Friday, 19 January 2018

December will be the perfect ending to a record breaking tourism year in Dubrovnik. It seems that the motto ‘’Dubrovnik – a city for all seasons’’ is right, because there are still numerous guests enjoy Dubrovnik in the winter. Compared to the same period from last year, there are around 20 percent more tourists in the city – reports HRT.

Along with guests from neighbouring countries, the most numerous are those from distant destinations. Dubrovnik can be considered almost exclusively an avio-destination, because around 70 percent of tourists visit the city by plane. During the winter months, the line from Istanbul by Turkish Airlines runs to Dubrovnik four times a week and allows for further promotion of Dubrovnik in distant eastern markets. At the same time, three times a week, planes from Dubrovnik fly to Frankfurt - a link to the United States, Canada and Australia.

For New Year's Eve, however, in Dubrovnik most tourists will come from neighbouring countries. In hotels and private accommodation about 6,000 guests are expected. The perfect ending to 2017 in Dubrovnik.




Every year the most popular world destinations such as New York, Edinburgh, London, Vienna, Berlin, Paris and Dubai are traditionally on recommendation lists of destinations known for great New Year’s Eve parties.

When it comes to Europe, several web portals have made a list of most desirable European destinations for New Year’s Eve. To our proud and joy, the city of Dubrovnik has found its place on this prestigious list.

The British capital of London is always a ‘’must visit’’ destination on all lists. The city topped the list of New Year’s Eve destinations because it is completely dedicated to fun and entertainment on every corner.

Paris in France has always been known as a city of love, thus that is what this city will be for New Year’s Eve, a hot spot for romantic celebration on boats sailing the Seine River.

The Portuguese island of Madeira is an ideal destination for fireworks lovers. In 2006, Madeira made it to the Guinness Book of Records with the largest fireworks in the world.

The popular New Year’s Eve at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany traditionally attracts more than a million people with its more than a two-kilometre long stage for music, light and other shows.

Although it is not the first choice for many in Croatia, this year Dubrovnik offers a great New Year’s Eve party on the Stradun. The city expects around 6,000 visitors to pack the world’s most beautiful street, however, thanks to many bars and restaurants tucked into small side streets, almost an intimate atmosphere is guaranteed to those who would like avoid crowds this year.



The American author of the series ''Conversations with God'' is coming to Croatia next year.

Neale Donald Walsch, the man who indebted humanity with his books and work, also known as an actor, screenwriter and speaker, will hold a seminar titled ‘’Change your emotions before they change you!’’ at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb on the 25th of March 2018.

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Before writing the ‘’Conversations with God’’ series, Walsch worked variously as a radio station program director, newspaper managing editor, and in marketing and public relations. In the early 1990s, he suffered a series of misfortunes; a fire that destroyed all of his belongings, the break-up of his marriage, and a car accident that left him with a broken neck. When he recovered, Walsch was alone and unemployed, thus, he was forced to live in a tent in Jackson Hot Springs, just outside Ashland, Oregon, collecting and recycling tin cans in order to eat. At the time, he thought his life had ended. Completely depressed, Walsch began his writings after working his way out of homelessness. He also started working periodically as a radio talk show host.

Walsch’s first book, ‘’Conversations with God’’, was published in 1995 and became an international bestseller. It remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for 135 weeks. Six of his other books have made it to the Times list in the years to come. He has published 28 books and his works have been translated into 37 languages.


One of the most popular newspapers in the UK, The Sun, has published an article entitled “Dubrovnik was a filming location for Star Wars: The Last Jedi AND Game of Thrones – but the locals really don’t want you to visit.”

Dubrovnik has attracted a number of A List film productions over the past few years, it all began with the HBO serial Game of Thrones, such as Star Wars, Robin Hood and Knightfall. All of these mega productions have brought with them a new profile of tourists to Dubrovnik, film fan tourists.

By far the most attractive is Game of Thrones, which can be seen with the fact that over the past few years’ American tourists have been extremely numerous in the city, and without any direct flights from the US to Croatia. The Sun suggests that this influx of new tourists is just too much for Dubrovnik. “The success of the new Star Wars film is bound to attract Dubrovnik even more attention – probably not the most welcome thought for many residents,” writes the author of the piece in the online version of the newspaper.

In reality film fan tourists are far from being the main problem with the overcrowding of Dubrovnik through the summer months. Around two million tourists visited Dubrovnik this year, however half of this number were cruise ship passengers. The challenges that Dubrovnik tourism industry faces is mainly centred around this massive number of cruise ship passengers. Due to the fact that they come over a brief period of time and block the city’s infrastructure. Film fan tourists have never been mentioned at any level in the city as a possible problem, quite the opposite, in fact many new businesses have opened to cater for film fans. And with the latest James Bond set to film in the city at the beginning of 2018 Dubrovnik can look forward to a whole new demographic of film tourists.

