Sunday, 29 May 2022

Flights to Dubrovnik: United Touches Down from New York 1 Month Earlier than 2021

May 29, 2022 - A boost for tourism in Dubrovnik, as the first United Air Lines flight from New York landed yesterday,  a month earlier than last year.  

Things are starting to return to a semblance of normal. 

The important North American tourism market, long in love with the majesty of Dubrovnik, is beginning to reengage with the Pearl of the Adriatic after the COVID-19 interruption. Last year, Dubrovnik was connected to New York directly for the first time, but not one but two major carriers - Delta and United. So happy were United with the new route that they have decided to launch 2022 operations a month earlier than last year, with the first 170 passengers arriving yesterday. Dubrovnik  Mayor Mato Frankovic was clearly pleased at the news, posting on Facebook: 

"Today, the first direct flight from New York with 170 passengers landed at Dubrovnik Airport. The American airline United started flights a month earlier this year, and what makes us especially happy is that this year Dubrovnik will be the only Croatian city directly connected to the United States of America having direct flights from New York four times a week until the end of October.

With the increasing number of passengers in air traffic, the connection to almost 80 global destinations, through 48 foreign and domestic companies, but also the return of ships on round trips the tourist recovery of the City is more visible every day and I believe that we will achieve great results in this season."

According to ExYuAviation, United's results from last year exceeded expectation, with 17,264 passengers contributing to a 77.9% load factor, as well as 405 tons of cargo. Andrew Nocella, Chief Commercial Officer for United, acknowledged the success of the new Croatian route, which was initiated as a result of Croatia's policy of open borders for Americans during the pandemic. 

“We started in a few new markets in Europe last year. In fact, we loaded those for sale very late. And those new markets were actually some of our top-performing city fares, because Croatia and Greece in particular, made it clear to the world that they were open for business. And in fact, our customers responded to it immediately, and our new flights degrees did incredibly well.” 

Dubrovnik enjoyed considerable coverage of its welcome to Americans during the pandemic, including a feature on Good Morning America, which was watched by 12.5 million people. The Dubrovnik Tourist Board has also been running a successful campaign in various airports in the States. 

For more information about Dubrovnik, check out the TC Dubrovnik in a Page guide

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Sunday, 29 May 2022

Conference on 30 Years of Int. Recognition of the Republic of Croatia

May 29, 2022 - On the occasion of Statehood Day and the 30th anniversary of Croatia's international diplomatic recognition, numerous events are being held in the country. A conference entitled "Heritage of Generations: 30 Years of International Diplomatic Recognition of the Republic of Croatia" will be held in Zagreb.

Three panels will be held at the conference "Heritage of Generations: 30 Years of International Diplomatic Recognition of the Republic of Croatia", reports HRT News. Distinguished guests will discuss current topics related to the international position of the country on the occasion of Statehood Day.

The first panel runs from 10:30 am and is called "Witnesses of the Time: Brave Generation". Dr. Mate Granić, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, is taking part in it along with Academician Davorin Rudolf, member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, prof. dr. sc., Jurgen Chrobog, German lawyer and diplomat, and Associate Professor dr. sc. Ante Nazor, director of the Croatian Homeland War Memorial and Documentation Center. The moderator of the panel is Dr. sc. Gordan Grlić Radman, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia.

The second panel "Croatia for three decades: Generation of transformation" lasts from 12:10 to 13:40 and will be broadcasted on HRT4. Participants include mr. sc. Zdravka Bušić, Member of the Croatian Parliament; Peter Galbraith, US Ambassador to Croatia from 1993 to 1998; mr. sc. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the fourth President of the Republic of Croatia, Ivana Maletić, a member of the European Court of Auditors, and Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission, will deliver a video message. The moderator is Vladimir Drobnjak, special advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia.

The third panel "Croatia Today: Generation for the Future" lasts from 14:40 to 16:10 pm. Participating are Gracija Filipović, actress in the Cannes-awarded Croatian film MurinaAlbert Gajšak, Circuitmess doo; dr. sc. David Matthew Smith, director of the Ruđer Bošković Institute; Dejan Nemčić, professor and Tin Srbić, gymnast. The moderator is Zrinka Grancarić, an HRT journalist.

For more, check out our politics section.

Sunday, 29 May 2022

DUBoak: Brand New Malinska Maritime Heritage Centre Opened

May the 29th, 2022 - The brand new DUBoak facility, a Malinska maritime heritage centre, has now opened its doors to the public and will showcase all that this area has to boast of when it comes to its rich maritime history and heritage.

