Wednesday, 08 July 2020
Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović – a senior journalist at The Dubrovnik Times. Born and raised in Dubrovnik, Ivana (or Smile as she is known to all) graduated Media Studies from the University of Dubrovnik. A book worm, coffee addict and want-to-be world traveller Ivana brings her unique local insight, connections and general optimistic and well smiley feel to the Times.


Dubrovnik has a new project called ''Culture walks around the city'', bringing, among other things, the concerts of Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra on different locations.

On Wednesday, June 10th, in front of the church of Saint Jacob after the creative workshops organized by cultural institutions - the Museum of Modern Art, the Marin Drzic House and the Natural History Museum, the program will be followed by a concert of chamber music organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. The concert starts at 7 pm.

The string chamber ensemble of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra under the direction of violinist Dana Kahriman will perform the following program:

L. Sorkocevic: Symphony no. 3
A. Corelli: Sarabande, Gigue and Badinerie
J. Pachelbel: Canon for Strings in D minor
W. Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K. 136
L. Sorkocevic: Symphony no. 7
B. Britten: A Simple Symphony

The partners in the project are the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, cultural institutions and city districts / local committees.

The Croatian National Tourist Board presents its tourist offer at the large online fair CHINA-CEEC Expo, intended to strengthen investments and trade exchanges between China and 17 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The fair, which has been held in the Chinese city of Ningbo since 2015, was supposed to be held in early June this year, but due to the situation caused by the corona virus pandemic, it will be held for the first time online from June 8th until the end of the year.

- China sees great importance in the China + 17 cooperation mechanism and all related meetings. The largest number of tour operators participating in the fair cover the developed east coast of China, or the provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu and Shanghai. Despite the fact that due to the current situation in the coming period we do not expect a large number of visitors from the Chinese market, we maintain our presence and visibility in the Chinese market and continue communication with Chinese partners and establish new mechanisms of joint cooperation - said Croatian National Tourist Director Kristjan Stanicic.

This year, at B2B meetings, taking into account the virtual edition, an increase in the number of participants from across the country is expected. The tourism sector will hold its first round of meetings by the end of June, but several more sequences of virtual B2B meetings for all industries are expected during the year.

-At this moment, it is very important to take advantage of the digital benefits of the times in which we live. In this way, in special circumstances, we can carry out our activities quickly and efficiently. Regardless of the current situation, interest in Croatia is not declining and we expect a gradual return from the Far Eastern markets once air traffic stabilizes - said Franka Gulin, Director of the Croatian National Tourist Bord Representation in China, noting that Croatian National Tourist Board created a special virtual profile for the fair, which will present all Croatian regions, while up to 15 B2B meetings with Chinese businesses will be held through the first round.

Performance at the Virtual Fair for the European and Chinese tourism industry

From 22nd to 24th of June, for the first time, the online fair Virtual Fair for the European and Chinese tourism industry will be held, which is dedicated to establishing cooperation between Chinese buyers and participants from European Union countries. This is the first series of events of this kind with the aim of encouraging the internationalization of European tour operators, promoting trans-European tourism products and organizing B2B events. Given that before the pandemic, Europe recorded a large increase in popularity among Chinese tourists, the goal of these events is to renew this trend and provide a boost to business.

The fair is held within the Partnerships in European Tourism (PET) project, which is funded by the European Commission and which includes virtual B2B fairs, webinars, e-learning and matchmaking events. Croatian Tourist Board, Zagreb Tourist Board and Dubrovnik Tourist Board will perform at the fair at a joint virtual stand, and Amathus Travel and DT Croatia (Dubrovnik Travel) will be represent the Croatian tour operators.


In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were five traffic accidents, in which two persons got light injuries, while there were three traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 721 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 394 measures taken due to speeding, 46 measures due to improper overtaking, 33 measures for improper stop and parking, 87 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 32 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 28 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

Spain’s Iberia will be resuming services to Dubrovnik this July while operations to Zagreb, Split and Zadar could be added in August or later on – EX-YU Aviation News reports.

By the end of August, the carrier plans to have 21 percent of normal seat supply on its short and medium haul network, which may rise to 35 percent depending on demand.

