Wheelers receive Lifetime Achievement Award from UN tourism agency
The United Nations Tourism Organisation has awarded Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler its annual Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Wheelers are the 13th recipient of the award, which is presented every year to individuals with ‘visionary leadership and significant contributions to the global tourism sector’.
The UN agency said in a statement: ‘The inspirational role that Lonely Planet inferred worldwide to travellers, writers and the tourism sector in general has been the major reason to concede the [award] to Tony Wheeler and Maureen Wheeler.’
The Wheelers have also been involved in more than 50 projects focusing on poverty alleviation in the developing world through its Planet Wheeler Foundation, as well as working on a number of ventures promoting literature, the arts and entrepreneurship.
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