Heat is on for Tourism Hopefuls

Tourist and tourism projects have just three more weeks to put forward their nominations for a prestigious environmental tourism award.

The British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow competition, which kicked off in May, aims to raise awareness of the world’s role models for sustainable tourism and is judged by leading figures in the environmental and conservation world.

Experts such as top environmentalists, Professor David Bellamy and Martin Brackenbury, president of the International Federation of Tour Operators, have today repeated their call for UK tourists and tourism organisations to nominate sensitive tourism projects visited on holiday in the UK and abroad. The closing date for entries is 22 July 2002.

The judges are looking for projects which benefit the local community, while protecting the natural and cultural heritage and controlling energy and water use. Projects should educate both local people and visitors while contributing towards a better life for future generations.

Professor David Bellamy, chairman of the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow global judging panel said: “Holidaymakers make the best ambassadors of what we have come to know as ‘eco-travel’. They see, first-hand, the impact that tourism makes throughout the world, whether it’s on the beaches of Lanzarote, on the coral reefs of the Maldives or in the Himalayas. We need them to tell us where people are trying to combat the sometimes harmful effect of tourism, so that their children and grandchildren can enjoy the same delights years from now.”


There are categories which fit a whole range of organisations such as hotels, resorts, cruise ships, theme parks, camps, tour companies, national parks, old and new buildings and wildlife attractions.

Past winners include The Wetland Centre in Barnes, Strattons Hotel in Norfolk, Taybet Zaman Village Hotel and Resort in Jordan, Skyrail in Australia, Karimabad and Baltit Project Development in Pakistan, the Aspen Skiing Company in Colorado, USA, Coral Cay Conservation in Belize, a Himalayan conservation project in Nepal, a community project in Hawaii, Vale do Lima in Portugal and Chumbe Island Coral Park in Zanzibar.

Stephanie Fudge, operations manager at last year`s global winner, The Wetland Centre in Barnes said:

“Winning the British Airways Global Tourism for Tomorrow Award has raised the profile of the London Wetland Centre as an eco-tourism destination, both in the UK and abroad. It has helped us to raise awareness of important wetland conservation issues through increased visitor numbers.

We were delighted to receive this prestigious award which recognises the immense
achievement of the centre in providing a unique wildlife attraction in
the heart of the city.”