Sunday, 28 May 2017

The largest sailing ship ever built will soon be launched and Croatia will have a special reason to be proud as she was built on the Dalmatian coastline in Split. 

At the end of September 2015, the Croatian shipyard Brodosplit from Split signed a contract with Star Clippers Ltd from Monaco on building the largest sailing ship in the world.

According to Brodosplit, the ''Flying Clipper'' is to be launched in two weeks and will not only be the line's fourth and largest sailing ship but the largest square-rigged sailing ship ever built.

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The newest member of the Star Clippers fleet has five masts and 35 sails and totals an impressive 6,350 square metres. She is 162 metres long, and 18.5 metres wide, with a capacity of 2,000 tonnes. The construction is made of steel, whilst the deck is completely covered with the highest quality teak. The ship has five decks and can accommodate 450 people, out of which 300 passengers will be accommodated in 150 luxury cabins, whilst 150 crew members will occupy 74 cabins. The ship will be powered by ecologically sound, high-tech engines, however, it will rely on wind power and its sails wherever possible, which will surely be a real treat for her passengers.

Star Clippers Ltd. has been present on the European and American market since 1991 when Mikael Krafft founded his cruise company, which is well known for ships that are faithful replicas of classic sailing ships.

The ‘’Flying Clipper’’ was largely inspired by the ‘’France II’’ from 1911, which was at the time, the world’s largest square-rigged sailing ship.

The company’s fleet already consists of the Royal Clipper, the Star Clipper, and the Star Flyer.

This weekend saw the warm summer like weather continue in Dubrovnik and the historic Old City had the hustle and bustle expected with a weekend in the tourist season.

As three mega cruise ships had docked in the city the streets of the centre were busier than normal with guests enjoying al fresco coffee and sightseeing.

Check out our photo gallery from the weekend

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At the latest international design contest IDA International design awards held in Los Angeles, Croatia has achieved great success.

Among 1,000 applied projects from 52 world countries, the Croatian designer Ivan Dilberovic won four awards. He swept up his rivals by winning the silver prize in the category of ‘‘Print-Self Promotion'' for his project ''Play It!'', i.e. a vinyl business card that he made for the Croatian Discography Association. The same project also received a special jury award in the category of ''Self Promotion''.

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Vinyl business cards 

It all started with the idea of recycling old music records. Dilberovic's slogan in designing a vinyl business card was ''Reduce-Reuse-Recycle''.

''As soon as the Croatian Discography Association invited me to design business cards for them, I came up with a brilliant idea. I suggested them to use old music records that were resting peacefully in their warehouse, and my concept was accepted'', explained young Dilberovic.

Out of each record, he made ten business cards by a technology of laser cutting, whilst data about a person and the association was later added on each copy. All business cards are unique, and each card contains a different sound recording. ''I tried them all and they can still play music!'', commented Ivan Dilberovic.

The originality and innovation of Ivan's idea has been proven by more than 30 articles about this project published by the major world design portals such as Fubiz, Design Week, Mixmag, and many others.

Dubrovnik was awash with strawberries yesterday as the “Day of Ston Strawberries” brought thousands of strawberries into the historic city centre. Punnets of ruby red strawberries were available for the promotional price of 10 Kuna and long queues formed as locals and tourists took advantage.

This traditional event was organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and local strawberry growers from Ston, which is regarded as one of the best locations for strawberry cultivation in the region.

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''The whole of Croatia is beautiful'', commented Ashley Colburn during her visit to the town of Cakovec in the Medjimurje Countya few days ago.

The popular American video blogger and producer, the winner of two Emmy awards and travel specialist Ashley Colburn is currently filming a new film about the most beautiful tourist cities in Croatia.

Among continental cities, including the Croatian capital of Zagreb, she chose the town of Cakovec because it was love at first sight during her last visit.

''I'm thrilled with Cakovec. The whole of Croatia is wonderful and I want to give an opportunity to as many people as I can to see this beauty by watching my film'', emphasized Colburn, who became popular with a series of tourist films called WOW.

