Initiatives from Portugal, Spain, India and Indonesia winners of UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism

Initiatives from Portugal, Spain, India and Indonesia winners of UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism

PR No.: 18005

Turismo de Portugal I.P (Portugal), Ecotourism Trust (India), Tryponyu (Indonesia) and SEGITTUR (Spain) are the winners of the 14th Edition of the UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism.   Fourteen projects among 128 applicants from 55 countries were selected as finalists of the 14th UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism.  

The winning projects, divided into four categories - Public Policy and Governance, Research and Technology, Enterprises, and Non-governmental Organizations –, have been announced at the UNWTO Awards Ceremony held tonight in Madrid at 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”, underlined UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, in his opening remarks.

Attended by nearly 500 participants from different countries, the UNWTO Awards Ceremony, co-organized by IFEMA|FITUR, emphasized 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.

The 14th Edition  of the UNWTO Awards was organized in collaboration with the International Tourism Trade Fair in Spain (IFEMA/FITUR) and supported by:

-          The Macao Government Tourism Office

-          The National Secretariat of Tourism of Paraguay-Itaipu Binacional

-          The Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Argentina

-          The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism in Colombia

-          The Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador

-          Wonderful Indonesia

-          The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority; and

-          National Geographic


List of Awardees of the 14th UNWTO Awards for Innovation






Public Policy and Governance

Turismo de Portugal I.P

Tourism Training Talent (TTT)



Ente de turismo de la ciudad de Buenos Aires

MiBarrio applied research Project


Second Prize

Management Committee of Longmen Grottoes World Cultural Heritage Park

“Internet + Longmen” action plan


Third Prize


Ecotourism Trust

Conservation and Livelihoods: Community managed ecotourism, MANGALAJODI



Valle dei Cavalieri

Community and Resilience: two villages tackle depopulation


Second Prize

Balesin Island Club

Three-Pillar innovation Initiative


Second Prize

Great Plains Conservation and the Great Plains Conservation Foundation

Conserving and expanding natural habitats

Botswana and Kenya

Third Prize

Non-Governmental Organizations

Connecting people through local experiences



Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda

Strengthening community tourism


Second Prize

The Sumba Hospitality Foundation

Educating and empowering local communities for Sustainable tourism futures


Third Prize

Associazione YODA

IT.A.CÁ- Migrants and Travelers, Festival of Responsible Tourism


Third Prize

Research and Technology


Smart Tourism System (SIT)




Building Planning and Design Standard (BPDS)


Second Prize

Croatian National Tourism Board

eVisitor- Croatian national tourist information sysem


Third Prize

















































Additional information

Useful links:

14th UNWTO Awards Forum

14th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism

14th UNWTO Awards Forum pictures

14th UNWTO Awards Streaming



UNWTO Media Officer Marcelo Risi

Tel: (+34) 91 567 81 60 

UNWTO Communications & Publications Programme

Tel: (+34) 91 567 8100 / Fax: +34 91 567 8218 

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