Sunday, 19 November 2017

Get your running shoes ready. Along with Dubrovnik Aquathlon, Dubrovnik 10K is a new race under the Du Motion brand. It’s the grand finale of the Dubrovnik Run league, gathering runners not just from Dubrovnik and the rest of Croatia, but also neighbouring countries.

On Sunday the 19th of November at 9.30 am runners will line up on the start line at the Sunset Beach in the Bay of Lapad and run 10 kilometres around the scenic Babin Kuk peninsular before finishing at the Sunset Beach.

Registration is already open for the race with more details available on the website - www.du-motion.com/en/10k-en - with entry prices only 100 Kuna.

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Map of the 10K Dubrovnik race 

The Miss Croatia team has officially presented the video with which the current Miss Croatia Tea Mlinaric will present at this year’s Miss World beauty contest in China.
Video was created in collaboration with Pink Wing Production and the Croatian Tourist Board.

-I enjoyed filming the video because I really want to introduce Croatia through all of its beauties. The most beautiful part of the video for me is,of course, my county and the Nehajska Tower with a horseman and his horses, talking about the mentality of our people - said Miss Croatia, Tea Mlinaric, as reported by Dnevnik.hr.

Video shows beautiful scenes from Croatia and, of course, there are some amazing Dubrovnik shots. Miss World 2017 final will be held on Saturday November 18th in China.

The Nautical Channel, the world’s only specialized TV channel for sailing, water sports and travel, has started broadcasting the third season of the travel TV series ‘’Sail-Ho! Croatia’’.

More than 150 million viewers in 54 countries around the globe will now have an opportunity to see the beauties of Croatia as well as some, so far, unseen and undiscovered content.

The filming of the TV series started on the 30th of May 2017 at the Kornati Cup regatta, whilst the final film clap marked the end of the filming on locations in Istria at the end of July.

The first and second seasons of ‘’Sail-Ho! Croatia’’, broadcasted in 2015 and 2016, achieved a great result with an average audience of around 20 million viewers per episode. The third season is a logical sequel because more and more viewers, especially boaters, opt for Croatia as their next summer destination.

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‘’After exceptionally accepted first and even better second season of the TV series, we are delighted to present the third season to our viewers. They will once again have the opportunity to sail along the Croatian coast and we can hardly wait to discover more to them. Croatia is definitely a positive discovery and with each new episode we reveal something new and interesting’’, commented Andrew Miller, the director of Nautical Channel.

Some of the destinations that will be presented to Nautical Channel viewers include Konavle-Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Korčula, Omiš, the island of Brač, Vodice, Knin, Jezera, the small island of Vir, the islands of Krk, Cres and Lošinj as well as Istria and Zagreb.

The Amali Doare production, which has been producing this TV series for the Nautical Channel since 2015, is preparing the production and the fourth season, which is to be recorded in 2018.

The main partners of the series are ACI Club d.d., the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ), the Croatian Electric Company (HEP), INA d.d., the Tourist Board of Zagreb, the Tourist Board of the Split-Dalmatia County, the Kvarner Tourist Board and many others.

It seems that wild boar has been seen in Gospino Polje in Dubrovnik today – reports Dubrovacki Vjesnik. Apparently, the animal has been hit by the car and got confused, so it started roaming around, and as said by witnesses was seen also at Ivo Vojnovic street, where it scared people drinking their morning Monday coffee.

It is interesting to tell that the appearance of wild boars is not so unusual in Dubrovnik, since at the end of last year one of them was seen at Nuncijata, near the Franjo Tudman Bridge, where it scared the drivers at the east entrance of the City.

It is said that this sort of animals come to settled areas for food. It’s possible that in the winter months they will feel more attracted to Dubrovnik, but hopefully not, because wild boars are not the type of winter tourism that we are aiming for.

According to the latest Arton Capital's Passport Index, Singapore has ‘’the most powerful’’ passport in the world, whilst Croatia has placed as the 14th on the list.

Arton Capital’s Passport Index is the world’s most popular online interactive tool, which collects, displays and ranks the passports of over 190 world countries.

Earlier this year, Croatia was in the 15th place, according to this index, however, the country made a step forward and now it shares the 14th place with Brazil. And in 2015 the Croatian passport was ranked in 17th position. 

The passport value is determined by a set of parameters; however, the visa is the most important of them.

Singapore has the most powerful passport in the world because its citizens can travel to the largest number of world countries visa-free. The country is followed by Germany (2nd), Sweden, South Korea (3rd), Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Japan, United Kingdom (4th), whilst Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Portugal are in the 5th place on the list.

