Saturday, 20 October 2018
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.


It's possible that we've got the best sefie of the summer 2016! Amazing photo was published at the Instagram profile ''johnlittlemoustache'' owned by Ivan Brcic. Photo shows girls at the sun and boys underwater and it attracted a lot of attention on the Instagram. We are not surprised, because nowdays selfie is such a normal thing so this is quite a refreshment to see. The photo was taken at Mali Losinj, a town and municipality in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, on the island of Lošinj, in western Croatia. The caption says ''This is what summer really is all about'' and we couldn't agree more!

Get ready for a mad three nights in Dubrovnik as the Culture Club Revelin holds their Revelin Festival. From the 11th to the 13th of August this leading Dubrovnik hotspot will be raising the roof with slamming dance tunes and booming bass lines!

The festival opens with the globally popular Dutch DJ Fedde Le Grand. Le Grand is a frequent headliner at mainstream EDM events like Ultra Music Festival and Tomorrowland as well as more unconventional EDM festivals such as Sensation and Coachella.

Fedde hits the turntables in Culture Club Revelin on the 11th of August, and this isn’t his first appearance in Dubrovnik, in fact Fedde loves smashing the tunes in Dubrovnik.

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Fedde Le Grand on the Stradun 


And then on the 12th of August the British producer, remixer and DJ, Alex Adair, known on a global scale for his remix of the popular Ed Sheran hit “Thinking Out Loud.” And finally on Saturday the 13th of August the Revelin Festival ends with a big finish, the Dutch DJ Joe Stone. Three crazy party nights in the Culture Club Revelin!

For more information, tickets prices and contact info follow this link!

As the world’s attention is pointed firmly on Rio de Janeiro at the 2016 Summer Olympics the Dubrovnik Tourist Board is also represented in Brazil. On Sunday the 7th of August the Croatia House, established by the Croatian Olympic Association, was opened by the President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Zlatko Matesa, and the director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic, was also in attendance.

The Croatia House in Rio is a meeting place for athletes, media and Croatian fans during the Olympic Games. The opening ceremony was also attended by the Croatian Ambassador to Brazil, Zeljko Vukosav, and the President of the Chamber of Economy, Tourism and Culture of Brazil-Croatia in Rio de Janeiro Ottavio Villarinho.

Numerous local businessmen and representatives of the media also attended the event and the fact that Dubrovnik was presented will surely be great publicity. In fact Vlasic held a presentation, along with her Luka Benko colleague from the Zagreb Tourist Board, in front of 150 Brazilian tour operators, travel agents and journalists.

In 2015 13,533 tourists from Brazil visited Dubrovnik, which was a 10 percent increase over 2014, and in total generated 35,689 overnight stays.

This month astronomy lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy in the brightest meteor shower ever during the overnight hours of the 11th of August into the morning hours of the 12th of August.

''The tears of St Lawrence'' as this sky watching event is known in Croatia, or the Perseid meteor shower is considered to be one of the most spectacular celestial events in the world of astronomy. According to the Croatian Astronomical Union, the celestial shower will begin with a large number of smaller meteors, whilst the bigger ones are expected to be seen from 1.23 a.m. till the early morning hours of Friday. At first enjoyment in the meteor shower could be interfered by the Moon but during the maximum activity of Perseids the conditions for observation will be ideal.

This year Earth is passing through a somewhat denser cloud of meteorites thus 160 meteors per hour are expected during the maximum activity of Perseids, which are 60 meteors more than the average. NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke said - ''This year, instead of seeing about 80 Perseids per hour, the rate could top 150 and even approach 200 meteors per hour''.

Perseids can appear anywhere in the sky but they usually look like they are coming from the constellation of Persus. They are produced by the Comet Swift-Tuttle which produces gas and dust when it approaches the Sun. The encounter of Earth and the comet's tail takes place every year between July and August, whilst the collision of dust particles with the atmosphere produces Perseid shooting stars.

If you'd like to enjoy in this spectacular celestial event, the Croatian Astronomical Union advices you to find a dark place with clear skies away from cities' light pollution.

It is hard to find any other beverage on the planet that is more popular than beer. It is the world's most widely consumed alcoholic beverage and the third most popular drink overall, after water and tea. Almost everybody likes beer whether it is dark, light, wheat beer or non alcoholic, beer is a drink for all occasions.

