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Awards to be announced later this month in SpainGoverdhan Eco village in line for UNWTO awards

India’s Goverdhan Eco village is in line for this year’s prestigious UNWTO awards. Goverdhan Eco Village has been selected as one of the three global finalists for UNWTO Award in category for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organisations. The 13th UNWTO Awards for Innovation winners and runner-ups will be unveiled during the UNWTO Awards Ceremony to be held on 18 January 2017 in Madrid, Spain, organised in collaboration with IFEMA/FIITUR for the fourth consecutive time. The Ceremony will be preceded by the annual UNWTO Awards Forum on 16 January 2017 at Palacio Neptuno, Madrid, Spain.

Two competitors for Goverdhan Eco Village in its category are-
• Culture heritage: Tools for sustainability of a World Heritage Site, Petra National Trust, Jordan
• A Sustainable Tourism Supply Chain, Fundación Tropicalia, Dominican Republic

Flagship award for global tourism sectorGoverdhan Eco village in line for UNWTO awards


The UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in tourism is the flagship event for the global tourism sector. Since 2003, this event seeks to highlight the work of organizations and individuals around the world that have positively impacted and inspired the tourism sector through innovation and knowledge. To date, UNWTO has acknowledged and awarded the contribution of distinguished scholars, inspiring leaders, as well as more than sixty initiatives from the public and private sector as well as NGOs. Their achievements have served as an inspiration for competitive and sustainable tourism development at a local, national, regional and international level. Since the creation of the UNWTO Awards applications have been received from more than 70 countries.

Awards to be given in many categoriesGoverdhan Eco village in line for UNWTO awards


Awards are given in various categories. The UNWTO Awards for Innovation merit distinction in four categories for the significant contribution of innovative tourism initiatives which are both competitive and sustainable in their character.

UNWTO Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance
UNWTO Award for Innovation in Enterprises
UNWTO Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations
UNWTO Award for Innovation in Research and Technology

Besides, The UNWTO Lifetime Achievement Award is conferred to recognize a lifetime achievement of individuals with visionary leadership and significant contribution throughout the nominee’s career as an inspirational role model for the development at the local, national, regional or international level. The UNWTO Ulysses Prize is given to a distinguished scholar, whether in academia, government or private industry, for outstanding contributions to innovation and knowledge in tourism. Finally, The UNWTO Ethics Awards, a newly created category, is conferred by the World Committee on Tourism Ethics to tourism companies and trade associations that have demonstrated excellence in the implementation of the principles of the Global Code of Ethics of Tourism within their business operations and Corporate Social Responsibility practices.

A model farm communityGoverdhan Eco village in line for UNWTO awards


Goverdhan Eco Village is located 108km north of Mumbai at the foothills of the Sahyadri mountains in Wada Taluka of Palghar District of Maharashtra. It is a model farm community and retreat centre highlighting the need for us to live in harmony with ourselves, nature and the sacred. Govardhan Ecovillage is a non-profit initiative founded by Radhanath Swami, a teacher of bhakti-yoga for over 40 years, and student of Swami Prabhupada, founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna consciousness (ISKCON). Govardhan Ecovillage is not intended to be a hotel. In the midst of this rural village in India, it is attempting to provide a simple place to breathe, walk around, practice yoga, meditate, pray, chant, and to serve.

 
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