Marco Polo Awards 2023, Zagreb, Croatia


13th  Annual Marco  Polo  Award  Ceremony,  held  in Zagreb, Croatia on 17th of DecemberTraditional  13th Marco Polo  Award Ceremony  2023 for the  best travel reportages  is  held  in  Zagreb, Croatia. The Marco Polo  Event is held in the great  Advent atmosphere. We are happy that Fijet  international  members  are  with us:  Tijani  Haddad, the  President,   Delal and  Esra Atamdede, from Turkey, Sissi Munz from Austria, Kiran  Marahatta from USA, Jacques Campe from France and Adisa Kusundzija, Bosnia and Herzegovina, which are accepted by Tourist Office Zagreb, the sponsor of their stay. As you probably know, every year Fijet  Croatia coordinates  journalists from different countries and associations to  join us at this  main Fijet  Croatia Event. The Event  brings together  guests of honor,  guests, sponsors, partners, awarded journalists, Fijet international tourism journalists and many Fijet Croatian journalists and  members.

The role of awards and public recognition is important. Awards do not only acknowledge success, they recognise many other qualities. An media award helps a winner stand out for excellence  in the media industry, given the contributions and impact awards that have on  journalists, especially regional, local  tourism. The   Fijet  Journalists Award Committee, composed by  respectable Croatian journalists Ante Gavranovic, Zeljko Zutelija, Hrvoje Zovko, Jadranka Rilovic, Marija Baric 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 Editor in Chief  journalist VESNA JURIC RUKAVINA  For outstanding contribution to tourism journalism and a series of reports about Croatia on Croatian Radio, Radio Sljeme  in the show „Prstom po globusu“( Finger Globe Map Pointing).

The first prize  Marco Polo Grand Prix for international  journalist , is given to Sissi  Munz, Austria  for the best stories about  Egypt as a host country for Fijet Congress held in 2022.

Five  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: Filip Filković Krnić and Tomislav Krnić, producer Tamara Babun, for the best and unusualbest and unusual visionary agrarian stories throughout Croatia, in documentary series „DULUM ZEMLJE“, published on Croatian TV; LANA  MINDOLJEVIĆ for the reportage about Imotski, and underrated  Mediterranean town without the sea, but captivates with its charm, beauty and magical nature., published on the portal „Putni kofer“ („Travel Luggage“);  HRVOJE  DEČAK for  the report about Križevci, published in the magazine „Meridijani“ („Meridian“;  KARMEN  LEVAR for the documentary film „Bil je, ni ga, opet će prit!“, about the carnival customs and the preservation of the cultural tradition of the town Novi Vinodolski  and   CROATIA  AIRLINES Inflight Magazine for „Život grada“ ( „Life in the City“) publications with an emphasis on beauty, events and life in Zagreb.

Five  special recognitions were given toJournalists  who extraordinary contributed to Croatian travel journalism and Croatia culture,nature and heritage : EDO POPOVIC and   KRUNOSLAV RAC for the books about  Velebit Mountain (National Park and Nature Park), LUXURY LIVING CROATIA Magazine (  for contribution to promotion of luxury destinations in Croatia), ZDENKA KOVACICEK and  MIRO UNGAR for extraordinary contribution to unique and urban music in Croatia.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 2023 was given to  ZELJKO MARUSIC, the Editor in Chief & journalist of  OTV TV Show  “Zeljko and Guests“. We  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 our  sponsors to ensure that things go smoothly in the MP project: Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Media, Croatian Tourist Office, City of Zagreb, Tourist Offices Zagreb and Korcula, Croatia Airlines, Hotels Esplanade, Nimco  Liquors Croatia,  South Slavonia Wineries: Grozdanovic, Vuckovic and Galic. Special thanks to great  musiciens Mirko Švenda, Voljen and Vivian Grbac, Toni Eeterovic, Zdenka Kovacicek and Miro Ungar, as well as our  Media sponsor “Vecernji  Daily News“.

Thanks to our guests of honor Jasna Vanicek Fila, Ministry of Culture and Media, Lucijana Natalija Jerkovic, Croatian Tourist Office, Darja Dragoje, Tourist Office Zagreb and Tijani Haddad, the President of Fijet,

Our thanks are going to all our  honoured  guests, partners  and Fijet Croatia members who joined us at the Ceremony, as well as to Fijet  International Journalists who joined us in Zagreb: Tijani Haddad, Sissi Munz,  Delal  Atamdede, Esra Atamdede, Adisa Kusundzija, Jacques Campe  and Kiran Marahatta.

Looking forward to  the next Event!

Tina Čubrilo
Vice President  and President Fijet Croatia

World Federation of Travel Journalists and Writers
Prilaz Ivana Visina , Zagreb, Croatia

M+385 98 416 337

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