Sunday, 22 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.


Dubrovnik has started the tourism year in fine form with a massive 20 percent increase in the numbers of guests in March. During March there were 47,498 tourist arrivals in the area of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is 20 percent more than in March 2017 and 127,517 overnight stays, which is 19 percent more than in March 2017.

During the first three months of 2018 there were 81,296 tourist arrivals in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 230,278 overnight stays. Compared to 2017, arrivals increased by 13 percent and overnight stays by 7 percent.

The tourist season is upon us and once again the wild camping season has opened in Dubrovnik with tourists looking to save money on accommodation.

These happy campers pitched their tent in a well-known Dubrovnik public park, Gradac, and probably had a nice view of the Old City as they rolled out of their sleeping bags.

Even though there is clear signage stating that littering is not allowed, smoking is forbidden and there is no swimming for dogs in the fountain the sign writers obviously didn’t think about banning campers.

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InfiNet Wireless, the global leader in fixed broadband wireless connectivity, will bring together its partners from more than 28 countries as it takes centre stage for the 9th International Partners’ Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

This annual invitation-only event, running on April 11th and April 12th, encourages and promotes interaction between the channel partners and InfiNet’s executive teams, allowing the sharing of experiences on the use of InfiNet solutions for various applications and industry sectors. This year’s event will feature detailed presentations and plans from the company's R&D teams on future technology, as well as an insight into InfiNet’s product and marketing strategies for the years ahead.

“Our continued growth and success would not be possible without our loyal community. Hosting our 9th international event highlights our ever-growing expansion and commitment to build and strengthen the benefits our technology offers for our customers wherever they are located around the world,” said Dmitry Okorokov, CEO of InfiNet Wireless.

“Our 24 years of experience in the wireless world puts us in the ideal position to offer a range of carrier-grade solutions to our partners, allowing them to meet and exceed the expectations of end users from all sectors of the industry. Our conference will also be a chance for our guests to not only interact face-to-face with InfiNet commercial and technical teams, but also an opportunity to share their ideas, thoughts and challenges in their respective markets. Gaining a better understanding of how our partners’ own eco-systems work is extremely important to us.”

The two-day program will offer guests engaging presentations by InfiNet’s senior management team, as well as guest speakers, practical workshops with product experts and breakout sessions which will enable the transfer of knowledge and skill sets required to unlock growth potential. There will also be a chance for partners to share their success stories from specific market sectors, give an overview of current trends and developments in their local geographies and to present specific solutions that could be of interest to the rest of the audience.

“As 2018 will see InfiNet Wireless expand our ever-growing portfolio yet again, we plan to deliver a conference this year that will again exceed all expectations. The city of Dubrovnik is a perfect location for this year’s conference because of its stunning history and heritage, promising our partners and guests an unforgettable experience,” said Dmitry.

The InfiNet Wireless Partner Conference also recognises the best partners of the year for their loyalty in the promotion and use of InfiNet solutions in their projects. Awards are classified both on a regional basis, such as Best International Partner and Best Africa Partner, as well as on an individual basis for those who have demonstrated their continued loyalty to the InfiNet brand. The award ceremony will take place on the second evening during the entertaining Gala Dinner.

The inaugural flight from Dubai direct to Dubrovnik will land on the 10th of April. Flydubai, the low-cost airline from the United Arab Emirates, has introduced this new connection between Dubai and Dubrovnik in its 2018 summer schedule, the first time ever that scheduled flights have operated between the two destinations.

In fact, this will be the first regular line from the Middle East to Dubrovnik. The new Dubrovnik-Dubai flights will start operate with three flights a week, every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and from the 13th of June there will be an additional flight per week that will operate on Wednesdays.

Tickets for all the flights are available until the end of summer flight schedule or more precisely until October 25th. Prices start at around 350 Euros for a return ticket.