It is interesting to note that the US passport is ranked as the sixth most powerful passport in the world after Donald Trump became the President, because Turkey and Central African Republic re-introduced visas for Americans.

As far as Croatian passport is concerned, Croats can travel to 144 countries around the globe visa-free; however, the visa is required for Croatian citizens going to almost all African and Middle Eastern countries, as well as to Russia and the United States. In total Croatians have to apply for visas for travel in 54 countries, including the USA, Australia and Russia. 

In addition, as Croatia is the EU member country, the Croatian passport is much more powerful than passports of all the other Balkan countries. Only the Slovenian passport is ''stronger'' than Croatian, it ranked as the 10th on the Arton Capital’s Passport Index.

The bottom five world’s countries with ‘’the weakest passport’’ are Somalia, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Map of the passports colours of the world - Passport Index 

Located to the east side of the historic city centre is the Dominican Monastery. This impressive sacral building holds many interesting secrets. You reach the monastery entrance by climbing up a stone stairway with an equally impressive stone balustrade.

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It was constructed in the 14th century in a Gothic-Renaissance style and contains an exquisite cloister, which was added in the 15th century, filled with orange trees and palms. The cloister is an interesting experience, especially in the warmer summer months, and a nice break from the crowds.

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The main, single-nave church is large and spacious and features a painting by the Cavtat artist Vlaho Bukovac. There are 15th and 16th century works of art and a large stained glass window. The monastery complex also holds a museum, which is accessed through the cloister, and exhibits religious works by famous Dubrovnik artists.

Hotels are being built, new tourist attractions in the planning and cafes and restaurants are popping up like mushrooms after the rain, but who will work in these new premises. Croatian, and Dubrovnik in particular, is crippled by a shortfall of workers, both skilled and unskilled.

On a country level hoteliers state that in 2018 they will miss 20,000 seasonal workers. In Dubrovnik it was estimated that this summer businesses in tourism went short for 2,000 workers. With a mass exodus of people from Slavonia, around 200,000 have left to find employment in the EU, Dubrovnik will once again struggle to find waiters, chefs, drivers, cleaners, etc. for the next summer season.

In an attempt to solve this problem, the government are planning to increase the number of foreign workers who will be allowed to work in Croatia next year. In 2017 the government authorised 9,000 foreign workers to work and the indicators are that next year this figure will be increased to 10,000. The government has been holding meetings with employers and businesses and the feedback was that Croatia desperately needed an influx of foreign workers.

- Over the past five years an average of 6,500 workers are required every summer season in Dubrovnik – commented the Employment Office in Dubrovnik. – But in the first nine months of 2017 this number increased to 7,600 workers – added the office.

Foreign workers in Dubrovnik still aren’t being given a chance to work directly in tourism, the quota of workers filled vacancies as doctors, engineers, biochemists and pharmacists.

The Czech low-cost airline SmartWings will launch flights to Dubrovnik for the summer season of 2018 from two polish destinations. SmartWings, which has a fleet size of 23, will start connections between the Polish capital Warsaw and Katowice, in the southwest of Poland, from the beginning of May next year.

The flights to Warsaw will be operated three times a week and the flight time is a little over 2 hours. Whilst the flights to Katowice will also be operated three times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays.

By embarking on the rocket launcher "Dubrovnik", the supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović with other senior officials, commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Liberation of South Croatia in the Port of Dubrovnik today.

The elaborate ceremony was held in Port of Dubrovnik in Gruz and was modelled on during the official assembly of the troops of the Croatian Army on the 29th of October 1991.

The ceremony was attended by the President of the Republic of Croatia, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia and Defense Minister Damir Krstičević, as well as the Interior Minister Davor Božinović and Croatian Defense Counsel Tomo Medved.

The official ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the liberation of southern Croatia featured a spectacular display by MIG fighter aircraft.

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The autumn has been kind to Dubrovnik with mild weather, endless blue skies and plenty of warm sunshine. With temperatures in the low twenties for most of the month tourists and locals have been enjoying an extremely pleasant end to 2017 and with only 56 days left until Christmas there are still swimmers enjoying the Adriatic Sea.

This weekend the island of Lokrum, just a long stone’s throw from the Old City of Dubrovnik, was awash with guests as the ferries continued to run.

Swimmers dived in the Adriatic, which at around 21 degrees is still more than pleasant, al fresco coffees and lunches were abound and walks around the unspoilt nature topped off a lovely weekend. The last ferry leaves the island today at 4 o’clock and if the weather continues to be mild the ferries line should run into November.

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