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Entries open for 15th edition of WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Entries open for 15th edition of WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards
September 4, 2018

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced that entries are now open for tourism organisations from around the world to showcase their achievements by entering in the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2019.

Since the beginning of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards under WTTC, there have been approximately 2,450 applicants from over 50 countries, 186 finalists, and 62 winners who have demonstrated economic, environmental, and social & cultural benefits from best practices in sustainable tourism.

Looking forward to the 2019 awards, WTTC President and Chief Executive, Gloria Guevara stated “this year’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards celebrate 15 years of winners, stories, and leadership. We are pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards has opened today.

“Over the past 15 years, Tourism for Tomorrow winners have exemplified leadership in responsible tourism initiatives and set the absolute benchmark for their industry peers. On behalf of WTTC and our members, I welcome organisations operating within the sustainable tourism space to apply to the Awards programme, which serve to further educate governments and the public and private sector through their outstanding accomplishments.”

Fiona Jeffery OBE, founder and Chairman of the international water aid charity Just a Drop and Chairman of the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, added “15 years of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards is a significant milestone.

“These awards are regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the Sustainable Tourism Sector setting the highest standards of achievement in the world. They provide an important benchmark for social, environmental and economic best practise.

“Fundamentally they reflect and promote a code of conduct and set of values that the travel and tourism industry should strive and be proud to uphold and have sit in its operational DNA. As our sector continues to expand and evolve, it’s vital we recognise and support innovative businesses who demonstrate sustainable practises and ensure we protect our communities and planet for future generations. I look forward to marking a special year.”

The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognise best practice in sustainable tourism within the industry globally, based upon the principles of environmentally friendly operations; support for the protection of cultural and natural heritage; and direct benefits to the social and economic well-being of local people in travel destinations around the world.

This year applicants can enter in the following five categories: Social Impact, Destination Stewardship, Climate Action, Changemakers, and Investing in People.

• The Social Impact Award recognises an organisation working to improve the people and places where it operates. 
• The Destination Stewardship Award celebrates organisations that have rejuvenated a place, maintained and developed its authenticity, brought stakeholders together and created something new and attractive. 
• The Climate Action Award seeks to recognise innovative actions through either behaviour change of guests and employees, policy changes or the introduction of technology, to reduce the scale and impacts of climate change. 
• The Investing in People Award recognises an organisation demonstrating leadership in becoming an exciting, attractive and equitable employer in the sector. 
• The Changemakers Award is a newly introduced category which recognises an organisation which has made real, positive and impactful change in a specific area of focus, which will change each year. In 2019, the focus will be on fighting the illegal wildlife trade through sustainable tourism. 

The 2019 Finalists will be announced in January 2019 and the winners will be announced during next year’s WTTC Global Summit, which will take place in Seville, Spain on 3rd and 4th April 2019.

Entries close on 14th November 2018. 

Click here for more information.

Images shows past Tourism for Tomorrow Award winners: Misool eco resort, Indonesia (top), an indoor ski slope at Parkstad Limburg in The Netherlands (middle) and the Soneva Group, which operates resorts in Thailand and Maldives (below).

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