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Tuesday, 24 April, 2018, 15 : 00 PM [IST]

India’s Global Himalayan Expedition wins ‘Community Award’ at WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced the 2018 leaders in sustainable tourism at the 2018 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards ceremony. The Awards, which were presented at a special ceremony during the 18th WTTC Global Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, celebrate inspirational, world-changing tourism initiatives from all over the globe. The Global Himalayan Expedition from India won the ‘Community Award’ at 2018 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.

Other winners are: Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, British Colombia, Canada (Destination Award), Airport Authority Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Environment Award), Virgin Atlantic, UK (Innovation Award), Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges, Costa Rica (People Award).

The Awards are judged by a panel of independent experts, led by Graham Miller, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Surrey.

Gloria Guevara Manzo, President & CEO, WTTC, said, “This year the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards finalists prove just how diverse and all-encompassing our sector’s commitment to sustainable growth is. The award categories are designed to demonstrate that every player in the travel & tourism industry has a role to play in driving the sector to a more responsible future — whether providing training to people from disadvantaged backgrounds, protecting vital wetland areas via ecotourism or operating the world’s greenest airport.”

Fiona Jeffery, OBE, Chair, WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, stated, “The role of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards is to showcase some of the most outstanding examples of sustainable tourism practise in the world and inspire and motivate our industry to be the change we want to see and experience. The Tourism for Tomorrow 2018 finalists and winners each demonstrate vision, leadership, and a long-term commitment to ensuring our industry focuses on creating better places for people to live in and better places for people visit. This year however we have seen more cross sector collaboration and an acknowledgement that steps can and should be taken to assess tourism impacts more effectively which is an encouraging development.”
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