Thursday, 21 June 2018

The world's first modular desk called Deskbloks, which is currently in the prototype phase, has begun to collect funds for the beginning of mass production. 

The idea for the Deskbloks was created on the basis of a modular phone from 2013 when Stjepan, an IT engineer and the founder of the Deskbloks, decided to build a modular housing for his computer that could be exchanged and upgraded in the future without buying a new one. However, at first his idea came across many obstacles, but while he was playing a dice game he came up with the idea for a desk which would be consisted of blocks (modules) and could be, complying with users' wishes, exchanged, added and upgraded.

The young innovative IT engineer also wanted to make some things easier for himself and for future users who would use this desk in their offices, at home or the like. Thus began a development of the blocks which comprise built-in USB ports, built-in USB speakers, as well as a block with a built-in wireless charger for mobile devices.

Also great attention was given to the organization of cables because the desk was originally designed to be used for PCs and laptops, which contain a large number of cables.

The desk is made of high quality Croatian oak, which is as wood for furniture pretty massive, firm and resistant to various temperatures and conditions that users could come across. Due to oak as the main wooden material, the desk is very heavy thus ordinary Deskblocks composed of ten modules can withstand pressures up to five times greater than its own weight.

So far this innovative desk has been produced only in Slavonia, but by the end of the campaign and raising funds from other investors, the production of all Deskbloks elements will continue in Slavonia, mainly in Ilok. Apart from Croatia, the targeted market for the Deskbloks are other EU countries as well as world markets.

A news conference held on past Thursday, announced that the 26th ISTO (International Social Tourism Organization) World Congress will take place in Zagreb from the 18th to 21st of October 2016.

The ISTO 2016 World Congress is a direct continuation of the previous one held in Sao Paulo. It represents the continuation of an initiative that was launched with a goal of promoting the World Organization which together with its members works on improving social tourism.

''Driving Tourism through Inclusion'', the title of this year's congress, will focus on the latest trends of social, solidarity-based, responsible and inclusive tourism, with an emphasis on social policy as a driver of growth for domestic tourism.

The conference will be organized by the International Social Tourism Organization (ISTO) in cooperation with Croatian partners, including the City of Zagreb, the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Croatian Tourism Board, the Croatian Holiday and Hostel Federation, and many others.
The congress is intended for workers in the tourism industry, hotel and hospitality facilities, public authorities, trade unions, social organizations, universities and all those who are interested in social, solidarity and responsible tourism.

For the first time the ISTO World Congress will be held in Croatia and is expected to attract approximately 200 participants from all around the world.

Even though there is already a whole array of tourist facilities with high quality offer in Croatia, foreign markets still do not perceive Croatia as a destination for luxury tourism.
However, it is not at all easy for such facilities to operate in Croatia, due to high seasonality and poor airline connections with markets such as the United States and the United Kingdom, which are markets with a large number of potential guests. Branding of the luxury offer and repositioning on the market are the main goals of the Luxury Hotels Group, founded this spring within the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK).

The US market is particularly interesting, not only because of its size (one-fifth of 320 million US inhabitants travel abroad), but also because American guests are especially fond of destinations with a rich cultural and historical heritage.

Around 11 million Americans visit Europe every year, in Croatia there were around 300,000 last year. By the beginning of this September this year, there were around 266,000 American tourists in Croatia.

However, the Americans still do not believe that Croatia has luxury hotels, thus one of the goals of the Luxury Hotels Group in cooperation with the Croatian Tourist Board is to convince them to the contrary.

The Group has currently had 16 hotels with a unique offer (gourmet, wine, heritage, boutique hotels, castle) such as Vestibul Palace Hotel in Split, Meneghetti in Bale, San Rocco in Brtonigla, hotels Kazbek and The Pucic Palace in Dubrovnik, hotels Bevanda and Navis in Opatija, Life Palace Heritage Hotel in Sibenik, a castle hotel Martinis Marchi Heritage in Maslinica on the island of Solta and Hotel Bastion in Zadar.

‘’Our goal is performance of all our group members under a common brand, in order to strengthen our performance on foreign markets. Among other things, we particularly target markets such as the USA and Great Britain, which is why we have teamed up with the Croatian Tourist Board and their branch offices on these markets. We have already received the first results of our cooperation. After our promoting activities some new potential partners i.e experts for luxury travel expressed their interest to work with Croatia”, said Antonia Urlic from the Luxury Hotels Group.

