UNWTO call for bloggers’ experiences of community projects

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The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has announced a blogging competition for World Tourism Day (WTD) focussed on community development programmes.

The first ever WTD Blogger competition invites bloggers worldwide to highlight the links between tourism and community development.

Tourism and Community Development is the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day, celebrated every year on 27th September. WTD aims to highlight tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value around the world.

There are many internationally renowned travel and tourism bloggers around the world who will be eligible for the competition.

The competition is calling for bloggers who have had the chance to visit a community which benefitted from tourism. Alternatively if their home community has experienced improvements thanks to tourism, they’re invited to enter the competition.

This first WTD Blogger Competition encourages bloggers from around the globe to share their knowledge of tourism and its economic, social and environmental impact, focusing on the local or grassroots level. By sharing their experiences in a featured blog post on the subject of “Tourism and Community Development”, they will have the chance to win a round trip to Mexico, with the opportunity to visit and write about local community projects which have been made possible thanks to tourism.

The winner will also be attending the official WTD Celebrations taking place in Guadalajara, alongside UNWTO and tourism stakeholders from around the world, on 27 September.

The deadline for submissions is 15 August. For more information bloggers should visit the website.

Community programmes are one of the most interesting ways that hotels can ‘pay back’ to the communities in which they’re based and the programmes themselves can be many and varied, and operated by small independent properties to huge global hotel chains.

The International Tourism Partnership has experience helping some member companies help disadvantaged young people around the world find careers and opportunities via the Youth Career Initiative.

The programme works with local NGOs to identify young people whose opportunities are limited but are keen to learn and develop their skills.

Partnering with hotels in their community, the programme offers the young people six months of learning and practical skills in a range of departments around the hotel, as well as real life experience and mentoring. With a fantastic success rate, many YCI graduates have gone on to find careers in the hospitality industry or other sectors, or have returned to education.

Other community development programmes are many and varied and we have featured several in the pages of Green Hotelier. Why not read through for inspiration?

For more information on the WTD Blogging Competition visit the website.

For more information on YCI visit the website and follow them on Twitter.

To read more community development programmes see our theme pages.

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