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.
The Croatian-Austrian Society Dubrovnik, in co-organization with the Public Institution Lokrum Reserve, marked 160 years since the sinking of the Austro-Hungarian ship 'Triton' in front of Lokrum. This Society has been commemorating the anniversary of this maritime tragedy since 1999, every ten years.
The commemoration program began with the departure of the ship JU Rezervat Lokrum from the Old City Port, stopping at the sinking point of the Triton ship. They threw wreaths into the sea, and also laid them on the Cross that was put up in memory of the sailors killed in the tragedy near Lokrum.
Even though the summer season is over, the number of tourists all around in Croatia is still high! There is no wonder that our country attracts the attention of the media from all over the globe. The latest article comes from the famous Travel + Leisure magazine, with a title 'Croatia Is the Affordable European Destination You Need To Visit'.
-This beautiful Central European country along the Adriatic Sea was Travel + Leisure’s Reader’s Choice Destination of the Year in 2016 due to its gorgeous beaches, historical points of interest, picturesque national parks, and delicious food. And frankly, there’s no sign of the country’s popularity waning amongst international travelers after only a few short years – Travel + Leisure writes.
The author explains that one of the crowning jewels of Croatia still has to be its Dalmatian Islands, one of the country’s four historical regions known for its pristine beaches, limestone cliffs, crystal clear waters, and beautiful vineyards and olive groves, saying that the chances are if you’re planning a Croatian trip, whether it’s by air or by cruise ship, you’re probably going to stop in this idyllic location.
-But Croatia is so much more than just pretty beaches. Plitvice National Park, one of the best national parks in Europe, is also a bucket-list destination for the nature lover or adventure seeker. Throughout the country, foodies, wine connoisseurs, and coffee lovers can find fine food, delectable wine, and strong java to enjoy. And if you’re a history buff or TV addict, many of Croatia’s ancient sites have served as filming locations for the HBO show "Game of Thrones." – Travel + Leisure explains, adding that you might think all this beauty, history, and Hollywood appeal might come with a hefty price tag, but arguably the best part about traveling to Croatia is how budget-friendly it is and because it was part of Yugoslavia until 1991, the country has stayed off the beaten path for many travelers, making it an often over-looked vacation option.
-Frankly, if you’re looking for a destination that literally has it all while still saving your wallet, you can’t do better than this sunny Mediterranean spot. But if you’re still not convinced, here are some very good reasons to make Croatia your next holiday – Travel + Leisure writes, continuing with detailed list of the reasons.
You can see the full article here.
According to the order of the City of Dubrovnik Public Utility Service, all ATM owners in the historic core of the city who did not have approval to set them up removed the ATMs, but at the same time appealed on the removal decisions. However, by a decision of the High Administrative Court of the Republic of Croatia of September 27th this year, the proposal to suspend the execution of this decision was rejected.
As explained in the decision of the High Administrative Court, the protection of the financial interests of individuals does not outweigh the purpose of protecting cultural property.
All ATMs that got a removal decision, total of 24, were removed from the historic core. The owners acted in accordance with the decision of the City of Dubrovnik Public Utility Service, and total also included eight devices that were installed in the store windows at Stradun.
Following the adoption of the decision, the City Council conducted administrative procedures involving ATMs without valid approvals. At the expiration of the 30-day deadline, and unless they acted upon the decision, the City of Dubrovnik Communal Service started issuing high penalties for offenders.
Out of the total of 41 ATMs registered, 15 of them are approved by the Conservation Department, two have been "pulled" into the interior and are no longer accessible from the street, while all the others have been removed from the end of August to mid-September.
Dubrovnik became the first Croatian city to regulate the issue of ATMs in order to protect UNESCO's monumental heritage, and it has shown excellent results.
In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 14 traffic accidents, in which four persons got heavily injured, eight persons got light injuries, while there were eight traffic accidents with material damage.
By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 914 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 676 measures taken due to speeding, 35 measures due to improper overtaking, 32 measures for improper stop and parking, 44 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 11 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and eight measures because of using mobile phone while driving.
The City of Dubrovnik, in cooperation with the Department of Urban Planning, Spatial Planning and Environmental Protection and the Department for Municipalities and Local Self-Government with the company Vrtlar doo, has joined the civic initiative named Collective Tree Planting Days, which plans organized tree planting from October 25th to October 27th.
In cooperation with County Initiative Coordinator Roman Tomic, the City of Dubrovnik will donate over 200 tree seedlings to contribute to the greening of our environment and in that way highlight the importance of trees, especially in urban areas.
One part of the trees will be planted by Vrtlar d.o.o. with volunteers on public green spaces and the rest of the seedlings will be distributed to citizens on October 21st from 10am to 5pm at the following locations:
-Luj Soletic Park,
-a parking lot near the Sumratin Hotel,
-Nova Mokosica, on the plateau near the Kiss coffee bar.
The City of Dubrovnik invited all the citizens to individually join the action and refine their gardens.
Dubrovnik recorded four million nights on October 11th, 2019, which is 17 days earlier than last year.
According to the eVisitor tourist check-in and check-out system, not including nautical data, 1 288 490 tourists (12 percent more than in the same period last year) visited Dubrovnik from January 1st to October 11th, 2019, and made 4 001 084 overnight stays (five percent more than in 2018). Since the beginning of the year, the largest number of guests in Dubrovnik has been from the United Kingdom (182 177 arrivals, 845 068 overnight stays; average stay: five days), from the USA (147 805 arrivals, 409 072 overnight stays, average stay: three days), followed by guests from Germany, France, Spain, Australia, Ireland, Croatia, Italy and Canada.
