Tuesday, 22 May 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

A week ago, they won their first ever tournament in Metkovic, and now have won their first home tournament in Cavtat.

“We will absolutely remember our first tournament of rugby "sevens '' in the Dubrovnik region,” commented Ante Stojan, a former Croatian rugby international and the president of the Invictus Dubrovnik Rugby Club. The club was formed only a few months ago and already they have an unbeaten record, played six – won six, the name Invictus, or Invincible, Dubrovnik seems correct.
After winning all of their three games at the tournament in Metkovic the weekend before last the club hosted their first tournament this weekend, on Sunday, and continued their winning ways.

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“We came to the pitch the night before the tournament and watered it thoroughly, then we sorted out the locker rooms, ensured the sound system and the catering,” added Stojan. Yes, the players have more to do than just win their matches. “This is the first time we have organised a tournament and we really wanted everything to run smoothly, I hope the spectators enjoyed themselves and will come back,” concluded Stojan.

Rugby is catching on, the newest Olympic sport, caught the imagination of several hundred spectators at this weekend’s tournament which was held in Cavtat.

Results of Invictus tournament

Invictus Dubrovnik – Herceg Mostar 22:19,
Metković – Ploče 35:14
Ploče – Herceg Mostar 5:29
Invictus Dubrovnik – Metković 14:7
Metković – Herceg Mostar 19:7
Invictus Dubrovnik - Ploče 21:7

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Photos by Tonci Vlasic 

Croatia is on the verge of one of the most successful tourist season ever, according to a panel of experts from the World Tourism Organisation. 2016 could potentially be a very successful year, for world tourism in general and for Croatia, commented the organisation.

Analyzes indicate that the average expected rate of growth of world tourist traffic (measured by arrivals) this year will be four percent, whilst the growth in Europe will be in the range of 3.5 to 4.5 percent.

- Croatia as a tourist destination is most recognizable among European tourists, but all we are better positioned for more distant markets such as the US, China, Japan or Korea. We are very pleased with the results we achieved last year and we want to continue this positive trend this year. – commented the director of Croatian Tourist Board Ratomir Ivicic.

Analysis and indicators of tour operators in key source markets show that Croatia has performed well as a "first minute" sales. Compared to last year the number of bookings is well above 2015 and double-digit growth is expected.

The warm weekend in Dubrovnik brought people out to play, with temperatures in the mid twenties the Adriatic Sea proved too tempting for a few.

Even though the sea temperature is still “only” around 17 degrees this didn’t stop tourists diving into the crystal clear waters. The Bay of Lapad was busy yesterday as locals and tourists enjoyed an “al fresco” day.

Check out our photo gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic

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The film festival “Quiet Please, Dubrovnik and film love each other,” is well underway and every day the events keep coming. Over fourteen days the festival aims to show to guests and locals all of the ties between Dubrovnik and the film industry. The history of Dubrovnik and the film industry goes back over a hundred years, but has been brought into the spotlight with Game of Thrones, Star Wars and the recent Bollywood hit Fan.

The cinematic history of Dubrovnik it is about 100 years old. Around eighty feature films, animated films, and series have been filmed in Dubrovnik. One of the first foreign films, as well as the first colour film in Croatia, was filmed in Dubrovnik by the Oscar-winning director Michael Curtiz, filmed back in 1919, followed by films directed by Orson Welles, Jiria Menzel, Hayao Miyazakia (the greatest animator of all time after Walt Disney), Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now), Roger Coreman (who taught James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola), and many others. Productions from the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Denmark, Turkey, Lebanon, India, and many other countries have been filmed in Dubrovnik.

Program of events in the Quiet Please, Dubrovnik and film love each other

18.04 Monday

- 9 am Exhibition ˝Film and the City Love Each Other˝, inside Luža
-12 pm Orienteering race ˝In the Path of the Film˝ starting in front of Luža
- 4 pm Guided tour ˝In the Path of the Oscars˝ – starting inside Luža
- 4 pm Opening of children's workshop on FILM POSTER DESIGN

19.04 Tuesday

- 9 am Exhibition ˝Film and the City Love Each Other˝, inside Luža
-12 pm Presentation of ˝ Stradun Film Postcard˝ inside Luža
- 4 pm Guided tour ˝In the Path of the Oscars˝ – starting inside Luža
- 4 pm Children's workshop on FILM POSTER DESIGN
- 8 pm ˝Sloboda˝ cinema– Screening of East-German film Goya

