Saturday, 23 June 2018

Croatians working abroad sent a massive 2.1 billion Euros back home last year to their families and friends. It is estimated that 340,000 Croatians have left the country in the past few years, with many of them going to Germany, Sweden and Ireland.

Now this new diaspora has become overnight one of the biggest “foreign” investors into Croatia. And there is no indication that this figure is slowing down, far from it, when compared with 2016 the amount paid was up by a healthy 120 million Euros, and it is believed that this figure will grow this year.

Whereas in the past these cash payments were often seen as a bonus or a gift now they are a means of survival for the remaining family members.

The Blue Flag is once again flying over the beach of the Hotel Valamar Dubrovnik President. In a ceremony held today the Blue Flag was raised for the 17th time. The Blue Flag is an internationally recognised ecological acknowledgment for the cleanliness beaches. This year the flag was raised by two loyal guests to the hotel, the Scottish couple Frances and Robert Craig, who have been visiting for more than twenty years.

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The beach of the Hotel Valamar Dubrovnik President once again this year fulfilled the demanding criteria that are prerequisites for this honourable acknowledgment, which are related to the complete beach arrangement and the security conditions at sea and on the beach itself. The blue flag on this beach has been raised since 2002.

Even though almost thirty percent of Croatians smoke the tobacco industry had a tough year in 2017.

According to figures just released by the Croatian Financial Agency (FINA) the tobacco industry finished last year with a net loss of 10 million Euros. This figure looks even worse when you consider that in 2016 these same businesses finished the year with a net profit of 2.2 million Euro.

There are three main tobacco companies in Croatia and altogether they employ around 700 workers. Last year’s loss was the first time the industry had seen a minus since 2008, when they also had a net loss of just over 10 million Euro.

Croatia will celebrate Corpus Christi tomorrow, the feast that in the Roman Rite liturgical solemnity celebrates the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

Corpus Christi is celebrated on Thursday after Trinity Sunday. That means that tomorrow, May 31st, is a holiday in Croatia.

Just like in any other country, that means that some shops will not work, while others will have shorter working hours. However, since Croatia is a touristic country, most of the restaurants and cafes will work just like any other day. When it comes to bus, ferry and other schedules, make sure that you check those special, holiday ones.

Croatia as a tourist destination still attracts American travelers seeking luxurious and detailed planned trips. That are the results of analyzes in the family travel segment based on current and anticipated travel reservations by Virtuoso, one of the most influential American tourist subjects in the world specialized luxury and experiential travel. Virtuoso experts have classified Croatia among the top 10 countries in the category of unconventional family destinations that offer authentic experiences. That is really significant, especially when you know the fact that among the top 10 countries in this category, along with Croatia, there is only one European country, Island.

-The results of the Virtuoso analysis are particularly delighting because they point to Croatia's excellent position on the big US market. It is important that in the US market we are recognized as a tourist destination with a variety of offers that includes quality, richness and originality. Croatia has so far been recognized as a family-friendly destination in Europe, and we are indeed beyond European frameworks, what is confirmed by the analysis of Virtuoso, one of our key partners in the US market with whom we have excellent cooperation - said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Stanicic, adding that the latest TOMAS summer survey showed that American tourists are at the top of tourist spending in Croatia, which on the daily level amounts to almost 160 euros.

A special review in the Virtuoso report refers to the analysis of the segment of young passengers – so called Generation Z, which make more than a quarter of the US population with an estimated $ 43 billion buying power. These are generations that have a strong impact on family travel decisions and for generations seeking active experiences, unusual destinations and experiences that can be shared through social networks. The analysis is also focused on key travel motives, particularly in the segment of luxury family travels where Virtuoso, along with its network of associates worldwide, specializes. The main motives of travel in 2018 are family trips, exclusive trips - villas, yachts, as well as luxurious sea and cruise cruises, active and adventure trips, eno-gastronomy and cultural tourism, resort holidays, educational trips and travel motivated special occasions such as honeymoon or celebration of different anniversaries.

