Saturday, 25 September 2021
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.


The popular vloggers “Cris Pelo Mundo” spent the past two weeks filming the beauties of Croatia. In 17 days, the Brazilain vloggers and Youtubers visited 14 different destinations and got acquainted with the rich cultural, gastronomic and natural resources of Croatia.

“Cris Pelo Mundo” is also featured on the Travel Box Brazil pay-tv channel, which reaches more than 14 million families interested in traveling the world, and ranks fifth among the target audience in Brazil - families looking for inspiration for their next trip.

The vlogging team consists of Cris Stilben, TV presenter, her husband Igor Duarte TV presenter, their son Emmanuel, TV presenter, and photographer Mirian Molinero and cameraman Raphael Bellizzi.


"Croatia is truly a complete experience, it has everything! Great history, beautiful untouched nature, good infrastructure and is an extremely good destination for families with children. We are amazed by everything we have seen,” said Cris Stilben. Whilst Igor Duarte said that “We enjoyed every step of discovering Croatia, and we were amazed by the ideal combination of historical and cultural heritage with natural beauty,” Igor Duarte.

The entire filming project in Croatia was designed by Marilia de Oliveira, a Brazilian with a Karlovac address and the owner of the travel agency Marzito Travel. In addition to launching the entire project on this trip, Marilia was in charge of all logistics, translation, and escorting.

“Unfortunately, we only had 17 days to film the whole series and I think we did a little miracle by visiting 14 destinations, I am very happy and proud of these projects and all the partners of the tourist board, Croatian National Tourist Board, restaurants, hotels and caterers who supported us and enabled this big project to be realized. Despite the pandemic year, the project has shown that with the joint efforts of all employees in tourism, we can present Croatia in the best light,” stated the Brazilian crew.



The 29-years old Croatian race driver Ivan Sentic from Dubrovnik took his next steps in his racing career and was able to settle an successful touring car-debut with 350 HP TCR CUPRA Leon racecar.

His first race weekend in such a professional and fast touring car, was from 27.-29.08.2021 at the modern racetrack at Slovakiaring (SK). Ivan Sentic was competing in the championships of FIA CEZ (Central-Europe-Zone) and the Croatian Championship. His aim at his first race weekend at this 5,9 km long and amazing racetrack was to collect as much experience as possible.


"We are very proud of Ivan, who managed to make a great debut in fast TCR-racecar. The whole weekend he was able to optimize his laptimes and scored out good points in both championships” said the organizer and team prinzipal Andreas Pfister after the first race weekend.

"At the first race weekend I made it my focus to get fimilar with this fast race car, also with the braking and using the best exits of the corners. It was also important to keep an eye at our tyres, which are very heavy in work here at Slovakiaring. Altogether I´m happy with my results and I´m sure these race-kilometres will help me for the future” said driver Ivan Sentic after the weekend.

More trophies for Sentic despite hitting racetrack Brno for the first time

After Slovakiaring, the racetrack at Automotodrom Brno was for Ivan Sentic the first time to hit this track. After the first laps in the qualifying session, the mechanics had to change a sparepart in the braking-circle to ensure brakes will work well at this racetrack.


Ivan Sentic (left) on the podium

"Ivan had some small problems with brakes in qualifying sessions and also had to learn the track, cause it was totally new for him. After changing a sparepart from our mechanics, the car was running well and Ivan was able to show an amazing speed, especially in race two, where he overtook Porsche GT4 car.” said organizer and team prinzipal Andreas Pfister after the first qualifying session.

In second race, Ivan was taking a good speed and a cool fight with faster cars: "I´m happy with this second race weekend, especially cause I was able to learn the track fast. In second race I had a hard fight with faster cars, but I was able to overtook and again scored good points in championship.” Ivan Sentic after the second race.

Now team and driver are working for the racing season 2022, in which is the big aim to be back in the grid and compete for FIA CEZ racing season.

Within the EU project "Plastic Smart Cities", the City of Dubrovnik as well as institutions and companies owned by the City will limit the use of disposable plastic, based on the decision adopted at the last session of the City Council and previously, in April, plan to reduce plastic pollution in the city of Dubrovnik for the period 2021 – 2026.

The decision on restricting the use of disposable plastics adopts measures which in administrative bodies and in institutions and companies owned by the City of Dubrovnik determine the restriction of the use of disposable plastics and replacement of certain items used in business with environmentally friendly solutions, all in order to prevent and/or reduce the adverse impact of certain plastic products on the environment.

The decision also stipulates that the use of disposable plastic is limited to all public events that the City of Dubrovnik (co) organizes or (co) finances. The city, institutions and companies are obliged to ensure or arrange with the organizer of public events a separate collection of waste at the venue, as well as its timely and appropriate collection and disposal.


