Saturday, 20 July 2024
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.


Ryanair has announced significant expansion plans for its Zagreb base for the upcoming 2024/25 winter season, which spans from October 27, 2024, to March 29, 2025. The low-cost carrier will operate approximately 3,030 flights from the Croatian capital during this period, marking a nearly 20% increase compared to the 2023/24 season. Additionally, the airline will boost its seat capacity by 17%, offering over 550,000 seats. Further adjustments to the winter schedule remain possible, reports EX-YU Aviation

In recent developments, Ryanair has doubled its winter flights from Zagreb to Lanzarote, increasing from one to two weekly, and added an extra weekly flight to Weeze, raising the frequency from the initially planned three to four weekly services, up from last winter’s two weekly rotations.


Ryanair has also extended its newly launched routes to Pisa and Alicante from seasonal to year-round operations, with twice-weekly flights continuing throughout the winter. Moreover, the airline will resume services to Memmingen, which were suspended this summer, with three weekly flights starting on October 28. Seasonal flights to Thessaloniki will also transition to year-round, maintaining two weekly rotations to Greece’s second-largest city.

The airline is set to increase frequencies on several routes compared to last winter. Flights to London Stansted will see an addition of two weekly flights, totaling nine per week. Services to Malta and Basel will rise to five and four weekly flights, respectively. Additionally, Weeze and Hahn will operate four and three times per week, respectively. However, flights to Sandefjord and Naples, which ran twice per week last winter, have not yet been scheduled for the upcoming season.

Overall, Ryanair will offer 68 weekly flights from Zagreb this winter, up from 56 weekly flights last year, underscoring the airline’s commitment to expanding its presence in the Croatian market.

Dubrovnik, Zagreb, and Istria have once again been highlighted as highly attractive and sought-after destinations among high-spending American tourists, thanks to the collaboration between the Virtuoso consortium and three tourist boards that have been investing in promoting these destinations to the North American market for many years: the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Zagreb Tourist Board, and Istria Tourist Board.

The latest Virtuoso Digital Destination (VDD) project has provided a larger platform for comprehensive presentations of these destinations, including education and interaction with the Virtuoso network of agencies and travel advisors. Thanks to these tourist boards, Zagreb, Dubrovnik, and Istria are the first European destinations to participate in the Digital Destination project, following Australia, Canada, and Los Cabos. The VDD project aims to enhance the user experience on, the leading global network specializing in experiential and luxury travel, offering a comprehensive platform dedicated to attractive destinations. By combining visually appealing design, experiential writing, attractive video content, and targeted marketing campaigns, VDD surpasses traditional methods of visibility and destination promotion, effectively contributing to the growth of interest among potential visitors.

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Miroslav Drašković, Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, stated: “Given our previous successes in attracting American tourists, we believe that participating in the Virtuoso Digital Destination project will further enhance our tourism offerings and strengthen Dubrovnik's position as a prestigious global destination. This collaboration will allow us to present ourselves in more detail and showcase all the charms of Dubrovnik through customized marketing campaigns and high-quality content, emphasizing the authenticity and uniqueness of our city. We can boast a range of offerings for luxury travelers, including visits to historical landmarks, top-notch gastronomic experiences, and luxurious accommodations. Direct flights between Dubrovnik and the United States not only facilitate travel but also allow more tourists to experience everything our city has to offer, from beautiful beaches and islands to world-class cultural events. The American market has been growing every year, and compared to the record year of 2019, we are seeing a 13% increase in arrivals and an 11% increase in overnight stays in 2024. This impressive statistic confirms the growing interest of American tourists in Dubrovnik, making our city an indispensable destination for luxury travel.”

Javier Guillermo, Director of Virtuoso Strategic Partnerships, stated: “Virtuoso Digital Destination has achieved success and proven very effective among high-spending travellers. VDD and the accompanying digital campaigns for Canada, Australia, and Los Cabos have sparked significant interest and engagement among targeted users, surpassing the results of other destination sites. The project's success is measured by the increase in travel bookings to these destinations.”

To remind, Virtuoso is the leading global network for luxury travel, bringing together agencies with more than 20,000 travel advisors and 2,200 partners (hotels, villas, tour operators, DMCs, cruise companies, tourist boards, etc.), and in the travel industry, Virtuoso is synonymous with expertise, security, trust, and high-quality service.

In the ferry port in Sobra on the island of Mljet, on Saturday, June 22nd, the Mljet Tourist Board organized a craft beer festival for the first time under the name "Beer on the Pier."

Local and foreign visitors and beer lovers had the opportunity to taste various craft beers from the following breweries: Trojansko Pivo from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zeppelin craft brewery from Bjelovar, Brewville-Neretva Valley from Metković, and breweries from Dubrovnik.