Colburn produced her first travel show ”WOW Croatia!” which was awarded Croatia’s Golden Pen award and won an Emmy in 2010. Following her success with the Croatia show, Ashley created “TAKEOFF with Ashley Colburn” a travel series that premiered in 2010 on Wealth TV and took her to over 25 countries on six continents over two seasons.
The famous video blogger and produceralso met with Stjepan Kovac, the mayor of Cakovec and with Boska Ban Vlahek, the head of the Cakovec Tourist Board.

On this occasion Colburn commented, ''Do not take for granted wonderful things you are surrounded with. The richness of culture and tradition deserve to be enjoyed every day, these beauties are rarelyseen. This goes for Cakovec, as well as for the whole of Croatia''.

The international brand of Dubrovnik just seems to be getting bigger and bigger. This photo was sent to us by a reader of The Dubrovnik Times and shows a branded bottle of Coca-Cola with “Dubrovnik” and a palm tree.

We have seen these specially labelled bottles before but when you bear in mind that this photo was taken in a supermarket in a small rural village with a population of less than 3,000 in the middle of a south-west England then the reach of Dubrovnik is even more impressive.

Our resident "Style Guru" has been scanning the streets of Dubrovnik this week for the latest and greatest in fashion.

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This year a popular international gourmet sensation, that promotes friendship, elegance, equality, gathering, gallantry and secrecy will take place in Zagreb on the 20th of May.

Le Diner en Blanc or simply ‘’the dinner in white’’ is a worldwide event and a popular Parisian pop-up picnic known for its strict dress code. The story began in Paris in 1988 when a Frenchman Francois Pasquier invited a group of friends to an elegant outdoor dinner at Bois de Boulogne asking them to dress in white so they could recognize each other.

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Le Diner En Blanc in Paris 

After 70 world cities, out of which 13 from Europe, this year only 800 selected lucky ones in Zagreb will have the opportunity to participate in this exclusive secret gathering. The dinner will begin at 7 pm, whilst the exact location will be kept secret until the last minute.

The dinner guests will be entertained by the world’s best DJs, acrobat and dancer performances as well as with fireworks around midnight when the dinner is supposed to end.

It is interesting to note that guests with the most glamorous clothing combinations will have the opportunity to win valuable prizes such as a trip to Paris, and many others.

Last week I got to see a very interesting documentary film about the problems facing three European historical cities and important travel destinations of the Mediterranean – Dubrovnik, Barcelona and Venice. The film was concentrating mainly on cruise ships and the effects they have on these cities and their historical centres. The size of the ships keeps going up which in turns leads to more and more congestion in historical centres of these cities. In some districts of Barcelona, as well as in Venice, local people are rebelling, leaving messages for tourists to "go home" on public streets and squares or blocking the passage of the enormous ships as they enter the port.

We are not leaving messages like that to our cruise ship guests in Dubrovnik. Probably because we are relying on tourism revenue as a community much more than people of Barcelona and Venice.

If we started writing “Tourists Go Home!” on the streets of Dubrovnik, we would probably change this to “Tourists Please Come Back...Pretty Please!” in a few years’ time when the numbers would drop significantly enough.

However, even Dubrovnik citizens are raising their voices more and more motivated by a lowering of the quality of life within the city, especially during the summer. We often get 5000, 6000, or more cruise ships passengers in one day. All of them need to go to the historical centre as soon as they arrive to the port because the ships are here for a very short amount of time. This causes havoc on the roads and the most beautiful parts of our city get drowned in masses of people.

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"It’s ok to sometimes say “no” to profits"

As a tourism professional I sometimes get mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I hate crowds and the negative effect of too many people on my city. It’s a situation that needs to change, without a doubt. On the other hand, I want people to visit Dubrovnik. I find pride in the fact they want to do so. These people are here because they like our city and want to spend some time enjoying it. They are also here because of hard work and persistency of Dubrovnik tourism workers and organisations who made the city go from being an empty, war-torn shell of its former self during the 1990's back to being a vibrant, world famous travel destination. It took us just 20 years to do so.

