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The Sibenik Times, May 16th

The Sibenik Times, May 16th

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06/16/2009

 
sibenik times
THE
ISSUE 24 | SatUrday, may 16
tH
2009 | yEar II
POWErEd By
šibenskilist
Jezera
the picuesque sesie ownof Jeze is siue on henohesen cos of heisln of mue. an illic spo,especill fo hose who eloves of ll hings nuicl
 
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saturdaymay 16
tH
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Welcome to our beautiful city and to thesixth edition of the second season of“The Sibenik Times”. Its official Croatianis now a no-smoking country! In line withmost of the rest of Europe and followingregulations from the European Union theCroatian government banned smoking inall public places as of the 6th of May. Infact the law came into being about amonth ago but in a much softer versionto prepare business for the stricter one.Coming form England this new law is notreally new for me. I’ve seen there over thelast three years how the ban on smokinghas been adopted, both by the peopleand by the pubs, cafés, restaurants, etc.However I always believed that such alaw would be difficult to pass in Croatiawhere a much larger percentage of thepopulation actually smoke. There haveof course been protests and raised voicesfrom many parties, especially in the hos-pitality industry, but so far it seems to befunctioning.As the law was brought into force atthe being of the summer there aren’t asmany problems because smokers havesimply moved to sitting outside caféswhere they are allowed to smoke, butwhat will happen in about six monthswhen the winter hits I’m not so sure. Ifyou’re visiting Croatian from a EuropeanUnion country then this ban will not comeas any real shock as you’re probably usedto it already from your native country.But, I will warn you not to light up insideas the fines are considerable. Along withthe new laws has also come warningson cigarette packets on the dangers ofsmoking and I have to say in my experi-ence these warnings have come as a big-ger shock than the actual ban. Nobodylikes to be reminded of the dangers ofsmoking even though they are of coursepretty obvious. And for all you non smok-ers enjoy a smoke free Croatia.
FROM THE EDITOR
SPEaK UP!
We woul love o he fo ou.Plese wie o sen n e-il ous bou ou s in Sibenik. yo-u coens e vluble o usn he os ineesing leeswill be publishe eve week. In-eesing n unusul phoos elso welcoe. thnks.marK tHOmaSk.hos@sibenik-ies.co
IRAN INTERESTED INCROATIAN OLIVE OIL
 
REHN WELCOMESCROATIA’S POSITIVEANSWER TO HISPROPOSAL
Iranian officials have saidthey are interested in importingolive oil from Croatia, the Croa-tian Agency for the Promotion of Exports and Investments (APIU)has said. The announcement ca-me after an eight day official vi-sit to Iran by an APIU delegation where they met Iranian Ministry of Economy officials. APIU headSlobodan Mikac said both coun-tries pledged to continue econo-mic cooperation.European Enlargement Com-missioner Olli Rehn welcomedCroatia’s positive answer to hisproposal for settling the borderdispute with Slovenia, addingthat he now hopes for Slovenia’sanswer. The Croatian Parlia-ment on Friday accepted draftagreement on settling the bor-der dispute with Slovenia, thusauthorizing the Government toinitial Rehn’s proposal. Croatiaaccepted Rehn’s final proposalin its original form, withoutany amendments. On the otherhand, Slovenia is yet to take itsfinal stand on the proposal andargues it is not a final proposal.It announced amendments andrejection of the proposal unlessthey are accepted.
 
