UNITED KINGDOM, October 22, 2018 – The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has called on Travel and Tourism organisations worldwide to showcase their achievements in sustainable tourism 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 & cultural benefits from best practices in sustainable tourism.
33 of these finalists, and 14 of these winners have been from Asia. In 2018 there were 69 entries from the region, and now WTTC is calling on Asia once again, to demonstrate the tourism industry’s growing commitment to sustainable tourism.
The world’s largest and most populated continent, Asia has the biggest challenge in terms of ensuring tourism is sustainable and beneficial for its natural assets and its people. There’s no doubt that the tourism industry is meeting this challenge, with hotels, destinations and operators across Asia demonstrating incredible efforts, particularly in protecting the natural environment. From installing solar micro-grids in remote Himalayan villages, protecting 300,000 acres of Indonesian coral reef, to creating the world’s greenest airport in Hong Kong, Asia’s Tourism for Tomorrow winners are leading the way in sustainable travel.
A real hero in community development, Reality Tours & Travel in India won the Community Award in 2015, for their socially orientated work in Mumbai’s slums. The tour operator provides responsible slum tourism, by prioritising the inhabitants and giving 80% of all profits back into the community though development projects and the employment of local tour guides. The tour operator aims to break down negative stereotypes and provides English classes, language support and a cricket academy for the residents. Other winners include Misool Private Marine Reserve who won the 2017 Environment Award and Banyan Tree, the Sustainable Business Award winners in 2012.
This year applicants can enter in the following five categories: Social Impact, Destination Stewardship, Climate Action, Changemakers, and Investing in People.
- The Social Impact Award recognises an organisation working to improve the people and places where it operates.
- The Destination Stewardship Award celebrates organisations that have rejuvenated a place, maintained and developed its authenticity, brought stakeholders together and created something new and attractive.
- The Climate Action Award seeks to recognise innovative actions through either behaviour change of guests and employees, policy changes or the introduction of technology, to reduce the scale and impacts of climate change.
- The Investing in People Award recognises an organisation demonstrating leadership in becoming an exciting, attractive and equitable employer in the sector.
- The Changemakers Award is a newly introduced category which recognises an organisation which has made real, positive and impactful change in a specific area of focus, which will change each year. In 2019, the focus will be on fighting the illegal wildlife trade through sustainable tourism.
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, 3-4 April 2019.
Gloria Guevara, President & CEO, 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. 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.”
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.
Entries are now open and the closing date is 14 November 2018. #T4TAwards