The World Travel and Tourism Council has announced the 15 finalists for its 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The 2019 finalists are organized into the following new categories: climate action, investing in people, destination stewardship, social impact and changemakers.
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba is a finalist in the Climate Action Award, for organizations undertaking significant and measurable work to reduce the scale and impact of climate change.
Also, The St. Kitts Sustainable Destination Council will vie for the Destination Stewardship Award, for organizations helping a place to thrive and bring forward its unique identity for the benefit of its residents and tourists; and SEE Turtles, USA is being considered for the Changemakers Award, this year focused on organizations fighting the illegal wildlife trade through sustainable tourism.
The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, now in their 15th year, showcase business practices of the highest standards that balance the needs of “people, planet and profits” within the travel and tourism sector and commends businesses with a strong commitment to supporting change, transformation in business practices and consumer behavior towards a more environmentally conscious sector, according to the council.
Following a rigorous three-phase judging process, which includes an onsite evaluation, winners of the 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards will be announced during the awards ceremony at the organization’s 19th global summit in Seville, Spain, in April.
Gloria Guevara, the council’s president and CEO, said, “This year’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards shine the spotlight on those organizations which are leading the way in sustainable travel and tourism. They reflect WTTC’s strategic priorities of climate action, destination stewardship, future of work, and social responsibility. I am delighted that in this 15th anniversary year, we are particularly highlighting initiatives which are combatting the illegal wildlife trade, in line with the WTTC Buenos Aires Declaration which was launched in April 2018.”