UNWTO Awards recognize the commitment of the tourism sector to sustainable approaches

PR No.: PR 17006

Guanajuato’s State Ministry of Tourism (Mexico), Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group (Belgium), Govardhan Ecovillage (India) and Dutch Travel Trade Association (Netherlands) were the winners of 13th Edition of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. Nearly 150 initiatives from 55 countries applied for this edition. 

The UNWTO Awards paid tribute to the commitment of the tourism sector towards sustainability and innovation. The winning projects were announced last night during the UNWTO Awards Ceremony in the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid.

“The 13th UNWTO Awards is particularly relevant as it coincides with the Official Launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, a milestone and an immense opportunity for the global tourism community to advance towards a more inclusive and sustainable sector,” underlined UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai in his opening remarks.

Attended by nearly 400 participants from 85 countries, the Ceremony emphasized how the tourism community has embraced sustainable and innovative approaches in the last years as ways to enhance the sector in the future. 

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 greatly 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 awardees of the 13th UNWTO Awards for Innovation in four different categories are as follows:

Public Policies and GovernanceGuanajuato Ministry of TourismStrategies for the Development of Sustainable Tourism in GuanajuatoMexicoWinner
Instituto Costarricense de TurismoSocial Progress Index in Tourist Destinations of Costa RicaCosta RicaFirst runner up
Valencia Region Tourism BoardValencian Institute of Tourism Technologies (INVAT.TUR)SpainSecond runner up
Advisory Council of the Tourism MinistryInnovative Use of E-TourismEgyptSecond runner up
EntreprisesCarlson Rezidor Hotel GroupAdding Color to LivesBelgiumWinner
EcobnbEcobnb, The Community of Sustainable TourismItalyFirst runner up
Non-Governmental OrganizationsGovardhan EcovillageGovardhan Ecovillage - Eco Tourism as a catalyst for rural developmentIndiaWinner
Petra National TrustCulture Heritage: Tools for Sustainability of a World Heritage SiteJordanFirst runner up
Funcadión TropicaliaA Sustainable Tourism Supply ChainDominican RepublicSecond runner up
Research and TechnologyANVR (Dutch Travel Trade Association)Carmacal carbon calculator for travel packagesNetherlandsWinner
Turismo de Portugal, IPTourism 4.0PortugalFirst runner up
Ulysses FoundationEncyclopedia of TourismSpainSecond runner up

Additional information

The 13th Edition of the UNWTO Awards were organized in collaboration with the International Tourism Trade Fair (IFEMA/FITUR) and kindly supported by:

- Suning (China)

- China Chamber of Tourism (China)

-  Andalucia Region (Spain)

- PortAventura (Spain)

- Macao Government Tourism Office  (SAR)

- Itaipu Binacional (Paraguay)

- Secretaria de Estado de Turismo de Paraguay (Senatur)

- Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia

- Samsonite

- Madrid Destino

- Eventisimo

Useful links:

13th UNWTO Awards Forum

13th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism

13th UNWTO Awards Forum pictures

13th UNWTO Awards Ceremony Gala pictures


UNWTO Media Officer Rut Gomez Sobrino

Tel: (+34) 91 567 81 60 / rgomez@unwto.org

UNWTO Communications & Publications Programme

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