• 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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