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Madrid: Best tourism villages in the world awarded this December

Posted by TRAVEL TOP COUNTRY MAG MEDIA on December 8 2021, 11:28am

Categories: #UNWTO, #besttourismvillages, #Madrid

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At the begining of December, the UN World tourism organization in Madrid awarded villages tourism from the world. Some days ago, we published information of two Slovenian villages who received the prize : Solčava and Radovljica in Slovenia. Now the editorial team of Travel Top Country magazine inform you of the total result below.

List of Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO 2021:

  • Bekhovo, Russian Federation

  • Bkassine, Lebanon

  • Bojo, Philippines

  • Caspalá, Argentina

  • Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal

  • Cuetzalan del Progreso, Mexico

  • Cumeada, Portugal

  • Gruyères, Switzerland

  • Batu Puteh, Malaysia

  • Kaunertal, Austria

  • Le Morne, Mauritius

  • Lekunberri, Spain

  • Maní, Mexico

  • Misfat Al Abriyeen, Oman

  • Miyama, Japan

  • Mokra Gora, Serbia

  • Morella, Spain

  • Mustafapaşa, Turkey

  • Nglanggeran, Indonesia

  • Niseko, Japan

  • Nkotsi Village, Rwanda

  • Old Grand Port, Mauritius

  • Olergesailie, Kenya

  • Ollantaytambo, Peru

  • Pano Lefkara, Cyprus

  • Pica, Chile

  • Pochampally, India

  • Puerto Williams, Chile

  • Radovljica, Slovenia

  • Rijal Alma’a, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Testo Alto, Brazil

  • Saas Fee, Switzerland

  • San Cosme y Damián, Paraguay

  • San Ginesio, Italy

  • Sidi Kaouki, Morocco

  • Solčava, Slovenia

  • Soufli, Greece

  • Taraklı, Turkey

  • The Purple Island, Republic of Korea

  • Ungok Village, Republic of Korea

  • Valposchiavo, Switzerland

  • Wonchi, Ethiopia

  • Xidi, China

  • Yucun, China

The communication team of UNWTO explained : "A total of 44 villages from 32 countries across the five world regions were granted the recognition in 2021. All of them stand out for their natural and cultural resources as well as for their innovative and transformative actions and commitment to the development of tourism in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The villages were evaluated by an independent Advisory Board based on a set of criteria covering nine areas:

  1. Cultural and Natural Resources
  2. Promotion and Conservation of Cultural Resources
  3. Economic Sustainability
  4. Social Sustainability
  5. Environmental Sustainability
  6. Tourism Potential and Development and Value Chain Integration
  7. Governance and Prioritization of Tourism
  8. Infrastructure and Connectivity
  9. Health, Safety and Security

All of the 44 chosen villages scored a total of 80 or more points or more out of a possible 10. A total 174 villages were proposed by 75 UNWTO Member States (each Member State could present a maximum of three villages) for the 2021 pilot initiative. Among which 44 were recognized as Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO. Another 20 villages will enter the Upgrade Programme of the Initiative. All 64 villages enter to make part of the UNWTO Best Tourism Villages Network

The next edition will open in February 2022.

Tourism can be a driver of social cohesion and inclusion by promoting a fairer distribution of benefits throughout the territory and empowering local communities. This initiative recognizes those villages committed to making tourism a strong driver of their development and wellbeing.

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. added

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