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.
The construction works on the beach in the bay of Lapad are slowly but surely coming to an end. The majority of the heavy works seem to have been completed and the sand on the beach has been laid.
However there is lots of work remaining on the beach and the deadline for completion has already passed. According to a statement from the PR for Uvala Lapad beach the “Sunset Beach” was supposed to be finished by the end of June. “Realistic time of completion and opening of the beach is expected end of June, as it stated in the concession contract. So all in all, works are going well, all will be on time, Uvala will get an amazing beach with bar, pastry shop, restaurant,” read the statement that is clearly untrue.
And as this popular beach is surrounded by many hotels many tourists have been complaining that the noise from the construction works is ruining their holiday. These photos were taken today and it is clear that there is still some way to go before the beach is fully completed.
A few days ago, an agreement was signed on a new tourist investment worth 50 million Euros in Croatia.
The company Romana as an investor and the DER Touristik Hotels (DTH) Group signed a management agreement on building a new hotel - Iti Romana Makarska, the first hotel of the brand Iti in Croatia.
The investment of the Romana company in the four-star hotel is estimated at 50 million Euros, whilst the hotel will be managed by the DTH Group. The construction of the hotel with 267 rooms is scheduled for June 2018.
In addition, this investment will open 200 new jobs, whilst additional capacity will significantly extend the tourist season, primarily through health and sports tourism.
''The complex will be a guideline in our strategic development and a demonstration project in terms of quality and operational standards beyond Croatia's borders as well'', commented Christian Grage, the president of the DTH Group, adding that by signing the agreement on management of the hotel, DTH would have bigger influence already in the design phase and later in the construction phase thus they can make their suggestions in time.
This year brings a special way to mark International Kissing Day in Dubrovnik! On Thursday, July 6th, you can send your kiss out to the world from Dubrovnik.
-Come to Porporela on Thursday, 6th of July from 8 PM to 11 PM, and send a picture of your kiss on a special „Kissing Bench” with #kissfromdubrovnik! Every couple that takes a photo on the „Kissing Bench” can get their photo on a polaroid in the Magic Mirror – the Dubrovnik Tourist Board wrote in their event on Facebook
To make the setting even more special there will be live romantic guitar music. Dubrovnik is perfect for romance, isn't it?
One of the most popular DJ’s on the planet will perform in Dubrovnik tonight – DJ Afrojack.
This will be the first time that this Dutch DJ has played in the region and it is sure to be a rocking night. Recently he has collaborated with world renowned musicians such as Beyonce, David Guette and Pitbull and tonight he will be playing in the Culture Club Revelin in Dubrovnik.
And with the Gumball 3000 Rally in Dubrovnik tonight, which DJ Afrojack is taking part in, there are sure to be some celebrities in the nightclub tonight. Afrojack regularly features in the top 10 of DJ Mag Top 100 DJs.
Go on jump in the Adriatic Sea, it’s one of the cleanest seas in the world. Findings from the Department of Public Health of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County have confirmed the quality of the sea water in the county, and yes it’s super clean.
Of the 116 beaches in the county 115 beaches were graded as having water of excellent quality, only one beach in the entire region failed to get the highest ranking. From the 19th to the 30th of June samples of the sea water in the region were collected and the results show that 99 percent of the beaches have sea water of excellent quality.
The only beach to miss the highest grade was the beach in front of Hotel Osmine in Slano which was graded as satisfactory quality. Throughout the summer months the sea water in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County is checked and tested.
A few day ago British Airways established new flights between the Croatian city of Pula and London.
''These two cities will be connected from the 1st of July to the 30th of September 2017 with flights operating twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. We can only hope that this will be an excellent start to a long-time partnership. British Airways will fly Airbus 319 aircraft with a capacity for 143 passengers to Pula'', commented Svemir Radmilo, the director of Pula Airport.
British Airways aircraft are also operating from London Heathrow to Zagreb and Split and from London Gatwick to Dubrovnik.
Apart from EasyJet, Norwegian Air shuttle, Thomson Airways, Ryaniar, and Jet2.com, British Airways is the sixth air carrier to connect London and Pula. However, it is the first to connect Pula Airport with the busiest airport in Europe - London Heathrow which has an annual traffic of 75 million passengers.
The British Airways fleet consists of 295 aircraft that fly to 183 destinations worldwide and with which Pula will be connected this summer through one transfer flight.
''Passengers from Great Britain make the largest market for Pula Airport, with more than 31 percent share in the total passenger traffic and with an annual growth of 20 percent. As from this season we are connected to the European leading airports – London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt and Amsterdam'', concluded the director of Pula Airport Svemir Radmilo.
The Croatian Ministry of Tourism has announced that it will allocate almost 25 million Kunas of grants for over 600 projects aimed at boosting the competitiveness of the tourism economy.
The Ministry has published the results of the program for grants allocation in 2017 under the title ''Competitiveness of the Tourism Economy'' for supporting 606 projects with 24.9 million Kunas.
The funds are intended to increase the quality and the additional offer of hospitality facilities, the development of new products in a destination, sustainable development, internationalization of business, usage of new technologies etc. Beneficiaries are small business entities (non-public sector companies, crafts and cooperatives), family farms that provide hospitality and/or tourist services, and physical persons-private renters.
The Croatian Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli has emphasized that this year, apart from projects on the continent; special attention is paid to the development of tourism on Croatian islands as well as to sustainable development and the usage of new digital technologies for connecting agriculture with tourism, i.e. destinations with a local offer of domestic products.
The 19th annual Gumball 3000 Rally is coming to Dubrovnik. From the 1st to the 7th of July 150 high-end luxury supercars will blast from Riga in Latvia to the Greek island of Mykonos in the Aegean Sea and tomorrow the streets of Dubrovnik will echo to the sound of these monster cars.
The spectacular cavalcade of over 150 classic, wacky and futuristic hypercars set off from Riga on Sunday 2nd of July and embarked on an incredible journey through Vilnius, Warsaw, Budapest, Dubrovnik, Tirana and Athens before crossing the finish line in Mykonos on Friday July 7th.
Around 150 cars and two Harley Davidson motorbikes are taking part in this year’s rally and the founder of Gumball Maximillion Cooper will also be taking part as well as a host of celebrities. DJ AfroJack, Grammy winner Eve, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, megastar Cee Lo Green and Channel 4's SAS "Who Dares Wins' host Jason Fox will all be featuring in the race over 3,000 through eleven countries in only six days.
In partnership with Christie's Auctioneers (Kerring Group), Laureus Sport for Good, the Tony Hawk Foundation and the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, the Gumball 3000 Foundation raises money throughout the event to support multiple youth based project to improve education, infrastructure and recreation in low income communities around the world.
If you want to catch these cars in Dubrovnik they will be in the Port of Gruz from 6.00pm to 10.00pm tomorrow evening.