LONDON, 17 January 2019: The World Travel and Tourism Council announced 15 finalists for its 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards on Wednesday.
Four of the shortlisted finalists, this year, are in Asia – Cambodia, India, Indonesia and the Philippines.
The 2019 finalists are organised into various categories: Climate Action, Investing in People, Destination Stewardship, Social Impact and Change Makers.
The Change Makers Award will put a special spotlight on fighting the illegal wildlife trade through tourism, an issue that is also a focus of WTTC with its Buenos Aires Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade launched last year.
The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, now in their 15th year, showcase business practices of the highest standards that balance the needs of ‘people, planet and profits’ within the Travel & Tourism sector.
All 15 finalists illustrate a strong commitment to supporting change, transformation in business practices and consumer behaviour towards a more environmentally conscious sector.
Following a rigorous three-phase judging process, which includes an onsite evaluation, winners of the 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards will be announced during the awards ceremony at the 19th WTTC Global Summit in Seville, Spain 2 to 4 April.
WTTC president & CEO, Gloria Guevara said: “This year’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards shine the spotlight on those organisations which are leading the way in sustainable Travel & Tourism.
“As pioneers in the world of Travel & Tourism I applaud all these finalists on their business philosophies and encourage the wider sector to look to them as leading examples for the future of sustainable travel.”
The finalists of the 2019 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, which is headline sponsored by AIG Travel for the fourth year are listed here.
Climate Action Award
Organisations that undertake significant work to reduce the scale and impact of climate change:
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba;
The Brando, Tetiaroa Private Island, Tahiti;
Tourism Holdings Limited, New Zealand.
Investing in People Award
Oganisations demonstrating leadership as an exciting, attractive, and equitable employer:
Lemon Tree Hotels Limited, India;
Reserva do Ibitipoca, Brazil;
Shanga by Elewana Collection, Tanzania.
Destination Stewardship Award
Organisations helping a destination or place to thrive and bring forward its identity for the benefit of its residents and tourists:
Grupo Rio da Prata, Brazil;
Masungi Georeserve, Philippines;
St. Kitts Sustainable Destination Council, St. Kitts and Nevis.
Social Impact Award
Organisations working to improve the people and places where they operate:
Intrepid Group, Australia;
Nikoi Island, Indonesia.
Change Makers Award
Organisations fighting illegal wildlife trade through sustainable tourism:
Kelompok Peduli Lingkungan Belitung (KPLB), Indonesia;
SEE Turtles, USA;
Cardamom Tented Camp, Cambodia.
The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2019 Winners’ Selection Committee will determine the winner of each category. To find out more about the finalists, go to the 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Finalists page