Read the article in The Sun here




Just when the Old City harbour had been brought back to its pristine norm the south winds blew again and once again carried in more waste. The city cleaners and public services were once again called into the ancient harbour to collect tonnes of pollution. Fishing out large logs, bamboo and unfortunately plastic waste has been keeping the cleaning services busy for most of the day and a digger was called in to scoop up larger amounts.

Before Christmas the harbour was almost completely clean after suffering from tonnes of floating waste, and with the changing of the wind to a northerly direction the rest of the pollution had blown out into the Adriatic. However, a strong southerly wind has been blowing for the past few days and has once again picked up the pollution and dropped it into the harbour. The cleaning services will have their work cut out to pick up all the waste before the New Year.

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The New Year will start in style with a spectacular concert by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra at midday in the heart of the Old City. This traditional concert will be even more special this year with sparkling wine and oysters for the audience, seems like a fine way to welcome in 2018.

The program of this year's concert will feature famous opera arias, waltzes and polka. The orchestra will be led by the award-winning conductor Ivan Josip Skender, while the soprano Nikolina Pinko will perform as a soloist.

The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and this year will treat all visitors with the music of G. Puccini, J. Strauss, G. Verdi and other great composers, and with music, citizens will have the opportunity to celebrate with oysters and sparkling wine organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.

 plakat Novogodišnji koncert



The popular low-cost air carrier Ryanair has released a promotional video about Zadar on its You Tube channel.

‘’Explore Zadar’’ is a two-minute promo video about the city of Zadar which presents the natural and cultural beauty of the Dalmatian city. The video is posted on the Ryanair Travel Blog ‘’Into the Blue’’.

Apart from the well-known symbols of the city such as the Sea Organ (Morske orgulje) and the Greeting to the Sun (Pozdrav suncu), the video also featured the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Ancient Glass, the Rector’s Palace, as well as the city’s gastronomic offer and tourist offer, which includes exploring Zadar by bike, caving, a visit to the unspoiled nature of the National Park Paklenica, a photo safari on the Velebit mountain etc.



As part of the organization of the New Year's Eve celebrations there will be special traffic and parking regulations in place for the biggest night of the year. From 8.00pm on the 31st of December to 5.00am on the 1st of January 2018 certain traffic regulations will be in force, announced the organisers.

The following streets in the city will be closed:
• Zagrebacka Street (from the public garage to fire station)
• Petra Krešimira IV. (from the fire brigade station to the crossing with the Frano Suplia street)
• Frana Supila (from Petar Kresimir IV to Ploče),
• Iza Grada (from Ploče to Pile),
• Branitelja Dubrovnika (from Pile to the crossroads at the Health Centre)

Public buses (buses and coaches), buses of tourist agencies, emergency vehicles and vehicles with special permission are excluded from the bans.

The organisers have also announced that on New Year’s Eve parking will be free of charge, from 7.00pm to 7.00am on the 1st of January in the Port of Dubrovnik. A good idea to leave your vehicles in this parking and catch a bus into the city.



The European Union statistics bureau Eurostat has published data on the tax burden in EU member countries in 2016.

According to the usual indicator of the share of tax revenue and GDP contribution, Croatia placed in the middle of the EU tax burden scale in 2016. Such a position was often interpreted as an argument for justifying the introduction of additional or defending existing taxes.

The data also shows that France, Denmark and Belgium are the developed countries with the highest tax burden.

Most developed countries have a relatively high tax burden due to financing a larger share of public spending in GDP. The regularity that more developed countries have a higher level of public spending in the public finances and in the political economy is explained by the so-called Wagner law. This ‘’law’’ states that the economic and social progress of a country is regularly linked to the expansion of state activities (culture, welfare, etc.) which results in an absolute and relative increase in government expenditures.

According to Eurostat, Croatia is among the top five most burdened EU countries along with Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. This indicator also clearly outlines the real tax burden in developed countries, which is not that high in comparison to the level of the development (Germany, Belgium, Italy and Austria placed at the bottom of the scale).



A famous prop from the megapopular HBO series is currently being exhibited in the Croatian capital.

All the fans of the hit TV series that are visiting Croatia and Zagreb during the festive period have a great opportunity to sit on the famous Iron Throne from ''Game of Thrones'' and take memorable photos.

The Iron Throne is currently displayed at Here Be Dragons Enchanted City at ''Fuliranje'' as part of the Advent fair in Zagreb where it will remain displayed until the 1st of January 2018.

HBO GO, an online streaming video service that enables watching the best TV series, hit films and cartoons, supported the arrival of the Iron Throne in Zagreb as well as the project Here Be Dragons Enchanted City.



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