Monday, 06 April 2020
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.


Only couple of weeks after the first MTV Summerblast festival in Porec organizers announce that the next one will be even better and bigger – writes the website Glas Istre. This years festival welcomed big names of the electronic dance scene such as Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Lost Frequencies, Fedde Le Grand  and there were more than 10 thousand visitors from more than 17 countries of the world.

This is the first MTV festival and the organizers got the licence for next three years. They think that it will become one of the greatest music festivals in Europe. Combined with the most popular music platform they are planning to bring some of the biggest pop names such as Rihanna, Beyonce, Calvin Harris and Fifth Harmony, writes Glas Istre.

Instagram is really the biggest source of beautiful photos from Dubrovnik! The one that made it to the top photos today is really special. On the profile s_marga this young traveler has published a photo which shows her standing on the rooftop, accompanied with a great caption.

- Now everyone travels and you can hardly surprise anyone with your trips. People not gonna go wow if you go to Europe for your holidays. People go to same places, do same things according to guides, trip advisers, have same pictures and only few have different experiences because they dont plan when and what time visit all museums in the city but keep themselves open to adventures. I always wanted to live when our planet was unexplored when you can be the first person to step on the land, when places are still unnamed, undiscovered and untouched. When I was a kid I had a huge map on my wall with all the countries and their first conquerors and I was reading adventures of Armstrong, Captain Cook, Vasco da Gama, Columbus and Magellan and dreaming that one day I will discover something that will change the world and will make myself known. Do you think I still have a chance or everything is already discovered and found? – writes Margarita Samsonova on her Instagram profile that has over 38 thousand likes.

Then she describes how she took the photo, saying that she invaded the house of eldery Croatian man, because he had amazing balcony with a great view to the city. She adds that he didn't speak English but let them take pictures and the next thing he saw was her climbing his rooftop. We can only imagine his reaction and let's say – it was worth it.

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While start-ups in Croatia are looking for local business angels, a Singaporean businessman claims to have prepared 10 million dollars for that purpose. Moreover, he points out that so far he invested into three Croatian companies – Geofoto, Hipersfera and Mobile One. He has also been negotiating with two more companies – Insig2 and Rimac Automobili.

Patrick Teng has already visited Croatia three times this summer. He met the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and the executive of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Nikola Dobroslavic.

Apart from his investments into technology companies, the Asian entrepreneur is also interested in investing in banking sector (he has been negotiating with Karlovacka Banka) as well as in the tourism industry.

He emphasizes that his plan is to bring Hanging Gardens, one of the world's most luxurious hotel brands to Dubrovnik.

As a part of the initiative to attract foreign investments into Croatia, Teng was brought in Croatia by Drazen Margeta, the Croatian ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, who also covers the territories of Philippines, Singapore and ASEAN.

Mr Teng is well known to the investment community with his 30 years of investment experience in innovative businesses. Seven years ago he founded Six Capital, the company for stock exchange trading. Previously, he was the vice president of the Chase Manhattan Bank in Singapore, after that he worked in the Union Bank of Switzerland in Tokyo and many other stock markets throughout Asia and the Pacific region. Today he is the CEO of Six Capitals, the company which promotes digital health service and the democratization of banking. This summer in Indonesia he signed an agreement on the development of the centre of competence for block chain.

Ana Konjuh is in the quarterfinals of the US Open! 18-year-old Konjuh from Dubrovnik has entered the quarterfinals of the US Open after defeating the fourth seed and the fourth ranked player in the world Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland. It one of the major upsets of this Grand Slam tournament Konjuh sent the favourite Radwanska without losing a set – 6.4, 6.4. Under the roof in Arthur Ashe Stadium the ace from Dubrovnik finally got the better of the Polish player, after losing seven matches in a row against her.

Konjuh, who is ranked only 92nd, jumped for joy as she wrapped up the match, her first win against a top ten player. ''I'm real excited about my performance tonight. My serve was pretty good tonight,'' Konjuh said. ''I don't think she had any answers,'' commented Konjuh after the match.

In the quarterfinals Konjuh will play against Karolina Pliskova from Czech Republic, the tenth seed at this year’s US Open. Pliskova caused the biggest upset of the tournament when she defeated Venus Williams.

The seventh “Kinookus” food film festival begins on Thursday the 8th of September. This unique event, held in Ston a 45 minute drive from Dubrovnik, is the oldest food film festival in Europe. And this seventh edition will be held from the 8th to the 11th of September with the theme of “Food Tourism.”

The festival opens with the multi-award winning Croatian documentary film Tourism! The film deals with the effects of mass tourism on the Dalmatian coastline and is directed by Tonci Gacina. The program continues with 25 different events, including a Japanese film, a Chinese film and a French film in a very varied film festival.

In the “Kinofocus” section there will be three presentations. Anton Prega, an acclaimed Albanian chef, will present his agro tourism “Mrizi and Zanave.” Ana and Bozidar Jukic will present their agency Insider Holidays which offers visitors to Dubrovnik a unique insight into the cuisine, wines and local customs of the area. And Eugenio Berra from the Italian Association for Responsible Tourism will recall tales of the Danube Delta.

For more information and a full program of events check out the festivals website –

After a quite successful start of the first season connecting Canada and Croatia, Canada's Air Transat (TS/TSC) has already announced an upgrade of its seasonal flights between Toronto and Zagreb for 2017.

Next year the carrier will launch its flights earlier on the 30th of May instead of this year's mid-June. It will operate them twice a week (on Tuesdays and Sundays from Toronto, and on Mondays and Wednesdays from Zagreb) until the 18th of October 2017. On the other hand, in order to cope with the peak season demand, there will be a second flight each week from the 18th of June to the 4th of September. The carrier's operations will continue to be maintained with the Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Earlier this June, Gilles Ringwald, the Air Transat's Commercial Vice President said that the airline's operations to Croatia in 2017 would largely depend on this year's performance. "This is a seasonal service running from June to October because our estimates show that during the winter demand is very low. If we achieve satisfactory results this summer, we could extend the season next year", Ringwald said, adding that the leisure airline planned to carry around 5,000 passengers on its seventeen return flights to Zagreb in 2016. "We are always looking for new opportunities and could introduce additional frequencies on the route next year. It will all depend on this summer's results", he concluded.

When The Dubrovnik Times was contacted a few weeks ago by a reader who wanted to surprise his girlfriend on their first anniversary together in Dubrovnik we were only too willing to help. Pol Abril asked us if he could put a photo along with a special message to his girlfriend, Sara Richardson, in The Dubrovnik Times. The message read “Many people will read this, but only one will understand it!”

Sara was completely unaware of this little surprise, but thanks to this great video we can see her reaction.

Check out this cool video

Dubrovnik, thanks to the talented Daniel Pavlinovic, will feature in the World Meteorological Organization 2017 calendar! The spectacular photo was taken above Dubrovnik on the Srd Mountain and was taken by Pavlinovic in September 2013.
The WMO launched a competition for entries onto their 2017 calendar last year with the theme of “Understanding Clouds.” They received hundreds of thousands of entries from all over the world and after the expert jury made their decision Pavlinovic and Dubrovnik won a place on the final calendar for 2017.

A jury made up of meteorological experts and professional photographers picked the top 13 photos sent in and it wasn’t an easy job as the organisation stated that “We received an overwhelming number of amazing photo submissions.”

“The photo shows the cumulonimbus cloud after the passage of the cold front over Dubrovnik,” commented a proud Pavlinovic for The Dubrovnik Times. And we think you’ll agree that the photo is truly spectacular.

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