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.
Airbnb is an American start up launched seven years ago and according to some assessments valued at more than $25 billion. Entering the global tourist market Airbnb seriously disturbed already shaken systems of giant hotel chains trying to get its piece of the pie. The Airbnb service is distinguished by its simplicity for users, low provisions for renters and is open for all rental categories (houses, apartments, rooms, castles, tree houses, boats, sofas...).
Airbnb is growing very fast and is already a real hit in Croatia. In the first six months of 2015 more than 400,000 foreign tourists booked their accommodation in Croatia using Airbnb service.
The statistical figures are even more impressive in comparison with the largest cities in world. There are 55,000 placed advertisements in Croatia. Split is the biggest hit among our cities with 14,000 placed ads on the Airbnb website followed by Zadar with 7,000 ads and then Pula and Dubrovnik with little more than 5,000 placed ads.
At the same time San Francisco offers 9,700 ads, Athens 6,300 ads, Stockholm 6,000 ads and Venice 4,600 placed ads. The largest number of guests using this website service to book their holidays in Croatia are from Great Britain, Germany, France, USA and Italy.
‘Croatian way of E-mobility‘ is the event organized by the City of Dubrovnik in collaboration with DURA (City of Dubrovnik Development Agency) that will show most modern electric vehicles, connected with infotainment, as well as the couple of surprises. The event will take place on Friday at 11 am on Stradun.
The use of energy is the basic prerequisite of permanent growth, sustainable development and the well-being of modern society, so the great majority of developed countries and cities focused their policy on sustainable energy.
The City of Dubrovnik, as well as Dura, want to show the citizens and visitors of Dubrovnik the advantages of using electric vehicles.
Jai Waetford, young Australian recording artist and actor is enjoying his time in Dubrovnik. That's visible on the photo that he's shared with his fans on Twitter and Instagram and got many reactions.
This young superstar came third on the fifth season of The X Factor Australia. He subsequently signed with Sony Music Australia and released his debut single "Your Eyes", which peaked at number six on the ARIA Singles Chart. Waetford's self-titled debut EP was released in December 2013 and peaked at number 21 on the ARIA Albums Chart. He joined the Australian soap opera Neighbours on May the 2nd as Angus Beaumont-Hannay.
His latest video Living not dreaming has over 2 million hits.
Top Russian violinist and one of the best performers of baroque pieces in the world, Dmitry Sinkovsky, will have three concerts in three different locations, and perform three different programs in Dubrovnik.
This violin virtuoso has a educational background in a prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and has earned numerous awards at major competitions - from Premio BONPARTE in Italy to Bach Competition in Leipzig, Musica Antiqua in Bruges, Telemann Competition in Magdeburg and many others. Critics and audiences emphasize his "playing from the heart", expression and imagination. In 2007, when he has already achieved significant career as a violinist, Sinkovsky also improved his talent as a countertenor, so today in its repertoire he also performs the roles from famous operas, cantatas and oratorios. Considering his talent, it is not surprising that Dmitry regularly performs throughout Europe and the rest of the world.
Public in Dubrovnik will get the opportunity to hear such a skilled violinist for the first time tonight, and the concert will be held in the church of Saint Dominic under the baton of Maestro Christoph Campestrini. Mozart's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no. 5 in A major and Beethoven's Symphony no. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral' are on the program.
The second concert is on Friday May 20th in the Franciscan church, and Sinkovsky will perform as a violinist and artistic director of the String Chamber Orchestra of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (DSO), and the program is titled Only Baroque. The program includes works by F. Geminiani, A. Corelli, A. Vivaldi, J. Haydn and C.Ph.E. Bach.
The third concert will be held on Tuesday, May 24th at the Sponza Palace. Sinkovsky will once again be performing as a violinist and in the role of artistic director of Chamber Orchestra of the DSO, and will perform the following works: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra "Per la solennité've S. Lorenzo 'Symphony no. 6 in D Major 'Morning' and Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in G Major J. Haydn.
New promo movie of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board called 'Dubrovnik and Time' has won couple awards on the movie festivals in the first few months of its existence – in Berlin, New York, Riga, and the newest one in Sesimbra, Portugal.
On the fifth Finisterra Arabida Film Art and Tourism Festival in Sesimbra, 'Dubrovnik and Time' has won two awards, the first place in the category 'Places in History' and the third place in the category 'Destinations'. The competition consisted of 232 movies from 87 countries.
Awards were given last weekend in Sesimbra in Portugal and Spomenka Saraga, producer of the movie, took the awards in the name of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and 'Balduci movie'. The movie 'Dubrovnik and Time' was filmed last year in the production of 'Balduci film' from Zagreb, with international crew led by the director Herve Tirmarche.
A British transatlantic sailor Richard Tolkien was forced to abandon his yacht after suffering a head injury on Friday night and was saved and rescued by a passing cargo ship captained by a Dubrovnik sailor. Richard Tolkien was competing in the TRANSAT race, the oldest single-handed transatlantic race across the North Atlantic starting this year in Plymouth, UK and finishing in Brooklyn, New York.
During sailing he was hit on the head by one of the sails on Friday night. Using an onboard alert system, he called for assistance sometime between 8.30pm and 9 pm. Two hours later he was picked up in the middle of the Atlantic by the Anton Topic cargo ship where he was treated for his injuries and remained on board. His support team are now attempting to arrange for his yacht to be recovered. The Anton Topic cargo ship was heading to Philadelphia, where it is expected to arrive on the 18th of May.
The captain of the cargo ship that rescued the British sailor is Ante Raguž from Croatia. In fact he is a native of Dubrovnik and lives in nearby Župa Dubrovačka.
The Croatian population is continuing to fall; year after year the population is slowly but surely shrinking. And according to figures just released the future doesn’t look that bright either. According to statistics from the Croatian Institute of Public Health last year 37,500 children were born, which is the least number since statistics have been kept and approximately 2,000 children less than in 2014.
This data unpleasantly surprised the professional public. In other words, the preliminary data of the Central Bureau of Statistics showed that the number of babies born in the country fell below 39,000 for the first time in history. This new data is considered by experts as an alarm for the demographic picture of Croatia, and nobody expected such a decline of the birth rate.
Ivan Čipin a doctor from the Department of demography at the Zagreb Faculty of Economics and Business says, ''We carried out some demographic projections and anticipated such decline in the number of births but only in the next decade not earlier. According to the projections from Eurostat the number of births wouldn't be less than 40,000 till 2020. But this birth rate decline is obviously going much faster. If these trends continue at this rate then Croatia would probably have less than 4 million people at the next Census.''
Last year an incredible 438% more Russians bought real estate in Croatia in comparison with 2014. The rate of growth in real estate trading in Croatia increased in 2015 mainly due to foreign buyers.
As far as foreigners are concerned, Slovenians and Germans own the most real estate in Croatia. This data were presented at the 25th Real Estate Management Forum organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Zadar this year. According to the statistics of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce the average price of real estate in Croatia has dropped by almost 3% whilst the average price of residential real estates in the EU has increased.
The statistical data of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce show that the real estate market in Croatia has been stagnating for several years now whilst building and agricultural land trading has also declined.
The proposed real estate taxes should be introduced with extreme caution in order to avoid the negative effects on the majority of the Croatian citizens as well as on the Croatian economy in the whole, was the conclusion of the Real Estate Management Forum held in Zadar.