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Dear readers,
I am finally back, after a while writing to you.  September was an interesting month for me, started with 10 days of holidays and finished attending 2 interesting tourism events: The World Heritage tourism Expo (Padova) and No Frills (Bergamo). The clue was the celebration for the winners of the Italian responsible travel award and the UNESCO Culture tourism award.

In this article I am going to focus on the experience in Padova, where I attended the expo, as a visitor, and helped a friend managing her stand. It was a nice experience and I could meet colleagues and my favorite target of potential client: UNESCO sites, parks and also UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. I have to consider the experience, obviously, also from a business point of view but this is not yet the right moment to focus on that aspect.

I decided to attend this event also because Cristina, a skalleague (colleague member of Skal International) editor of l’Agenzia di Viaggi, passed away last year, she was the person who founded the award and I wanted to remember her attending the award ceremony. It always motivates me to see how other people are making efforts  and step by step changing the world, building pieces of the path I am contributing to.

UNESCO biosphere reserve - Appenino Tosco EMiliano
Meeting with Silvia and the staff of Appenino Tosco Emiliano at WTE
Ente Gestione Sacri Monti at WTE
Meeting with Stefano from Ente Gestione Sacri Monti at WTE

Let’s see who are the 2016 winners

Italian Responsible Travel Award “Cristina Ambrosini” 

Travel agency – Gran Giro – with tour “Monferrrato: sweet cycling between vineyards and castles”  (“Monferrato: dolce pedalar tra vigne e castelli”);
Tour operator – Bluewago –  with initiative the salt feeding the land (“Il sale che nutre la terra”);

Public authority  – Parco Letterario Carlo Levi e Comune di Aliano  with project Creative Land (“TerrACretivA” );
Hospitality – Associazione Locatori Turistici Versilia – oltre Versilia project (“Oltre la Versilia”).


Unesco Culture Travel Award “Cristina Ambrosini”

Travel Agency – Limosa – The Venice lagoon from sustainable perspectives “( “La laguna di Venezia da prospettive sostenibili”); Accepting the award Roberta Manzi, member of Skal International Venezia.
Tour operator – Il Sipario Musicale – “Buenos Aires: musical journey and culture” (“Buenos Aires: viaggio musicale e di cultura”);
Public authority – Philadelphia CVB – Discover Philadelphia, First World Heritage City in the US (“Discover Philadelphia, prima città Patrimonio dell’Umanità negli Usa”);
Hospitality  – B&b Like Your Home – Travel in Campania in the b&b runned by special people (“Viaggi in Campania nei b&b gestiti da persone speciali”).

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