He gave Grupo Excelencias his Premios internacionales 2017

The 2017 Excelencias Awards Delivered at FITUR

The Excelencias Awards were created 13 years ago by Grupo Excelencias, with the aim of promoting excellence in different areas related to tourism, gastronomy and culture in Iberian-America

The Excelencias Awards have become a reference in the field of tourism and gastronomy in Iberian-America. As every year, the event has taken place coinciding with the opening day of the International Fair FITUR Madrid, Spain. As many as 37 projects, from 12 countries, were awarded in the 13th edition of the Awards.

On this occasion, several international personalities met for the Excelencias Awards: Mr. Gustavo Santos, Minister of Tourism of the Argentina; His Excellency Mr. Federico Ramon Puerta, Ambassador of Argentina to the Kingdom of Spain; Mr. Valentin Diaz Gilligan, Assistant Secretary General of the Presidency of Argentina; Mr. Manuel Marrero Cruz, Minister of Tourism of Cuba; His Excellency Mr. Gustavo Machin Gomez, Ambassador of Cuba to Spain; Mr. Napoleon Duarte, Tourism Minister of El Salvador; His Excellency Mr. Edgardo Suarez Mallagray, Ambassador of El Salvador to the Kingdom of Spain; Mr. Enrique Ponce de Leon, Minister of Tourism of Ecuador; Her Excellency Ms. Roberta Lajous Vargas, Ambassador of Mexico to the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra; representing the ambassador of Paraguay; His Excellency Mr. Gustavo Gomez Comas, Charge d' Affaires at Paraguay's Embassy in the Kingdom of Spain; Mrs. Marcela Bacigolupo, Minister of Tourism of Paraguay; Her Excellency Ms. Gabriela Porras Alor, Minister Counselor of the Embassy of Peru to Spain; Mr. Rafael Anson Oliart, President of the Royal Academy of Gastronomy; Angel Leon (Aponiente, 3 Michelin Stars) and Fernanda Fuentes and Andrea Bernardi (Nub, 1 Michelin Star); governors from Mexican and Argentinean states, the President of Almeria Council, heads of corporations and more.

 

The winners in this edition of the Excelencias Awards are:

  • Todos los premiados
  • Premio Excelencias Turísticas
  • Premios Excelencias Gourmet
  • Premio Silvia Zorzanello in Memoriam
  • Premio Especial CND
  • Premio Ramón Álvarez in Memoriam
  • Premio espíritu de Excelencia
  • Premio Nicolás Muela
NH HOTEL GROUP

MOOD ROOM ™ The Mood Room™ concept developed by NH Hotel Group, in collaboration with Philips Lighting, entails offering hotel rooms with cutting-edge elements in terms of technology, lighting and sound, so they can be adapted to the environment required by customers in each moment, improve their experience and customize their stay.

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mr. Javier Marmol. VP of Experience and Quality

CEAV AND PURINA

TRAVELING TOGETHER IS BETTER. FIRST SEAL COMPANIES PETFRIENDLY

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mr. Rafael Gallego President of CEAV and Mr. Xavier Perez DIRCOM and Marketing Nestle- Purina

BARCELO HOTELS

THE LOCALS TORRE DE MADRID “Unconventional Experiences” hotel positioning, a commitment acquired by the hotel with its guests to offer them unconventional experiences, in collaboration with its ambassadors: “The Locals”. Exclusive experiences that are not shown travel guidebooks and are only available for the hotel guests.

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mr. Antonio Bauza, Deputy Corporate Marketing Director EMEA and Mr. Salvador Aparisi, Director of Barcelo Torre de Madrid

FUNDACION ORDEN DEL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

ORDEN DEL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO Orden del Camino de Santiago is a Foundation that engulfs 1,153 knights and ladies around the world. It is focused on fostering the universal values of the Camino, such as hospitality (a key element in the travel industry).

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mr. Miguel Pampin Rua, Gran Mestre and President

CHARO TRABADO

PIONEER IN THE WORLD IN THE ORGANIZATION OF INTERNATIONAL FAIRS, MICE, B2BEVENTS

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Ms. Charo Trabado, CEO of GSAR Marketing

TOURIST PROMOTION AGENCY OF CENTRAL AMERICA (CATA)

FOR INNOVATION IN THE DIGITAL PROMOTION AND MARKETING OF THE CENTRAL AMERICAN PRODUCT

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTION: Mrs. Ana Carolina Briones, General Secretary of CATA; His Excellency Mr. Napoleon Duarte, Minister of Tourism of El Salvador; His Excellency Mr. Gustavo Him, Minister of Tourism of Panama - President Pro-tempore of CATA; Mrs. Lucy Valenti, President of Panama’s International Chamber (FEDECATUR); Mr. Roberto Arce, Consultant of the Minister of Costa Rica and Mr. Alejandro Castro, Promotion Director of Costa Rica.

INSTITUTO COSTARRICENSE DE TURISMO (ICT)

FOR BEING A PIONEER TOURIST PRODUCT LINKING NEUROSCIENCE AND NATURE A campaign that uses neuroscience to fight stress was developed thanks to a strategic alliance established among the Costa Rican Travel Institute, World Travel Organization (WTO), CNN International and CNN Task, experts in international brands and destinations.

