Thursday, 26 April 2018

The San Francisco based social media experts “Klout” have created a list of the top ten recommended Twitter experts to follow in Croatia and we are proud to announce that The Dubrovnik Times is ranked in third position.

Klout is a website and mobile app that uses social media analytics to rate its users according to online social influence via the "Klout Score", which is a numerical value between 1 and 100. In determining the user score, Klout measures the size of a user's social media network and correlates the content created to measure how other users interact with that content.

The biggest Twitter influencer in Croatia is the account of the Croatian National Tourist Board, somewhat unsurprisingly as they have a massive 100,000 followers and is extremely active with stunning photos from all the country. Second on the list is the Twitter account of the popular Australian blogger, “Chasing the Donkey,” created by Sarah-Jane Begonja. And in third position on the list of Croatian Twitter experts is The Dubrovnik Times.

Further down the top ten list are the Croatian Football Association and the account of the Croatian government comes in at tenth position.

This dog owner certainly turned heads in Dubrovnik yesterday as she strolled along the Stradun with her pets.

This foreign dog owner was apparently in Dubrovnik for a dog show that is being held. With one of her pack inside a special pram, complete with its own sunroof, this caring pet lover made sure that the pack still went together.

A reader sent us these photos of the “animal kingdom” in the centre of the Old City of Dubrovnik.

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The ABYSS Dubrovnik Diving and Water Sports Center, Sunsail and ACI Marina Komolac marked Earth Day like they usually do - with the ecological action of underwater cleansing.

The results of the action are quite interesting, because many weird things can be found underwater. For example, divers found not one, not two, but 73 shopping carts from the nearby supermarket, as well as 1100 liter garbage container and two tricycles.

ABYSS's employees, friends and guests from the Netherlands and Sweden participated in the action, accompaniedby divers from Croatia and BIH club members: REK Hvidra Split, RK Red Lake Imotski. SREK Vidra Ljubuski, SEUH Mostar, RK Leut Mostar, RK Explorer Sarajevo and ERK Malo more Komarna.




In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 18 traffic accidents, in one of which one person was killed and ten had injured persons, where three persons were heavily injured, 11 had light injuries while seven traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 612 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 323 measures taken due to speeding, 39 due to improper overtaking, 36 measures due to improper stop and parking, 69 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 16 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24th, Police Traffic Officers will carefully monitor motorcycle and moped drivers.

In the presence of the Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, the contract with China Road and Bridge Corporation on the construction of the future Peljesac Bridge was signed today in Dubrovnik.

“This project is of strategic, long-term importance to the whole country. The project is meaningful not only for the long-term development of Peljesac, Korcula, Lastovo and southern Croatia. The project is also important for the supply of goods to southern Croatia which will become faster and more efficient - said the prime Minister at the signing.

The Prime Minister also added that the future bridge will also have a height of 55 metres and a range of 280 metres and therefore “allow our friends in Bosnia and Herzegovina safe passage into the port of Neum.”

Numerous ministers attended the signing ceremony, which was held in the Hotel Excelsior, as well as the Chinese Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia.

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The tourist offer of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County is currently being presented to the United Arab Emirates at one of the largest travel fairs in the Middle East. The Arabian Travel Market business and trade fair open yesterday in Dubai and the Dubrovnik – Neretva County tourist board is present on the main stand of the Croatian National Tourist Board.

The Arabian Travel Market, is the leading global tourism event in the Middle East, and from the 22nd to the 25th over 40,000 tourism professionals are expected to visit the fair in the Dubai World Trade Centre.

dubai at dubrovnik travel

This fair might be of particular importance to Dubrovnik as the airline FlyDubai has recently opened a new direct line from Dubai to Dubrovnik. And the tourist board commented that “With regard to the introduction of a direct flight from Dubai to Dubai, we expect a significant increase in traffic from this market this year.”

Even if you've visited it already, Croatia is surely on your travel bucket list. The country has so much to offer and it's really hard to see all of its beauty in just one go. 

If you are not sure about it, website Cultural Places will make you change your mind. They created a list – 13 places to visit in Croatia before you die and their choice will make you pack your bags immediately.

-With over 1,000 islands, amazing museums, sensational music festivals, a spectacular rocky coast and super clean Mediterranean sea, Croatia is a dreamy summer destination. Country unlike any other. There are just so many things you can see and do here. Whether it is its unspoiled nature, historical sights or world-class museums, Croatia has it all – it's written in the article that brings crème de la crème of our beautiful country.

This is the list of 13 places to visit in Croatia before you die:

1. Embrace the nature at Plitvice Lakes National Park
2. Visit the great arena in Pula
3. Go back in time at Diocletian’s Palace, Split
4. Get some sun at Golden Cape beach in Brac
5. Stroll down the Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main street
6. Visit the historic City of Trogir
7. Get the taste of the sea on the Island of Hvar
8. Mali Lošinj
9. Visit a charming city of Motovun
10. Visit Zagreb, the capital of Croatia
11. Rovinj, Istria
12. Enjoy nature at National Park Brijuni
13. Get religious at Visovac Monastery

They also added one bonus location for all the travel lovers - Stiniva beach on Vis Island. If you want to know all the details about the locations visit the original article here.

The Hotel Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik has officially been awarded a halal quality certificate for guests of Islamic religion, guaranteeing hotel accommodation, food and drinks according to strict Halal standards.

The certificate was presented to the Director of the Hotel Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik, Ivica Sabljić, by Aldin Dugonjić, the head of the Halal Quality Certification Centre in Zagreb, a specialized institution of the Islamic Community, whose primary activity is education of Halal, and the only authorized institution in Croatia to issue Halal Certificates.

"We are very pleased that we are the holders of Halal Quality Certificates and we can provide our customers with a full certified Halal Service. Valamar Riviera offers its guests the ultimate quality of service by continuously following the trends and developing a diverse range of tailor-made offerings. This is why we have recognized this certification as a model of even higher quality, multi-faceted guarantees that will provide added value to our offer, " commented Sabljić.

Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik has expanded its offer of products to which certified halal foods have been used. All halal dishes are clearly marked and separated so that guests can easily choose them. Rooms, designed for guests who want a halal service, are specially decorated and equipped.

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 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.




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