Friday, 23 March 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.


The Premier League club Southampton are searching for a new coach and the Croatian Slaven Bilic is on their radar. Southampton have only won one of the last 17 games in the Premier League, and the hammer fell on coach Maurizio Pellegrino, leaving the club rudderless.

Slaven Bilic, who was the manager of West Ham, is third favourite on the bookmakers list in England, with Mark Hughes the favourite followed by Marco Silva.

Bilic managed the Hammers in London for two years, from 2015 to 2017, before getting sacked in November 2017 after a 4 – 1 defeat by Liverpool.

The former Croatia National Team boss is 9/1 favourite to get the new role at Southampton with Sky Sports stating “Another man who could be keen to take on a fresh challenge is Bilic, who enjoyed just over two years in charge of West Ham before being sacked in November.”

Game of Thrones may have only filmed for a few days in Dubrovnik, but the filming in King’s Landing is ongoing.

The filming of the eighth and final season of the most popular TV series ever is currently underway and even though the key members of the cast were busy in Dubrovnik back at the beginning of February it appears that they aren’t finished with King’s Landing. Dubrovnik has acted as the set for King’s Landing since season two of the series but for this final season HBO have built their own King’s Landing in Northern Ireland.

kings landing in ireland 2018

Photo by - Jeff McCrory

At the Titanic Studios in Northern Ireland the massive set has been under construction for almost six months and it would appear from the latest photos that it is nearing completion. One of the largest sets ever built the studio has basically rebuilt Dubrovnik in Northern Ireland. According to reports it cost around $1.38 million to build the set and to recreate Dubrovnik.

As this is the final season of the HBO series it was rumoured that King’s Landing would feature heavily, however it was also assumed that the production company would film in the city and not recreate their own city.

dubrovnik rebuilt in northern ireland for game of thrones

Photo by -Jeff McCrory

The Port of Dubrovnik attended the Seatrade Cruise Global in Florida, Fort Lauderdale, held from the 5th to the 9th of March.

This is the largest fair of the cruise industry in the world and was attended by representatives of the ports of Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Sibenik and Rijeka on a joint stand under the name "Croatian Cruise Ports". This four-day event, with 11,000 registered participants, is an epicentre of the world cruising industry activity and the only annual event that brings together all the participants in cruising activities.

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Cruising is the fastest growing activity in the tourism sector, with an increase of 70 percent in the last 10 years, the number of passengers on cruises increased from 15.2 million to 25.8 million per year. The contribution of cruising to the world economy and employment plays an extremely important role, and according to CLIA Europe data in 2017, in Europe it contributed a record 38 billion euros.

The Port of Dubrovnik opens this season cruise seasons on the 17th of March with the arrival of a Viking Star with a total of 900 passengers. By the end of the year in Dubrovnik 489 cruise ships are expected with about 770,000 passengers.

After the expected slowdown in economic growth this year, Croatia can expect to accelerate economic activity in the next two years, according to the latest forecasts of the renowned Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, reports Jutarnji List.

According to their forecasts, Croatia will conclude this year with a 2.7 percent growth in gross domestic product (GDP). But next year, growth in the economy should accelerate to three percent, and the same growth rate should be achieved in 2020.

The statement does not reveal the reasons why Croatia can expect to accelerate economic growth over the next two years. However, their forecasts do not deviate significantly from those of domestic macroeconomists. Thus, Hrvoje Stojic, a macroeconomist for Addiko Bank, in 2019 also expects growth of the Croatian economy at a rate of three percent, and in 2020, according to his forecasts, he would see a growth of between 2.5 and 3 percent.

Tickets for the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival are now on sale. The ticket office in the Festival Palace in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik is now open for the purchase of tickets for the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival program. The office will be open from 10 am to 2 pm from Monday till Friday and from the beginning of May will start working on a full-day schedule.

The programme of the 69 Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which traditionally takes place from 10 July to 25 August in around twenty site specific venues of Dubrovnik.

Full details of this year’s program can be found at the website of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

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An earthquake, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale, rumbled through the north of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County yesterday.

The epicentre of the quake was in neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina and seventeen kilometres away in Metkovic the ground shook as the quake rumbled through. According to the Croatian Seismic Centre the estimated population in the so called “felt area” of the earthquake was 130,000. No injuries or severe material damage has so far been reported.

If you are travelling towards the Dubrovnik suburb of Lozica be careful as a road traffic accident has just occurred blocking the busy road in both directions.

The emergency services are on the scene and are attempting to clear the road.

One eye witness told The Dubrovnik Times that “It would appear that the car lost control on the wet road and crashed into the wall.” It is still unclear as to whether anyone was injured in the accident.


Boninovo – a place where love is treasured in Dubrovnik. With panoramic views over the Adriatic Sea the security fence stands guard over the sheer cliff drop, and apart from this more practical purpose it also holds romantic dreams.

This seemingly plain green fence has become Dubrovnik’s love lock wall. It is hard to say when it started, at least ten years ago is our best guess, but now the fence is awash with pledges of undying love from all over the world.

love wall dubrovnik 2018

Padlocks with the initials, messages, hearts and poems are snapped into place on the fence and the keys are then thrown in the sea. It the modern day version of carving your names in a tree trunk, but once more environmentally friendly.

“Love U 4ever,” from a Swiss couple – “Be my Valentine” in French and “U complete me” from Juan in Mexico. The Dubrovnik love fence is as international as the guests that land every summer.

If you want to add your own enteral love message on a padlock then from the Old City head up the road from Pile Gate for around a kilometre, when you get close the clank of padlocks in the wind will led the way.

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