Travel and tourism can be – and in an increasing number of destinations already is – a catalyst for economic prosperity, nurturing the natural and cultural environment.
The World Travel & Tourism Council has invited those who adopt in these principles to participate in the 2008 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, the highest accolade in sustainable tourism.
There are four categories for entry:
• Destination Award: for destinations of any size which show a commitment to responsible tourism development
• Conservation Award: for any tourism organization committed to the protection of natural heritage
• Investor in People Award: for any tourism organization which shows a commitment to human resource development and local community involvement
• Global Tourism Business Award: for a tourism business of at least 200 employees operating in more than one destination which demonstrates responsible tourism practices
The deadline for entries is December 5, and will be followed by a rigorous judging process by international tourism experts, including on-site verifications. Winners and finalists will be invited to attend a special ceremony during the 8th Global Travel & Tourism Summit held in Dubai in spring 2008, where they will receive their awards.
WTTC chairman Geoffrey Kent said, "WTTC is proud to be the steward of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards and to honour businesses and destinations who set an exemplary standard in responsible travel and tourism development across the world. I encourage all those in our industry, both public and private sector decision-makers, to participate and champion the principles set out by the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards."