09:37 | Ollantaytambo (Cusco region), Dec. 3.
Ollantaytambo —located in Cusco's Urubamba province— has been selected as one of the 'Best Tourism Villages' 2021
by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
during a ceremony held in the Spanish city of Madrid.
With this recognition, Ollantaytambo stood out as the only district that represented Peru among a total of 44 villages from 32 countries.
Every village was selected after a tough competition in which innovative approach and contribution to tourism were taken into consideration.
According to the municipal authority, Ollantaytambo is now one of the best examples of villages embracing tourism to provide opportunities and drive sustainable development.
At the ceremony —celebrated during the 24th session of the UNWTO General Assembly— Rios gave a colorful traditional poncho, which represents the district's living culture, to UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili
—a gesture that provoked congratulations and applause from hundreds of attendees, including authorities and tour operators from all over the world.
On the other hand, the Municipality of Ollantaytambo highlighted the support of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur)
and Turismo Cuida
(Tourism Cares) in this selection process and in the achievement attained by the Living Inca City —as Ollantaytambo is known— which once again puts Peru in the global spotlight and will help reactivate the tourism sector in Urubamba province (Cusco region).
Ollantaytambo is an architectural gem that is on the way to Machu Picchu —one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
as well as a Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity.