Partition Museum wins Best Wider World Tourism Project
Amritsar’s Partition Museum has won the Best Wider World Tourism Project award at the British Guild of Travel Writers International Tourism Awards this weekend in the UK. It beat out the hard-fought competition to earn the Best Wider World Tourism Project Award.
The Partition Museum launched by The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust (TAACHT) became the winner by 260 BGTW members voting for it in BGTW’s Really Big Reveal, an online broadcast on April 18, to coincide with the pandemic restrictions.
Under the Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust, the Partition Museum, or ‘people’s museum’, was initiated by a group of organizations led by Kishwar Desai. The Partition Museum is devoted to remembering the largest migration in human history and has received six other awards from national and international audiences.
The BGTW awards scheme, whose results were delayed until 2021 due to the pandemic, is open to Guild members who think they deserve to be recognized for their outstanding contribution to tourism. Awards are split into three categories: ‘Best UK and Ireland Tourism Project’, ‘Best European Tourism Project’ and ‘Best Wider World Tourism Project’.
Kishwar Desai, reacting to the win, said:
“We are truly honoured and thrilled to receive this award and thank everyone who has supported it. This museum is dedicated to millions of those unremembered and unrecognised people who lost their homes and homelands overnight due to the Partition of India. It draws thousands of visitors every month and has become an important part of the tourist itinerary. This award will further encourage others to visit the Partition Museum, learn about the world’s largest forced migration, the repercussions of which last till today, nearly 75 years later.”
BGTW chairman Simon Willmore said:
“The BGTW International Tourism Awards provide the opportunity for members to nominate the most innovative and important tourism projects they have visited over the last year that they believe deserve wider recognition. The Partition Museum is a first-class example of a tourism project that positively impacts the community and the environment.”
The Partition Museum is a public museum located in the town hall in Amritsar, India. The museum aims to become the central repository of stories, materials, and documents related to the post-partition riots that followed the division of British India into two independent countries: India and Pakistan.