Thursday, 18 January 2018
The Dubrovnik Times

The Dubrovnik Times


Of the ten most developed Croatian cities seven are on the coast. The Ministry of Regional Development has released a new model of urban development indexes for the period 2014-2016.

The most developed Croatian city is Zagreb, with a development index of 116.56, which means the average annual income per capita of 44.733 Kuna and average per capita income of 6,232 Kuna. The second is Dubrovnik with an index of 115.64 and revenues even higher than in Zagreb – 7,394 Kuna per capita. The third is Poreč, followed by Krk, Rovinj, Umag, Sveta Nedelja, Hvar, Opatija, Zaprešić and Novalja.

The development index is calculated factors such as average income per capita, average unemployment rate, general population trends, share of educated population aged 20 to 64 and age index.

In fact Dubrovnik has the second highest average salary in the ten most developed cities in Croatia, at 7,394 Kuna, only beaten by Opatija which has an average income of 7,626 Kuna.



Croatia’s external debt seems to be going in the right direction according to the latest data. At the end of September 2017 the gross foreign debt amounted to 39.4 billion Euros, which is 3.1 billion Euros less than of September 2016.

A study carried out by Raiffeisenbank Austria shows that the external debt of Croatia is slowly falling and that the drop is mainly due to deleveraging from the Croatian government.

The debt as a percentage of GDP stood at 81.5 percent at the end of the third quarter of 2017, which is down from 84.7 percent from the previous quarter. The general government debt and other domestic categories led the way in reducing the overall external debt, each achieving a debt reduction of €1.4 billion over the year.



As 2017 came to an end so the final figures for Dubrovnik Airport were revealed. The airport in Cilipi cemented its position as the third busiest airport in Croatia with a record breaking year handling over 2.3 million passengers.

Last year was the first time in history that Dubrovnik Airport had handled over 2 million passengers, mainly thanks to a strong summer season. In fact, in terms of passenger numbers last year only one month, March, was down on 2016. By far the busiest months for the southernmost airport in Croatia were July and August when almost a million passengers passed through.

This is in sharp contrast to the winter months where the airport, and Dubrovnik in general, is still struggling to attract tourists. In January 2017 only just over 19,000 passengers used the airport and in February this number had climbed slightly to almost 23,000. However even the bleaker winter months showed an increase in guests compared to 2016, and the airport finished the year strongly with November (+40.4 percent) and December (+20.5 percent) showing drastic improvements.

This year, if indicators are to be believed, should be even more successful for the airport with many international airlines introducing new flights. This will not doubt be boosted by the fact that Easyjet has announced that they will increase operations to Dubrovnik by a huge 30 percent. The British low-cost carrier is already the second most frequent airline landing at Dubrovnik Airport, after the Croatian national carrier, Croatia Airlines, and this strong increase could see the airport break the 2.5 million mark in 2018.

Thomson Airways and Norwegian Air Shuttle have also announced an increase in operations to the city by 20 percent for 2018.



The fourth Dubrovnik Winter Festival came to an end last night with a concert by the Dubrovnik band The Bourbons in the Gundulic Square.

The Gundulic Square seemed a fitting end to the festival as the festive houses in the square have provided the best atmosphere this year. The organisers of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival commented that “This year's festival brought to life some new locations, bringing them the spirit of Advent and the holidays.” The highlight of the festival was the New Year celebrations on the Stradun when up to 15,000 people welcomed in 2018.

Check out the gallery of last night by Tonci Plazibat

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end of 2017 dubrovnik winter festival

2018 dubrovnik winter ends



The globally popular Croatia cello duo, 2Cellos, have released their latest video and it is titanic in more ways than one. A cover version of the theme tune to the 1997 Oscar award winning movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, "My Heart Will Go On."

This stunning new 2Cellos video is one of their most complex ever, featuring Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser in underwater scenes.

Already the video, which was released on the 5th of January, has been watched by over 200,000 fans on YouTube.
The echoing Celine Dion classic is the latest result of the 2Cellos co-operation with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Check out the 2Cellos in their Titanic new video below


Dubrovnik will have even more flights from the UK for this summer season with news that British Airways will increase flights for this year.

Operations between London Gatwick and Dubrovnik will be increased with BA adding an extra three flights a week to the 2018 summer schedule. In 2017 the flagship British carrier operated a total of nine flights a week to Dubrovnik from London and this year the airport in Cilipi can expected BA to touchdown 12 times a week.

Apart from Wednesdays and Sundays British Airways will now operate two daily flights from Gatwick to Dubrovnik, which will also help to cover the shortfall left by the collapse of Monarch Airlines.

The summer schedule comes into force from the 25th of May and lasts until the 28th of September, basically the height of the summer season in Dubrovnik. Tickets are already available for purchase online and a single ticket starts at only 79 Euros.



Zagreb is among the most expensive cities in the world when it comes to the cost of living, according to an estimate published by Numbeo.

Numbeo is the world’s largest database of user-contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. It provides current and timely information on world living conditions including cost of living, housing indicators, health care, traffic, crime and pollution.

And their latest data shows that the cost of living for a four-member family in Zagreb amounts to staggering 14,585.10 Kunas a month without rent, whilst for a single person it is 4,292.99 Kunas without rent.

Zagreb’s cost of living index is 56,77 percent and is 43,23 percent lower than in New York, which is the most expensive city in the world.

Among 525 world cities, according to Numbeo, the Croatian capital ranks as the 317th on the list of the most expensive cities on the planet.



The border crossings of northern Croatia are extremely busy as thousands of Croatians make their way to the ski slopes of Europe.

Skiing package vacations are almost sold out in all the major travel agencies in Croatia with Austria and Italy the two most popular winter destinations followed by France. Whilst for shorter weekend breaks Slovenia and Herzegovina are also popular.

Estimates suggest that up to 200,000 Croatians will hit the slopes this winter with family holidays the most sought after.

Atlas Travel Agency have reported that demanded is up by 10 percent on last year and that they have sold all their winter ski packages for this year. Whilst the Kompas Agency has reported a huge 20 percent increase in demand over last winter. With the snow in Europe clean and fresh and temperatures just perfect for skiing the ski season could well last into early Spring.






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