Sunday, 21 July 2024
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.

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Mayor Mato Franković held a working meeting today with the participants of the "Camino Dubrovnik" project, unveiling an ambitious new tourist-pilgrimage trail. Spanning approximately 150 kilometers, this trail will stretch from the Benedictine Monastery of St. James in Dubrovnik to the Church of St. James in Međugorje.

The inaugural Camino Dubrovnik is set to commence on September 24th, with participants embarking from Dubrovnik and concluding their journey on September 29th with a mass at the Church of St. James in Međugorje. During the meeting, project participants updated the mayor on the progress and implementation of the planned activities.

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After meticulous mapping, the trail has been fully cleared and marked with distinctive Camino signs. This crucial phase ensures the safety of pilgrims, especially considering that parts of the route traverse non-urban and challenging terrains. Additionally, the project has completed the design of stamps that pilgrims will collect upon completing sections and certificates for the completed route, known as compostelas. The final touches are being put on the project's website and an interactive application, which will provide pilgrims with their location, places of interest, and emergency contact numbers. Following these preparations, a marketing campaign will launch to promote the new tourist-pilgrimage trail.

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The "Camino Dubrovnik" project has garnered significant attention and support. The Agreement on the Camino Dubrovnik-Međugorje trail, consisting of six sections, was signed in July 2023. In October, the trail was presented at the European Parliament in Brussels, leading to the City of Dubrovnik's admission into the European Federation of St. James' Ways.

Under the organization of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Miro Drašković, the Director of the Tourist Board, on Thursday, July 18th, awarded a special recognition to the Cailliot family from France for their longstanding loyalty to Dubrovnik and Zaton.

The Njirić family, who have been renting apartments for many years, proudly mentions that the married couple Aurelie and Remi Cailliot stayed with them for the first time in July 2004. It was their first vacation in Croatia after the Homeland War, having previously stayed at a camp in Trsteno with their parents. Since then, the Cailliot family regularly visits Zaton and spends their summer holidays with the Njirić family.

Remi and Aurelie Cailliot come from the outskirts of Paris. Their dedication and love for Croatia and Zaton are best reflected in the fact that they even convinced their sister and her family that the best vacation is in Zaton. Next year, she too will mark 20 years of loyalty staying with the Njirić family.

Creation of life-long memories

"With great pleasure, we present this recognition to the Cailliot family, who for two decades have shown their love and loyalty to our region. The Cailliot family symbolizes the best that tourism can offer – authentic experience and the creation of life-long memories," said Miro Drašković

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The Bay of Zaton

"This recognition is a sign of gratitude for their long-standing loyalty and friendship they have shown us. Their presence every year fills us with pride and joy. We are glad to be part of their memories and summer experiences," said Mrs. Ana Njirić, owner of the apartments.

Long-standing love for Dubrovnik and Zaton 

Aurelie Cailliot, the guest from France, said: "This recognition is a great honor for us because it reflects our long-standing love for Zaton and Croatia. Every summer, we feel at home with the Njirić family. Our family always looks forward to returning to Zaton because here we not only enjoy the beautiful nature and hospitality, but we have also created unforgettable memories that will stay with us forever. Thank you for this wonderful recognition, and we look forward to continuing to come to this wonderful place every year."

The City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, as part of the Summer Events program in tourist places, announce a rich entertainment and music program for this weekend.

On Saturday, July 20th - in Veliki Zaton, there will be a concert by the vocal group klapa Malfi as part of the Zaton Summer. In Osojnik, the Festa of St. Elijah will be celebrated with Ivana Kovač and the vocal group klapa Iskon from 10:00 PM, while on the island of Koločep, in Gornje Čelo, Kalamota Beach House will host the event #AllToTheIsland with the Ante Gelo band and vocalists from the show “A strane” from 7:00 PM. On Lopud, Lopud Summer brings performances by Dubrovnik's young bands Ledena Kava and Agroni at 9:30 PM.

On Sunday, July 21st, music lovers will be able to enjoy a concert by the 4 Tenors on the tennis courts in Lapad Bay starting at 9:30 PM, while Mali Zaton will again host the Summer Cinema on the summer stage with a screening of “Captain Fantastic”. On the same day, Suđurađ on the island of Šipan will mark Šipan Summer with a performance by the klapa St. Juraj of the Croatian Navy starting at 10:00 PM.

 Klapa HRM plakat

Dubrovnik, and indeed the whole of Croatia, has been in the grips of a heat wave for the past few weeks and day-time temperatures over that period haven’t dropped below 30 degrees. To keep cool in the baking temperatures air-conditioning units have been working overtime and this has clearly had a massive effect on the energy consumption across the whole country.

On Tuesday, July 16, at 8 PM, a new record for electricity consumption of 3341 megawatt-hours (MWh) was recorded, announced the Croatian Transmission System Operator (HOPS) the following day.

Speaking to HRT a statement from HOPS read "In an almost two-week-long heatwave, another record, maximum electricity consumption was recorded, and a new summer maximum hourly consumption since HOPS has been recording it," the statement said.

