In one of the favorite tourist spots on the island of Pag, Šimuni, the best bearers of the Pag tradition were presented – Pag lace, dance and autochthonous dishes, and representatives of ACI d.d. on that occasion, they emphasized the importance of cooperation with the local community
In the beautiful surroundings of ACI Marina Šimuni, a unique event dedicated to the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the largest chain of marinas in the Mediterranean – ACI, was held, which also celebrated the rich gastronomic and cultural and artistic heritage of the island of Pag. The City of Pag and the Tourist Board of the City of Pag participated in the organization of this special event, bringing together the best local OPGs, KUDs and other members of the community, who enabled the guests to experience the uniqueness of the Pag tradition firsthand. With the performances of members of KUD “Družina” Pag and representatives of the Pag lace school, the guests were introduced to the Pag costume, traditional dance and the art of sewing the widely known Pag lace. In the evening, the klapa Sol completed the pleasant gathering with their performances, while the guests could enjoy the special tasting menu “Pag on the menu”, which was full of autochthonous Pag delicacies.
The importance of cooperation with the local community in branding the island of Pag as a unique tourist destination
ACI d.d. the month of July marks four great decades of its existence, during which it successfully became a true leader of nautical tourism in the Mediterranean and thus became one of the greatest ambassadors of Croatian cultural and historical heritage. With its initiative and involvement in this event, ACI once again showed care for the local community and contributed to the branding of the island of Pag as a unique tourist destination. This event highlighted the importance and pride of ACI as the largest chain of marinas in the Mediterranean, with a rich history and strong influence on nautical tourism in the region, thanks to which the Republic of Croatia became a nautical superpower and one of the most competitive nautical countries.
“Today we are here to celebrate, not only our jubilee, but also our shared love for the sea, sailing and the cultural and artistic heritage of Lijepa naše, and the island of Pag can be especially proud of the real wealth of gastronomic and cultural and artistic tradition. In cooperation with the City of Pag and the Tourist Board of the City of Pag, we prepared this special event and gathered the most representative representatives of the local community in the form of the production of autochthonous gastronomic delicacies, the performance of traditional dances, the application of famous local sewing methods and other cultural assets of Pag, all accompanied by autochthonous music with the performance of the “Sol” clapper, said Kristijan Pavić, President of the Management Board of ACI d.d.
ACI d.d. has been continuously improving sea protection standards for four decades, as well as its support to local communities
ACI d.d., as a regional leader in nautical tourism, has been improving sea and environmental protection standards for 40 years with the aim of taking care not only of the marine ecosystem, but also of the quality of life of the local communities in which it operates. The pride and gratitude of ACI d.d. on its role in preserving the environment of the City of Pag, providing support to local initiatives and promoting indigenous products and traditions, explained the member of the Management Board of ACI d.d. for marketing, investments and retail, Josip Ostrogović. “Also, I am extremely pleased to be here again today after my recent visit to Šimuni, when, through a large action to clean up the sea, undersea and environment, we jointly emphasized the importance of taking care of our sea and coast, and I am especially glad to be able to greet Kristijan Gligora once again , our ambassador and the youngest Croatian underwater researcher, who inspires and sets a real example for Croatian youth with his work and dedication”, he concluded.
The importance of ACI Marina Šimuni in promoting regional nautical tourism and strengthening the tourism offer of the City of Pag was emphasized by Ante Fabijanić, Mayor of the City of Pag: “ACI Marina Šimuni is the first marina on our island, and currently the only one. This marina is certainly of great importance, since thanks to it, numerous boaters from all over the world come to Pag, and it is also visited by a large number of Croatian guests. ACI marina Šimuni is a safe port, which enables safe mooring. Also, the marina itself significantly enriches the tourist offer of the City of Pag, and we hope that the marina will continue to be invested in and improved with new facilities. Manifestations such as this contribute to the strengthening of the offer within the marina itself, and this is the right direction that all actors in tourism should follow in order to ultimately enrich the tourist offer of the entire island together”.
Photos: Elvis Šmit