UNWTO Awards categories


The UNWTO Lifetime Achievement Awards 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 selection of the UNWTO Lifetime Achievement Award will be reserved to the international Jury of Experts of the UNWTO Awards in recognition of the global significance of this category. No external nominations or applications for this award category shall be accepted.

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.

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.
  1. UNWTO Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance
  2. UNWTO Award for Innovation in Enterprises
  3. UNWTO Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations
  4. UNWTO Award for Innovation in Research and Technology

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 practicesApplication is limited to signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Code of Ethics
If you wish to learn more about the previous UNWTO Awardees, please visit the following pages: