Allow me to begin this year’s issue of our ACI No. 1 magazine with a big and heartfelt – Thank you!
What for? – you must be wondering. If you are reading this introduction, i.e. have in your hands the sixth consecutive issue of this magazine, intended for our partners, guests and friends, it means that you also have, in your own way, contributed to this great reason for celebration – our Company’s 40th anniversary.
In the 40 years of our commitment to the sea and people, we have provided our country and the entire boating community with a representative chain of marinas, which today is not only the largest in the Mediterranean but also a regional leader in nautical tourism and the process of making the green transition in the boating sector. During this period, ACI has become the pillar of the entire tourism sector in the Republic of Croatia, creating conditions for domestic and foreign visitors that meet the highest world standards. That these are not just empty words could be seen in 2020, the most intensive period of the coronavirus pandemic, when nautical tourism proved to be the most resilient sector in the current crisis and ACI established itself as the leader in Croatia’s tourism sector – the lifeblood of the national economy of the Republic of Croatia.
Based on the extremely good preparation, measures taken and care we took of our employees and guests, we were more than ready to welcome the next two nautical seasons, with 2022 already bringing record results in some of the segments. Further, in the course of its work, ACI has constructed or completely renovated some of the most beautiful and luxurious marinas. We proudly boast several of them: ACI Marina Rovinj, the most modern and luxurious marina in Croatia with a prestigious five-anchor rating, the eternal classic ACI Marina Dubrovnik, transforming into a “city in itself”, as well as the charming ACI Marina Korčula, which is slowly returning to its former splendour. Everything we know and can do is yet to be demonstrated by constructing ACI Marina Rijeka, which will be built in partnership with GITONE Kvarner, part of the Lürssen group. ACI Marina Rijeka will be the most luxurious and technologically most advanced marina in the Mediterranean – and will also be the largest nautical project in the history of Croatia.
Finally, thanks to the ACI Sail project and the exclusive partnership with Nautor Swan, we have been able to welcome the largest international fleet of ClubSwan 36 sailing boats and to boast the only training centre for this type of vessels in the world, situated in ACI Marina Split. In relation to that, through our full membership in Nautor Swan’s racing calendar, Croatia has been put on a par with world’s elite yachting destinations, such as Monte Carlo, Porto Cervo and St Tropez.
One of the most prominent aspects of ACI’s forty-year-long journey is the enormous impact it has exerted on Croatia’s nautical scene. Millions of boaters and lovers of the sea have experienced an extraordinary level of quality of services provided in our marinas, and have enjoyed unforgettable experiences they will fondly remember…