20.04 Wednesday

- 9 am Exhibition ˝Film and the City Love Each Other˝, inside Luža
- 4 pm Guided tour ˝In the Path of the Oscars˝ – starting inside Luža
- 4 pm Children's workshop on FILM POSTER DESIGN
- 7 pm Film talk in café bar ’’Festival’’
- 8 pm Screening of Occupation in 26 Pictures in café bar ˝Festival˝

21.04 Thursday

- 9 am Exhibition ˝Film and the City Love Each Other˝, inside Luža
- The Taste of Violence film pageant
- 4 pm Guided tour ˝In the Path of the Oscars˝ – starting inside Luža
- 5 pm Presentation of designs from the children's workshop inside Luža
- 8 pm ˝Sloboda˝ cinema Screening of French film The Taste of Violence

22.04.Friday

- 9 am Exhibition ˝Film and the City Love Each Other˝, inside Luža
- 4 pm Guided tour ˝In the Path of the Oscars˝ – starting inside Luža
- 8 pm ˝Sloboda˝ cinema – Screening of American film Secret Invasion

23.04 Saturday

- 9 am Exhibition ˝Film and the City Love Each Other˝, inside Luža
- 8 pm Screening of tourist documentary about Dubrovnik
- 8 pm Film pub quiz at ’’The Gaffe pub’’
- 10 pm Closing night event at ’’The Gaffe pub’’

The island of Korcula has certainly caught the attention of the international press this year. Already major publications, such as The Huffington Post and The New York Times, have been singing the praises of this picturesque island and now the popular website Business Insider has joined the list. In an article entitled “30 places you should travel to this summer,” Korcula finds itself in fifteenth place.

“Something of an untouched paradise, the island of Korčula is filled with olive groves, tiny villages, a charming old town, and quiet beaches to explore,” writes the Business Insider on the island.

The list of destinations also includes Bermuda, Fiji, Jamaica and Marrakesh, and on the top of the list is Isola Bella in Italy.

The wines of the island of Korcula aren’t overlooked with the Business Insider recommending, “It is also known for its spectacular white wine, Grk, that you can sample at one of its wineries.”

Summer is almost here, temperatures are reaching the mid twenties already and the tourists are making the most of the warm Adriatic sunshine. Yesterday the historic city was bathed in sunshine all day and many tourists took advantage of the weather to walk around the Old City Walls.

Check out our photo gallery by Tonci Plazibat

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The price of a ticket for the Dubrovnik City Walls could soon become more expensive. The current price of an adult ticket for the famous city walls, the most popular tourist attraction in Dubrovnik, is 120 Kuna, however this could soon jump to 155 Kunas.

The Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, the organisation that cares for and operates the city walls, will propose a hike in prices from 120 to 155 Kunas at their general meeting. The reasons they offer for this price rise are the increase in guests on the walls since the beginning of this year. From the 1st of January to the end of end of March the number of visitors to the walls increased by 37 percent, so it is expected that by the end of this year the number of guests will exceed one million. The Society argues that by increasing the ticket prices the congestion on the walls will be reduced.

From the beginning of this year until the end of March the walls were visited by 36,000 guests, which is an unbelievable 10,000 more than from the same period in 2015.

The society will propose the price rise to the Mayor of Dubrovnik, and the final decision by the mayor will be known soon.

ECM (European Cities Marketing) and TMF Dialogue Marketing India organized an Experiential planner road show in the three Indian cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai on April 6th-8th, 2016. During the 'road show' presentations and business workshops were organized for travel agents, organizers of congress events, special events and incentive programs as well as for representatives of large corporations.

Romana Vlašić, director of Dubrovnik Tourist Board and Zlatan Muftić, director of the Zagreb Congress centre of Zagreb Tourist Board participated in this event. ''This was the very first time we presented our city in the Indian market focusing on MICE segment, the workshops were very successful and there was a lot of interest in all three cities,” commented Vlasic.

She added that “We held many meetings with almost hundred agents in Delhi and Mumbai. And Chennai as a new destination and a centre of the movie industry completely met our expectations. Indian organizers of congress and incentive programs, weddings and special events showed great interest in Dubrovnik which recently has become famous for its role in “Fan.”

According to Vlasic Indian tourists are very demanding; they expect a high level of accommodation and service. “A very important element of a destinations offer is definitely Indian food, actually they insist on it but for now there are only two Indian restaurants in Croatia, in Zagreb and Dubrovnik. But with the expansion of the Indian market we hope that offer of Indian cuisine in Croatia will also expand'', concluded Romana Vlašić.

By the end of this month the Zagreb Congress centre in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Congress centre will organize a study trip for several of the largest Indian agents who will then have the opportunity to learn more about Dubrovnik, both as a destination and a possible congress centre.

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