The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has called on Travel & Tourism organisations to showcase their sustainable best practices by entering the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2018.
These celebrate the best in sustainable tourism business leadership and aim to educate government bodies and other businesses.
Gloria Guevara President & CEO, WTTC said: “The 2017 UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (IY2017) and the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have enhanced the focus on how Travel & Tourism can drive growth at the local level, but also – and importantly so – how this growth needs to be inclusive and environmentally sustainable.
Fiona Jeffery OBE, founder and chairman of the international water aid charity Just a Drop and Chairman of the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, said: “I am very much looking forward to the 2018 Awards programme, which I shall be chairing for the fourth year.
“2017 has been the year when the impact of growing tourist numbers has been called into question, with backlashes against overcrowding in some key European destinations. Now, more than ever, it is vital that the industry steps up and accepts its wider responsibilities”
AIG Travel, Inc insurance provider will be the Official Headline Sponsor of the Awards programme for the third year. Jeff Rutledge, CEO, AIG Travel, Inc., said: “This year has been, and will continue to be, an extremely important year for sustainable tourism.
“AIG is committed to seeing the Travel & Tourism sector grow in a more sustainable and inclusive fashion, and we are honoured to be the headline sponsor of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards for a third year.”
This year applicants can enter in the following five categories: Community; Destination; Environment; Innovation; and People. The 2018 Finalists will be announced in January 2018 and the winners will be announced during next year’s WTTC Global Summit, which will take place in Buenos Aires, 18 – 19 April 2018.