Golden pen: Grand prix goes to Great Britain, Hungary, Finland, Netherlands, Germany and Italy


10. May 2024.

In a wonderful cultural monument complex Hospitals in Dubrovnik was held jubilee 20th "Golden Pen" award ceremony, which she traditionally organized Croatian tourist agency, this time with strong support TZ Dubrovnik-Neretva County i Dubrovnik Tourist Board. It is a well-received awarding of recognition to foreign editors, journalists, travel bloggers and influencers who, with their positive and affirmative reporting, greatly contributed to the promotion of Croatian tourism in the world last year.

That's how they participated in last night's award ceremony 33 media representatives iz 15 countries, and this event was given a special touch 14 VIP media representatives who in the last twenty years, with their engagement and work, have successfully promoted Croatia as a desirable tourist destination on a global level.

"I am extremely glad that by awarding the Golden Pen award we have the opportunity to valorize the value of the work of foreign authors who, with their talent, creativity and knowledge, contribute immeasurably to building a positive image of Croatian tourism on the international tourism scene. The fact is that, despite many challenging circumstances, Croatia has managed to maintain a competitive position among the leading tourist forces, and I proudly emphasize that we are recognized as a high-quality, attractive and sustainable destination. Part of this great success is certainly the foreign media representatives who, by reporting on Croatia, shaped the status of our country as one of the most desirable Mediterranean destinations.", he said Kristjan Staničić, congratulating all the awarded participants, recalling that over 20 years, with this project, over 500 foreign media representatives received recognition, awards and Grand Prix.

With the director Stanicic and colleagues from HTZ representative offices, the award ceremony was attended by Monika Udovicic from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Jelka Tepšić, Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik, Ivo Klaic in front of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Miroslav Drasković, director of the TZ of the city of Dubrovnik, Julijo Srgota, director of TZ Dubrovnik-Neretva County, as well as numerous guests from the tourism sector.

"I congratulate and thank all the media representatives who create the best publications about Croatia, where they play a major role in the promotion of Croatian tourism. Despite excellent impressions and positive reporting, the fact is that our country faces many challenges every day, such as sustainability and the so-called excessive tourism. This is why it is necessary that we all develop concepts that will be focused on the high quality of the tourist experience, but also on the well-being of the residents who live in popular tourist destinations such as Dubrovnik.", she said Jelka Tepšić.

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The most significant award of the Golden Pen is Grand Prize which this year was awarded in six categories: for the best radio reportage, for the best online media reportage, for the best print media reportage, for the best travel blog, for the best publication on social networks and for the best television reportage.

Novinar Adrian Chiles iz Great Britain is this year's winner of the Grand Prix for the best radio report, i to about Murter, and in which he focused on cultural heritage, gastronomy and his personal family stories from that island. One of his reports from Murter was broadcast on a popular BBC radio show 'Your Place or Mine with Shaun Keaveny'.

In the category best internet article, won the Grand Prix Hungarian journalists Anna Gall and Eszter Nagy. Their text about a trip to Istria, i.e. an ideal combination of nature and culture, was published on Index, one of the most read Hungarian portals, which records almost five million views per day.

Grand prix for the best reportage of the print media this year they received a Finnish journalist Pirjo Houni-Lundberg and a Swedish photographer Marica Rosengård, for their article "Enchanting beauty of Plitvice Lakes" which was published in the renowned Finnish Mondo Travel Magazine. The other works of the aforementioned authors have already been recognized as extremely successful, as evidenced by their recognition. Namely, Pirjo Houni-Lundberg was nominated for Journalist of the Year in Finland in 2016, while Marica Rosengård was named the best photographer of 2019 by the Association of Swedish Photographers.

Za the best travel blog, the Grand Prix award this year goes to The Netherlands, and they received her Marjolein Linstra i Danny van der Meijden koji have described the advantages and charms of different regions of Croatia on their platforms, as well as their own experiences gained in many parts of our country.

The Grand Prix was won by i Sohi Malih i Elisa Malih iz Germany, and for the best post on social networks. It's about content to the creators who, through monitoring the Croatian tourist offer, attract the attention of their followers, as well as the media, which often took over their posts about Croatian tourism.

Licia Colo' i Alexander Antoninus iz Italy, they received the Grand prix for the best television reportage, i.e. for the article about the Plitvice Lakes broadcast on the Italian TV channel LA7, one of the most watched programs in that country. Colo' is one of the most famous Italian journalists whose portfolio is decorated with many awards, and she is currently dedicated to the show Eden-Pianeta da salvare which deals with ecological travelogues.

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Let's add that as part of this year's overall program of the Golden Pen, HTZ and its partners organized a three-day study trip, during which foreign journalists, bloggers and influencers enjoyed visiting the sights and attractions of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Sightseeing of the Dubrovnik city walls, sailing the Neretva, enjoying the view from Srđ, visiting Cavtat, driving the Karaka and photo safari in Opuzen are just some of the experiences that representatives of the foreign media will remember from this trip, and they should not be forgotten either folklore ensemble Linđo who during the festive part of the program entertained all the guests with his dance performances and klapa singing.

Source and photo: Croatian National Tourist Board


10. May 2024.