A significant increase was recorded from the following markets: Germany 40 percent in arrivals and six percent in overnight stays, Ireland 34 percent in arrivals and 34 percent in overnight stays, Brazil 24 percent in arrivals and 23 percent in overnight stays, China 23 percent in arrivals and 24 percent in overnight stays, Russia 20 percent in arrivals and 10 percent in overnight stays, USA 15 percent in arrivals and 15 percent in overnight stays, France 12 percent in arrivals and 10 percent in overnight stays, Poland 11 percent in arrivals and eight percent in overnight stays, South Korea 10 percent in arrivals and 14 percent in overnight stays, Canada nine percent in arrivals and nine percent in overnight stays, Spain seven percent in arrivals and five percent in overnight stays and Croatia five percent in arrivals and five percent in overnight stays.
According to a report by the Croatian National Tourist Board, when it comes to nautical dana, there were 45 532 arrivals (10 percent more than in 2018) and 284 342 overnight stays (six percent more) from the beginning of the year to 30th of September. In the nautical tourism, most of the guests were from the United Kingdom, Australia, USA, Germany, Croatia, France, Belgium, Poland, New Zealand and Spain.
From the total number of tourists from January 1st to October 10th, 2019, 693 405 guests stayed in 50 Dubrovnik hotels, which is an increase of 17 percent in hotel accommodation compared to the same period in 2018, and recorded 2 053 556 of overnight stays, or five percent more than last year.
There were 456 596 guests staying in private accommodation from the beginning of the year to October 10th, showing an increase of 10 percent compared to the last year. In the same period, 1 510 270 overnight stays were recorded in private accommodation, which is seven percent more than in 2018.
"The Aesthetic Medicine Congress", in collaboration with the British College of Aesthetic Medicine, takes place at the Hotel Palace from October 11 to 13. Top international and local experts will present trends in aesthetic medicine, rejuvenation and facial and body shaping for around 400 announced participants.
In addition to presenting the latest technology and research results, there will also be live demonstrations, interactive panels and lectures on topics ranging from aesthetic medicine to medical tourism.
The Second Congress of Aesthetic Medicine in Dubrovnik, under the high auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, will be opened by Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli.
Apart from Croatia and the region, participants from Congress come from Britain, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Greece, USA, Mexico, India, UAE…
The famous names of aesthetic medicine are coming to the congrees, such as Raj Kanodia, Tapan Patel, Matt Stefanelli, Bob Khanna, Herve Raspaldo, Tracy Mountford, Tom van Eijk, Iman Nurlin, Dimitris Sykianakis, Ravi Jain and David Ecclestone. The local experts and lecturers are Sinisa Glumicic, Mario Zambelli, Nikola Milojevic, Davor Mijatovic, Zoran Zgaljardic, Tomica Bagatin, Zeljana Bolanca, Aleksandar Milenovic, Mladen Dudukovic and others.
TAMC 2019 is an international aesthetic congress that offers an interactive, evidence-based, multidisciplinary program and provides a platform to encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences, educate, initiate intense discussions, and expand opportunities for new contacts.
TAMC 2019 covers all aspects of aesthetic medicine, and this year's highlights include: anti-aging and face shaping dermal fillers, skin rejuvenation treatments including stem cell and blood plasma treatments, aesthetic gynecology, life extension (gerontology), body shaping and fat reduction, Botulinum toxin type A basic and advanced techniques, complication management, anatomy, cosmetic surgery, cosmetic dentistry, patient communication, business building and marketing, as well as medical tourism.
Green Destinations Conference takes place in Zagreb, Delnice and Mali Losinj from 9 to 12 October, and one of the main topics is the sustainable management of destinations with the control of over-tourism and the protection of the interests of the local population. The first part of the conference was held in Zagreb on Wednesday, discussing the experience of Croatian destinations in sustainable tourism. The city of Dubrovnik was singled out as one example of good practice. Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepsic spoke at the conference about the challenges that Dubrovnik is facing in tourism and about the city's project Respect the City.
Deputy Tepsic emphasized that the focus of the program Respect the City is a better life of citizens through Tourism Management Measures. She announced that the City of Dubrovnik will undertake a sustainability measurement by the end of the year in collaboration with the Global Council for Sustainable Tourism, which will define further steps in managing the destination.
- Dubrovnik started a change of management and much more needs to be done to be called 'green', but we are starting with various projects and gradually introducing measures for that. From the research we will discover what needs to be changed quickly, what later, and also what people think. Our Respect the City project is also entering a new phase, and a plan for the management of the Old City center is being drawn up, which UNESCO has also requested, because that core is a World Heritage Site - she said, adding that this document would be ready by mid-2020.
The event brought together more than 120 participants from 30 countries around the world to discuss the so-called green solutions for tourist destinations, including nature conservation, biodiversity and local culture, waste and plastic waste management, especially from the seas and oceans, and strategies for developing an environmentally responsible destination policy. The organizer of the conference is Green Destinations, a non-profit sustainable tourism foundation that runs a global partnership of professional organizations, companies and academic institutions. The forum will also include awards and certificates for the top 100 sustainable and green destinations in the world in 2019.