GREAT POTENTIAL FOR CROATIAN NAUTICAL TOURISM
 
CROATIA DUBBED PLACE TO BE FOR MUSIC
The latest numbers show thatas a holiday destination Croatia is very attractive to the charter in-dustry. The great potential of na-utical tourism in Croatia can beattributed to almost a thousandnautical miles of the beautiful Adriatic coast (including 1,185easily accessible islands) and amild Mediterranean climate thatallows for at least a six-month pe-riod for comfortable sailing andcruising. The charter business isone of the most prosperous touri-sm sub-sectors in Croatia and oneof the fastest growing industriesin Croatia generally. The numberof tourists in marinas and overni-ght stays has last year increasedby 11% and 13% respectively comparing to 2008. Nauticaltourists accounted for 8% of thetotal number of tourists. Accor-ding to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce the turnover of portsfor nautical tourism in Croatia isincreasing every year. The lateststatistics survey which included56 marinas and 38 other portsaccommodating charter yachtsand boats show that the turno- ver in charter industry increasedby 6% in comparison with 2007.The total number of berths inCroatia for leisure boats in allmarinas and ports is estimated tobe around 30,000, which is pro- ving to be insufficient to satisfy growing demand and finding aberth during the peak season cansometimes be challenging. The-re are presently over 200 yachtcharter companies in Croatia, with over half of them with only one or two vessels. Of the nearly 2,800 registered charter vessels,over 75% are sailboats. No ot-her Mediterranean destinationhas experienced such dynamicgrowth in charter vessels, withover 200% increase since 2000, when just over 1000 vessels wereoperating. The present situationhas resulted in supply exceedingdemand, providing good oppor-tunities for both charter agentsand consumers.Croatia and other parts of south-east Europe have ensured that theregion is “the place to be for musicfestivals this summer”. Accordingto marketing group Global Publici-ty, The Garden Festival is one rea-son why tourists may want to headon a Croatia holiday this year. Com-menting on the south-east Europearea as a whole, the company sa-id: “The region has some amazingfestivals, with massive line-ups,guaranteed sunshine, cheap ticketprices, cheap drinks and you don’thave to worry about being stungby the strong euro.” In addition tothe Croatian music event, whichmay prompt tourists into choosingCroatia travel routes, there is a bigoccasion in nearby Serbia. The ExitFestival has become more and mo-re popular with visitors from acrossthe continent over the years, andthis year boasts an impressive se-lection of singers and artists. ArcticMonkeys, Lily Allen, Moby and Ma-nic Street Preachers are just a selec-tion of the big-name acts to confirmtheir presence at this year’s event.
 
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DID YOU KNOW?
•TheCroatianflagwasadopted
on decebe 21, 1990, king ione of he wol’s newe flgs.
•In925,CroatianKingTomislav
unie he pincipliies, esb-
lishingthefirstCroatianstate.•AccordingtotheWorldHealth
Ognizion, hee e no vcci-nion equieens fo eneing
Croatia.•CroatiawaspartoftheAustro-
Hungin Epie unil he en ofWol W I.
•Theaverageairtemperaturein
he coles onh (Febu) is
4.6°C.•InJulySibenikhas12.4hoursof
sunshine  , like alexni inEgp.
•Themonksealisoneoftheten
os enngee l spe-cies in he wol hs been spoe
inCroatianwaters.•TheapproximatesizeofCroatia
is bou one que of Biin.
•Forsexonthebeach,infactin
n public plce, hee is  penl- xiu of 30 s in pison o
100EURinCroatia.•TheBritishforceshelpedtosup
-pl ppe fo  new newsppe seup uing he w - Slobon dl-cij. (Fee dli)
•WilliamShakespearesethis
coe twelfh Nigh in Illi, b
whichheprobablymeantCroatia.•PrincessDianavisitedCroatia
in 1997 s p of he cpign-ing wok gins lnines.Since he eh, he LnineSuvivos Newok hs sge nnnul hnbll ounen inhe eo in which es fo
Croatiaparticipate.•AsculpturebythesculptorIvan
mešović,  wooen elief enile
“TheDescentfromtheCross”,can
be foun in he te Glle in Lon-on. He is buie in Ovice  sll
villageapproximately35kmaway
fo he ci of Šibenik.
•SculptorIvanMeštrovićismen
-ione in d.H. Lwence’s bookWoen in Love.
•Thebook101Dalmatianswas
wien b Biish uho doie
Smithandpublishedin1956.
 
