The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) received entries from 56 countries spanning all continents.The shortlist still contained 18 entries distributed over 6 categories - and last night, the winners were announced at the awards ceremony in China.
The winner in the Destination category was the Costa Navarino region in Greece, but to be even shortlisted was a great achievement!
The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are one of the world's highest accolades in the Travel & Tourism industry. They are aimed at recognising best practice in sustainable tourism within the industry worldwide.
Candidates can apply in one of the following six Award Categories: Destination Award, Environment Award, Community Award, Business Award, People Award and Innovation Award.
Once all applications have been received the judging procedure really begins. The applicants have to go through a unique three-step process including site visits. Then, the international team of 18 to 20 judges, representing a wide range of professional backgrounds and expertise in the travel & tourism industry, select the winners after choosing three finalists in each category.
So what does it mean to be shortlisted or a winner? Winners and finalists of the Awards are recognised by a panel of internationally acclaimed sustainable tourism judges. They benefit from outstanding international media exposure and gain a wide variety of global industry contacts.