Dominican Republic wins “Grand Prize” and nine trophies in “Pasaporte Abierto 2022” awards.
The “Grand Prize” was awarded to Álbida Segura for her excellent work in the digital portal “Párate ahí”, while Salvador Batista is the new director of the World Organization of Tourism Journalism (OMPT)
The World Organization of Tourism Journalism (WTPO) celebrated the 2022 edition of the International Open Passport Award at the City Hall of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in which the Dominican Republic won nine trophies, including “The Grand Prize”.
The top prize in this contest was awarded to communicator Álbida Segura for her work in the digital newspaper “Párate ahí”. Salvador Batista, vice-president of the Dominican Association of Tourism Press (ADOMPRETUR), received the “Lifetime Achievement” award for his program and web page Recorriendo con Salvador.
During the Pasaporte Abierto, the prominent tourism journalist was also sworn in as the new director of the OMPT.
Yenny Polanco Lovera, president of Adompretur said that, with this award, the OMPT consolidates its award which represents a commitment for all journalists and communicators specialized in the tourism industry.
The award ceremony was attended by more than 50 journalists, who from their different countries stand out for the quality of their journalistic work linked to tourism.
Winners from the DR:
Along with the Grand Prize, obtained by Quisqueya, María Mercedes and Álbida Segura were winners in the Social Relevance category, for their reports “Healthy and Sustainable Oceans for Tourism” and “What to do in the face of an adverse event”, respectively.
In another category, “Recognition of Others”, the Dominican Republic’s Maricha Martínez Sosa and Cristina Rosario received statuettes for their publications: “Mapping Culture, Contributing to Tourism” and “The Healing Power of Travel”.
Martínez Sosa repeated with another distinction, this time in the “Originality” category, together with her compatriot Gorgina Batista Schirils, recognizing the Sustainable Community Tourism portal “Descubre Cibao”.
The research work Dominican Museums: Cultural Heritage of High Tourism Potential was also recognized and awarded to its author José Luis Ramírez García, whose work was published last April by the newspaper El Dinero of the Caribbean country.
In Investigative Journalism, three other communicators on tourism received statuettes, such as Yubelkis Mejía for her work “La guerra y el turismo” and Danielis Fermín for “Turismo de Bienestar: Una fusión entre Salud y experiencias” (Wellness Tourism: A fusion between health and experiences).
Another Dominican, Karla Natasha Alcántara, captivated the judges for her research project entitled: “Villa Altagracia explores tourism potential on the commercial aspects of the roasted sweet potato”, recently published in the newspaper El Dinero.
Online Plus was also awarded in the category of “Outstanding specialized tourism media” and Mabel Andreiny among the “Best committed tourism entrepreneurs” together with other winners from Mexico, Chile, Peru and Brazil.
The Pasaporte Abierto 2022 awards ceremony was held in San Luis, Potosí, Mexico, and was attended by journalists from Argentina, Panama, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, Peru and Brazil.
This award seeks to highlight the best journalistic works and organizations in the tourism sector from around the world.
It also seeks to represent the need to live in a world without borders in which respect, solidarity and free access to information prevail.