The Golden Pen in Tourism Award was presented to foreign journalists

ZAGREB, May 28, 2022 – Hungarian and Italian journalists, as well as an influential Swiss man, have been honored with the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) Golden Pen Award, presented on Friday in Split, for the best publications about Croatia as a tourist destination in 2021.

This year’s Grand Prix for the best article in the print/online media went to the Hungarian journalist Zoltan Santo, whose report describes his stay in the Split-Dalmatia County with beautiful descriptions and personal experience of Split, Brac, Klis and their sights, HTZ said, adding that the article was published in the print and web editions of the Turizmus magazine, the most important B2B magazine in Hungary.

Valeria Cagnoni and Ernaldo Emerson Gattafoni from Italy received the Grand Prix for the best television and radio reportage. They are the authors of a special 40-minute report about Croatia that aired on RAI 1 as part of the award-winning travel TV show Dream Road, one of the most important and successful travel and tourism TV series in Italy in the last 20 years. .

The Grand Prix winner for best travel blog or social media post was Antje-Catherine Chaniel, the Swiss influencer behind Senza Camedi’s Instagram profile, who specializes in the most beautiful places and the best food of each culture. During her stay in Croatia, Antje visited Opatija, Krk, Rab, Losinj and Cres.

The 18th award ceremony was attended by 17 foreign journalists from 14 countries.

“The last two years have been very difficult for all of us. However, despite all the difficulties, Croatia showed its strength and achieved the best tourist result in the Mediterranean,” said Kristjan Stanicic, director of KhTZ, at the ceremony.

“Croatia has a very positive image in the tourism market, which, among other things, is the result of well-written coverage, recommendations and impressions from many journalists, bloggers and influencers who have stayed in our country. By awarding these prizes, we would like to thank them for their exceptional contribution and advancement of Croatia, as well as show respect for their work, profession and the dedicated audience that accompanies them,” he added.

Croatia is having a great pre-season, tourism results are outstanding, but we must prepare for the challenges ahead, said Tonci Glavina, State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism.

He added that this season is very important for returning to previous records, as well as improving quality and increasing revenue.

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