Saturday, 21 April 2018

 

Dubrovnik is blossoming in spring! If you are planning your visit during the Easter holidays, this is what you need to know – Spring Gourmet Week will take place in our beautiful city from April 1st (Easter) until April 8th. This is a gastronomic event reserved for enjoying the fantastic specialties prepared in Dubrovnik restaurants.

If you adore good food and love to try new things, this is the event for you. There is variety of restaurants that you can visit and that have special offers: Azur, Banje Beach, Cantina Mexicana Chihuahua, Steakhouse Domino, Restoran Gusta Me, Kopun, Lajk, Langusto - Hotel Valamar Lacroma, Orka, Orsan, Rhea Silvia Wine & Tapas Bar, Konoba Rozario, Restoran Sphere – Hotel Kompas, Stara Loza, Restoran Taj Mahal (in the Old City) and Restoran Taj Mahal (at Hotel Lero).

Take a look at the brochure and pick your favorite. Hint: since the choice is so good, you can visit as many as you want – we won’t judge you.

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Forget an active holiday, what guests to Dubrovnik really want is just to roll out their towels on the beach and soak up the Mediterranean sun. According to a new survey just released by the Croatian Institute for Tourism a massive 69 percent of tourists in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County come to the region for a “passive, relaxing holiday.”

Dubrovnik, its ancient city dripping with history and culture, and its UNESCO status isn’t one of the main motivations for tourists to visit, only 15 percent commented that “cultural heritage and events” were a reason for coming.

Almost 6,000 tourists to Croatia were surveyed in 2017 by the Institute of Tourism in 67 different destinations, including 6 in the Dubrovnik region – Mlini, Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Orebić, Ston and Korčula – in the tenth annual research.

The average ago of a tourist in Dubrovnik in 2017 was 42.5, which is slightly older than a tourist in Croatia at 41.5. And the majority of tourists were couples travelling without children or friends, in fact over half (54 percent) of tourists were couples in 2017. And for the vast majority of tourists in 2017 this was their first visit to the city, 43 percent came for the first time, but interestingly 6 percent came for the sixth time or more.

And when it comes to informing guests the internet and the media and by far the most important sources. If you want to get your message across to potential tourists you can pretty much forget tourist agencies, travel fairs and recommendations, the internet and the media are the two keys. Even though tourist boards spend huge sums financing worldwide trips to travel fairs only 3 percent of people asked in the survey said they were a good source of information. This brings into question the feasibility of tourist boards travelling to way flung destinations when their own figures, direct from tourists, show that this money would be better spent on the media and internet promotions.

Whilst visitors to the Dubrovnik – Neretva County were very satisfied with the natural beauty, the quality of their accommodation, the friendliness of the staff and personal safety they weren’t so impressed with the traffic infrastructure, the bicycle tracks and things to do in case of bad weather.

Croatia Airlines, the national carrier of Croatia, is planning to increase the number of flights to London Heathrow this summer.

The airline currently will increase the number of flights to London’s busiest airport from three to four operations this summer with an extra flight from Split. The Croatian capital and Heathrow will continue to have three flights a week and the extra flight to Heathrow from Split will operate Saturdays from the 14th of May until the 22nd of September.

Even though this is an increase in operations with one of the most important hub airports in the world it is still half the number of flights that Croatia Airlines operated before. After selling their flight slots at Heathrow the airline dropped from eight flights a week to the planned four.

After numerous days of persistent rain and grayness, Dubrovnik was finally bathed in sunshine yesterday. The spring feeling could be felt all over the city – everybody wanted to go out, walk around or drink coffee while enjoying the warmth of sun. 

Finally, after so many days of depression caused by rain, gray skies and low temperatures – sun is back! And that also means – the season of enchanting sunsets has started. How lucky were those that happen to be at the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik while the sun was going down. They enjoyed mesmerizing sunset, alongside with photographer Tonci Plazibat, who shared the magic with all of us.

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Simple Minds are going to perform in Croatia this May. The Scottish rock band will perform a free concert in Split in the beginning of May on the beach Žnjan.

It appears that the concert will be held on the 5th of May, two days before the Day of the City of Split, and would give the city a boost at the beginning of the tourist season. The free concert would also mark the opening of the beach Žnjan.

