Monday, 21 June 2021
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

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, only one new case of coronavirus infection was recorded in the last 24 hours. This new case is a female from Konavle.

Six people made a full recovery - three from Dubrovnik, two from Metković and one from Župa.

In the last 24 hours, 137 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 76,798 samples have been analysed.

Five people tested positive for coronavirus are hospitalized in Dubrovnik.

There are 183 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been two cases of violation of the self-isolation measure (at the border).

With the beginning of the summer flight schedule, the German national airline, Lufthansa, resumed traffic to a number of airports in Croatia, first to Zagreb, then to Split and Dubrovnik, and in May to Zadar and Pula. The company will increase the number of operations at Croatian airports in the second half of June, reports Croatian Aviation.

Until the end of June, Lufthansa will continue to connect Munich and Frankfurt, its two most important hubs, with 5 Croatian airports: Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Pula. From both German airports, Lufthansa will operate to four Croatian airports. Namely, Lufthansa currently operates towards Zagreb only from Frankfurt, and that line from Munich is not announced in this summer season.

From mid-June, Dubrovnik will have several weekly flights to Frankfurt and Munich. The Lufthansa line from Frankfurt currently operates 5 times a week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. From June 21, daily flights are announced!

The line Munich - Dubrovnik - Munich currently has 7 weekly rotations, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and two flights on Saturdays. As of June 22, an additional rotation is announced on Tuesdays, so Lufthansa will operate between the two cities as many as 8 times a week.

 

Property prices across Croatia are continuing to climb even with the uncertain economic trends in the pandemic. But the pandemic has led to a slight drop in property sales.

According to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce about 32,000 properties were sold in Croatia last year, 3,000 less than in the year before the pandemic. And the Croatian capital continues to be the hotspot for property investors. In Zagreb and the Zagreb County, twelve thousand were sold last year, which is twice as much as in 2015. And the rise in prices was stimulated by favourable financing conditions, subsidies for housing loans, stability of employment and income, growth in household savings. On the other side of the coin property sales in Dubrovnik dropped last year, although prices didn’t decrease.

"It should be noted that this increase in real estate prices is primarily caused by rising prices of newly built apartments for which there is a special demand in the city of Zagreb after the earthquake," said Dubravko Ranilovic of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.

 

The well-known CNN show, Quest Means Business, will be broadcast from Dubrovnik this Thursday, June 10, Mayor Mato Franković revealed to the Dubrovnik public in mid-May, and this Sunday he announced the details on his Facebook profile.

“Three years ago, when I was a guest on the CNN show Quest Means Business and talked about the sustainability of tourism and the Respect The City program, I considered it one of the biggest commercials for the City because Richard Quest is a world famous journalist and his show has millions viewers around the world. Last year, in the midst of the pandemic, I was again invited to be a guest on this show at a time when the UK put us on the red list, and now Quest Means Business is coming to the City of Dubrovnik and on June 10 we will have a live conversation from our city. The show will run for a full two and a half hours on CNN, and the main topic will be our City. Thank you to everyone who believed in us because everything we did and are doing today is slowly showing. We continue to promote our city,” said Franković.

One of the guests of the well-known journalist, Richard Quest, an expert on global economic trends, will be Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.

The show will last as long as 2 and a half hours, and the focus will be on opening of tourism after the pandemic. The main topics that Quest discussed with Plenković are also the topics of the show - the opening of Croatia and preparations and expectations from the tourist season, then the economic recovery, and plans to join Schengen and the euro area. The conversation with Plenković was recorded earlier in Opatija.

After more than 200 days, the Dubrava Clinical Hospital in Zagreb will again receive patients who are not infected with Covid-19.

The reason for this is the reduction in the number of new cases of Covid-19 across the country, and thus the reduction of pressure on the hospital system. Dubrava was the main hospital for Covid-19 patients in Croatia, so the news that the hospital will once again start to work with regular patients is a positive indication.

There are currently 110 Covid-19 patients in the hospital, 23 of whom are on ventilators. The hospital is re-admitting regular patients on Monday, after 217 days.

Currently, 300 patients have made an appointment and that number will grow. On Friday afternoon, outpatient clinics and diagnostics worked in peripheral institutions and health centres.

 

 

Dubrovnik was certainly on the radar for the world’s skippers in May with around 900 nautical tourists visiting.

According to the Croatian Tourist Board almost 900 nautical guests arrived in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in May and achieved 5,500 overnight stays.

The most numerous were tourist arrivals from Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ukraine, Hungary and France.

From the beginning of the year until the end of May close to 1,100 nautical arrivals were recorded and 7,500 overnight stays were achieved.

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning,” once said the American author Louis L'Amour. I’m not going to shout or even get too excited but it seems that we’ve turned a corner. With pretty much all last week showing under double digits for new cases in Dubrovnik we at staring at the light at the end of the tunnel, and it isn’t an oncoming train this time.

New cases are falling vaccinations are increasing and almost on a daily basis new flight connections are announced. It is as clear as day when you walk around the Old City that something is happening. After every storm comes sunshine and the first beams of the sun are warming us.

