WTTC names annual award winners

BANGKOK, 28 April 2017: World Travel & Tourism Council announced, Thursday, the Winners of the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.

The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards honour “inspirational, world-changing tourism initiatives from all over the globe,” the WTTC announcement read.

Awards were presented in five categories, which reflected the WTTC’s aim of ‘balancing the interests of people, planet, and profits’.

In keeping with the United Nation’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the 2017’s awards winners contributed to the sustainable development goals laid out in the UN’s 2030 Agenda.

This year’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards ceremony took place, 27 April, during the 17th WTTC Global Summit, held in Bangkok, Thailand.

2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards winners:

Community Award – Ol Peteja Conservancy, Kenya

Destination Award – Chobe, Makgadikgadi, and Okvango delta Ramsar site, Botswana Tourism Organisation, Botswana

Environment Award – Misool, Indonesia

Innovation Award – Mapping Ocean Wealth, The Nature Conservancy, USA

People Award – The J Willard and Alice S Marriot Foundation’s China Hospitality Education Initiative (CHEI), China

A panel of independent experts judged the awards. Academics, business leaders, NGO and governmental representatives whittled down the finalists to just five winners.

The three-stage judging process included a thorough review of all applications, followed by on-site evaluations of the Finalists and their initiative.

WTTC president & CEOm David Scowsill, said: “I am delighted by the high standard of all our finalists. Those taking away the awards this year represent the very best in sustainable tourism, and we hope that their example will both educate their peers and lead the sector forward.”