Francine Closener, centre, is surrounded by winners of the inaugural Tourism Innovation Awards
Photo credit: Marie De Decker
The inaugural Tourism Innovation Award prize giving ceremony was held on Thursday evening.
The Ramborn Cider Haff won in the circular economy and sustainable development category at the inaugural Tourism Innovation Award.
The citation from the jury, comprised of representatives from the ministry of the economy, Luxinnovation, Luxembourg for Tourism, regional tourist offices, the chamber of commerce and the chamber of trades, said Ramborn had succeeded in creating “an innovative tourist product that shines far beyond the borders.” It praised the cider centre for combining inter-active tourism with sustainable development (the restoration of many Luxembourg orchards) as well as showcasing local produce and know-how.
The smart tourism category was won by Spoticle for its “location recommendations for everyone” app. The public prize, elected from 32 projects, was won by Spillplaz.lu, an app that allows users to find the location and information about playgrounds and play areas in Luxembourg.
Secretary of state for the economy Francine Closener said the awards were a way to “encourage new partnerships and to open the sector to the new trends” while also strengthening the competitiveness of players in the tourism sector and the “attractiveness of Luxembourg as sustainable) tourist and quality destination.”