Tourism Ministerr Arief Yahya (center) seen with the winners after receiving the UN-WTO award.(Photo: Humas)

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya (center) seen with the winners after receiving the UN-WTO award.(Photo: Humas)

Jakarta, ( ITN – IndonesiaTouristNews ): A startup from Solo named Triponyu.com was chosen to be the winner in the Non-Government Innovation category announced by the UN-WTO last night in Madrid, amid the big awarding event for the 14th UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism. The award was received by Triponyu founders Agustinus Adhitya and Alfonsus Aditya.

Triponyu offers the “latest” tourism business platform, which is to bridge travelers with local guides online. From transactions through the platform, local guides will receive 93%.

This shows all the winners with tourism leaders from many countries and the UN-WTO leaders .(Photo: UN-WTO)

This shows all the winners with tourism leaders from many countries and the UN-WTO top executives .(Photo: UN-WTO)

A press release from Tourism Ministry today said that as nominees of Non-Government Innovation award, Triponyu compete with three other candidates. The Sumba Hospitality Foundation also from Indonesia became a rival as well as a compatriot, but Sumba is focusing on social action. They developed the concept of go green-based tourism education. The result, Sumba finishes as one of the finalists of the three categories.

Minister of Tourism (Menpar) Indonesia, Arief Yahya who also present in Madrid said, “What Triponyu did was fantastic. They really are an inspiration of the world. Indonesia is proud to have young people like them. This achievement becomes a spirit of encouragement to continue to promote Indonesian tourism “.

“Ccongratulations to Triponyu,” said Minister Arief.

On the UN-WTO website page the news was printed ike this:

Turismo de Portugal I.P (Portugal), Ecotourism Trust (India), Tryponyu (Indonesia) and SEGGITUR (Spain) are the winners of the 14th Edition of the UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism.   Fourteen projects among 128 applicants from 55 countries were selected as finalists of the 14th UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism.

The winning projects, divided into four categories – Public Policy and Governance, Research and Technology, Enterprises, and Non-governmental Organizations –, have been announced at the UNWTO Awards Ceremony held tonight (17 January) in Madrid at the International Tourism Trade Fair in Spain (FITUR).

“Today we honour the vision and commitment of individuals, administrations, companies and organizations that every day build a better future by harnessing the potential of tourism. The work of all the finalists of the 14 UNWTO Awards on Innovation is an inspiration to all of us”, underlined UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, in his opening remarks.

Attended by nearly 500 participants from different countries, the UNWTO Awards Ceremony, co-organized by IFEMA|FITUR, emphasized how the tourism community has embraced sustainable and innovative approaches.

The UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism are held annually to highlight and promote the work of organizations and individuals around the world that have impacted the tourism sector. Their achievements have served as an inspiration for competitive and sustainable tourism development and the promotion of the values of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The 14th Edition  of the UNWTO Awards was organized in collaboration with the International Tourism Trade Fair in Spain (IFEMA/FITUR) and supported by: The Macao Government Tourism Office; The National Secretariat of Tourism of Paraguay-Itaipu Binacional; The Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Argentina; The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism in Colombia; The Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador; Wonderful Indonesia; The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority; and National Geographic***