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mr. Roberto Arce, Consultant of the Minister of Costa Rica and Mr. Alejandro Castro, Promotion Director of Costa Rica

ECUADOR

CORPORACION QUALITUR For the assessment of workers in an objective, transparent and measurable process, so it contributes to the quality of tourism services in Ecuador.

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mr. Ivan Lopez Villalba Executive Director of Qualitur

CORPORACION SALVADOREÑA DE TURISMO - MINISTRY OF TOURISM OF EL SALVADOR (CORSATUR)

ESCATUR. TOURISTIC TRAINING SCHOOL Training center focused on providing technical and vocational skills in the travel industry, inculcating a peaceful and violence-free culture, which is backed up by the Salvadoran Tourism Chamber CASATUR. During its first year, it has benefited 207 youngsters, 40 percent of which has been given a job, with a multiplying effect.

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTION: His Excellency Mr. Napoleon Duarte. Minister of Tourism of El Salvador and Mrs. Beatriz Flamenco. President of CASATUR

THE COLONIAL GATE

THE BATTLE OF SANTO DOMINGO 4D The invasion conducted by English corsair Sir Francis Drake to the Colonial City of Santo Domingo in 1586 is narrated, thus attracting visitors interested in experience tourism and spreading culture and history among local and foreign visitors at the Colonial City.

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mr. Cristobal Justiniano (CEO)

CENTRAL TRUST FUND OF MEXICO CITY

NEW TRAVEL CIRCUIT IN MEXICO The world’s biggest wholesale market is a new travel circuit, not only of Mexico City, but also of the country. This achievement has been buttressed in less than a year by applying a strategy to highlight its traditional appeal. 127 million visitors have been welcomed in a year.

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Lic. Sergio Palacios Trejo Coordinator and General Manager of CEDA

SECRETARIAT OF THE STATE OF PUEBLA

LA CONSTANCIA MEXICANA BUILDING. FUTURE NATIONAL ARTS CENTER

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Lic. Roberto Antonio Trawitz Echeguren Secretary of Culture and Tourism

GUANAJUATO

YURIRIA RESPONSIBLE TOURIST DESTINATION. FIRST MAGIC TOWN OF MEXICO WITH THE BIOSPHERE RESPONSIBLE TOURISM CERTIFICATION

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mr. Fernando Olivera, Secretary of Tourism Peru

GOVERNMENT OF OAXACA

CRAFTWORKS ROUTE. MAIN TOURIST ROUTE OF SOCIAL INCLUSION.

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Lic. Alejandro Murat, Governor of Oaxaca

CENTRO EMPRESARIAL GASTRONOMICO HOTELERO (CEGAHO)

UNPRECEDENTED MODEL OF GASTRONOMIC AND TOURIST PLANNING OF DESTINATIONS

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mr. Antonio Montecinos, General Manager

GRUPO EDITORIAL AGUEDA

MORE THAN A DECADE PROMOTING MEXICO, LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN THROUGH TOURISM-SPECIALIZED BOOKS

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Dr. Victor Hugo Rodriguez (President)

RIVIERA NAYARIT

GASTRONOMY AS A PILLAR IN THE TOURIST PROMOTION OF RIVIERA NAYARIT IN THE WORLD

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Lic. Eulalio Coronado, Nayarit’s Secretary of Tourism

Mr. MANUEL MARRERO CRUZ

FOR HIS PERSONAL AND OUTSTANDING 14-YEAR CAREER AS MINISTER OF TOURISM

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mr. Manuel Marrero Cruz, Cuba’s Minister of Tourism

CUBA

FOR BEING ONE OF THE SAFEST DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: His Excellency Mr. Gustavo Machin Gomez. Ambassador of Cuba to the Kingdom of Spain

MARE SICCUS

RECOVERING TRADITIONS For recovering salting traditions that were used by Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs in our coasts. They have preserved tradition and brought it up to date, giving palate memories that will not fall into oblivion.

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Ms. Maria Jose Alcazar Commercial Director

PAGOS DEL REY

WINE MUSEUM Tourism and cultural project. Wine-producing company with presence in Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Rueda and Toro. It offers experiences that extol the value of wine culture.

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mr. Rodrigo Burgos (Director)

BODEGAS PORTIA

VANGUARD. ARTISTIC DISCIPLINES A unique project, by the hand of famous British architect Norman Foster. The property wants to boost the presence of exhibits in its spaces, as well as its status as a showcase for renowned artists and art catalyzer.

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mrs. Beatriz Garcia (Wine Tourism Manager, Faustino Group) and Mr. Gerardo Alonso (Marketing Director)

CAFÉ DE LAS SONRISAS (NICARAGUA)

Café de las Sonrisas, restaurant coffee bar where the staff is only made up of deaf people. It has not only had an impact on the people, but it has also positioned Nicaragua as an example of work integration.

