Fundación Tropicalia was named as a finalist in the Non-Governmental Organizations category for its sustainable tourism supply-chain initiative. Overall, nearly 150 initiatives from 55 countries applied for the UNWTO’s annual awards, which promote the work of entities around the world that have greatly influenced the tourism sector.
Fundación Tropicalia’s supply-chain initiative is supported by the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund. The program, launched in 2013, seeks to improve market access for entrepreneurs and agricultural producers in Miches; create an inclusive business model linked to tourism; and support sustainable business practices in the region.
“We’re grateful to the UNWTO for honoring Fundación Tropicalia’s work with its host community of Miches,” said Adriana Cisneros, Chief Executive Officer of Cisneros. “Since 2008, our goal has been to support the community’s socioeconomic development and prosperity, and to position Miches as a model for sustainable tourism worldwide.”
William Phelan, President of Fundación Tropicalia, and Sofia Perazzo, Executive Director, accepted the award at a gala held on Jan. 19, 2017. “Through education, training and community involvement, we believe Miches can thrive as a tourism destination while protecting the natural beauty, resources and culture that make it unique,” Ms. Perazzo said.