The Mayor of Split, Andro Krstulović Opara, commented on his Facebook profile, along with a video link to a live performance of Alive and Kicking in Edinburgh in 2015.

Eight years ago, the same band held a big concert in the Split and this free concert is sure to be a massive hit.

After Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic announced on Monday that due to the case of the poisoning of a Russian double agent in the UK he would expel a Russian diplomat from the country it brings into question as to whether the Russian President will visit Croatia.

Vladimir Putin was expected to visit Croatia on the invitation of President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, however this state visit is now hanging in the balance.

The president's office said on Monday that despite the expulsion of a Russian diplomat her invitation to the Russian president remains open. The Russian Embassy in Zagreb however had a different story, speaking to Croatian Television the embassy said that “Given the hostile step that Croatia has taken with respect to Russia, there are likely to be some corrections on President Vladimir Putin's arrival in Croatia.”

 

This year, the "Safe Tourism Season" program will include a record number of countries – 18. Police officers from China will work in Croatia for the first time and will be staying in Dubrovnik, Split and Plitvice – Poslovni.hr reports.

-This is an action that is extremely important to us because of the quality of police service in terms of speed, civility and getting information. This year we will form headquarters in Zadar that will function as a communication center with other services - said Assistant Director of the police Krunoslav Borovec in Rovinj, at the meeting before the tourist season, which was held by the tourism sector representatives with the Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli.
-Tourism, along with a favorable external environment, is one of the main generators of growth in the Croatian economy, which is confirmed by the latest report by Standard and Poor's Agency, which a few days ago raised the rating of Croatia from 'BB' to 'BB+' – said Capelli, who added that government recognized the value of tourism and that they will continue to stimulate it in the future.

Director of the Croatian Emergency Medicine Institute, Maja Grba-Bujevic, reported that with the helicopter and police emergency services, they also purchased six ships for medical services.

Kristjan Stanicic from Croatian Tourist Board pointed out that Croatia's positioning in the distant markets was focused on opening new trade unions in the markets such as China, South Korea and the United States, as well as increasing the number of avio-lines.

In January 2018, the average monthly net earnings per person in employment in the Republic of Croatia amounted to 6,189 Kuna, which represents an increase of 3.8%, as compared to December 2017, according to new data from the Central Statistics Bureau.

The highest average monthly net earnings per person in paid employment in for January were in the air transport sector and amounted to 11,077 Kuna. While the lowest earnings were paid off in the manufacture of leather and related products and amounted to 4,001 Kuna.

And the Croatian Chamber of Commerce believe that this positive trend will continue this year. “We expect the growth in wages to continue this year under the influence of continued economic growth, raised minimum wage levels and the effect of increased wages in state and public services" commented a spokesperson from the chamber.

For almost three months, there was uncertainty about ticket prices in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, but now it’s clear that they will increase – Poslovni.hr reports.

According to the price list published on the pages of Plitvice Lakes, the price of adult tickets in the period from 1st of April to June 30th will be 150 kuna, which is 40 kuna more than they have been so far. From July 1st to August 3st1, the price of adult tickets until 4 pm, will go up for 70 kuna! Instead of usual 180 kuna, tickets will be 250 kuna.

In the new price list, the new director has built a "privilege" for those who would like to see the Plitvice beauty late in the afternoon. Entering the National Park after 4 pm will be 100 kuna cheaper!

Croatia has stood behind the UK and will expel a Russian diplomat. It what is the largest expulsion of diplomats ever, with Trump announcing 60 will be expelled, Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, has announced that he will expel one diplomat.

21 countries have announced that they will expel Russian diplomats and diplomat staff, with 16 European Union members, as well as Canada, Norway, Ukraine, Albania and the United States. The UK acted first, sending home 23 diplomatic staff, and now the rest of the world has followed. 

This is all in reaction to Russia's alleged use of a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy living in the United Kingdom.

Prime Minster Teresa May commented that "President Putin's regime is carrying out acts of aggression against our shared values and interests within our continent and beyond. And as a sovereign European democracy, the United Kingdom will stand shoulder to shoulder with the EU and with NATO to face down these threats together."

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