ITC’s Myanmar tourism project wins sustainability award

21 October 2020
ITC News
Inclusive Tourism project in Myanmar impressed judges with its work with local communities

The world’s largest global network of tourism professionals has recognized ITC’s work to develop sustainable tourism in Myanmar by awarding it the 2020 Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award for community and government projects.

ITC’s Inclusive Tourism project works with traditional communities in Myanmar to improve and integrate their tourism offer and ensure secure and decent employment. The Netherlands government funds the project under its Netherlands Trust Fund Phase IV (NTF IV) scheme.

The Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards enhance the visibility of and grant recognition to entities in the travel and tourism industry.

Now in its nineteenth edition, the competition received 44 entries from 23 countries for nine categories. The jury comprised internationally recognized experts who independently evaluated each entry based on leadership criteria in sustainability.

The 2020 jury members included:

  1. Patricio Azcárate Díaz de Losada, general secretary, Responsible Tourism Institute
  2. Ellen Rugh, programme manager, Center for Responsible Travel
  3. Louis D’Amore, founder and president, International Institute for Peace Through Tourism

Starting in Kayah state, ITC has rolled out the project and its methodology to several regions in Myanmar since 2013.