UNWTO invites applications for tourism excellence, innovation awards

United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has opened application for the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism.

In a statement, the international body promoting responsible tourism said Thursday that applications for the 14th edition of the awards will be accepted before September 30 via email, awards@unwto.org. Winners will be announced in January 2018 on the occasion of the UNWTO Awards Ceremony, to be held at the International Tourism Fair in Spain (FITUR), it added.

Applications for the awards span four categories: Public Policy and Governance, Enterprises, Non-Governmental Organisations, and Research and Technology.

Since their creation in 2003, the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism are held annually to recognise the work of organisations and individuals around the world that contribute to foster innovation in tourism and build a more sustainable and responsible tourism.

This year is marked as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Several activities are being held around the world to promote tourism’s role in five focus areas: inclusive and sustainable economic growth; social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction; resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change; cultural values, diversity and heritage; and mutual understanding, peace and security.

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