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.
June was a mammoth month for the Dubrovnik Airport, 288.809 passengers travelled through the airport a huge increase of almost 18 percent on the same month from last year.
“June was well above our expectations. We anticipated our annual growth rate to amount to 3 and 4 percent. The double digit growth we have seen during the first half of the year has truly surprised us so it is difficult to predict how the rest of the season will play out,” commented Frano Luetić, the Deputy General Manager.
June was a special month for Dubrovnik Airport, on the 30th of June the airport saw its busiest 24 hours ever when 16.542 passengers passed through the airport. And last weekend, according to information from the airport, Dubrovnik Airport handled 30,200 passengers.
Jenna Ezarik one of the most famous YouTube bloggers in the world, with more than 40,000 followers on YouTube in addition to 283,000 followers on Instagram, so her audience is a pretty big crowd, reported Index.hr.
Ezarik, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, travels, records, comments and finally recommends the most interesting places worth visiting in the world.
Four days ago she arrived in Croatia from Italy and today she has announced a 6 and a half minute video about the beauty of the karst waterfalls in the National Park Krka and the city of Split.
''This is the most divine place I have ever been to'', she didn't hide her delight shooting the waterfalls with her GoPro camera.
Compliments for Croatia are coming thick and fast from all over the world, see what this famous blogger has to say about the natural beauties of Croatia in her latest video.
Want to be a hero for the day? The Dubrovnik Escape Room gives you and your team 60 minutes to “escape” from the Game of Thrones themed room.
Escape room is a new concept of entertainment where you and your teammates are challenged to solve a series of riddles, hints and mysteries within a set time frame! You are “locked” inside a room, based on the Game of Thrones, which has used Dubrovnik as the location of King’s Landing and have 60 minutes to work with your team to finish the mission and get out. It is a fun, unique and exciting experience to enjoy with your friends, colleagues or family! The game can get challenging but will give you a great sense of achievement and encourage you to work together with your team to finish the mission!
Here is the storyboard - Baratheon’s mighty fleet is near King’s Landing, and siege on the capital is imminent. Luckily, the rulers of King’s Landing have foreseen the attack and started making preparations way ahead of time: they gave orders to the local master to work on a powerful weapon of destruction. So Meister Hallyne has been working diligently in his alchemy lab on a secret potion – a potion so strong that once explodes, it causes tremendous damage and no water used could extinguish it. This potion is called Wildfire, and is crucial to destroying the enemy fleet! However, the Meister working on the Wildfire mysteriously disappeared, and you are the only ones who can find the hidden wildfire jar in his alchemy lab! Can you make it in time to help save King’s Landing from the rage of Stannis Baratheon? His fleet is numerous, and King’s Landing will not be able to defend itself long, despite all its skilful fleet. You have 60 minutes to find the Wildfire so it can be used to fight the invaders! Sounds intriguing – will you beat the room of will the room beat you.
The Dubrovnik Escape Room is an ingenious new idea and well worth a visit. Grab a group of friends and head off to “escape” from the room.
How to get there?
It is easy to get to the Dubrovnik Escape Room by public transport. Bus lines no. 2, 4, 5 and 7 drive there regularly. Address - Josipa Kosora 22, Dubrovnik
Tel. - +385976442145
Website - dubrovnikescaperoom.com
The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Zagreb held a ceremony celebrating the second anniversary of the Croatian-Korean business club. About 100 dignitaries and representatives of the Croatian and Korean companies and institutions, including diplomatic representatives of Japan, the United States and the Holy See in the Republic of Croatia attended the celebration.
Apart from the main hosts Nj.E.Park Won-Sup, the new ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Croatia and Zoran Horvat, the president of the Croatian-Korean business club, many Croatian politicians also attended the celebration such as Zeljko Reiner, the president of the Croatian parliament, Marko Jurcic, the adviser of the Croatian president for economic issues and Ivan Sertic, the assistant of the Croatian Minister of Economy.
In his introductory speech the Korean ambassador Nj.E.Park-Won said that the Croatian-Korean business club was the most important private institution in the relations between these two friendly countries giving his thanks to the founders and their efforts in the development of the economic cooperation between Croatia and Korea in last two years. He concluded his speech by saying that the full potential of the economic cooperation between these two countries had yet to be achieved.
