Awards to showcase best practice

A dancer from the Indian state of Kerala, which could win a Tourism for Tomorrow award

The winners of the 2006 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards will be announced during a special ceremony at the Gala Dinner of the 6th Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Washington, DC on April 11.

The prestigious Awards represent the highest accolade for best practice in tourism development around the world. Finalists were selected by an international committee of experts from over 100 applications from more than 35 countries representing the full spectrum of travel and tourism enterprises, large, medium, and small. Costas Christ, judging chairman for the awards and an internationally recognized expert on sustainable tourism said, “The committee was extremely impressed by the high quality of entries for these awards. It is inspiring to see the growing number of businesses and organizations around the world committed to the principles of responsible tourism. From small lodges to entire regions, we are seeing role models emerging in all corners of the globe.”

The finalists for each of the four categories are:

Destination Award
Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries, Greece
Kerala, India
Sierra Gorda, Mexico
Conservation Award
Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat, South Africa
Campi ya Kanzi, Kenya
Dolphin Watch Pamilacan, Philippines

Investor in People Award
Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica
Turtle Island, Fiji
Yachana Lodge, Ecuador

Global Tourism Business Award
Chaa Creek, Belize
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Canada and Worldwide
Intrepid Travel, Australia and Worldwide

During the next phase of the judging process, each finalist will be visited by a WTTC /Tourism for Tomorrow representative who will carry out an on-site verification visit to ensure that the high standards outlined in the award applications are indeed being met in practice. Brian Mullis, president of Sustainable Travel International and a member of the finalist selection committee said, “By combining an on-site inspection visit with a careful review of the information submitted by each award applicant, the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are raising the standard for recognizing best tourism practices globally.” The winners of each category are selected by the Panel of Judges following the on-site verification visits to all finalists.
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced the agenda for its prestigious sixth Global Travel & Tourism Summit. Speaking during a press conference, WTTC Chairman Vincent Wolfington said, “The United States is the world's largest single travel and tourism economy, making it a fitting place for us to frame the most significant issues facing our industry.” WTTC President Jean-Claude Baumgarten added, “Our site choice was quite deliberate, and we are delighted to be welcomed here.”