Sustainable tourism projects wanted for awards

Sustainable projects wanted for Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Sustainable projects wanted for Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling for Travel & Tourism businesses to showcase their sustainability best practices to educate governments and tourism organisations alike via entries for its Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2016.

From September 1st, WTTC has begun the hunt for the Tourism for Tomorrow finalists and winners for 2016. Inspiring businesses and organisations from the travel and tourism sector who feel they have what it takes are encouraged to enter one of the five award categories for next year:  Community, Destination, Environment, Innovation and People.

David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC said, “WTTC works to promote the sustainable growth of the industry. It is an extremely important time with the launch of the United Nation Sustainability Goals at the end of September and the Climate Change COP 21 meeting in Paris in December.

“The travel and tourism sector has been consistently improving its sustainability practices. It is our responsibility to, and to plan this growth sensitively for the long term.

“Through our Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, we celebrate best practice in travel and tourism businesses, encouraging them to share their well-executed policies to educate governments and other travel businesses.”

Fiona Jeffery OBE, former chairman of World Travel Market (WTM) and founder and chairman of the international water aid charity Just a Drop, will be chairing the awards for the second time following last year’s success.

Jeffery said, “Tourism is a force for good as it brings together people and cultures from all over the world, creating greater insight and understanding. However, if we do not focus on preserving our natural environment, look after our cultural heritage and ensure equal opportunity to local communities, our industry can do a lot of damage.

“We are calling on all individuals and businesses to apply for this prestigious award scheme and show the wider industry how tourism businesses can add real value through their effective business practises. It is by sharing we can help overcome our industry’s challenges.”

Lead judge, Professor Graham Miller, chair in sustainability in business at the University of Surrey in the UK and head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, will oversee the three-step judging process, ensuring independence and transparency.

AIG Travel, Inc., the travel insurance and assistance arm of leading international insurance organisation American International Group, Inc., is the Official Headline Sponsor of the 2016 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.

Interested parties can watch a revealing insight into what it means to win these awards via a  video from the 2015 ceremony (including celebrations in Dharavi with the Reality Tours & Travel victory), and listen to the winners in each of the categories share their thoughts.

Applications for the 12th Tourism for Tomorrow Awards can be submitted online using the easy application tool. More information about the awards, categories and application process can be found on:

The deadline for applications is 16 November 2015. It’s free to apply.

For more information, please contact Agata Zborowska, Tourism for Tomorrow Manager,, 0044 (0) 20 7481 6488.

The 2016 Finalists will be announced in January 2016 and the winners will be announced during the WTTC Global Summit 2016 in Dallas, 6-7 April 2016.

The 2016 Awards includes five categories:

  • 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 receive complimentary flights and accommodation and will be recognised during the awards ceremony which will take place as part of the WTTC Global Summit in Dallas, USA on 6-7 April 2016. Finalists and winners get to meet the travel and tourism industry’s top chief executives, leading journalists, renowned experts and government officials attending the Summit.

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