Leading in Progressive Policies’ Award

A country, head of state, minister or government organization/team who has shown progressive and excellence in policy-making for sustainable tourism growth and development in their destination.

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DIASPORA AFFAIRS OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF GHANA

[br]Reason 1: Akwasi Awua Ababio was Chair of the Year of Return (Ghana) which saw records levels of African diaspora visit Ghana and Africa at large prior to the covid pandemic. This saw over 1 million people visit Ghana, and the highest level of remittances, highest level of social media and media spotlight, largest number of people touring the nation and regions and largest number of people starting business in the country and beyond. The record number of global celebrities visiting the region and spotlighting the region added tremendously to the desire-ability factor of visiting Africa at large. The unforeseen benefit of this diaspora activation to engage with the region, was non diaspora tourism reaching its record numbers as well. Seeing foreign nationals across Europe, Japan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, South America and beyond. The moment of a category of people effected all other groupings creating a unique time of unparalleled tourism and visitation all around. This success led to the Beyond the Return initiative which is a 10 year mandate to further draw in and engage with the African diaspora.
[br]Reason 2: Supporting allied nations in their Diaspora Outreach programming and activation. With the successes of the Diaspora engagement initiatives like the Year of Return and more, several African nations have reached and visited the office seeking support and assistance to improve their diaspora activities. Director Ababio has willing helped nations like Ethiopia, Togo, Senegal, Sierre Leone, E-Swatini, Malawi and in their diaspora programming and cultivation. One of the bigger success of this is the Great Ethiopian Homecoming which saw a record number of Ethiopians and the wider African Diaspora engage and visit Ethiopian at the beginning of 2022. There is not an entire agency dedicated to Diaspora activation and impact.
[br]Reason 3: Launching of Ghana's Diaspora Engagement Policy. Until recently Ghana did not have a policy or framework for all the activations and initiatives for its diaspora contingency. Even with great successes of PANAFEST, Year of Return and more, there was not even a Migration policy. Director Akwasi Awua Ababio has seen to the progression and cultivation of the Diaspora Engagement Policy which has now passed through cabinet. It is a landmark development in the country's history and will see a further coordinated efforts for diaspora activities and programming. Residency, social security portability, pathway to citizenship, outreach to the different groups of Diaspora and more are areas the policy services. The Policy’s overarching aim is to enable the Government to leverage the investment benefits of the Ghanaian diaspora while providing them with rights and privileges attributable to all Ghanaians. It will enable the Government to mobilise remittances effectively and utilise transnational networks and skills of Ghanaians living abroad for sustainable economic growth and development. The policy is also to serve as the enabling framework to facilitate effective return, readmission and reintegration of the Ghanaian diaspora while engaging the African diaspora to create linkages that bond them to Ghana and its cultural heritage.
[br]Website - www.diasporaaffairs.gov.gh

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MEFT Namibia

[br]Reason 1: Namibia's policies have contributed to the recovery of wildlife populations, including endangered species like black rhinos and cheetahs.
[br]Reason 2: Namibia has established conservancies where local communities have ownership and management rights over wildlife and tourism activities. These initiatives have created economic opportunities, reduced poverty, and empowered communities to take an active role in protecting natural resources while providing authentic and responsible tourism experiences.
[br]Reason 3: Namibia has embraced renewable energy sources, such as solar power, in tourism infrastructure and lodges, reducing dependency on fossil fuels and minimizing the carbon footprint of the tourism industry.
[br]Website - www.meft.gov.na

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Botswana Tourism

[br]Reason 1: Botswana's efforts in conservation contribute to the preservation of biodiversity and the long-term sustainability of its natural resources.
[br]Reason 2: Community-based tourism initiatives in Botswana often involve partnerships between communities, tour operators, and government agencies, enabling communities to have a direct stake in tourism activities.
[br]Reason 3: Botswana has imposed strict controls on safari operations to ensure that they adhere to responsible and low-impact practices. Botswana has also invested in renewable energy projects, such as solar power, to reduce the carbon footprint of its tourism industry.
[br]Website - www.botswanatourism.co.bw

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South African Department of Tourism

