The EXCELENCIAS AWARDS were founded 12 years ago by the Excelencias Group in a bid to foster excellence in different fields, all of them related to the travel industry, gastronomy and culture.
Over the past years, besides the EXCELENCIAS TURISTICAS AWARDS, the list includes the EXCELENCIAS GOURMET AWARDS and Silvia Zorzanello in memoriam Award, as a tribute to the work of a lifetime carried out by Silvia Zorzanello in Brazil, “Ramon Alvarez in memoriam Award”, for his achievements and contributions to the travel industry, so this award is handed over to an institution or personage committed to the MICE segments; and Nicolas Muela in memoriam Award, given to projects focused on the research and promotion of gastronomic culture in Ibero-America.
The prizewinners have been chosen by a jury made up of 7 boldface names from different countries, related to the realms of Tourism, Art and Gastronomy, headed by the CEO of the Excelencias Group. In the 12th edition, the winners have been handpicked out of a well-assorted list of candidates from around the world. The vote was secret and unappealable. This was the first time ever that the public had the opportunity to vote for the final candidates, by means of our website.
This is a special edition, since the Group commemorates its 20th Anniversary and the 10th of the creation of Excelencias Gourmet. That’s the reason why two special awards have been given to two important figures (D. Padre Angel and Mr. Carlos Vogeler) for their work of excellence.
Prizewinners from 14 countries – Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Spain, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic) picked up their awards during the first day of Madrid’s International Travel Fair, (FITUR). The list of attendees was also made up of 7 Tourism Ministers, Presidents of important corporations, Governors and Tourism Secretaries, Chefs, Sommeliers, important figures of international culture, tourism and gastronomy, among others.
The Prizewinners in the 12th edition of the Excelencias Awards are: