The Treetop Walking Path was announced as a winner2016-01-28
The 12th UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism recognizes all those that through new and responsible initiatives contribute to a more sustainable tourism sector. During the Awards ceremony, the Treetop Walking Path Complex was awarded as a winner in category “UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Enterprises Award for Innovation in Enterprises”.
The UNWTO Ulysses Awards for Innovation merit distinction in four categories for the significant contribution of innovative tourism initiatives, which are both competitive and sustainable in their character. Nominees are inspirational and make a significant impact on the tourism sector, which can be replicated.
The categories of the nominees:
- UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance:
- UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Enterprises:
- UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations;
- UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Research and Technology.
The UNWTO has received 109 applications from 50 countries and has announced 16 finalists in all four key categories in December 2015. For more information on the finalists push here.
The projects of 16 finalists in all four categories is an example of how the principles of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the objectives set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can inspire sustainable and environmentally friendly operations, socio-economics development and the preservation of local culture and heritage.
All the finalists had the opportunity to present their projects at the UNWTO Awards Forum on 18 January 2016 and to participate in the panel discussion, together with the prominent tourism experts. The Forum was held in “Palacio Neptuno” (Madrid, Spain).
The name of the winners and runner-ups was unveiled during the UNWTO Awards Ceremony on 20 January 2016 during the International Tourism Trade Fair – FITUR in Madrid, Spain. The Itaipu Technological Park (Brazil), the Treetop Walking Path (Lithuania), the Sisterhood of Survivors Program (Nepal) and Re-Inventing the Government in Tourism (Indonesia) were the winners of the 12th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism.
UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Enterprises Winner:
Treetop Walking Path, Anykščiai Regional Park Direction, Lithuania
Bali Beach Clean-Up, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia
World´S First 100% Electric Tour Bus, Switzerland Explorer Tours, Switzerland
Plentifulness Project, Projeto Fartura, Brazil
First Professional Experience Project, Meliá Hotels International, Spain
Anykščiai Regional Park Direction applied the Treetop Walking Path Complex as a very successful project, which contributes to the ecological, educational and sustainable tourism promotion and is a great move in a strategy of Anykščiai tourism development.
The Treetop Walking Path was opened in Anykščiai Regional Park last summer. It became a sensation. The Path is 300 meters long and gradually rises up to 21 meters above the ground. The watchtower at the end of The Path is 34 meters high. Abundant number of visitors not only from Lithuania, but also from other countries proves that it has been a successful project.
This success is due to:
An innovation in Baltic States and Eastern Europe.
An extremely carefully and thoughtfully chosen place. The Path is located in relatively small but extraordinaire forest. It is widely known because of the poem “The Forest of Anykščiai” written by famous Lithuanian writer Antanas Baranauskas. The poem praises colors, sounds, smells and paints images of silence and peace in the forest of Anykščiai. Most importantly, it reveals a particularly close relationship between man and nature. Some quotes are in The Path’s information stands. Moreover, this place is an intersection of hiking, cycling and water tourism routes. In addition, Anykščiai forest with many natural and cultural heritages is protected in the Anykščiai forest’s landscape reserve.
The possibility to combine different types of tourism and recreation: active, educational, health and cultural tourism. The visitors can order the educational program and learn interesting facts about the forest’s biodiversity and the special connection between man and nature.
An original architectural solution: the folk band’s motifs from Lithuanian ethno-cultural region called the Highland.
Special attention for people with disabilities.
The Treetop Walking Path in Anykščiai Regional Park was built according to the project “Development of protected areas. Stage III” initiated and implemented by the State Service for Protected Areas under the Ministry of the Environment in cooperation with the Directorate of Anykščiai Regional Park Direction.
We invite you to visit the Treetop Walking Path! See, hear, smell and feel the nature! For more information push here.
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