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mr. Fernando Godoy (President Tio Antonio Nicaragua Social Center) and Miguel Angel Fernandez Salazar, founding member of Tío Antonio Nicaragua Social Center

PROMPERÚ: PERU PROMOTION COMMISSION FOR EXPORTS AND TOURISM

For: "GENERACIÓN CON CAUSA" PROJECT The Peruvian cuisine is a noble tool to advertise a new image of Peru in the world, by counting on the creativeness of Generación con Causa, the fourth generation of Peruvian cooks that season their cuisine with love, respect, talent and freedom.

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mrs. Gabriela Porras, Minister Counselor of the Embassy of Peru to the Kingdom of Spain; Mrs. Isabella Falco, DIRCOM and Image Country Promperú; and Mr. Bernardo Muñoz, Director Office of Peru in Spain

SECRETARIAT OF TOURISM OF MORELOS

PICNIC FOR MORELOS A tourism product with the aim set on enhancing the immaterial heritage, with special respect for environment, ingredients, recipes, dishes and the people behind them.

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mr. Sergio Perea, General Manager of Morelos’ Tourism Trusteeship

CONFECTIONERS OF EXCELLENCE

FERNANDA FUENTES AND ANDREA BERNARDI

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mrs. FERNANDA FUENTES AND Mr. ANDREA BERNARDI (Restaurant NUB)

BAKER OF EXCELLENCE

BEATRIZ ECHEVERRIA

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mrs. Beatriz Echeverria (Babette's Oven)

CHIEF OF ROOM

PEDRO MONJE

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group and Mr. Rafael Anson, President of the Royal Academy of Spanish Gastronomy COLLECTED: Mr. Pedro Monje (Restaurant Via Veneto)

CHEF OF EXCELLENCE

ANGEL LEON

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group and Mr. Rafael Anson, President of the Royal Academy of Spanish Gastronomy COLLECTED: Mr. Angel Leon (Aponiente Restaurant)

SOMMELIER OF EXCELLENCE

YAMIR PELEGRINO

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group and Mr. Alfonso Marin, Secretary General of the Iberian-American Academy of Gastronomy COLLECTED: Mr. Yamir Pelegrino

GOURMET CHARACTER AWARD

SUSANA PALAZUELOS DE WICHTENDAHL

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group and Mr. Alfonso Marin, Secretary General of the Iberian-American Academy of Gastronomy COLLECTED: Mrs. Susana Palazuelos de Wichtendahl and Her Excellency Mra. Roberta Lajous Vargas, Mexico’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and Princedom of Andorra.

RAMON ALVAREZ EXCELENCIAS AWARD

MINISTER DARIO FLOTA OCAMPO

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of Grupo Excelencias and Mr. Cristobal Alvarez COLLECTED: Mr. Dario Flota, General Manager of COZUMEL & RIVIERA MAYA, Tourism Promotion Trust COZUMEL & RIVIERA MAYA and Member of the CPTM Nomination Committee

SILVIA ZORZANELLO EXCELENCIAS AWARD

Mr. SALVADOR ALVES DIAS

DELIVERED: Mr. Eduardo Zorzanello (son of Mrs. Zorzanello) COLLECTED: Mr. Salvador Alves Dias

NICOLAS MUELA EXCELENCIAS AWARD

JOSE SOTO

DELIVERED: Mr. Rafael Anson, President of the Royal Spanish Gastronomy Academy and Mr. Alfonso Marin, Secretary General of the Iberian-American Academy of Gastronomy COLLECTED: Mrs. Carolina Soto

EXCELENCIAS SPIRIT AWARD

SENATUR PARAGUAY ÑANDUTI TOUR CIRCUIT The Ñandutí Circuit is a community tour that takes the craft production of Paraguay’s traditional fabric to a new level. The “ñanduti” is made by women in rural areas, who have preserved this heritage by passing their technique from generation to generation. The circuit features an interpretative and experience script that allows visitors be in touch with artisans and learn about historic processes in Paraguay. It was conceived by SENATUR in collaboration with artisans, cultural managers, accommodation service suppliers, popular gastronomy and local media.

DELIVERED: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group, and Mr. Alfonso Marin, General Secretary of the Iberian-American Gastronomy Academy COLLECTED: Her Excellency Mrs. Marcela Bacigalupo, Tourism Minister of Paraguay

2017 CND EXCELENCIAS AWARD

KIKE SARASOLA For being in the vanguard of the hotel world, adapting products to meet customers’ demands; as well as being focused on meeting, recognizing, dialoguing and listening to people in a bid to surprise them, make them fall in love and cultivating their loyalty.

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mr. Kike Sarasola, President and Founder of Room Mate Hotels

FOR ITS INTERNATIONAL POSITIONING STRATEGIES AS A TOURIST DESTINATION

FOR ITS INTERNATIONAL POSITIONING STRATEGIES AS A TOURIST DESTINATION

DELIVERED: Mr. Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: His Excellency Mr. Gustavo Santos Argentina’s Tourism Minister

FITUR

FOR MAKING THE FAIR MODEL MEET THE NEEDS OF THE TRAVEL MARKET

DELIVERED: Jose Carlos de Santiago, President of the Excelencias Group COLLECTED: Mr. Eduardo Lopez-Puertas, General Manager of IFEMA