International Hall of Tourism Heroes

The Hall of International Tourism Heroes is open by nomination only to recognize those that have shown extraordinary leadership, innovation, and actions. Tourism Heroes go the extra step. The Tourism Hero of the Year Award is presented to selected members of the Hall of International Tourism Heroes. 

  • Agnes Mucuha, Nairobi, Kenya
    Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Association of Travel Agents (KATA) Josephine Kuria, Lordstown Travel Group Ltd: Mrs. Agnes has qualities of a good leader which include integrity, empathy, humility, influence, and positivity. She is good at reading people and adapting to necessary management styles. Stephen Mbatha, Emirates: Agnes … Read More
  • Peter Byrne, Tanzania
    anzania and Zanzibar have reopened to a new kind of tourism. Peter Byrne, CEO of Mafia Island in Tanzania, developed a 20-point approach and introduced it at the platform: “Let’s build a persona around the idea of ‘new tourism’ (slow, immersive, kind, local, sustainable, climate-friendly) with hospitality back, front, and center – as … Read More
  • Dale Evans, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
    Charley’s Taxi has provided transportation services to Hawaii since 1938. It is proud to be a 3rd generation, woman-owned business, and Hawaii’s premier transportation provider. Safer Tourism safety and security experts evaluated Charley’s Taxi and found this company to be a model for transportation and taxi businesses. The Safer Tourism … Read More
  • Hon. Secretary Najib Balala, Kenya
    Secretary of Tourism, Kenya Tourism is one of the world’s leading industries and a major economic development tool, and as such, security (crime and terrorism) has a major impact on the tourism, cruise, and event-oriented economies. Additionally, much of the entire world has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and … Read More
  • Prof. Geoffrey Lipman, Brussels, Belgium
    Professor Geoffrey Lipman is Creative Disruption Architect and Director of, a global think tank network promoting green growth & travelism (travel & tourism) and specializing in strategy, innovation & funding. Prof. Lipman is an Adjunct Professor of Victoria University Australia; Visiting Professor of Hasselt University BE; Visiting Professor of Oxford Brookes … Read More
  • Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica
    The Hon. Edmund Bartlett today was welcomed to the International Tourism Hall of Heroes recognizing his wide-ranging expertise and accomplishments in the political arena. Honorable Edmund Bartlett has given over thirty-five years of service to Jamaica, working both in the Senate and in the House of Representatives. Minister Bartlett’s reach … Read More
  • Dr. Taleb Rifai, Jordan
    Dr. Taleb Rifai  was born in 1949. He is a Jordanian economist who was the Secretary-General of the  United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)  based in Madrid, Spain, until December 31, 2017, having held the post since being unanimously elected in 2010 in Zambia/Zimbabwe at the UNWTO General Assembly. Dr. Taleb Rifai was elected … Read More
  • Louis D’Amore, New York, USA
    IIPT USA Louis D’Amore is Founder and President of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT). He has been instrumental in promoting the travel and tourism industry as the world’s first “Global Peace Industry” since the founding of IIPT in 1986. Dr. D’Amore has been a pioneer in promoting … Read More
  • Tom Jenkins, London, UK
    CEO ETOA Tom Jenkins has been CEO of ETOA for twenty years. Tom ensures ETOA’s financial viability and oversees the strategic development of all ETOA projects and practices. This includes keeping ETOA at the forefront of travel industry matters and reporting back to the membership on developments at a European … Read More
  • Cuthbert Ncube, South Africa
    Chairman of African Tourism Board:  It is a new Dawn as we Usher in the Voice of Africa by Africa in Africa. It’s the birth of the African Tourism Board (ATB) whose mandate is to drive the vision and the aspirations of more than 1,323,568,478 people in Africa.” This was … Read More
  • Eng Dr. Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe
    Former Foreign Minister and Minister of Tourism for Zimbabwe, Eng. Walter Mzembi: Dr. Mzembi’s story is of one who has refused to succumb to adversity both political and in health scare. He continues to serve the tourism sector with distinction. He accepted to steer the sensitive Safety, Security, Crisis and … Read More
  • Vijay Poonoosamy, Singapore
    Vijay Poonoosamy is the Singapore-based Director International and Public Affairs of QI Group, an Honorary Member of the Hermes Air Transport Organisation, a Non-Executive Member of the Board of Veling Group, a member of the International Board of Experts of Rebuilding Travel, of the Advisory Board of the World Tourism … Read More
  • Aleksandra Gardasevic Slavuljica, MBA, Podgorcia, Montenegro
    Alexandra Gardasecvic works under very difficult conditions. First of all, Montenegro and the Balkan region are hardly hit with corona and this fact dominates all other circumstances. Also, the region is very effected by political turbulence, elections, protests, etc. All these mean that it is very hard to promote rebuilding … Read More
  • Maricar Donato, Washington DC USA
    Maricar is a brand ambassador for the World Federation of Tourist Guide Association and based in the US Capital City Washington DC. She also runs Washington Tours & Events She explains about herself: I work as a multilingual tourist guide and tourism director. I have been appointed as the first Global … Read More
  • Diana McIntyre-Pike, Jamaica
    Diana McIntyre-Pike has been serving her Jamaica community and gave her self-less services to the better of tourism to many parts in the world. Outstanding service to the development and training of communities in entrepreneurship and basic hospitality skills and created the VILLAGES AS BUSINESSES PROGRAMME which is being implemented … Read More
  • Alain St. Ange, Seychelles
    Alain St.Ange is the Former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine for the Republic of Seychelles. He is currently competing in the presidential election of the country. He was appointed as the Seychelles Director of Marketing in 2009, and in 2010, promoted to CEO of the Seychelles … Read More
  • Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Republic of Korea
    Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UN World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty Foundation. The SDG Advocates are 17 inspiring, influential people raising global awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the need for accelerated action. They use their unique global platforms to raise ambition around the SDGs … Read More