The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are one of the world’s highest accolades in the Travel & Tourism industry. They are aimed at recognising best practice in sustainable tourism within the industry worldwide.
The winner and finalists of the Awards are recognized by a panel of internationally acclaimed sustainable tourism judges and they receive free flights and accommodation to attend the Awards ceremony held during WTTC’s Global Summit. Winners and Finalists benefit from outstanding international media exposure and gain a wide variety of global industry contacts.
The winners have been announced in the categories of:
- Tourism Business Award
- Community Benefit Award
- Destination Stewardship Award
- Conservation Award
Here below a brief description of the winners & their awards:
Tourism Business Award winner: Air New Zealand for its strong accomplishments and ongoing commitment to becoming the world’s most environmentally sustainable international airline. In addition to environmental operations initiatives that have achieved a 15% reduction in carbon emissions, the purchase of fuel efficient planes, and the use of biofuel in all of its ground transportation fleet, the airline also partners with other organizations to support biodiversity conservation projects in New Zealand.
Community Benefit Award winner: Ten Knots Development Corporation/El Nido Resorts for its driving force behind sustainable development of El Nido Municipality on Palawan Island in the Philippines for more than two decades. It adopted a quadruple bottom line approach including Financial Profitability, Environmental Stewardship, Community Engagement, and Organisational Development, to improve local peoples’ livelihoods and promote sustainable tourism best practices. Their successes include the establishment of one of the most important marine protected areas in the country.
Destination Stewardship Award: Peaks of the Balkans for the creation of a new 192km Peaks of the Balkan (PoB) hiking trail, uniting the mountain regions of the countries of Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania in sustainable tourism destination development model. The project aims at preserving the natural, cultural and spiritual heritage of the region, as well as restoring a mutual trust, collaboration and economic opportunities between these three Balkan countries.
Conservation Award winner: &Beyond South African-based luxury adventure travel and safari company, for implementing successful conservation initiatives, including research and monitoring efforts, which have led to the re-introduction of species, the rehabilitation of degraded habitat, and the growth in populations of endangered species in areas where they operate.
Source: World Travel & Tourism Council