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INFORMATION`S ABOUT WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM  AWARD

 

The WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM  is one of the highest honor in tourism and cultural tourism awarded to special cities that are complying with EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY, UNESCO and European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) principles on cultural tourism and historic preservation of cultural sites. 

 

 

PHNOM PENH IS DECLARED: WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM!

 In the attendance H.E. Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia - Academician HUN SEN, H.E. President of European Council on Tourism and Trade Professor Dr. Anton Caragea  and the executive Board of European Council on Tourism and Trade.

 

 

The WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM is a registered program for the DEVELOPMENT OF HUMANITY.


In 2017 THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM has received the SOCIAL INITIATIVE AWARD for the instrumental role in bringing jobs, opportunity, growth and world recognition to the awarded cities and regions.

 

WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM is a recognized development tool by the PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF DEVELOPMENT GOALS.

 

More information can be accessed on the dedicated site here:  

 

 

PHNOM PENH IS REGISTERED AS WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

H.E. Prime Minister of Cambodia, Academician and Head of state HUN SEN receives the  CHARTA OF WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM from H.E. ECTT President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea. 

 

 

 

 DJIBOUTI IS A REGISTERED WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

H.E. President of the Republic f Djibouti/ ACADEMICIAN ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH receives the official documents regarding the inscription of Djibouti as a part of the universal patrimony. 

 

   

 

President of Turkmenistan-Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov receives the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD for Ashgabad-capital of Turkmenistan. 

 

  

THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION COMPETITION 

 

 

 

Historical background:

 

In 2006 at the threshold of a new millennium a collective of international academics , political personalities from European Union member  countries decided that the new century requires a special prize dedicated to influence and support cultural tourism , historical sites preservation and to direct tourism towards places of cultural values . On this occasion was decided the title and the methodology of the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD.

According to 2006 decision of  Board of European Council on Tourism and Trade   the Prize should be awarded under considerations as :   This title will be  seldom awarded and only after a very carefully examination, as the receivers cites and countries must prove their commitment towards sustainable development, fair tourism and historical preservation . The title should act as a booster for tourism in that place but in according with international tourism accepted laws and regulation as decided by European Union Council on Tourism and Trade .

Among the reasons for awarding this title the Board should have under consideration : the promotion of a free and fair tourism , safety of tourists , facilities offered, access to historical and cultural significance sites, the amount of investment in historical sites preservation, cultural protection investment , use of tourism income for the creation of an economic social balanced climate , historical value etc.

 

 

Nomination criteria and selection

 

Every year the Academic Board of  European Council on Tourism and Trade   specifically invites qualified academics, experts in international relations , European Union`s and world politics personalities, former recipient of the award  to submit nominations for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD .

These nominators are selected each year by decision of Board of European Council on Tourism and Trade   :

-         Members of European Union`s Parliaments and National Governments from European Union

-         Other members of national parliaments and national governments of European union`s members country`s 

-         Present members  of  Board of European Council on Tourism and Trade    are ex officio participating

-         Former members of  Board of  European  Council on Tourism and Trade    are participating by base to base invitation only

-         University professors from fields of history , tourism , international relations, from European Union

-         Important international personalities form tourism environment.

 

 

 

DJIBOUTI IS PART AND PARCEL OF GLOBAL CULTURAL HERITAGE!

DJIBOUTI-WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

 

Nominations are usually submitted until 1 of August of the year in question but the update and new name are accepted until the completion is closed. The statues of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD guarantee the secrecy of nominations, procedure, considerations and investigation for a period of 50 years after the prize have being awarded.

The nominations are not representing anything else than the opinion of the nominators and are not involving the European Council on Tourism and Trade     in any way. Only the final public decision is endorsed by the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade.

 

 

Selection

 

Nominations are evaluated and consider on a year round basis by the Academic Committee until a short list of candidates is created and circulated. In the final stage each of the prior recipients of the award are requested to offer their opinion on the short listed candidates in 20 days. The decision is ideal if is a unanimous one but this is not always achievable so the largest consensus will be the base for final decision.  There is not final date to announce the winner and no pressure on the committee in order to insure that they just and correct decision was taken.

