For the first time in its history The World Federation of Travel Journalists & Writers (FIJET), presented its Golden Apple award for the best tourist destination in the world in 2013 to two places in the same country, Opatija and Rovinj on Croatia’s northern Adriatic coast.
Members of FIJET, including president Tijani Haddad and Jacques Campe, will be in Croatia next week in both towns to present the awards in official ceremonies. FIJET have presented the Golden Apples since 1970.
Each year the Golden Apple award carries a particular message, this year it was the importance of destination to preserve its heritage and tradition and at the same time the diversity of what the country has to offer.
It is not the first time Croatian destinations have won the award. Dubrovnik won it back in 1996, Split in 2002 and Vukovar-Ilok won a cultural award in 2011.