The World Travel & Tourism Council announced twelve finalists for 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.
WTTC has received Award applications from 46 countries on behalf of all continents and the finalists were selected in four categories from international airlines, global hotel groups, small eco-lodges and luxury tour operators.
The finalists under different categories are:
Global Tourism Business nominees: Abercrombie & Kent, USA; Air New Zealand, New Zealand and ITC Hotels, India.
Conservation Award nominees: Beyond, South Africa; The Bush camp Company, Zambia and Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, Australia.
Community Benefit Award nominees: Loola Adventure Resort, Indonesia; Siraj Center, Palestine and Ten Knots Development Corporation/El Nido Resorts, Philippines.
Destination Stewardship nominees: Peaks of the Balkans – Municipality of Peja, Kosovo; Sentosa Development Corporation, Singapore and Tourism Council of Bhutan, Bhutan.
An international jury lead by Costas Christ, worldwide well known expert on sustainable tourism has selected the finalists, reported breakingtravelnews.com.
In the first stage of a three step judging process, judges cautiously assessed and selected award entries that best exhibit the safeguard of natural and cultural heritage engaged in eco-friendly operations, delivering economic and social benefits to local people.
The second phase of review includes on-site evaluation of every finalist taken out by international tourism experts who make thorough assessments of the businesses in practice.
WTTC President David Scowsill said Tourism for Tomorrow stands on triple bottom line: People, Planet and Profit. He also says that Tourism for Tomorrow Awards have helped display those examples for several years and congratulated twelve finalists carrying the honor for sustainable practices in travel and tourism.
Winners will be honored with Awards at a Gala evening at the WTTC Global Summit, to be held from 9th to 10th April 2013 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards is organized in association with Travel Corporation’s Tread Right Foundation and Travelport.