Saturday, 21 April 2018

Promotional video of the Croatian Tourist Board "Ambassadors of Croatian Tourism", which in a short time achieved multi-millionaire audience on foreign broadcasting markets won the prestigious ‘Travel Video Award’ in the category ‘Best Video by a Tourism Organization’. That was decided by the American professional and representative jury Citizine Networks and National Association of Broadcasters, but it was also recognized by the audience – in online voting they proclaimed the Croatian video to be the best tourist promotional video in 2017.

The ceremony was held in the center of Las Vegas, in the House of Blues, and Philip DeBevoise, the founder and president of the Citizine Management Board, gave the award to the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic.

-With great joy and pride we received news about the candidacy of our promotional video in the category for the best video by a tourism organization and winning the prize is a great joy and satisfaction for us. This is a confirmation that in the Croatian Tourist Board, together with our partners, we create top-level promotional items that are internationally recognized and accepted by the profession but also by many travel lovers around the world - said Stanicic, adding that special thanks goes to all who have participated in any way in creating a promotional video, and all those who contributed to the winning of this valuable prize by voting.

-Congratulations to all the finalists and nominees who presented their great projects. It is a matter of prestige to win the prize in such a strong competition – Stanicic said.

The awards were given in a total of 9 categories, in which more than 360 projects were collected and each category had four finalists. Croatian Tourist Board promotional video won in the category for the best promotional video by a tourism organization, for which 44 applications were received, while promotional videos of Croatia, Peru, Colombia and Jordan were in the finals.
The promotional video "Ambassadors of Croatian Tourism" was filmed on different recognizable locations in Croatia and was attended by 10 famous people from the world of sports and arts, including Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic, Mateo Kovacic, Dejan Lovren , Dario Saric, Marin Cilic, 2Cellos, Maksim Mrvica and Zrinka Cvitesic. With this promotional video, Croatia is additionally positioned on the international market through well-known and successful personalities, and besides the famous Croatian destinations, the video promotes other forms of Croatian tourist offer, such as cultural and historical heritage, eno-gastronomy, active vacation, natural beauties and other segments Croatian tourism.

-This award is proof of Croatia's successful market positioning in foreign markets and a confirmation of the progressive approach of presenting the tourism potential of our country around the world. I am extremely proud of my team at the Ministry of Tourism which has proactively and innovatively joined this project and has created a promotional video with the Croatian Tourist Board whose quality has been recognized by the world's professional public - said Minster of Tourism Gari Cappelli and congratulated everyone who worked on this the project and contributed to the presentation of Croatia as an attractive tourist destination that, with its diversified offer on the coast and the continent, attracts tourists from all over the world.

If you were planning on catching the Dubrovnik Cable Car to the top of the 432 metre Srđ Mountain overlooking the city tomorrow, think again.

Due to routine maintenance the Dubrovnik Cable Car will be closed all day tomorrow, the 11th of April.

The cable car, which costs 140 Kuna for an adult return ticket, is normally open in April from 9.00am till 8.00pm and then in May until 9.00pm.


After the famous Walk of Shame scene in the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones many fans of the series have tried to recreate the same walk down the steps in Dubrovnik, however few have done it quite as dramatically as this latest offering.

When Queen Cersei walked down the steps in the finale of season five in her walk of shame this scene turned into one of the most iconic in the whole of the Game of Thrones. Perhaps the most iconic scene in Cersei’s penance occurs on Dubrovnik’s Jesuit steps and on these very stone steps thousands of fans of the series take a selfie.

Jim Joquico, a fashion and fitness guru, took the challenge much more professionally and recreated his own stunning version of the walk of shame.


Dubai-based flydubai’s first flight touched down today in Dubrovnik. On board the flight there was a delegation of representatives from the airline together with members of the media and social media. The delegation was met by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism of Mr. Tonči Glavina, the Managing Director of Dubrovnik Airport, Frano Luetić, the airlines’ representative in Croatia, Predrag Popovic and the Country Manager, Austria and Croatia for Emirates Martin Gross. On arrival, the inaugural flight was met with a traditional water cannon salute.

flydubai will operate Dubrovnik as a seasonal summer route, offering four flights a week between 10 April and 25 October 2018. Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations (UAE, Middle East, Europe & CIS) at flydubai, said: “flydubai is the first airline to offer passengers convenient, direct flights from Dubai to Dubrovnik. Our new service reflects flydubai’s commitment to open up 71 previously underserved markets on our network of more than 90 destinations. We offer affordable travel options in both Business and Economy Classes together with an enjoyable experience on board our young fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft.”

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“Opening this new route is an exciting and significant development for Emirates, flydubai, Croatia and the UAE. Not only can travellers in this region can take a flight with flydubai from Dubrovnik and connect seamlessly in Dubai to an exciting range of Emirates’ destinations, but we will also bring in more tourists to Croatia from Dubai and beyond, boosting the economy and extending business relations,” said Martin Gross, Country Manager, Croatia and Austria, Emirates.

Frano Luetić, Managing Director of Dubrovnik Airport, commented on the inaugural: “We welcome the launch of flydubai flights from Dubai to Dubrovnik. This is a significant milestone both for our airport and the entire Dubrovnik region. Connectivity is of paramount importance in today's global world and this new route will make Dubrovnik more accessible for tourists from the Middle East, Asia and Australia and contribute to the further development of the region’s tourism sector.”


