Best Tourism Villages 2022’ announced by the UN World Tourism Organization (video)

Α Decrease font Enlarge font
Best Tourism Villages 2022’ announced by the UN World Tourism Organization (video)The accolade recognizes rural destinations that are embracing tourism as a driver of development and new opportunities for jobs and income while preserving and promoting community-based values and products

From Austria to Vietnam, 32 destinations from all around the world have been named ‘Best Tourism Villages 2022’ by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The accolade recognizes rural destinations that are embracing tourism as a driver of development and new opportunities for jobs and income while preserving and promoting community-based values and products. The initiative also recognizes villages for their commitment to innovation and sustainability in all its aspects – economic, social, and environmental – and a focus on developing tourism in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In 2022, a total of 32 villages from 18 countries across the five world regions were awarded the recognition. The villages were evaluated by an independent Advisory Board based on a set of criteria covering nine areas:

Cultural and Natural Resources
Promotion and Conservation of Cultural Resources
Economic Sustainability
Social Sustainability
Environmental Sustainability
Tourism Development and Value Chain Integration
Governance and Prioritization of Tourism
Infrastructure and Connectivity
Health, Safety, and Security
Welcoming the news, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “For rural communities everywhere, tourism can be a true game-changer in providing jobs, supporting local businesses and keeping traditions alive. The Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO showcase the power of the sector to drive economic diversification and create opportunities for all outside of big cities.”

A total of 136 villages were put forward for consideration by 57 UNWTO Member States (each Member State could nominate a maximum of three villages) for the 2022 edition. From these, 32 were recognized as Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO.

A further 20 villages will enter the Upgrade Programme. All 52 villages will also become part of the UNWTO Best Tourism Villages Global Network created in 2021 which from this date gathers 115 villages from the five continents. The Network provides a number of benefits including onsite and online training, sharing of good practices and international brand recognition and awareness.

Tourism as a driver of rural development and inclusion
The Best Tourism Villages initiative is the flagship project of the UNWTO Tourism for Rural Development Programme. The Programme aims to ensure tourism contributes to reducing regional inequalities in income and development, fighting depopulation, progressing gender equality and women’s and youth empowerment, advancing innovation and digitalization, improving connectivity, infrastructure, access to finance and investment, innovating in product development and value chain integration, promoting sustainable practices for more efficient use of resources and a reduction of emissions and waste and enhancing education and skills. The Programme promotes multi-level governance and partnerships and the active involvement and empowerment of communities.

Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO
The Best Tourism Villages initiative includes three pillars: 

The ‘Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO’: Recognizes villages that are an outstanding examples of a rural tourism destinations with accredited cultural and natural assets, that preserve and promote rural and community-based values, products, and lifestyle and have a clear commitment to innovation and sustainability in all its aspects – economic, social and environmental.
The ‘Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO’ Upgrade Programme: The Upgrade Programme benefits a number of villages that do not fully meet the criteria to receive recognition. These villages receive support from UNWTO and its Partners in improving elements of the areas identified as gaps in the evaluation process.
The ‘Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO’ Global Network: The Network provides a space for exchanging experiences and good practices, learnings, and opportunities. It includes experts and public and private sector partners engaged in the promotion of tourism for rural development, as well.
The Award Ceremony will take place in AlUla, Saudi Arabia on 27-28 February 2023 back-to-back with the first presential meeting of the UNWTO Network of Best Tourism Villages.

The next edition of the Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO will open in February 2023.

List of Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO 2022:
Zell am See, Austria
Wagrain, Austria
Puqueldón, Chile
Dazhai, China
Jingzhu, China
Choachí, Colombia
Aguarico, Ecuador
Angochagua, Ecuador
Choke Mountains Ecovillage, Ethiopia
Mestia, Georgia
Kfar Kama, Israel
Sauris-Zahre, Italy
Isola del Giglio, Italy
Umm Qais, Jordan
Creel, Mexico
El Fuerte, Mexico
Ksar Elkhorbat, Morocco
Moulay Bouzerktoune, Morocco
Lamas, Peru
Raqchi, Peru
Castelo Novo, Portugal
Pyeongsa-ri, Republic of Korea
Rasinari, Romania
AlUla Old Town, Saudi Arabia
Bohinj, Slovenia
Rupit, Spain
Alquézar, Spain
Guadalupe, Spain
Murten, Switzerland
Andermatt, Switzerland
Birgi, Türkiye
Thái Hải, Vietnam
Additionally, UNWTO will work with the following villages participating in the Upgrade Programme:

