Monday, 21 October 2019
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.


Zagreb, Split and Rijeka entrepreneurs achieved the highest consolidated net profits last year and are among the top 10 cities with the highest earnings. The list by the Financial Agency (Fina) also includes the cities of Porec, Karlovac, Velika Gorica, Dubrovnik, Nasice, Rovinj and Vukovar. Entrepreneurs' earnings in these 10 cities amount to HRK 21.09 billion, while last year's total net profit of all entrepreneurs in the country was HRK 28.2 billion, writes Slobodna Dalmacija.

Of course, the lion's share of that pie falls on Zagreb and entrepreneurs based in the capital have earned HRK 15.9 billion in net profit, which is 56 percent of the net profit of all entrepreneurs in the whole country. Compared to the ranking of the cities with the highest profits in 2017, there is no Zadar and Cakovec in the list for the last year. Instead of Zadar and Cakovec, the cities with the highest net profit of entrepreneurs in the last year are Nasice and Rovinj.



Zagreb-based entrepreneurs, 43,927 with 363,093 employees, made the largest net profit of HRK 15.9 billion, which is 56 percent of the total net profit of all entrepreneurs, and last year they generated HRK 375 billion or every other Kuna of the total income of all entrepreneurs.

The Financial Agency says the analysis of the results confirms that in the 10 cities where entrepreneurs have made the most profit, 49.3 percent have their headquarters and employ 52.1 percent of workers in the country. Their share in the total revenues of all entrepreneurs is 62.6 percent and in the net profit of 74.6 percent, because in all these cities the total net profit of the entrepreneurs amounted to HRK 21.09 billion.

Cities and profits

The 10 cities with the most entrepreneurial profits in 2018:

1. Zagreb - HRK 15.9 billion
2. Split - HRK 910.6 million
3. Rijeka - HRK 731.5 million
4. Poreč - HRK 637.8 million
5. Karlovac - HRK 520.1 million
6. Velika Gorica - HRK 516.9 million
7. Dubrovnik - HRK 514.4 million
8. Našice - HRK 509 million
9. Rovinj - HRK 468.7 million
10. Vukovar - HRK 342.1 million

Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, has stated that Croatia is ready and prepared for Brexit. "We have adopted the necessary laws to get Croatia prepared for (Brexit)," said the premier.

The Prime Minister made these announcements during a meeting on Croatia’s participation in the European Council.

- For the Republic of Croatia, it is vital to preserve the rights of Croatian citizens in the UK, as well as the UK citizens in Croatia, and provide them with clarity regarding their future status. – states the government website in the section Brexit – General Information.

As Croatia is so popular with British tourists there have been fears on hold ups on the border crossings after Brexit, at least until the situation becomes clearer.

- In case of a no deal-scenario, the UK leaving the EU without the agreement, the Croatian Government is currently undertaking all measures necessary for establishing the conditions of reciprocity in order to minimize the effect of withdrawal on citizens and business activities. The condition of reciprocity means that Croatian citizens in the UK would enjoy the same rights as the UK citizens in Croatia – states the website.


Wine Spectator is the most circulated wine magazine in the world, and being present in it is an imperative of every wine destination and winemaker.

The Wine Spectator held a Video Contest for the 13th year in a row to promote wine destinations, at which one Zagreb wine story caught the judge’s attention and received the first worldwide video production award in the field of wine in Croatia.

Specifically, the Winetastic Path Home video, produced by Sekunde Digital, a specialized marketing agency in the wine and tourism sector, won 3rd place and more importantly, much attention in the US market. This is the first time in 13 years that they have organized a Video Contest on the topic of wine, the award and the 3rd place was given to Croatia with a Zagreb wine story.

The short video, which takes the viewer through the dynamic wine scene of Zagreb and nearby vineyards, was shot in collaboration with the Zagreb Tourist Board. That this is a significant promotion is evidenced by the fact that the digital edition of this reputable magazine focusing on wines and lifestyle is visited by 1.1 million readers a month.

Check out the video below


The Women’s Bank Walk gathered in Dubrovnik for the fifth year in a row and collected a record number of donations. Participants collected in front of the Sponza Palace and took a symbolic walk along the Stradun to mark this important day. The Women’s Bank Walk aim is to raise awareness and funds to help women in undeveloped countries, in terms of education and training.


The organisers have announced that the Dubrovnik walk collected an impressive 6,284 Euros which represents a 50 percent increase over last year. The money was collected from donations from participants as well money paid into the associations account. There was also a donation of 30 Euros per participant paid for by the Finnish sponsors.

The Women’s Bank Walk took place in 104 cities across Finland and Europe and again proved to be a very successful event.


The Russian billionaire, and reportedly ninth richest man in the UK, is enjoying a free vacation in Dubrovnik. His mega yacht Eclipse dropped anchor overlooking Cavtat, to the south of Dubrovnik, for the second time this year on the 15th of September and it hasn’t moved an inch over the last few days. The second longest private yacht in the world is certainly dominating the Bay of Zupa with other yachts and pleasure boats resembling toy boats. But $500 million buys you a look of yacht, exactly 162.5 metres of yacht.

