Train Ecuador and Maquipucuna will be recognized for their responsible tourism activity
Ecuador is a country that over time has strived to excel as a tourist power and little by little has been achieved. Beaches, countryside, crafts, and more factors one can experience in Ecuador. Having a responsible tourism, Maquipucuna and Tren Crucero will be awarded with the “TO DO” awards, organized by the Institute for Tourism and Development of Germany (Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung). In 2018, the winners were selected from among 34 projects from 22 participating countries.
Within the conditions to be chosen as winners was: awareness and benefits of the population in economic, social and cultural issues; generation of jobs with good conditions; strengthening of identity and culture, without affecting the social environment; strategies must be linked to environmental care; and the actions demonstrate and guarantee the sustainability of the projects.
The awards will be presented at the ITB Berlin fair, which this year will be held from March 7 to 10. This recognition is sponsored by: the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Bread for the World, Church Development Service, Forum anders reisen e. V., ITB Berlin, Studiosus Reisen München, and the Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism.
The TO DO awards seek to highlight the practice of socially responsible tourism in the world since 1995.
The trademark Tren Ecuador under the administration of Ferrocarriles del Ecuador EP provides a railway tourist service. This institution works and involves local communities along the different routes that offer a journey through the Andes and the Pacific Coast. The company generates employment sources with cafeterias, craft markets where the famous straw toquilla hats, jewelry made in tagua, ethnic clothing from our country and more are offered, as well as the opening of museums. Our own model of social responsibility includes 180 micro-enterprises, 1475 jobs, 23 train cafes, 14 craft spaces, 2 train shelters along the route and more than 150,000 tourists a year.
This project received in 2016, two awards that highlight the commitment to responsible tourism and are: “Best Responsible Tourism Project” worldwide and gold in the category “Best in Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion” in the World Responsible Tourism Awards during the World Travel Market Fair in London.
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