Golden Pen Awards
Foreign journalists on Kvarner
At the beginning of June, Kvarner played host to 35 journalists from all over the world who, according to the opinion of the Croatian National Tourist Board's jury, gave the most professional and high quality account on Croatian tourism in printed and electronic media to their respective readers, listeners and viewers.
The jury of the Croatian National Tourist Board awarded the journalists with the Golden Pen statuette, and two among them – Tony Kelly from Great Britain for printed media and Jaroslav Skalický from Czech Republic for electronic media – won the Golden Pen Grand Prix.
During their several days on Kvarner, the journalists visited the fishing village of Volosko in the immediate vicinity of Opatija, the town of Rijeka and the famous tourist destination of Opatija, and the islands of Rab and Krk, where they learned more about the islands' traditions and customs and enjoyed the excellent gastronomic offer.
The awards ceremony, attended by the Minister of Tourism Mr. Damir Bajs, Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Mr. Niko Bulić M.Sc., President of the Primorje-Gorski kotar County Mr. Zlatko Komadina, Director of the Kvarner County Tourism Office Ms. Gordana Medved M.Sc. and other prominent guests – was held in Opatija. On their return to Zagreb, the journalists visited the mountainous part of the Kvarner region, Gorski kotar, which is constantly improving its tourism offer and facilities, attracting ever more visitors to the area.
The Golden Pen Award for foreign tourism journalists, which has been handed out for the fourth time this year, has a very particular significance, because it was Mr. Slavoljub Penkala who invented fountain pen in Zagreb at the beginning of the 20th century. After that, the pen started spreading around the world and is now considered a symbol of journalism.