Nothing says that spring is here like flower market! Sale of flowers and plants will be organized on Saturday, April 14th from 7.30 am until 4 pm in the Luj Soletic Park in Gruz.

Seedlings will be offered by: Rasadnik Agrovrt – Metkovic, CZR Josipovac – Zupa dubrovačka, OPG Juric – Kutina, OPG Bagic – Kutina, OPG Mesaric – Mali Bukovec, OPG Meštric – Bjelovar, OPG Simatovic – Zupa dubrovačka, OPG Valent – Varazdin, OPG Varvir – Mali Bukovec, Mesic – Kutina and Vrtlar d.o.o. – Dubrovnik.

On this occasion locals and their guests can buy seedlings at affordable prices. Locals can then arrange their gardens and balconies to make the city even more beautiful, while the tourists can take unusual souvenir with them.


This year Croatia will receive more cruise ships than last year, 963 cruise ships are expected to arrive in the country this year, whilst last year there were 911.

According to data from the Ministry of Sea, Traffic and Infrastructure the largest number of cruise ship arrivals in the Adriatic will be in Dubrovnik and Split.

"The Port of Dubrovnik expects in 2018 a continuation of business like in 2017, with a certain reduction in the number of cruise ships but a slight increase in the number of passengers due to changes made in the business environment of cruise tourism," the Ministry pointed out.

Over the course of this year, the Port of Dubrovnik is expected to receive 441 cruise ships with about 740 thousand passengers. This is 2 percent less cruise ships than in 2017 but a 4 percent increase in passengers.

The end of the April cycle of the Stradun Classic festival, which will is held for the first time this year, will be on Wednesday, April 11th in the Franciscan Church. The renowned European musicians will play - violinist Daniel Rowland, cellist Maja Bogdanovic, contrabassist Zoran Markovic, bassoonist Pieter Nuytten, hornist Bostjan Lipovsek and clarinetist Marija Pavlovic, together with members of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, violinist Dana Kahriman and violinist Simun Koncic. The start of the concert is at 8 pm.

The chamber orchestra composed by top musicians will play R. Strauss Till Eulenspiegels Einmal Anders! Op. 28, and Schubert Octet in F major.

Some of the musicians could be heard at the earlier concerts of Stradun Classic, while some will have their first performance in Dubrovnik. Among them is Daniel Rowland, a Dutch-English violinist and a fan of chamber music, the first violin of the renowned Brodsky Quartet with which he recorded numerous CDs, and a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. There is also one of the world's leading cellists Maja Bogdanovic that already had a recital in Carnegie Hall, performed with leading world orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic and won numerous awards. Zoran Markovic, a professor at the Ljubljana Music Academy, and a professor at international summer music academies in Austria, Italy, Holland, England, Finland and Germany will perform at the concert too.

A congress entitled "Shared Future of Cultural Heritage: Synergy between Heritage, Tourism and Digital Culture" is currently being held in Dubrovnik. The international conference, organised by the Croatian Association of Historical Cities (HUPG) and the City of Dubrovnik, will bring together leading experts and lecturers.

"Our motivations are the same as we have a common mission: to improve the quality of life in historical places, cities and tourist centres for the benefit of the population and the visitor. We all strive to provide the preconditions needed for a high-quality coexistence of historical heritage and modern trends, despite the many challenges," said the Dubrovnik Mayor, Mato Franković, and the President of HUPG Jakov Vetma.

The congress, which is being held in the Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, will aim to offer answers to many of the issues that challenge local authorities and other relevant factors of modern society.


Dubrovnik will play host to a rather special concert on the 16th of April as the sights and sounds of Croatian folklore come to town.

The Folklore Ensemble Linđo and the Marin Držić Theatre have joined forces to bring the renowned Lado ensemble to the city. In a concert entitled “Good Evening, Good People” the Lado ensemble will perform folk dances and songs from all over Croatia. It is sure to be a magical evening.

The concert, which will be held in the Marin Držić theatre, will be held on the 16th of April starting at 8.00pm and tickets can be purchased at the ticket office of the theatre from 9.00am to midday and on the day of the concert until 6.00pm.

The Prefect of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavić, received an official visit from the French Ambassador to Croatia, Phillippe Meunier, yesterday.

The discussions involved cooperation between the two countries, especially in the field of tourism, given that this is a very important economic branch in Croatia and in France as well. In the context of tourism development and season extension, the county prefect also announced the construction of the Congress Center in Dubrovnik, highlighting the need for such a centre in Dubrovnik.

Also Dobroslavić informed the French ambassador about the agricultural potentials of the county, in particular the production of citrus fruit in the Neretva valley.

Ambassador Meunier expressed interest in the efficiency of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in withdrawing funds from EU funds, whereby Dobroslavić indicated that Dubrovnik is in fact the most successful county in Croatia.

"We have a large number of projects in implementation, the largest is the Dubrovnik Airport project. Also, we are looking forward to signing a contract for our strategic project for the Peljesac Bridge, which is about EUR 357 million in grants," Dobroslavic said.

Ambassador Meunier expressed his satisfaction with the co-operation between France and Croatia and as a further proposal for better cooperation, he presented a joint organization of French language courses in the area of Dubrovnik-Neretva County.




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