FIJET congress: Antalya 2015
Palic(Serbia):A lake more beautiful than a sea
By PLamen Starev
The third Golden Apple for 2015 was given to Palic marking:170 years of organized tourism in this memorable Serbian town. The tourist life of Palic began in 1845, when the Hungarian Royal Chamber granted the finances to build a bath and an inn. That year the first tubs were installed, and the hot bath was built in early 1852, the mud bath in 1863, and the unisex bath in 1885. The first hotel was erected in 1854, while the main building of the beach complex, today’s Hotel Park, was constructed in 1860. At the turn of the century, the new development of Palic was seen. Some of the most important facilities were built back then, such asXRead more >>
Borders wihout wires and walls
By Tina Cubrilo
President of Fijet Croatia
At its very foundation in 1954 in Paris, FIJET said NO to any kind of separation among peoples and countries. The founding fathers raised their voices for freedom of travel, for tolerance and peace. On this platform, FIJET gathered reporters, journalists, writers from across the globe. With the collapsed Berlin Wall and the creation of EU, we thought no more walls or wires in Europe would ever be erected! Unfortunately, we were wrong and history repeats itself: while political conflicts and wars are even worse than we could imagine,Read more >>
Croatia: Marco polo 2015
50th anniversary of Fijet Slovenian Association
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the first Association of Travel Journalists of Slovenia, which was founded in April 1965, FIJET Slovenia organized Round table Media and tourism with the theme „Is specialized Travel Journalism dying out?“ and festive evening reception on the Castle of Ljubljana on December 1st 2015Read more >>
By: Tijani HADDAD
24th of December 2015, one big event occurs for the first time in more than 400 hundred years: Muslims and Christians celebrate the same day the birth of their respective Prophets: Mohamed and Jesus. This coincidence should remind us that religions should be a factor for rapprochement between people and a catalyst for better understanding fostering the constructive dialogue between religions and civilizations. Most of monotheistic religions preach tolerance, charity and respect for others. They condemn hatred, violence and terrorism.
FIJET Golden Apple Award to the city of Moscow
The International Federation for Journalists and travel Writers has choosen the city of Moscow to be awarded with "FIJET Golden Apple".for the year 2015. A prestigious ceremony took place in the prestigious Town Hall in Presence of the Mayor of the city. During an official ceremony at the Moscow City Hall, Tijani Haddad Federation President and former Minister of Tourism presented the trophy to the Mayor Mr. Sergei Sobyanin, in the presence of the Tunisian Ambassador in Russia. In his speech Tijani Haddad mentioned in particular that this distinction is awarded to the city of Moscow which, thanks to its natural and historical assets and good governance of the city, has now become a big tourist destination: for the only months of this year, Moscow registered a growth of 32% compared to the same period of last year. Tijani Haddad added: Apart from its cultural and environmental messages Tourism sector isRead more >>
Tourism in the city of Moscow
Moscow is the most popular tourist destination among Russian cities. This is attested, in particular, by the latest Hotel Price Index report, based on hotel booking data from the Hotels.com websites worldwide for the first half of 2015. 17.3 million Russian and foreign citizens visited Moscow in 2014. An increase in tourist interest for Moscow is also testified by statistics on the number of guests at hotels and similar lodging facilities: in 2010, 4.1 million tourists visited the Russian capital, whilst in 2014 the number reached 5.5 million, i.e. 1.4 million more.
