Entries are being sought for the 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards run by the World Travel & Tourism Council to recognise best practices in sustainable tourism.

Four award categories are available, with entries to be submitted by a deadline of December 1. 

  • Global Tourism Business
  • Conservation
  • Community Benefit
  • Destination Stewardship

The winners will be announced at next year’s WTTC global summit in Tokyo on April 16-19.

“Applicants should illustrate how they are demonstrating sustainable tourism practices and management, including maximising social and economic benefits for local people, reducing negative impacts to the environment, and supporting the protection of cultural and natural heritage,” the WTTC said.

President and CEO David Scowsill said: “The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are unique with their rigorous three-step judging process that includes an expert on-site evaluation.

“Finalists are carefully chosen by an international team of approximately 20 judges representing a wide range of professional backgrounds and sustainable tourism expertise in the travel and tourism industry. 

Chairman of the judges Costas Christ added: “An emerging global green economy is now underway, with sustainable tourism helping to chart the way forward.
 
“Each year, the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognise the highest levels of innovation and leadership in sustainable tourism best practice from around the world, transforming the travel and tourism industry in positive ways for local people and the planet.”

Award applicants can submit entries online at tourismfortomorrow.com