Zadar Cruise Port (Gaženica) Proclaimed Port of the Year 2019!

Lauren Simmonds

As Morski writes on the 12th of September, 2019, Zadar Cruise Port (Gaženica) has been officially proclaimed the Port of the Year in 2019 at the most prestigious award ceremony for cruise ports, the Seatrade Cruise Awards 2019, held in Hamburg, Germany.

This is an acknowledgment to the profession that in the category “Port of the Year” between Gaženica, the Norway’s OldenLeon and the Japan’s Yokohama, Gaženica has made the greatest progress in managing a cruise port in the past year.

”Since Gaženica joined GPH’s global network of cruise ports, we’ve been fully committed to introducing the best port management practices and standards that we have gained through many years of experience. We’re very pleased with this award given by the profession because it’s a confirmation that all the effort put into this port by Zadar County, the Port Authority of Zadar and GPH has paid off. This award motivates us to continue operating in Zadar and in all of the other ports we managem” said Emre Sayın, Chairman of the Board of Global Ports Holding.

Rebeka V. Pevec, who worked on the nomination process and was briefed on the procedures required to enter among the three aforementioned finalists, said on this occasion:

”This is a really great success, we’re extremely happy and proud that our port was proclaimed the Port of the Year in 2019. Our entire team has received this award with recognition for all their efforts and additional impetus, but also sees it as an obligation to continue their development in the coming period.

Considering the fact that we’re the first Croatian passenger port to win this award, this is also an exceptional promotion of the City of Zadar, the Zadar region, and of Croatia. Zadar is a beautiful city and the county has so much to offer. By providing the best possible service to guests and visitors, crews and cruise companies, I’m sure that in addition to the profession, they will all also recognise the progress that Zadar Cruise Port (Gaženica) has made over the past year.

All of our activities are aimed at providing the best possible experience and impression to the guests who visit Zadar and the region. Our goal is also to be recognised as a port and destination for our courtesy, professionalism and security,” said Pevec.

The award ceremony, organised as part of the largest cruise fair, Seatrade Europe 2019, Zadar and Zadar County were presented by ZIPO and GPH, the Port Authority of Zadar, the tourist boards of both the city and the county, and the airport. It was this cooperation that led Gaženica to the title of Port of the Year, with the aim of attracting even more visitors to Zadar and Zadar County.

”This is a globally relevant recognition of the new Port of Gaženica project. I’d like to thank all those who, throughout the years, have incorporated their ideas, efforts and passion into it, and especially to those who had a vision of the development of Zadar County as an attractive and desirable tourist destination. This is an additional impetus to continue to develop all the potential of the port with excellent infrastructure, with the ultimate goal of restoring the historical significance of the key point of traffic on the eastern side of the Adriatic, and also to make Gaženica an example in terms of the successful intertwining of tourism, transport and environmental protection. In short, it’s a port with a vision,” emphasised Zadar County Prefect Božidar Longin.

”One year after signing the concession agreement, we’re harvesting the first major fruits of our cooperation with ZIPO and the global parent company GPH. It turns out that what we announced, that a combination of excellent infrastructure and one of the world’s largest port operators is the best possible way to build the recognition of Zadar and Zadar County as a world-class cruise tourism destination.

We now have an even greater obligation to carry out activities that will show that the port in Gaženica is a port with a vision. Our visitors are intertwined in this vision with a pleasant and functional port, with a strong focus on introducing alternative fuels, protecting the climate and building an attractive destination that preserves natural beauty and reveals Croatia’s cultural heritage in the most beautiful light,” said Zadar Port Authority Director Robert Škifić.

The Seatrade Cruise Awards have been awarded to the best in the cruise industry for more than ten years now, with several hundred ports competing each and every year for the title of best port in the world, meaning that Gaženica port’s win an enormous gift for Zadar’s tourism and local economy, as well as the development of tourism throughout Croatia.

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