Tuesday, 28 March 2017

In the month when the oysters from the Bay of Mali Ston are the tastiest and right after the traditional Festival in Mali Ston, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board took care to offer this special seafood in the Old City too. That is a great opportunity for those who missed the Festival of Oysters last weekend - on Saturday, 25 March, on the Stradun, there will be the first Festival of Oysters this year, accompanied by wine tasting.

While enjoying the oysters from 11 am, you will able to enjoy the performance of the Folklore ensemble Lindo - the last one of the cycle ''Saturday morning in the City'' of the winter 2016/2017. That program was planned for tourists that came to Dubrovnik during the winter and it included free tours, as well as free folklore performances.

festival of oysters

Mismatching or eye-catching socks are today being worn all around the world to raise awareness about inclusion with reference to people with Down Syndrome.

World Down Syndrome Day, which falls annually on 21 March, is this year celebrating with the campaign titled #lotsofsocks. As you can see we got in the action in Dubrovnik with these odd British flag socks.

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Mate Rimac, the founder and the CEO of Rimac Automobili, had its debut at the international Geneva Motor Show four years ago. Since then, lots of things have changed in the life of young Rimac; from unknown brand he has become one of the leading players in the world of high-performance electric cars.

Nowadays, Rimac Automobili is a reputable manufacturer company with lots of novelties. At the latest Geneva Motor Show 2017, the company introduced its refreshed model of the Concept One electric car, and presented its three new business partners. From now on, the car will be available on the global market through the distribution network of Manhattan Motorcars in New York, Pace from Essen in Germany, and AIZarooni Group from the United Arab Emirates.

The improved version of Concept One now has 1224 HP, it accelerates from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in 2,5 seconds, it has a larger battery of 90 kWh, the autonomy of 349 km and a top speed of 354 km/h.

It is interesting to note that Rimac, who has recently found its place on the prestigious Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2017, will be a guest speaker at the 15th Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala at the Burlington Convention Centre in Ontario, Canada in May 2017.

The event will be organized by the Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce and is designed to formally recognize leadership, innovation and excellence within the Croatian-Canadian community as well as significant contributions by Croatian-Canadians to Canadian society as a whole.

The city of New Vinodolski has responded to the appeal from Japan, who invited the world to donate old cell phones to help them make medals for the Olympic Games 2020.

When Japan collects two tons of old mobile phones and small appliances, five thousand gold, silver and bronze medals will be made for the Olympic and Paralympic Games by recycling.

Novi Vinodolski plans to set containers for old cell phones in the lobby of the City Administration office.

Nine types of digital devices are accepted, such as smart phones, cameras and portable music devices. All aimed to collect eight tons of high-quality metal which will produce five thousand medals.

The Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games in Tokyo announced that it will take millions of devices, calling on citizens to donate outdated and useless devices.

To celebrate World Poetry Day on the 21st of March the coffee company Julius Meinl is organising a special global campaign for the fourth year in a row - pay for your coffee with a poem.

- We are all different. We have a variety of activities and habits. We live in different parts of the world. But even though we speak different languages, deep within us is a powerful voice that we all understand. It is the voice of feelings. Because we are all poets at heart - is written on the official page of the company.

The idea is simple -you need to visit one of the coffee shops that is part of the project, order cup of coffee or tea and write a poem on a special postcard. Just do your best to make someone's day better!

In Dubrovnik, only two coffee shops are part of the project Brazil coffee bar at Kralja Tomislava 7 and Brazil Dvori at Masarykov put 3B. To see all the participants click here.

According to the latest data from Eurostat, the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy in the EU grew significantly in 2015 and has continued to grow towards a goal of 20 percent, which is to be achieved by 2020.

Furthermore, in 2015 the share of energy from renewable sources increased in twenty-two EU member countries, including Croatia, in comparison to the previous year.

"The share of renewable energy sources in gross final consumption of energy is one of the headline indicators of the Europe 2020 strategy. The target to be reached by 2020 for the EU is a share of 20 percent energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy. However, renewable energy sources will continue to play a key role in helping the EU meet its energy needs beyond 2020. Therefore, the EU member states have already agreed on a new EU renewable energy target of at least 27 percent by 2030," Eurostat says.