Dubrovnik will have a new classical music festival this year as the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will hold the initial “Stradun Classic” festival. The festival will have two dates this year, firstly from the 6th of April to the 11th of April, and then again from the 4th of September to the 14th of September. This new festival certainly has an international feel with artists from all over the world headlining this classical event. The City of Dubrovnik and the clarinettist, Marija Pavlović, are co-operating with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra to hold this chamber music festival.

- The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra has been thinking for a long time on how to offer a complete program, we have seen that there is a gap in the city’s offer of chamber music, so we have decided to launch a new festival for which Marija Pavlović is in charge of the artistic direction,” commented the director of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Damir Milat.

The Stradun Classic festival will feature artists from many countries including the United Kingdom, Belgium, Slovenia and Austria.

Program of first part of Stradun Classic Festival 2018

Friday 6th of April @ 8.00pm

The Franciscan Church
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Campestrini, Conductor
Marija Pavlović, clarinet
Tom Owen, oboe
Pieter Nuytten, bassoon
Boštjan Lipovšek, horn
W. Mozart symphony concert for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and orchestra in E flat major
A. Dvorak symphony no. 5 in F major, op. 76


Sunday 8th of April @ 7.30pm

Dubrovnik Cathedral
Concert of Chamber Music
Antonea Gjaja Kocković, flute
Tom Owen, oboe (United Kingdom)
Renata Santini Glavinović, oboe
Marija Pavlović, clarinet
Stijepo Medo, clarinet
Pieter Nuytten, bassoon (Belgium)
Matija Novaković, bassoon
Boštjan Lipovšek, horn (Slovenia)
Toni Kursar, horn
Free Entrance


Wednesday 11th of April @ 8.00pm

Mirror Room in Dubrovnik Library
Concert of Chamber Music
Daniel Rowland, violin (Netherlands)
Đana Kahriman, violin
Šimun Končić, viola
Maja Bogdanović, cello (France)
Zoran Markovic, double bass (Slovenia)
Marija Pavlović, clarinet
Pieter Nuytten, bassoon (Belgium)
Boštjan Lipovšek, horn (Slovenia)

Works on the new coastal promenade in Srebreno, Zupa, are slowly but surely coming to an end and will be ready for this summer season.

The new pathway has been behind schedule due to the bad weather but the construction works should be completed by the 1st of May according to the Zupa Borough Council.

This is the first stage of the project, which will later include the redevelopment of the concrete beach in Srebreno, and the value of the total project is around 6 million Kuna. Once completed Srebreno will have a coastal walkway that will link up with the rest of the walk to Mlini.

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srebreno pathway new 2018


Google Maps have gone Croatian. The most popular map app in the world has finally made a Croatian version. Up until now the electronic voice was a humorous mix of English and Croatian and whilst it made many drivers laugh its practical use was limited. Now those days are gone as Google Maps will now have a Croatian voice telling drivers and pedestrians which way to turn.

In fact, Croatian isn’t the only new language for Google Maps, a grand total of 39 new languages have been added to the navigation app, including Turkish, Swedish and Swahili.

“Fourteen years ago, Google Maps looked a lot different, and it was only in English. Fast forward to today, and now more than 1 billion people use Google Maps to discover new places, find the best driving, biking, and walking routes, and get things done in the real world. Today, we’re making Google Maps even more useful by adding 39 new languages—spoken by an estimated 1.25 billion people worldwide,” commented Google on the new move.

On this day 22 years ago a US military aircraft carrying the US Secretary of Commerce, Ronald Brown, and a 34-person delegation crashed into a mountain side near Dubrovnik airport on their way to meet with Croatian government officials.

On the 3rd of April 1996 the US Air Force CT-43 crashed into the hillside in Konavle instantly killing everybody on-board, apart from a flight attendant who died whilst being transported to hospital. The final Air Force investigation attributed the crash to pilot error and a poorly designed landing approach.

On the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of this tragedy in the Memorial House of Ron Brown in the Old City of Dubrovnik a commemoration was held today and various dignitaries signed a book of condolences. After the commemoration officials went to the place of the plane's crash site and laid flowers and lit candles in remembrance of the deceased.

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ron brown 22 years ago dubrovnik 2018




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