Sunday, 17 December 2017
The Dubrovnik Times

The Dubrovnik Times


Last night the third Advent Candle on the Advent Wreath in front of the Rector’s Palace in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik was lit. The third candle, the candle of joy, was turned on by the deputy mayor of Dubrovnik, Orlanda Tokić.

During each Sunday of the Advent season, the Advent Candles are lit and symbolise - Hope, Love, Joy and Peace.

On this occasion, the parish priest of the parish of St. Cross in Gruž, Fr. Mihael Mario Tolj, held prayers and a program entitled "Your light gives me hope."

olanda tokic lits candle in dubrovnik

Austria had a little touch of a traditional Dubrovnik Christmas when the vocal group “Klapa Kase” sung Christmas carols in Salzburg and Vienna.

klapa kase in salzburg


Organised by the Croatian-Austrian Society from Dubrovnik, the Croatian Heritage Foundation and the association Croatian San from Salzburg, this popular Dubrovnik vocal group sung in traditional costumes in front of Austrian audiences.

This “Dubrovnik Festival” in Austria was made even more special with special festive delicacies from Dubrovnik. The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, and the Director of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Ivana Medo Bogdanovic, also attended the event.

dubrovnik klapa in austria carols 2017

The average spend of a foreign tourist in Croatia is around 2.4 times that of a local tourist, explained Zvonimir Savic, the director of financial institutions, business information and economic analysis for the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Speaking at a congress of tourism experts held in Rijeka this week Savic added that July and August were the most significant months in terms of tourism spending.

On average a tourist in Croatia spends 66 Euros a day, of which 36 Euros (or 55 percent) is spent on accommodation and 12 Euros on food and drink, according to figures from the Institute of Tourism.

By far the biggest spenders are British and Russian tourists. On average a British tourist spends 122 Euros daily, or more than double the average tourist spend, followed by Russians who spend around 99 Euros. The next of the spending list are the French at 95 Euros, Austrians at 72 Euros and Italians at 66 Euros.

Interestingly German tourists, who are the most frequent in Croatia, spend less than the average tourist at only 62 Euros a day, exactly the same as guests from Poland.

When it comes to Croatia and tourism over the past few years, good news has become a common thing. The latest news comes from one of the largest hotel brands in the world, in the next two years, the tourist offer of the country will be enriched with two more hotels that will operate under the Hilton brand.

The Zagreb City Hotels company, which runs the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton in the Croatian capital, confirmed this announcement a few days ago.

The Canopy by Hilton Hotel is to be opened in Zagreb in the middle of next year, (after the first one opened in Reykjavik), whilst the opening of Garden Inn is scheduled for the second half of 2019.

The Hilton company will invest 10 million Euros in equipping of the future four-star hotels, confirmed Josipa Jutt Ferlan, the director of the Zagreb City Hotels and the cluster general manager for all three Hilton hotels in Zagreb.

double tree zagreb pool

Swimming pool of Hilton Double Tree in Zagreb 

 The Canopy by Hilton is an upscale lifestyle brand with a high-level design featuring a fusion of international standards and local features. It targets the market that is more demanding and is positioned right behind luxury brands such as Waldorf Astoria and Conrad. Thus, Zagreb will be the second European city to get the Canopy by Hilton Hotel, right after Reykjavik, and before London, Paris and Madrid.

The Hilton Garden Inn is a focus service brand intended for a wider population of guests. Within the hotel in Zagreb, there will be a congress-banquet centre with five halls, out of which the largest one will have a capacity for 400 visitors with a terrace and a view over the Upper city. Thus, Zagreb will get a new state-of-the-art congress hall with built-in boots for simultaneous interpretation and translation, as well as a new attractive venue for organizing weddings and other events.


On the busiest and most iconic beach in Dubrovnik, Banje Beach, a World War II mine floated up onto the beach this morning. The gale force south winds, that have been blowing for the past few days, quite probably brought this unwanted “surprise” onto the beach.

sea mine world war II dubrovnik

On a beach that is full on hundreds of thousands of tourists throughout the summer months it was surreal to see a World War II mine float up and land on the beach. The police were immediately called to the scene and the bomb was removed from the beach and deactivated. The road above the beach was closed for most of the morning whilst the police cordoned off the scene.

mine on dubrovnik beach from world war II


According to unofficial information from the scene the bomb was an English made sea mine, but this has yet to be confirmed. It would appear that the rough seas finally broke the rusty chain that anchored the mine and washed it up on the Banje Beach. However, where the mine had actually arrived from will remain a mystery forever.

As from next year, Croatia will introduce roadside technical inspection of vehicles on Croatian roads.

Starting from May 2018, the police and road traffic inspectors will carry out on-the-spot roadside technical inspection of transport vehicles and buses. This is regulated by the Regulation of the technical inspection of vehicles on the road, which the Ministry of the Interior has sent to a public discussion.

The Regulation was adopted in order to comply with regulations imposed by the European Union. The Croatian police and inspectors will have mobile units at their disposal for this purpose.

They will also have to carry out an initial roadworthiness inspection on at least 5% out of the total number of freight vehicles and buses registered in Croatia.

Inspection data will be submitted to the European Commission. The Regulation states that police officers or road traffic inspectors have to stop the vehicles visually looking badly maintained for roadside technical inspection. These vehicles will first be subjected to an initial technical inspection, which includes a check on the latest regular roadworthiness report or roadside inspection, a visual assessment of the vehicle’s technical condition and, if necessary, a visual assessment of the safety of cargo transported by the vehicle.

Based on the results of the initial technical inspection, the police and inspectors will jointly decide whether to subject the vehicle to a detailed technical roadside inspection, which includes checks on brakes, tyres, wheels, chassis and environmental impact hazards.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board organized their traditional holiday gathering for journalists with very tempting awards, to thank them for the great cooperation during the whole year.

Dubrovnik journalists were more than happy to take a break from the hard work and enjoy the finest delicacies in the beautiful and modern restaurant Pantarul, while the program was led by DJ Vjeverica.

Music, holiday atmosphere, good food and even better company were a perfect way to end the 2017 and slowly start getting ready for 2018, which is expected to be even better. We are sure that the great cooperation with the Dubrovnik Tourist Board will stay at the same level during the next year too.

Anyway, journalists left with their hands full – some with tickets to Istanbul, some with coupons for restaurants and spa centres, and one happy journalist of The Dubrovnik Times with two nights in the Hotel Odisej located at paradise island - Mljet.

smile wins prize

Director of Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic, presents Ivana Smilovic from The Dubrovnik Times with prize - Photo Zeljko Tutnjevic 

One of the most prominent contemporary photographers, Ahmet Ertuğ, opened an exhibition 'Vanishing point' in Dubrovnik last night in the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik.

In his long-time professional work, Ahmet Ertuğ uses a unique approach that is consistently traced through his photographic work - architectural elements as a whole detail, whether constructive or decorative.

For the Dubrovnik exhibition, with which he presented himself for the first time to the Croatian audience, 20 photographs of large format of representative interior of buildings photographed in Italy and Dubrovnik were selected.

Ertuğ came to Dubrovnik with his team at the end of September because of the invitation of the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik. He was here for six days, shooting early in the morning to avoid tourist crowds and catch the empty and hidden spaces of the City.

Many people were delighted to visit this special exhibition. If you wish to do the same – the 'Vanishing point' will stay opened until March 11th next year.




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