INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FAIR INAUGURATED BY THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL (ECTT) PRESIDENT

INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FAIR INAUGURATED BY THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL (ECTT) PRESIDENT

The official visit of ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea, marking the opening of Autumn 2016-International Tourism Fair at the ROMEXPO Hall, in Bucharest, has taken place.

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I declare open the 2016 International Tourism Fair! God bless us all! states ECTT President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea from the high pulpit.

 

President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Academician Mircea Constantinescu and their retinue had visited the tourism market, cut the ribbon given the offficial start of the activities and presented from the pulpit the main characteristics of the 2017 year in tourism.

 

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Bread and Salt: Traditional welcome for H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President of European Council on Tourism and Trade and Academician Mircea Constantinescu from European Tourism Academy opening the 2016 TOURISM FAIR.

 

The 18 November official tour of the exhibition had taken place under The High Patronage of President of European Council on Tourism and Trade.

 

On this occasion Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President of European Council on Tourism and Trade has made the official tour of honour for all the pavilions that promoted outbound and inbound tourism,  accompanied by a delegation of members of European Parliaments and the usual retinue of governmental officials.

 

The Bucharest-International Tourism Fair has garnered the most important tourism companies that outlined special offers for the lovers of cultural tourism, medical tourism and wellness, rural and business related tourism but also presented offers for aficionados of cruises, exotic destinations and adventure tourism.

 

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had toured the areas dedicated to the promotion of wine tourism and stressed his office support for wine discovery based tourism programs, that are allowing visitors to familiarized themselves with Europe`s natural beauties but also to taste the incredible European wines.

 

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H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and  ECTT delegates are admiring traditional dances from Bucovina.

 

On the pavilions acknowledged by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, ECTT President and Global Ambassador for Tourism we can count the COTNARI stand that promoted not only the perfection of Cotnari Wines but also Cotnari region as the heartland of Moldova`s tourism.

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President Dr. Anton Caragea also visited the pavilions of Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Hungary, Bulgaria and delivered a speech on Movenpick stand on the opportunities offered by Middle Eastern tourism.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea visited the Photographic Exhibition ans encouraged the artists present and was received as distinguished guest by the representatives of the transport companies like Air Berlin, Blue Air and made a special stop over to the National Air Transport Company TAROM, where European Council President took his time and attended a photo session with the employees of the national air company.

 

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The open conference held by H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea on Middle Eastern tourism opportunities was attended by tourism specialists, mass media and governmental officials.

International Tourism Fair 2016 was a pleasant opportunity to meet the representatives of the tourism and air transport companies and to discuss new methods to improve tourism at world level and more than everything provided us with a rostrum of discussions for the future elections on WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION FOR 2017 and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM IN 2017 stated European Council on Tourism and Trade President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in the concluding remarks of his visit.

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CAMBODIA TOURISM ARRIVAL AT ALL TIME HIGH IN 2016

According to World Bank, The Kingdom of Cambodia will enjoy a robust economic growth in 2016 of more than 7%, thanks in no small part to the recent growth in tourism sector.

Academician HUN SEN-Prime Minister of Cambodia proudly accepts for Cambodia the title of World Best Tourist Destination

Prime Minister of Cambodia-Academician Samdech HUN SEN had opted for a development based on tourism growth and obtained an incredible success as the Kingdom was elected as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 and obtained a 6,9% growth according to World Bank. 

 

The arrivals in the Kingdom are at a historic high in 2016.

In 2015 the numbers of tourists and investment has slow down, but in 2016 as the country was elected WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and H.E. Prime Minister of Cambodia – Samdech HUN SEN declared tourism as a priority, the situation has significantly turn around of staggering 26% increase in the numbers of tourism entering the country.

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Radical tourism growth after the Kingdom of Cambodia was officialy recognised as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016

Phnom Penh arrivals, after the country was elected as FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION, grow by 7% and Siem Reap arrivals where up by 11% after the previous month.

The challenges ahead are still there as the country needs to attract more airlines for direct flights in order to transform Cambodia from a seasonal destination to an all year/ all seasons destination.

 

Luu Meng, president of the Cambodian Hotel Association, said despite the importance of the Chinese market—which airlines have been increasingly tapping into—Cambodia also needs to focus on securing direct flights from other countries as well as promoting destinations outside Angkor Wat.

