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.
After the long and thorough winter preparations the Dubrovnik Sharks, the city’s American Football club, will travel to Zagreb this weekend to play their final tournament of the season. This weekend will be the decider for the Sharks, if they perform well and succeed in attaining positive results then they have a chance to enter the finals of the Croatian Flag Football League. This tournament will decide who will be the final four clubs of this year’s league.
The tournament in Zagreb will see the Sharks play against the Osijek Cannons, Bjelovar Greenhorns, Zapresic Saints and the hosts Zagreb Thunder. It will certainly be a tough weekend for the Dubrovnik Sharks but we wish them all the best of luck and hope that they will return to Dubrovnik on Sunday evening as a member of the final four.
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Tourism is a key industry for Croatia accounting for around a fifth of the country's total GDP. According to statistics from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics for March 2016 the number of domestic tourists increased by 6% which led to an increase of 20.8% in the total number of tourists for this period.
The number of domestic overnights edged up 4% in the review period increasing the total number of tourist overnights by 25.5%. As far as foreign tourists are concerned, most visitors arriving in Croatia in March were visitors from Germany and Austria followed by visitors from Italy, Slovenia, UK and the Republic of Korea. The highest number of overnight stays were realised in hotels.
According to the figures of the Central Bureau of Statistics for March 2016 slightly more than 45% of the registered businesses in Croatia were inactive while among the active businesses 37.8% of them do not have any employees.
At the end of March this year 244,040 companies, enterprises and cooperatives as well as institutions, bodies and organizations were registered in Croatia. Approximately 54.6% of them were active in that period.
The largest share and the highest activity were seen in trade companies (63% active entities). At the end of March statistics showed that 37.8% of active businesses had no employees.
The largest share of active business entities with one or nine employees was 51.2% whilst the share of active businesses with between 10-49 employees was 8.2%. The share of medium-sized companies with 50-249 employees was 2.3% and only 0.4% were large business entities with more than 250 employees.
The structure of the active registered corporations by ownership types shows that private ownership is the most common in Croatia. By the end of March 81.9% of the registered corporations were in private property and only 0.8% were under the ownership of the state.
According to the CBS figures at the end of March 78.197 business entities were in crafts and free lances.
The bizarre May weather in Dubrovnik this year continued last night when a heavy thunderstorm brought torrential rain and hail, yes hail, to the streets of the city.
At around 3.30am the heavens above Dubrovnik opened and hail fell turning the streets white. Some parts of the city actually flooded as the rain thundered down. The National Weather Service reported that in 8 hours an amazing 44 litres of rain per square metre, which was a national record.
Seeing the cobbled streets of the Old City of Dubrovnik covered in hail in the middle of May was, to the say the least, unusual.
Many videos were made about Dubrovnik, but it seems that we can never get bored of them. Couple of weeks ago video ''Dubrovnik in timelapse'' was published on Youtube. It shows amazing scenes filmed in and around the beautiful Old City in only 54 seconds. Maybe that's why it's so captivating! Take a look and be ready to press ''repeat'' couple more times.
A group of thirty-executive directors of United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) is staying in Croatia from 10th to 17th of May. On the last night of their stay in Dubrovnik, 12th of May, Andro Vlahušić, the mayor of Dubrovnik said that one of his goals is further strenghtening of the bond between Dubrovnik and USA, as well as the re-introduction of direct air connection between New York and Dubrovnik.
- Direct line from New York twice a week will be a strong contribution to a better tourist traffic during the winter months – said the mayor.
President of USTOA, Terry Dale, expressed his personal support for the project of the direct flights to Dubrovnik from New York, thanked the hosts for their hospitality and praised the efforts of the mayor.
Active members of USTOA represent some of the most eminent names in tourism and are a significant part of tour operators in North America. Their stay started in Dubrovnik and will continue in Zagreb and Rovinj. The organizers are Croatian National Tourist Board, as well as Dubrovnik Neretva County Tourist Board and Dubrovnik Tourist Board.
Last year, visitors from USA in Dubrovnik were in second place with an increase of 23 percent in arrivals and 23 percent in overnight stays. This positive pattern continued this year, therefore the importance of this visit is unquestionable for further promotion of Dubrovnik.
According to the Tourist Board of Zagreb 82,945 tourists visited the Croatian capital in April this year and increased the overnight stay figures by 22 percent. Most visitors arriving in Zagreb were guests from South Korea followed by tourists from Italy, Bulgaria, USA and Germany.
Bearing in mind many successes our capital has recorded in the tourism industry, the Zagreb Tourist Board in cooperation with the Department of Education, Culture and Sports has organized a project ''Culture of tourism'' for the sixth year in a row in order to educate high school students about the tourism, cultural and natural resources of Zagreb and raise their awareness of their own city.
Following the interests of the young population and with the potential of Zagreb as a tourist destination, the Tourist Board of Zagreb expects further growth of Zagreb tourism and economic development of the Croatian capital.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble of the University of St. Thomas is coming to Dubrovnik during their spring performance tour in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The concert will take place at the Marin Drzic Theatre on Thursday, 26 of May, at 8 p.m and it's completely free.
The director is Dr. Matthew George and the program will include: Blue Shades Ticheli, Merry Mount Hanson, Spring Variations Uhlik, Shepherd’s Hey Grainger, Unending Stream of Life Maslanka, Overture to Candide Bernstein and Simfonijsko Kolo Gotovac.
After Dubrovnik, they are going to perform at Mostar (27 May), Split (29 may) as well as in Zagreb (31 May). For their 2 last concerts, the American musicians will also perform with students from the University of Zagreb Academy of Music as well as from the of Music University of Split Arts Academy.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is composed of 50 talented musicians from St. Paul, Minnesota, USA conducted by Dr. Matthew George.
Dr. Matthew George
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble