Croats:

‘’People who adore war crimes and war criminals’’.

‘’We have negative brain evolution because Germany, Ireland, USA...steel our highly educated people and our dumb ones stay home and breed’’.

‘’They live in 1941.Very stupid and evil people’’.

‘’All the smart ones already escaped to central and northern Europe’’.

‘’I am Croatian and I agree with the choice. This country has so many possibilities that only bunch of stupid and inert people are holding back. Hopefully, new generations will change something’’.

fDi Magazine, the business edition of the Financial Times, has ranked Croatia the seventh country for investment in tourism among 43 world tourist destinations.

Apart from the high seventh place on the fDi Magazine’s list, Croatia received a special Editor’s Choice Award, along with Belize and Jamaica, as one of the countries with the largest progress in the field of improving tourist infrastructure, accommodation, initiatives for tourism development and for investment in hotels and cruise segment.

‘’Croatia as a tourist destination achieves better results each year. We are especially satisfied with the fact that these results are accompanied by a continuous work on innovations and encouraging further investments. In 2018, investments in Croatian tourism are expected to rise by 15 percent in comparison to this year and almost 40 percent compared to 2016.

These announcements are the best indicator that Croatia is attractive for investments’’, commented the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli.

According to fDi Magazine’s list, the Top 20 Tourism Locations Of The Future 2017/18 are Thailand, Maldives, Hong Kong, Greece, Montenegro, Dominican Republic, Croatia, Panama, Georgia, Saint Lucia, Cape Verde, Antigua, Cyprus, Jamaica, Macau, Luxembourg, Malta, Seychelles, Dominica and Belize.

For the third year in a row, Advent in Zagreb was picked as the best one in Europe on the website European best destinations, the first website dedicated to the promotion of tourism in Europe. Everybody got their chance to vote and Zagreb smashed the competition.

On the now traditional list of the best Christmas markets, Colmar – France is placed second, while the third place belongs to Vienna, fourth to Budapest and fifth to another French city – Strasbourg.

This competition is quite famous and numbers confirm it – more than 200,516 people from 131 countries of the world voted. Zagreb even got three voters from Kenya!
Looking at individual countries, Zagreb was the number one destination for Americans, Canadians, Russians, Greeks and Australians, while the British, Germans and Austrians put it on the second place, right behind their own cities on the list.

The total number of votes for Zagreb was 38,830, while Colmar received 24,625 votes and the third-ranked Vienna collected 16,354 votes.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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