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Finalists for 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

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The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has confirmed the 12 finalists for the 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Under WTTC’s stewardship since 2003, the awards recognise best practice in sustainable tourism in four different categories – Destination Stewardship, Conservation, Community Benefit and Global Tourism Business. Over 160 entries were received this year from over 45 countries.

The WTTC said that the 12 finalists were selected by an international team of independent judges in each of the four award categories for having successfully demonstrated sustainable tourism practices, including the protection of natural and cultural heritage, social and economic benefits to local people, and environmentally friendly operations.

The 2010 Finalists are:

Destination Stewardship Award

- Botswana Tourism Board, Botswana
- Ministry of Tourism, Montenegro
- Mount Huangshan Scenic Site, China

Conservation Award

- Emirates Hotels & Resorts, UAE
- Inkaterra Perú SAC, Peru
- Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania

Community Benefit Award

- Namibia's Communal Conservancy Tourism Sector / NACSO, Namibia
- Tourindia, India – www.tourindiakerala.com
- Whale Watch Kaikoura Ltd, New Zealand

Global Tourism Business Award

- Accor, France & Global
- Banyan Tree Holdings, Singapore & Global
- Wilderness Safaris, South Africa & Global

Costas Christ, Chairman of Judges said, "The travel and tourism industry is at a critical crossroads, not because of the global economic recession, but rather, as more travel companies and destinations understand that a paradigm shift is underway, where addressing social and environmental issues is an important part of business success. Sustainable practices have become a new measure of quality service, and the excellent Award entries we received this year in all categories support this. Our 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow finalists represent that new reality in action, where good stewardship is now good business."

The finalist selection judging committee for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2010 includes:

- Tony Charters, Principal, Tony Charters & Associates, Australia
- Jena Gardner, President, JG Blackbook of Travel, and President, The Bodhi Tree Foundation, USA
- Erika Harms, Executive Director of the Tourism Sustainability Council (TSC) and Senior Advisor on Tourism at the United Nations Foundation, USA/Costa Rica
- Marilú Hernández, President, Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya, Mexico
- Dr Janne J Liburd, Associate Professor and Director of Research, Centre for Tourism, Culture and Innovation, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
- Mahen Sanghrajka, Chairman, Big Five Tours & Expeditions, USA/Kenya
- Kaddu Kiwe Sebunya, Chief of Party, Uganda Sustainable Tourism Program, Uganda
- Mandip Singh Soin FRGS, Founder & Managing Director, Ibex Expeditions (P) Ltd, India
- Shannon Stowell, President, Adventure Travel Trade Association, USA
- Jamie Sweeting, Vice President, Environmental Stewardship and Global Chief Environmental Officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises, USA
- Albert Teo, Managing Director, Borneo Eco Tours, Malaysia
- Mei Zhang, Founder, Wildchina, China

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