‘’So far we have had hotels mainly along the coast, but we would really like to see hotels on the continent in our group. We want to promote luxury offer of the whole Croatia’’, concluded Urlic.

Promotional film of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board 'Dubrovnik and Time' won two new awards on the Zagreb Tourfilm Festival. In category The best Croatian film up to 7 minutes it has won the first place and the third place in international competition of the best film up to 7 minutes too. Romana Vlasic, director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board collected the awards.

After Berlin, New York, Riga, Sesimbra, Baku, Lubin, Los Angeles, Portugal, Maldivi it was time for Zagreb. That means that 'Dubrovnik and Time' has won the total of 12 awards.

At the festival more than 300 films applied in several categories and 124 were chosen for the competition.. By rewarding Croatian films Zagreb Tourfilm Festival encourages the promotion of Croatian tourism - through tourist films.

Promotional movie Dubrovnik and Time keeps getting prestigious awards at specialized festivals and the next ones to attend are in Portugal and Split. 


Music is powerful, it connects people and can take you anywhere! That's what literally happened to three talented girls – it took them to Dubrovnik. Hiwote Tadesse, Alena Shapochka and Azusa Yamauchi followed their passion and joined the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. Hiwote is from Croatia but has Ethiopian heritage, Alena is from Belarus and Azusa is from Japan. They are 23, 25 and 27 years old and play viola and violin. They shared their new experience with The Dubrovnik Times and seemed really excited about this huge change in their lives. 

Each of them has a story about how they ended up in Dubrovnik and they all have different backgrounds. Hiwote lived in Zagreb, then Belgium and studied in Netherlands.
- I was looking for an job opportunity and actually I found out about this audition because Dubrovnik Symphony Orcherstra published it online. I decided to try it and was happy when it happened – says Hiwote and adds that she was somewhat surprised that she got into the Orchestra, but also that there was a certain hope, because otherwise she wouldn't even come. 

- Friend of my father recommended to me to take this audition – continues Alena, who wasn't so surprised when she got accepted, but it was a big pleasure for her.
Just like Hiwote, Azusa was looking for a job too and found the audition on the Internet. - I was very surprised that I got in the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra – she says with a smile.

Of course, when you move from one country to another there are many differences in lifestyle. - Compared to Belgium and Netherlands people seem much more happy, I think that's because of the sun. The atmosphere is more relaxed – says Hiwote about Croatian lifestyle while Alena thinks that Moscow and Dubrovnik couldn't be more different.

- Everything is different! Tempo of life, working, eating, just everything – explains Alena and adds that Dubrovnik looks a bit like Moscow when it's full of tourists.
Just as expected, Azusa says that a lot of people are really hard working in Tokyo, while here they're more relaxed. She even adds, with a bit of surprise, that she doesn't have to come and go at the exact time around here.

When asked if they've got used to the Dubrovnik custom of drinking coffee for hours all three girls laugh, so we'll guess not yet. But from our experience we can say that it will happen quite soon, especially with all the friendly people. The girls didn't have any problems with people accepting them.
- Personaly I feel like the Orchestra has accepted us like we were here forever. They are so friendly. When we came everybody said hello and introduced themselves – says Hiwote who sort of feels like a local, especially because she knows Croatian.

All of their families are glad that they've decided to come to Dubrovnik – Hiwote's because of her Croatian origin, Azusa's want to visit her as soon as possible and Alena's are really used to being all over the world: her dad is in Brazil, mother in Belarus and sister in Moscow.

When it comes to the future plans, they don't want to rush. They all think that it's too early to say if they want to stay in Dubrovnik for a longer period or not. For now they're just enjoying the experience.


                 New forces of Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra 

On Sunday, the 25th of September, the 17th edition of the Terry Fox Run which was organized at the Lake Jarun in Zagreb brought together a record breaking number of 7,000 participants.
In honor of Terry Fox’s legacy in his fight against cancer, annual charity jogging /walking/cycling event, known as Marathon of Hope with the motto of “Working together to outrun cancer” takes place every year in order to raise funds for the fight against this deadly disease. This year funds raised at the Lake Jarun event will be donated to the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Zagreb for cancer research and cytostatic drugs.
The supporters of this year's Terry Fox Run were the Terry Fox Foundation, the Canadian Embassy, the Croatian League Against Cancer, Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, Media Val, Zagrebački holding and the Croatian Ministry of Health.
Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money for treatment and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometers, and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy.
In his memory, the Fox family launched a run to raise money for the fight against cancer, which is held every year in Canada and over 60 countries across the world, including Croatia.

