Situated on the eastern edge of Java Island, just across the island of Bali, the Banyuwangi Regency in East Java Province has successfully won the prestigious UNWTO Award in Innovation in Public Policy and Governance at the 12th UNWTO Awards Ceremony which was held in conjunction with the Madrid International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR / IFEMA) in Madrid, Spain, 20th January 2016.
In addition, Garuda Indonesia Airline-Coca Cola Amatil Bali Beach Cleanup program was awarded theFirst Runner Up in the UNWTO Award for Innovation in Enterprises. Completing the list of winners from Indonesia, the Karang Lestari Foundation with the Coral Reef Reborn Program along the coast ofPemuteran, North Bali also took First Runner Up in the UNWTO Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations. Thus, from the total of 4 categories, Indonesia managed to place 3 representatives in each with one emerging as the top winner.
Through its Re-Inventing the Government in the Tourism program, the Banyuwangi Regency outranked other finalists namely Alcaldía de Medellín – Responsible Tourism and Free of Crime (Colombia), East Africa Tourism Platform (Kenya), and Puerto Rico Tourism Company – PRTC – Green Certifications Program (Puerto Rico). The Acting Head of the Tourism Office of Banyuwangi Regency, Muhammad Yanuar Bramuda explained that the jury was interested in the program of the regency which involved civil servants in promoting tourism as well as in other government programs such as the Banyuwangi Festival which significantly boosted the regency’s tourism sector.
“We are grateful to have won the award and that our programs were appreciated by the international jury” said Yanuar Bramuda as quoted from rri.co.id.
Since 2003, the UNWTO Awards celebrated excellence and innovation in the tourism sector worldwiide, recognizing exceptional leadership in the categories of Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge and Lifetime Achievement, as well as outstanding projects in the categories of Public Policy and Governance, Research and Technology, Enterprises and Non-governmental Organizations. Since its inception in 2003, the UNWTO Awards have recognized more than seventy institutions for their innovative tourism initiatives.
The UNWTO Awards, created by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), are flagship awards for the global tourism sector. Every year, they are conferred by UNWTO and the UNWTO Knowledge Network to highlight and showcase innovation and application of Knowledge in Tourism. The awarded projects are in line with the policies, priorities and programs of work of UNWTO, including the Code of Ethics for Tourism. They represent some of the best examples of tourism leaders from around the world that through their exceptional initiatives have placed themselves at the forefront of the sector.