MADRID, 19 January 2018: Portugal, Spain, India and Indonesia were named winners of UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism earlier this week.
The 14th edition named Turismo de Portugal (Portugal), Ecotourism Trust (India), Tryponyu (Indonesia) and SEGGITUR (Spain) as the winners for innovation.
Fourteen projects out of 128 applicants from 55 countries were short-listed as finalists of the 14th UNWTO Awards.
The winning projects were divided into four categories – Public Policy and Governance, Research and Technology, Enterprises, and Non-governmental Organizations.
The announcement was made at the UNWTO Awards ceremony held in Madrid during 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”, UNWTO secretary-general, Zurab Pololikashvili, commented in his opening remarks.
Attended by nearly 500 participants from different countries, the UNWTO Awards ceremony, co-organised by IFEMA|FITUR, emphasised 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.