Empowering Communities: UNWTO Announces Best Tourism Villages of 2023

Empowering Communities: UNWTO Announces Best Tourism Villages of 2023

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Published on October 28, 2023

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently unveiled its selection of the Best Tourism Villages for 2023. These accolades recognize the remarkable contributions of villages across the globe in nurturing rural landscapes, preserving cultural diversity, upholding local values, and safeguarding culinary traditions.

In its third edition, 54 villages were chosen out of nearly 260 applicants, with an additional 20 villages joining the Upgrade Programme. This combined total of 74 villages now comprises the UNWTO Best Tourism Villages Network. The announcement took place during the UNWTO General Assembly held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili emphasized the power of tourism in promoting inclusivity, empowering local communities, and spreading benefits across regions. He stated, "This initiative acknowledges villages that have leveraged tourism as a catalyst for their development and well-being."

Key Evaluation Areas:

The villages were evaluated in nine essential areas, including:

  • Cultural and Natural Resources

  • Promotion and Conservation of Cultural Resources

  • Economic Sustainability

  • Social Sustainability

  • Environmental Sustainability

  • Tourism Development and Value Chain Integration

  • Governance and Prioritization of Tourism

  • Infrastructure and Connectivity

  • Health, Safety, and Security

Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO: This category recognizes exceptional rural tourism destinations with accredited cultural and natural assets, a commitment to preserving community-based values, and a dedication to innovation and sustainability across economic, social, and environmental dimensions.

Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO Upgrade Programme: It offers vital support to villages in their journey to meet recognition criteria, addressing identified shortcomings during the evaluation process.

The Best Tourism Villages Network: This acts as a platform for sharing experiences, best practices, learning, and opportunities among its members. It welcomes contributions from experts and both public and private sector partners engaged in promoting tourism as a catalyst for rural development.

The network continues to expand every year, with the addition of these 74 new members, totaling 190 villages as part of this unique global rural network.

Peru boasts the most Best Tourism Villages on the list with five. Following closely are countries like Japan, Korea, Portugal, Mexico, China, and Spain, each having three or four entries. Additionally, Indonesia has three villages included in the upgrade program list, with Peru, Türkiye, and Italy following with two entries each.

Here is the list of Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO for 2023 (in alphabetical order):

  • Al Sela, Jordan

  • Barrancas, Chile

  • Biei, Japan

  • Caleta Tortel, Chile

  • Cantavieja, Spain

  • Chacas, Peru

  • Chavín de Huantar, Peru

  • Dahshour, Egypt

  • Dhordo, India

  • Dongbaek, Republic of Korea

  • Douma, Lebanon

  • Ericeira, Portugal

  • Filandia, Colombia

  • Hakuba, Japan

  • Higueras, Mexico

  • Huangling, China

  • Jalpa de Cánovas, Mexico

  • Kandovan, Iran

  • La Carolina, Argentina

  • Lephis Village, Ethiopia

  • Lerici, Italy

  • Manteigas, Portugal

  • Morcote, Switzerland

  • Mosan, Republic of Korea

  • Oku-Matsushima, Japan

  • Omitlán de Juárez, Mexico

  • Oñati, Spain

  • Ordino, Andorra

  • Oyacachi, Ecuador

  • Paucartambo, Peru

  • Penglipuran, Indonesia

  • Pisco Elqui, Chile

  • Pozuzo, Peru

  • Saint-Ursanne, Switzerland

  • Saty, Kazakhstan

  • Schladming, Austria

  • Sehwa, Republic of Korea

  • Sentob, Uzbekistan

  • Shirakawa, Japan

  • Sigüenza, Spain

  • Şirince, Türkiye

  • Siwa, Egypt

  • Slunj, Croatia

  • Sortelha, Portugal

  • St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria

  • Tân Hoá, Viet Nam

  • Taquile, Peru

  • Tokaj, Hungary

  • Văleni, Moldova

  • Vila da Madalena, Portugal

  • Xiajiang, China

  • Zapatoca, Colombia

  • Zhagana, China

  • Zhujiawan, China

The UNWTO Best Tourism Villages initiative, launched in 2021, plays a significant role in the UNWTO Tourism for Rural Development Programme. This program aims to foster development and inclusion in rural areas, combat depopulation, encourage innovation, integrate value chains through tourism, and promote sustainable practices.

The call for submissions for the fourth edition is expected to take place in the early months of 2024, offering new opportunities for rural destinations to shine on the global stage.


Snow World Entertainment Announces Major Expansion Plans Across Key Indian Cities

Snow World Entertainment Announces Major Expansion Plans Across Key Indian Cities

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 24, 2024

Snow World Entertainment, a trailblazer in the Indian entertainment and hospitality sector, announced today its ambitious plan to expand its footprint across the nation. Founded by Prasuk Jain, the company is set to open new facilities in prominent cities including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Thane, Pitampura, Connaught Place, and Golf Course Extension Road, aiming to double its presence by 2026.

Prasuk Jain, the visionary behind Snow World Entertainment, stated, "The entertainment sector in India holds immense potential for growth. Our objective is to revolutionize entertainment by introducing unique experiences that cater to diverse customer preferences, contributing to the 'Make in India, Make for the World' initiative and enhancing India's global stature in these sectors."

