The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) says the winners of the 2016 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards epitomise how global and varied responsible tourism is becoming, as they come from as far and wide as Mexico, Botswana, the Netherlands and the UK. The WTTC said the type of companies to have won ranges from small, community initiatives to global corporate partnerships.
“And between them they are using tourism to address key global issues ranging from climate change and wildlife poaching, to regenerating neglected communities and providing opportunities to young people seeking work,” the travel body stated.
The full list of 2016 Tourism for Tomorrow winners is as follows: Community Award: Expediciones Sierra Norte, Mexico Destination Award: Parkstad Limburg, Netherlands Environment Award: The Botswana Rhino Conservation Project by Wilderness Safaris, Botswana Innovation Award: Carmacal Carbon Calculator by ANVR – The Netherlands Travel Trade Association, Netherlands People Award: Youth Career Initiative, United Kingdom & worldwide
The awards were presented at a special ceremony that took place during the 16th WTTC Global Summit in Dallas, Texas, USA on 7th of April 2016. The announcements followed a three-stage judging process including thorough on-site evaluations of all finalists. This year the process involved 36 judges and over 60 days of work in the field.
“The 2016 winners of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are truly inspirational examples of tourism that has a long term vision,” said David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC. “In a world of shrinking resources, with increasing pressure on cultural heritage and local traditions, these organisations are living proof that travel and tourism can be a force for good. These companies are showing clear leadership in the industry.”