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The entertainment program was provided by the musical group Mjesni Odbor from Šolta. With an excellent atmosphere and gastronomic offerings, the fun lasted late into the night.

“We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the organization and execution, especially the League Against Cancer, which was responsible for the gastronomic part of the festival, Komunalno Mljet, Jadrolinija, TP Line, everyone who visited us, and we look forward to seeing you next year. Cheers!” stated the Mljet Tourist Board.

The Croatian midfielder Luka Modrić has not yet wanted to reveal too much about whether he will continue to play for the national team.

Modrić's appearance against Italy was his 178th for Croatia, and he told Spanish journalists that he has not yet made a decision about continuing his career with the national team.

“I need to rest and see what will happen in the future. I need to see what I will decide. I need to figure this out with myself, with my family. It’s hard, I love Croatia, I love playing for the national team, but I still can’t decide.”

Let's recall, Modrić missed a penalty at the beginning of the second half yesterday, but a minute later he redeemed himself and scored a goal. However, a shocking outcome awaited Croatia in the eighth minute of stoppage time when Zaccagni scored.

According to the received registrations and deregistrations of tourists through the eVisitor system, there were slightly fewer than 21,000 tourists in Dubrovnik last weekend - six percent more than at this time last year.

In addition to the leading Britons and Americans, the majority of guests are from Germany, Ireland, France, Australia, and Spain. Since the beginning of the year, nearly 493,000 tourist arrivals and 1,434,000 overnight stays have been registered, an increase of 19 percent compared to the same period last year.

This Saturday, June 29, the program titled ‘Summer at Orsula 2024’ kicks off.

Park Orsula invites all citizens and friends to join the celebration of the season opening, starting at 9 PM and lasting until the late night hours, as long as there are good people and good energy! Admission is free for all visitors!

The opening night program is as follows:

21:00 - Music from the studio, audience gathering

21:30 - Maja Grgić, Kruno Levačić, Zvonimir Šestak, Teo Martinović

22:30 - Rambo Amadeus & Ivan Bonačić join the session

23:30 - DJs Lane & Petra

Talented Dubrovnik singer Maja Grgić will promote her new album this evening. Rambo Amadeus will perform a specially prepared act for the opening of Orsula. Proudly, it is highlighted that Maja, Teo, Rambo, Ivan, Lane, and Petra have offered to perform without fees to support the return of Park Orsula to the scene.

The audience is requested to come to Orsula by taxi or on foot from Belvedere using the old caravan route, which has been cleaned and lit, and will be the only true and fast direct connection to the City during the entire festival, considering traffic congestion and very limited parking at Orsula. The walk from Belvedere to Orsula takes 7-10 minutes, the path is only 600 meters long, and it will be easier by avoiding high heels, flip-flops, and expensive clothes!

For the evening of the grand opening, in collaboration with Libertas, a special shuttle bus service will be tested to find the best solution for arrivals at all concerts:

The shuttle bus with the sign Park Orsula will circulate on the route: Cable Car – Viktorija – Belvedere – Ploče – Cable Car, with the first departure from the Cable Car at 8:40 PM. The bus will operate until 10 PM, and the ride is free!

For the return of the audience to the City, the bus will depart from the Belvedere stop four times: at midnight, 12:30, 1:00, and 1:30, traveling on a slightly longer and more convenient route: Belvedere – Ploče – Pile – Boninovo – Ilijina glavica – Cable Car – Belvedere. Minor deviations in the schedule are possible!

Despite leading 1-0 until the very end, Croatia conceded a goal in the eighth minute of injury time. Although they did not qualify for the knockout phase as the second-placed team, they still have a chance to progress as one of the four best third-placed teams. There is still hope for advancement.

If in Group C, England beats Slovenia by three or more goals and Denmark defeats Serbia in the same group, Slovenia would be third with two points and a worse goal difference than Croatia, while Serbia would remain on one point.

For Croatia to advance with two points, several conditions must be met. In Group F, Portugal must beat Georgia, and Turkey must beat the Czech Republic. In this scenario, Georgia and the Czech Republic would each have only one point, and Croatia would be ahead.

For Croatia to qualify for the round of 16 with just two points, these two conditions must be met:

1. England beats Slovenia by at least three goals, and Denmark beats Serbia.

2. Portugal beats Georgia, and Turkey beats the Czech Republic.



According to Dubrovački dnevnik, Pep Guardiola has come on vacation to Dubrovnik. The Manchester City coach arrived in Dubrovnik with his family, following a season in which he won a historic fourth consecutive English championship title with Croatian internationals Joško Gvardiol and Mateo Kovačić.

This is not his first time in Croatia, Guardiola visited Dubrovnik in 2012. He came to Dubrovnik then at the suggestion of a friend and was enchanted by the islands, especially Lopud and Šipan. After that, he took a stroll down Stradun.

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