Tuesday, 27 October 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

New decorative figure, representing Snowman Raguseo, was presented today in the Dubrovnik Tourist Board office. 

Snowman has been built by the idea of Damir Racic from Dubrovnik and will be at the Tourist Board office during the holidays. It has already brought a great joy to children from the kindergarden Pile, who were delighted to see the snowman and take photos with him. They also sang ''Jingle Bells'' to Romana Vlasic, the director of Dubrovnik Tourist Board, who has greeted them and showed them the figure.

This is a great intro to the new Facebook competition. Dubrovnik Tourist Board calls for the participation of parents or adult family members to publish a photo of a child and Snowman Raguseo with hashtag #snjeskoraguseo.

The competition will take place from today to 16th of December, and the announcement of the winners - the best photos which participated and the award ceremony will be on Friday, December 23rd at 11 am.

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Atlas Obscura is a website that describes itself as the definitive guide to the world's hidden wonders - the community driven, editor curated project that uncovers unusual and overlooked places not found in your average guidebook. 

Since Croatia is full of hidden gems, we were wondering which ones are listed on this website and do we know them all. There are some from Dubrovnik area, such as Dubrovnik Maskeron, described as a ''gargoyle head that brings good luck''. There are also Walls of Ston, Dubrovnik Cathedral Treasury, abandoned tunnels of Korcula, Daksa island and Orlando's column – most of them are pretty common for the locals, but can be overlooked by tourists.

Many other attractions are listed on the Croatia list, such us Blue cave of Bisevo, Sea Organ in Zadar, Podgaric Monument, Jablanac Shipwreck and others. To check the whole list follow this link.

Men from Bosnia and Herzegovina have the largest penises in Europe – writes Index.hr, according to the data of the website Target Map. 

According to the website the average penis length in erection in Croatia is 14,77 centimeters, in Serbia 14,87 and the record of 15, 65 is held by Bosnia and Herzegovina. Just to compare - the world average is 14 centimeters. Slovenians are quite close with average size of 14,01 centimeters and Macedonia is slightly below– 13,98.

Dubrovnik is truly wearing its festive colours. The Old City is decorated to the maximum, the public areas in Gruz, Lapad and Babin Kuk are all getting into the swing. If you were looking to give a Christmas present this size, here is a box made to measure.

This latest Dubrovnik Christmas decoration is located in Gruz and if it looks impressive during the day it is even more spectacular at night. The perfect photo opportunity with the big day around the corner.


British American Tobacco (BAT) as one of the world’s leading multinational companies, is very satisfied with the results which this company achieved in its first year of doing business in Croatia.

Almost a year and a half ago the BAT company took over the Croatia's TDR, the leading independent tobacco manufacturer in Central Europe for 505 million Euros. The first year after the takeover, the TDR (Tvornica Duhana Rovinj) company recorded a share growth on all three markets on which the BAT Adria company operates (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia).

On the other hand, the second business year will be marked by growth in exports to Western Europe countries, especially Germany, which will become the main export market of the factory in Kanfanar, Istria, said from the BAT company.

The company also stated that over the past year successfully integrated the TDR in its global system and that the TDR's share on the Croatian market increased to almost 55 percent.

Since its arrival in Croatia and investment of more than 500 million Euros in the purchase of the TDR, the British American Tobacco has continued to make new investments. This year the company invested 19 million Euros, whilst the investment of additional 30 million Euros in the Kanfanar plant is planned for next year.

The factory in Kanfanar produces approximately 7,5 billion cigarettes, whilst 60 percent of this quantity is exported to 19 foreign markets.

''The British American Tobacco company is the biggest investor in Croatia and over the past few years it has been extremely satisfied with its business results in Croatia. We have started to export to new foreign markets such as Greece, Bulgaria, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Spain and Poland. After closing the BAT factory in Germany, part of local production quantities was moved to Kanfanar. Starting from next year Germany will become our largest export market of our factory in Kanfanar'', said Ram Addanki, the CEO of the BAT Adria company.

The traditional Christmas party organised by the Rixos Libertas Hotel yesterday in a gala festive party. Representatives of businesses, media, travel agencies and local authorities all attended the event and were treated to specialties prepared by the hotel’s chefs.

“I want to wish you all a very merry Christmas and thank you for a successful 2016, our doors are always open to you,” commented the Executive Director of the hotel, Ayhan Basci.

Rixos Libertas Hotel will remain open all through the winter period and according to information from the hotel bookings are solid and ahead of last year.

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The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle held their annual Christmas party last night in an international party. Members from all over world gathered in the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik hotel and brought an international feel to the festivities in the city. Along with a prize draw and festive cuisine the circle also sang Christmas carols in English, German and Croatian.

“We have had an excellent 2016 in which we have raised much needed funds for charities in the city. I want to thank you for your support and wish you all a safe and merry Christmas,” commented Christiane Mandukich the president of the Dubrovnik Foreign Circle.

The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle’s mission and vision is to actively serve the community by providing services that contribute to the health and vitality of the greater Dubrovnik Region. The organization’s goal is to provide friendship and understanding between its members and the Dubrovnik community at large by organizing cultural and social events. The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle engages in fundraising activities for the benefit of its community projects.

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In cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic Finland the famous Finnish ambassador of goodwill, love and peace came all the way from Rovaniemiin the northernmost part of Finland to the Croatian capital to bring joy and Christmas presents to children of Zagreb.

"Indeed, he decided to arrive on the Finnish Independence Day and enhance the magic to the Zagreb’s winter fairytale," the Finnish Embassy in Zagreb stated on its web site.

Joulupukki arrived in Zagreb on the 6th of December for a two days visit. He made the Advent in Zagreb even more special because from the 2nd to the 12th of December the Croatian capital is defending title it won last year as the Best European Advent Destination.

The first day of his visit Joulupukki was riding in his carriage and visited the famous Advent locations such as the Ice Park, At Rudolph's and the Advent at Zrinjevac and brought children Christmas gifts prepared by Kras. The children were able to sit in his lap, whisper him their Christmas wishes and take a photo with the famous Santa Claus.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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