Saturday, 22 September 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Dubrovnik is an ideal destination for summer vacation and many celebrities recognize that. Adam Gallagher, world famous blogger is roaming around streets of Dubrovnik and sharing beautiful photos on his social media platforms. Fun fact: on his Instagram account he has almost 2 million followers!
Adam Gallagher is the founder and mastermind behind the highly-popular blog I AM GALLA, which aids the men’s demographic with styling tips, trend forecasts and third party inspiration. He's 25 and he started a blog when he was 17, slowly growing and improving and finally becoming one of the most famous bloggers.
 In the menswear world, Gallagher stands out due to his exceptional ability to blend his native California aesthetic with a sharp New York approach to fashion.

In a gala ceremony held at Farnborough Air show on the 12th of July, the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax presented the 2016 World Airline Awards. The leaders and top management from over 40 airlines around the world attended the event, where Emirates was voted the World’s Best Airline by air travellers.

This year the Croatian national carrier Croatia Airlines has found its place among the best ten airlines in Eastern Europe. Croatia Airlines was voted Eastern Europe’s fourth best airline following Aeroflot, the winner in the category of Eastern Europe's best carrier, LOT Polish Airlines and S7 Airlines. The Croatian national carrier was followed by ČSA Czech Airlines, Wizz Air, Air Serbia, Adria Airways, TAROM and Pobeda. As a result, the Croatian and Slovenian carriers retained their positions from last year, while Air Serbia made its debut.

Skytrax World Airline Awards are coveted Quality accolades for the world airline industry. Travellers from across the globe take part each year in the world’s largest airline passenger satisfaction survey to decide the award winners. The World Airline Awards are a global benchmark of airline excellence, and widely known as the Passengers Choice awards.

The largest ever film production in Croatian history is set to be filmed in Dubrovnik in 2017 “Robin Hood: Origins.” Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and starring a handful of Oscar winners the production of the blockbuster is expected to be filmed in January and February next year, according to an announcement made today by the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic. The mayor stated that “four or five Oscar winners will act in the film,” which will be produced by Lionsgate Films.

DiCaprio is the executive producer and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, according to reports, will play Little John. Robin Hood will be played by Welsh actor Taron Egerton, famous for his role in Kingsman: The Secret Service and Maid Marion will be played by Irish actress Eve Hewson, who is the daughter of Bono from U2. Robin Hood: Origins will be directed by Otto Bathurst.

After the hit serial Game of Thrones, the latest episode of the Star Wars franchise, and the Bollywood blockbuster Fan, Dubrovnik will once again be in the limelight in this star-studded action movie. The City of Dubrovnik commented that they are already in talks with Lionsgate Films and that Robin Hood: Origins will surpass all previous productions in Dubrovnik, with tens of millions of dollars expected to be spent on this lavish production. The representatives of Lionsgate Films apparently commented that Dubrovnik is “the most desirable outdoor film location in the world.”

Robin Hood: Origins follows the return of Robin Hood fighting in the Crusades and finding that Sherwood Forest is rife with corruption. Robin Hood then forms a band of outlaws and sets about riding the forest of evil, a classic Robin Hood tale but with a twist.

As Dubrovnik is not blessed with typical English forestry we can only assume that the historic Old City will act as Nottingham Castle. However as Nottingham is miles away from the sea the speculation as to what role Dubrovnik will finally play can only be speculated. One thing is for certain the proposed film will have a knock-on effect to the city’s tourism industry. And if that effect is anything close to the Game of Thrones then Dubrovnik could soon find itself as a “must see” movie destination.

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Oscar winner Jamie Foxx to play Little John in Dubrovnik 

The travel planner ''Colours of Croatia – a memento of your visit'' is a new and unique tourist product on the market which aims to position itself as a part of the premium tourist souvenir offer.

This diary consists of a personal annual planner and a travel planner, as it contains pages like a list of locations to visit, a list of things to do or try in Croatia and a travel diary by date and location.

Turning the pages of this interesting souvenir diary actually represents a journey through Croatia from the southernmost region of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County to the eastern region of Slavonia. The most interesting and the most important Croatian sites are presented in this planner which also aims to encourage users’ interest in a particular location and invite them to explore it even further in order to learn more about the tourist locations in Croatia.

The identity of this product was designed by a combination of a rich colour palette, cubes as elements of the national identity and illustrations of certain specific locations. The colouring represents colours, tastes and scents of the Mediterranean and the continental Croatia whilst the planner itself represents Croatia through attractive photos and graphics in a modern and emotional way.

Guiding users on a journey through Croatia's most important locations all different “colours” that may be encountered along the way are presented in this diary - from the stunning nature, a remarkable cultural and historical heritage to gastronomy.

