Friday, 20 April 2018
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

The low-cost British airline, Jet2.com, has announced new flights between Croatian and the UK for next year. The popular airline already operates a number of flights weekly to Dubrovnik from various UK airports and now they have announced a new line between Pula and Birmingham.

The new weekly flights will operate once a week, every Sunday, from the 12th of May until the 13th of October 2019. Tickets are already on sale for these flights and prices start at around 60 Euros for a single ticket.

In 2019, according to the latest data from the airline, Jet2.com will operate flights from nine different destinations to Dubrovnik and six to Split in 2019. And with the new flights from Birmingham to Pula this will take the number of flight destinations into this Istrian destination to five.

It might only be the beginning of April but the tourist season is well underway in Dubrovnik. This morning there were queues at the Pile Gate entrance into the historic Old City centre and it would appear that it took the authorities by surprise as there were no measures to regulate the flow of tourists.

This time it seems that the cruise ship industry isn’t to blame for the crowds as there is only one large cruise ship docked in the Port of Dubrovnik. The season has begun earlier than normal and the summer months will be just as busy as ever, if these scenes today are any indication.

The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, sent an Easter message of congratulations to all the members of the Orthodox church in the Dubrovnik region.

In the light of the symbolism of the resurrected meaning of the value of life, I congratulate you and all the members of the Orthodox faith on this Christian Easter holiday.

I want you to spend it in the peace of the family environment and religious communion. Strengthened by faith and hope for a better tomorrow, we build together a society of peace and tolerance.

Happy Easter.

Former Croatian tennis ace and winner of Wimbledon in 2001, Goran Ivanisevic, is on the verge of becoming a father again. Ivanisevic (46) and his wife Nives Canovic (35), a radio and television presenter, are expecting their first child.

The couple recently got married this week in Zagreb and now the couple have announced the news that their first baby is on the way. Canovic proudly published photos of her social media of her baby bump. Ivanisevic has two children from his first marriage to Tatjana Dragovic.

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Showing off her baby bump on Instagram - Photo by Instagram 

The Tour of Croatia international cycling race will be held for the fourth consecutive year, from the 17th to the 22nd of April, through six stages, on a route of over 1,000 kilometres across almost the entire territory of the Republic of Croatia.

This is one of the most significant sporting events of the year and the interest of numerous world cycling teams is bigger than ever before as well as the foreign media who will broadcast images of Croatia to six continents.

The organizers of the race, Top Sport Events, said that this year the race will be even more demanding and will host 20 teams, including those from the highest ranked World UCI (World Bike Organization) classification: Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team, Astana Pro Team and Trek Segafredo.

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"This year's edition of the Tour of Croatia will be more exciting and more attractive than the previous ones. On behalf of the entire organizing team I would like to thank all partners and sponsors for support and understanding because without them this project would not have been. Organizationally, we always strive to be even better and we are so particularly happy that the transfer stages will be minimal and bicycle teams will have enough time for quality regeneration and preparation for the next stages. The race runs through numerous parks of nature and national parks and we are proud to present these gems to the contestants and to the whole world, "said Vladimir Miholjević, the director of the race.

The race will be broadcast daily by the Croatian Radio Television with 11 hours of live TV broadcasting and through a total of three hours of highlights. Direct transmission will also be broadcast on Eurosport, and TV stations in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia - of which on some the Tour of Croatia will be broadcast live.

“Looking for a creative marketing expert who thinks outside the box? Do not hesitate to contact me!” was the message plastered over a giant billboard in the Croatian capital. A young marketing professional, born in Dubrovnik, was looking for a new job and she decided to get creative.

Tina Šmanjak, a 31-year-old born in Dubrovnik but raised in Slovenia, graduated from two universities in Zagreb and has been working in marketing for more than five years. “The idea came to me year ago when I decided to leave my job. I remember talking with my friend on how employers often invest in banners, ads and everything else, but rarely invest in good workers.”

Šmanjak decided to take matters into her own hands and made a huge billboard advert in Zagreb offering her services. And it appears that the brave move has paid off. In less than a week she has had four job interviews.

And how much did she invest into her future career? Given that the billboard location she chose was a “simple” location, without lighting, it would have cost her around 1,500 Kuna for two weeks. Not a bad invest into her future career.

One of the most prestigious car brands in the world has chosen Croatia as the destination for the premiere of their latest model this April. Daimler AG will present the new Mercedes-Benz A Class in Croatia. In the atmospheric and picturesque Barone Fortress in Šibenik journalists and car experts from all over the world will gather to witness the launch of the latest Mercedes. Then opening will also include a test drive along the Adriatic coast which is sure to offer stunning photo opportunities for the media.

"We are honoured by the fact that our fortress has been selected by a major international company such as Daimler Mercedes as a representative place to present the results of their long-term work. We are delighted that they have recognized Šibenik fortress not only as a tourist attraction but as an excellent location for business events like this,” commented Goran Barišić - Bačelić, head of the Šibenik Public Cultural Institute.

Through sixteen days the fortress, and Sibenik, will see more than 400 journalists from around the world.

Yes, the weather is getting warmer and the sun is beginning to shine in Croatia but wearing a “Borat” swimming costume in a packed supermarket is probably going a bit too far, reports Regional Express.

This young man was spotted in a supermarket in Istria and the photo was uploaded onto Facebook, and quite clearly from the look on his face when a camera was pulled on him he wasn’t so happy for instant fame. However, dressed, or hardly dressed, in a skimpy swimsuit is hardly what to wear if you want to avoid attention.

It would appear from the numerous comments on Facebook that this young man was a tourist, but we can’t help feeling that this figure hugging swimsuit would be to skimpy even for the beach.

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