The World Organization of Tourism Journalism (WTPO) held in Chiriqui, Panama, the seventh edition of the Pasaporte Abierto International Award, which rewards the most outstanding in specialized communication in tourism and tourism in general.
The winner in the ‘Originality’ category was the Dominican communicator and marketing director of Adompretur, Juan de Dios Valentín, for his report “Solidarity Cooking: the action that has saved millions of people in the world from starvation”, published in his portal Foodie and Traveler.
Also, from the Dominican Republic in the ‘Event of the Year’ category, the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE 2023), organized by Asonahores, won. In the category ‘Responsible Tourism Destination’, Cap Cana won the trophy; and the Consorcio Energético Punta Cana – Macao, S.A (CEPM), received the distinction in the category ‘Teamwork’.
In this regard, Yenny Polanco Lovera, president of Adompretur, congratulated all the Dominican journalists specialized in tourism who won in this edition of the Pasaporte Abierto award for the creativity and ethics with which they carry out their reports and investigations.
He also affirmed that, with this award, the WTPO continues its mission to recognize the commitment of all journalists and communicators specialized in the tourism industry worldwide.
Yubelkys Mejía, Adompretur’s Director of Events, received a special mention in the ‘Originality’ category for her report “Bogotá: Options to enjoy with the family”, published in Bohío magazine. In the same category, journalist Ian Manuel Franjul Mejía of the Remolacha portal, won a special mention for the report “Smart Tourism in the Dominican Republic: The crucial role of blockchain”.
Georgina Batista Schrils of the portal www.quemashago.com, received a special mention in the category ‘Recognition of Others’, for her report “Casabe Doña Mechi: a time travel full of flavor”.
In the category ‘Tourism Research’, journalist Maricha Martínez Sosa won a special mention for her research “TCS Project: authentic, community-based and sustainable tourism. El Proyecto de Turismo Comunitario Sostenible, en cifras”, published in the portal www.quemashago.com.
Luis Polo Roa, president of the Panamanian Communicators of Tourism (COPTUR), expressed the joy felt by the journalistic community of Panama to receive the members of the OMPT and to share in fraternity the experience of communicating the benefits of their tourist destinations and denouncing the actions that are detrimental to them.