Moscow Hotel Complex
The Department for Multicultural Policy, Interregional Relations and Tourism of Moscow has put together rankings for Russian regions regarding the performance of collective lodging facilities, based on data from the Russian Federal State Statistics Service.Under these rankings, at the end of 2014 Moscow ranked first by the number of guests at collective lodging facilities (CLF), the total number being 5 million 618.8 thousand guests. The Krasnodar Region ranked second with 4 million 419 thousand guests, followed by Saint Petersburg, 2 million 987.8 thousand guests This success has been facilitated by a rich supply from Moscow’s hotel complex, which comprises anything from 5-star hotels to hostels. As evidenced by global ranking data, Russia’s capital is currently home to numerous budget lodging facilities (mini-hotels, hostels, 2-3 star hotels) offering a high level of service, which makes Moscow quite attractive for budget tourists.The year 2014 set a record in terms of gains in hotel supply.Read more >>
DUBROVNIK: An exceptional synergy of historical and cultural heritage
Tijani Haddad and Andro Vlahusic
FIJET – world’s association of tourism journalists founded in 1954 in Paris, France – established a Golden Apple Award in 1970. It is a “tourism Oscar” for caring, protecting and promoting of historical, cultural and natural heritage in tourism development. Listed as UNESCO’s Heritage Site, Dubrovnik’s historic city is a world’s unique scene. Dubrovnik Summer Festival has already been using it for 66 years as it’s internationally renowned drama and music stage.The Award was presented to the major of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahušić, and the artistic director of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Mladen Tarbuk, by the president of the Federation, Tijani Haddad.
Golden Apple 2015: Dubrovnik: Famous world cultural center
Since its founding in 1970, the Golden Apple, for the first time in its existence, has been given to the same city twice – Dubrovnik won this award in 1996 as a solidarity act to attract world’s attention to the city which experienced harsh and tragic moments during the war. This year’s accent is on the Dubrovnik Summer Festival which is considered an internationally renowned drama and music stage and as a place that brings together rich heritage and modern spirit that promote Dubrovnik as Croatian and world famous cultural center.
Dubrovnik: a treasure of the world
Since its founding in 1970, the Golden Apple, for the first time in its existence, has been given to the same city twice – Dubrovnik won this award in 1996 as a solidarity act to attract world’s attention to the city which experienced harsh and tragic moments during the war. This year’s accent is on the Dubrovnik Summer Festival which is considered an internationally renowned drama and music stage and as a place that brings together rich heritage and modern spirit that promote Dubrovnik as Croatian and world famous cultural center. The major thanked the Foundation on behalf of all the winners while stating that our city gives its heart to all the visitors, tourists and artists. Tijani Haddad, in his emotional speech, mentioned that today's award belongs to Dubrovnik because it is a city that surpasses the borders of Croatia, it's a city and a touristic destination that is truly a treasure of the world.
FIJET congress: meeting with the Wali of Antalia
President Tijani Haddad and Bernadette Roux had a vey fruirful meeting with the Wali of Antalia. they were accompnied with the two "Hakans": one is the very friendly General manager of "BELCONTI" Hotel and the other one will be the coordinator of the congress in presence of the representative of Antalia Chamber of commerce. The young and dynamic Wali welcomed Fijet congress to be held in Antalia and promised to actively contribute to the success of this big event. He pointed out the importance of Tourism both in Turkey and in Antalia and the importace of its role in the national economy. 12 Millions tourists visited Antalia last year and 37 Millions are the total number of Tourists in Turkey. President Tijani Haddad explained that Fijet has been during the last 61 years the Media corner stone for promoting international and inclusive Tourism, Tourism without frontiers sharing the universal cultural heritage as well as the combat against pauvrety in the world.
On the other hand Tijani and Bernadette had otherRead more >>
Dubrovnik Festival: Rich heritage and modern spirit
The Festival’s performances bring together rich heritage and modern spirit combining them into a place where new ideas and projects meet and promote Dubrovnik as Croatian and famous cultural center. FIJET Board considers Dubrovnik as an exceptional example for such an award. That was the reason why especially Dubrovnik gets this award for the second time – first time it was in 1996 as a solidarity act to attract world’s attention to the city which experienced harsh and tragic moments during the war. This year the Award is given for taking care of its heritage according to the highest world standards. Golden Apple Award for 2015. has been awarded to the city of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik Summer Festival for their contribution in promoting the historical and cultural heritage of the highest world standards. The prize is awarded by a World Federation of Journalists and Travel Writers (F.I.J.E.T.) and is considered a “tourism Oscar” for caring, protecting and promoting of historical, cultural and natural heritage in tourism development.
The jewels of Serbia
By F. Sema Kutlu Last May FIJET EC and BoDmeetings were held in Serbia. As part of the program we made a short tour of the area. Our first destination was Novi Sad, a city in the north west of Belgrade. It’s only a short drive (70 km) from Belgrade Nicola Tesla International Airport to Novi Sad. There are many hotels, hostels and thermal spas to serve Health Tourism. As soon as you reach Novi Sad, you’ll be overwhelmed by the beauty of the emerald green mountains nobly rising in a comforting silence. It may be a great idea to take a walk in the woods, which will help you feel relaxed and peaceful.The clean air can make you feel hungry after a while, then you can try the restaurants nearby to taste the delicious local food. Believe me, you’ll never forget the taste of meat cooked in kaymak, a kind of diary food,hand baked luscious bakery and good-quality wine. So, the area is also one of the best destinations for eco-tourism and gourmet tourism.FRUSKA GORA During our visit to Novi Sad we had a chance to see Fruska Gora. I believe it’s one of the most important jewels of Serbia. The area is one of Europe’s greatest natural treasures as it is the home of many rare and important plants and various types of animals. This preserved area also has a wonderful lake full of beautiful water lilies and reeds. If you are lucky enough you can take a romantic and peaceful boat ride there. The lake is also very rich in bio-diversity of its marine life. people. Some of these monasteries were renovated during the 18th century. In short, Fruska Gora is a picturesque, memorable area with a fascinating combination of history and geography.
Fijet academy 2015 in SLOVAKIA
Fijet academy 2015 will be held in SLOVAKIA from 28 of June to 04th of July. Fijet Slovakia association has already prepared the programme with lectures and excursions.
(See below the program) Our National Associations are kindly asked to aciticely participate in this Fijet annual event.
Taleb Refai in Tunisia:
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, participated last Sunday with other international dignitaries and UN representatives in the support march held in Tunes. On the occasion of his visit to Tunisia, Mr Rifaidiscussed the contribution of tourism to the country’s socio-economic development with President Beji Caid Essebsi and Prime Minister Habib Essid and agreed a new cooperation programme with the Ministerof Tourism of Tunisia, Salma Elloumi Rekik (Tunis, Tunisia, 28-30 March 2015).Meeting with President Beji Caid Essebsi and Prime Minister Habib Essid, Mr Rifai recalled the role of tourism in creating prosperity and jobs in Tunisia and the importance of having the sector supported at the highest political level, expressing his full confidenceRead more >>
Tunisia will host UNWTO conference: "Tourism and Media"
UNWTO and Tunisia agreed on a new cooperation framework which includes the areas of communications, education and training and hotel classification. “Tunisia is open to receive all tourists. Tunisia is and will continue to be a leading tourism destination” said Rifai. “It is time to look into the future and consolidate the sector by investing in quality and human resources development and UNWTO is very pleased to be here to support Tunisia in this regard”, he added.
Tunisia will also host the 5th edition of the UNWTO Tourism and the Media Conference during the last quarter of 2015.
FIJET academy for young Journalists Tunisia- Hammamet: February 2015
The 4th edition of Fijet academy took place in Hammamet-Tunisia from 01 to 07 of February 2015. Seven national associations ,France; Italy; Turkey; Cratia, Slovenia, Lebanon and Tunisia were represented in this session. The program was as instructive as attractive: many up to date themes dealing with the tourism challenges have been presented by the six speakers and interactively discussed by the participants. On the other hand, the program included very interesting visits ot tourism hilights in Tunisia: The city of Tunis ,Carthage, Sidi Bousaid, Sousse, Monastir and Hammamet - Nabeul. Gastronomy was another issue in the session: many restaurants and hotels hosted the participants for a variety of lunches. Photography was as well another topic of the academy program: a photo contest was launched in which the participants will participate with 3 photos taken during the academy. The best shot owner will earn the first price. But the most valuable initiative was the creation and the launching of "Fijet world" wich is a face book page. after only 36 hours, the page has been visited by more than 4 thousands face bookers and it will be a space of communication in the benefit of Fijet. All these activities have been framed by Tijani Haddad, Drago Bulc, Cveta Potocnik, Karin Mimica and Voljen Grbac.
Fijet congress in Morocco:Ubjet travel book
It is a great pleasure for me to inform all of you that the presentation of the new ABUJET Book “The Kingdom of Morocco” – Country of Travels” passed with great interest in the Moroccan residence in Sofia. The event was attended by the Ambassador Her Excellency Mrs. Latifa Aharbash, representatives of the Moroccan National Tourist Office (MNTO), the General Director of the Bulgarian National Radio – Mr. Radoslav Yankulov, many journalists, representatives of the Bulgarian intelligentsia and artists` society and other honored guests. The Book was presented by H.E. Mrs. Latifa Aharbash and the President of ABUJET Mr. Maxim Minchev, General Director of the Bulgarian News Agency. They both expressed their satisfaction with this project, realized thanks to the mutual efforts of the Embassy, MNTO and the Bulgarian association of travel journalists and writers – ABUJET. Mr. Khalid Mimi, Director for Eastern Europe of the Moroccan National Tourist Office, expressed his hope that that sort of successful projects are going to increase the interest to Morocco.
“The Kingdom of Morocco – country of travels” is part of very interesting series of books, dedicated to journeys in different countries, realized by ABUJET members after FIJET congresses. For the moment „Never-ending China” and „Zoom Turkey” are published.
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Message from the President
Croatian Marco Polo 2014
A prestigious ceremony took ploace in Zagreb under the auspices of the Croatian Fijet association during which Marco Polo award delivered to our Fijet member from Fijet Spain Luis Nunez Ladevez. for his reportage on Morocco during Fijet conngress in Casa Blanca and Marrakech. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Daglas Karaca, Croatian deputy Minister of Tourism. Tijani Haddad President of Fijet, Antonio Ponte father of Tourism films festival in Europe, the Past and the actual Presidents of Cratian Journalists association, Fijet members guests from Croatia, Slovenia, France, Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia and Italy. Special mention to both Tina Cubilo and Rebic Marijana for the tremendous efforts to make the big event a great success.Read more >>
GOLDEN APPLE 2014 for Târgu Jiu – City of Constantin Brâncuşi
Capital of Gorj county (South-Western Oltenia region in Romania), Târgu Jiu dates back to the Dacian period. The town was first documented in 1406, and its name comes from the fairs organized on the banks of Jiu river. Yet, the borough became well known in modern times due to the Sculptural Ensemble of Constantin Brâncuşi. The artist is considered the most important sculptor of the XX-th century and among the most talented artists of all time. Brâncuşi created in Târgu Jiu his only outdoor monument ensemble, unique not only in Romania, but worldwide – Hero’s Way Monument. Built between 1937-1938, this symbol of Gorj county spirituality and Romanian genius consists of three main works – Table of Silence, The Gate of Kiss and The Column of the Infinite, popularly known as The Endless Column.
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Opening speech delivered by Taleb Rifai
Postonja cave receives Fijet award; Golden Apple
Postojna, 19.5.2014 Company Postojnska jama, the operator of famous Slovenian underground Postojna Cave on May 15received the Golden Apple Award, which has been presented by FIJET - World Federation of Travel Journalists and Writers since 1970 for excellent achievements in tourism and preservation of important natural and historical heritage. During the spectacular ceremony in the Concert Hall of Postojna Cave the Slovenian opera singer Irena Predan and ensembleofhorn playerJoze Setnicar performed and it culminated whenthe statuette of Golden Apple was brought from under the cave ceiling to the platformby caver. Tijani Haddad, FIJET president and Saso Dravinec, vice president of FIJET Slovenia presented the award to Marjan Batagelj, the chairman of Postojna Cave management. The speakers at the ceremony were Tijani Haddad, FIJET president, MSc Marjan Hribar, director general of the Slovenian tourism and internationalisation directorate and Saso Dravinec, vicepresident of FIJET Slovenia. Numerous guests attended the ceremony, among themRead more >>
The President of the republic of Lebanon meets with Fijet President
Tijani Haddad, Fijet President, accompanied by a Fijet délégasion from several countries were received by the President of the Republic of Lebanon at Baabda Palace. The occasion was the attribution of Fijet award “the Golden Apple” to the city of Byblos. An exceptional ceremony was held at the UNESCO square under the auspices of hus Excellency Michel Pharaon, Minister of Tourism of Lebanon. The Golden Apple was handled to Mr. Ziad Haouat, President of the Municipality of Byblos. In addition, the Fijet delegation had the opportunity to visiting the cultural remains of the city, a legacy of six civilizations that succeeded on the land of Lebanon with a pleasant and perfectly organized program thanks to George Younes, President of Fijet Lebanese Association and the most active members of this association.
