The third edition of the Edelweiss Awards took place on Wednesday 14 June in Huesca. This award recognises the best initiatives and projects in Aragon, as well as at regional, national and international level, with the idea of giving visibility and raising awareness about sustainable tourism.
The Edelweiss Awards were created with the aim of contributing to the development of sustainable tourism in Aragon and rewarding the initiatives that are being carried out, with the idea of giving visibility and raising awareness about sustainable tourism, also rewarding initiatives at regional, national and international level.
In this 3rd edition, the awards ceremony took place in the Museum of Huesca, where more than a hundred guests were invited, including finalists and representatives of associations, companies and institutions. It was a special occasion on which, in addition to the awards for initiatives and projects, the Edelweiss Medals were presented; a special recognition of professional careers and of work in the defence and dissemination of sustainable tourism in Aragon.
The Edelweiss Medals were awarded to the following personalities:
Ana is the owner and manager of the restaurant La Venta del Sotón (Esquedas). This medal is awarded in recognition of her efforts to defend the gastronomic tradition of Huesca, and her involvement and defence of local traditional restaurants and the promotion of local products. He thanked the award because "it is an incentive to work even harder" and shared the merit among his partner Eduardo Salanova and the rest of his team; among his customers; and among his father, his family and his friends. He also launched a final message: "Never stop fighting for your dreams".
An award for its defence of the heritage of the small towns of Maestrazgo and the promotion of the value of the wealth of people, heritage and culture by promoting responsible practices that contribute to the sustainability of the destinations.
This medal as ambassador of sustainable tourism in Aragon recognises the promotion of inclusion and the work of contributing to the knowledge and promotion of the community.
As official partners of these awards, Biosphere has awarded the winners of each category with a free annual subscription to its sustainability management and certification system, with our colleague Yolanda Bazán, Head of Biosphere's Certification Processes, making the handover ceremony.
This access will allow each entity to manage and monitor the business efforts in sustainability in real time, in addition to having a whole series of badges, materials and communication channels to put them in value and raise awareness among their partners, customers and employees.
Although all the projects presented this year are of great value and undoubtedly contribute to continuous improvement, only one in each category has been chosen for its exceptional contribution to sustainability in a holistic and comprehensive way. Biosphere is therefore pleased to congratulate the following organisations who have received this wonderful gift of a free subscription:
The Sustainable Tourism Business Cluster is a non-profit organisation whose main objective is to create a platform for the sector to meet and develop common initiatives to strengthen the tourism sector in Aragon, especially that which guarantees sustainability as part of its offer.
The aim is to give greater regional, national and international visibility to Sustainable Tourism in Aragon in order to consolidate current markets and access new opportunities, positioning itself as a proposal for the demand of those travellers who seek to align their travel experiences with their way of life.
The awards are aimed at all companies in the tourism sector, both public and private (restaurants, hotels, tourism companies...), public administrations (city councils, counties, provincial councils...), institutions, NGOs (associations, foundations...) and government bodies related to tourism.
You can see all the information in this link.