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Taleb Rifai speaking at the ceremony Taleb Rifai speaking at the ceremony

Sustainability as the Main Criterion for UNWTO Awards

Innovative projects in tourism were celebrated during the 13th edition of the annual awards ceremony organised by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and held at the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain this January.

UNWTO Awards aimed to recognise the initiatives towards sustainable tourism. Nearly 150 organisations from 55 countries were considered for the awards, with the winners being: The Ministry of Tourism for Guanajuato, Mexico; Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group; Govardhan Ecovillage, India and Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ANVR).

Taleb Rifai, secretary-general, UNWTO, explained, "The 13th UNWTO Awards is particularly relevant as it coincides with the official launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, a milestone and an immense opportunity for the global tourism community to advance towards a more inclusive and sustainable sector."