Sunday, 19 November 2017

Within the next few days, the Croatian Tourist Board will be participating at the leading global event for the travel industry in London.

The World Travel Market (WTM) is taking place in the British capital from the 6th to the 8th of November 2017 for the 38th time in a row. The fair is held every year in London and represents the largest business travel fair in the world.

Every year this large travel fair gathers around 5,500 exhibitors from 180 world countries and is visited by more than 50,000 tourist professionals, ministers of tourism and other closely related departments as well as by representatives of the media.

On this occasion, the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) will present the latest promotional tourist video of Croatia. The presentation will take place at the HTZ stand during Wine & Cheese gathering on the 7th of November.

Apart from the premiere of the new video, Croatia will present itself with new promotional exhibition stands i.e. with the concept and creative solution of presentation at travel fairs.

It’s over. The warm Indian Summer that Dubrovnik was enjoying has ended abruptly this morning with crashing waves, rain and a drop in temperatures.

The whole region had been wrapped in sunshine for all of October and the opening week of November but this has come to an end when the south winds blew overnight and brought with them rain, clouds and high seas.

The forecast for the rest of the week is for more rain and unsettled weather with highs around 16 degrees. Just last week swimmers were still enjoying the Adriatic Sea but this morning the summer calm has been replaced with rolling waves.

Check out our photo gallery from this morning

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Women in Croatia start to work later than their male counterparts, according to new data from the European Union. New figures show that Croatian women start to work on average at the age of 25 whilst men start four years earlier at 21.

On average in the European Union men start work at the age of 22 whilst women start at 23. Italians begin work the latest in the EU, with men at 25 years-old and women 28. Whilst the Germans prove that they are the most hard working nation in Europe as both men and women start as teenagers, both 19 years-old.

The Czechs have exactly the same figures as Croatia whilst in France men begin at 22 and women at 23.

The famous British music producer Tom Newman landed at Dubrovnik Airport this afternoon ahead of co-operation with local guitarist and lyricist Emir Hot. Newman (74) is well-known for producing Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells as well as working with Richard Branson and helping to found The Manor Studio in Oxford for the Virgin Records.

“This is my first time in Dubrovnik, although I have been to Croatia before as I remember going to Split,” commented the famous producer who arrived in Dubrovnik with his wife.

Newman and Hot will team up with a new album project which will be recorded at the Pavarotti Centre in Mostar. Hot, originally from Tusla in Bosnia and Herzegovina, spent time living and working in London where he met Newman.
“I am forward to the challenge of working in Mostar and with Emir. I hope to get some time to be able to visit Dubrovnik whilst I am here,” said Newman. Adding that he will be in the region for three weeks and that with Hot plans to produce eight songs in sixteen days.

We asked if he was still in contact with Sir Richard Branson after their early years together Newman answered with a smile that “Yes, very much so we email each other all the time. I fact I have been giving him some advice on how to rebuild his house on Necker Island…make the new house round,” joked Newman.

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Most people have heard of Croatia as a tourist destination and a land of stunning nature, culture and tradition. However, there is much more to Croatia than just sun, sand and summer fun.

Even though the country is relatively small on a global scale, Croatia is known as the home of many inventions, inventors, a unique language, the 7th tallest men in the world, the world’s smallest town, the oldest city in Europe, the second largest wall in the world as well as the sunniest place on Earth, a land of wine and rare animal species, a popular film location and much more.

The YouTuber Bored Badger has done a great job; he has collected 25 interesting facts about Croatia and made an excellent video.

Therefore, there is nothing else to do but to check out the video and thank Bored Badger for this great promotion of Croatia.

Tonight, the penultimate night of the Russian Culture Festival / Dubrovnik Art Forum will feature a concert in the Dubrovnik theatre.

In a program entitled “Russia in Music and Verse” in this mini Dubrovnik festival will bring a touch of Russia to Dubrovnik at 7.30pm.

Entrance into the concert tonight is free of charge although the organisers have commented that it will be on a first come first seated basis and that the number of places is limited to 230 seats.

“Out of the mouths of babes,” is an English saying that means children, although inexperienced, are capable of saying wise, insightful, or mature things. I have been having lots of “mouths of babes” over the past few days as my niece, Millie, is currently visiting with my mother for an autumn break.

This ten-year-old associates Dubrovnik with certain things, regardless of the weather conditions. Ice-cream, swimming and pizza must be connected to everything she does in Dubrovnik. In fact if she could eat pizza and ice-cream whilst floating in the Adriatic she would be as happy as a god with two tails.

We navigate our day (and our walking around) via ice-cream shops that have stayed deep in her memory. Of course it also means that even though we are into November she has been splashing in the sea. This proved quite amusing as a family walked past us dressed up like they were on the rim of the Arctic circle whilst Millie was throwing her beach ball around in the sea with her auntie, yes my wife has been forced to join her in the sea.

And then came the question that had me thinking. I was asking her questions about her school and asked if she had done Croatia in her geography lessons. “Yes, we have learnt about Europe and the EU,” she answered. I stopped myself from saying the EU part might be a waste of time when Brexit comes into force. “So what did you learn about Dubrovnik?” was my next question. “Oh, we didn’t learn about this country yet,” her answer made me think. “You do realise that Dubrovnik isn’t a country,” I prodded her. “But I thought Dubrovnik was a country for itself,” she answered. “What gave you that opinion,” was my quick reply. “Well it has everything to be a country and I thought it was surrounded by other countries,” was her response. Well I couldn’t argue with her logic. To her Dubrovnik wasn’t connected to any other country and therefore must be a separate state. Millie had done what the majority of people in Dubrovnik secretly thought about and brought back the days of the Republic. Viva La Republic!

