Thursday, 30 June 2022
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 Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, the Head of the Administrative Department for European Funds, Regional and International Cooperation, Zrinka Raguž and Igor Deranja, the Advisor from the Administrative Department for Mayoral Affairs received students from the California town of Monterey today. The reception was also attended by their mentors Lynn Hodges and Michael Hodges.

The students, eight high school students who have gone through a selective process, are staying in the City of Dubrovnik as ambassadors of the Slavic American Cultural Organization (SACO), as part of a student exchange program whose ancestors come from Croatia and Dubrovnik.

"The goal of this program is for our young people to become ambassadors of our organization, to continue the tradition we have set, and to provide others with knowledge and passion for their cultural background and community," said their mentor Lynn Hodges.

Mayor Franković welcomed them to Dubrovnik and briefly introduced them to interesting facts from the rich history of Dubrovnik, with special reference to the famous Republic of Dubrovnik, as well as its influence in trade and diplomacy. He praised the initiative of SACO and told young people to continue learning about their roots that they can be proud of.


Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) is the host of the 88th European Broadcasting Union (EBU) General Assembly, which will gather the highest representatives of public television institutions from about 50 countries in Dubrovnik. This major congress will be held from June 30 to July 1, 2022, and this will be the first physical General Assembly since December 2019.

This is a great opportunity for participants to meet live after a long time to share experiences, best practices and strengthen existing ones, and start new collaborations. Public services are more important than ever in these challenging times which gives this conference special importance. Special panels will be held on public media services as leaders of change, their role in times of war, and the future.

The conference will be opened by HRT Director General Robert Šveb and Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek. The Assembly and most of the side meetings will take place at the Valamar Lacroma Hotel in Dubrovnik.

The Assembly will be attended by almost 170 representatives from Europe and the world's sister organizations of the EBU.

When Croatia becomes part of the border-free Schengen area on January 1 next year, it will bring certain personnel and organizational changes to the Croatian police.

Croatia will, from January 1 next year, become even more integrated into the European Union family when not only the Euro will be adopted as the official currency but also Croatia will become part of the border-free Schengen region.

Clearly Croatia sees its future in the EU, a union that could well expand in the future with the inclusion of Moldova and Ukraine. The introduction of the Euro will be a relatively painless step for Croatia, as the Kuna is already “tied” to the Euro.

However, entrance into the Schengen block of European countries could be slightly more challenging, although at the same time rewarding. Citizens, and indeed tourists, will be able to travel through the European Union towards Croatia without border controls, meaning less queues at border controls.

The inclusion in the Schengen borderless group has meant that the Croatian Police have had to adapt to the new regime. Some police stations have been abolished, some merged, writes Jutarnji List. It is difficult to say whether the police structure will change again in less than six months, but it is quite certain that there will be no need for a police ramp and border house at some major Croatian checkpoints, because the EU external border will be moved towards Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. Zagreb police are chronically short of between 800 and 1,000 police officers, and some border guards could fill deficient police stations, writes Jutarnji List today.


“When I knew I would be visiting Dubrovnik again this year I was determined to try and 'recreate' this photo,” said Russell O Armitage from New Zealand. We always enjoy reading your letters, emails and comments, and this one really stood out.

This New Zealander recreated a photo first taken in 1969 on the iconic Dubrovnik City Walls. From 1969 to 2022.

And here is his letter to us in full -

Dubrovnik 1969 Revisited – a photo recreation over 50 years

My first visit to Dubrovnik was in June 1969. I was on a van trip from the UK to Greece with 4 friends - Lizzie from Hawkes Bay, Jane from Wellington, Robin from London and Xavier from Barcelona.

This was when the country was Yugoslavia under Tito and very stable. Tourists were very low in number - probably 10% of what they are today, although the city had been steadily attracting tourists since the end of WW2.

We of course stopped at Dubrovnik for a night or two. We walked around the splendid and famous walls which had no charge then. Totally free.

When I knew I would be visiting Dubrovnik again this year I was determined to try and 'recreate' this photo by using myself, my sister and one other - probably my sister's friend Tina from Finland who would be coming to visit.

Dubrovnik. Lizzie Jane Russell

Dubrovnik - Lizzie, Jane and Russell in 1969 - Photo - Russell Armitage

So it was a bit of a shock to find that the walls were no longer free to walk but there was now a fee of 250 – a large sum of A$50. Thus, a photo shoot was going to cost A$150. Well what price is history I thought. And it goes to a good cause – the preservation of the walls!

But I was determined. Sister Judy didn’t want to walk the walls again and there was even some doubt that with her chest condition with asthma she would even be able to mount the steps up to the wall. So I thought I would explain this to the ticket office and see if they would let her go up just for the photo and then come down and without any charge.

On the day I had decided to take the photo we had just come back from a trip to three islands and were quite tired and I had decided that I wouldn’t walk the walls and Tina agreed. Perhaps I should try a different strategy.

I went to the chap in his ticket cubicle at the top of the first flight of steps (not the ticket office at ground level) and said I had a favour to ask. I showed him the photo from 1969 – and pointed to myself in it. He was amazed and said in awe ‘1969’ amazing - long before I was born.

I then said that I wanted with myself and my sister and friend to recreate this photo and the place was at the top of these next steps. He knew that of course as the location is quite obvious in the 1969 photo.

I said there was even doubt if my sister could get up the steps and we did not want to walk the wall at all.. Just take the photo and come back.

Dubrovnik Wall 3

The same sport over 50 year later - Photo Russell Armitage

He was quite intrigued by all this and said he agreed but he would have to phone his boss. Which he did, and an animated and quite enthusiastic conversation took place (Croatian has many similarities to Czech so could follow a bit – although it wasn’t difficult as he was just repeating my story).

He hung up and said the boss agrees but please come back after you have taken the photo. I offered my watch as security but he refused and said there was no need.

So we climbed the long two flights of steps – Judy very, very, slowly causing me some concern that I had asked her to do this – but she was keen to take part.

The exact spot was found – although the 2 step drop in the path had been changed to one.

It wasn’t at all busy which surprised me but a likely looking young couple came down the path ad I asked them to take the photo and why. They were very surprised too and only too pleased to do so. They then asked me to take a photo of them. They were on their honeymoon from Chile. I wish now I had taken one of them to include with this article.

Russell Armitage

Hamilton, New Zealand


Disruptive technology has infiltrated every industry today and have a large part in the growth of the economy. From the Internet of Things to Artificial Intelligence, several industries are relying on the latest technology to help businesses drive forward.

The world has changed so much that you would never realize just how disruptive technology has become. Just pick any industry, and you will find that the success behind that industry is technological advancement.

While you must be aware that financial, health care, and other industries have profited from the digital movement, there is one industry that has evolved the most - Online Casino Industry.

Technology has changed how people used to enjoy casino games. The effects of technology have made the game more fun to play.

With technology, you are not only able to access thousands of casino games to play, you are actually getting everything from the comfort of your home.

A global report released in May 2021 shows that the online gambling market might just cross 100 billion by the end of 2022. That means a CAGR of 12.3%. There is hardly any other industry that could develop such a healthy economic foresight.

Today, we will talk about the online gambling industry and see what role technology plays in taking the online casino industry to the next level.

The Impact of Technology Growth On The Gambling Industry

The growth of gambling has been a phenomenal one. The history dates back to 2300 BC in ancient China, and since then it has only evolved to what we can see now. And from here, it will only evolve into a new realm - Thanks to technology.

You can gauge the impact of technology with the fact that you do not need to leave your home to play Roulette games with your friends in a casino.

Instead, you can simply play online. In fact, there are even virtual roulette games that let you experience playing roulette in a casino with your friends using Augmented reality technology. Talking about roulette, if you want to make the most out of the online roulette games, try the Martingale strategy.

This is just the start of how technology has invaded the online casino industry. Read the following to know more.

1. Wider Payment Options

What do you think - why people are enjoying online casino games? Think hard - it’s not that difficult. If you start thinking step by step, you will get the answer. Still finding it difficult to get the answer? It is Online Payments and transactions.

Most people, who gamble, are there to earn some fast money. They need a smooth deposit and withdrawal process. With several payment software available online, players can deposit and withdraw easily.

In fact, some casinos also accept Cryptocurrencies to increase their pool of players. With all these payment systems available to the players, their interest in online casinos has increased.

2. Stronger Security

For online gambling, online security is the most important factor. With the new technologies, even the hackers have become advanced with their approach. If your online details are exposed to risk, you risk losing all your profits.

However, with the technology systems like SSL security, and RNG players now can enjoy higher security while enjoying online gambling.

It is almost impossible for the hacker to get access to the players' information. In fact, the industry is thinking of using Blockchain technology to further develop their security and weave a fine security network.