[br]Reason 1: South Africa has implemented policies and initiatives that promote responsible tourism, including the protection of natural resources, conservation of wildlife, and the preservation of cultural heritage sites. South Africa has also encouraged community-based tourism initiatives that empower local communities and provide economic opportunities while preserving their traditional way of life.
[br]Reason 2: South Africa has implemented policies and initiatives to ensure that tourism benefits are distributed equitably among all communities, including historically disadvantaged groups. Efforts have been made to provide opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs from marginalized communities to participate in and benefit from the tourism industry.
[br]Reason 3: South Africa has established numerous national parks and protected areas that serve as conservation havens for a wide range of species. Additionally, initiatives such as anti-poaching programs and community-based conservation efforts have been implemented to combat illegal wildlife trafficking and promote the sustainable use of natural resources.
[br]Website - www.tourism.gov.za

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Seychelles Tourism

[br]Reason 1: Seychelles has established numerous marine and terrestrial protected areas, such as national parks and nature reserves, to preserve its unique flora and fauna. The government has also implemented strict regulations on fishing, waste management, and energy consumption to promote sustainable tourism practices.
[br]Reason 2: Community-based tourism initiatives in Seychelles often involve homestays, cultural tours, and locally operated enterprises, allowing visitors to engage with local traditions, customs, and lifestyles. This approach fosters inclusivity, preserves cultural heritage, and supports socio-economic development at the grassroots level.
[br]Reason 3: Seychelles pioneered innovative initiatives such as the world's first debt-for-nature swap, which helped protect vast areas of its ocean territory. The government's commitment to sustainable fishing practices, marine conservation, and responsible tourism activities contributes to the preservation of Seychelles' marine ecosystems and ensures their long-term viability.
[br]Website - www.tourism.gov.sc

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Rwanda Development Board

[br]Reason 1: Rwanda Development Board has implemented policies and programs to safeguard national parks, support community-based conservation initiatives, and promote responsible tourism practices. Rwanda's success in gorilla conservation has not only contributed to biodiversity preservation but has also become a major draw for sustainable tourism, generating revenue and supporting local communities in the process.
[br]Reason 2: Rwanda Development Board has implemented policies and initiatives to foster an enabling environment for innovation and entrepreneurship. Rwanda's initiatives include the establishment of innovation hubs, investment in digital infrastructure, and the promotion of e-government services. These efforts have positioned Rwanda as a regional leader in digital innovation and have played a crucial role in driving economic diversification and improving public service delivery.
[br]Reason 3: Rwanda Development Board's efforts have contributed to Rwanda's remarkable progress, positioning the country as a role model for sustainable development and inclusive growth.
[br]Website - www.tourismregulation.rw/en

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Kenya Tourism Board

[br]Reason 1: Kenya Tourism Board has actively supported eco-friendly accommodations, wildlife conservation projects, and responsible tourism practices. By prioritizing sustainability, Kenya Tourism Board is not only preserving the country's natural and cultural resources but also ensuring the long-term viability of the tourism industry.
[br]Reason 2: Kenya Tourism Board supported infrastructure development to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, developed training programs to enhance the skills of marginalized communities, and encouraged the participation of local communities in tourism-related activities. By fostering inclusivity, Kenya Tourism Board is creating opportunities for a broader range of individuals to benefit from tourism and contribute to the industry's growth.
[br]Reason 3: Kenya Tourism Board has developed user-friendly websites, mobile applications, and virtual reality experiences to provide tourists with comprehensive information and immersive experiences. They have also leveraged social media platforms and online marketing strategies to reach a wider audience and showcase the diverse attractions of Kenya. By embracing digital tools and platforms, Kenya Tourism Board has effectively adapted to the changing landscape of tourism marketing and enhanced the country's visibility on the global stage.
[br]Website - www.ktb.go.ke

