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WTTC challenges tourism businesses to show how sustainable they are

WTTC challenges tourism businesses to show how sustainable they are
September 1, 2016

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) challenges Travel & Tourism organisations to show how sustainable they are by entering their sustainable business initiatives for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2017.

Announcing the 2017 program, WTTC President and Chief Executive David Scowsill stated “I am pleased to announce that the 28th annual Tourism for Tomorrow Awards program is now open for entries.

“Through the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2017 we shall 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.

Looking forward to this, Jeffrey stated “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 program.”

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.

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 next year and the winners will be announced during the WTTC Global Summit 2017 in Bangkok on 26th and 27th April 2017.

Award applicants can submit an application online via wttc.org/tourism-for-tomorrow-awards/apply/

Entries close on 14th November 2016.

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