It's not exactly news to anyone that the Republic of Croatia as a whole has an enormous tie to the sea, with the Adriatic part of the country drawing a long and extremely rich history based on the depth of its relationship with it. From food to trade, transport and defense, these ties continue to bind to this very day despite history having altered tremendously throughout time.

As Morski writes, the new Malinska maritime heritage centre (DUBoak) has been opened in Malinska on the popular island of Krk. The Malinska maritime heritage centre was built thanks to the European Union (EU) project Arca Adriatica, which deals with the protection, promotion and tourist valorization of the Adriatic's extremely extensive maritime heritage.

The rich maritime heritage, sailing culture, shipbuilding skills and coexistence of island people with the sea and forest were evoked in the facility worth around 11.5 million kuna, and the Lastavica Sports and Fishing Association and the Malinska Sailing Club also found their home there.

It was built on the place where the people of Dubas once busied themselves and unloaded wood from ox-carts, which were then loaded into bracers and camps headed for Rijeka and even across the Adriatic Sea to Venice, a place where a deep and strong connection between Dubasnica and the sea was formed.

Given the unbreakable connection between the sea and traditional boats on the coastal side and oak on the forest side, the name "DUBoak" is reminiscent of the deep sea, and also represents a play on words.

The conceptual design of the new Malinska maritime heritage centre and the very execution of the project comes signed by a talented team of architects, heritage interpreters, marketers and experts in the field of multimedia.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

Sunday, 29 May 2022

Dubrovnik-Neretva Beaches More Accessible for People With Disabilities

May the 29th, 2022 - Three Dubrovnik-Neretva beaches are now more accessible to people with various forms of physical disabilities thanks to a new move within the wider MIMOSA project.

As Morski writes, three Dubrovnik-Neretva beaches have now finally been properly and safely equipped with lifts for people with disabilities. They were procured as part of the praiseworthy MIMOSA project.

From this summer season onwards, people with disabilities will be able to enter the sea on three more Dubrovnik-Neretva beaches more easily on the beaches in Orebic, Slano and in Molunat, which lies to the south of the city.

Lifters for people with disabilities have been set up in co-operation with local self-government units to facilitate access to the sea for people with disabilities and people with reduced mobility. The total value of the three lifters installed in the municipalities of Orebic, Konavle and in Zupa Dubrovacka stands at 300 thousand kuna.

The MIMOSA project is otherwise being implemented within the Interreg Italy-Croatia cross-border cooperation programme, and its main goal is to improve the quality, safety and environmental sustainability of coastal transport services by promoting multimodality and connecting multiple forms of transport within the programme area, but also raising the general level of awareness of both citizens and tourists when it comes to offering modern and more environmentally friendly solutions.

Italy aside, Dubrovnik-Neretva County has 369,735.00 euros at its disposal for the realisation of various MIMOSA project activities, and the project activities will be realised by the end of 2022.

As part of the project, a website for cycling tourism in Dubrovnik-Neretva County is being developed, and work is underway to arrange a cyclopoint (centre) in Popovici, which lies to the south of Dubrovnik, which will be equipped with equipment for cyclists.

In addition to all of the above, at nineteen different locations within the county, the installation of nineteen bike service sets and twenty new parking racks for bicycles is planned.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

Sunday, 29 May 2022

More Lika-Senj County Capital Investments on Horizon

May the 29th, 2022 - There will be more Lika-Senj County capital investments on the cards, according to the director of the the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development's Financial Association for the Republic of Croatia (EBRD), who recently paid a visit to Gospic.

As Novi list/Marin Smolcic writes, the director of the EBRD's Financial Association for Croatia, Victoria Zinchuk, spent the day in Lika-Senj County recently and visited Gospic. The visit and meetings were very fruitful, with more Lika-Senj County capital investments on the horizon.

A working meeting of Lika-Senj County prefect, Ernest Petry, with Director Zinchuk was held in Lika-Senj County, where they discussed Lika-Senj County capital investments as we move forward, and the possibility of monitoring them with the use of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

The continuation and expansion of cooperation between the two entities in the coming period was quickly agreed upon. After the meeting, the Director of the EBRD for Croatia, Victoria Zinchuk, who is otherwise a Ukrainian citizen by nationality, accompanied by the host, visited the Reception Centre for the Care of Ukrainian Citizens in Gospic.

She expressed her gratitude to this part of the Republic of Croatia for the rapid way in which it has extended endless amounts of help to Ukraine and fleeing Ukrainian refugees. Through special efforts and a lot of initiative, this Croatian county has created some of the most optimal conditions for the accommodation of refugees from Ukraine staying in Croatia following Russian invasion of their country.

