WTTC launches 15th annual Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

WTTC launches 15th annual Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

The World Travel & Tourism Council is calling on tourism organisations to showcase their achievements by entering in the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2019.

Since the beginning of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards under WTTC, there have been approximately 2,450 applicants from over 50 countries, 186 finalists, and 62 winners who have demonstrated economic, environmental, and social and cultural benefits from best practices in sustainable tourism.

Gloria Guevara, president, WTTC said: “This year’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards celebrate 15 years of winners, stories, and leadership.

“We are pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards has opened today.

“Over the past 15 years, Tourism for Tomorrow winners have exemplified leadership in responsible tourism initiatives and set the absolute benchmark for their industry peers.

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“On behalf of WTTC and our members, I welcome organisations operating within the sustainable tourism space to apply to the Awards programme, which serve to further educate governments and the public and private sector through their outstanding accomplishments.”

AIG Travel, the travel insurance and global assistance division of leading international insurance organisation American International Group, will be the headline sponsor of the awards programme for the fifth year.

Jeff Rutledge, chief executive, AIG Travel, said: “The principles the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards exemplify are crucial to the growth of sustainable tourism.

“AIG is strongly committed to these principles, and we are honoured to celebrate the 15th year of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards as the headline sponsor for the fifth consecutive year.”

The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognise best practice in sustainable tourism within the industry globally, based upon the principles of environmentally friendly operations; support for the protection of cultural and natural heritage; and direct benefits to the social and economic well-being of local people in travel destinations around the world.

This year applicants can enter in the following five categories: Social Impact, Destination Stewardship, Climate Action, Changemakers, and Investing in People.

The 2019 Finalists will be announced in January 2019 and the winners will be announced during next year’s WTTC Global Summit, which will take place in Seville, Spain, April 3rd-4th.

Applicants can apply online via here until November 14th.