UNWTO 2021 Tourism Video Competition Focuses on Sustainable Development
The preservation efforts undertaken at the Exuma Cays Land and Marine Park in the Bahamas, the historical extravagance of the western region of Samegrelo in Georgia, the celebration of Sustainable Gastronomy Day in Macau (China), agrotourism in Porto Rico and similar efforts showing how the powers of tourism can be used to boost sustainable development seem to have most impressed judges during the 2021 UNWTO Tourism Video Competition.
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Inspirational stories have proven to be essential as we promote the many benefits of tourism.
These videos are great examples of how destinations have adapted and redefined their promotion strategies.
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– World Tourism Organization (@OMT) December 10, 2021
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for promoting responsible, sustainable and accessible tourism for all.
Launched ahead of the 24th UNWTO General Assembly held in Madrid (Spain), the competition was designed to reward the best visual storytellers from each region of the world.
The competition was divided into two categories – “Tourism and the Decade of Action” and “Outstanding Stories of Sustainable Tourism”.
“Tourism and the Decade of Action” focused on how the tourism sector is advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by referring to one or more of the 17 global goals set out by the UNWTO. The winners in this category included:
Africa: Seychelles – Discover Seychelles
Americas: Bahamas – Exuma Land and Sea Park
Asia and the Pacific: Macau, China – Sustainable Food Day 2021
Europe: Georgia – The Grand Tour of Samegrelo
Middle East: Discover Egypt
The “Outstanding Stories of Sustainable Tourism” showcased the human face of tourism and showcased the positive social impact the sector can have in generating opportunities for all. The winners in this category included:
Africa: Seychelles – Creole Rendezvous
Americas: Puerto Rico – Agrotourism Puerto Rico
Asia and the Pacific: Philippines – Bon voyage, Pinas
Europe: Slovenia – Slovenian gastronomy. You cannot spell Slovenia without love. Your plate awaits you.
Middle East: The Red Sea Company – Seeds of Hope (Affiliate Member)
The videos are available here.
To help the tourism industry recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNWTO has used various visual and digital media formats over the past year. The main idea is to ensure the restart of tourism, especially local and sustainable tourism, which in turn will stimulate the economy.