For more on investments across Croatia, both foreign and domestic, make sure to check out our dedicated business section.

Sunday, 29 May 2022

Plitvice Lakes National Park's Bookings Dominated by Foreign Visitors

May the 29th, 2022 - The gorgeous Plitvice Lakes National Park's bookings over this ongoing long weekend have been excellent, with foreign visitors dominating.

As Novi list/Marin Smolcic writes, the current very encouraging arrivals and stays on the grounds of Plitvice Lakes National Park continues being maintained, we can definitely count on an excellent season, the famous park's director, Tomislav Kovacevic, believes.

The last two weeks have boasted some great, albeit it a little too hot for some, weather conditions for Croatia's most beautiful and oldest national park. Just like in the summer months, there have been recent days on which there have been queues at entrances one and two of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, and there has typically been a longer waiting time for guests seeking transport on electric boats and on the park's much loved panoramic trains.

Speaking about the gorgeous nature, flora and faun which this park boasts in abundance, everything flourished and gorgeous green hues quickly dominated Plitvice Lakes National Park's landscape. From a tourist point of view, the situation is very similar in terms of guest arrivals. This was confirmed to by the director of Plitvice Lakes National Park, Tomislav Kovacevic.

''Given that this extended weekend is as it is due to Statehood Day, we can't count on there being huge crowds, there will mostly be domestic guests paying a visit to the park, and this will more than likely continue be a common situation for us because we still have a busy occupancy of our hotels about 80 percent compared to the record, pre-pandemic year of 2019. The share of foreign guests is now more than 80 percent of the total number of visitors to this national park,'' Kovacevic said.

Due to the intensified COVID-19 epidemic in the Far East, there are still no organised visits to the Plitvice Lakes National Park by guests from China, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea, who in previous years accounted for a significant share of the park's overall number of visitors.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.

Sunday, 29 May 2022

A Tiny Country of Champions: 10 Straight Years a Croatian Champions League Winner

May 29, 2022 - Real Madrid's narrow victory over Liverpool continues a rather impressive Croatian Champions League statistic - a decade of uninterrupted success. 

The tiny country which dared to dream...

One of the most engaging football journeys in history took place in the summer of 2018 in Russia, as the unfancied Croatian national team captured the hearts and minds of half the planet as they battled their way to the World Cup Final before eventually losing in 4-2 in Moscow to France. 

But those who follow Croatian football closely will perhaps not have been as surprised at the success of the Vatreni during that heady summer four years ago. A tiny country Croatia may be (with a population these days of less than 4 million), but a country which has consistently punched above its weight on the world stage in a number of sports (find out just how much in the TC overview of Croatian sports). 

For Croatia truly has some world-class players, a fact that was demonstrated last night in Paris with a rather impressive Croatian Champions League statistic - this tiny country of sporting excellence has produced a Croatian Champions League winner every year for the last ten years in a row. 

The star name on that list was jubilant in Paris last night, as Croatia's best-known footballer of all time, Luka Modric, lifted the coveted trophy for an incredible fifth time, an outstanding achievement. But while some might think Modric is the only star in the Croatian team, Croatian Champions League winners over the last ten years suggest otherwise. During that golden decade, no less than 6 Croatian players have picked up a winner's medal. 

The winning run started back in 2013 when Mario Mandzukic (a name that will haunt English fans) scored in the 2013 final, helping Bayern Munich to overcome Borussia Dortmund. Modric won his first Champions League with Real Madrid the following year. Spain was the location of the 2015 Croatian winner, this time Ivan Rakitic with Barcelona. 2016-18 were golden years for Croatia and Real, with Modric and Mateo Kovacic winning the trophy 3 years in a row, before Dejan Lovren helped Liverpool break the Spanish stranglehold on the trophy. Ivan Perisic won with Bayern Munich in 2020, and Kovacic won his fourth medal last year in Chelsea colours, before Modric brought Europe's most sought-after trophy to Madrid after his heroics last night. 

An incredible record. And who is to bet against another ten years of Croatian Champions League success in the coming decade?

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Sunday, 29 May 2022

Luka Modrić Wins 5th Champions League, Extends Real Madrid Contract!

May 29, 2022 - Croatian legend Luka Modrić wins the fifth Champions League of his career with Real Madrid after beating Liverpool 1-0 in Paris. To celebrate, he has extended his contract until June 2023!

