Egypt and Ethiopia Earn Spots in UNWTO’s Best Tourism Villages 2023

UNWTO unveils its Best Tourism Villages 2023.

Best Tourism Villages 2023

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released its third edition of the Best Tourism Villages list for 2023. The announcement was made during the UNWTO General Assembly on October 19, 2023, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

The list includes 54 villages from all regions, featuring notable entries from Ethiopia and Egypt. The selection was made from nearly 260 applications. An additional 20 villages have joined the Upgrade Programme, bringing the total to 74 villages now part of the UNWTO Best Tourism Villages Network.

“Through this initiative, we acknowledge villages that have effectively utilized tourism as a catalyst for their development and well-being.”

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.

Best Tourism Villages 2023 – Africa Region

  • Lephis Village, Ethiopia
  • Dahshour, Egypt
  • Siwa, Egypt

List of Best Tourism Villages 2023.

Dahshur Egypt
Red Pyramid, Dahshur/ Fabio Achilli

According to the UNWTO, the recognition of Best Tourism Villages is given to exceptional rural tourism destinations with significant cultural and natural assets. These villages demonstrate a commitment to preserving community-based values and a clear dedication to innovation and sustainability across economic, social, and environmental dimensions.