“Oh, so what country is Dubrovnik in,” she quizzed. “In Croatia,” I answered. “But it isn’t connected to Croatia,” a child’s answer. I thought about explaining the problems brought about by the Republic handing over Neum to the Ottoman Empire to form a buffer zone against the Venetians or the fact the for the past 25 years we have been planning to reconnect the country with a bridge in Peljesac (or as Kolinda would say Peljašački most) but stopped myself. A child’s logic is that we must be a separate state and she will not get any arguments from me.

In fact I was having a conversation about this very subject with a friend (no, not another 10-year-old) the other day. “The key is money, as ever,” he started. “The main reason that Dubrovnik kept its independence for so long was money, or the fact that we had plenty of money,” he finished. It was the Switzerland approach to diplomacy.

“And if we want an independent state again, a new Dubrovnik Republic, we need to convince the government that they would be better off financially if we were free from their control,” he was in full flow now.

With Catalonia and Scotland ringing the independence bells the loudest in Europe at the moment they have both missed these points. One of the first arguments that England used to convince Scots to vote “stay” when the referendum was held was that they would be poorer going it alone. If the Scots could had created a plan that convinced the people and the UK government that they would all have been richer then they might have had more luck with the votes. The same goes for the Catalonians. Dubrovnik already has a huge income and massive potential to earn even more, so the first step is partially solved.

But then came my standard question when Republic plans are brought up – “But who would govern the new state?” This question, as it has so many times in the past, brought a question marked expression on my friend’s face. But with the Catalonian question drawing to a conclusion and Scotland coming back on the table it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that Dubrovnik, or Dubrovnik’s possible future alone, will be talked about in hushed voices again. But for now I’ll be enjoying a week of ice-cream, pineapple topped pizza and cold dips in the sea.

One of the largest travel e-commerce companies in the world Booking.com has recorded great results in Croatia this summer.

According to the Croatian office of Booking.com, this summer season was much better in comparison to the previous one. On average, guests stayed for four nights, whilst tourists mostly booked accommodation in the cities of Split, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Zadar and Pula.

Among 67,700 accommodation facilities in Croatia, available on Booking.com, this summer tourists mostly booked apartment accommodation, then hotels, guest houses, hostels and B&B (Bed&Breakfast) facilities. Even though Croatia is not known as a shopping destination, tourists singled out Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Zadar and Opatija as destinations for a vacation and shopping.

‘’This summer season Croatia was a quite sought after destination, which is confirmed by our data. We have also recorded an increase in the number of users this year’’, commented the Regional Manager of Booking.com for Croatia Goran Pleše.

According to the Croatian office of Booking.com, the most numerous tourists who booked their accommodation in Croatia on Booking.com in the period from the 1st of June to the 31st of August 2017 were Italians, Germans, Austrians, the British, Croats and the Poles. This data is similar to the last year’s data, which only indicates that foreign tourists are happy to return to Croatia for their summer vacation.

Luka Sulic, the famous musician from 2Cellos with Dubrovnik roots and his wife Tamara Zagoranski became parents on Thursday.

The proud dad informed all of his fans about the birth of his baby boy on social media:

-Our little miracle - baby boy Val has finally arrived yesterday at 8:46 p.m. Both mummy and Val were incredible and I’m so proud of them. For me this was an indescribable and dramatic experience...Full of joy, happiness, worries, tears, laughs, emotions... So many feelings in one day. It enriched my soul forever. #feelingblessed #feelingthankful – wrote the musician on his Instagram profile and signed it with ‘proud dad’.

As soon he has published the happy news, his fans from all over the world started congratulating him. We wish the happy family the very best as well. 

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Photo from official Instagram profile - lukasulicworld

 

Fancy owning your own private island in the Adriatic Sea close to Dubrovnik, although the answer would generally be a hearty “yes” the island of Daksa has been up for sale for years and has still to find a new owner. Daksa, which lies just in front of the Gruz harbour, is on the market for a reasonable 2 million Euros and still no one wants to buy it after four years on the market. One reason given is the legend that this small island is cursed. In 1944 53 people were killed on the island at the end of World War II.

The latest international publication to publish an article about Daksa is the German travel website Travelbook with a piece entitled “Why nobody wants this Croatian dream island.”

There is a Franciscan Monastery on the island from 1281, one of the oldest in the Dubrovnik region, and the remains of a tower and a fortress as well as a small lighthouse. But apart from these scattered buildings the island is uninhabited and only visited by the odd fisherman or a tourist looking for an adventure.

But the dark history of the island could well be putting off potential buyers. In October 1944, at the end of the Second World War, Partisans liberated Dubrovnik from the Germans. They arrested 300 people who they believed to be enemies of the state and German sympathisers and took them to the island. 53 were shot dead, including the mayor at the time and several priests, on the island without trial. From 1990 it was strictly forbidden to visit Daksa and in 2010 the victims’ bodies were exhumed and buried.

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