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Uganda Tourism Board

[br]Reason 1: The board has actively supported initiatives such as anti-poaching campaigns, habitat restoration projects, and community-based conservation programs. By prioritizing conservation, Uganda Tourism Board ensures the sustainability of its tourism industry while safeguarding the country's unique natural heritage for future generations.
[br]Reason 2: The board has supported community-based tourism initiatives, where local communities are involved in offering authentic experiences and directly benefit from tourism revenues. By empowering communities and promoting inclusivity, Uganda Tourism Board ensures that tourism contributes to poverty reduction and enhances the well-being of local populations.
[br]Reason 3: The board has encouraged the adoption of eco-friendly accommodations, responsible wildlife viewing guidelines, and sustainable tourism certification programs. They have also focused on promoting low-impact tourism activities and raising awareness among tourists about their environmental and cultural responsibilities. By prioritizing sustainable tourism, Uganda Tourism Board ensures the long-term viability of the industry while minimizing negative impacts on the environment and local communities.
[br]Website - www.utb.go.ug

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Ghana Tourism Authority

[br]Reason 1: Ghana Tourism authority actively supports community-led cultural preservation projects, provides training and resources to local artisans, and encourages the documentation and promotion of Ghanaian arts, crafts, and traditions. By prioritizing cultural heritage preservation, the Ghana Tourism Authority ensures the sustainability of Ghana's cultural tourism and contributes to the preservation of the country's unique identity.
[br]Reason 2: The authority has collaborated with public and private stakeholders to develop and upgrade transportation networks, accommodation facilities, visitor centers, and tourist attractions. They have also supported the development of community-based tourism initiatives and the improvement of local infrastructure, benefiting both tourists and local communities. By investing in tourism infrastructure, the Ghana Tourism Authority enhances the competitiveness of Ghana as a tourism destination and stimulates economic growth in the sector.
[br]Reason 3: The authority actively participates in international travel trade shows, organizes familiarization trips for travel agents and media, and develops targeted marketing campaigns to attract tourists from key source markets. By adopting a proactive approach to destination marketing, the Ghana Tourism Authority enhances Ghana's visibility, increases tourist arrivals, and generates economic benefits for the country.
[br]Website - www.ghana.travel

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Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Tanzania

[br]Reason 1: The ministry actively supports the establishment and management of national parks, game reserves, and protected areas. They also collaborate with local and international organizations to combat poaching, promote anti-trafficking measures, and enhance wildlife management practices.
[br]Reason 2: The Ministry provides training and capacity-building programs to local communities, enabling them to actively engage in tourism entrepreneurship and product development.
[br]Reason 3: The Ministry promotes sustainable tourism certifications and guidelines to ensure that tourism businesses operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Additionally, the ministry supports initiatives that promote sustainable livelihoods, such as sustainable fishing practices and sustainable agriculture, to reduce the dependency on natural resources affected by tourism.
[br]Website - www.mnrt.go.tz

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Sal island, Cape Verde

[br]Reason 1: Cape Verde has implemented policies and initiatives focused on minimizing the environmental impact of tourism activities on the island. This may include measures such as promoting renewable energy sources, implementing waste management strategies, and supporting eco-friendly practices in accommodations and tour operations.
[br]Reason 2: Cape Verde has implemented initiatives such as training and capacity-building programs, promoting cultural preservation, and facilitating the creation of income-generating opportunities for local residents.
[br]Reason 3: They may have implemented policies and programs that support the preservation of local traditions, historical sites, and cultural practices. This could involve initiatives such as supporting cultural festivals, promoting cultural tourism experiences, and collaborating with local communities and stakeholders to protect and showcase the island's cultural heritage.
[br]Website - ilhadosalofficial.com

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Madagascar Ministry Of Tourism

[br]Reason 1: They have focused on preserving the country's unique biodiversity and natural resources while ensuring the well-being of local communities. These initiatives have included promoting eco-tourism, supporting community-based tourism projects, and implementing strict regulations to protect fragile ecosystems.
[br]Reason 2: They have actively worked to protect and promote Madagascar's rich cultural heritage, including its traditional music, dance, crafts, and rituals. The ministry has supported local artisans, encouraged cultural exchange programs, and facilitated community-led tourism initiatives that allow visitors to engage with local traditions and customs.
[br]Reason 3: The ministry has adopted progressive policies in its tourism marketing and promotion strategies. They have focused on promoting responsible tourism practices, such as low-impact travel, community-based tourism, and respect for local customs and traditions. The ministry has actively collaborated with tour operators, travel agencies, and media outlets to promote sustainable and ethical tourism practices.
[br]Website - www.madagascar-tourisme.com