Yesterday, Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final in Paris with a goal from Vinicius Jr. in the 59th minute. This way, the team from the Spanish capital achieved its 14th European Cup in its history, greatly lengthening the difference with the rest of the continent's clubs. Some players from the squad, such as Karim Benzema, Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernández, Marcelo, Isco, Casemiro, and Gareth Bale added the 5th Champions League trophy to their showcase, after winning the first one in 2014 in Lisbon. Likewise, Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti became the first coach in history to win four Champions League titles, two with AC Milan (2002-03 and 2006-07) and two with Real Madrid (2013-14 and 2021-22).

The captain of the Croatian national team, Luka Modrić, is also among the select group of footballers with five Champions League titles to his name. The 36-year-old Zadar-born midfielder played 90 minutes of the match before being replaced by Dani Ceballos. Luka has been considered by many journalists, fans, and even players from other teams as one of the architects of this new title for Real Madrid. Prior to playing the match against Liverpool, Luka stood out in the previous matches against Paris Saint Germain in the round of 16, against Chelsea in the quarter-finals, and against Manchester City in the semi-finals, showing that his great form doesn't seem to wear off over the years.

Luka played all 13 games in the European competition, where he gave 4 assists and received just one yellow card. The Croatian ends his tenth season with Real Madrid in a great way, winning both the Spanish league and the UEFA Champions League, as well as being a decisive piece in Carlo Ancelotti's team.

And the good news, both for Luka and for Real Madrid, did not end there. As confirmed by the Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, for many considered the most reliable source in terms of football transfers, Luka has signed the extension of his contract with Real Madrid for one more year, until June 2023, pending an official club statement. Luka will now join the Croatian squad ahead of the Nations League matches against Austria, France, and Denmark.

Congratulations Luka!

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Saturday, 28 May 2022

Dodik Supports Serbia in Prosecuting Croatian Pilots for Alleged War Crimes

ZAGREB, 28 May, 2022 - The Bosnian Presidency's Serb member Milorad Dodik on Saturday supported the Serbian judiciary's plans to prosecute Croatian pilots for alleged war crimes committed in 1995.

Without directly mentioning the indictment against the Croatian pilots, Dodik posted a tweet clearly alluding to the attempt to prosecute them, saying that "a war crime against innocent Serb civilians, children, women and older persons" was committed on 7 and 8 August 1995 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Dodik wrote that the Bosnian Serb entity supported Serbia's War Crimes Prosecutor's Office and the indictment filed "against the perpetrators of that crime. For the sake of a better and more peaceful future of the region's countries, everyone should answer for what they did during the last war, just as we should nurture the culture of remembrance."

Serbia's War Crimes Prosecutor's Office has indicted retired Croatian Air Force pilots Danijel Borović, Željko Jelinić, Zdenko Radulj and Vladimir Mikac for war crimes against Serb civilians during Operation Storm.

They are accused of shelling a column of refugees near Bosanski Petrovac and Bosanski Novi, BiH. The indictment contends that 13 persons were killed, including six children, and that 24 persons were wounded.

The Prosecutor's Office recommended the Croatian pilots be tried in absentia. It decided to indict them even though the alleged crime was committed in another state, citing universal jurisdiction for war crimes.

Saturday, 28 May 2022

Sinković Brothers and Jurković Sisters into Rowing World Cup Finals!

May 28, 2022 - What a day for Croatian rowers! The Sinković brothers and Jurković sisters are in the Rowing World Cup finals tomorrow! 

Brothers Martin and Valent Sinković had another good race on Saturday and won in their semi-final group for a spot in the World Cup finals tomorrow!

With a time of 6:15.97, they took first place in the group, ahead of Poland and Great Britain. The final race is scheduled for tomorrow at 11:53 am. 

The brothers commented on the semi-final race: 

"We finished the semi-final race, it was interesting and combative. Not we can say that we are maximally satisfied with our performance. I think in training it was even better, but the race is always something else. The Poles really good crew and we knew it was going to be a fight to the end," said Valent Sinković

"A little different than usual, we broke them only in the finish. The start was really good, but we are not completely satisfied. But that's also good because
we have room for improvement. We hope that the result will be the same tomorrow - and yes we will be the first and the Poles the second. Let's fight to the end and hope to row even better," said Martin Sinković

Sisters Ivana and Jurković took second place with a time of 7:20.16 in the rematch and secured their place in the finals tomorrow, too! The Danish crew took first place with a time of 7:16.74. The final race is scheduled for tomorrow at 11:07 am.

Anton and Patrik Lončarić failed to reach the finals, taking fifth place with a time of 6:49.73. The crews of Serbia, the Netherlands, and Great Britain secured a spot in tomorrow's finals. 

Bravo to Croatian rowers and let's hope for even better results in the finals tomorrow! 

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