Marco Polo Awards 2017 delivered
The annual Marco Polo Awards which organized by the World Federation of Travel Journalists and Writers (FIJET) took place at the Croatian Society of Journalists in Zagreb on December 14, 2017.
The Travel Writing Awards “Marco Polo” Ceremony were held on Thursday, organized by FIJET Croatia and co-organised by the Croatian Journalism Society’s Tourism Journalists Assembly at the Journalism Home in Zagreb. This was the 7th edition of Marco Polo Awards for travel writers. International guests and journalists present at the awards ceremony were FIJET President Tijani Haddad from Tunisia, Deputy President of the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation, media advisor to the UNWTO Chief Secretary, FIJET Turkey President Delal Atamdede, members of FIJET Executive Board from Russia, Romania, Bulgaria and France, as well as representatives of national FIJET associations from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia.
FOCUSING ON UNDISCOVERED AND INTERESTING DESTINATIONS
The intention is to award and entice domestic journalists to write travel articles, stories of Croatian regions, people, customs and traditions, 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. The goal is to affirm this specific form of journalism, develop tourism through interesting stories, myths, legends of certain tourism destinations which will attract tourists. There also exists a desire to entice journalists to focus more on discovering their own country, especially small, undiscovered and interesting destinations, affirming domestic values.
The first prize Marco Polo for domestic travel articles was shared by Ivo Pervan and Miro Branković. Pervan was awarded for his photographic travel reportage “Beauty of Biokovo through the Eye of a Camera”, published numerous times, while Miro Branković was awarded for the travel television series “In Search of Marco Polo.” The second prize went to Davor Rostuhar for exceptional contribution to the affirmation of travel writing and tourism journalism. The third prize was equally shared by Tomislav Šikić, Slobodan Bukvić and Andrea Pisac Freškura for contributions to the affirmation of travel writing and tourism journalism. The special recognition of FIJET went to Anita Žuvela Hitrec, for exceptional usage of media communication technologies in promotion of Croatian tourism. The best reportage on Zagreb award went to Paul Bradbury and Total Croatia News for his reportage on the Advent 2016 in Zagreb. Bradbury was also the 2014 Marco Polo Awards winner.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE TOURISM AWARDED
Special recognitions were awarded to the television show “Lijepom Našom” by the Croatian Radio Television, one of the most watched television shows promoting the tradition and heritage of Croatia; the Večernji List tourism patrol, for many years of contributing to the popularisation and affirmation of tourism journalism and promotion of Croatian tourism; Branko Uvodić, long-time editor of the “Lijepom Našom” show, for the promotion of tradition and heritage of Croatia; Dagmar Meneghello, for contributing to the affirmation of cultural tourism in Croatia; Eduard Kišić of the Croatian Radio Television, for exceptional contribution to the media promotion of FIJET in the moment of his retirement; Tijani Haddad, for the exceptional contribution to the development and promotion of activities and media projects of FIJET Croatia; Frano Erceg, posthumously for the great contribution to the affirmation of tourism journalism and activities of FIJET.