Wednesday, 17 January 2018

One of the largest shipyards in Croatia is to build the first polar cruiser for the leading company for expedition cruising in the Polar Regions the Polar Expeditions Inc.

Last November, in a strong international competition and after months of negotiations and a series of offered tehnical innovative solutions, the Brodosplit shipyard was chosen for building a cruise ship for the Polar Regions i.e. the Polar Expedition Cruise Vessel.

The ship will be built in the class LR PC6 (Polar Class 6) which will be the first cruise ship in the world that has ever been built in this class. It will have 8 decks and host 196 passengers in 95 cabins, while 69 crew members will look after passengers' needs. The ship will be 107,6 m long and 17,6 m wide. It will be powered by two engines with a total output of 4200 kW and will be able to reach speeds of 15 knots.

This cruise ship will be equipped with all necessary system solutions in order to enable its passengers to visit the glaciers above and below the sea level enjoying the view at this unique biological and animal life from the best perspective. The passengers will be accommodated in luxury cabins and suites where ship systems will provide them a safe and pleasant stay.
The design and all technical solutions are the work of the Brodosplit’s experts who have confirmed their key role with this project in positioning the Brodosplit shipyard highly on the list of technical competencies and construction competitiveness.

The ship is to be delivered in 2019.

As from last week, the famous cycling team Bahrain Merida is on the island of Hvar for final preparations for the new season.
One of the world’s best cyclists Vincenzo Nibali is also a part of the Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team. Nibali is one of the six riders who have won three most prestigious world races (Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España).

Together with his team, Nibali is getting in shape for the new season. The team is thrilled with accommodation and roads on the sunny island of Hvar.

Vladimir Miholjević, the renowned Croatian cyclist and the coordinator of the training camp, has played a very important role in the whole project. Recently he became the sports director of the Bahrain Merida Cycling Team and the Tour of Croatia race. Last year Miholjević brought the famous cycling team to Poreč in Istria, whilst this year he managed to bring them on Hvar.

“We are looking forward to spending these few days together. There will be some hard work of course, but also enough time to strengthen the bonds between us, to welcome our new members and also to have fun and to enjoy these last free days before the beginning of the next season,” commented Vladimir Miholjević before coming to Hvar.

Apart from Miholjević, the training camp was organized thanks to the support of the Hvar Tourist Board, the hotel group Sunčani Hvar Hotels, the city of Hvar and the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board.

The training camp began last week on the 6th of December and will end on the 19th of December 2017. During media days, from the 13th to the 16th of December, journalists and photographers from all over the world will join the team on Hvar and have a unique opportunity to spend some time with Bahrain Merida athletes, to interview them and to even ride bicycles side by side with them.

Some of the team’s sponsors will also join the athletes and staff, spend some time on Hvar, and give final inputs about the new equipment that the Bahrain Merida Team will use in the new season.

The traditional Christmas reception was held at the Croatian Embassy in London on Tuseday, December 12th, organized jointly by the Tourist Board of Dubrovnik, the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Airport.

After the traditional Dubrovnik Christmas carol – Kolenda, performed by Dubrovnik musicians Dzivo Brcic and Josip Pende, the hosts spoke to the guests with short speeches. The event was attended by around eighty guests.

Croatian specialties and local wines were served, all prepared by the British company Taste Croatia, which imports Croatian products on this market. In addition to the musical performance of Kolenda and other acclaimed Croatian and Dubrovnik songs of the renowned Dubrovnik musicians, Dzivo Brcic and Josip Pende, an interesting play was presented to the guests – ''Small talks by the Dubrovnik Greats'' (Ruder Boskovic and Marin Drzic). The actors were students of 3rd grade of Dubrovnik Gymnasium, Karlo Krilanovic and Antonio Mustahinic.

Croatian Ambassador in the United Kingdom, Igor Pokaz, highlighted the importance of Dubrovnik as a popular destination for the British vacation. He also said that he personally could recommend Dubrovnik for vacation because he has been spending his summer holidays on the Dubrovnik island of Sipan for 11 years now.


Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic, emphasized the great importance of the British tourism market for Dubrovnik. The Brits are traditionally on the top of the list of the most numerous Dubrovnik visitors. She spoke about the success of Dubrovnik, which achieved record tourism results this year, with a large share of British guests in overall achievements, expressing the expectation that the links between Dubrovnik and London will continue to increase and that the number of British people visiting Dubrovnik will continue to grow.