Cambodian tourism sector perfect development on 2016, has become a World Model on the occasion of World Tourism Day.

A model to be analysed and copied by countries around the world in order to obtain a health tourism industry and a to foster the national development via tourism and international cooperation.

No country in the world had ever registered a growth equally to that of Kingdom of Cambodia, with 26% increase in arrivals numbers in just two months after becoming WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.

If the Kingdom will succeed in keeping the momentum in the next months the tourism sector in the country can be a perfect world success story and example.

Let`s all wish to Cambodia a perfect ending for 2016!

2016 WORLD MUSIC AND TOURISM AWARDS

2016 WORLD MUSIC AND TOURISM AWARDS

When you are thinking about Cambodia`s tourism the first thing that cross your mind are: the recently awarded title of World Best Tourist Destination or the scenic spots of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, or the majestic Mekong, or the clear waters of Koh Rong island, but you wouldn’t necessary focus on music and you would be wrong, because Cambodia has started the journey to conquer the tourism world with a song.

Already a hit, the CAMBODIA – KINGDOM OF WONDERS had become this year theme of WORLD TOURISM AWARDS being incorporated in the celebrations for WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION FOR 2016-KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA.

CAMBODIA – KINGDOM OF WONDERS  has being released by the MINISTER OF TOURISM as the official song of this summer’s World Tourism Awards 2016, ‘CAMBODIA IS WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION’.

The track, which features the main beauties and landmarks of the Kingdom of Cambodia, was also recorded with the help of million of tourism fans around the world.

The song CAMBODIA IS WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION was performed during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Phnom Penh World Travel and Tourism Awards 2016.

Another million dollars song is the CAMBODIA-FAVOURITE CULTURAL DESTINATION, with Khmer lyrics by Hun Heng, a local star in music creation and benefiting the talented voice of Son Srey Pich, a Khmer music star.

The song rose quickly to fame on the account of the perfect blending of powerful music and enchanted videos showcasing the incredible beauty of Cambodia.

 

These wonderful songs can be listen here:

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JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE TO HONOR WORLD TOURISM INSTITUTION NEW ACADEMICIAN MEMBER- HUN SEN, CAMBODIA`S PRIME MINISTER

JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE TO HONOR WORLD TOURISM INSTITUTION NEW ACADEMICIAN MEMBER- HUN SEN, CAMBODIA`S PRIME MINISTER

The European Tourism Academy has decided to award the title of ACADEMICIAN-Member of honor to Prime Minister Dr. HUN SEN of Kingdom of Cambodia for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people’s.

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The World Tourism Institute has attached special importance to Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Dr. Hun Sen’s vision of and work for a world based on economic development.

The World Tourism Institute has attached special importance to Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Dr. Hun Sen’s vision of and work for a world based on economic development,poor empowerment and for promoting tourism as a tool for understanding among people’s.

Prime Minister Dr. HUN SEN  created a new climate in international development politics.

He supported the inclusion of Millenium Development Goals in Cambodia`s development strategy and advocated the world implementation and adoption of Sustainable Development Goals.

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Dr. THONG KHON-Cambodia Minister of Tourism outlines his country development strategy.

 

Culture and tourism based diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the free travel, open skies policies, and dialogue can play in the development of ASEAN region.

Dialogue and negotiations are Prime Minister Dr. HUN SEN preferred  instruments for resolving all potential conflicts.

The vision of a world based on development, education and open circulation of ideas, good, persons across Asia  are now implemented thanks to Prime Minister Dr. HUN SEN.

Academician Mircea Constantinescu eulogy for H.E. Prime Minister of CAMBODIA

The Director of European Tourism Academy, Academician Professor Mircea Constantinescu announce the world decision to present a new leader on tourism and development-HUN SEN-Prime Minister of Cambodia.

  Cambodia is now playing the role of a model in economic development, social revenues distribution and tourism engagement.

World Tourism Institution President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Prime Minister of Cambodia-Dr. HUN SEN

H.E. President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea presents to the world stage light the new leader in tourism and development, the newest Academician-Dr. HUN SEN-Prime Minister of Cambodia.

 

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Prime Minister Dr. HUN SEN captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.