Yes, there is cautious optimism. We have had more waves on corona than the Adriatic in a jugo storm, but the bura is slowly coming and blowing the south winds away.

“The first guests we had this morning for breakfast were from New York, and it was so nice to talk some English again,” explained a smiling waiter to me as the restaurant he worked at reopened after a long winter hibernation. And this was quickly followed by “We’ve just received our second booking of the season, guests from the US are coming for a week,” said the lady with me at breakfast. I was speaking to a hotel director last week and he seemed confident that his bookings would finish the year at “somewhere close to 60 percent of 2019.” Yes, the prediction I made that Americans could be our most numerous guests this summer could be coming true.

Selfies, shorts and sandals, it is as easy to spot a tourist in Dubrovnik as it is to count elephants in a room full of mice. And there are more and more “elephants” than I’ve seen for a long time.

Don’t get me wrong, it is going to be a long, long road to reach the levels of previous years, but that also opens the question – Do we really want the numbers of previous years? My answer would be a strong no!

Last year gave us all a chance, or rather a forced chance, to reflect and rethink. We spent years counting people, as if we were counting beans, and then patting ourselves on the back that more and more tourists were arriving. It was seen as a success if we had a record year of tourist numbers. Was it really? Again no! It’s the old story of the Fiat and Ferrari. You have to sell many times more Fiat’s to earn as much as selling one Ferrari. We’ve had a lot and lot of Fiat years. Can we turn the dark of last year into a brighter Ferrari future?

And exactly how much we were in control of guest numbers in past years would also be questionable. Did we have a strategy or were we just a passive object? I only hope that we just don’t easily forget the lessons from last year and sweep them under the carpet. “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results,” said the great Albert Einstein.

But maybe now is a time for more optimism, more hope. Thinking back to the winter the general opinion was that this year’s tourist season would be a disaster.

This clearly seems not to be the case, far from it. In fact, walking around the tourist sites of the city over the past week or so I had to remind myself that we’ve all just lived through a pandemic. Terraces full, al fresco dining everywhere and brightly coloured towels on the beaches. I even had my first tourist ask me for directions last week, to which I replied with a smile, after I’d given him directions, to “send over your friends and cousins.”

Our season will of course be much shorter than usual, but again that might not be a bad thing. And again of course we’ll have to work five times harder than before to earn half the cash that we earned before, but again that might not be a bad thing either. Fingers crossed 2020 will put an end to the complacency that has grown like a cancer. Every cloud has a silver lining. 

Read more Englishman in Dubrovnik…well, if you really want to

  

Adriatic SeaChange is pleased (and a little proud) to announce their schedule of events for Digital Nomads in Dubrovnik for June 2021. They are opening the summer with a varied range of events for digital nomads, and indeed guests to the region.

Their ambitious five-month long program of events this year aims to highlight the very best that the Dubrovnik region has to offer, allowing their digital nomads to dive deep into the traditions and cultures, as well as making memories that will last for a life time. They’ll take all guests on a journey of discovery through the hidden gems and open their eyes to a new side of the region. “From small acorns oak trees can grow. This whole idea started with a relatively small event we held in Dubrovnik. They wanted to channel the massive promotion for the city from these digital nomads into a long-term sustainable project. And private businesses have been quick to recognise the added value and join in,” said co-founder of the Dubrovnik based agency, Barbara Loncaric Lucic.

Adriatic SeaChange specialises in a different kind of tourism, offering relocation, accommodation and lifestyle services for remote workers and digital nomads worldwide, combining the founders’ experience in tourism with knowledge of the legal systems and processes in Croatia to make living and working remotely in Croatia possible for pretty much anyone. And now they've opened up a whole new range of activities for the nomads in the region, they're spreading the love across the county.

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“In spite of the challenging times in which we find ourselves we’ve succeeded in putting together a comprehensive event package this summer. We are combining the very best of local knowledge with international flavour,” said Barbara Loncaric Lucic.

All of the events that they've organised throughout the year concentrate on the core values as an agency – these core values are based around offering nomads a truly local experience, allowing them, with correct guidance, to dive into Croatia. This core value is enhanced by making sure that all events are sustainable, environmentally friendly and responsible.

And for the inaugural month they've included a special package of events to cover World Wellbeing Week with their digital nomads, Gillie Sutherland from the UK. “When positive minds and creative people come together you can move mountains. It’s amazing what we’ve achieved and the feedback from my international clientele has been overwhelming, this is such a great advert for the city and everyone involved should feel so proud,” stated Sutherland.

A special week-long set of happenings based around a journey through the elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space! World Wellbeing Week will be marked in Dubrovnik with a bang! “This will be the first time ever in Dubrovnik that World Wellbeing Week has been celebrated and we’re excited to team up with so many businesses and hotels in the city, this really shows the advantages of local co-operation into an international project,” added Barbara Loncaric Lucic.

They also have a rather interesting day out on the island of Lokrum (with a twist) and a unique insight into the production of olives (yes, oil will be available).

