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By Marijuana Rebic general secretary Fijet
The 11th edition of awards for croatian travel journalists and writers was held in hotel Esplanade -Fijet Hotel Partner, on 9th of December.
Last year, and partly this year, international media trips stopped.
So, MP Award Ceremony was an occassion to give postponed Marco Polo Grand Prix Award to Albina Podbovsek Adamic, Slovenian journalist for journalis the best reportages from the island Rhodes-Greece, host country of the FIJET congress in 2019. The Ceremony joined Goran Milic,Croatian Journalist awarded with Marco Polo Grand Prix in 2020.
The Fijet Journalists Award Committee, composed by Ante Gavranovic, Hrvoje Zovko, Jadranka Rilovic, Marija Baric and Anita Zuvela, have recognized excellent achievements in travel journalism in Croatia, selecting and awarding the best coleagues and making a great job.
The first prize Marko Polo Grand Prix for domestic travel articles is given to the journalist Zeljko Zutelija for the book „ My Zagreb- the most beautiful city in the world“, that inspire readers to discover zagreb from all aspects.
Six medals „Marco Polo“ went to domestic journalists for the excellence, to journalists who published travel articles, stories of Croatian regions, people, customs and traditions, undiscovered and interesting destinations, to be used by tourism professionals as an incentive for new content, tourism offer or as motivation for tourists and media promotion of new tourism products and content, specially in the new trends and conditions of tourism future.
Awarded journalists are: Petra Sopek, Editor for great Magazine Meridijani, Paula and Djelo Jusic, authors and producers of TV Reportages „Fairytale Croatia“, Slobodan Kadic for a series of inspiring reportages that awaken the imanigation traveling in Croatia,published in Daily News „The voice of Slavonia“, Zeljko Marusic for extraordinary contribution for travel journalism and TV show „Zeljko and his guests“, Vladimir Kumbrija, Editor in Chief of Croatia Radio I for great tourism daily radio show „Summer on Ist program“ and Denis Mahmutovic for reportages from mysterious and unexplored destination in Croatia, published in daily news „24 Hours“.
Three speacial recognitation were given to :Radio Sljeme for weekly radio reportages from Zagreb named „ My district „ and „Bed and Breakfast“ contributing to the popularisation and affirmation of visit to Zagreb; KAportal and Mario Pusic for a serie of reportages „ A hidden jewel at hand reach“ and Student TV for TV reportage from Salonika, the city host of Young Journalists Academy 2021.
On the occassion of 15th Anniversary, special Award was given to Tina Cubrilo for authorship and realization of Marco Polo Project. Un libero
In 2020 Fijet Croatia launched the award for the Tolerance, to those who champion and live tolerance within their communities and across the globe as a means of fostering intercultural communication, underscoring the importance of tolerance open dialogue achieving world peace based on universal human values.
Fijet Tolerance Award was given to the Journalist ( Vecernji Daily News) Hassan Haidar Diab.
I would like to take a minute and congratulate all the winners of Marco Polo for the well deserved awards.
It is extremely important to be grateful to your sponsors to ensure that things go smoothly in the MP project: Ministry of Tourism, Croatian Tourist Office,City of Zagreb, Tourist Offices Zagreb and Korcula, Croatia Airlines, Hotels Esplanade, Fermai-Split and Rixos Libertas-Dubrovnik, Nimco Liquors Croatia, Feravino Croatia, Musiciens Mirko Švenda, Paula and Djelo Jusic, and Media sponsor „Vecernji Daily News“.Thanks to International Tourism Film Festival for partnership.
Thanks to our guests of honor Ms. Sandra Herman, State Secretary of Ministry of tourism,Luka Benko, Delegate of City Mayor Zagreb, Dario Trnka, Delegate of Croatis a livello Tourist Office and Ivica Krizmanic, Director Hotel Esplanade. Thanks to all our guests and partners who joined us at the Ceremony.
Thanks to Fijet International Journalists who joined us in Zagreb: Jacques Campe, France, Stefan Baciu, Romania, Alexander Stemp, Hungaria,Mevlida and Dario Novalic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Djordje and Zvezdana Mihajlovic, Serbia.
The original statue will soon be placed in the Marco Polo house-museum situated on island Korcula.
Next year’s awards already look pretty exciting.
Photos: Tina Cubrilo, Hrvoje Deček, Slobodan Kadic, Mario Pusic, Anita Zuvela, Dario Novalic,TV Student, Alexander Stemp
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