Here’s another inspiration for your 2023 bucket list. From Austria to Vietnam, 32 destinations from all around the world have been named as ‘Best Tourism Villages 2022’ by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
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
The Best Tourism Villages initiative is the flagship project of the UNWTO Tourism for Rural Development Programme.
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.
But who are the winners for 2022? Here are the names (the order is as per the list), but this is the link for the complete list:
- Zell am See, Austria
- Wagrain, Austria
- Puqueldón, Chile
- Dazhai, China
- Jingzhu, China
- Choachí, Colombia
- Aguarico, Ecuador
- Angochagua, Ecuador
- Choke Mountains Ecovillage, Ethiopia
- Mestia, Georgia
There are some very interesting and attractive names on the list. Some of these places you may have been to before, some may be on your dream list. Yet others you may have watched documentaries or travel shows and wondered about what it would be like to see it in person. Now’s your chance. A new year has begun and brought with it endless possibilities.
Whatever your dreams, do chase them in 2023.