And to bring the whole summer long program to a larger audience Adriatic SeaChange have joined forces with the leading website T-Portal and regular updates and articles from Dubrovnik will be published. All events, news and photos will be published on the website digitalnomads.hr which covers themes exclusively for digital nomads, as well as the T-Portal platform, There is no Plan(et) B which covers ecological, wellbeing and sustainable living themes.

Some highlights of this year’s event calendar include – Adriatic Island-Hopping in which nomads would not only be able to visit the Elpahite Islands but also to help clean beaches. Nomad Table – participants would first visit the fields where the fruit and vegetables are grown, pick them and then be served a traditional meal. Show Cooking Dubrovnik Style – a leading chef would show our nomads how to prepare a traditional Dubrovnik dish. And then the participants would try the same dish as part of a meal. Gems of Vardia – the production of olives where nomads could actually pick the olives and see the production of oil. Safari Neretva Style – getting a different perspective of the nature of the Neretva delta. In Vino Veritas – the wines of Peljesac. From harvesting the grapes to the actual production.

And much, much more. Every month they’ll release a new program so that participants can prepare their diary. It’s going to be a busy summer in the Dubrovnik region, so join them on a journey.

 

Digital Discovery of Dubrovnik 2021 – Events in June

Saturday 12th June

Gems of Vardia

Production of olive oil and cultivating olives in Župa – presentation from the host and chance to learn olive oil process. Prepare to learn how to cultivate olive and vineyard (with olive oil and wine tasting) in the biggest classroom on the world – open air nature surroundings of Dubrovnik. You will touch and feel olive and vine leaves and branches while you enjoying fresh air and calm surroundings.

Price 200 Kuna per person

Saturday 19th June

Lokrum – an island of mystery

Guided tour to the island of Lokrum with adventure game and light lunch – entrance to the island and ferry included. (limited to 12 people – on a first come first served basis)

Price 300 Kuna per person

For more information of the events and to make your reservations please contact

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WORLD WELLBEING WEEK DUBROVNIK

A Journey Through the Elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space!

Monday 21st June SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION 7:00pm-9:00pm

Yoga, Music, Meditation at Sunset to celebrate the longest day and the start of summer

With Gillie Sutherland at Park Orsula

Price 110 Kuna per person

Tuesday 22nd June FIND YOUR ZEN THROUGH EARTHING 8:30 – 10:30am

Mindful walking with Qi Gong and Grounding techniques

Find your feet whilst exploring the natural surroundings of Lapad

Starting from Rixos Hotel with Gillie Sutherland and Domagoj Hum

Price 75 Kuna per person

Wednesday 23rd June GO WITH THE FLOW SUP SAFARI IN CAVTAT 2:00pm-5:00pm

A paddle boarding adventure on the Adriatic, exploring the bays around Cavtat.

With full instruction, warm up and cool down and even some yoga on the boards.

With Watersports Centre Cavtat and Gillie Sutherland

Price 250 Kuna per person

Thursday 24th June 7:00-8:30am

Salute The Sun Yoga and Meditation at Valamar Argosy Hotel in Dubrovnik

An energising and uplifting flow yoga session to bring in the sunrise overlooking the Adriatic Sea on the Lapad peninsula.

Followed by juices, smoothies and optional breakfast (additional charge).

Price 60 Kuna per person

Thursday 24th June FIRE IN YOUR BELLY PLAY DAY All day

A day of sports and games at Rixos Hotel

Cardio Tennis, Kids Multi-sports, Table Tennis, Billiards and the Croatian beach game Picigin

15.30 - 17h Kids tennis, introduction to tennis, fun multi-sport games, polygons (4 - 18 years)

17 - 18.30h Cardio tennis, adults, recreational tennis, fun singles and doubles games, basics, intermedium, advanced levels, everyone is welcome

19h - old fashion Croatian beach game Picigin + evening swim (Bellevue beach)

20h - ping pong, air hockey

21h - billiards (carom, pool, mini snooker, Tesla's and Einstein's billiards stories), big table football

With Domagoj Hum

110 Kuna per person

Friday 25th June A BREATH OF FRESH AIR IN ZUPA 7:30am – 1:00pm

Strong, Healthy and Happy - Movement, Meditation, Breathwork and Mindset for a healthy immune system based on the Wim Hof Method at Elixir Vitae Studio with Gillie and Marija

Price 100 Kuna per person

The Medicine Garden – Healing Herbs and Dalmatian Cookery Workshop with Mikkis Croatian Kitchen (includes lunch)

Price 330 Kuna per person

Saturday 26th BREATHE, HIKE, BE 7:30 – 11:30am

Guided hike to the top of Mount Srd with Qi Gong and Yoga at the top

Meeting Point at the bottom of the trail off the D8 (or transfers on request at an additional charge)

With Domagoj Hum and Gillie Sutherland

Price 110 Kuna per person

Followed by optional group lunch at additional charge

For more info and reservations for all events in the World Wellbeing Week

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