WTTC reveals best practice finalists

The World Travel & Tourism Council has announced the 12 finalists for the
Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2007.Tourism businesses and initiatives from all over
the world were encouraged to apply for these prestigious Awards, which represent the
highest accolade for best practice in Travel & Tourism development.

An international committee of experts selected the 12 finalists from over 130
applications from more than 40 countries representing Travel & Tourism on all seven
continents. Costas Christ, Judging Chairman of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards and
an internationally recognized expert in sustainable tourism said: “With rigorous
evaluation standards and detailed criteria, the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards have
become the “Oscars” of Travel & Tourism industry. Today that means not only
providing an outstanding tourism product but doing so in a way that helps to protect
the cultural and natural heritage of our planet. The finalist selection committee
judges were particularly inspired to see an increasing number of enterprises this
year that are demonstrating environmentally and socially responsible tourism from
large-scale ski resorts to small ecolodges”.

The finalists for each category are, in alphabetical order:

DESTINATION AWARD
Great Barrier Reef, Australia - www.gbrmpa.gov.au /
Greenbox Trading As Responsible Tourism, Ireland - www.greenbox.ie /
The State of Vermont, USA - www.VermontVacation.com

CONSERVATION AWARD
Aqua-Trek, Fiji Islands and USA - www.aquatrek.com /
Aspen Skiing Company, USA - www.aspensnowmass.com /
Caiman Ecological Refuge, Brazil - www.caiman.com.br

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INVESTOR IN PEOPLE AWARD
10 Knots Development Corporation / El Nido Resorts, Philippines -
www.elnidoresorts.com /
Nihiwatu Resort, Indonesia - www.nihiwatu.com /
Sunderbans Jungle Camp, India - email: [email protected]

GLOBAL TOURISM BUSINESS AWARD
Lindblad Expeditions, USA and Global - www.expeditions.com /
Six Senses Resorts & Spas, Thailand and Global - www.sixsenses.com / 
Wilderness Safaris, South Africa - www.wilderness-safaris.com

Winners will receive their prestigious Award during a special ceremony at the Gala
Dinner of the 7th Global Travel & Tourism Summit on 11 May, 2007 in Lisbon Portugal.
The selection of finalists and winners is in-depth and unique as Mandip Singh Soin
FRGS, Founder & Managing Director of Ibex Expeditions, India explains: “Ever since I
have been judging these awards, I am delighted to see the quality of the projects
improve consistently. The unique feature of a site visit of the finalists to verify
the on-ground situation makes it a well thought out Award. I am sure these role
models in sustainable and responsible tourism actions will do our tourism industry
proud so we can all hold our heads high and do our bit to make the world a better
place.”

Jean-Claude Baumgarten, President of WTTC said: “With a forecasted growth of 10% of
world GDP over the next 10 years and a total employment of amore than 230 million
jobs worldwide, Travel & Tourism has huge economic effects even on communities in
remote areas. Therefore, we are encouraged about the growing number of participants
in the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards and the commitment shown by enterprises across
the world to responsible tourism development. Providing sustainable livelihood is a
long-term goal and we are delighted to honour the world’s leading examples of where
this goal is actually being pursued.”

The Awards are sponsored by several WTTC Members and other organizations, including
British Airways, Espirito Santo Tourism, Opodo, Reed Travel Exhibitions, TAP Air
Portugal, as well as by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Adventure Travel Expo. Media
sponsors include 4Hoteliers, BBC World, E-Turbo News, The Daily Telegraph, National
Geographic Adventure, Newsweek, Simon & Baker Travel Review, Travelmole, Travel
Weekly and WOW Travel.
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