The Way of St. James and the Erasmus university mobility program are the winners of the Xavier Tourism Awards-HTSI in their 15th Edition. The awards were given at a ceremony held today in the Hotel Sofía in Barcelona.
Alberto Núñez Feijóo, President of the Government of Galicia, collected the award given to the Way of St. James in the professional category. Ferran Tarradellas, Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Barcelona, collected the award given to the Erasmus program in the academic category.
Each year, the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi (HTSI), part of Ramon Llull University, gives out the Xavier Tourism Awards-HTSI in recognition of careers with high levels of excellence, dedication, innovation and social contribution in the area of tourism. It does so in an academic and a professional category. The awards take their name from St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of tourism.
Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former Spanish Minister of Education and Science and former President of UNESCO, presided over the event as the representative of the jury that selected the winners at a meeting held on September 20 at HTSI. Other participants included Josep Maria Garrell, Rector of Ramon Llull University; Carlos Losada, General Director of UNIJES-Jesuit Universities; Eugeni Gay, President of the Xavier Foundation, and Ricard Santomà, Dean of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management St. Ignasi.
XAVIER TOURISM AWARDS-HTSI, RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE IN THE TOURISM AND ACADEMIC SECTORS
The Way of St. James, the first European Cultural Route and a World Heritage Site, was awarded the Xavier Tourism Award-HTSI in the professional category for its long history of developing humanized tourism based on hospitality. From its creation in 1991 to the present, the Xacobeo has helped to boost, promote and add value to the different Ways of St. James and Jacobean culture, with the end goal of promoting the sociocultural and socioeconomic promotion of large areas of Galicia.
In the academic category, the Xavier Award-HTSI was given to the Erasmus program (celebrating its 30th anniversary this year) for its promotion of European integration, exchange between peoples, knowledge of the culture of other countries, diversity, cooperation, tolerance, openness, education and globalization, among other notable and positive values associated with tourism. Over 4 million young people have enjoyed the opportunity to undergo a period of formation in universities across Europe, with the goal of improving the quality and strengthening the European dimension of higher education while promoting transnational cooperation among universities.
A JURY MADE UP OF PRESTIGIOUS INDIVIDUALS
The jury of the Xavier Tourism Awards-HTSI, which selected the winners unanimously, is made up of 14 prestigious individuals:
- Antonio Asensio(President of the Board of Directors of the Zeta Group)
- Lluís Bassat(former President for Spain of the Bassat Ogilvy Iberia Group)
- Eugènia Bieto(General Director of ESADE)
- Anna Maria Birulés(former Minister of Science and Technology)
- José Boada(President of the Pelayo Group)
- Josefina Castellví(oceanographer, biologist and writer)
- Isidre Fainé(President of the La Caixa Banking Foundation and of Criteria Caixa)
- Lluís Foix (journalist, correspondent and former Director of La Vanguardia)
- Eugeni Gay(President of the Xavier Foundation, former President of the General Council of Spanish Lawyers and Vice President Emeritus of the Spanish Constitutional Court)
- Javier Godó(Count of Godó and President of the Godó Group)
- Amancio López(owner of the Hotusa Group)
- Jaime Oraá(President of UNIJES and former Rector of the University of Deusto)
- Camina Solà-Morales(former Director of the Sant Ignasi University School of Tourism)
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