Sunday, 26 February 2017
The Dubrovnik Times

The Dubrovnik Times


Sun Gardens Dubrovnik has announced it has become a member of The Leading Hotels of the World (Leading Hotels), a prestigious collection of independent luxury hotels.

The Commercial Director for the Management company, Julian Houchin, commented that “We are delighted to officially become a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and sit alongside the many other luxury hotels and resorts recognised around the world for being leaders in the hospitality industry. It is a testament to our commitment to exceeding our guest’s expectations and we look forward to continuing to elevate our guests’ experience together with Leading Hotels and are committed to surpassing the standards by which the company holds its partners accountable to.”

Whilst the Vice President of “The Leading Hotels of the World,” Deniz Omurgonulsen, added that “We are very pleased to welcome Sun Gardens Dubrovnik to our collection of uncommon, independent luxury hotels.”

The 408-room resort, comprising of a five star 201-key hotel and 207 one, two and three bedroom residences, is an established luxury beacon, situated just 11 kilometres from the UNESCO World Heritage city of Dubrovnik, within the community of Orašac. Since it’s opening, Sun Gardens Dubrovnik has successfully positioned itself as one of Europe’s leading luxury resorts attracting families, couples and individuals from over 100 countries. Furthermore, it has firmly secured its place as one of Europe’s leading destination resorts appealing to conference organisers looking for a new and exciting venue for incentives and product launches.

After the main actors are safely wrapped up in their luxury apartments it’s the time of the hundreds of extras to take to the stage of Robin Hood: Origins in Dubrovnik. This video scenes show groups of knights flanking a procession of priests as they make their way into Nottingham.

This was recorded on the eastern entrance into the Old City of Dubrovnik, an area that has been the concentration of filming for the first few days. Just before this scene was recorded Jamie Foxx (Little John) and Taron Egerton (Robin Hood) were in action leaping out of the way of charging horses, it is unsure whether the two scenes are related.

Jamie Dornan is expected to arrive in Dubrovnik this weekend as filming in Dubrovnik enters its second week.

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It is a day not to without your umbrella in Dubrovnik. The south wind started blowing yesterday afternoon and since then rain has been falling.

Even though the forecast for the rest of the day is for overcast weather the predictions are that tomorrow will see a more stable day with the odd ray of sunshine through the clouds. Presumably the cast and crew of Robin Hood will take a day off from filming today, although it probably rains a little in Nottingham so the weather could add some realism.

Check out the rainy Old City of Dubrovnik today by Niksa Duper

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Day 5 of filming of Robin Hood:Origins can be described as rainy, windy and cold but there is no time to relax in Nottingham. The filming was supposed to take place on the Stradun today, but during our walk through the set it seemed like it's still not ready. People were working hard to assemble it all, but many pieces were just laying on the ground, waiting to be placed on the set. 

However, Pile Park and the entrance to the Old City seemed quite busy, as the crew was walking around and making everything ready for what it seems to be one more long night of filming. Pile Park is full of tents with make up artists and hair dressers, as well as coffee and sandwiches.

Director Otto Bathurst and producer E. Benett Walsh were spotted at the set, but sadly we didn't see any cast members, at least not during the day. However, some extras were waiting for filming. Also, two horses were taken to the Old City, one a bit less motivated to enter than the other. These poor horse seemed to have a great fear of wooden bridge, so it took some time before they were coaxed across it, or to be honest – pulled across.

Rain didn't seem to bother anybody and there were some rumors that the crew wished for this type of day. We heard some people saying that they also asked firefighters to help with some extra water! It seems that filming will again take place until the morning hours. Next week brings day scenes again. Don't miss photos from the set as well as the video for the latest update.

The leading Canadian leisure airline Air Transat expects even better results on the seasonal service between Toronto and Zagreb this year.

After launching its seasonal direct flight between the two cities last summer and carrying around 5,000 passengers, Air Transat has decided to expand its operations from one to two flights a week in 2017. The air carrier has also announced that it will operate the flights until later on in the season.

