• UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism

    Ramesh Tiwari
    January 1, 2016
    UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism

    Madrid : A total of 17 projects from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe have been selected, from a total of 109 candidacies, as finalists of the 12th UNWTO Awards on Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. The winners in the four categories – public policy and governance, research and technology, enterprises and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – will be announced on 20 January 2016 at the UNWTO Awards Ceremony at FITUR in Madrid, Spain.

    List of finalists of the 12th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism: 

    Finalists of the UNWTO Award in Innovation in Public Policy and Governance

    Office of the Under Secretary of Tourism of the Mayor´s Office of Medellin – COLOMBIA

    Culture and Tourism Banyuwangi Regency Office –  INDONESIA

    East Africa Tourism Platform – KENYA

    Puerto Rico Tourism Company – PRTC – Green Certifications Program – PUERTO RICO


    Finalists of the UNWTO Award for Innovation in Enterprises

    Projeto Fartura – Plentifulnes Project – BRAZIL

    Garuda Indonesia – Bali Beach Clean-up – INDONESIA

    Anykščiai Regional Park Direction – Treetop Walking Path – LITHUANIA

    Meliá Hotels International, First Professional Experience Project – SPAIN

    Switzerland Explorer Tours – World’s 1st 100 % electric tourbus – SWITZERLAND


    Finalists of the UNWTO Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations

    Friends-International – The ChildSafe Movement – CAMBODIA

    Yayasan Karang Lestari – Coral Reef Reborn –  INDONESIA

    Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE), Sisterhood of Survivors (SOS) Program – NEPAL

    Children in the Wilderness – SOUTH AFRICA


    Finalists of the UNWTO Award for Innovation in Research and Technology

    Fundação Parque Tecnológico Itaipu.- BRAZIL

    Rijeka Tourist Board – Mobile Application Bike Rijeka – CROATIA

    Korea Tourism Organization – Korea Medical Tourism Online Platform – Rep. of KOREA

    Source : UNWTO Dec. 2015

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      *EMITT-  East Mediterranean Int’l Tourism and Travel Exhibition ,Istanbul, Turkey, Jan. 25-28

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      *IMTM – Int’l Mediterranean Tourism Market   Tel Aviv, Israel  , Feb. 6-7

      *India Travel Mart ITM , Ahmedabad, India          Feb. 9-11

      *Travel and Tourism Fair ( TTF) , Chennai , India Feb. 16-18

      *PATA ATRT Conference and Mart , Abu Dhabi , UAE , Feb 21-23

      *Travel and Tourism Fair(TTF) , Bengaluru, India ,Feb. 23-25

      *World Spa and Wellness 2018 , London , UK Feb. 25-26

      *Guangzhou International Travel Fair Guangzhou , China  March 1-3

      *ITB Berlin Berlin , Germany March 7-11

      *Moscow Int. Tourism and Travel Exhibition ( MITT) ,Moscow , Russia March 13-15

      *IT& CM China 2018 , Shanghai , China          March 20 – 22

      *GBTA Conference Mexico City, March 21-23

      *UNWTO World Conference on Snow and Mt. Tourism ,Andorra , March 21-23

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