And although Roman Abramovich’s yacht has been enjoying the crystal, clear Adriatic and soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine it appears that the billionaire isn’t dipping into his $13 billion fortune to pay for his Croatian cruise. The cost of dropping anchor in the sheltered Dubrovnik bay is exactly zero Euros! It hasn’t yet been confirmed whether the Russian oligarch is actually on-board his mega yacht, but anyway his yacht is at anchor for free. And as it has been reported that the charter of Eclipse costs a massive $3 million a week there should be money left in the budget to pay for anchorage charges. But Abramovich isn’t to blame, he can’t pay fees even if he wanted to, the law doesn’t exist and so there is no way to charge him.

someone arriving at eclipse

Is that Roman arriving? - Photo Mark Thomas




The sea area in front of Cavtat, and indeed the vast majority of the Croatian Adriatic coastline, doesn’t charge anchoring fees. According to a report in Dubrovacki Vjesnik the Port Authority of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County commented that” The sea area controlled by the County Port Authority is only a relatively small section, yachts that anchor in the Bay of Cavtat, or the Bay of Zupa, are not inside that controlled section of sea and therefore they are not charged mooring fees.”

Mooring fees are however charged if private yachts drop anchor in front of Lokrum with views over the Old City of Dubrovnik. Recently the mega yacht “A”, also owned by a Russian billionaire, stayed for one night in Dubrovnik in this very spot. Yachts here are charged by the metre and as this super yacht was 142 metres in length the billionaire owner paid around $1,000 for the pleasure of anchoring for one night. Unlike his fellow countryman who has been at anchor for at least a week and hasn’t paid a penny. “He fills his fuel tanks in Montenegro and probably only spends on food and drink whilst in Dubrovnik,” commented a local reporter.


A paid a thousand Euros for one night - Photo Mark Thomas 

So far this season a grand total of 240 private yachts have dropped anchor in front of the island of Lokrum and paid 714,890 Kuna in anchorage fees. But the number of private mega yachts that have been at anchor at other unpaid parts of the Dubrovnik Adriatic is quite possibly ten times that number, and these yachts have all paid nothing.

A few years ago the Ministry of Sea, Infrastructure and Traffic was urged to introduce a new law which would regulate the payment of yachts in the Adriatic, however so far nothing has changed and the pleas fell on deaf ears.

The stone streets of the Old City of Dubrovnik not only carry the weight of tourists through the summer months but also the slightly more delicate scamper of cats.

With plenty of restaurants, fish markets and generous locals around the cats normally resemble Garfield. And during the hot September sunshine they look for shady spots to sleep off the last fish supper. Normally they tuck themselves away in gardens or behind walls, but this cat has quite clearly taken a more unique approach to finding a tranquil bed.

With just its head hanging out of the mouth of a gargoyle passers-by thought at first that the stone relief had a tongue, until on closer inspection they saw a ginger head.


Stunning Argentinian super model, Luli Fernández, is enjoying a family vacation in Dubrovnik and has been soaking up the Adriatic sunshine and attracting incredible attention on her social media.

Fernández (33) is a model, actress and was once an ice-skater and she even launched the new Argentinian football shirt before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. She was reportedly romantically linked with several top name football stars before settling down with Cristian Cúneo Libarona who she married in 2014.

“I always smile when leaving the sea and today was special,” commented the model after swimming on Lokrum and clearly this Dubrovnik island will remain close to her heart as her young son also enjoyed a dip. “Today we put him in the water. There are moments that I keep in my heart, my son's smile today will undoubtedly be one of those that I will treasure forever,” commented the Buenos Aires born model on her Instagram.

And she finished he comment with some great advice “Travel!! All you can, wherever they can (no matter if the destination is near or far) and as many times as you can, because life is short and the world is huge!”

According to data from the eVisitor system which shows the generated traffic in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter service (eCrew system), from January through the end of August 16.5 million arrivals were recorded (+ 5 percent) and 90.1 million overnight stays (+ 2 percent) in Croatia. Foreign Tourists made up 14.7 million of arrivals (+ 5 percent) and 79.1 million of overnight stays (+ 1 percent), and there was also a 10 percent increase in arrivals and a 7 percent increase in overnight stays among domestic tourists.

During the first eight months of 2019 the highest number of overnight stays was recorded in Istria (24.3 million), in Split-Dalmatia County there were 16.9 million overnight stays, while the Kvarner region recorded 16.2 million overnight stays. They are followed by the Zadar County with 12.9 million overnight stays and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 7.2 million overnight stays. The Šibenik-Knin County recorded 6.2 million overnight stays, while the Lika-Senj County had 3 million overnight stays and the city of Zagreb 1.7 million overnight stays. In continental Croatia, not including Zagreb, 840,000 arrivals (+ 8 percent) and 1.7 million overnight stays (+ 8 percent) were recorded, while among counties the highest numbers of overnight stays were recorded in the Karlovac (511,000), Krapina-Zagorje, Zagreb (157,000), Osijek-Baranja (145,000) and Međimurje Counties (144,000).

At the national level, during the first eight months the most overnight stays were recorded from the markets of Germany (17 million), Slovenia (9.5 million), Austria (6.3 million), Poland (5.4 million), Italy (4.9 million), the Czech Republic (4.7 million) and the United Kingdom (3.5 million), and according to the type of accommodation, the highest number of overnight stays was recorded in household facilities (34.5 million), hotels (19.4 million) and camping sites (16.2 million). Going by the number of overnight stays, the top destinations in the first eight months were Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin.


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