The most important national tourism awards
Kvarner wins ca. twenty valuable awards
Among this year's winners of Croatia's most important tourism awards "The Tourism Flower – Quality for Croatia 2010", "The Blue Flower", "The Green Flower", and the "Employee of the Year", ca. twenty are individuals and companies from the Kvarner region.
At the awards ceremony for Croatia's most important tourism awards: "The Tourism Flower – Quality for Croatia 2010", "The Blue Flower", "The Green Flower", and the "Employee of the Year", which took place at the end of October during the Croatian Tourism Days festival in Rovinj, 23 award winners were from Kvarner.
For the last 14 years, these awards have been assigned by the Croatian Radiotelevision and the Croatian Chamber of Economy. In addition to "The Tourism Flower – Quality for Croatia 2010" award, the ceremony also included "The Blue Flower", "The Green Flower", and the "Employee of the Year" awards for the best tourist resort and tourism offer within the "I Love Croatia" ecological-educational campaign. In charge of this campaign is the Croatian National Tourist Board in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism.
"The Blue Flower 2010" awards went to the town of Rab, which is the winner in the category of towns with 3,000 to 10,000 inhabitants, and to Opatija, which won the second place in the category of towns with more than 10,000 inhabitants.
Opatija's Angiolina Park and St. James' Park won first place in the category of best parks, and the winner in the tourist attraction category is the Eco Centre Caput Insulae Beli on the island of Cres.
The small town of Fužine in Gorski kotar won second place in "The Green Flower" competition as the best town in the continental part of Croatia with less than 10,000 inhabitants.
"The Employee of the Year 2010" award went to four people from Kvarner – the best entertainer is Mrs Blaženka Levinger-Herceg from Mali Lošinj's Jadranka Hotels. The best employee of a tourist board is Mrs. Đurđica Šimičić from the Mali Lošinj Tourism Office. The best tourist guide is Mr Livio Karavanić from the Opatija's Liburnia Tourist Guide Association, and the best waiter is Mr Nerino Rino Soldatić from Volosko's Plavi podrum restaurant.
"The Tourism Flower – Quality for Croatia 2010" campaign was organised by the Croatian Chamber of Economy and the Croatian Radiotelevision in collaboration with the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction, the Association of Employers in Croatian Hospitality, the Croatian Automobile Club, the Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, and Croatia's tourist boards. The following awards went to Kvarner: in the category of the best Adriatic tourist resorts with a capacity up to 5,000 beds, the towns of Rab and Rijeka won second and third place respectively. Opatija won second place in the category of the best Adriatic tourist resorts with 5,000 to 10,000 beds, and the best Adriatic tourist resorts with more than 10,000 beds is the town of Krk on the island of the same name.
In the category of the best small hotels on the Adriatic, Hotel Marina on the island of Krk won second place, and Lovran's Hotel Villa Astra won third place. In the category of best three-star hotels on the Adriatic, Hotel Valamar Koralj Romantic from Krk won third place.
The best marina on the Adriatic is the Marina Punat in Punat on the island of Krk, and the ACI Marina Cres on the island of Cres won second place.
The Politin campsite on the island of Krk won first place in the category of best mid-sized campsites with a capacity of 301 to 1501 persons.
Special "Gala Wellness 2010" awards were given to hotel wellness centres. The Big Statue in the category of small hotel wellness centres went to Rijeka's Grand Hotel Bonavia and its [comfort zone] space Bonavia wellness centre, and the Small Statue in the category of town wellness centres went to the Thalasso Wellness Centre Opatija in the Villa Dubrava.
The ceremony also included some special awards: the winner in the category of the best use of preparations made of indigenous medicinal plants in beauty&spa wellness programmes is the [comfort zone] Spa&Wellness Aurora – Hotel Aurora in Mali Lošinj. The winner in the category of the best use of traditional local cuisine and beverages in wellness programmes is Lovran's Villa Astra – Historic Spa Hotel Villa Astra.