Trevelin, Argentina
Krupa na Vrbasu, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Fontainhas, Cabo Verde
Ninhue, Chile
San Vicente de Chucuri, Colombia
Barichara, Colombia
Kalopanagiotis, Cyprus
Pissouri, Cyprus
Adaba, Ethiopia
Khonoma, India
Neot Semadar, Israel
Otricoli, Italy
Il Ngwesi, Kenya
Grand Baie, Mauritius
Bella Vista, Paraguay
Istebna, Poland
Ferraria de São João, Portugal
Castara, Trinidad and Tobago
Anıtlı, Türkiye
Cumalıkızık, Türkiye
Applications in 2021 and 2022 were evaluated by an independent Advisory Board. The composition of this multidisciplinary board for 2021-2022 is as follows:

Federico de Arteaga (PhD, Innovation Sustainability, 2022)
Joel Callañaupa (Planeterra, 2022)
Mari Dunleavy (ICCA Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, 2022)
Ahmed Eiweida (World Bank, 2022)
Elena García Garrido (ENRD, 2022)
Christian Gsodam (ECR European Committee of the Regions, 2021-2022)
Amran Hamzah (CIPD Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2021-2022)
Ena Harvey (ICCA Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, 2021)
Lázaro Israel (Member of the Panel of Experts International Fund for Cultural Diversity at UNESCO, 2021-2022)
(Dr.) Manal Kelig (ATTA Adventure Travel Trade Association, 2021-2022)
Judy Kepher Gona (STTA Sustainable Travel & Tourism Agenda, 2021-2022)
Fergus Maclaren (ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee, 2021-2022)
Joxe Mari Aizega (BCC Basque Culinary Center, 2021)
David Mora Gómez (BCC Basque Culinary Center,2022)
Ximena Muñoz Vivas (Instituto Design Thinking, 2021-2022)
Fabrizio Angelo Orlando (TripAdvisor, 2021-2022)
Helena Rey de Assis (UNEP – UN Environment Programme, 2021)
Jacqui Taylor (Agritourism Africa, 2022)
Peter Wostner (Researcher and Policy Expert. Chairman of the Working Party on Rural Policy at OECD, 2021)
(Dr.) Endo Yoshihide (FAO Food and Agriculture Organization, 2021-2022)

RELATED TOPICS: GreeceGreek tourism newsTourism in GreeceGreek islandsHotels in GreeceTravel to GreeceGreek destinationsGreek travel marketGreek tourism statisticsGreek tourism report

Tornos
  1. 14/06 22:58

    Greek port of Preveza attracts visitors from Serbia

  2. 14/06 22:03

    Temperature drop expected in Greece on Saturday

  3. 14/06 17:58

    Athens and Thessaloniki added 250 new electric buses to their urban transport networks

  4. 13/06 22:43

    National Theater to perform Aristophanes at ancient Greek theaters over the summer

  5. 12/06 11:48

    Athens Acropolis site closed down from 12:00 to 17:00 due to high temperatures

  6. 12/06 00:01

    'Poor Things' costumes exhbition at Benaki Museum in downtown Athens

  7. 11/06 15:53

    Schools in Athens to stay closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to heatwave

  8. 11/06 00:10

    Greek Port Authority to acquire 11 boats for transfer of patients from remote islands

  9. 11/06 00:03

    Greece's Interior Ministry issues directions for remote work during heatwave

  10. 10/06 23:45

    Digital app for travellers to Greece 'mAIGreece' goes live on Monday

  11. 10/06 22:28

    Greek Interior Ministry issues directions for remote work during heatwave on Tuesday-Thursday

  12. 10/06 19:38

    Traffic restored on new Greek national highway leading to Corinth after truck explosion

  13. 10/06 14:42

    Very high temperatures in Greece during the following days

  14. 09/06 22:47

    High prices of consumer goods in Greek supermarkets are on a downward trend

  15. 09/06 11:18

    UK Tourism 2024: Greece named top destination in the world with best value for money

  16. 08/06 00:22

    Insolvency: FTI Touristik GmbH cancels all trips up to and including 05 July 2024

  17. 07/06 02:54

    ERTFLIX International takes part in the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

