A total of 17 projects from Africa, Latin
America, Asia and Europe have been selected, from a total of 109
candidacies, as finalists of the 12th UNWTO Awards on Excellence
and Innovation in Tourism.
The winners in the four categories -
public policy and governance, research and technology, enterprises
and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) - will be announced on
20 January 2016 at the UNWTO Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner at
FITUR in Madrid, Spain.
A public sector initiative to fight the sexual
exploitation of children in the tourism sector in Medellin
(Colombia); a project by the government of Banyuwangi in Indonesia
promoting ICT in tourism; the East Africa Tourism Platform and its
multi-destination knowledge management tool; and the Green
Certification Programme of Puerto Rico, are the nominees in the
category of Public Policy and Governance.
In the category
of Enterprises, nominees include the Garuda Indonesia airline and
its ‘Bali beach clean-up’ initiative which emphasizes the role of
communities in preserving coastal areas; Switzerland Explorer
Tours, with a 100% electric bus tour and sustainable tour
experiences; Meliá Hotels International (Spain) recognized for
promoting employment opportunities for young people at risk of
exclusion; the Treetop Walking Path in the Anykščiai Regional Park
in Lithuania; and the ‘Projeto Fartura’ of Brazil and its Plentifulness Project linking gastronomy, research and travel in
145 Brazilian cities.
The work done in the areas of child
protection and gender equality has been recognized by the jury in
the projects selected in the category of NGOs. These include
projects by Friends International from Cambodia, Children in the
Wilderness from South Africa and Sisterhood of Survivors from
Nepal. The list of finalists in the category of NGOs is completed
with an initiative to protect ecosystems in Indonesia – the Coral
Reef Reborn Project.
Finally, in the category of Research
and Technology, the jury nominated the Itaipu Complex, a project
promoting tourism-based territorial development in Brazil, the
Bike Rijeka, a mobile application from Croatia; and the Korea
Medical Tourism Online Platform from the Republic of Korea.
Finalists will present their projects and share their
expertise during the UNWTO Awards Forum to be held on 18 January
2016 at Palacio Neptuno, Madrid.
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