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. 

  • Sister Juliet Lithemba, Lesotho
    For Sister Juliet Lithemba, the past year has been “nothing short of grace and mercy from above”, as she explains it. The 77-year-old resident of Mt Royal Convent of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa, located in Lesotho’s Leribe district, didn’t know much about COVID-19 until her convent home and fellow sisters were … Read More
  • Manuel Flores, Mexico City, Mexico
    Manuel Flores is the Chief of the Mexico City Tourism Police and created the department.He is now working on establishing a national Tourism Police Department. Manuel created a sense of tourism security for the city of Acapulco and then moved onto Mexico City where he has influenced not only the … Read More
  • Kornelia Ferizaj, Albania
    Kornelia Ferizaj is the General Director of Albania National Tourism Agency.She was nominated a a tourism hero by WTN Balkan president Aleksandra Gardasevic-Slavuljica Like the rest of the Balkan countries, Albania is facing a lot of difficulties. The transition process that the country is going through is quite complicated. In addition to it, the … Read More
  • Robin Richman, Steppin Out, Chicago, IL, USA
    Robin Richman is now a tourism hero. Tourism may not be possible, but virtual tourism is – and it pays tour guides. Robin Richman owns Steppin Out Adventure in Chicago. has been working hard to create a program so that small community-based tourism programs can have opportunities to generate much-needed … Read More
  • Abigail Olagbaye, Nigeria
    Head of ATB Technology, Innovation, Free Movement and Facilitation. Abigail is the ambassador for the African Tourism Board.She had been working in travel and tourism for 15 years. She is the organizer and brainchild for the African Tourism Day and a number of other international events . She said: “Thank … Read More
  • Gorden “Butch” Steward, Sandals Resorts, Jamaica
    When you do good things, do them quietly. This is what Mr. Steward is representing as a founder of Sandals Resorts.  He is the founder, owner, and chairman of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, and their parent company Sandals Resorts International, as well as The ATL Group and its subsidiaries Appliance Traders and The … Read More
  • Deepak RajJoshi, Kathmandu, Nepal
    Nominated by Suresh SinghBudal of the PATA Nepal Chapter: Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi is currently leading Nepal’s tourism recovery initiative as a coordinator for the Tourism Recovery Task Force, TRTF-Nepal. He is a member of Rebuilding travel and the Project Hope Task Force Board. Mr. Joshi served as the Chief … Read More
  • Rudolf F. Herrmann, Penang, Malaysia
    It is an honor being nominated for the Tourism Hero award by my fellow study members of international aspiring entrepreneurs. Myself, being of German origin I do live in Malaysia. P.O. Box 67010780 GPO Penang, Pulau, Pinang, Malaysia Accredited tourism business economist by profession, I am also a certified hotel … Read More
  • 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