Dubrovnik was declared the Champion of Croatian Tourism at last night's ceremonial annual tourism awards as part of the Croatian Tourism Days event in Rovinj.
The doyen of the Neretva tourism offering, Pavo Jerković, received an award for the tourism programs of tangerine picking and photo safaris. The award for 'Man, the Key to Success in Tourism' in the category of best bartender was given to Mario Ljiljanić from the Dubrovnik Hotel Bellevue.
The recognition was received by the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković. The most significant tourism award in Croatia went to Dubrovnik, once again affirming its excellence, attractiveness, and efforts in managing the destination and achieving sustainable tourism. The award was presented by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Andrej Plenković.
"I am very proud that this award is coming to our city. This is recognition for all our fellow citizens who work hard to maintain and enhance the quality of Dubrovnik's tourist offerings, as well as for all the efforts we have made to guide Dubrovnik towards sustainability, for the benefit of our citizens and the satisfaction of our visitors. An extremely important role was played by the 'Respect the City' project, whose implementation positioned us as leaders in sustainable tourism in the international professional community," said Mato Franković, the Mayor of Dubrovnik.
This year, the City of Dubrovnik has already earned the title of the best big city to live in the country overall, as well as the best in the Smart City category. It has received four international tourism awards: 'Meeting Star' in the category of medium destinations for holding congresses, 'Best Leisure Destination for Groups', 'Europe's Leading Cruise Destination 2023', and 'Europe's Leading Seaside Metropolitan Destination'.
"This is our fifth tourism award this year, but also the dearest, speaking to Dubrovnik's return to where it belongs, on the path of sustainability. This encourages us to continue in the same direction. I believe that tonight, all Dubrovnik citizens are very proud," also stated Mayor Franković.
The Croatian Tourism Days 2023 are organized by the Croatian Tourist Board, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Croatian Chamber of Economy, and the Croatian Radiotelevision.