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The Croatian Kuna was among the ten currencies that strengthened most in relation to the Dollar in 2017. New data from Bloomberg indicate the movement of the world’s currencies last year and show that the Croatian Kuna increased by 13 percent in relation to the US Dollar.
The Kuna was in seventh place with a growth of 13 percent, whilst the Euro strengthened by 12.7 percent against the Dollar. The top of the Bloomberg list was Mozambique; whose currency rose by 21 percent against the Dollar.
Among the prominent winners are mainly currencies of Eastern European countries – the Czech Kruna (18%), the Polish Zlot (18%), the Serbian Dinar (17.5%), the Moldovan Leu (16.5%) and the Albanian Lek (14.5%).
With 2017 ending the final tourism figures for the year have been rolled out and they make pleasant reading for the countries tourism industry. Last year over 17 million tourists visited Croatia which is an increase of one million in comparison to 2016. A massive 100 million overnight stays were achieved, again an increase over 2016 and this time by just under 9 million. The Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, emphasized his delight in the strong growth in tourism over 2017 and commented that the indicators for 2018 were even stronger.
More importantly the growth in financial benefits from tourism in 2017 were larger than 2016. The minister estimated that in 2017 Croatia earnt a whopping 11 billion Euros from the tourism industry, which is a ten percent increase over 2016. These figures have yet to be confirmed, although data is available to show that in the first nine months of last year 8.7 billion Euros was recorded.
The magical number of 20 million tourist is expected in 2018, with a growth of 5 percent indicated. “Croatia is not just a sun and sea destination anymore, Croatia has recorded excellent results outside of the summer season,” concluded Cappelli.
New Year’s Eve passed in fine style in Dubrovnik and after all the fun and festivities the city awoke to a chilly and busy morning.
Many people decided to make the most of the first day of 2018, a public holiday, to continue the festive spirit with a drink or two in the Old City.
Al fresco coffees, cocktails and snacks from the stands along the Stradun were the order of the day.
Check out this New Year’s Day gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic
The traditional New Year's concert, organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the City of Dubrovnik as well as the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, was held today at Stradun at midday and attracted hundreds of tourists and locals as ever.
The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of the award-winning conductor Ivan Josip Skender and with a solo performance by the soprano Nicolina Pinko, performed Christmas classics.
Along with splendid music and dancing guests also enjoyed a glass of champagne to welcome in the New Year as well as an oyster or two, all organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, all in all a great start to 2018.
Dubrovnik came alive to the sounds of New Year last night in a long and wild night in the city.
The main street, Stradun, was absolutely packed from one end to the other with party revellers as the regional pop star, Dino Merlin, entertained the mass crowds.
Check out the atmosphere from last night in this video from Studio Relive.
Although it is the craziest night of the year in Dubrovnik it passed without any major incidents. According to the Dubrovnik emergency services the Dubrovnik region was quiet and relatively peaceful for New Year.
All of the emergency services had a straightforward night, the fire brigade, police and ambulance service all reported that there were no serious incidents in the county.
Whilst the whole city was “under siege” from fireworks and bangers no injuries were reported, and the police also didn’t report problems with drink driving. All in all 2018 arrived peacefully in Dubrovnik.
2018 is here and, apart from nursing a hangover, people are promising to be a better version of themselves in the new year.
The most popular New Year resolutions for 2018 are very similar to previous years, with the most popular being to lose weight. However, the odds are against you in you were planning a long list of resolutions. Statistics show that only one in five people managed to keep their resolutions longer than one week.
Here are the top ten most popular New Year’s resolutions according to a popular poll
2. Exercise more
3. Save more money
4. Improve diet
5. Something else
6. Pursue a career ambition
7. Spend more time with family
8. Take up a new hobby
9. Decorate at home
10. Cut down on alcohol
New Year was greeted with tens of thousands of party goers on the Stradun. Fireworks exploded in the still night sky, music echoed around the stone facades and laughter filled the city.
The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, wished everyone a happy new year and raised a glass of champagne in celebration.
The main singer for the biggest night in the city was Dino Merlin, and he certainly managed to attract an audience from neighbouring countries. The Stradun was packed from one end to the other and the fun went on long into the early morning hours.