Conferred to recognize individuals with
visionary leadership and significant contribution to the tourism
sector, the UNWTO Lifetime Achievement Award has been bestowed on
the late Arthur Haulot, founder of the International Social
Tourism Organization (ISTO/OITS), for his pioneer work in
promoting social tourism and the right to tourism for all.
Born in Belgium in 1913, Arthur Haulot founded the
International Social Tourism Organization (ISTO/OITS) in Belgium
in 1963. The Organization regrouped 170 active organizations in 35
countries in the Americas, Europe and Africa. The ISTO/OITS is
currently an international non-profit organization whose mission
is to promote access to leisure, holidays and tourism for all.
Mr Haulot was also President of the International Union of
Official Travel Organisations (IUOTO), precursor of the World
Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Mr Haulot was instrumental in
the foundation of the European Travel Commission (1946), the first
Regional Commission within IUOTO, where he became chairman and
played a key role in the granting of United Nations (UN)
consultative status to IUOTO in 1948 and the designation by the UN
of 1967 as the International Year of Tourism. In 1973, he founded
the International Bureau of Social Tourism and became its
Secretary General until 1988.
Honorary doctorate from the
Free University of Brussels, Mr Haulot was a writer, a poet and
the founder of the Biennale de Poťsie de Liege. Arthur Haulot was
also the director of ĎJournal of Poetsí and the president of the
International House of Poetry. He was a member of the Socialist
Party, established the basis of the National Youth Council and a
respected Minister of Tourism, and one of the pioneers for
ensuring the rights to tourism for all, social tourism.
Haulot dedicated his life to tourism Ė in 1938 he was appointed as
inspector at the National Holiday Office workers and later in 1939
as Commissioner General for Tourism (equivalent to Minister of
Tourism in Belgium), a post he held for thirty-three years.
Mr Haulot passed away on 25 May 2005. The award will be
presented to his family during the UNWTO Awards Ceremony on 20th January 2016 in the framework of the Spanish Tourism Fair FITUR.
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