The Tourist Oscar Goes to … Ljubljana!

Rewarding the journalists and publicists who write about tourism.

Ljubljana is the winner of the “Golden Apple” award in the tourism sector, which corresponds to the “Oscar” film award and is presented by the World Association of Journalists and Publicists of Tourism (Svetovno združenje turističnih novinarjev in piscev, FIJET).

The “Golden Apple” prize is awarded for outstanding achievements in the development of tourism and protection of cultural, environmental and historical heritage, its presence in the tourist offer, for excellent examples of implementing sustainable development principles in tourism.

The capital of Slovenia and the green capital of Europe 2016 was nominated for the “Golden Apple” reward by the FIJET Organization (Društvo turističnih novinarjev Slovenije — the Slovenian branch of the World Association of Journalists and Publicists of Tourism). A special commission considered the candidacy of Ljubljana, and the final decision was made by the Court of Directors of the FIJET national tourist organizations, which includes more than 20 prestigious tourist press tribe from around the world.

The president of the FIJET Association Tijani Haddad will present the award to the Mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Janković during the official ceremony at the National Gallery.

The “Turizem Ljubljana” Company took advantage of this informational occasion to further promote the Slovenian capital. Thanks to the efforts of this Company, Tijani Haddad and members of the FIJET Commission took part in the tour to Ljubljana and a part of the Central Slovenia. Besides, they planted a local variety of apple tree in the Šmartinsk Park as a token for the received honourable award for the residents and guests of Ljubljana.

The FIJET Association Award has been awarded since 1970. By now, 47 organizations, countries, cities, companies, and individuals are its holders. Its previous happy holders from Slovenia were the “Fundacija Poti miru” in the Posočje region (2012) and the “Postojnska Jama” Company (2014) for their merits in the field of tourism heritage and respect for the principles of sustainable development.