The WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM is one of the highest honor in tourism and cultural tourism awarded to special cities that are complying with UNESCO and European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) principles on cultural tourism and historic preservation of cultural sites.
In 2006 at the threshold of a new millennium a collective of international academics , political personalities from European Union member countries decided that the new century requires a special prize dedicated to influence and support cultural tourism , historical sites preservation and to direct tourism towards places of cultural values . On this occasion was decided the title and the methodology of the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD.
According to 2006 decision of Board of European Council on Tourism and Trade the Prize should be awarded under considerations as : This title will be seldom awarded and only after a very carefully examination, as the receivers cites and countries must prove their commitment towards sustainable development, fair tourism and historical preservation . The title should act as a booster for tourism in that place but in according with international tourism accepted laws and regulation as decided by European Union Council on Tourism and Trade .
Among the reasons for awarding this title the Board should have under consideration : the promotion of a free and fair tourism , safety of tourists , facilities offered, access to historical and cultural significance sites, the amount of investment in historical sites preservation, cultural protection investment , use of tourism income for the creation of an economic social balanced climate , historical value etc.
Nomination criteria and selection
Every year the Academic Board of European Council on Tourism and Trade specifically invites qualified academics, experts in international relations , European Union`s and world politics personalities, former recipient of the award to submit nominations for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD .
These nominators are selected each year by decision of Board of European Council on Tourism and Trade :
- Members of European Union`s Parliaments and National Governments from European Union
- Other members of national parliaments and national governments of European union`s members country`s
- Present members of Board of European Council on Tourism and Trade are ex officio participating
- Former members of Board of European Council on Tourism and Trade are participating by base to base invitation only
- University professors from fields of history , tourism , international relations, from European Union
- Important international personalities form tourism environment.
Nominations are usually submitted until 1 of August of the year in question but the update and new name are accepted until the completion is closed. The statues of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD guarantee the secrecy of nominations, procedure, considerations and investigation for a period of 50 years after the prize have being awarded.
The nominations are not representing anything else than the opinion of the nominators and are not involving the European Council on Tourism and Trade in any way. Only the final public decision is endorsed by the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade.
Nominations are evaluated and consider on a year round basis by the Academic Committee until a short list of candidates is created and circulated. In the final stage each of the prior recipients of the award are requested to offer their opinion on the short listed candidates in 20 days. The decision is ideal if is a unanimous one but this is not always achievable so the largest consensus will be the base for final decision. There is not final date to announce the winner and no pressure on the committee in order to insure that they just and correct decision was taken.
Awarding the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AWARD.
The President of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade presents the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD in the presence of a delegation of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade in the capital or city that is obtaining the status WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD.
The WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD receives a diploma of honor, a scroll certifying the authenticity of the title and a special trophy.
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), had arrived in Ashgabat to attend the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD Ceremony at the Ruhiyet Palace.
The head of the authoritative international organizations congratulated the Turkmen leader on receiving the diploma of the title of “WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD” for the city of Ashgabat on the 15th anniversary of neutrality and the great success of the international forum dedicated to the national holiday.
ECO Secretary General
Mohammad Yahya Maroofi, Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), express his filings in Damascus on the ceremony of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD.
Expressing gratitude for the opportunity of a personal meeting, the distinguished guest heartily congratulated the Syrian people for receiving WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD. Mr. Mohammed Yahya Maroufi emphasized that Syria tourism open door policy had earned Syria the high international prestige. Another evidence for that was the presence of Professor Anton Caragea awarding the title of honor of “WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD” of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade and the presence of the Executive Committee of the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade , said the ECO Secretary General.