Sunday, January 24, 2016

Indonesia wins three UNWTO awards for excellence and innovation in tourism

Indonesia won three awards of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in a ceremony held in Madrid, Spain, recently,

The Banyuwangi administration with its "Re-inventing the Government in Tourism" project is the first winner for the Innovation in Public Policy and Governance category of the 12th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism, the UN WTO said in a press release.

Garuda Indonesias Bali Beach Clean-Up campaign has come out as the First Runner-up for the UNWTO Award for Innovation in Enterprises category.

Indonesias NGO, Karang Lestari Foundation with its "Coral Reef Reborn" project is also the First Runner-Up for the UNWTO Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) category.

The Awards recognizing innovation in four categories - Public Policy and Governance, Enterprises, NGOs and Research and Technology-, were announced on January 20 at the UNWTO Awards Ceremony in the Spanish Tourism Fair (FITUR) in Madrid.

Besides Banyungawi, first winners for the other three categories are the Itaipu Technological Park (Brazil), the Treetop Walking Path (Lithuania), and the Sisterhood of Survivors Program (Nepal) .

The projects were selected among more than 100 candidatures from 30 countries, .

"The UNWTO Awards aim to honor those that everyday work for the benefit of host communities, supporting the livelihoods of local people and protecting our environment and our culture for future generations. All 16 finalists are an example to all of us of how the principles of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the objectives set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can inspire sustainable tourism," UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said.  (Antara)

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