"We've increased our capacity on the destination from one to two direct flights from Toronto for our summer 2017 season in order to offer our customers more flexibility in their choices of holiday duration and packages", said Debbie Cabana, the marketing director of Air Transat.

In addition, in its summer schedule 2017 the Canadian airline has announced beginning of the operations to Zagreb on the 30th of May; it will operate flights on Mondays until the 16th of October, whilst the second weekly flight will be operated on Wednesdays starting on the 18th of June until the 3rd of September.

Air Transat is Canada’s leading holiday travel airline which carries 3 million passengers to 63 destinations in 30 countries annually. The Canadian airline company was voted the Best North American Leisure Airline at the Skytrax annual World Airline Awards held in June 2015.

New top list has been published by The Telegraph yesterday with a title '25 incredible streets you must visit before you die'. Stradun, Dubrovnik's main street (and for us the most beautiful street in the world), is placed on the third place just after Champs-Élysées and Ocean Drive. What is interesting, the cover photo of an article shows Stradun and it's a great promotion to Dubrovnik.

- Despite the crowds, a walk down Stradun, the main thoroughfare in Dubrovnik's old town, is a must, especially if you're a fan of Game of Thrones (it's where Cersei Lannister takes her walk of penance) – writes the author of the article. To be honest, Cersei didn't exactly walk on Stradun, but nobody can say that Stradun didn't earn its place on the list.

- Most of the top attractions in Dubrovnik are concentrated in the car-free old town, within the medieval walls - says Jane Foster, Telegraph Travel’s Dubrovnik expert, adding that wo monumental arched gates, Pile (to the west) and Pločc (to the east), serve as entrances to the old town, and they are joined by the main thoroughfare, Stradun (aka Placa). Off each side of Stradun lies a grid of narrow alleys (some involving steep stone steps), harbouring countless cafés, restaurants and apartments to rent – writes Foster.
Stradun is the pride of the Pearl of Adriatic and we are happy that it made this flattery list – although we're not surprised.

The Dubrovnik Times has teamed up with Break Time in our latest competition. Break Times has recently opened a store in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik featuring unique handmade products. All the Break Time bracelets, necklaces and key-chains are handmade using original yachting rope and nautical-inspired shackles and anchors.

To enter our Facebook competition all you need to do is follow this link to our Facebook page...the rest is easy.

The competition starts on the 24th of February and ends at midday on the 4th of March – Good Luck!

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According to the preliminary information from the latest fair for leisure and travel, the German market has recorded a significant increase in bookings for Croatia this year.

The travel fair which is being held in Munich from the 22nd to the 26th of February, has gathered more than 1,200 exhibitors from 60 countries, whilst 30 Croatian representatives, including the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) are promoting Croatia.

The Croatian Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli have met with representatives of the leading German tour operators - Thomas Cook, DER Touristik Koln, FTI, Schauinsland, ID Riva, Reisewelt, Misir Sonnenreisen and Novasol who have pointed out that Croatia is a destination which has been recording a continuous growth in the past few years.

The representatives of Novasol, the leading specialized agency for private accommodation, have emphasized that the image of Croatia has been growing primarily thanks to the quality marketing. This year Croatia's market has already recorded 35 percent increase in bookings due to a bigger offer of new apartments and houses in private accommodation. ''However, the continuous decline of bookings for Turkey and North Africa is surely in Croatia's favour'', commented a representative of Novasol.

On the other hand, the representatives of TUI have commented that this year Croatia is a very popular destination not only on the German market but in Russia and the UK as well.
However, all tour operators have agreed on one thing; that the geopolitical situation in the world is surely in Croatia's favour because the country is still perceived as a safe destination among tourists.

As it is known, the German market is one of the most important emissive markets which achieved 2,3 million arrivals and 17 million overnight stays in 2016. Around 35 percent of the total number of German tourists travelled in an organized arrangement, whilst 65 percent of them travelled individually.

In addition, in terms of tourist traffic numbers, Istria is the leading region among German tourists, followed by Kvarner, Split and Zadar. The most commonly used types of accommodation by German guests were household objects (33%), camps (30%) and hotels (28%).




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