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The 12 Finalists for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2008
Exemplify Best Practices in Travel & Tourism
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22 January 2008 - London, UK - The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announces the 12 finalists for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2008. 

Responsible tourism management no longer just caters to a niche market but is a catalyst for successful development and improvement of quality of life in many destinations. The 2008 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards finalists showcase some of the world's leading examples of this global trend towards sustainable practices. 

An international committee of 12 experts led by Costas Christ, Chairman of Judges, Tourism for Tomorrow Awards and internationally recognized leader in sustainable tourism, selected 12 finalists from 150 applications from more than 40 countries representing Travel & Tourism on all seven continents. Costas Christ said "Sustainable tourism practices are ramping up to a new level, as the tourism industry moves beyond basic recycling programmes and washing sheets and towels every other day. There is a more sophisticated effort happening now at greening tourism operations and delivering tangible returns for conservation and community development. The 2008 finalists represent the very best examples among a great pool of exceptional Award applicants who are part of the global transformation of tourism now underway."

Winners and finalists will be honoured at a special ceremony at the Gala Dinner of the 8th Global Travel & Tourism Summit on 21 April, 2008 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. As the President of the Council Jean-Claude Baumgarten explained "Travel & Tourism is an ever growing industry, in 2007 it saw a growth rate of 3.9 per cent and employment rise to over 231 million jobs worldwide. However, as environmental concerns increase, this industry plays a crucial role in driving the agenda on responsibility." He continued "on behalf of all WTTC Members we are proud to announce this year's finalists and applaud their shared vision for sustainable tourism development. It is also a great honour to work with such a prestigious, independent judging panel."

The finalists for each category are, in alphabetical order:

DESTINATION AWARD
Blackstone Valley, USA, www.blackstonevalleytourismcouncil.com 
Rinjani Trek Ecotourism Programme, Indonesia, www.lombokrinjanitrek.org
Town of Bouctouche, Canada, www.ville.bouctouche.nb.ca 

CONSERVATION AWARD
Ecotourism Australia, www.ecotourism.org.au 
Grootbos Nature Reserve, South Africa, www.grootbos.com 
Turtle Conservation Project, Sri Lanka, www.tcpsrilanka.org 

INVESTOR IN PEOPLE AWARD
Fair Trade in Tourism, South Africa, www.fairtourismsa.org.za 
RARE / La Ruta Moskitia, Honduras, www.larutamoskitia.com 
Rainforest Expeditions, Peru, www.perunature.com 

GLOBAL TOURISM BUSINESS AWARD
Scandic Hotels, Sweden & Global, www.scandic-hotels.com
Serena Hotels and Lodges, Kenya & Global, www.serenahotels.com
Six Senses Resorts & Spas, Thailand & Global, www.sixsenses.com 

The finalist selection committee for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2008 includes:

  • Dr Peter Burns, Professor, Centre for Tourism Policy Studies, University of Brighton, UK
  • Tony Charters, Principal, Tony Charters & Associates, Australia
  • Nicky Fitzgerald, Senior Director, CC Africa, South Africa
  • Erika Harms, Executive Director of Sustainable Development, United Nations Foundation, Costa Rica & USA
  • Marilú Hernández, President, Fundacion Hacinedas del Mundo Mayas, Mexico 
  • Dr Janne J Liburd, Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark & Chair, BEST Education Network
  • Brian Mullis, President, Sustainable Travel International, USA 
  • Mahen Sangkhrajka, President, Big Five Tourism and Expeditions, Kenya & USA
  • Mandip Singh Soin FRGS, Founder & Managing Director, Ibex Expeditions (P) Ltd, India 
  • Albert Teo, Managing Director, Borneo Eco Tours, Malaysia
  • Michelle White, Director, Environmental Affairs, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Canada & Global
WTTC is proud to announce Travelport as the new strategic partner for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Furthermore, the Awards are endorsed by the Members of the Council and sponsored by leading Travel & Tourism organizations, including Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Lindblad Expeditions, NM Rothschild & Sons Ltd, Reed Travel Exhibitions, Adventure in Travel Expo, BEST Education Network, Sustainable Travel International, Rainforest Alliance and World Heritage Alliance. Media sponsors include BBC World, National Geographic Adventure, Telegraph Media Group, TTN Middle East, Travelmole and eTurboNews.
 

About WTTC
WTTC is the forum for business leaders in the Travel & Tourism industry. With Chief Executives of some one hundred of the world's leading Travel & Tourism companies as its Members, WTTC has a unique mandate and overview on all matters related to Travel & Tourism. WTTC works to raise awareness of Travel & Tourism as one of the world's largest industries, employing approximately 231 million people and generating over 10 per cent of world GDP.

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Contact:

Tourism for Tomorrow Awards
www.tourismfortomorrow.com
Susann Kruegel
+44 (0) 20 7481 8007
susann@wttc.travel
 

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Also See: Recognizing Best Practices in Tourism Development, the World Travel & Tourism Council Names 12 Finalists for Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2007 / January 2007
Best Practices in Responsible Tourism - WTTC's 2005 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards / April 2005
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