His diplomacy is founded in the concept that culture, historical patrimony,   dialogue and inclusiveness are the real basis for country development and  those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values instilled by culture.

Brussels, June 30, 2016

WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION IN 2016 IS…CAMBODIA!

On June 11, 2016, the General Assembly of the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT), has taken under consideration the list of candidates for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2016.

Scrutinizing of the candidature files was made, in the initial stages, by the European Tourism Academy team, who drafted a preliminary report disseminated among the ECTT members.

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Academician Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director of European Tourism Academy, presented the list of candidates and the list of reports and accompanying evaluations for each of the 30 countries registered candidatures.

Academician Mircea Constantinescu stressed the need for a strict observance of Chatham House rules of discretion, and also presented the report asking for a candidate country to be disbarred, for not being able to comply with the rules and regulation of World Institution-ECTT.

The motion was adopted and the analysis of remaining 29 countries in competition for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION continued.

ECTT Chairman –Mihai Prundianu stated for the audience the remarkable achievements of the 2015 award winner-The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia who capped 1 million tourists supplementary and derived tourism income in the margin of 2 billion dollars. Addis Ababa became the most rapidly growing city in Africa in the number of tourists.

Ethiopia enjoyed also a large presence in the media with over 120.000 tourism related articles promoting the country as the FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION.

Ethiopia has being, surpassing all the countries in the region in terms of tourism, appreciated Academician Mircea Constantinescu.

ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea marked also the world tourism institution determination to continue a special relation with Ethiopia that we come to know and love and who entered in our hearts forever, concluded Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

With the acceptance of the report by Chairman Mihai Prundianu on ETHIOPIA, the debate on the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 was declared opened according to the decision of ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

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ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea on the rostrum of WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2016

The second day (12 June 2016) of the debate for the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2016 saw Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) presenting the main report, encompassing the decision that emerged as the victorious candidate.

The report was titled: CAMBODIA: THE LAND OF MAGIC- THE PLACE WHERE GOD`S AND KINGS BUILD THE WORLD!

He proposed the Kingdom of CAMBODIA as the winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 and as receiver of the FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION distinction for 2016.

The report noted the reasons for awarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 PRIZE to CAMBODIA:

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Temple of Preah Vihear- the heart of ancient Indochina

  • The excellent preservation of humanity landmarks such as: the Temple of Preah Vihear- the heart of ancient Indochina.

The temple outstanding history can be traced to the 9th century, when the hermitage was founded.

Today the site is particularly well-preserved and is offering to the visitors an outstanding vision of grandeur, thanks to his exceptional for the quality of its architecture, which is adapted to the natural environment and the religious function of the temple, as well as for the exceptional quality of its carved stone ornamentation.

The Siem Reap province is home to the majestically and unique Angkor Archaeological Park – the residence of the Khmers Kings from 9th to 15th century.

Today this incredible humanity legacy,  stretching over some 400 sq.km, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century.

They include the famous Temple of Angkor Watt and Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.

All this sites were recognized as being of world significance and registered as UNESCO World heritage monuments.

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Angkor Thom a temple of world significance and registered as UNESCO World heritage monument

  • The rich cultural and historical legacy of Cambodia is not limited to the previous presented list.

In order to fully grasp the natural potential of Cambodia natural parks and natural reservations we must look at the potential of these regions designated in 1993 Royal Decree on the Protection of Natural Areas.

They are encompassing 23 protected areas, which at the time covered more than 18% of the country’s total land area. The royal decree divides the areas into four distinct categories: natural parks (sometimes described as ‘national parks’), wildlife preserves, protected scenic view areas (sometimes described as ‘protected landscapes’) and multi-purpose areas.

Cambodia is also home to rarely and valuable Ramsar sites rated accordingly to RAMSAR CONVENTION of June 1999:

A stretch along the Mekong River approximately 37 km long and 14,600 hectares in Stung Treng Province

Boeng Chhmar and associated river system and floodplain, 28,000 hectares in Kampong Thom and Siem Reap provinces (part of a designated multiple use area)

Koh Kapik and associated islets, 12,000 hectares in Koh Kong province (part of a designated wildlife sanctuary).

  • Giving tourists access to outstanding and pristine nature and the opportunity to explore nature, to contribute to ecological preservation, and the opportunity to visit extraordinary places.