Among the biggest European beer loving countries are definitely the Czech Republic and Germany where the consumption of beer is measured in hectolitres. Some of the largest cities of the Old Continent are usually referred to as ''the beer cities'' due to their citizens who ''drink beer like water''.

The TOP 10 heaviest beer-drinking European cities per capita in litres are: Prague (173), Krakow and Warsaw (152), Belgrade (143), Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich (128) and Helsinki, Vienna and Kiev (125).

Croatians haven't found their place on this list but Croatia's beer industry has proved to be quite successful. According to data from the Croatian Financial Agency (FINA), last year Croatia had 39 entrepreneurs with 1,661 employees in the beer industry. The monthly net salary was 9,000 Kunas or 79.3 percent more over the average monthly net salary in Croatia which was 5,019 Kunas.
The total income of the beer industry generated in 2015 was 2.4 billion Kunas which was an increase of 7.7 percent in comparison to the previous year, reported FINA.

The leading beer manufacturer was Zagrebacka pivovara with a revenue of 993,5 million Kunas, followed by Heineken Hrvatska which generated 682,9 million Kunas, Carlsberg Croatia (332,3 million Kunas), Agrolaguna (110 million Kunas) and Peto hrvatsko pivo 1664 with a revenue of 87,4 million Kunas.

The average monthly net salary in Zagrebacka pivovara which employs 540 employees was 12,198 Kunas in 2015, whilst Heineken's monthly net salary was 11,225 Kunas last year.

On the other side of the Atlantic, the American institute The Smithsonian has a job opening for a beer historian. It sounds like an imaginary profession but it really does exist. The job description says that a beer historian has to research, collect and document the American history of craft beer for the American History Museum. Monthly salary for this position will be $64,650 a year (around 430,000 Kunas). An ideal candidate has to have a degree in economics, food, culture or similar historical specialization as well as experience in research and must be prepared for lots of travelling.

All Nippon Airways, or ANA, will soon land at Dubrovnik with inaugural flights from Tokyo. On the 13th of August the first of a range of special charter flights to Dubrovnik with the largest airline in Japan will commence.

The flights will operate between Tokyo Narita and Dubrovnik on the 13th and 20th of August and again on the 3rd of September. As well as flights from the Japanese capital another service from Osaka will land on the 20th of August, from Sendai on the 3rd of September and Nagoya on the 17th of September.

All these flights from Japan to Dubrovnik will be operated with Boeing 777 airplanes which have a capacity for around 450 passengers.

Cavtat in the sunshine. With the height of the season upon us the whole region is living with its summer smile.

Check out our photo gallery of Cavtat by Niksa Duper.

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This year the skies over Croatia have been pretty busy. Almost 1.5 million passengers passed through six Croatian airports in July – Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Pula, Zagreb and Osijek, which was a significant increase in comparison to last year's 1.23 million passengers.

More than half a million passengers passed through Split Airport in July alone. The number of 543,952 passengers was an absolute record-breaking month in the history of all Croatia’s airports. An impressive increase of 25 percent over the same period last year, with the airport handling up to 150 aircraft a day is a significant indicator that this year Split is going after 2 million passengers for the first time in its history.

The busiest day at Split airport was on the 16th of July when almost 28,000 passengers passed through the airport, whilst Dubrovnik airport's busiest day was on the 30th of July with 18,608 recorded passengers.

It is expected that 7.6 million passengers will pass through seven Croatian airports in 2016, which is half a million passengers more compared to 2015. Split will probably record 2 million passengers; Dubrovnik is approaching 2 million, whilst Zagreb is going after 3 million passengers in 2016.

The Croatian carrier Croatia Airlines carried 235,936 passengers on its flights in July, which was an increase of 7 percent compared to July 2015. In the first seven months the national airline carried 1,060,454 passengers or 3 percent more passengers than in the same period from last year. The airline’s busiest day was on the 29th of July when the airline recorded 9,000 passengers on its flights.

Croatia Airlines is expecting to carry 1.97 million passengers till the end of 2016 which would be an increase of 6 percent in comparison to 2015.

The Airspace Organisation Croatia Control (HKZP) carried out 67,537 operations in July this year which was the largest number of operations in a single month in its history.




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