Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.
Dubrovnik’s most iconic beach, Banje Beach, played host to one of the largest television networks in the world this week. One of the most important media conferences in Croatia, the New Europe Market (NEM) media conference, was recently held in Dubrovnik for the sixth consecutive years. Expert panellists discussed, over the four days, trends and solutions for the future of media.
The FOX Network Group, which owns and runs such brand name channels as National Geographic, FOX Crime and 24 Kitchen, organised a gala event on the Banje Beach.
The spectacular evening event in the Banje Beach Restaurant Lounge & Club brought together some of the leading lights of media and directors of the FOX Network and was great publicity for Dubrovnik.
Croatia has received support for its plans to enter the open border Schengen agreement from the German Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer. Meeting with the Croatian Interior Minister, Davor Boyinovic, in Berlin on Friday Seehofer expressed his support for Croatia in its goal to become a stronger member of the European Union.
“We must to everything in our power to effectively protect our outer borders, prevent illegal migrations and ensure more security in the EU. Combating illegal migration is at the centre of our cooperation,” commented the German Minister.
Add speaking to the Croatian news service, HINA, the Croatian Minister echoed his German counterpart, “We have fully agreed that improving security in Europe is the most concrete contribution to the EU project at this point in time.”
As Croatia has a long border with its neighbour, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the German ministry is adamant that it needs to be protected fully.
The week of unsettled weather in Dubrovnik continued today when a torrential downpour flooded the streets of the city. Although the forecast indicated an unstable day with overcast skies and even storms the beaches of the city were full with tourists enjoying the Adriatic.
And then the skies turned from blue to black and the heavens opened. The downpour only lasted for around 45 minutes but it was enough to flood many of the city’s streets and send the sunbathers running for cover.
Check out our video from the middle of the storm
According to a specialised website the carrier American Airlines is seriously considering opening direct flights from Philadelphia to Dubrovnik as a summer season link.
It is believed that a decision will be made as to whether this new American Airline flights will be introduced inside the next month. And presumably these new flights would start in the summer of 2019.
Dubrovnik has long been searching for an American airline to operate direct flights. In fact, last year tourists from the US were in the top five in the city and this is without any flights. Many American tourists currently use either London or Frankfurt as a hub before flying off to the States, however this also often involves another flight to Zagreb from Dubrovnik. Meaning a flight from Dubrovnik to the US can mean at least two stops.
American Airlines have been growing consistently out of Philadelphia, and have introduced new flights to many European destinations. It is rumoured that both Dubrovnik and Zagreb are on the radar for American Airlines, however the airline has still yet to make an official statement.
In spite of the changeable weather in Dubrovnik which saw blue skies one minute and rain the next the iconic Banje Beach, just a stone’s throw from the walls of the Old City, was busy today with swimmers and sunbathers.
The actual sea temperature in Dubrovnik is around 24 degrees, so jumping in the Adriatic is far from chilly. Many tourists rolled out their towels today, although the presumably had umbrellas handy just in case, and made the most of the weekend.
The unstable weather is predicted to last for most of next week, although temperatures will not drop below 25 degrees, there is a chance of a few spots of rain all week.
The latest example of crazy coach driving comes from this bus driver who tried to make a three-point turn on a narrow Dubrovnik road. This “professional” driver surely must have known better that to attempt to turn around on such a narrow spot and in doing so he completely blocked both lanes of traffic.
An astonished eye witness took this photo as the coach made not a three-point turn but a thirty-three point turn on the only road out of the Old City of Dubrovnik from Pile. This road is extremely busy and used by both taxi drivers and public bus drivers as the main link into Dubrovnik. However, yesterday it all took longer than usual as this bus driver backed up traffic while he tried to turn round.
The Netherlands has become the latest European Union country to lift work restrictions on Croatian workers.
After the United Kingdom announced that from the 1st of July Croatian workers would no longer require a work permit the Netherlands has become the next open country for Croatians. The government of the Netherlands announced on Friday that they would instruct the European Commission that they would not extend the ban on Croatian workers for a further two years.
Croatian become a full member of the European Union in 2013 and the Netherlands, along with the UK, applied a five-year restriction on Croatians coming for work purposes. Immediately after receiving the news the Croatian government responded in kind and lifted any work restrictions on Dutch citizens in Croatia.
Dubrovnik has once again been included on a top ten travel list, and this time it comes from Italy. The Italian monthly travel magazine “Caravan e Camper” has not only published a travel report on Dubrovnik but also featured the city on the cover page of this popular magazine.
This latest travel report is the result of a study tour organized by the Croatian Tourist Board's representative offices in Italy, the Tourist Board of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik.
The comprehensive six-page report in the magazine includes information on where to camp in Dubrovnik, but also reports on the Elaphite islands, the Dubrovnik City Walls and upcoming events in the city. And of course includes details on how Dubrovnik played a role in the filming of Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood. Great publicity for Dubrovnik on the Italian camping market.