All these regions and national parks are a model of achieving ecological and green tourism that must be recognized throughout the world.

New prominent landmarks are to be added to UNESCO list such as: Angkor Borei and Phnom Da, the former celebrated as the ancient capital of Kingdom of Cambodia under the name of Vyadhapura and pace at the confluence of Mekong and Stun Sla Ku. This is now home to perfect archaeological treasures like sculptures and stones star-shaped called stelae.

Phnom Da is famous for his caves, the mud tower and the all sought Ashram Maha Rosei, made in long standing stone and celebrated as a model of architectural ingenuity made out of interior monk housing units blending in the exterior wall.

Udong is the former capital of Royal Cambodia in 17th century from 1740 to 1746.

Udong is now a perfect example of a sprawling royal city, but also a royal necropolis gathering the funerary temples of kings that offered to Cambodia a chance of survival in the country darkest times.

Udong is the proof of the resilience and endurance of Khmer spirit in time of peril and dangers.

The project ONE VILLAGE/ONE PRODUCT designed to promote social fair  tourism, to sustain rural production and to bring about the rebirth of traditional craftsmanship created and promoted by H.E. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Cambodia , is a perfect way of sharing revenue, growing income and supporting marginal and rural communities development.

The way in which social-tourism has become the base for local economic development, for empowerment of remote community and supporting educational and vocational projects benefiting the communities, makes social-fair tourism, the lesson that today-the KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA is offering to the world.

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The Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations had brought Cambodia on the list of WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATIONS

  • The ongoing development and protection of cultural, religious and historical shrines of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the transformation of Angkor Region into a historical and spiritual center, offering to the visitors a glimpse into rich culture and heritage of people’s of Cambodia.

Angkor must be the world center of religious pilgrimage and cultural tourism offering to world tourists the complex healing experience of cultural legacy, religious special atmosphere and faith imbued air.

  • The preservation of outstanding historical and cultural heritage in the form of the former capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Angkor cultural complex, an ample palatial complex from the 9th Century, offering an incredible sense of magnificence of one of the Asia greatest empire.

  • Today, Cambodia offers tourists bound for the country a rich and perfect open air collection with a rare presence of historical and archaeological treasures that educate and enrich the world.

  • The KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA is also a perfect center for river cruises and adventure tourism, offering large areas suitable for this special kind of tourism, and the necessary infrastructure to welcome the adventure seeker, its safety and peace, makes the country, one of the world’s top adventure river destinations that make the KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA as a perfect cultural class destination.

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Cambodia is now proclaimed WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION! Ambassadors are surrounding the European Council on Tourism and Trade leadership. 

Mr. Pavel Avramoiu, Director for Hotel Management and Evaluation at European Council on Tourism and Trade, outlined the impressive potential for development that Kingdom of Cambodia is presenting.

Cambodia, now proclaimed WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION, must transform this perfect opportunity and universal limelight in a base for attracting investors in the field of hotels and hospitality to cater for the millions that will find their ways to the KINGDOM OF WONDERS and LAND OF MAGIC!

This is an incredible occasion for all ASEAN regions, an opportunity to place regions cultural and historical patrimony at the fore and to make Cambodia the center for medium and long-term trips that will bring travelers to the magic of Indochina.

With open sky`s policies enacted by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia, the country has become the center of ASEAN future development, concluded his speech World Tourism Institution Director Pavel Avramoiu.

It is appropriate for Europe to express its commitment to, and appreciation for Asia by crowning CAMBODIA as THE FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION AND WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 stated the ECTT Director Ioan Matei.

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Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, Director of European Parliamentary Committee in the European Council on Tourism and Trade

Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, Director of European Parliamentary Committee in the European Council on Tourism and Trade and Senator of Romanian Parliament stated the opinion of all present at ECTT conference and declared that the KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA is the unique candidate that is offering a perfect blend of cultural record, large historical patrimony and is offering a magisterial lesson to the world: the lesson of creativity and resilience of SROK KHMER-the land of Khmers.

With an outstanding record of promoting social-fair tourism, ecological and poverty reduction strategy based on tourism Cambodia deserves a unanimous vote, appreciated the Senator I. Agrigoroaei.

