The traditional Christmas reception was held at the Croatian Embassy in London on Tuseday, December 12th, organized jointly by the Tourist Board of Dubrovnik, the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Airport.
After the traditional Dubrovnik Christmas carol – Kolenda, performed by Dubrovnik musicians Dzivo Brcic and Josip Pende, the hosts spoke to the guests with short speeches. The event was attended by around eighty guests.
Croatian specialties and local wines were served, all prepared by the British company Taste Croatia, which imports Croatian products on this market. In addition to the musical performance of Kolenda and other acclaimed Croatian and Dubrovnik songs of the renowned Dubrovnik musicians, Dzivo Brcic and Josip Pende, an interesting play was presented to the guests – ''Small talks by the Dubrovnik Greats'' (Ruder Boskovic and Marin Drzic). The actors were students of 3rd grade of Dubrovnik Gymnasium, Karlo Krilanovic and Antonio Mustahinic.
Croatian Ambassador in the United Kingdom, Igor Pokaz, highlighted the importance of Dubrovnik as a popular destination for the British vacation. He also said that he personally could recommend Dubrovnik for vacation because he has been spending his summer holidays on the Dubrovnik island of Sipan for 11 years now.
Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic, emphasized the great importance of the British tourism market for Dubrovnik. The Brits are traditionally on the top of the list of the most numerous Dubrovnik visitors. She spoke about the success of Dubrovnik, which achieved record tourism results this year, with a large share of British guests in overall achievements, expressing the expectation that the links between Dubrovnik and London will continue to increase and that the number of British people visiting Dubrovnik will continue to grow.
British tourists in the first eleven months of this year made 181 272 arrivals and 874 174 overnight stays, which is 21 percent increase in arrivals and 17 percent increase in overnight stays compared to the same period last year.
Dubrovnik Airport Director, Roko Tolic, thanked in particular to aviation companies, highlighting British Airways as a very important partner of Dubrovnik Airport, which maintains all-year air lines with Dubrovnik. He also added excellent results of the Dubrovnik Airport, which is extremely important for Dubrovnik, because 70 percent of Dubrovnik's guests are flying guests.
Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik, Jelka Tepsic, pointed out the publication of the Financial Times, where Croatia is ranked seventh in the world for its attractiveness for new investments, and in the same edition it is emphasized that it is also a very attractive filming destination. Particularly Dubrovnik – for example, today is the premiere of the eight sequel of the Star Wars-The Last Jedi, which was partly filmed in Dubrovnik last year. Deputy Mayor emphasized that Dubrovnik is a highly successful tourist destination, which is faced with great challenges as well, therefore the city administration has undertaken activities aimed at better organization when it comes to cruise ships.
At the reception, there was a draw for the two tickets of Croatia Airlines (London-Dubrovnik-London) and a free stay at Hotel Kazbek in Dubrovnik. The lucky winner is James Stewart, journalist of The Sunday Times.