This is one thing I will often hold against people who are most vocal against tourism-related crowds: all of them deny one inevitable fact – Dubrovnik's tourism is a real success story. It has been under various regimes in the past and it certainly is today when we realistically enjoy a high standard of living when compared to many other Croatian regions. Dubrovnik is a victim of its success and I dislike it very much when people deny any of the two things in that sentence – Dubrovnik being a success, or Dubrovnik being a victim. It's up to us to work with both of these things in mind.

By being overcrowded, Dubrovnik loses the best and most seductive thing about it – the feeling of utter peace and serenity one can find on so many corners of our city. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Come to the Old City's harbour during a quite autumn evening, walk the Walls as soon as they open in the morning, or hike up to the top of Mount Srd to watch the sunrise. In these moments, and countless others, you will be able to understand what makes this city special and what we are losing by drowning it in crowds of people.

Cruise ships are not the only, but are the most obvious cause of overcrowding in the city. It's high time we start limiting the number of people that can visit the city in a short amount of time, but unlike the ridiculous suggestion of simply counting people at the gates and not allowing any more in after certain number, the effort needs to be much better thought out and planned. It needs to be a part of the strategy, not a hastily put together damage control measure most of our policies end up being.

It’s not up to the tourists to go home. It’s up to us to lay the foundations to enable our guests to enjoy the city for the special and magical place we know it to be. It’s ok to sometimes say “no” to profits, especially if by doing so, we get to preserve something much more valuable than money.


Bozidar Jukic, AKA The Restless Native, is a Dubrovnik local with too many interests to name them all, with writing being at the very top of the list. He is a lover of good food, music and film, and a firm believer in the healing power of laughter. His professional orientation is towards tourism and travel so it comes as no surprise he spends most of his time alongside Mrs. Jukic running their own local tour company. Their goal is helping travellers from all over the world get a more intimate experience of Dubrovnik and what it has to offer. To find out more about their work, visit their website or Facebook page.

In cooperation with the American giant technology company Intel, Oracle Croatia organized the eleventh Oracle Cloud Day conference in Zagreb on the 16th of May under the title ''Innovation for growth, knowledge for control''.

The main conference topics were transformation of IT and core business operations through cloud and capitalization on opportunities provided by digitalization of business processes.

This year's conference gathered more than 300 participants mostly domestic business and ICT community leaders, IT experts, as well as speakers from Croatia and abroad.

Representatives of Hipersfera, Multicom, HEP (Croatian Electric Power Company), Addiko Bank, Avnet, Combis, and King ICT held interesting presentations.

However, the most interesting participant at the Oracle Day conference was Hipersfera, one of the most ambitious start ups in Croatia in terms of hardware, which presented its detailed action plan for the next few years.

The HiperSfera company from Zagreb is best known for their unmanned airship technology. HiperSfera airship is designed for a slow flight or hovering, all-weather long-endurance operations and mission specific payloads. ''It has the ability to position a dedicated payload high above the area of interest, in a reliable, safe and cost-effective manner. It can do all that for an extended period of time either as an individual vehicle (while moored) or as a coordinated airship fleet (free flying)’’.

The HiperSfera airship can effectively replace the satellite, because only one such vehicle covers an area of 2,500 square metres, providing the image resolution identical to the one from the satellite, but with several advantages. First, the airship does not orbit the Earth and its maintenance is far easier, let alone cheaper. On the other hand, it is stationary, unlike the satellite, which orbits the Earth and cannot send images in real time, whilst the airship can.

In addition, the HiperSfera airship is most effective above densely populated urban areas, where it can regulate air traffic and traffic control in general. It can also be used for science research that requires the shooting of inaccessible terrain, in the prevention of fires, for broadband telecommunications in order to replace mast-based antenna systems of a classic mobile network, as well as for smart farming, and maritime and land border surveillance.




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