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WTTC recognises sustainable tourism excellence with 2018 Awards

WTTC recognises sustainable tourism excellence with 2018 Awards
April 21, 2018

Celebrating inspirational, world-changing tourism initiatives from all over the globe, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced the winners of the 2018 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.

Presented during the 18th WTTC Global Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina this week, the 2018 Awards Winners have been recognised for business practices of the highest standards that balance the needs of ‘people, planet and profits’ within tourism. This year’s winners are described as “industry leaders who promote inclusive growth, and work toward a greener future as a result of their proactive contributions to sustainable development and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

The 2018 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Winners are:

Community Award - Global Himalayan Expedition, India
Destination Award - Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, British Colombia, Canada
Environment Award - Airport Authority Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Innovation Award - Virgin Atlantic, UK
People Award - Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges, Costa Rica

The Awards are judged by a panel of independent experts, led by Graham Miller, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Surrey, UK. Academics, business leaders, NGOs and governmental representatives all join forces to whittle down the Finalists to just five Winners.

Commenting on the Awards, WTTC President and Chief Executive Gloria Guevara Manzo advised “this year the Tourism for Tomorrow Award Finalists prove just how diverse and all-encompassing our sector’s commitment to sustainable growth is. The award categories are designed to demonstrate that every player in the travel and tourism industry has a role to play in driving the sector to a more responsible future - whether providing training to people from disadvantaged backgrounds, protecting vital wetland areas via ecotourism or operating the world’s greenest airport. I congratulate them all on their achievements and leadership.

“This year’s award Winners demonstrate not only that tourism can be sustainable, but that it provides tangible benefits to destinations, local communities and travellers. We hope that our award Winners will motivate the Travel & Tourism sector to be part of a more sustainable world.”

WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Chair, Fiona Jeffery added “the role of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards is to showcase some of the most outstanding examples of sustainable tourism practise in the world and inspire and motivate our industry to be the change we want to see and experience. The Tourism for Tomorrow 2018 Finalists and Winners each demonstrate vision, leadership, and a long-term commitment to ensuring our industry focuses on creating better places for people to live in and better places for people visit.

“This year however we have seen more cross sector collaboration and an acknowledgement that steps can and should be taken to assess tourism impacts more effectively which is an encouraging development.”

Full List of Winners and Finalists:

Community Award
Winner - Global Himalayan Expedition, India
Finalist - &Beyond, South Africa
Finalist - Sustainable Development Institute Mamirauá, Brazil
 
Destination Award
Winner - Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, British Colombia
Finalist - Riverwind Foundation, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
Finalist - Corporación Parque Arví, Colombia
 
Environment Award
Winner - Airport Authority Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Finalist - Chumbe Island Coral Park, Tanzania
Finalist - Melia Hotels International, Spain
 
Innovation Award
Winner - Virgin Atlantic, UK
Finalist - Parkbus Transportation Options, Canada
Finalist - Yayasan Karang Lestari Teluk Pemuteran (Pemuteran Bay Coral Protection Foundation), Indonesia
 

People Award
Winner - Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges, Costa Rica
Finalist - Heritage Watch, Australia
Finalist - TREE Alliance, Cambodia

For more information on the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards and all the Winners, please visit www.wttc.org/tourism-for-tomorrow-awards

Images: Global Himalayan Expedition (top) and Fort Largs, South Australia - subject of a Heritage Watch campaign for its preservation (below).

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