#Portugal #Spain #India and #Indonesia win big at the #UNWTO Awards 2018


(Posted 18th January 2018)

Initiatives from Portugal, Spain, India and Indonesia winners of UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism

Turismo de Portugal I.P (Portugal), Ecotourism Trust (India), Tryponyu (Indonesia) and SEGGITUR (Spain) are the winners of the 14th Edition of the UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism. Fourteen projects among 128 applicants from 55 countries were selected as finalists of the 14th UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism.

The winning projects, divided into four categories – Public Policy and Governance, Research and Technology, Enterprises, and Non-governmental Organizations –, have been announced at the UNWTO Awards Ceremony held tonight in Madrid at the International Tourism Trade Fair in Spain (FITUR).

Today we honour the vision and commitment of individuals, administrations, companies and organizations that every day build a better future by harnessing the potential of tourism. The work of all the finalists of the 14 UNWTO Awards on Innovation is an inspiration to all of us”, underlined UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, in his opening remarks.

Attended by nearly 500 participants from different countries, the UNWTO Awards Ceremony, co-organized by IFEMA|FITUR, emphasized how the tourism community has embraced sustainable and innovative approaches.

The UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism are held annually to highlight and promote the work of organizations and individuals around the world that have impacted the tourism sector. Their achievements have served as an inspiration for competitive and sustainable tourism development and the promotion of the values of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The 14th Edition of the UNWTO Awards was organized in collaboration with the International Tourism Trade Fair in Spain (IFEMA/FITUR) and supported by:

– The Macao Government Tourism Office

– The National Secretariat of Tourism of Paraguay-Itaipu Binacional

– The Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Argentina

– The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism in Colombia

– The Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador

– Wonderful Indonesia

– The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority; and

– National Geographic

From Africa did only a joint project between Kenya and Botswana in the category Enterprises make it to the podium and congratulations are extended to the Great Plains Conservation / Foundation for conserving natural habitats. No other project from Africa made it this far, a challenge for the entire continent to do better in 2019.

List of Awardees of the 14th UNWTO Awards for Innovation

Category Organization Project Country Post
Public Policy and Governance Turismo de Portugal I.P Tourism Training Talent (TTT) Portugal Winner
Ente de turismo de la ciudad de Buenos Aires MiBarrio applied research Project Argentina Second Prize
Management Committee of Longmen Grottoes World Cultural Heritage Park “Internet + Longmen” action plan China Third Prize
Enterprises Ecotourism Trust Conservation and Livelihoods: Community managed ecotourism, MANGALAJODI India Winner
Valle dei Cavalieri Community and Resilience: two villages tackle depopulation Italy Second Prize
Balesin Island Club Three-Pillar innovation Initiative Philippines Second Prize
Great Plains Conservation and the Great Plains Conservation Foundation Conserving and expanding natural habitats Botswana and Kenya Third Prize
Non-Governmental Organizations Triponyu.com Connecting people through local experiences Indonesia Winner
Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda Strengthening community tourism México Second Prize
The Sumba Hospitality Foundation Educating and empowering local communities for Sustainable tourism futures Indonesia Third Prize
Associazione YODA IT.A.CÁ- Migrants and Travelers, Festival of Responsible Tourism Italy Third Prize
Research and Technology SEGITTUR Smart Tourism System (SIT) Spain Winner
EarthCheck Building Planning and Design Standard (BPDS) Australia Second Prize
Croatian National Tourism Board eVisitor- Croatian national tourist information sysem Croatia Third Prize

Additional information and useful links:

14th UNWTO Awards Forum

14th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism

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