British tourists in the first eleven months of this year made 181 272 arrivals and 874 174 overnight stays, which is 21 percent increase in arrivals and 17 percent increase in overnight stays compared to the same period last year.

Dubrovnik Airport Director, Roko Tolic, thanked in particular to aviation companies, highlighting British Airways as a very important partner of Dubrovnik Airport, which maintains all-year air lines with Dubrovnik. He also added excellent results of the Dubrovnik Airport, which is extremely important for Dubrovnik, because 70 percent of Dubrovnik's guests are flying guests.

Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik, Jelka Tepsic, pointed out the publication of the Financial Times, where Croatia is ranked seventh in the world for its attractiveness for new investments, and in the same edition it is emphasized that it is also a very attractive filming destination. Particularly Dubrovnik – for example, today is the premiere of the eight sequel of the Star Wars-The Last Jedi, which was partly filmed in Dubrovnik last year. Deputy Mayor emphasized that Dubrovnik is a highly successful tourist destination, which is faced with great challenges as well, therefore the city administration has undertaken activities aimed at better organization when it comes to cruise ships.

At the reception, there was a draw for the two tickets of Croatia Airlines (London-Dubrovnik-London) and a free stay at Hotel Kazbek in Dubrovnik. The lucky winner is James Stewart, journalist of The Sunday Times.

The Dubrovnik Winter Festival is going full speed ahead with concerts, performances and much more on a daily basis. This is the fourth year in a row that Dubrovnik has played host to the winter festival and more and more people have attended since those early days. One of the brands of the festival is a red scarf, you’ll notice that the Orlando statue in front of the St. Blaise Church is decorated with a red scarf to mark the festival. These scarves are available to purchase as a unique Christmas present in the Dubrovnik Winter Festival official shop.
Official Dubrovnik Winter Festival presents
Located in the Luža building, which is where the main cinema in the Old City is housed, is the shop of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival. Along with red scarves you can also pick up festive mugs, notebooks, fridge magnets, diaries and much more. If you are looking for a special souvenir for the children, then why not grab a Dubrovnik Winter Festival puzzle. And for those rainy days in the winter you’ll need a strong umbrella to keep you dry, the official festival shop has just the answer, and at only 100 Kuna it won’t break the bank. Get yourself along to the official festival store and solve a few Christmas presents.

festival shop 2017 2

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British low-cost airline EasyJet (U2 / EZY) will launch seven new lines for Croatia in its summer flight schedule in 2018 – reports Avioradar.

There are four new lines from Pula to Basel, Liverpool, London (Southend airport) and Milan (Malpensa airport). Dubrovnik will get two new lines to London (Southend) and Venice. The seventh new line will connect Zadar and Berlin (Schönefeld Airport). With these seven new lines, Easyjet will have a total of 46 lines from four Croatian airports: Dubrovnik, Pula, Split and Zadar.

The Dubrovnik-London (Southend) line will fly twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays from July 28th to September 1st next year. For several years, EasyJet has been flying on the routes to Dubrovnik from other London airports - Gatwick, Luton and Stansted. The second line Dubrovnik - Venice is planned three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from June 26th to September 1st.

The new Pula - Basel / Mulhouse line will connect these two cities for the first time with a direct regular line. Flights on this line will operate two times a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays from June 26th to September 1st. Line Pula - Liverpool is currently the only line from Liverpool to Croatia and will fly two times a week on Wednesdays and Sundays from July 29th to October 10th, 2018. In addition to the existing line for Gatwick, the new line Pula - London (Southend) will be introduced with two flights per week on Thursdays and Sundays from July 24th to 25 October 25th. The fourth Pula new line Pula - Milan (Malpensa) will connect these two cities on a regular basis, with 3 flights a week - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 25th to August 31st, next year.

Zadar will get a new line Zadar - Berlin (Schönefeld) with 2 flights per week on Wednesdays and Saturdays from June 27th to 1 September 1st.

According to the leading Croatian jobsite MojPosao, a large number of Croats have quit their job at least once in their active life.

