First Tourism For Tomorrow Awards presented in China
Jeff Clarke, CEO and President, Travelport Ltd., the parent company of the Travelport group of companies and a sponsor of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, presented the destination stewardship award to The Honourable Onkokame Kitso Mokaila, Minister for Wildlife & Tourism of Botswana at a gala dinner at the National Centre of the Performing Arts in Beijing on May 26.
“We are in a time when economic and environmental sustainability are inextricably linked, what we choose to do in one area can greatly impact the other. These awards shine as a beacon to inspire all individuals, communities and businesses to implement responsible and environmentally-conscious practices. Travelport is honored once again to be a co-sponsor of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards and to be part of the overarching commitment to support all initiatives for global sustainability”, said Jeff Clarke, Travelport CEO and President.
The destination stewardship award goes to a destination – country, region, state or town – which comprises a network of tourism enterprises and organizations that show dedication to and success in maintaining a programme of sustainable tourism management at the destination level, incorporating social, cultural, environmental and economic aspects as well as multi-stakeholder engagement.
The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognize tourism excellence in four key categories: Destination Stewardship, Conservation, Community Benefit and Global Tourism Business.
Travelport has two lines of business in China. GTA, a world-class provider of hotel accommodation, ground travel products, and related services to the travel trade, connecting Travel Suppliers with Travel Sellers around the globe, has had a presence in China since 1984.
Travelport’s Global Distribution Systems (GDS), operating the Galileo and Worldspan platforms, have been present in China since 1996 with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Jeff Clarke @ T4T (c) Travelport