Published on Thursday, January 24, 2013
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled the 12 finalists for its 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.
Award applications were received this year from 46 countries, representing all continents. Finalists in four categories were selected, ranging from entire countries, to global hotel groups, international airlines, luxury tour operators and small eco-lodges.
The Finalists of the 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are:
Destination Stewardship nominees, who have successfully implemented a sustainable tourism programme at the destination level, incorporating social, cultural, environmental, and economic benefits as well as multi-stakeholder engagement:
Peaks of the Balkans - Municipality of Peja, Kosovo
Sentosa Development Corporation, Singapore
Tourism Council of Bhutan, Bhutan
Global Tourism Business nominees, who represent international companies with at least 500 employees, and eight tourism enterprises in one or more countries, where achievements combine corporate success with sustainable tourism principles and practices:
Abercrombie & Kent, USA
Air New Zealand, New Zealand
ITC Hotels, India
Conservation Award nominees, who have made a direct and tangible contribution to the preservation of nature, including the protection of wildlife, expanding and restoring natural habitat, and supporting biodiversity conservation:
&Beyond, South Africa
The Bushcamp Company, Zambia
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, Australia
Community Benefit Award nominees, whose companies and organisations directly benefit local people, supporting community development and enhancing cultural heritage:
Loola Adventure Resort, Indonesia
Siraj Center, Palestine
Ten Knots Development Corporation/El Nido Resorts, Philippines
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