Visitors from Qatar royal familiy-Al Thani greeted by H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea.
This year, different countries and cities interested in tourism development will participate in the World Tourism Awards.
The candidates will be chosen in an annual ceremony and world tourism event, in which world tourism institutions jurors, made of experts and national tourism leaders, from all over the world, will vote the best travel destinations.
These awards highlight the excellence in major and international tourism categories for countries and cities and are a consolidated brand which celebrates its eleven anniversary this year.
The winners acquire instant international prestige and recognition and nation country banding and are becoming an example for the world, supporting and advocating nation branding and positioning into the world community.
24 CITIES HAD SUBMITTED THEIR CANDIDATURES FOR WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM IN 2017
WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD has become a center of international tourism recognition in the last span of time.
Starting from January 15, 2017 more than 50 countries had outlined their tourist and cultural potential bidding for WORLD TOURISM AWARDS competition.
In 2017, for the first time, THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE will make a major factor in pondering the winner of WORLD TOURISM AWARDS for 2017 the compliance with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the candidates countries and cities announces Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, European Council President.
After obtaining the highest world tourism accolade in 2012, the nation island of Trinidad and Tobago becomes the only Caribbean nation that registered tourism increase in the region.
In 2013 People Democratic Republic of Laos registered a plus of over 1,5 million tourists in the first year and a 7% increase in GDP, due to mounting tourism revenues and Zimbabwe: the 2014 winner rose from zero to hero, in tourism statistics after snatching the world best tourism destination designation.
Band of mariachi interpreting Latin American songs for World Capital of Culture and Tourism for 2017.
This string of tourism success stories made 31 countries to start registering their candidatures for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD in 2017 more early than ever.
Already countries from Central and South America had put forward their touristic potential with a mind blowing extravaganza at Intercontinental Hotel in Bucharest where eight Latin American and Caribbean countries outlined their touristic, artistic and cultural potential for European Council on Tourism and Trade election committee.
Algerian Ambassador presenting candidatures for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM IN 2017.
ECTT President Anton Caragea highly praised their demonstration as a perfect display of Latin American cultural and touristic prowess that will be seriously regarded by the prize committee.
African countries fallow rapidly with: Nigeria, Congo DRC and Algeria taking the leading role in outlining their candidatures for World Capital of Culture and Tourism for 2017.
Palestine and Bethlehem candidatures World Capital of Culture and Tourism for 2017
Middle Eastern countries have outlined also their fantastic touristic and cultural potential with: Turkey, Egypt, Palestine and Jordan in the vanguard of outlining their powerful cultural asset and explaining their security measures put in place to make tourism feel safe and secure and enjoy a well deserve vacation on sandy beaches of Sharm El Sheik or Alexandria of Egypt, discovering ancient cities of Petra and Jerash in Jordan or the Cappadocia coast in Turkey.
Egypt candidature for World Capital of Culture and Tourism for 2017
The Central Asian countries tourism potential is expecting to be discovered by the Kazakhstan candidature that is bringing the potential of Caspian Sea, the beauty of Astana-the XXI century capital of the country and the impressive historical legacy of Turkestan-candidate city to WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM IN 2017.
Kingdom of Jordan candidature for World Capital of Culture and Tourism for 2017
In total an initial number of 24 country early bird registered their candidatures, appreciated Mrs. Teodora Nicolae-press officer ECTT and we are expecting that by the end of January 2017, when we will close the registration process we will have even more candidatures.
Many contenders for the title opted to register their capitals or other landmark cities or regions for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM IN 2017, noted Mrs. Ioana Rosu, responsible for collecting the candidatures for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM IN 2017 cities, which is a first.
In total 24 cities and region`s from across the globe, aspire for the world famous designation.
H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had stated that: the evaluation process is already started and it is an ongoing research and decision activity.
We will have also countries that will be approach by us, to take part in the selection process, in order to obtain a balanced geographical distribution of the winners of World Capital of Culture and Tourism for 2017 and we will consider as always where we can have the biggest impact in promoting a new destination like in Trinidad, in promoting rural and social tourism, like in Lao PDR or rebranding a country and reasserting it in the world tourism field like in Zimbabwe case.
We hope that we will have the same global impact and weight in promoting new emerging destination`s and in asserting cultural tourism role and importance. Culture and social benefits of tourism are encapsulated in our attention, concluded President Dr. Anton Caragea his evaluation of 2017 candidatures for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.
Let`s wish good luck to all the contenders!