Tuesday, 23 January 2018
The Dubrovnik Times

The Dubrovnik Times


According to the popular German automobile club ADAC, Croatia is the third on the list of favourite camping destinations among Germans.

The Croatian region of Istria is the most desirable regional destination among German motorists for the eighth year in a row. The popularity of Istria increased by 1 percent in comparison to last year, to a 13 percent of the share. Way behind Istria is Lago di Garda in Italy (5,2% share) and Dalmatia (5% share), whilst Italian camping spots Veneto and Friuli placed in the fourth place with 3,9 percent share.

Every year ADAC carries out a survey on travelling by car to a vacation among 170,000 routes made by ADAC’s experts for its members. The survey covers data on the use of the ADAC Maps Routenplaner for marking itineraries from Germany to destinations where Germans spend their holiday.

Out of a sample of 1,3 million inquiries made by ADAC Maps Routenplaner users, around 13 percent of them referred to Istria as the most sought after region.

In the category of countries, Croatia placed as the third auto destination with a 7,6 percent share, behind Germany leading the way with a 27,6 share and Italy with 18,1 percent share, but ahead of countries such as Austria (6,8 % share) and Turkey (6,2 % share).

Croatia was also ranked third of the list of favourite German camping destinations, after Italy and Germany, and ahead of France and Spain.


Day of Saint Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik, is one of the most important events in the city od Dubrovnik. Thousands of citizens and their guests rush to the Old City on the February 3rd in order to participate in this traditional and beautiful day. 

That's why it's good to know that just today Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, sent a notice that all the buses that drive to the historical city of Dubrovnik will be free of charge on February 2nd from 2pm and during the day St. Blaise Festivity and the Day of the City, February 3rd.

If you want to discover more about Dubrovnik patron saint, be sure to check Five things you didn’t know about St. Blaise.

It certainly isn’t every day that the BBC writes about “fjaka,” in fact we doubt that they have ever written about it before. But in an article entitled “Dalmatia’s Fjaka State of Mind” they have broken the mould. For those of you who were still wondering a fjaka is basically an afternoon nap or a siesta, and it is extremely popular in the summer months in laid back Dubrovnik.

The writer Kristin Vuković explains in his article for the BBC that a fjaka is “a sublime state in which a human aspires for nothing.” This recent article on the BBC Travel section has certainly received lots of feedback.

Check out the full article here



The reach of Dubrovnik’s promotion is getting further and further. The Dubrovnik- Neretva County Tourist Board has presented the tourism offer for the first time ever at the OTM Travel fair in Mumbai, India. This large and important tourism fair was held from the 18th to the 20th of January at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board presented with the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Zadar Tourist Board as co-exhibitors.

Indian tourists are one of the fastest growing in the Dubrovnik County. In 2017 there were almost 15,000 tourists from India who achieved 37,000 overnight stays, this was 60 percent more than in 2016. One of the reasons for the growth in interest was the filming of the Bollywood blockbuster movie “Fan” starring Shah Rukh Khan. The film, which was released in 2016, was took $10 million at the cinemas on the opening weekend in India.

The airports of the region had an extremely successful 2017 with most of them showing a huge increase in passengers.

The busiest airport in the region, by some distance, was the Nikola Tesla Airport in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, which handled 5.3 million passengers last year, an increase of 8.5 percent over 2016. Then the top ten list was dominated by Croatia, Zagreb in second place with 3 million passengers, Split with 2.8 million and Dubrovnik Airport with 2.3 million passengers.

Split Airport recorded the largest increase in the region with an amazing 23 percent increase compared with 2016. In fourth place was Pristina, followed by Skopje, Ljubjana, Tivat and Pogorica in Montenegro and in tenth position was Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In fact, the airport in the Bosnian capital, with 957,000 passengers, had its busiest year on record and dominated air travel in the country.


Austria looks like extending its ban on Croatian workers for another two years.

Austrian Minister of Labour, Beate Hartinger-Klein, opposes full opening of the labour market to Croatian citizens this year. "We need to consider that there are 400,000 unemployed people in Austria. We will report this to the European Commission by June 30, and provide our arguments for this," the minister added. Austria must decide by July 1 this year whether it will extend the restrictions for the work of Croatian citizens for another two years.

"We are thinking of taking full advantage of the seven-year transitional period for Croatia," Klein said. The leader of the Social Democrats, Christian Kern, has commented that Croatia's citizens pose a potential threat to the labour market in Austria, and estimates that there could be 150,000 arriving in the next five years.


With Valentine’s day just around various world news outlets are recognising the most romantic city on the Adriatic. After Dubrovnik being featured in the UK newspaper The Telegraph as one of the most romantic European cities comes news from further afield. The Malaysian newspaper, New Strait Times, has published a list of the “Top 10 European destinations for love and romance in 2018,” and Dubrovnik once again features on the list.

“Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is the most beautiful city of Croatia. Situated on the Dalmatian coast, the city is one of the most desirable travel destinations in the world. The impressive walled city offers amazing views of the Adriatic Sea, and there is so much to explore from its natural parks and historic monuments to gastronomic delights,” writes the New Strait Times about Dubrovnik.



The largest state owned hotel chain in Dubrovnik, Maestrali, has been sold to a company from the Czech Republic. The government has accepted a bid from the Czech company J & T IB Capital Markets for 114 million Kuna reports Dubrovacki Vjesnik.

Although the news is still unofficial the Ministry of State Property has reported the news and apparently it is only a matter of formalities and the contract will be signed.

The Czech company has offered 114 million Kuna for almost 60 percent of the shares in the hotel chain in Lapad which includes five hotels on the coastline.





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