UNWTO announces finalists for Excellence Awards with only Egypt making it from Africa

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR UNWTO’S 13TH AWARD SCHEME

(Posted 01st December 2016)

UNWTO has announced the finalists of the 13th edition of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. The 12 finalists were selected among 139 applicants from 55 countries. The winners will be announced on 18th of January 2017 at the UNWTO Awards Ceremony, organized for the fourth consecutive year in collaboration with Madrid International Tourism Fair (FITUR / IFEMA).

The Awards recognize excellence and innovation in tourism in four categories: 1) Public Policy and Governance, 2) Enterprises, 3) Non-Governmental Organizations and 4) Research and Technology.

The UNWTO Awards reflect the efforts done worldwide by the tourism community to foster innovation and the need of the sector to advance towards a more sustainable and responsible future‘ said UNWTO Secretary-General Dr. Taleb Rifai. ‘In the last decade the Awards have shown the sector’s high commitment to this goal, which this year has a special meaning as we celebrate the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017‘ he added.

Initiatives from Belgium, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, India, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain compile the list of final candidatures from which the Awardees will be announced on 18 January 2017.

Finalists of the 13th edition of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism

1. UNWTO Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance

– Innovative use of e-tourism/Egypt’s strategy 2020, Advisory Council of the Ministry of Tourism, Egypt

– Invat.Tur, Valencia Region Tourism Board, Spain

– Social progress index in tourism destinations in Costa Rica, Costa Rica Tourism Board, Costa Rica

– Strategies for development of sustainable tourism in Guanajuato, Guanajuato State Ministry of Tourism, Mexico

2. UNWTO Award for Innovation in Enterprises

– Adding color to lives, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Belgium

– Ecobnb: The community of sustainable tourism, Ecobnb, Italy

3. UNWTO Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations

– Culture heritage: tools for sustainability of a World Heritage Site, Petra National Trust, Jordan

– Inclusion of micro- and small enterprises in the sustainable tourism supply chain, Fundación Tropicalia, Dominican Republic

– Govardhan Eco Village, India

4. UNWTO Award for Innovation in Research and Technology

– Carmacal carbon calculator for travel packages, Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ANVR), Netherlands

– Encyclopedia of tourism, Ulysses Foundation, Spain

– IP Tourism 4.0, Turismo de Portugal, Portugal

The 12 finalists will share their expertise and experiences at the UNWTO Awards Forum on 16 January 2017, in Madrid.

Two days later, on 18 January 2017, the winners of each category will be announced at the UNWTO Awards Ceremony and Gala dinner.

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