This year’s edition of the contest was aimed at everyone boasting good practices in the field of solutions implemented to meet challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
49 practices were submitted from the following countries: France, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Palestine, Poland, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine. Awards were presented in five categories: local government, culture and tourism, education, social assistance, and entrepreneurship. In each of them, the jury selected three laureates, including the discussed initiative of Polish regional tourism organisations, backed and promoted by Polish Tourism Organisation (Polska Organizacja Turystyczna - POT).
The culture and tourism category centred on solutions that allowed for the continuity of activities, offering services and products taking into account the specific needs of the pandemic period. It also encompassed solutions offered by other entities for the benefit of culture and tourism industry.
The jury appreciated the fact that the #CityWillWait project pursued the objective of sustaining interest in travel among tourists in the quarantine period, supporting local travel industry of Polish cities and mutually promoting the tourist offer of the twelve cities joining the initiative. Widely covered both at home and abroad, the undertaking was promoted by Polish Tourism Organisation and its international offices.
The aim of the Best Practice Contest is to present the best solutions implemented in Europe and Eastern Partnership countries, which may become an inspiration to others.