The expansion includes the launch of new outlets under popular brands like The Game Palacio, The Game Ranch, Amazonia, and Snow World. With an investment of approximately INR 300 crores in 2023-24 and INR 500 crores in 2024-25, the expansion is expected to generate numerous job opportunities across its new locations.

Currently, Snow World Entertainment operates 14 luxury gaming and bar concepts and three complete restaurants nationwide. Notable among them are The Game Ranch, a cowboy-themed luxury gaming and bar experience; The Game Palacio, a palace-themed venue; KOA, a bohemian-themed restaurant; and Amazonia, an immersive dining experience themed around the Amazon rainforest.

By focusing on customer satisfaction, embracing innovation, and advocating ecological responsibility, Snow World Entertainment is poised to redefine the entertainment landscape in India, ensuring unforgettable experiences for its patrons.

For further information on Snow World Entertainment and its range of services, please visit Snow World Entertainment.

About Snow World Entertainment:

Founded by Prasuk Jain, Snow World Entertainment stands as a pioneering force in the Indian entertainment and hospitality industry. The company boasts a diverse portfolio, including Snow World, The Game, Amazonia, and several other distinct brands, each offering unique experiences tailored to a variety of customer interests and age groups. Dedicated to delivering exceptional entertainment, Snow World Entertainment is shaping the future of leisure and hospitality in India.


Regency Holidays Showcases Qatar’s Luxurious Offerings at ATM 2024

Regency Holidays Showcases Qatar’s Luxurious Offerings at ATM 2024

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 18, 2024

Regency Holidays, Qatar's premier destination management company (DMC), recently participated in the Arabian Travel Mart (ATM) 2024, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The event, themed 'Empowering Innovation: Transforming Travel Through Entrepreneurship', saw Regency Holidays engaging with a global audience, showcasing the opulence and luxury that Qatar has to offer to travelers.

With a 15% increase in attendance from last year, ATM 2024 provided an unparalleled platform for Regency Holidays to display its extensive range of luxury travel services. Throughout the four-day event, the company highlighted its vast network of luxury hotels and resorts, exclusive excursions such as visits to the Inland Sea and Katara Cultural Village, personalized shopping trails, and city tours, all designed to offer a premium experience in Qatar.

Manoj Kumar Tiwari, General Manager of Regency Holidays, expressed his enthusiasm about the company's participation: "ATM 2024 was a record-breaking event, with about 46,000 travel professionals from around the world in attendance. It was an excellent opportunity for Regency Holidays to present our signature products and upcoming offerings, enhancing Qatar's appeal as a global luxury destination."

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The vibrant and meticulously designed stall by Regency Holidays drew significant attention, translating into increased foot traffic and potential business opportunities. The company showcased how it could tailor travel experiences to meet the specific needs and preferences of international tourists, emphasizing luxury and cultural richness.

Regency Holidays collaborates with an extensive list of partners, including travel and tour operators, cultural sites, and luxury accommodation providers, to craft unique travel experiences. This network, coupled with their premium ground transport fleet, ensures that every aspect of the traveler’s journey in Qatar is seamless and tailored to high standards of luxury and personalization.

As Regency Holidays continues to innovate and expand its offerings, the company is set to play a pivotal role in promoting Qatar as a top-tier destination for luxury and culturally enriching travel experiences. For more information on planning a luxurious trip to Qatar with Regency Holidays, visit their official website.


Tamarind Global Makes a Mark at Arabian Travel Market 2024 in Dubai

Tamarind Global Makes a Mark at Arabian Travel Market 2024 in Dubai

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 16, 2024

Tamarind Global, renowned for its comprehensive destination management services, made a significant impact at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2024 held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from May 6-9. This event, which drew over 45,000 travel professionals from 160 countries, provided a pivotal platform for Tamarind Global to enhance its international reach in the B2B tours industry.

The company showcased its expertise in managing tours, weddings, events, and corporate services both within India and internationally. The stall set up by Tamarind Global was a center of attraction, drawing new-age travel agents and tour operators interested in forging prospective partnerships.

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Louis D'Souza, Director of Tamarind Global, expressed enthusiasm about the event's success, stating, "The four days at ATM 2024 were exhilarating. The dynamic atmosphere and diverse range of attendees facilitated engaging discussions and fruitful connections with both long-standing and new partners." He further highlighted the importance of the event in strengthening the company’s service offerings and expanding its global footprint.

The participation in ATM 2024 not only reaffirmed Tamarind Global’s position in the travel and event management industry but also opened up numerous avenues for future growth. The company capitalized on this opportunity by hosting a networking dinner for global partner agents, which was well-received and appreciated.

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Tamarind Global offers highly customized services across the B2B and B2C market segments globally, providing seamless turnkey solutions for tours, weddings, events, and MICE. With a successful showcase at ATM 2024, the company is optimistic about nurturing these new partnerships and continuing to grow its operations in both international and domestic arenas.

For more information on Tamarind Global and its services, visit their website or contact their customer service. As the travel industry continues to rebound, Tamarind Global is well-positioned to meet the evolving needs of its clients with innovative and tailored travel solutions.

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