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WTTC calls for Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Entries

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Tuesday, 2 September 2008

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling for entries for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, WTTC's sustainable tourism accolade, in association with Travelport and The Leading Travel Companies Conservation Foundation.

The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are presented annually to tourism organisations that are demonstrating best practices including helping to improve the livelihoods of communities and supporting the protection of natural and cultural heritage through sustainable tourism development.

The awards are given in four different categories addressing all sectors of the travel and tourism industry, namely:

- Destination Stewardship Award: For destinations comprising a network of tourism enterprises and organisations that show dedication to, and success in, maintaining a programme of sustainable tourism management at the destination level.

- Conservation Award: Open to any tourism business, organisation or attraction able to demonstrate a direct contribution to the conservation of nature. 

- Community Benefit Award: For a tourism initiative that has effectively demonstrated tangible benefits for local communities, including capacity building, the transfer of industry skills, and support for community development.

- Global Tourism Business Award: Open to a large company operating in multiple destinations with at least 200 full time employees from any sector of travel and tourism, this award recognises best practice in sustainable tourism at the large scale business level.

From the time they were taken over by WTTC in 2004, the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards have expanded their global reach attracting applications from over 40 countries across the world. In 2008, the winners included tourism businesses and organisations from the USA, Honduras, Thailand and Australia.

The WTTC has extended the information available on previous winners and finalists as well as created an online application facility allowing easy submission of entries. The deadline for entries is 15 December 2008. Finalists and winners will be honoured at a special ceremony at the 9th Global Travel & Tourism Summit.

"WTTC has been the proud steward of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards for five years," said Jean-Claude Baumgarten, WTTC President, "supporting, promoting and rewarding best practice in sustainable tourism. This programme showcases those companies and organisations that have contributed to helping communities thrive through tourism; to protecting cultural heritage and the conservation of natural habitats; to capacity building and holistic, sustainable management."

Judging of the entries involves a three-step review process and includes on-site evaluations. The international judging panel is chaired by Costas Christ, renowned expert on sustainable tourism.

"We are at a turning point in the history of modern travel as a growing number of tourism businesses successfully demonstrate environmentally-friendly operations, support for the well being of local communities, conservation of biodiversity, and the preservation of cultural heritage," said Costas Christ. "The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are really about sharing lessons learned so that others can see it is possible to embrace sustainable tourism principles while also operating a profitable business."

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