Tony Potter, CEO and managing director, CHI Hotels & Resorts, the management company for Corinthia Hotels, announced that The Travel Foundation, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' Ocean Fund, and the Museum for African Art, New York City, are the 2010 World Tourism Award Honorees.
The three distinguished 2010 Honorees are being recognized for their dedication to sustainable tourism and the preservation of natural and cultural heritage. The announcement was made at a Corinthia Hotels Press Breakfast on October 13 at the New York Athletic Club in New York City.
Corinthia Hotels, together with American Express, International Herald Tribune and Reed Travel Exhibitions, co-sponsor this prestigious Award which will be presented on opening day of World Travel Market, Monday, November 8 at Excel Centre, London.
The first award will honour The Travel Foundation, “In recognition of The Travel Foundation’s development of programs to support/educate travel industry professionals to integrate sustainability into their business and create positive change through community-based projects in destinations worldwide, for local economic benefit, and preservation of indigenous traditions and culture and protection of the environment.”
The second award will honor Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ – The Ocean Fund, “in recognition of Royal Caribbean Cruises’ establishment of the Ocean fund which has awarded over $11 million in annual grants supporting nonprofit marine conservation organizations in protecting the world’s oceans through research, education and development of innovative technologies.”
The third award will honor the Museum for African Art (New York City), “in recognition of the Museum for African Art’s innovative travel and educational programs focusing on developing unique cultural tourism experiences that explore Africa through its art and the village craftspeople who produce it, and providing them with a sustainable source of income by creating a market for their crafts overseas."