Kvarner newsletter / no 21

Entente Florale Europe 2009
A great recognition for Mali Lošinj

Against strong competition from 5,700 other towns across Europe for the Entente Florale Europe 2009, Mali Lošinj won the silver award for its tidiness, natural beauty, tourism offer, and the unique Garden of Fine Scents.

Mali Lošinj, Kvarner's famous holiday resort on the island of Lošinj, won the silver Entente Florale Europe award on the ceremony in Cardiff. This award is handed out each year by the European Association for Flowers and Landscape as part of the Entente Florale Europe (EFE) project. The town of Mali Lošinj won this award for its superb tidiness and high quality of life.
Like in the previous years, the competition was again very strong. There were as many as 5,700 nominated towns from 12 European countries – Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Hungary, Slovenia, the Netherlands, and Great Britain.
The international Entente Florale Europe award is handed out to the most representative towns and villages in participating countries. Apart from Mali Lošinj, the silver Entente Florale Europe was also given to Molve, beautiful village in the continental part of Croatia, in the heart of the Podravina region.
The awards are based on the assessment of the jury whose representatives visited all nominated towns and villages.
During their visit to Mali Lošinj, the Austrian member of the jury Monika Hetch praised the appearance of the town and the whole island, which she called a green island to where much attention is given to the environment and green areas. Members of the jury were also fascinated by the Fragrances and Tastes of the Island of Lošinj project and spoke highly of other ecological projects that involved young people, as well as of the great care given to the preservation of the town architecture and cultural heritage.
However, this is not the only award received by Mali Lošinj. The Mali Lošinj Tourism Office has recently become a full member of the World Tourism Organisation and is for the moment the only tourism office in Croatia to be a member of this worldwide "tourism family".