• WTTC Announces Judges for 2014 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

    The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announced this week the judges for its prestigious 2014 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.

    The Awards recognise the very best in sustainable tourism worldwide. In their tenth year under WTTC stewardship, the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards have been expanded to reflect the broadening scope of WTTC’s sustainability agenda. There are now six award categories, with the addition of two entirely new awards to recognize the areas of human resources and innovation.

    18 independent experts on sustainable tourism will select three finalists for each of the six Award categories:

    • Business Award
    • Community Award
    • Destination Award
    • Environment Award
    • Innovation Award (new category)
    • People Award (new category)

    The Awards are among the most coveted in the Travel & Tourism industry, each year recognising the most innovative businesses and destinations in sustainable tourism best practices. The selection of finalists and winners includes a rigorous three-step judging process culminating in an on-site expert field evaluation of all finalists to document best practices in action.

    Led by Costas Christ, one of the world’s top sustainable tourism experts, who also serves as Chairman of Judges, the judging panel will select a shortlist of 18 finalists, following which the second stage of the process, the on-site field evaluations, will begin.

    The 18 judges on the Finalist Selection Committee for 2014 are:

    • Amber Marie Beard, Vice President Sustainability, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Thailand
    • Kelly Bricker, Chair of the Board, Global Sustainable Tourism Council, President, The International Ecotourism Society, US
    • Tony Charters, Principal, Tony Charters and Associates, Australia
    • Paul Clark, Group Director of Human Resources, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
    • Gail Henry, Sustainable Tourism Product Specialist, Caribbean Tourism Organization, Barbados
    • Marilú Hernández, President, Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya, Mexico
    • Xenia Hohenlohe, Marketing Director, Considerate Hoteliers, Germany
    • Judy Kepher-Gona, Director, Sustainable Travel & Tourism Agenda, Kenya
    • Mariglo Laririt, Director of Sustainability, Ten Knots Development Corporation, Philippines
    • Alix Marcaccini, Owner, Cuixmala Eco Resort, Mexico
    • Dr Graham Miller, Head of School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey, UK
    • Samson Parashina, President and Chairman of the Board, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, Kenya
    • Jenny Rushmore, Director of Responsible Travel, TripAdvisor, US
    • Manal Saad Kelig, Executive Director, Adventure Travel Trade Association, Egypt
    • Mahen Sanghrajka, Chairman, Spirit of Big Five Foundation, Big Five Tours and Expeditions, US
    • Karma Tshering, Chief of Nature Recreation and Ecotourism, Department of Forests and Park Services, Bhutan
    • Jalsa Urubshurow, Founder and CEO, Nomadic Expeditions, Mongolia
    • Tony Williams, Director, Hospitality Operations, Qatar Foundation, Qatar

    David Scowsill, President & CEO of WTTC said: ‘We are delighted to have such high calibre judges to select our finalists who will provide an important perspective based on their diverse cultural backgrounds and professional expertise in the Travel & Tourism industry. We eagerly await the announcement of this year’s winners at the WTTC Global Summit in Hainan, China, on 24 April 2014.”

    Costas Christ, Chairman of Judges said:  "Each year, more than twenty international experts from around the world, representing the private sector, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and governments, come together as independent judges to select the finalists and winners of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. This truly prestigious group of judges, hailing from Australia to Mexico, and from Kenya to Mongolia, represent the heart of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards programme.  In addition, the independent on-site evaluation of every finalist ensures that sustainable tourism achievements are demonstrated in practice as well as in principle, helping to usher in a global transformation of the Travel and Tourism industry, as an opportunity to protect natural and cultural heritage and improve local livelihoods around the world.”

    Meet past winners of the Travel and Tourism awards: Watch the video here!


  • Sustainable Travel Leadership Network TravelWell Discussion in Jamaica

    MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica
     – The Sustainable Travel Leadership Network (STLN) will host an interactive discussion on TravelWell, an exciting new initiative designed to transform decision-making in the travel industry, on May 15th, 2013 in Jamaica. The event, co-hosted by Condé Nast Traveler, Virgin Holidays, and global NGO Sustainable Travel International, is invitation only, and will take place in the morning at Secrets Wild Orchid Resort in Montego Bay.


  • Sustainable Travel International CEO and Founder Appointed to National Travel and Tourism Advisory Board

    Brian T. Mullis, who founded leading global non-profit Sustainable Travel International in 2002 and continues to serve as its CEO, has been appointed to the United States National Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. The official announcement was made this week by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank, and coincides with National Travel and Tourism Week.


  • Chile and Peru Pilot New Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Destinations

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 26, 2013)
    - The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has selected the Cusco-Sacred Valley-Machu Picchu corridor in Peru, and the shores of Lake Llanquihue, Puerto Varas, and Frutillar in the Lakes Region of Chile for the second round of its pilot program to test its new Criteria and Indicators for Destinations.  These new Early Adopters are the first South American destinations to participate.


  • Hostelling International USA Launches Pioneering National Sustainability Initiative

    Hostelling International USA
    ’s (HI-USA) long-standing commitment to low-impact travel and environmental stewardship has taken a giant step forward, with the launch of an innovative pilot program designed to inform the organization’s national sustainability strategy while implementing best practices across a number of hostels.


  • Travel Oregon Awards Funds To Oregon Communities Through Its Innovative Travel Philanthropy Program

    Travel Oregon, in partnership with Sustainable Travel International, will donate more than $14,000 to projects throughout Oregon that improve the environment, support local culture and enrich the destination for future visitors through the Oregon Travel Philanthropy Fund (OTPF).


  • Cozumel Reaffirms Commitment To Sustainable Destination Management

    Cozumel has taken a giant leap forward in its quest to become one of the world’s leading sustainable destinations, through the completion of a comprehensive diagnostic and the development of an action plan focused on three priority destination stewardship initiatives.


  • World’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Initiatives Are Announced By WTTC’s Tourism For Tomorrow Awards

    The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled the twelve finalists for its 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Award applications were received this year from 46 countries, representing all continents.


  • St. Kitts and Nevis Demonstrates Global Leadership At Innovative Sustainable Tourism Awareness Forum

    For Immediate Release:
    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts and Nevis - December 13, 2012 - In collaboration with Sustainable Travel International, the St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Tourism and International Transport convened the island nation’s first-ever Sustainable Tourism Awareness Forum in late November.



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