Within the programme of its Europe Direct Dubrovnik Information Centre and in cooperation with educational institutions and cultural associations, as well as the Albanian consulate, the French consulate, the Hungarian consulate, and the Spanish consulate in Dubrovnik, Europe House Dubrovnik organized the European Day of Languages celebration on the 26th of September in front of St. Blaise Church.

An entertaining and educational programme marked this morning in the Old City.  Primary and secondary school pupils, college students, representatives of associations, foreign nationals living in Dubrovnik and tourist guides were all partaking in the event, presented by the “Englishman in Dubrovnik,” Mark Thomas. At the same time, the Europe House Dubrovnik's young wandering librarians were selling second hand books in foreign languages in front of the Sponza Palace.

The European Day of Languages initiative was launched by the Council of Europe in 2001 in order to encourage multilingualism and multiculturalism in Europe. Through various events in all European countries, citizens' attention is being drawn to the importance of language learning for better intercultural understanding, at all ages, through formal and informal education. Europe House Dubrovnik is celebrating the European Day of Languages for the third year in a row. Last year's celebration was voted the most innovative event of the 2015 European Day of Languages on the European Day of Languages official website.

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Dubrovnik Aquathlon is coming to town! This first multisport event in Dubrovnik will be held on 2nd of October at 5 pm. Contestants will have the chance to enjoy an attractive swimming route right in front of the Old Port and will be running to Saint Jacob and back, which will be even more special with the Dubrovnik sunset over the City Walls.

The swimming part includes two 500 meter laps and the running route is Ploce > St. Jacob > Villa Sheherezade > St. Jacob > Ploce and is 5 kilometers long.


                 The swimming route


 Club Dubrovnik Triathlon is an organizer and it was made because of the increase in multisport events in the region and in Croatia. They proudly say that every day they have more and more members.

Multisport events also attract tourists in and out of the season, because nowadays many people seek for active sport events when they travel. Not only athletes, but also ordinary people – the whole family goes to the races, just like friends, couples and even retirees!

Dubrovnik Aquathlon is for everybody because they can choose their own pace. The aim is to participate, enjoy and finish it! 

Registrations are opened here.  If you want to participate, you need to pay 100 HRK until 28th of September at the account of DUBROVNIK TRIATHLON : HR7024070001100450601. Registrations until then include race t-shirt. For the later registries (until 2nd of October) the price is 150 HRK and t-shirt is not guaranteed. You can get more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Irish singer and activist Bob Geldof strolled along the Stradun in the heart of the historic Old City of Dubrovnik this afternoon. Geldof is widely recognised for his activism, especially anti-poverty efforts concerning Africa.

He arrived in Dubrovnik on an MSC cruise ship a few days ago and it is believed he then transferred to a private yacht to continue his Adriatic cruise. Geldof seemed relaxed strolling along the main street, although when asked by a fan for a “selfie” he refused adding that “there are too many people around.”

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Bob Geldof gets snapped by a fan on the Stradun 

Swiss Belper choir and Croatian ensemble Camerata Zagreb continue their successful international cooperation. After they've filled the concert hall Menuhin Forum in Bern three occasions and enchanted the audience, they will perform soon in Croatia with their brilliant concert story "Journey to Venice" in Dubrovnik on Tuesday, 27th of September at 9 pm in the Rector's Palace.

The program, which includes the most beautiful works from the world of classical music all to the unforgettable evergreens in an excellent rich interpretations ensures exceptional artistic pleasure.

Soloists are soprano and the prima donna of the Zagreb National Theatre Adela Golac Rilovic and mezzo-soprano Vedrana Zrnic under the leadership of the professor Mathias Behrends and concert master Kahriman.

The concert is held under the auspices of the Swiss Embassy in the Republic of Croatia, Croatia Bus and Rotary Club Zagreb Metropolitan, in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.

Except the concert, this is also a significant cultural and professional exchange of experience, but also an opportunity to meet and make new friends, what gave the project itself another beautiful dimension. The focus is always on good and quality performance, but also the joint creation, the development of new ideas and mutual influence.

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