WTTC Launches 2012 Tourism Awards

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) reports it is inviting tourism businesses, organizations and destinations worldwide to apply for its 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Each year, WTTC recognizes the best practices in sustainable tourism - its Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are one of the highest accolades in the global travel and tourism industry.

Applicants should illustrate how they are demonstrating sustainable tourism practices and management, including maximizing social and economic benefits for local people, reducing negative impacts to the environment and supporting the protection of cultural and natural heritage, by entering one of four award categories: Global Tourism Business, Conservation, Community Benefit and Destination Stewardship. Interested award applicants can submit their entries online at www.tourismfortomorrow.com until December 1, 2011.

David Scowsill, president and CEO of WTTC, said, “The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are unique with their rigorous three-step judging process that includes an expert on-site evaluation. Finalists are carefully chosen by an international team of approximately 20 judges representing a wide range of professional backgrounds and sustainable tourism expertise in the travel and tourism industry. I am delighted that over the past years the awards, which recognize sustainable tourism practices, have grown immensely. WTTC is proud to honor and celebrate its winners at this year’s WTTC Global Summit in Tokyo from April 16-19, 2012.”

Strategic partners for the 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are Travelport and the Travel Corporation’s Conservation Foundation.

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