Ten destinations have been nominated for this yearís New Frontiers Award. Now in its third year, the
award consists of US$10,000 worth of complimentary exhibition space at
the Arabian Travel Market 2009, which will be given to the destination that has made an
outstanding contribution to tourism development in the face of overwhelming adversity.
The destinations were chosen considering a number of decisive factors such as their utilisation of aid packages, support from local and
national government, tangible efforts of recovery and the sheer determination of human spirit. California; Peru; Greece; Bangladesh; India;
Pakistan; Nicaragua; China; Mozambique and Vietnam are all making tremendous strides after suffering from either man-made or natural
Tom Nutley, Chairman, Reed Travel Exhibitions
organisers of the ATM said, ďThe concept for the award was borne out of the remarkable achievements that have
been observed over the last three years. The way in which some destinations have recovered from overwhelming disasters was humbling
and awe inspiring. In recognition of those extraordinary efforts in the face of such adversity, we wanted to salute their exceptional
achievements. The reward is both pragmatic and a valuable contribution to increase their marketing efforts still further.Ē
Judges are currently reviewing the nominations to select three destinations that will go forward to the final round. The panel of judges is
made up of a cross section of industry professionals. Last yearís winner the Mexican resort of Cancun was honoured for its remarkable
recovery and positive contribution to tourism development in the face of the overwhelming devastation caused by Hurricane Wilma in
October 2005. With considerable support from local state and federal government plus international aid agencies
such as the Red Cross, they have rebuilt the battered coastline and improved the resortís shattered economy. The effort has resulted in tourism figures fast
approaching former levels.
This yearís recipient will be announced during a special awards ceremony at the Arabian Travel Marketís annual exhibitorsí party, which will
be held on 6 May 2008 at the Grand Hyatt Dubai. Representatives of the winning destination will be invited to attend the special ceremony
and be rewarded with US$10,000 worth of complimentary exhibition space for Arabian Travel Market 2009.
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