These positive trends are also confirmed by the recently published Virtuoso Luxe Report 2018, an annual research that brings key trends and insights into the luxury travel industry. In this research, Croatia has been ranked among the top 10 destinations in three categories, with progress on the scale compared to the 2017 survey results. Our country is ranked 2nd in the category of the most popular emerging destinations, while in the category of the most popular destination for the so called Millenials is on the 6th place and 8th place in the category of the most popular international destination.

Virtuoso is a network of top luxury travel agencies that has more than 17,500 consultants around the world. Virtuoso's network includes more than 1,700 partners, including top hotels and resorts, tour operators, airline companies, agencies and others, and the main goal of the network is to offer customers detailed, unforgettable travel.

Additionally, it's good to know that in 2017, 476,000 arrivals (+ 35%) and 1.3 million overnight stays (+ 34%) came from the US market, while in 2018 there were 118,000 arrivals (+ 25%) and 300,000 overnight stays (+ 16%) for now.

This is not the reaction you would expect from a deer, a deer that clearly likes chocolate biscuits. A tourist from Bosnia and Herzegovina was on the island of Korcula when he spotted a young deer walking in the woods behind the beach.

Korcula is known for its natural beauty and wildlife but seeing a deer so close to the beach is unusual. The curious tourist approached the deer and at first it ran into the undergrowth but it reappeared from the woods and took the biscuits directly from the man’s hand.

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Whilst Croatia struggles with losing upwards of 348,000 people to other European Union members it has been revealed by Eurostat that a massive 14 percent of Croatian aged between 20 and 64 live in another EU country.

The call from tourism companies that they are seriously understaffed this season has meant an ever increasing number of foreign workers are needed. Croatia’s domestic workforce is one of the smallest in the EU and this latest figures from Eurostat show that Croatia has the third highest percentage of workers living abroad.

The average on a European wide level was 3.8 percent, whilst Croatia has 14 percent.

The most mobile workers in the EU come from Romania, followed by Lithuanian, Croatia and Portugal. Whereas on the other side the least mobile are Germans, the British and the Swedish.

Including data from 2017, some 348,000 workers left Croatia altogether, some 60,000 of whom were highly educated.

Meteorologists from the State Hydro-Meteorological Institute (DHMZ) issued a notice Tuesday that parts of Croatia might hit with the phenomenon known rain dust his week. It is the rain that leaves the most common brown or yellowish traces on the surface or exposed objects, and is also known as muddy rain, red rain and coloured rain.

- Muddy rain may occasionally be observed in the area of Croatia, more often in the Adriatic and in areas along the Adriatic than in the continental part of the country - the meteorologists said in a statement on the DHMZ site.

Mostly, that’s rain with sand from Sahara and it can be further contaminated with other particles in the atmosphere, such as pollen, as it happened in april this year, when muddy rain fell all across Croatia.

This is not too frequent at our area, and muddy rain is not dangerous, so usually no special meteorological warnings are given. It is most often mentioned as a meteorological interest.

- As we have already mentioned, over the territory of our country, the colored rain was recorded on April 16 this year, when the cyclone, which originated in the western Mediterranean, moved to the Middle Mediterranean, and at the height there was a strong south and southwest current that was in our the ends brought warm and damp air. This warm air mass contained sand from northern Africa, Croatian meteorologists concluded.

If there was a prize for the biggest fan of The Dubrovnik Times, and in fact Dubrovnik in general, one Austrian man would be right up there in the running. Dietmar Gamerith has been to Dubrovnik an amazing 77 times, yes 77 times, and he is planning his 78th visit this autumn.

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Living and working in Graz, Austria, Dietmar has filled his 50 metres squared apartment with the front cover of The Dubrovnik Times, he has an amazing 278 copies on his walls and admits that he will have to “buy a bigger apartment” or “start putting them on the ceilings” to continue his collection. He likes The Dubrovnik Times so much that he even has a tattoo of our logo on his left arm.

