A new cruise passenger terminal at Zadar's Gazenica Port was opened on Wednesday, April 24, on Zadar County Day.
After President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic officially opened the new passenger terminal, Zadar County Prefect Bozidar Longin said the port project was something that generations of Zadar citizens had dreamt of. He recalled that tourism was the country's strongest economic branch and that a number of other local sectors would profit from the cruise port, such as agriculture, enterprise, craft and retail outlets.
Longin added that quality fishing infrastructure was being built on Ugljan island and that work on a fishing port in Gazenica was expected to begin soon. The total value of the two projects amounts to HRK 60M.
Executive Director of Global Ports Holding (concessionaire of Gazenica Port), Stephen Xuereb, said that Zadar was a major addition to the company's network of Mediterranean cruise ports, following Venice and Montenegro, and it would complete its services on the cruise port market.
The new Gazenica passenger terminal is one of the most contemporary cruise port terminals in the Mediterranean. It is a 2-storey building which spreads across 20,000 m2 and provides all the relevant services for international and domestic transport. The building of the terminal, which started in 2016, cost EUR 27 million.
Global Ports Holding signed a twenty-year concession agreement between its wholly owned operating subsidiary Zadar International Port Operations and Zadar's Port Authority for the operating rights of Gazenica cruise port. The concession includes cruise passenger port and terminal services, international ferry terminal, Ro-Ro services, vehicles and passenger services.