  18. 07/06 02:42

    NBG: Greek tourism to break record in 2024 with 35 million arrivals and €22 billion in revenue

  19. 06/06 20:50

    Greece elected to UN Security Council for 2025-26 in a 'historic day'

  20. 06/06 13:57

    Hellenic National Archaeological Museum presents "The last Aphrodites" exhibition

  21. 05/06 22:00

    FTI provisional insolvency admin strives for fastest possible solutions for clients

  22. 05/06 00:13

    Turkey denies allowing Lord Elgin take Parthenon Marbles off Athens Acropolis

  23. 04/06 20:04

    Migration & Asylum Ministry greenlights extra funding for 5 Greek island municipalities

  24. 04/06 14:55

    Greek wine promotion event in London held under the auspices of GNTO

  25. 04/06 09:33

    Firms of the FTI GROUP file for insolvency

  26. 01/06 23:59

    Regalia of King Otto on display in the Greek parliament in Athens until 2073

  27. 30/05 22:04

    Eight groups submit expression of interest for Greek port of Lavrio

  28. 30/05 21:01

    Traffic restrictions in Athens on Sunday morning for Cancer Survivors Day event

  29. 30/05 20:19

    Conference and Summit of Global Archons conclides with dinner at Zappeion

  30. 30/05 18:15

    Posidonia 2024: Minister wants more ships and related firms registered in Greece

  31. 30/05 15:23

    Greek government spokesperson announces launch of new Entrepreneurship Fund

  32. 29/05 23:31

    National Opera adds fifth performance of 'Tosca' due to high demand in Athens

  33. 29/05 21:24

    Japan's Princess Kako tours Greece and visits National Foundation for the Deaf in Corfu

  34. 29/05 19:20

    Attica Region governor talks synergies with firms, agencies at Shanghai conference

  35. 29/05 18:16

    ATTICA GREEN EXPO 2024: Deputy Tourism Minister promotes sustainable tourism

  36. 29/05 15:11

    Greek Prime Minister meets Emir of Qatar and two bilateral agreements are signed

  37. 29/05 14:47

    Registrations Open for Navarino Challenge 2024

  38. 28/05 22:58

    Greek PM: We will continue to work hard to curb rising prices

  39. 28/05 22:54

    Greek FinMin utilizes Recovery Fund, NSRF to be in vanguard of green transition

  40. 28/05 19:46

    'The Enigma of Keros' clinches Audience Favorite prize at International Festival in Oregon

  41. 28/05 17:49

    Former US Secretary of State Pompeo addresses Archon Conference in Athens

  42. 28/05 17:41

    European report confirms 95.8% of bathing waters in Greece have 'excellent quality'

  43. 27/05 23:05

    Türkiye's Ambassador to Athens on boosting economic, commercial, and cultural relations

  44. 27/05 21:11

    4th International Conference on Religious Freedom of Archons commences in Athens

  45. 27/05 20:19

    Delegation from the Saudi Arabia visits ONEX shipyards in Elefsis near Athens

  46. 27/05 18:15

    Princess Kako takes part in 125th anniversary of Greek-Japanese diplomatic relations

  47. 27/05 14:07

    National Opera offers free tickets to the dress rehearsal of 'Tosca' for the jobless

  48. 23/05 23:30

    New Evinos bridge in Central Greece inaugurated by Transport Minister

  49. 23/05 21:34

    Greece hosting meeting of International Organization of Securities Commissions May 26-29

  50. 23/05 20:37

    Greek Deputy Foreign Minister highlights efforts to counter brain drain

  51. 23/05 20:24

    Greek government to improve ties with Diaspora and consular services by AI

  52. 23/05 13:15

    Climate Perception: Greece most resilient to global warming among Med destinations

