UNWTO, ONCE Foundation Dole Out Accessible Tourist Destinations Awards at FITUR
During the inaugural edition of the Accessible Tourist Destination Awards held at FITUR 2020, the first recipient was Portugal, while Barcelona and the Indian city of Thrissur received special mentions.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and ONCE Foundation celebrated the best ‘Accessible Tourist Destinations’, at FITUR, the tourism trade fair in Madrid.
These are distinctions granted by the two entities to recognize and promote tourist destinations that are accessible to all people. In this first edition of the initiative, this special recognition was given to Portugal, Barcelona and the Indian city of Thrissur.
The recognition ceremony took place within the framework of the International Tourism Fair (FITUR) 2020, which is now in its 40th edition and is held at the IFEMA Fairgrounds in Madrid. Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General participated in the event alongside Jose Luis Martinez Donoso, General Director of ONCE Foundation.
Also taking part were Marina Diotallevi, Director of Ethics, Culture and Social Responsibility at UNWTO; Ana Larranaga, Director of IFEMA, and Jesus Hernandez, Director of Universal Accessibility and Innovation of the ONCE Foundation.
The ATDs 2019 edition conferred special recognition to Portugal for the importance the country has attached to accessibility and for their involvement in the development and implementation of tourism products and services that have access for all in every part of the design. Rita Marques, Secretary of State for Tourism of Portugal, received the recognition.