The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is inviting tourism businesses, organisations, and destinations worldwide to apply for its 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.
Each year, WTTC recognises best practices in sustainable tourism - its Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are one of the highest accolades in the global Travel & Tourism industry.
Applicants should illustrate how they are demonstrating sustainable tourism practices and management, including maximising social and economic benefits for local people, reducing negative impacts to the environment, and supporting the protection of cultural and natural heritage, by entering one of four Award categories: Global Tourism Business, Conservation, Community Benefit, and Destination Stewardship. Interested Award applicants can submit their entries online at www.tourismfortomorrow.com until 1 December 2011.
David Scowsill, President & CEO of WTTC said: "The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are unique with their rigorous three-step judging process that includes an expert on-site evaluation. Finalists are carefully chosen by an international team of approximately 20 judges representing a wide range of professional backgrounds and sustainable tourism expertise in the Travel & Tourism industry. I am delighted that over the past years the Awards, which recognise sustainable tourism practices, have grown immensely. WTTC is proud to honour and celebrate its winners at this year's WTTC Global Summit in Tokyo from 16-19 April 2012."
Winners will meet government and industry leaders at the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Ceremony, receive outstanding international media exposure and are invited to submit case studies to WTTC's website.
"An emerging global green economy is now underway, with sustainable tourism helping to chart the way forward. Each year, the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognise the highest levels of innovation and leadership in sustainable tourism best practice from around the world, transforming the Travel & Tourism industry in positive ways for local people and the planet," explained Costas Christ, Chairman of Judges.
"Winning a Tourism for Tomorrow Award is like winning an Oscar or Emmy - it's a big deal in the travel industry. I'm personally very proud of our win because it recognises a goal that we have been committed to since day one of Intrepid," said 2011 Global Tourism Business Awards winner Geoff Manchester, Intrepid Travel's General Manager & Co-founder.
In 2011 ‘Alpine Pearls' won in the Destination Stewardship category, ‘Guludo Beach Lodge' won the Community Benefit Award and ‘Singita Pamushana' won the Conservation Award.
Strategic partners for the 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are Travelport and the Travel Corporation's Conservation Foundation.
Note to Editors:
The Awards are organised in association with two Strategic Partners: Travelport and The Travel Corporation's Conservation Foundation. Other sponsors/supporters include: Adventure Travel Trade Association, Arthur Former's Budget Travel Magazine, BEST Education Network, Breaking Travel News, Travel, CNBC, e-TurboNews, the International Tourism Partnership/Green Hotelier, Mercado e Eventos, National Geographic Channel/Sky News, National Geographic Traveler, Newsweek International, Planeterra, Rainforest Alliance, Reed Travel Exhibitions, Saffron Media, Sustainable Travel International, Tony Charters & Associates, Travel Daily News, Travelmole, Travel Weekly US, Travesias, TTN Middle East, TW Group, USA TODAY, Viagem.
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the global authority on the economic and social contribution of Travel & Tourism. It promotes sustainable growth for the industry, working with governments and international institutions to create jobs, to drive exports and to generate prosperity.
Travel & Tourism accounts for 258 million jobs globally. At US$6 trillion (9.1% of GDP) the sector is a key driver for investment and economic growth. For more than 20 years, the World Travel & Tourism Council has been the voice of this industry globally. Members are the Chairs, Presidents and Chief Executives of the world's leading, private sector Travel & Tourism businesses. These Members bring specialist knowledge to guide government policy and decision-making, raising awareness of the importance of the industry as an economic generator of prosperity.