Prema Cruise Critic, the world’s largest online cruise review portal and cruise planning portal (TripAdvisor’s cruise page), Dubrovnik has just been named the best destination for cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean in the second ever organized competition Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards.”Choosing a cruise plan is not easy, especially because of the growing number of beautiful destinations available for cruises. Analyzing first-hand the feedback of travelers of world destinations on cruises, it allows us to discover which destinations are the most popular, which is a real proof of their attractiveness. By sharing this information, we hope to inspire and guide travelers to an easier choice of cruise plan, with which they too will be delighted.. ” pointed out Adam Coulter, UK editor of Cruise Critic.During 2017, 577 touches and about 760 thousand cruise passengers are expected in Dubrovnik. That’s 11 percent less touching and about 9 percent fewer passengers compared to last year. The daily number of visitors from the cruise is limited to 8 thousand. At the beginning of the year, counters were set up at five entrances to the historic core in Dubrovnik to comply with UNESCO guidelines, according to which it should not have more than eight thousand visitors at a time, and 116 cameras were installed in 37 places.The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, expresses the need to ensure the most appropriate allocation of ship arrivals in the 2018 season through joint efforts and coordination of state and local levels of government, in order to achieve the highest quality of the overall tourist offer that brought Dubrovnik more prestigious the title of the best destination on the Adriatic. ”“The current situation is unsustainable in the true sense of the word, and the pressure on the historic core during peak traffic loads, especially at the end of the week, when over 7.000 people enter the city during the few hours in the morning, does not bring anything good in terms of preservation of monumental heritage. and by no means in the quality of the visitor experience. The long-term goal of the City of Dubrovnik is to ensure that at one time there are no more than 4.000 guests from cruise ships inside the walls. We believe that this is the optimal number that ensures a quality life for the citizens of Dubrovnik, and our guests the best possible experience of traveling and enjoying the beauty and all the offer of Dubrovnik. I am convinced that this goal can be achieved by better planning and dispersion of ship arrival dates, which requires joint action.. ”Franković points out.
By Rick StaleyOSBORN, Mo. – Matt, Cade and Jessica Richards are truly a racing family, competing on the highest level at tracks throughout the Midwest.Calling Eagle Raceway his home track, we will also see Matt behind the wheel of an IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car at US 36 Raceway this season, adding to a loaded field of competitors.Matt is from Lincoln, Neb., and pilots the no. 1R, the same number as his son Cade, who drives an E-modified at US 36 weekly. Married to Jessica, who also can wheel a racecar, winning her powder puff feature on fun night, they all travel and race as a close knit family and are respected by all.Matt is self-employed, running Richards Machine Shop and is passing his skills to his son. To say Matt has raced everywhere would be an understatement, so let’s name a few of the tracks he has competed:Belleville, Kan., Eagle Raceway, Lee County Speedway, Atchison County Raceway, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Rocky Mountain Speedway, Junction Motor Speedway, I-80, US 30, Beatrice Speedway, Butler County Speedway, Crawford County, Shelby County, North Platte, Kossuth County, Lakeside Speedway, Heartland Park Topeka, Thomas County, Audubon, Iowa, Elmwood Park, Sherman County, Byers, Colo., and US 36 Raceway.Matt has found victory lane on many occasions at many different tracks and divisions as he has raced Sprints, Modifieds and Late Models. Career highlights for Matt are many as he was IMCA Modified track Champion at Butler County Speedway, NASCAR track champion at Junction Motor Speedway, ASA champion at Audubon and Whelen NASCAR All American.I have watched Matt compete and he never disappoints and is one of the cleanest drivers you will witness and is the same humble person in victory or defeat. A special moment for Matt was when Cade won his first E-modified feature at US 36, holding off three track champions and six former winners to capture the win. I still think he may have had to go to the doctor to get the smile removed from his face.Sponsors on the always fast and competitive no. 1R Sprint Car are Richards Machine and Husker Car Wash as he always brings a beautiful hot rod to the track.Something fans may not know about Matt is his work ethic is second to none. On Fun Night at US 36, Jessica would race the Powder Puff and Cade would race the Winners Series. Between each race Matt would go to work changing the seat, steering sector and making any other adjustments needed. He would do this a total of five times during the night just so his family could compete.Jessica won the Powder Puff and Cade saw a great second place run in the Winners Series. I like to pick on Matt and remind him that both Cade and Jessica are winners at US 36 Raceway and he is the only family member not to have won there. He just smiles and continues to work.Respect from his fellow racers, love and respect from his family, and a crowd favorite is the words I would use to describe Matt Richards. 2018 will see Matt behind the wheel of an IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car and we look forward to seeing him compete and put the no. 1R in Lake Road Warehouse Winners’ Circle at US 36 Raceway, the only problem being there will be about 24 other competitors in this class wanting to stamp their mark in victory lane as well.Hopefully Cade and Jessica can give Matt a few pointers and secrets on getting the win at US 36 Raceway. What a year this will be at US 36 Raceway with this caliber of drivers doing battle on the fast High Banks. Good luck Matt Richards!