Furthermore, in the operations of the City, institutions and companies, it is necessary to apply the criteria and benchmarks of green public procurement whenever possible. One of the measures prescribed by the decision also refers to the digitization of documents and the promotion of the use of electronic documents among employees, officials and employees whenever possible.

With the adoption of the Plastic Pollution Reduction Action Plan, which began in June with the organization of a two-day workshop, the City of Dubrovnik became the first city in Croatia to have such a document.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has launched the Plastic Smart Cities initiative which supports coastal towns and villages in taking measures to stop plastic pollution. Other Mediterranean and European cities, such as Nice, Izmir, Tangier, Amsterdam and Venice, are also part of this initiative.

The Director of the Croatian Tourist Board (CNTB) Kristjan Staničić on Wednesday at the coordination meeting of the CNTB announced new promotional activities and campaigns for the fall, including the project "Croatian Tourism Month."

The CNTB reported on this meeting, adding that the goal of the CNTB's new promotional activities for the autumn is to encourage domestic travel in the off-season.

Without giving more details, the CNTB pointed out that it will launch a new "Thank You" campaign for foreign markets and a campaign with Google in the fall.

At the meeting, Staničić thanked all tourism workers for the results, presenting new figures according to which more than 72 million overnight stays have been realized in Croatia so far this year, or 46 percent more than at the same time last year, which is 76 percent of the 2019 results.

More than 550,000 tourists, mostly foreigners, are currently staying in Croatia, Staničić added.


In the last 24 hours, 1,237 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 5,009.

Among them, 540 people are in hospital, of which 62 are on ventilators.

Unfortunately, a further 10 people died in the past 24 hours.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 379,963 people have been infected, of which 8,395 died, a total of 366,559 people have recovered, of which 417 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 9,568 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 2,618,129 people have been tested, of which 10,928 in the last 24 hours.

As of September 7, 3,308,183 doses of vaccine had been consumed, and 43.05% of the total population and 51.69% of the adult population had been vaccinated. On September 7, 6,044 doses of the vaccine were consumed, of which 3,156 people were vaccinated with the first dose.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 62 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours. This represents the highest number of daily infections since July 27 when 65 cases were reported.

These are 27 males and 35 females: 32 from Dubrovnik, seven from Župa dubrovačka, six from Konavle, four from Metković, Ston and Vela Luka, two from Blato and one from Dubrovačko primorje, Opuzen and Orebić.

19 people made a full recovery: ten from Dubrovnik, three from Župa dubrovačka, two from Ploče and Korčula and one from Konavle and Lumbarda.

In the last 24 hours, 621 samples were processed, and a total of 127,671 samples have been analyzed since the beginning of the pandemic.

31 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Four patients require intensive care and are on ventilators.

There are 611 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been no cases of violation of the self-isolation measure.


One side of tourism that seems to have bloomed this year is the arrival of luxury yachts. Every day a new mega yacht arrives and drops anchor in the Adriatic in Dubrovnik and today is no different.

This morning in front of the Old City of Dubrovnik were a whole collection of mega yachts flying flags from all over the world. The skyline was dominated by one of the largest private yachts in the world, Eclipse, which is owned by the Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea FC, Roman Abramovich. The 162.5m-long beauty, Eclipse, is the world’s second-largest and one of the most expensive superyachts.


Eclipse in front of Dubrovnik - Photo Marko Miletic

With an estimated cost of €340 million Eclipse has been owned by Abramovich since December 2010. It is estimated that the weekly running costs of Eclipse are around $170,000.

And alongside Eclipse in front of Dubrovnik this September morning is another monster private yacht, Octopus, built for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. And after Allen died in 2018 the yacht was sold in 2021 for €235 million.


On Tuesday, the Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavić, and the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, received the inaugural visit of the new Ambassador of Finland to Croatia, Ambassador Kallea Kankaanpää, and the Honorary Consul of Finland in Dubrovnik, Tilda Grossel Bogdanović, was also present at the meeting.

The plans of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the City of Dubrovnik and the possibilities related to economic cooperation between the two countries were discussed at the meeting.

Dobroslavić pointed out on this occasion that he was glad that the ambassador had already visited Dubrovnik in June, so he had the opportunity to see how much better the tourist season is at the moment. He added that next year we hope for a good or even better season with a high vaccination rate.


The Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the City of Dubrovnik are very successful in attracting funds from the EU, Dobroslavić emphasized on this occasion, saying that numerous projects from our county have been applied for the EU mechanism Recovery and Resilience.

The ambassador pointed out that just before and after the season is the best time for tourists from Scandinavia, since they are not keen on extremely hot weather. He stressed that he would like to see joint initiatives and cooperation in several fields, including the IT sector.

Mayor Franković said that the lack of manpower proved to be a big problem this year, adding that Dubrovnik wants to build its reputation for excellence in terms of the level of service provided.


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