Taking the floor, President Dr. Anton Caragea asked for a final vote and European Council on Tourism and Trade Assembly unanimously, agreed to bestow the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION STATUS FOR 2016 TO KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA and to declare CAMBODIA- THE FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION in 2016.

The meeting was also presented with the Official Letter, from the Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia.

The world gathering (including ECTT members and accredited ambassadors and diplomats) was presented  with a warm salute and invitation from acting Minister of Tourism Mr. Chea Bora, for a mission of high ranking officials of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, to present the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD in Phnom Penh, in person, to His Excellency Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia, European Academician and outstanding personality in world tourism, today.

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The final note of ECTT 2016 Assembly was stroke by Professor Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade who emphasize the importance of the moment: the most important WORLD TOURISM PRIZE was entrusted to peoples of CAMBODIA.

CAMBODIA has arisen from ashes of nefarious time and is today a perfect destination crowned in the diamonds of Mekong, endowed with the beauties of Siem Reap and Battambang and made immortal by the works of Gods and Kings at Angkor.

Leading by example, is always the motto of European Council and Tourism and Trade and the acceptance of the invitation for a familiarization visit of high ranking members of European Council on Tourism and Trade to CAMBODIA is a proof of this enduring truth. CAMBODIA is a perfectly safe and outstanding destination that will forever mark your heart!

Today all world tourism experts expressed their confidence in the potential and future of tourism in CAMBODIA, let`s follow their example and discover THE WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION in 2016- concluded Professor Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade.

“Laos-World Best Tourist Destination-Unveiled” documentary is available for public from 25 June 2015

“Laos-World Best Tourist Destination-Unveiled” documentary is available for public from 25 June 2015

On the occasion of European Council on Tourism and Trade General Meeting for 2015 the participants will have the opportunity to watch the best travel documentary of 2014, a production of Laos National Television, presenting the World Best Tourist Destination Award ceremonies, held in May 2013 in Vientiane.

The documentary was broadcasted only in 2014 in 2015 by 28 televisions and watched by more than 20 million viewers.

From 25 june 2015 the documentary will be available (in selections) for the general public to see at European Council on Tourism and Trade channel here.

 

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“Laos-World Best Tourist Destination-Unveiled” is a 122-minute travel documentary film, which premiered at the Vientiane World Travel Awards in May 2013.

Since then, it has won six international awards, most of which were first prizes in the best travel documentary category.

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Caption from the movie showcasing LAOS-WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2013

The art show is presenting the most striking features of Laos-World Best Tourist Destination declared by European Council on Tourism and Trade showcasing the rich history and cultural patrimony of the country, the fashion of past and present Laos people and minorities and different regions of the country, finally culminating with a parade of artists presenting national Lao music and international acclaimed artists.

EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY STARTS DRAFTING THE RECOMMENDATION FOR EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE

EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY STARTS DRAFTING THE RECOMMENDATION FOR EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE

The European Council on Tourism and Trade Awards, created with the help of European Tourism Academy, are recognised as the flagship awards for the global tourism sector.

The awarded  countries, cities and personalities are selected in line with the policies, priorities and programme of work of European Council on Tourism and Trade, including the European Council on Tourism and Trade-Code of Sustainable Tourism and the principle standards set in the European Council on Tourism and Trade development pledge.

This countries and personalities represent some of the best examples of tourism leaders from around the world, that through their exceptional actions and potentials initiatives have placed themselves and their nations on the rostrum of the sector.

European Tourism Academy Director-Academician Mircea Constantinescu, officially announced the closing of competition for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2015.

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Academician Mircea Constantinescu receives the final candidature for 2015 World Tourism Awards-World Best Tourist Destination and World Capital of Culture and Tourism.

We have received the final application and we have concluded the peer revision and we will be ready to outline our recommendation for the General Reunion of European Council on Tourism and Trade at the end of June 2015.

We are sure that this year, like the previous year`s, our decision will elicit the enthusiasm of travelers from all around the world and we hope that the winner for 2015 will enjoy the same popularity asLaos: who received more than 3 million tourists in the last period and Zimbabwe, who become the best African destination, surpassing in growth all the heavy weights of tourism in the region, concluded Academician Mircea Constantinescu.

In total 31 countries placed their bids for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2015 and 16 cities placed their hope on being designated as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AN TOURISM.