Apply now: 14th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism


1 May 2017 - 30 September 2017


UNWTO is pleased to announce that, starting May 1, it will be inviting submissions to the 14th edition of the UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism, organized for the fifth consecutive year in collaboration with the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR / IFEMA). 

Since their creation in 2003, the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism are held annually to recognize the work of organizations and individuals around the world that contribute to foster innovation in tourism and build a more sustainable and responsible tourism, in line with the celebration of International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. 

UNWTO Award for Innovation in Tourism

Applications for the UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism are open for organizations or businesses, fitting into one of the categories listed below, and that are currently undertaking a tourism-related project/initiative with an innovative and sustainable approach.

1. Public Policy and Governance
2. Enterprises

3. Non-Governmental Organizations
4. Research and Technology

UNWTO Ethics Award

Application is limited to signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Code of Ethics. Application for the UNWTO Ethics Award is coordinated by the UNWTO Ethics and Social Responsability ProgrammeTo apply, please click here. 

Deadline for submitting applications is 30 September 2017. All applications shall be sent to Please make sure to carefully read the Guidelines before completing your application. Applications not respecting the conditions listed in the Statement of Understanding will not be considered. All necessary documents are available for download at the bottom of this page.

Evaluation: All complete applications will be carefully evaluated by an international Jury of Experts based on the criteria set forth in the 14th UNWTO Awards Guidelines.



The guidelines will be uploaded in the upcoming weeks. 

Important dates

1 May 2017                         Call for applications 
30 September 2017              Deadline for reception of applications
Last week of November        Announcement of Awardees
15 January 2018                  14th UNWTO Awards Forum
17 Janury 2018                    14th UNWTO Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner


Contact us

For any questions, please contact the UNWTO Awards Secretariat at


Useful links

Overview of the UNWTO Awards
13th UNWTO Awards Winners and Finalists
Previous UNWTO Awards editions
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