NATO ‘OFFERS’ EUR 2BN TO CROATIAN COMPANIES
 
RUSSIANS ARE HIGH CLASS TOURISTS - CLAIMS MINISTER
 
HOTEL AND NAUTICAL COMPLEX TO BE BUILT IN SIBENIK
 
GLASS MUSEUM OPENS
 
CROATIA FAVOURED BY AUSTRIANS
 
NEW SCHEME TO ENCOURAGE CROATIA TRAVEL
Croatia’s NATO membershipopens a possibility to the localcompanies to compete for deals worth as much as EUR 2 billiona year. Only in Croatia, NATOcould invest around EUR 40million in the next five to tenyears. The Government took this opportunity seriously, soa special task force will meeton Monday to prepare and en-courage Croatia’s companiesto take part in internationaltenders for NATO’s projects.With representatives of mini-stries of transport, economy and defense, the task force alsoincludes a Croatian Chamberof Economy’s representative.NATO’s military budget thisyear is EUR 1.3 billion, whilethe civilian budget amountsto EUR 201 million. The infra-structure program NSIP alonehas a yearly budget of EUR 640million, said head of the task force Djurdja Adlesic, who stre-ssed that such deals are espe-cially important in the time of crisis and recession. A new tourism initiative hasbeen set up to try and encoura-ge more people across Europeto holiday in Croatia. Conduc-ted by the Croatian NationalTourist Board, the scheme hasbeen launched in a number of neighbouring countries, reportsJavno.com. Different messageshave been used in each nation’sindividual marketing campaign,offering different reasons to cho-ose a vacation Croatia-style. Theadvertisement being displayedin Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbiaand Macedonia states: “Whenthe heart says summer, it says Adriatic!” However, the sloganfor the scheme in Ukraine andRomania is more specific to Cro-atia. “Experience the beauty of diversity”, it says, before adding:“Croatia: So beautiful, so close.”Meanwhile, Poland’s campaigngoes with: “When the heart sayssummer, it says Croatia!”Croatian Tourism MinisterDamir Bajs has praised Russiantourists as “high class” as a visarequirement for them to travel tothe country was lifted. The go- vernment has said Russian andUkrainian citizens will not need visas to travel to Croatia duringthe summer tourism season as itlooks to boost tourism revenues.Bajs said after meeting Deputy Russian Ambassador to Croa-tia Boris Medvedev yesterday (Weds): “Russians are high cla-ss tourists. Around 80 per centof those who come to Croatiahave a university education. Anaverage Russian tourist spendsmore than 100 Euros a day whi-le other tourists spend around56 Euros. “ A 100 millions Euros ho-tel and nautical resort is to bebuilt in Sibenik, it has beenreported. A consortium of theTurkish company Dogus Group, American company Island Glo-bal Yachting and the NauticalCentre Prgin in Sibenik toget-her with the city authorities of Sibenik are to back the projectin Mandalina in the Adriaticcoastal city. “There is no doubtDogus will take part in this in- vestment. We expect to sign thedeal later this month,” IvanaPrgin, the director of NauticalCentre Prgin said to SlobodnaDalmacija daily. A museum dedicated to an-tique glass has opened in Zadar.The Museum of Antique Glass which opened on Tuesday willdiplay unique glass works fromZadar County as well as otherCroatian cities such as Zagreb,Pula, Split, Osijek, Sibenik and Dubrovnik. It also holdsa library, congress hall and workshop for designing glass.Museum boss Ivo Fadic said:“This museum could become acentre in both Croatia and allof Europe for the study of glass-making.”When Austrians choose aholiday, Croatia is often amongtheir top choice of destination,it would seem. According tothe Austrian Times, Croatia isone the “favourite summer ho-liday destinations” for the peo-ple of Austria. Judging by thenewspaper’s statement, many of the holidaymakers choosingapartments in Croatia this sum-mer could well be from the cen-tral European region. With bea-utiful cities such as Dubrovnik,Split and Sibenik, as well as hostof islands in the Dalmatia holi-day region, there are a numberof options for all Europeans hea-ding to the country for a holiday this year and beyond.

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