Photo: HTZ By the way, by awarding the “Golden Pen” award, the Croatian National Tourist Board emphasizes the importance and value of professional journalistic coverage of Croatia in foreign media. In previous years, the hosts of the award were Zagreb, Split, Rovinj, Opatija, Dubrovnik, Čakovec, Osijek, Otočac, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Opatija, Mali Lošinj and Osijek. Photo: HTZ Winner Grand prix for the best electronic media report je Vasiliy Andreev iz Russia. He is a well-known producer of the Russian national television Rossiya 1. Andreev won the award as the author of a 20-minute report on Zagreb and Croatia entitled “Advent in Croatia”. In addition to the sights of Zagreb, the report also shows the traditional production of flour, fritters and crostuli in Slunj. The host of this episode was a popular Russian actress Olga Kuzmina which brought the Russian spirit closer to the Christmas spirit of Zagreb and Croatia during the popular Advent. The most significant award of the “Golden Pen” is Grand Prize which is awarded in three categories: for the best reportage of the print media (magazines, newspapers), for the best electronic media report (TV, radio) and for the best blog post (bloggers, social networks). Nominations for the material from 2018 were received from Great Britain, the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, the USA, Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Ukraine, Sweden, Denmark, Spain and Slovenia. “We purposefully nurture and maintain the tradition of awarding this prize because foreign tourist journalists, bloggers, and today influencers are an extremely important part of the mosaic of the tourist world. Every written word, photo or tone contributes to the promotion of Croatian tourism and building the image of Croatia as a desirable tourist destination.”, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the rich tourist program that is taking place these days in Zadar and Zadar County is an excellent overture to the main part of the tourist year ahead. Award for the best blog post she won Chiara Marchi iz Italy. Since 2015, Marchi from Trieste has been editing his extremely well-read and popular blog called “Missclarie”. The winning blog post “Cherso le 7 cose da sapere” talks about the untouched nature of the island of Cres, secluded beaches, a relaxing holiday by the sea, and seven reasons to visit the island of Cres. He made unique statues for the laureates, especially for this occasion Museum of Ancient Glass from Zadar. The awards ceremony was held in Petrčane in Zadar, and the entire program included a three-day study trip for all journalists and bloggers, which included a tour of Zadar, Starigrad Paklenica, the islands of Ugljan and Kali, Nin, and many other tourist attractions. Along with the Croatian National Tourist Board, as the holder and main organizer of the 15th Grand Prix “Golden Pen”, this year’s partners and hosts, who hosted 24 journalists and professionals from 16 countries, are the Zadar County Tourist Board and the Zadar Tourist Board. This year’s winner Grand prix for the best reportage of the print media je David Farley iz Now. Farley is a journalist whose reports are published in the AFAR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, etc. His main topics are travel and gastronomy. He won the CNTB award for a report on Dubrovnik published in the National Geographic Traveler magazine under the title “Sun Sea Savor”. Dubrovnik’s Stradun graced the very cover of the magazine, and the famous Croatian city was presented on 14 pages. The Croatian National Tourist Board organized an award ceremony for foreign journalists and bloggers for the best media coverage of Croatia as a tourist destination. “Zlatna penkala is a praiseworthy project of the Croatian National Tourist Board which awards some of the best ambassadors of Croatian tourism, and foreign media representatives certainly do, because about 90 percent of tourist traffic in Croatia is realized from foreign markets.”, said State Secretary Glavina, adding that he was sure that the journalists’ stay in Zadar County would remain in their fond memories.