  53. 22/05 23:17

    Commander of French land forces visits Greece to promote military ties

  54. 22/05 20:06

    Greek presence at 77th Cannes Film Festival includes Lanthimos film

  55. 22/05 18:55

    Greece's Kalamata Dance Festival opens July 12 featuring 19 productions

  56. 22/05 18:11

    Over 630 schools participate in 'Greek PISA' assessment tests on Wednesday

  57. 22/05 16:52

    Summer of 2024 to be among hottest in recent years

  58. 22/05 12:32

    Porto Carras Pro-Am Aegean Mini Tour with participants from 12 countries

  59. 21/05 18:30

    The President of the Hellenic Republic to visit Florence in Italy on May 23

  60. 21/05 17:24

    'Greece through the Art of the Tourist Poster' exhibition in Chengdu of China

  61. 21/05 17:21

    American Hellenic Institute honors Anniversary of the Pontic Greek Genocide

  62. 21/05 15:17

    Arrivals and nights in Greek tourist accommodation rise 3.5% and 4.9% in March

  63. 21/05 14:12

    Greek Tourism Minister receives ambassadors of Iraq and Slovakia

  64. 20/05 01:51

    First Ramada by Wyndham Hotel in Fethiye opens in Ölüdeniz of Turkey

  65. 17/05 01:25

    Mayors of Athens and Rome discuss city challenges and cooperation

  66. 16/05 23:20

    Tsakopoulos Collection & Hellenic Studies Program marked their 20th anniversary

  67. 16/05 21:17

    Greek Culture Minister hosts Turkish counterpart for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ premiere

  68. 16/05 20:12

    Greek Finance Minister advocates green transition and Recovery Fund II

  69. 16/05 15:27

    Higher global temperatures causing Caretta turtles to lay eggs sooner in Greece

  70. 15/05 20:32

    BoG urges progress on harmonizing national systems of bank deposit guarantees

  71. 15/05 19:22

    Islands Decarbonization Fund signing in Greek island of Naxos on May 27

  72. 15/05 14:15

    EU Commission forecasts Greece's growth rate at 2.2% in 2024 and 2.3% in 2025

  73. 14/05 22:27

    Syracuse show on Mycenaean influence on Sicily includes golden cup of Dendra

  74. 14/05 20:34

    Greek Health Minister attends World Health Congress in Abu Dhabi

  75. 14/05 19:23

    Greece and Santorini clinch top honors at American Leisure Lifestyle Awards 2024

  76. 14/05 18:31

    20th Thessaloniki International Book Fair opens from May 16-19 at Helexpo

  77. 13/05 20:16

    Greek Prime Minister meets with Turkish President in Ankara (video)

  78. 13/05 20:11

    Greek Council of State to mull relocation of Mt Parnas casino to Maroussi again

  79. 13/05 15:48

    Athens Acropolis Museum offering free admission on May 18

  80. 13/05 09:53

    Discover Kerasia Petrified Forest in northern Evia near the Greek Capital

  81. 11/05 01:30

    Greek Foreign Minister congratulated new Serbian counterpart on assumption of duties

  82. 10/05 22:45

    The 52nd Oakland Greek Festival to take place this year on May 17-19

  83. 10/05 22:33

    Thessaloniki Port pier extension expected to be given the green light in the fall

  84. 10/05 19:42

    Hellenic President visits Greek community's premises and Cavafy's tomb in Alexandria

  85. 10/05 19:27

    Greek and Swiss ministers meet in Athens on investments and cooperation

  86. 09/05 17:22

    Red Arrows aerobatic team to perform in Athens suburb of Paleo Faliro on May 18

  87. 05/05 19:40

    International Tourism | WTTC: Travel sector set to break all records during 2024

  88. 04/05 17:56

    Minister launches dynamic plan to boost Greece's relations with other countries

  89. 04/05 17:44

    Greece opens another five Aegean Islands to Turkish visitors fast-track visas

  90. 03/05 23:04

    OECD report: Greek economy stays resilient

  91. 03/05 18:00

    Minister: Zero price hikes in Greece in March and April

  92. 03/05 17:42

    Aegean and Olympic Air to fly 'Holy Light' from Athens to the rest of Greece

  93. 03/05 17:39

    Athens transportation schedules over 2024 Greek Easter holidays announced

  94. 03/05 01:26

    Greece's unemployment rate drops to 10.2% in March 2024

  95. 01/05 11:45

    Euro 2004 Legends play FootGolf at Porto Carras Pro-Am Aegean Mini Tour

  96. 30/04 22:36

    Visa entry express now available on five more Greek islands for Turkish citizens

  97. 30/04 20:44

    Hellenic Police launches 10201, a 24-hour hotline for protection of minors in Greece

  98. 30/04 19:42

    Aegean Airlines to distribute dividend for the first time after four years

  99. 30/04 18:39

    May Day strikes in Greece: Public transportation disruptions and Syntagma Metro station closure

  100. 25/04 22:00

    Greek FM talks with Kuwaiti counterpart on bilateral relations, regional cooperation