ASSISI, Italy – UNESCO cultural and natural heritage sites all over the world symbolize culture, travel, and human evolution. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) encourages the identification, protection, and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world that are among the most emotional and important travel experiences of a lifetime.
The UNESCO Culture Travel Award was launched by the travel publication L’Agenzia di Viaggi at the first edition of WTE – the World Tourism Expo of UNESCO Cities and Sites – last year in Assisi. The award aims to identify and promote the cultural travel offer to the 936 UNESCO sites throughout the world (183 are natural, 725 cultural, and 28 mixed).
Only tour operators, travel agencies, hotels and hospitality, and public/private tourism organizations can apply for the UNESCO Culture Travel Award, and must submit a complete travel package, itinerary, or destination; tourism organizations and boards may submit special regional and national projects.
Entries for the 2012 UNESCO Culture Travel Award must be submitted by June 21 to [email protected] . The travel package or itinerary must include: accommodation, meals, activities, information on the area (culture, nature, and population), and cost.
The Award Ceremony will be held in Assisi, Umbria, on September 22, 2012 at WTE, the first international travel fair where travel professionals meet with UNESCO sites countries in order to promote easy accessible travel to the World
Heritage sites in compliance with sustainable travel criteria.
Claudio Ricci, President of UNESCO Cities and Sites Association in Italy and Mayor of Assisi, hometown of Saint Francio, has made WTE the meeting point between culture and travel “to promote slow, emotional, and aware travel, representing a heritage of memories and a passport to peace.”