Itaipu Tourist Complex wins World Tourism Organization Award, in Madrid, Spain 27.01.2016

Itaipu Tourist Complex wins World Tourism Organization Award, in Madrid, Spain

ITC won in the Research, Technology, and Innovation category, beating a project from Croatia and another from South Korea. Trophies were presented in Madrid on January 20.

 

The Itaipu Tourist Complex (ITC) was presented with an Award for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism, in the Research, Technology, and Innovation category, in Madrid, Spain, on January 20. Granted by the World Tourism Organization, this is the most important international award in the industry. The ITC ran against a project from Croatia and another from South Korea.

 

In total, 16 projects from 13 countries entered the competition in four categories. The awards are given to categories alone, without an overall winner.

 

 

Gilmar Piolla, Itaipu’s Social Communications superintendent, and Jurema Fernandes, the ITC general manager, accepted the trophy presented at a parallel event during the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid. Piolla said the award “is an important acknowledgement of the leading role played by Itaipu in the development of local tourism.”

 

According to him, “it is yet another reason for us to keep on doing our work at the ITC and also towards an Integrated Tourism Management in Foz do Iguaçu and surrounding area.” He concluded: “We are very proud of this award.”

 

 

Nomination

 

The ITC was nominated for the award by Henrique Eduardo Alves, the Minister of Tourism, and Vinícius Lummertz, the President of EMBRATUR, in recognition of Itaipu’s tourism-oriented initiatives to foster sustainable development in the area. Among the reasons he provided to the World Tourism Organization, the Minister said that “the management and operation of the Itaipu Tourist Complex show how tourist attractions can transform the area where they are located.”

 

In Madrid, where the Minister of Tourism visited the Brazilian booth at FITUR, he again pointed out that Foz do Iguaçu will be Brazil’s first Special Tourist Interest Area once the bill providing for fiscal, tax, environmental, and labor incentives for cities with a vocation for tourism is passed into law.

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