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WTTC Announces Shortlist of Finalists for 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards
Feb 05, 10 | 1:56 am
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
Community Benefit Award
Global Tourism Business Award
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."
"It's great to see that, despite these difficult times, we have received so many outstanding applications from organisations committed to sustainable tourism development," said Jean-Claude Baumgarten, WTTC's President & CEO, on announcing the 12 finalists. "This augurs really well for the future of the industry."
The finalist selection judging committee for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2010 includes:
- Tony Charters, Principal, Tony Charters & Associates, Australia
The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are endorsed by WTTC Members, as well as other organisations and companies. They are organised in association with two Strategic Partners: Travelport and The Leading Travel Companies' Conservation Foundation. Other sponsors/supporters include: Adventures in Travel Expo, BEST Education Network, Breaking Travel News, CNBC, National Geographic Channel/Sky News, eTurboNews, Friends of Nature, Travel Daily News, the International Tourism Partnership/Green Hotelier, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Planeterra, Travel Weekly US, the Rainforest Alliance, National Geographic Traveler, Budget Travel Magazine, Reed Travel Exhibitions, FVW, Simon & Baker Travel Review, Sustainable Travel International, Saffron Media, Tony Charters & Associates, 4Hoteliers, Travelmole, Travesias, TTN Middle East, USA Today, Newsweek International and the World Heritage Alliance.
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