MojPosao conducted a survey including 450 respondents, which shows that almost 95 percent of Croats quit their job at least once during their career, whilst 37 percent of them were fired as technologically redundant workers.

Furthermore, the largest percentage of respondents (56%) quit their job due to very low salary and a lack of professional advancement (50%).

Bad working conditions were the main reason for 46 percent of respondents to quit their jobs, whilst 42 percent of them did the same due to mistreatment from a boss.

Rijeka Airport has announced the re-introduction of flights of the German leisure airline Condor to Rijeka after two years.

As from 2018, Condor aircraft will operate flights between Rijeka and Frankfurt, the fourth busiest airport in Europe and the main German hub airport with flights to almost all existing destinations across the globe.

''This flight is very important to us, not only because of German travellers coming to a holiday but also because of the connection to our airport which will then enable passengers from Rijeka to continue their journey to almost any destination on all continents. As far as the expected results are concerned, according to our estimates, this flight will bring us new 10,000 passengers next year'', commented Tomislav Palalić, the director of Rijeka Airport.

The flights between Rijeka and Frankfurt will be operated twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays, from May to October 2018, meaning that Rijeka Airport, along with already announced Ryanair's flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays, will operate flights to Frankfurt four times a week.

The south winds have been blowing hard for the past few days and apart from overcast skies and rolling seas it has also brought a great deal of plastic pollution to the sea. The employees of the public cleaning company had their hands full this morning as the Old City harbour was far from its normal turquoise blue. Plastic bottles, shoes, balls, logs and various other pollution covered the surface of the sea in the harbour.

One huge tree trunk, which presumably had been blown by the seas from distant parts also floated into the harbour. Five workers of the public cleaning company fished the rubbish out of the sea for most of the morning, a truly horrible sight in Dubrovnik. Many of these bottles are blown up the coastline with the southerly winds from Montenegro and Albania, but with the strength of the winds over the past few days we can’t rule out the possibility of some of this pollution coming from North Africa.

Check out the photo gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic

rubbish in dubrovnik seas

plastic bottles in dubrovnik pollution

pollution in adraiaitc sea in dubrovnik

pollution in sea dubrovnik harbour


According to voters from all over the world who are participating in a survey on the popular website The Top Tens, Croatia is the stupidest country on the planet.

Despite this devastating voters’ opinion, it is important to note that the survey is still ongoing thus, Croatia might lose its first place after all.

However, for the time being, the Top 10 stupidest world countries are Croatia, the United States, North Korea, Mozambique, Vatican City, Serbia, Italy, Zimbabwe, Argentina and Greece.

Apart from voting, voters are also free to leave their comments on why they consider a particular country the stupidest one.

Here are just some of the comments about Croatia and Croats:

‘’People who adore war crimes and war criminals’’.

‘’We have negative brain evolution because Germany, Ireland, USA...steel our highly educated people and our dumb ones stay home and breed’’.

‘’They live in 1941.Very stupid and evil people’’.

‘’All the smart ones already escaped to central and northern Europe’’.

‘’I am Croatian and I agree with the choice. This country has so many possibilities that only bunch of stupid and inert people are holding back. Hopefully, new generations will change something’’.

fDi Magazine, the business edition of the Financial Times, has ranked Croatia the seventh country for investment in tourism among 43 world tourist destinations.

Apart from the high seventh place on the fDi Magazine’s list, Croatia received a special Editor’s Choice Award, along with Belize and Jamaica, as one of the countries with the largest progress in the field of improving tourist infrastructure, accommodation, initiatives for tourism development and for investment in hotels and cruise segment.

‘’Croatia as a tourist destination achieves better results each year. We are especially satisfied with the fact that these results are accompanied by a continuous work on innovations and encouraging further investments. In 2018, investments in Croatian tourism are expected to rise by 15 percent in comparison to this year and almost 40 percent compared to 2016.

These announcements are the best indicator that Croatia is attractive for investments’’, commented the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli.

According to fDi Magazine’s list, the Top 20 Tourism Locations Of The Future 2017/18 are Thailand, Maldives, Hong Kong, Greece, Montenegro, Dominican Republic, Croatia, Panama, Georgia, Saint Lucia, Cape Verde, Antigua, Cyprus, Jamaica, Macau, Luxembourg, Malta, Seychelles, Dominica and Belize.




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