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.


The Croatian capital is growing slowly but surely as a tourist destination and last year welcomed 1.3 million tourists, a healthy increase of 17 percent compared to 2016.

The Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, met with the director of the Zagreb Tourist Board, Martina Bienenfeld, this week and discussed the positive results the city achieved. The majority of the tourists to the Croatian capital in 2017 came from South Korea, the United States, Germany, Italy, and China. Thanks to the Advent in Zagreb winter festival the city managed to achieve all year round tourism and the new airport saw a continuous flow of international flights.

"The Ministry supports all the activities by the Zagreb Tourist Board, our cooperation is aimed at common goals and interests, and how much the tourist industry means for the overall economy and gives impetus to all other industries is clearly seen from the data on tourist revenue. Zagreb is a positive example of a destination that lives tourism all year round,” commented Cappelli.

The Society of Multiple Sclerosis of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, held a petition today in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik to collect signatures for the legalisation of hemp cultivation for medical purposes.

Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. Although cannabis as a drug and industrial hemp both derive from the species Cannabis sativa and contain the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), they are distinct strains with unique phytochemical compositions and uses.

The Society invited all fellow citizens to join in and help to sign the petition as their voice needs to be heard to make a difference and to make the use of hemp legal for medical purposes. The members of the Moto club “Two Wheels” also joined in today’s petition which saw a large turnout.


The flagship of the United States Sixth Fleet, “USS Mount Whitney,” is currently undergoing repairs in the Croatian shipyard “Viktor Lenac.” The Blue Ridge-class command ship with over 300 crew members arrived in Croatia yesterday and the month long regular maintenance work started almost immediately.

The Rijeka shipyard has already carried out two projects on the USS Mount Whitney and the command ship joins two other US Navy ships in the Viktor Lenac yard, the USNS Trenton and USNS Carson City. In fact, according to reports in the local media, more work is being done on these ships than was originally planned which gives some indication that the US Navy is satisfied with the level of work.

The City of Dubrovnik has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), this week.

The understanding, signed by Dubrovnik Mayor, Mato Frankovic, and WBAF Chairman, Baybars Altuntas, is expected to strengthen the cooperation between Dubrovnik and the business angels from Turkey and the EU through investments, information exchange, and education.

Frankovic said that cooperation with WBAF should boost start-up companies as a different type of economic activity in Dubrovnik.

"Mr. Altuntas is a great innovator who has shown how to develop small start-up companies, which is interesting to us because most of our commercial activities are based on tourism. We will include the Dubrovnik University and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Croatia in this cooperation. I believe that we will become a small centre of new commercial activities that aren't exclusively related to tourism," Frankovic said.

Altuntas welcomed Dubrovnik's desire to become a global centre for tourism innovation.

“Innovation in tourism is as important as innovation in other industries. Every city or country that wants to be a leading ecosystem for innovation makes a great investment for future generations,” Altuntas said.

He added that education for entrepreneurship was much more important than just putting money on the table.

“It’s more important that entrepreneurs have a proper way of thinking and skills to develop business, than financing. Good business ideas will find their way to financing,” said Altuntas, who is currently visiting Croatia and in addition to Dubrovnik, will also visit the Adriatic city of Split, Zagreb and the northern town of Krapina.

The World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) is an international organisation aiming to ease access to financing for businesses from start-up to scale-up, with the ultimate goal of generating more jobs and more social justice worldwide. It is committed to collaborating globally to empower world economic development by creating innovative financial instruments for innovators, start-ups, and small and medium-sized enterprises.

The swimming season has definitely begun in Dubrovnik, the iconic Banje Beach was busy with sunbathers and swimmers yesterday as the weekend started early.

The city has gone from winter to summer overnight as temperatures have soared up to the high twenties and blue skies and bright sunshine are making sure that the city’s beaches are doing a roaring trade. The ancient Old City resembled an August day today as tourists basked in the sunshine and enjoyed al fresco meals. However, the Adriatic Sea is still rather chilly, at least for the locals, at “only” 16 degrees.

Check out our photo gallery by Tonci Plazibat

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“Culture knows no borders,” a concert organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board was held this afternoon in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik and the Croatian Cultural and Art Society 'Dinara'

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The project launched in 2018 aimed aims to promote the culture and traditions of Livno, the tourist offer of Livno and Bosnia and Herzegovina and strengthen international cooperation with neighbouring countries in the field of culture.

The many tourists in the Old City enjoyed a great free concert in front of the St. Blaise Church as the brass band performed their rich repertoire of classical and film music, pop-rock, entertainment, classical evergreens and Dalmatian songs.

Slavica Ecclestone, former wife of Bernie Ecclestone, bought a house in Zaton, near Dubrovnik, three years ago and for the past three years the luxurious stone villa has been undergoing extensive renovations. The front-row to the Adriatic villa set back Slavica (59) a healthy 19 million Kuna, however considering she received £1.3 billion in 2008 in the divorce settlement.

But it would seem that the former model isn’t making too many friends in the small village of Zaton. Soon after the reconstruction began workers continued into the summer season and therefore disturbed all the neighbours and their guests. She has invested four million Kuna into the 550 metre squared villa and according to report in the media she spent a massive 440,000 Kuna on the stone in villa.

Slavica commented that she loved Dubrovnik but didn’t want to buy a property in the city as the tourist season was just too much for her.

After the recent sand dust cloud that pretty much blocked out the sun in Dubrovnik the wind has changed direction, the skies have cleared and the region is in for a hot and sunny weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday will be warm and sunny with temperatures expected to reach a pleasant 22 degrees.

In fact, we are in for a longer period of warmer weather with the forecast showing sun and blue skies for at least the next five days.

Highs today topped out at around 24 degrees and the blue skies shone brightly as a slight northerly wind blew.


Period of stable and warm weather on the way for Dubrovnik 




Humidity: 74%
Wind: ENE at 11.27 km/h
16°C / 20°C
Partly cloudy
15°C / 21°C
Mostly sunny
17°C / 21°C
Mostly sunny
16°C / 22°C

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