12:52 • 22 jun. 2022
updated at 13:23 • 22 jun. 2022
The Ministry of Tourism, Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration has announced this Wednesday the list of winners of the 2022 Andalusian Tourism Awards, among which are the athlete from Huelva, Carolina Marín, as Ambassador of Andalusia; the tourism entrepreneur based in Almería José María Rossell, who is recognized for his career in the sector; and the Escuela Superior de Hostelería de Sevilla, for its training and research work on tourism.
Is about awards that aim to publicly recognize the work carried out in a meritorious and relevant manner for those natural or legal persons, public or private, who have contributed to highlighting the quality and excellence of Andalusia as a tourist destination, as the Ministry of Tourism recalled in a statement.
These distinctions celebrate their eighteenth edition this year and are convened in ten modalities, which are ´Tourist excellence of institutions, associations and foundations´, ´Tourist business trajectory´´Worker in the tourism sector´, ´Good practices in tourism employment´, ´Communication´, ´Tourism training and research´, ´Tourism innovation´, ´Tourism accessibility and inclusiveness´, ´Tourist destination of excellence´ and ´Ambassador or Ambassador of Andalusia´.
On this occasion, the jury, chaired by the Acting Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ana García, has decided to award the consideration of Ambassador of Andalusia to the athlete from Huelva Carolina Marín, “a world leader in Spanish badminton”.
Marín, who competes in the women’s individual category, has the titles of Olympic champion in Rio de Janeiro 2016; world champion in 2014, 2015 and 2018; European champion in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2021; and she holds 21 international BWF titles. Her permanent presence in the elite of this sport, dominated until its emergence by Asian athleteshave made her a key figure, earning her the designation as community ambassador.
For its part, The prize for the ´Tourist Business Career´ has gone this year to the hotelier José María Rossell Recasens. Today, the group Senator Hotels & Resortsof which he is the founder and president, is the largest hotel chain in Andalusia, with a wide presence in the provinces of Almeria, Cadiz, Granada, Huelva, Malaga and Sevilleas well as in other destinations in Spain and the world.
The Seville company Rosabus has received recognition for ´Tourism excellence of institutions, associations and foundations´. Its commitment to safety, health and the environment or its solidarity actions –such as the expedition to bring food and clothing to Ukraine and bring a hundred refugees to Seville–, have earned this consideration for the specialized passenger transport company in congresses, circuits and events.
Meanwhile, in the mode of ´Worker in the tourism sector´ has been recognized the work of Fernando Alonso Martín. During his career as a self-employed worker, he has founded the J.126 group to “disseminate the environmental and tourist values” of Cabo de Gata, and has set up the Natural Park Information Center (now the tourist office). In addition, Alonso is the founder and president of Asemparna and Infoturismo, founder of the Association of Andalusian Natural Park brand tourism companies, and partner and administrator of Aetosal.
Also, this edition of the Andalusian Tourism Awards recognize the Macià Hotels Group for its good practices in tourism employment. This family business that makes up a leading business group in Andalusia dedicated to the hotel, tourism and restaurant sector, stands out for its social and environmental commitment. With implementation in the provinces of Granada, Córdoba, Seville and Cádiz, it has received numerous awards such as the Prestige Award granted by the Granada City Council, the 2000 Tourism Award by the Granada Chamber of Commerce or the Q Quality Tourism seal in Spain.
Pepe Ballesteros, meanwhile, is the winner in the category of ‘Communication’. The radio announcer is the creator and presenter of ´Espacio de Turismo´, a traveling magazine that airs daily from Monday to Friday on Onda Cero in Almería, Roquetas and Vélez Rubio. The program offers reasons to visit the municipalities of the province, making local initiatives visible and helping their economies from a useful radio.
The Superior School of Hospitality of Seville (ESHS) It has achieved the distinction for ´Training and tourism research´. Since 1993 they have trained future entrepreneurs and managers in both operations and management, gastronomy and health, innovation and creativity, which has earned it national and international awards such as the Best Hospitality School in Europe or the National Hospitality Award for Training Work, among others. Since 2007 they have also offered online training with 43 of their own programs and have a collaboration agreement with the Learn Institute, an online training center with a presence in America, for the international promotion of the Spanish hotel industry through programs created by the ESHS.
La Dehesa Experiences It has been considered with the award for ‘Tourist Innovation’. The company has a unique accommodation proposal in the heart of Andalusia, a Glamping (luxury camping) in the Sierra Morena de Córdoba, whose philosophy is focused on creating unique experiences for its guests. It is a sustainable tourism in which a unique effective project is promoted to provide economic and employment opportunities, protecting the natural resources of the area.
Siles Town Hall has been recognized by the ‘Accessibility and tourist inclusion’. The consistory is committed to accessible and inclusive tourism, creating cultural and natural itineraries for everyone. It is one of the few municipalities in Andalusia, and the only one in Jaén, that has the “Accessible” label. Proof of this is that the town develops hiking activities using Joëlette chairs for people with reduced mobility, and directional bars for people with visual difficulties.
Chiclana de la Frontera is the ´Tourist Destination of Excellence´ in this edition of the Andalusian Tourism Awards. The Cadiz town is committed to a model of sustainable and quality tourism. Year after year, the beaches of La Barrosa and Sancti Petri are awarded with distinctions such as the Blue Flag and Inclusive Beaches. In addition, it has a wide cultural offer and an important hotel and residential plant, giving priority to aspects such as the quality of services.