Given the increasingly intense tourist season and the increasing air conditioning of all tourist facilities and workspaces, as well as residential properties, they expect that this summer, the maximum hourly electricity consumption amounts will continue to surpass the previously recorded record values.

ITV’s popular show “This Morning” has delighted viewers with an exclusive cooking segment filmed in the scenic seaside village of Zaton, near Dubrovnik. Renowned British chef John Torode prepared a traditional seafood dish at the stunning Restaurant Konobar Kasar, a Mediterranean culinary landmark that has been serving exquisite dishes since 1971.

The segment, which showcases the beauty of Zaton and the rich flavors of Mediterranean cuisine, is part of a broader initiative to highlight Croatia’s vibrant cultural and culinary heritage. The picturesque backdrop of Zaton, combined with Torode’s culinary expertise, made this a memorable episode for food enthusiasts and travel aficionados alike.

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In addition to this culinary feature, viewers can look forward to a special segment airing in August, featuring Miro Drašković, the Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. This segment will offer an insider’s perspective on the historic and breathtaking city of Dubrovnik, exploring its unique charm and attractions.

This initiative is a collaboration with the Dubrovnik Touirst Board, the Croatian National Tourist Board and AVIAREPS to bring these stunning locations and experiences to viewers around the world.

The collaboration aims to promote Croatia as a top travel destination, highlighting its picturesque landscapes, historic cities, and exquisite cuisine.

Currently, there are 930,000 tourists in Croatia, and the number is soon expected to exceed one million.

At a coordination meeting between the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) and the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, it was reported that tourist arrivals have increased by five percent and overnight stays by two percent.

Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Croatian Tourist Board, stated after the meeting that there are currently more than 930,000 guests in Croatia and that the number will soon surpass one million.

He added that this year’s tourist traffic, compared to 2023, has increased by five percent in arrivals and two percent in overnight stays.

During the meeting, marketing and promotional activities in key markets were analyzed, and information about promotions planned for the rest of the year was exchanged.

Additional promotional campaigns for the post-season were announced, focusing on market segments where the motivation for visiting is not solely the summer season.

“I am satisfied with what I heard today. There are certain challenges, but it is always important to emphasize the synergy between the tourism boards and the private and public sectors— from local to regional to state levels—in addressing all challenges and maintaining Croatia’s position as one of the most desirable and popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean,” said Staničić.

Caution with Prices

He urged those who have raised prices to be reasonable, as every increase must be accompanied by an improvement in service quality.

Discussing the new Tourism Law, he said it would enable quality destination management and prevent scenarios occurring in competitor countries.

“We still have the opportunity to avoid such scenarios through quality management of our resources and to establish ourselves as a sustainable and high-quality tourist destination,” asserted Staničić.

Ivana Vladović, Director of the County Tourist Board, said that Split-Dalmatia County has seen a five percent increase in arrivals and a four percent increase in overnight stays compared to last year, noting that last year’s pre-season was the best ever.

She stated that the county is experiencing excellent growth and continues to post impressive numbers, with July being on par with last year.

She believes that with numerous events and all the efforts being made, the area of interest for tourists within the county will expand to new destinations.

“It is not enough just to have facilities; one must engage in tourism, especially as the needs and competition are becoming stronger,” she said.

At the end of June, Luka Modrić's contract with Real Madrid expired, but it was only a matter of time before the official announcement confirmed that the captain of the Croatian national football team would remain with the Royal Club. The announcement came this Wednesday, ensuring that Modrić will wear Real Madrid's jersey until the end of the next season.

During his time with Real, Modrić has won an impressive 26 trophies and played 534 matches. He joined Madrid in 2012 from Tottenham Hotspur. His achievements with Real include six Champions League titles, five Club World Cups, four European Super Cups, four La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey trophies, and five Spanish Super Cups.

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Photo - Real Madrid 

In total, Modrić has scored 39 goals for Real, 28 of which were in league matches. He also has 86 assists to his name.

Following the contract extension announcement, Modrić took to social media.

"My home. My club. I am happy to continue playing for the best club in the world," Modrić wrote on Instagram, accompanied by a photo of him signing the new contract.

Among the first to comment were Jude Bellingham, who added magician wand and white heart emojis, and Fabrizio Romano, who called Modrić a legend. Iker Casillas also responded, calling Modrić a genius.

A small island near Korčula has become a must-visit destination for sailors, attracting numerous celebrities including Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and frequent visitor and tennis star Novak Djokovic. The latest post from Vrnik features singer Severina, who was photographed with Croatian football stars Luka Modrić and Mateo Kovačić. Their vacation posts have garnered significant attention.

"These guys make us happy not only on the field but also off it... Thank you, Luka and Mateo..." Severina posted, following her recent performance in Slano, which drew considerable attention for her fashion choices. The singing star is scheduled to perform in Ploče in August, according to an announcement by the City of Ploče on Facebook.

"We can officially confirm - this year's main performer at the Maraton lađa is Severina! The entertainment program begins at 21:00, immediately after the medal ceremony. The atmosphere will be warmed up by the band Kompas before Severina's concert, and a DJ party will follow featuring DJ Tornado, DJ Boro, DJ Renato, and DJ Mrka," the City of Ploče announced.

 

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