Photo: Petar Fabijan
“ACI marina Rijeka is a unique project that offers the highest level of service, not only for boaters but also for the residents, in the very centre of the city.”
Kristijan Pavić, the President of the Management Board of ACI, and the largest marina chain in the Mediterranean are facing a new business challenge: the unique project of ACI Marina Rijeka, which will put a strong emphasis in the future on the development of nautical tourism not only in Kvarner but on the entire Croatian coast.
ACI Marina Rijeka is an elite marina with a five-anchor rating that boasts amenities of the highest standard both in terms of design and berthing possibilities and in terms of providing a superior service and offering a variety of services that will attract all those looking for excellence in nautical tourism.
As the largest marina chain in the Mediterranean, ACI has been steadily raising the level of service in the nautical sector over the past few years. What are the novelties that the ACI Marina Rijeka project will offer in the market and which markets are key to its development?
ACI Marina Rijeka, is of strategic importance for the development of nautical tourism in Croatia. In cooperation with our partner, the company GITONE Kvarner, we want to create an elite marina with a five-anchor rating – the rating that only three Croatian marinas can boast, two of which are ACI (Rovinj and Cres). The rare and prestigious five anchors are a guarantee to clients of the highest level of quality in terms of meeting a number of special requirements and having a high level of equipment as well as in the terms of the design of the premises in which the activity is carried out, the way the services are provided, the amenities offered in a marina and, ultimately, the implementation of environmental principles in everyday business as well. The ACI Marina Rijeka project is a unique project that we have never had the opportunity to see in Croatia, since it offers the highest level of the quality of service, not only for boaters but also for the residents, in the very centre of the city. The position of the marina is extremely advantageous in terms of geography and transport routes; it is only a few hours away by car from most outbound travel markets, and since several airports are located in its immediate vicinity, we also expect an influx of guests from more distant destinations. We must not forget the Croatian boaters either, whose number is rising year after year, which makes us very happy.
For what period is the concession granted and what is its estimated value?
The concession on the maritime domain is granted for the construction and commercial use of the special purpose port – port of nautical tourism of Porto Baroš. The concession is granted by the Croatian Parliament and the Government of the Republic of Croatia, on behalf of the Republic of Croatia, for a period of 30 years. The total estimated value of the concession is HRK 1,165,410,256.41 (excluding VAT).
As projects, ACI Marina Rovinj and ACI Sail opened up the world of luxury yachting to ACI. What clientele is ACI Marina Rijeka targeting?
As I mentioned, our goal is to make ACI Marina Rijeka an elite marina with a five-anchor rating. Given the quality of service that the marina will provide, we hope that it will attract all those looking for excellence in services provided in nautical tourism. We want to put a strong emphasis on the development of nautical tourism, and the city of Rijeka and ACI Marina Rijeka have a huge potential in this segment, which has been recognised.