• UNWTO announces winners of Ulysses Prize and Ethics Award

    Ramesh Tiwari
    November 28, 2017
    UNWTO announces  winners of  Ulysses Prize and  Ethics Award

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    Madrid : World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced the winners of the UNWTO Ulysses Prize and the UNWTO Ethics Award, including 14 finalists for the upcoming 14th Edition of the UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism. 

    The UNWTO Awards recognize inspirational individuals and projects for their innovative achievement as well as their invaluable dedication to developing and advocating sustainable tourism in line with the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    The 14th Edition of the UNWTO Awards will take place in January 2018, co-hosted by FITUR, the International Tourism Fair in Spain /IFEMA in Madrid, Spain . The Awards Ceremony will be preceded by the UNWTO Awards Forum where finalists will present their respective projects.

    According to UNWTO statement , UNWTO Ulysses Prize for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge in Tourism has been awarded to Professor Emeritus and Research Professor at the California State University Valene L Smith.

    Prof. Smith is a pioneer in tourism and anthropology, with an extensive number of projects and accomplishments throughout her extensive career. 

    The Jury of the UNWTO Ethics Award has selected Europa Mundo Vacaciones as the winner of this second edition of the Award for its initiative “Europa Mundo Foundation”.

    Europa Mundo Vacaciones is a Spanish tour operator strongly committed to the principles of environmental and social responsibility and has achieved remarkable results in the implementation of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, particularly in its contribution to community well-being and sustainable development of tourism.

    UNWTO Ethics Award was established in 2016 and is open to all companies and associations that are official signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism . 

    Fourteen innovative projects among 128 applicants from 55 countries have been selected as finalists of the 14th UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism. The winners will be unveiled during the UNWTO Awards Ceremony.

    UNWTO Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance

    MiBarrio – Mercado de Hacienda Applied Research Project, Ente de Turismo del Ministerio de Modernización, Innovación y Tecnología  del  Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Longmen Grottoes “Internet + Longmen” action plan, Management Committee of Longmen Grottoes World Cultural Heritage Park, China

    Tourism training talent (TTT), Turismo de Portugal, Portugal

    UNWTO Award for Innovation in Enterprises

    Great Plains Conservation: Conserving and Expanding Natural Habitats, Great Plains Conservation and the Great Plains Conservation Foundation, Botswana and Kenya

    Conservation and Livelihoods: Community managed Ecotourism at Mangalajodi,  Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust, India

    Community and Resilience: two villages tackle depopulation, Valle dei Cavalieri, Italy

    Three-Pillar Innovation Initiative, Balesin Island Club, Philippines

    UNWTO Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations

    Educating and empowering local communities for sustainable tourism futures, The Sumba Hospitality Foundation, Indonesia

    Connecting community, local friends, and visitors to a unique experience and happiness, Triponyu.com, Indonesia

    IT.A.CÀ – Migrants and Travelers, Festival of Responsible Tourism, Associazione YODA, Italy

    Strengthening Community Tourism in the Sierra Gorda, Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda, Mexico

    UNWTO Award for Innovation in Research and Technology

    EarthCheck Building Planning and Design Standard (BPDS), EarthCheck, Australia

    eVisitor – Croatian national tourist information system, Croatian National Tourism Board, Croatia

    Smart Tourism System (STS), SEGITTUR, Spain

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      January 1 : New year nightclub attack leaves 39 dead in Istanbul
      January 20 : Republican billionaire Donald Trump sworn in as 45th US president
      January 23 : Syria peace talks begin in Kazakh capital Astana
      March 29 :United Kingdom officially launches the Brexit process
      April 4 :Syria launches chemical attack killing 90 people
      April 6 : US cruise missiles destroy Syrian air base
      April 9 : Bombings at two churches in Egypt kill dozens
      April 16 : Refugee death toll passes 1,000 in Mediterranean
      April 16 :Turkey says YES to presidential system
      May 6 :Emmanuel Macron elected French president defeating Marine Le Pen
      May 19 :Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani wins re-election
      May 22 : Terrorist attack kills 22 at Manchester concert
      June 5 : Gulf nations severe ties with Qatar
      June 7 :Suicide bombers attack Iranian parliament killing 13 people
      June 14 :London fire kills 71 in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower
      July 4 :North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s missile ambitions
      July 28 : Pakistan’s top court disqualifies Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office
      August 5 :US withdraws from Paris climate change pact
      August 17 :Storms cause record damage in Caribbean and southern United States
      August 25 :Muslim Rohingya start fleeing Rakhine state in Myanmar
      September 15 : NASA’s 13-year Saturn mission ends
      September 20 : Earthquake kills more than 200 in Mexico
      September 24 : Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel wins fourth term
      September 26 : Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women driving
      October 1 : Gunman opens fire on Las Vegas music festival killing 59 people
      October 14 : Massive bombing in Somalia’s capital Modadishu kill more than 500 people
      October 24 : China confirms the elevation of President Xi Jinping to the same status as the nation’s founder, Mao Zedong, and Deng Xiaoping, by enshrining ‘Xi Jinping thought’ in the party’s constitution at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China
      October 27 : Catalonia declares independence from Spain
      November 4 : S audi Arabia detains 11 princes, four ministers and ten former ministers in a corruption probe
      November 12 : Iran-Iraq magnitude 7.3 earthquake kills more than 500
      November 15 : Argentine navy submarine disappears with 44 crew on board
      November 21 : Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe’s president after 37 years in power. His former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa will become president.
      November 22 : Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic convicted of genocide in Srebrenica during the 1990s Bosnian War
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      Between January and August 2017, destinations worldwide welcomed 901 million international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors), 56 million more than in the same period of 2016 .The top ten most visited cities are:
      CityVisitors
      HONG KONG26.6 million
      BANGKOK 21.2 million
      LONDON19.2 million
      SINGAPORE16.6 million
      MACAU15.4 million
      DUBAI14.9 million
      PARIS14.4 million
      NEW YORK12.7 million
      SHENZHEN12.6 million
      KUALA LUMPUR12.3 million

      Source: Euromonitor International

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