The data from Eurostat also show that among the EU member countries in 2015, Sweden had the highest share of energy from renewable sources in its gross final consumption of energy (53,9%). This country was followed by Finland (39,3%), Latvia (37,6%), Austria (33%) and Denmark (30,8%).

As far as Croatia is concerned, in 2015 its share of renewable sources in gross final consumption was 29 percent. In the previous year, this share was 27,9 percent, whilst in 2004 it was 23,5 percent. Just like the other EU member countries Croatia has also set the goal of reaching 20 percent share of renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy by 2020.

On the other hand, the lowest share of renewable energy sources were recorded in Luxembourg and Malta (both 5%), the Netherlands (5,8%), Belgium (7,9%) and the United Kingdom (8,2%).

It is important to note that out of the twenty-eight EU member countries, eleven of them have already reached the level required to meet their national 2020 goals such as Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Sweden.

The Austrian national airline Austrian Airlines, a member of the global association of airlines Star Alliance, has announced the enhancement to its flights between Dubrovnik - Vienna in its summer timetable for 2017.

This has been a daily line for quite some time now and from this summer season will get three additional rotations per week from the 26th of June, which will make a total of 10 rotations per week. On this line, Austrian Airlines will fly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays twice a day. And according to the airline’s website some flights are already sold out and with return tickets starting at around 200 Euros interest will be high.

This timetable will stay the same until the end of summer schedule and even in the post season – up until the 27th of October 2017.

Norway is the happiest country in the world according to The World Happiness Report released by the United Nations on the International Day of Happiness, today, the 20th of March. This report measures subjective well-being - how happy the people are and why.

The list was prepared on the basis of global research in 157 countries, where people marked a degree of happiness from 0 to 10, where zero represents the worst and ten the best possible life.

Croatia is on the 77th place with a score of 5.29, which is three places lower than last year and a full 15 places lower in relation to the report published in 2015, when the Croatian Happiness Index was 5.75.

When it comes to the happiest countries, Norway is ranked first with an average score of 7.53, ahead of Denmark (7.52), which was the happiest country last year. The third is Iceland, and in the top ten there are still Switzerland (which was the first two years ago), Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.

Among the European Union countries only two countries are ''sadder'' than Croatia - Greece and Portugal.

The saddest countries in the world are Rwanda, Syria, Tanzania, Burundi and the Central African Republic where happiness on a scale up to ten is evaluated with three.

The cruise ship season has begun in Dubrovnik! Two mega cruise ships, Viking Star and Viking Sea, docked early this morning in the Port of Dubrovnik carrying around 2,000 passengers between them. These first two cruise ship “swallows” of the new season are part of the Viking Ocean Cruises group. A third sister ship, Viking Sky, will dock in the city on the 31st of March.

In total ten cruise ships will dock in Dubrovnik this month carrying with them around 5,610 passengers. The cruise ship season starts for real next month with 33 cruise ships carrying in almost 51,000 passengers in April.

During 2017 in Dubrovnik 577 cruise ships are expected to arrive in Dubrovnik with around 760,000 passengers. These figures are a slight decrease on last year, around 9 percent fewer cruise ship passengers are expected this year compared to 2016.

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Photos by Zeljko Tutnjevic 

"We are introducing this service because of the firm belief that Croatia has strong economic potential, especially in the tourism sector. Croatia has a solid Diaspora in the Middle East and Australia, while this service will link Zagreb with forty cities in the Middle East, Asia and Africa", commented Executive Vice President of Emirates, Thierry Antinori.

Emirates has introduced new operations between the Croatian capital and Dubai which will start on the 1st of June this year. The flights between Dubai and Zagreb will be operated daily starting from the 1st of June 2017 by a 364-seat Boeing 777-300 aircraft, which includes 12 first class, 42 business and 310 economy class seats.

And according to a report on the specialised website EX-YU Aviation the bookings for this new line are already very positive. The airline forecasts an average cabin load factor of between 70% and 80% on its 364-seat Boeing 777-300 aircraft.




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