• WTTC calls for sustainable tourism business

    Ramesh Tiwari
    September 7, 2015
    WTTC calls for sustainable tourism business

    London : The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) calls for Travel & Tourism businesses to showcase their sustainability best practices to educate governments and tourism organisations alike.

    Likewise,WTTC  announced the opening of the Call for Entries for its Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2016.

    David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC said: “WTTC works to promote the sustainable growth of the industry. It is an extremely important time with the launch of the United Nation Sustainability Goals at the end of September and the Climate Change COP 21 meeting in Paris in December.”

    “The Travel & Tourism sector has been consistently improving its sustainability practices. It is our responsibility to and to plan this growth sensitively for the long term.”

    “Through our Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, we celebrate best practice in travel and tourism businesses, encouraging them to share their well-executed policies to educate governments and other travel businesses.”

    Fiona Jeffery OBE, former Chairman of World Travel Market (WTM) and Founder and Chairman of the international water aid charity Just a Drop, will be Chairing the Awards for the second time following last year’s success.

    Jeffery said: “Tourism is a force for good as it brings together people and cultures from all over the world, creating greater insight and understanding. However, if we do not focus on preserving our natural environment, look after our cultural heritage and ensure equal opportunity to local communities, our industry can do a lot of damage.”

    “We are calling on all individuals and businesses to apply for this prestigious Award scheme and show the wider industry how tourism businesses can add real value through their effective business practises. It is by sharing we can help overcome our industry’s challenges.”

    Lead judge, Professor Graham Miller, chair in sustainability in business at the University of Surrey in the UK and head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, will oversee the three-step judging process, ensuring independence and transparency.

    AIG Travel, Inc., the travel insurance and assistance arm of leading international insurance organisation American International Group, Inc., is the Official Headline Sponsor of the 2016 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.

    This year applicants can enter in the following five categories: Community; Destination; Environment; Innovation; and People.

    The 2016 Finalists will be announced in January 2016 and the winners will be announced during the WTTC Global Summit 2016 in Dallas, 6-7 April 2016.

    The 2015 award winners were: Community Award Winner: Reality Tours & Travel, India; Destination Award Winner: Ljubljana, Slovenia; Environment Award Winner: Soneva Group, Thailand & Maldives; People Award Winner: ILUNION Hotels (previously Confortel Hoteles), Spain and Innovation Award Winner: TripAdvisor GreenLeaders, USA.- WTTC  , Sept. 2015

     

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      What they say

      Tourism is a people’s sector. One in 10 people in the world are directly or indirectly employed by tourism. Ours is the responsibility to ensure that tourism benefits each and every community, leaving no one behind.
      Tourism’s sustained growth brings immense opportunities for economic welfare and development. Yet, it also brings in many challenges. Adapting our sector to the challenges of safety and security, to constant market changes, to digitalization and the limits of our natural resources should be priorities in our common action.
      As we move towards a future guided by the universal 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I take upon me to lead UNWTO with a strong focus on building partnerships with public and private sector, fostering jobs and opportunities for all, mastering technology and innovation and advancing sustainability and the fight against climate change.
      I trust that, together with our Member States and our partners from around the world, we can build a more competitive and responsible tourism sector for the benefit of all. I wish you a very happy 2018.
      Zurab Pololikashvili
      UNWTO Secretary-General

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      *FITUR – Int’l Tourism Trade Fair , Madrid, Spain Jan. 17-21

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      *Guangzhou International Travel Fair Guangzhou , China  March 1-3

      *ITB Berlin Berlin , Germany March 7-11

      *Moscow Int. Tourism and Travel Exhibition ( MITT) ,Moscow , Russia March 13-15

      *IT& CM China 2018 , Shanghai , China          March 20 – 22

      *GBTA Conference Mexico City, March 21-23

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