With almost every online gambling website adapting to the new security trends, you can rest assured all your investments and profits are safe and secure.

3. Improved Gaming Experience

Before technology, gambling was all about tedious jobs. You need to visit the casino house and see the same old house. But with the technology, you can play the same game with a wide range of high graphics and advanced details.

Virtual reality and augmented reality have given casino games to offer something new to the players. A player can now enjoy the most realistic experience in a 3D environment.

In addition, gamblers can now access hundreds of different online games at the comfort of their home, which has greatly increased the popularity of online casino games today.

The Bottom Line

As you can see from the above-mentioned list, the online casino industry has been greatly influenced by technology. Thanks to this development, many players were able to access these games in the comfort of their homes.

Gamblers can now enjoy thousands of games that not only load faster but also have different features, the newest technology, excellent graphics, and mesmerizing sound quality.

After seeing how technology has helped the online casino industry to boom, there is no surprise the online gambling industry is investing billions in technology. It is predicted that by the end of 2022, the market cap of this industry will be close to 100 billion dollars.

In the period from February to May this year, the Croatian National Tourist Board conducted a campaign on the German market to encourage early booking, and the results achieved are impressive. A total of 1.3 million Kuna was invested into the campaign and revenues of 19.5 million Kuna was generated.

These are the results of the "Early booking" campaign conducted on the strongest booking and travel platforms on the German market, Expedia Group,, and

"We are extremely satisfied with the results of the campaign, which directly affected the current flow of tourist traffic from the German market, i.e. which confirmed that Germany is our most important emitting market in which we are achieving great trends. The campaign resulted in the sale of tourist services, mostly accommodation facilities and airline tickets worth almost HRK 20 million, while online advertising alone reached over 20 million users. So far, we have realized almost 6 million overnight stays from this market, which is an increase of as much as 10 percent compared to the same period of the record 2019," said Kristjan Staničić, director of the Croatian National Tourist Board.

Ključni vizuali

We remind you that the Croatian National Tourist Board launched this campaign with the aim of encouraging German tourists to choose Croatian destinations for their main summer vacation, i.e. to encourage them to book accommodation, airline tickets and other tourist services as soon as possible. In those promotional activities, those segments of the offer were used for which the greatest demand was expressed on the German market, such as nautical, active tourism, cultural tourism and the sun and the sea. What is particularly interesting is that for the implementation of this campaign as a channel of communication with the target audience for the first time used only booking platforms and promotion took place through specially created content in the form of landing pages and posts on social networks that were exclusively dedicated to our country.

Let us add that the Germans, according to the eVisitor system, have so far spent the most nights in Istria, Kvarner and the Split-Dalmatia County, looking at destinations in Rovinj, Porec and Medulin. Observing accommodation facilities, German tourists spent most nights in camps, followed by household facilities and hotels.


In the last 24 hours, 83 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

These are 53 people from Dubrovnik, 14 from Konavle, 8 from Župa dubrovačka, 5 from Ploče and 1 person each from Metković, Mljet and Ston.

53 people recovered: 43 from Dubrovnik, 4 each from Konavle and Metković, and 1 person each from Ploče and Župa dubrovačka.

In the last 24 hours, 199 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 249,827 samples have been analysed.

Currently, 9 people tested positive for coronavirus are hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.


Nowadays, when you’re feeling ill the first thing you might do is Google your symptoms. Many people will even search online for symptoms of a suspected health issue before going to a doctor. So which symptoms do people Google the most around the world?

Using Google search data, new research by has revealed the most common health symptoms people search across the Internet.

In Croatia, ‘fever’ is the health symptom with the most searches on Google, followed closely behind by ‘stress’.

In fact, searches for ‘groznica i temperatura’ in Croatia has increased by +300% in the past 12 months!

Comparing the data across the 43 countries analysed, ‘stress’ is the most Googled symptom overall, whereas ‘fever’ is the second most searched for with 15 countries searching for related queries online.

Commenting on the research, Compare the Market’s health insurance expert Anthony Fleming, says: “The convenience of the internet has allowed people to get unsolicited advice from questionable sources which can lead to potential health scares. Even after understanding the perils of self-diagnosis, nothing can get past the convenience of using the internet from the comfort of your couch. Keeping that in mind, the key is to be cautious of the risks involved with self-diagnosis and to keep a critical eye to ensure any health advice is provided by a qualified professional and any treatment comes from a regulated healthcare provider.”

Map v3

The Voice of Dubrovnik


Find us on Facebook