Croatia’s President officially opens Zadar’s new cruise terminal

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović speaking at the opening of the Zadar Cruise Terminal Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović speaking at the opening of the Zadar Cruise Terminal

Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović attended the official opening of Zadar Cruise Port’s new passenger terminal building on Wednesday, along with more than 200 guests.


Operated by Global Ports Holding, Zadar terminal extends over 18,000 square metres on two storeys.

A special session of the Zadar County Assembly was held at the building during the event as a part of a month-long campaign demonstrating the importance of investment to the local community.

Distinguished guests

The terminal inauguration ceremony was also attended by GPH COO, Stephen Xuereb and Zadar Port Authority CEO Robert Škifić as well as the prime minister’s envoy ,Zvonimir Frka-Patešić; Assistant Minister in the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Josip Bilaver and Zadar County Prefect Božidar Longin.

Emre Sayin, CEO of Global Ports Holding, said: ‘Last year we were very pleased when Zadar Cruise Port joined our global network of 15 cruise ports. The opening of the new passenger terminal marks the next step in the development of Zadar as an exciting and important cruise destination and we are delighted to collaborate closely with the officials in Zadar and the Croatian government in this endeavour. We look forward to bringing our operational and commercial expertise to Zadar.'

First cruise ship

Barbaros Özakan, Zadar Cruise Port general manager, commented: ‘At the beginning of April, we welcomed the first cruise ship to our new terminal, which marked the start of this year’s cruise season. Since then, nearly 10,000 cruise passengers have passed through and experienced our facilities. We look forward to welcoming many more in the months and years ahead.’

UNESCO World Heritage sites

Located on the Adriatic Sea, Zadar draws tourists keen to experience the beautiful architecture, the UNESCO World Heritage sites and other leisure activities including national parks. The development of the cruise port is part of the development of the city’s infrastructure as it grows as a key tourist destination and an important part of Croatia’s broader tourism offer.


Posted 26 April 2019

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