The travel organizer ''Colours of Croatia – a memento of your visit'' is designed for tourist's personal use or as a perfect holiday gift to someone who is only considering Croatia as a desirable destination worth a visit. This unique product and a souvenir is interesting not only to tourists but to all Croatian citizens who look for an attractive planner for personal use and to all of those who would like to learn more about Croatia.

Dubrovnik is a real heaven for solo traveles! That was confirmed in the article on the website Travel+Leisure where the town found its place on the list of the best places for women to travel solo.
- The beauty of solo travel is the ability to immerse yourself in the community and to stumble upon those moments of international connection organically on your own. But as a woman, fears—sometimes innate—over the silliest things can spin into overdrive, especially in a foreign environment – writes the author and adds that when considering a 'solo destinatinon', you should pick somewhere where you always wanted to go, but also where it's safe, easy to navigate and you'll have a lot of things to do.
So, it's not a surprise that Dubrovnik found its place on the list.
- The rise in Croatian tourism has improved the ease of travel, and the country’s low crime rating heightens the appeal. One look at the oceanfront medieval city of Dubrovnik, preserved by 6,365 feet of pristine walls, and all my worries vanished. The cobblestone streets guided me through artisanal shops and local eats, while a walk along the wall itself offered spectacular bird’s eye views of the Adriatic coastline. Other great solo activities: there’s a beach just a few minutes away from Old Town, with plenty of kayak and snorkeling tours offered along the way – it's written in the article.
This is not the first time that Dubrovnik was mentioned in this context. We'we published the similar article last month, when Dubrovnik was on a list of 18 places that every woman should visit by herself on the Refinery29.

See the amazing fireworks display from the opening of the 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival from another angle, from a drone. The fireworks are one of the highlights of the opening ceremony and this year was no different. Barges loaded down with hundreds of fireworks were anchored just off the historic Old City of Dubrovnik and fired their payload into the night sky, it was a stunning show.

And now this recently released drone video from Boris Rabusic brings you even closer to the action. He flew a drone “up close and personal” to the fireworks and brought viewers an interesting new perspective.

Check out the 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival fireworks display

According to data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (DZS), foreign flagged cruise ships realized 184 cruises in Croatia from January to May 2016. A total of 230,902 cruise ship passengers stayed for 446 days in the Republic of Croatia. They sojourned for two days on average.

In the structure of foreign cruise ships the largest percentage of them entered the Croatian territorial waters in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (64.7%) and the Split-Dalmatia County (21.2%), a total of 85.9 percent. The remaining 14.1 percent of foreign cruise ships registered their first entry into Croatian territorial waters in four other counties: in the Zadar County (6.5%), in the Istria County (3.8%), in the Sibenik-Knin County (3.3%) and in the Primorje-Gorski kotar County (0.5%).

In comparison to the same period last year, the number of cruises has increased by 9.5 percent whilst the number of passengers who entered the Republic of Croatia in this on cruise ships increased by 18.5 percent. The total number of cruise ships sojourns over the same period from last year recorded an increase of 18.9 percent.

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Almost a million cruise ship passengers expected in Dubrovnik this year 

This summer the Tourist Board of the island of Mljet is organizing a real spectacle for its guests in a completely untypical way. While other destinations attract their visitors with music and parties till dawn, the Mljet Tourist Board has initiated the Eco Art Festival within Mljet cultural summer festival in order to enrich the tourist offer on the island. This festival is intended for ecology and fashion lovers who want to have fun through education and socializing. The main aim of the festival program is to motivate and increase the human awareness of preserving nature and the environment.

The Eco Art Festival will be organized in cooperation with the Croatian designer Milena Ulic, who is famous for her presentations at the international fashion events like Plitzs New York Fashion Week and Charlote Fashion Week. She is also known for her designer jewellery De Lena with which she sponsored VIMA Music Awards on several occasions.

The festival will encompass educational and entertainment events intended for domestic and foreign guests as well as for locals. Workshop program starts on the 21st of July in Saplunara, followed by workshops in Okuklje (25th July), Sobra (29th July), Polače (1st August) and Pomena (18th August).

Each workshop will be two hours and dedicated to ecology, environmental awareness and everyday habits through the manufacture of souvenirs from things washed ashore, ornaments and brooches from eco materials in order to preserve nature and the environment.

''As we live on one of the most beautiful islands, our intention is to encourage as many people as we can, both tourists and locals, to think about the importance of preserving nature and the environment. The festival will be held at five different locations and we plan to organize a charity fashion show at the last location on the 18th of August in Pomena. Fashion models will be wearing jewellery, clothes and brooches made by participants in our workshops'', said Andrea Anelic, the director of the Mljet Tourist Board.

She also added that she hoped this festival would become a tradition and would improve the tourist image of Mljet and enrich the cultural and social life of the local population. ''The tourist season is in a full swing and we are very satisfied with our results. In comparison to last year we have recorded an increase by 11 per cent in tourist arrivals and overnight stays'', concluded Anelic.

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