Mr Zoran Horvat, the president of the Croatian-Korean business club, emphasized the long-time friendly relations between Croatia and Korea which were further strengthened this year by signing the agreement on air transport between the government of the Republic of Korea and the Croatian government. He thanked all the members and friends of the Club for their confidence and promised that the Club would continue to look for and create opportunities and possibilities for business cooperation with the main aim of creating business opportunities for its members, and consequently affect the economic picture of the Republic of Croatia.
Ivan Sertic, the assistant of the Minister of Economy, expressed his wish that in the near future more Korean companies would choose Croatia as a country for investment and development of their business projects.
At this occasion Zeljko Reiner, the president of the Croatian parliament, said he hoped the long-time friendship between Croatia and Korea would intensify in all areas, especially in the field of science, culture and economy.
Marko Jurcic, the adviser of the Croatian president for economy issues, added that present activities of the Croatian-Korean club were of particular importance for the development of cooperation between the two countries and expressed his wish to hear more successful stories of the economic cooperation between Croatia and Korea on the next Club anniversary.
Real Madrid and Spain star Sergio Ramos has arrived on holiday in Dubrovnik with his partner Pilar Rubio.
The football star, who recently captained the Spanish national team at the Euro 2016 in France, posted a photo on his Instagram account tonight with Pilar along with the caption “A magic night in a fairytale city. Dubrovnik!”
Within a few hours of posting the photo of the couple on the steps leading to the Jesuit Church he had received 200,000 likes and with over 10 million followers that number is sure to rise.
Dubrovnik is proving a real magnet for footballers this year, already the Chelsea star John Terry has visited, the Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera and the Seville playmaker Pablo Sarabia.
Dubrovnik has been the darling of the worlds press for the past few years, with more and more column inches filled with the delights of the city and its tourist attractions. Now comes an article from one of the most respected news agencies in the world CNN entitled “How Croatia's Dubrovnik rules the rivieras.”
- With 260 days of sunshine and one of the most eye-catching coastlines in the Med, this chic stretch of Adriatic shoreline is justifiably pulling in ever-greater visitor numbers each year – writes CNN in praise of the Dubrovnik Riviera. The article includes the Old City of Dubrovnik and Korcula. And gives 12 reasons why you need to visit Dubrovnik this year. The top three are, Medieval Dubrovnik, Mount Srd cable car and Dubrovnik Carnival and Summer Festival.
Once again another shining article on Dubrovnik and its gems, expect even more guests from the USA to follow the lead of CNN and explore the Dubrovnik Riviera this year.
It's hard to catch all the big names that visit Dubrovnik daily, but if they put photos on social media – it's bit easier. After world famous footballer John Terry, we have some great sport names coming and even though they might be less famous, their followers on Instagram go crazy when they see photo from Dubrovnik.
In todays top posts from Dubrovnik we have Steffen Weinhold, a German handball player for THW Kiel and the German national team. There is also Ragnhild Mowinckel, a Norwegian alpine skier. Mowinckel represents the club SK Rival. She won the gold medal at the youth World Championships in 2012 in the giant slalom and super combined as well as bronze in super-G.
They both have thousands of followers on Instagram, so this is really great promotion of town. We hope they're having a good time and that more atlethes will come soon and brag about their time in Dubrovnik.
British Telegraph has published an article few days ago with the list of reasons why everyone is going to Croatia this summer. Reason behind the article is the increasing number of British tourists every year – according to the Croatian Tourist Board there is 36 per cent increase in overnight stays by UK travellers during the first half of this year.
Here's the list:
1. It’s hot
2. And easy to reach
3. It’s still good value
4. And has the Game of Thrones appeal
5. It has the world’s most atmospheric Roman ruin
6. And one of its finest amphiteatres
7. There are spectacular beaches
8. Incredible national parks
9. You can combine beach life with soaring mountains
10. Its capital is heaven for coffee lovers
11. With one of the world’s quirkiest museums
12. They made the White House
13. There are some incredible summer festivals
14. And party towns
15. Parts of it remain virtually unknown
16. And it’s got wonderful cities you never thought to visit
17. It’s the birthplace of Marco Polo
18. And has one of Europe’s tastiest regions
19. You can even spot dolphins
20. It’s got a fascinating (if sobering) recent history
21. Because Dubrovnik is one of the world's bucket list cities
22. It's got a beach fit for a Bond villain
23. And a monument that looks like the Millenium Falcon
The article is quite detailed so if you want to know some more information, don't miss it.