 

President of Tajikistan-Emomali Rahmon receives the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD for Dushanbe-capital of Tajikistan 

 

Awarding the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AWARD.

 

The President of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade presents the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD in the presence of a delegation of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade   in the capital or city that is obtaining the status WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD.

The WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD receives a diploma of honor, a scroll certifying the authenticity of the title and a special trophy.

 

 

International personality’s opinions on WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD.

 

During the years many international personalities expressed their high regards and esteemed in connection with WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD here are some of the reactions:

ROYAL GOVERNMENT OF CAMBODIA

PRIME MINISTER/ACADEMICIAN HUN SEN 


 

 

 

Taking this opportunity, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the European Council on Tourism and Trade for supporting Cambodia and electing Cambodia as “World Best Tourist Destination” in 2016.


Today, Cambodia is honored again on the occasion Phnom Penh is awarded “World Capital of Tourism and Culture” and my appointment “the Global Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.”

 

At the same time, I wish to express my gratitude and appreciation to Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade and his colleagues for the decision to award this meaningful status to Phnom Penh capital that help promote further tourism and tourism development in Cambodia.

 

In addition, I also appreciate great cooperation between Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the European Council on Tourism and Trade for organizing this event. I also wish to express my appreciation to the Ministry of Tourism for the effort to promote tourism development to date with the great sense of responsibility in accordance with strategic direction of the Royal Government while Cambodia has been enjoying complete peace, stability, security, and progress in all sectors.

 

Presidency of The Republic of Djibouti.

H.E. Academician ISMAIL OMAR GULLEH 

 

 

On the occasion of the proclamation of Djibouti as the new WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, H.E. President Ismail Omar Guelleh has took the rostrum to announce the country new tourism strategy, to proclaim tourism as a pillar of the national economic development and to express his gratitude to President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea for his support in the inscribing Djibouti cultural and natural patrimony on the list of  WORLD`S CAPITALS OF CULTURE AND TOURISM. 

This is  a recognition that will endure for ages for the benefit of all people of Djibouti remarked the President. 

It is with great joy and pride that I welcome this high distinction.

Through me, it is Djibouti and its population that you justly honor.


Therefore, first of all, Mr. President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, on behalf of the people of Djibouti, I thank you personally as well as the academy that you are leading for this mark of trust and esteem that you show us.


This distinction, Mr. President, as meritorious as it may be, we take it neither as a consecration nor as a reward.But as an encouragement.

 

An encouragement to persevere on the path that we have traced in the development of tourism.

It is always rewarding to be supported in its efforts, especially by an institution like yours that has always defended a vision of tourism and culture centered on the human. 


 Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen,

We are therefore looking forward today to this international recognition of our country as “World Capital of Culture and Tourism”.


Our country contains sites that are well worth detours.

I mentioned Lake Assal and Lac Abbé earlier, but I could have mentioned the prehistoric frescoes of Abourma or the primary Foret du Day.


I could also mention the extraordinary biodiversity of our flora and fauna which includes endemic species such as Djibouti Francolin or Beira gazelle.

I could also mention the extraordinary cultural richness of our communities.These nomads rooted in their territories.


But also these citizens who are the fruits of a historic melting pot, and which makes Djibouti a haven of tolerance and living together.

 

Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, 

In our development strategy for our country, we are very aware to the benefits of tourism, its impact on growth, and its role in the fight against poverty.In a decade and thanks to all the efforts made to increase its attractiveness, our country has more than quadrupled the proportion of tourists. 


Naturally, the Government is encouraging this job-creating dynamic for our youth and generating foreign currency for our economy.So much so that we have not hesitated to build the tourism industry as one of the economic pillars of the 2035 vision.In the frenzied global competition that drives the tourism sector, we want to remain lucid to avoid falling into certain pitfalls. 


