Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 open for applications

Tourism for Tomorrow Awards open for applications

Tourism for Tomorrow Awards open for applications

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is challenging tourism organisations to reveal their sustainability colours by entering their responsible business initiatives for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2017.

David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC said, “I am pleased to announce that the twenty-eighth annual Tourism for Tomorrow Awards programme is now open for entries. Through the 2017 Awards we will highlight the commitment of the Travel & Tourism sector to the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by all 193 Member States of the United Nations in September 2015.

Companies and organisations that enter for these awards can show governments and other tourism organisations how growth and successful business models go hand in hand with the safeguarding of local communities, the environment and cultural heritage.”

Fiona Jeffery OBE, former Chairman of World Travel Market and Founder and Chairman of the international water aid charity Just a Drop, will be chairing the Awards for the third time. She said, “Tourism is a force for good, it connects people from different cultural backgrounds and environments. The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards celebrate the achievements of ethical tourism businesses around the world that look to give back to local communities by enhancing livelihoods where they operate and protecting the environment and cultural traditions to ensure a sustainable world for the future.”

I am delighted to be chairing again, and hope to again see many inspirational businesses apply for the 2017 programme.”

AIG Travel, Inc., the travel insurance and global assistance division of leading international insurance organisation American International Group, Inc., will be the Official Headline Sponsor of the Awards programme for the second year.

Jeff Rutledge, CEO, AIG Travel, Inc., said, “AIG is committed to furthering the sustainability efforts of the Travel & Tourism industry, and we are honoured to continue our support of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in 2017. Through education and the sharing of best practices, I am confident we can all make a difference by implementing eco-friendly business processes.”

Lead judge, Professor Graham Miller, chair in sustainability in business at the University of Surrey, will oversee a rigorous independent judging and on-site evaluation process carried out by an international panel of experts, representing academia, non-profit organisations, government and the private sector.

This year applicants can enter in the following five categories: Community; Destination; Environment; Innovation; and People.

The 2017 Finalists will be announced in January 2016 and the winners will be announced during the WTTC Global Summit 2017 in Bangkok, 26-27 April 2017.

The 2016 award winners were; Community Award: Expediciones Sierra Norte, Mexico; Destination Award: Parkstad Limburg, Netherlands; Environment Award: The Botswana Rhino Conservation Project by Wilderness Safaris, Botswana; Innovation Award: Carmacal Carbon Calculator by ANVR - The Netherlands Travel Trade Association, Netherlands; People Award: ITP's Youth Career Initiative, United Kingdom & worldwide

Award applicants can submit an application online from now until the closing date for applications is 14 November 2016.

The 2017 Awards categories are:

  • Community Award - recognises organisations committed to sustainable tourism leadership in local community development, empowerment and cultural heritage
  • Destination Award - recognises destinations which show commitment to supporting and delivering sustainable tourism best practices
  • Environment Award - recognises organisations achieving environmental best practice through biodiversity conservation, protection of natural habitats, addressing climate change, and green operations
  • Innovation Award - recognises future solutions to current sustainability challenges faced by Travel & Tourism.
  • People Award - recognises organisations dedicated to the development of capacity building, training and education to build a skilled tourism workforce for the future

Finalists and winners are recognised during an Awards ceremony at the WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok, Thailand on 26-27 April 2017.

More details on the Awards and the application process can be found on the website.

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