Photos from Byblos
Fijet delegation with the Presodent of Lebenon
Golden Apple ceremony in Byblos
Tijani Haddad handlling the Golden Apple to Mr. Ziad Haouat, President of Byblos Municipality in Pesence of his Excellency Michel Pharaon, Minister of Tourism of Lebenon
Byblos(Lebanon) a gift to world Heritage
FIJET Golden Apple Award to Byblos –Lebanon 5 to 9 May 2014
By Dr. Georges Younes
Lebanon the small land lying on the eastern Mediterranean shore, Develops eternal communication with the blue sky and horizon, throughout his reliefs, mountains, plains and air. Lebanon is predestined to embrace 8000 years of continuous and solid civilizations that sprouted an exceptional country with awesome values.
Lebanon is bordered by abrupt peaks of Mount Lebanon, Cedars in the north and Sannine above Beirut and Barouk above the shouf in the south, the Fertile Bekaa plain runs parallel to the coast and ends in the foothills of the Anti – Lebanon mountains at the limit of Syria
Frederic Ratzel stated “this region of the world has sustainable potent values all over the history”. This is the only country of 10452 sqKm, that encloses about 3100 touristic natural sites and disclosing more than 2000 Lebanese monuments and ruins in the museums.
The National museum holds more than 1326 archaeological relics, 5 items per 10 sqkm, and most were found in Byblos. Lebanon is considered the first country in terms of cultural, civilized and humanitarian patrimony.
The mild weather of Lebanon combined to a geostrategic location on the Mediterranean shore, influenced the main cities and continuously inhabited for more than 8000 years. Fedrico Mayor the UNESCO president wrote in “Archaeology International Magazine” about the Martyrs square in Beirut in 1995 as one of the biggest and unique civilized field of ruins in the world. “Le Monde” the French magazine placed Beirut discoveries under the title of the most important archaeological sites in the world owed to: the unearthing Canaanites wall dated back to the Bronze period, 6 meters deeper the Phoenician city defensive wall topped with the Persian bastion and the remnants of crusader palace.
In the east Precinct the ruins of Hellenistic Tower, ottoman cave, another one belongs to the Abbasids time, Mamluks remnants, Romanian Mosaic and Hellenistic tools.
All that Means that Beirut was occupied continuously since more than 5000 years, and witnessed a succession of different civilizations, besides the National Museum is the only Museum in the world that nestled the monuments of his own country.
Lebanon owed his cultural stature to the Phoenicians invention of the Alphabet Letters. During the first half of the 2nd century BC, appeared the alphabetic writing which is a standard set of letters based on decomposing the phonemes tones (basic significant sounds) into its simplest components and represent them by spelling letters, and to draw these limited tones in conventional intangible symbols. Ever since the Alphabet delivers the moral from the sensory and segregates between: the name and the named, the drawing and the one designed.
Byblos: a Unesco haritage
The origin of Byblos name is Phoenician Canaanite, called “KBN” in Egyptian in the Tell el- Amarna letters, and in the cuneiform text “Goubla” and “ Goubly” in Assyrian or ” Goubal” In Greek named “Byblos” for being the city through which the import of papers took place. The old Testament mentioned the name “Gebal” and its inhabitants “Gebaleiin “ , during the Crusades time was known “Gibelet”Finally the name is a composite of two syllabuses “Jb” means house and « El », the Supreme god of Byblos Pantheon which means the House of God. Byblos was reputed for the strong relation with Egypt, the construction of Phoenician ships built out of Cedars wood and the pottery production. Actually Close relationships were maintained with the Pharaonic dynasties right up until the New Kingd. Maritime trade was the city's primary source of income; merchants from Byblos traded asRead more >>