Press Release


UNWTO Awards to recognize innovation and excellence in tourism

Location

Madrid
Spain
PR No.: 
15003
21 Jan 15

Tourism initiatives and scholars from around the world will once again be recognized for their outstanding contribution to the sector at the UNWTO Awards Ceremony to be held at the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain, on 28 January 2015.


Since 2003, the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism have honored tourism initiatives and individuals for their contribution to tourism through knowledge and innovation, in line with the principles of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

The 11th edition of the UNWTO Awards will celebrate remarkable achievements in the following categories:

UNWTO Ulysses Prize for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge

Dr. Eduardo Fayos-Solà from Spain has been named the winner of the 11th UNWTO Ulysses Prize for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge for his significant contributions to the practical application of tourism knowledge. Dr. Eduardo Fayos-Solà has dedicated his career to advancing the theory and practice of tourism policy and governance from various positions in academia, the private sector, government, and international organizations. Among his many accomplishments, he served as an adviser to the first democratically elected parliament of Spain on public policy matters, including tourism, and was the driving force behind the creation and implementation of Spain’s first Tourism Policy Plan.

UNWTO Ulysses Awards for Innovation 

The UNWTO Awards recognizes achievements in tourism innovation in four sub-categories:  Public Policy and Governance, Enterprises, Non-governmental Organizations, and Research and Technology. Below are this year’s finalists, in alphabetical order:

UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance

UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Enterprises

        UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations

        UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Research and Technology

The winners and runner-ups of the UNWTO Ulysses Awards for Innovation will be presented during the UNWTO Awards Ceremony to be held on 28 January 2015.

Prior to the Ceremony, the Awards Symposium to be held on 27 January will bring together the current and previous UNWTO Ulysses Prize Laureates as well the finalists of the UNWTO Awards for Innovation to share their experiences.


Useful links:

Registration: 11th UNWTO Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner (IFEMA, Madrid, Spain, 28 January 2015)

The 11th UNWTO Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner is organized by UNWTO and FITUR with the support of BBC, Extremadura Turismo (Spain), Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA, Thailand), Mapfre Asistencia, NH Hotel Group, Madrid Destino and Maspalomas Costa Canaria (Gran Canaria).

Registration: UNWTO Awards Symposium (IFEMA, Madrid, Spain, 27 January 2015)

UNWTO activities at FITUR 2015  


Contacts:

UNWTO Senior Media Officer: Marcelo Risi
Tel: (+34) 91 567 81 60 

UNWTO Communications & Publications Programme
Tel: (+34) 91 567 8100 / Fax: +34 91 567 8218