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Yanina Gavrilova is the First Ukrainian Tourism Hero

The Hall of International Tourism Heroes is open by nomination only to recognize those that have shown extraordinary leadership, innovation, and actions. Tourism Heroes go the extra step. Yanina Gavrilova is now the first person from Ukraine to be invited, and accepted to become a tourism hero by the World Tourism Network.

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  • The World Tourism Network recognized Ms. Yanina Gavrilova to join the exclusive group of Tourism Heroes.
  • Since 2016 Ms. Gavrilova has been the Head of the Board of the Civic Union, the Ukrainian Tourist Guides Association
  • Yanina Gavrilova is the author of distance training courses for information specialists, managers, and representatives of the United Territorial Communities in the field of tourism development and local tourist destinations “Successful startup in tourism,” course training of tourist guides – “Organization and conduct of gastronomic tours”.

The “Ukrainian Tourist Guides Association” is the leading trade union in Ukraine. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the “Ukrainian Tourist Guides Association” has n increased its membership.

Yanina Gavrilova: 
– Trainer of tourism disciplines and methods of adult education, coach of DVV-International. 
– Member of the expert group of the State Agency for Tourism Development of Ukraine (DART). 
– Representative in Ukraine of the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations and the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations.  

For the last five years, Yanina Gavrilova has developed methodical manuals: 
– on a technique of the organization of Tourist information centers, 
– on the preparation of tourist guides on a technique of interpretation of natural, cultural, and historical heritage.  

Additional expert activity:
2014-2021 Yanina Gavrilova took part in the work of organizing committees for more than 50 seminars and consultations, workshops, conferences, and forums for info-specialists, tourist guides, and managers: 
– 2021 Project USAID ERA Ukraine, The Sea of Azov Tourist Information Center Consultant;
– conducted training for specialists of TIC in Kyiv in 2016-2018;
– participated as the keynote speaker at the First Conference of TIC Representatives in 2016 in Lviv; 
– 2019-2020 conducted a series of consultations for managers of TICs in Dnipro, Chernihiv, Kherson;
– in 2021 held a consultation for tourism professionals on the establishment of TIC in Olevsk;
– 2012-2013 Expert of the EU project “Diversification and support of tourism in Crimea”;
– 2010-2012 Expert on the work of tourist information centers in the project Chemonics International Inc, USAID / LINK;
– 2012. Developed and conducted internships for Ukrainian TIC specialists in Estonia and Sweden.

In the nomination received this feedback was included: Yanina is an amazing person who devotes all her strength and all her energy to the development of tourism. https://en.uaguides.com

Yanina is now listed on heroes.travel and will have a chance to be selected Tourism Hero of the Year. There is never a charge.

The Hall of International Tourism Heroes is open by nomination only to recognize those that have shown extraordinary leadership, innovation, and actions. Tourism Heroes go the extra step.

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The Yearly or Special  Tourism Hero Award is presented to selected members of the Hall of International Tourism Heroes. It is open to members and non – members of the World Tourism Network. There is no cost.

The Annual Tourism Hero of the Year Award is presented to selected members of the Hall of International Tourism Heroes. 

It takes at least two nominations to be considered for this recognition. One can be a self-nomination. Anyone can nominate or can be nominated on www.heroes.travel

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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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