Services between Madrid and Dubrovnik are supposed to resume on July 17th.

Dubrovnik Emergency Medical Service will present to Dubrovnik citizens and their guests the procedure of first aid, the role of urgency in its application and basic advice if they find themselves as participants in a serious traffic accident on Saturday, June 6th from 10 am until noon at Sunset Beach Dubrovnik.

Participants will be able to measure blood pressure and blood sugar too. There will be a presentation of drunk goggles.

The story behind this event is this: at the beginning of the year, Croatia was shocked by the news about the new number of fatal traffic participants, especially young fatal traffic participants.

There is something that is very important and it's often forgotten. The first sixty minutes after a serious traffic accident is crucial for saving the lives of the injured. That is why this time is called the ‘golden hour’, the minutes that mean life, and imply emergency medical care. It is also a fact that many citizens have forgotten or do not know the basics of first aid.

World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5th, on the anniversary of the United Nations Conference on the Environment in Stockholm (1972), at which the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) was adopted.

By marking World Environment Day, UNEP seeks to highlight major environmental issues and encourage understanding of the role and responsibilities in thinking about sustainable development. This day is celebrated in more than 140 countries around the world with the aim of encouraging citizens to behave responsibly to preserve the planet through an active role in sustainable and balanced development.

This year's World Environment Day is held under the slogan "Time for Nature" and reflects the desire and need of people to turn to nature and live in harmony with nature.
According to recent scientific data, nature is increasingly threatened by land use change, agricultural activities, overexploitation of plant and animal resources, climate change and the negative impact of invasive alien species.

Biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse pose are of the greatest threats to humanity in the next decade. Therefore, any investment in biodiversity conservation pays off many times over, so, for example, wetland conservation can save insurance companies more than 50 billion euros a year in flood prevention and mitigation.

Following this, the "EU Biodiversity Strategy until 2030-Bringing nature back to our lives" was adopted, which sets goals that will ensure that the negative trends of biodiversity loss at the European Union level are stopped. In this way, the European Union and its Member States will be world leaders in biodiversity conservation.

On the occasion of the World Environment Day, the Croatian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy issued a brochure "Environment in the palm of your hand I - 2020".

The 234th session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia was held at the National and University Library yesterday, on June 4th. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Davor Bozinovic reported on the activities undertaken by the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia.

Among other things, Bozinovic talked about the page, which was activated on May 28th and since then 86,636 people have announced their arrival, according to the dana collected until yesterday at 6 am.

Most are citizens of Slovenia, Germany and Austria. The application is used successfully and shortens the waiting time for crossing the state border. The forms are, for now, avaliable in English, Czech, German, Slovenian, Slovak, Hungarian and Polish.

You can learn more about EnterCroatia HERE.

Carnival Cruise Line issued a big “hvala” (thank you) to Dubrovnik, Croatia yesterday, after an extraordinary effort resulted in the repatriation of nearly 3,000 Carnival team members through the Port of Dubrovnik last week.

The cruise industry really does bring the citizens of the world together and Carnival proudly boasts 110 nationalities amongst its onboard team. That can make things complicated in this current situation as the world’s largest cruise line works to repatriate more than 26,000 team members home, with a backdrop of some nations with closed borders, flight options limited, and debarkation and immigration policies frequently changing.

-Luckily, Carnival has great port partners all over the world who are working with the company. And today, we’d like to recognize our friends in the Republic of Croatia and the Port of Dubrovnik. Over the past week, Carnival Breeze and Carnival Magic made calls on the magical city of Dubrovnik and safely and successfully repatriated nearly 3,000 Carnival team members. Not just our Croatian citizens and those of neighboring countries like Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia that we connected home by bus, but we were also able to book commercial flights for hundreds of others trying to get home to dozens of European nations, as well as Indonesia and the Philippines. Carnival wants to acknowledge the many government agencies, private operators and local maritime partners that played such an important role in this mission. When Dubrovnik is ready, we can’t wait to get back to cruise operations to bring our ships, crew and wonderful guests to this beautiful city - said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, as it is reported on their official website.

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