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As he says “This is a very beautiful hobby. I have been following The Dubrovnik Times from the very beginning back in 2007 and have collected all the issues.” And his love affair with Dubrovnik doesn’t look like stopping any time soon. He hopes that in the next eight years he will reach the 100 visits to the city mark. That must be a record.

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One of the most lucrative global businesses in recent years has been live broadcasts of sports events attracting millions of viewers every day. Everyone wants to be in that race for money, time and new technologies. Football leagues are awash with unimaginable sums of money and the cost of broadcasting football rights in Europe keeps getting higher and higher, with the most profitable and sought-after European leagues being the English Premier League and the Italian Serie A.

TV rights for football competitions and matches seem to be made out of gold. What makes football the most expensive sport, at least in Europe? Who are the decision makers behind the scenes and who buys these rights? Are football TV rights raising the bar for other TV rights as well? Answers to these questions will be given by the top experts in the region: Nikola Francetić, Head of Content, Media and Broadcasting at Telekom Austria Group; Richard John Brešković, Director of Marketing at Hrvatski Telekom; Radisav Vulićević, General Manager of Arena Sport; Victor Blundell Senior Vice President for Eastern Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey at IMG Media. The discussion will be moderated by Ivica Blažičko, Editor-in-chief of Croatian Football TV.

“Football has long ago ceased to be just a game, today it is the biggest business in all its aspects”, said Arena Sports Director Radisav Vuličević. “Such a price of football as a sport has left its mark on the value of TV rights as well. Their sale goes in two directions: towards commercial televisions and towards Pay TV platforms. The former live off ads, whereas the latter live off distribution. Every seller of rights lives for competitive markets and has high expectations of them, but the amount of money being sent as the final offer is still dictated by the calculator, regardless of whether certain football programs, on account of their attractiveness and image, carry the prefix UNIQUE. An increase in prices in official offers generally doesn't affect the prices of other sports rights or other (non-sports) content. All due respect to Hollywood, but top-quality football is the biggest blockbuster.”

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Sport on Pay TV platforms

In 2016, the English club Manchester United became the club with the biggest revenue in the world – a record of $735 million. What is interesting is that when it comes to English clubs, the smallest proportion of their revenues comes from the sale of tickets and their fans' spending on match days and the revenue from the sales of sports equipment – the key role has the revenue from TV rights.

In the period from 2016 to 2019, apart from £5.5 billion from domestic TV rights, the Premier League has earned an additional £3 billion from TV rights on the international market. This is one of the reasons why the English Premier League is the third most powerful professional sports league in the world, right behind the MLB (£9.5 billion) and the NFL (£13 billion).
“Almost all Pay TV platforms offer their users an abundance of diverse and valuable content. The most important and high-quality film, lifestyle, documentary, music and children’s content is available on all platforms. In addition, there are numerous channels that can at least partially replace almost any channel in these genres. Sports and live broadcasts of the most attractive sports competitions are practically the only content-related difference between platforms that can't be replaced with similar content. This is also the main advantage of Pay TV platforms compared to global OTT platforms. As long as platforms and televisions compete for the acquisition of rights for premium sports content, their value will not decrease”, said Nikola Francetić, Head of Content, Media and Broadcasting at Telekom Austria Group.

Victor Blundell, Senior Vice President at IMG Media, a global leader in sports, media and events, who has been leading for the last 15 years all media-related activities in Central & Eastern Europe, Turkey, Middle East & North Africa, is looking forward to NEM and the discussion on the price of football:
“It will be an excellent location to meet other executives and discuss the ever-evolving media landscape”, said Blundell, who has acquired and sold the audiovisual rights for a host of football properties, including the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga and the Italian Serie A, in Eastern Europe.

Agenda and all speakers announced

It’s still not too late to secure your badge, and if you still have some doubts, take a look at the NEM 2018 agenda at, as well as the list of excellent speakers coming to Dubrovnik in less than a month All accommodation capacities are fully booked.




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