We do not want to sacrifice to mass-tourism territories and ecosystems that we know as fragile.


We do not want to build this still burgeoning sector on an economic model that plunders and torpedoes the ecological balance of territories and populations.

 

Faced with the short-term and consumerist promises of a tourism industry that often degrades, pollutes and destroys, we want to get out of the Manichean trap of all-tourism or its opposite, for a responsible solution that integrates the tourism industry into a development plan sustainable.

Djibouti has chosen a niche tourism that connects individuals, cultures and civilizations.

The choice of a tourism that has an important role to play in the dialogue of cultures and in living together.

 

 

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ( OSCE)

Secretary General

 

 Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), had arrived in Ashgabat to attend the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD Ceremony at the Ruhiyet Palace. 

The head of the authoritative international organizations congratulated the Turkmen leader on receiving the diploma of the title of “WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD” for the city of Ashgabat on the 15th anniversary of neutrality and the great success of the international forum dedicated to the national holiday.

                         

ECO Secretary General 

Mohammad Yahya Maroofi, Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), express his filings on the ceremony of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD. 

 



Expressing gratitude for the opportunity of a personal meeting, the distinguished guest heartily congratulated the Tajik  people for receiving WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD.   Mr. Mohammed Yahya Maroufi emphasized that Tajikistan tourism open door policy had earned Tajikistan the high international prestige. Another evidence for that was the presence of Professor Anton Caragea awarding the title of honor of “WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD” of European Council on Tourism and Trade  and the presence of  the Executive Committee of the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade  , said the ECO Secretary General.

 

 

WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM BRINGS DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS -SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS 

 

 

World Capital of Culture and Tourism and World Best Tourist Destination prizes continues to bring international awareness, national branding and country branding opportunities say`s an European Market and Research study.

World Best Tourist Destination 2016 (2)

IRS Market and  Research Company outlined the impressive results of the countries that marketed themselfs or their main tourist cities as capitals of culture and tourism or as world best tourism destinations.

Receiving the report, European Council on Tourism and Trade President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea remarked that: I am so happy to see how previously unknown and un-marketed destinations receive mass media limelight and are pro-pulsed as emerging tourist destination.

Diplomats from this nation`s are having their tasks made easier as their countries are propelled on the top nations stage, economic investment.

Development and country branding are coming as the result of a long-term program based on World Best Tourist Destination or World Capital of Culture and Tourism prizes and designation.

ECTT President Anton Caragea and Government of Zimbabwe at Zimbabwe World Best Tourist Destination for 2014

Zimbabwe-World Best Tourist Destination for 2014

 

I receive countless expression of gratitude for our support from leaders, politicians and ambassadors who are finding their exertions much facilitated by tourism seal of approval of ECTT, but the most moving are the stories of the people`s who find jobs and opportunities that other ways would have not existed.

But now their life are richer and more dignified, this is the transforming power of country branding via culture, history and tourism.

 This is internationalization and nation branding achieving their best results!

Ashgabat-World Capital of Culture and Tourism and Turkmenistan capital received an impressive mass media coverage in television spots and printed press and radio shows in value of more than 16 million euros and Dushanbe,Tajikistan capital, obtained a media coverage of more than 21 million euros reflecting their cultural achievements and world capital of culture and tourism status.

World Best Tourist Destination status brings also free publicity in articles, television  of more than 50 million for Laos People`s Democratic Republic, around 30 million for Zimbabwe and the top is lead by Ethiopia who benefited of a publicity coverage of more than 60 million euros.

Laos-World Best Tourist Destination for 2013. Glamorous ceremony in Vientiane

 

What is more important than just the figures mentioned in the marketing report is the fact that these countries will benefit for years and years to come by their achievements as world best tourist destination or world capital of culture stated Mr. Radu Alexandru, communication unit chief of European Council on Tourism and Trade.The reports finding are limited to october 2015, while tourism promotion and branding is an ongoing process that can never be fully accounted for declared the european official.

 

 

 

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