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Meaningful Tourism Awards 2022 handed over in Singapore

ITB Asia sees 18 Award winners and 7 Honourable Mentions for Best Practice Examples of a positive future for tourism.

The second day of the ITB Asia 2022, the biggest tourism fair in Asia, began with the announcement of the Meaningful Tourism Award 2022 winners during a panel discussion about this new paradigm for the development of hospitality and tourism. The discussion was supported by visitBerlin and included three representatives of award-winning companies and organisations from destinations as diverse as Antarctica and Papua New Guinea.

The diversity of stakeholders continues: from organisations who provide services to Muslim visitors to research focusing on the healing power of travelling for mentally handicapped persons, to host communities empowering formerly homeless persons to become city guides.

The CEO of the Meaningful Tourism Center, the organiser of the Award, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt stated: “We are delighted to see how many stakeholders around the world have started to create new approaches to tourism. The jury decided to extend the scope of the process by also recognising companies and organisations with an Honourable Mention on top of given awards. Neither to see the customer as king, nor to concentrate on short-term profit and also not treating environmental issues as the only concern will create a positive future for the industry. The task is not to ‘balance’ the different stakeholders’ interests, but aligning them in a way that benefits and satisfies the interests of all stakeholders. The companies and organisations selected can consider themselves as being among the avant-garde of tomorrow’s tourism development.”

The Meaningful Tourism Award 2022 was given in Gold, Silver and Bronze according to the six categories which present the main stakeholders, namely Travellers, Host Communities, Employees, Companies and Organisations, Governments and the Environment.

The winners of the Awards and Honourable Mentions were revealed during the Meaningful Tourism Panel at the ITB Asia in Singapore.

2022 was the first edition of the Meaningful Tourism Award, which will in the future be organised annually. The Meaningful Tourism Center is based in Hamburg with several regional representations and offers trainings, publications and workshops for private and public organisations which see the need to move forward to a Meaningful Tourism.

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