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.

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.



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