Soneva finalist in Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2015

Soneva is nominated as finalist in WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2015 category Environment.

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Soneva Fushi, Maldives Photo: Soneva

As one of most prestigious sustainability awards, the Awards aim to transform the Travel & Tourism industry, based upon sustainable tourism principles, by educating and inspiring travel & tourism businesses and destinations about how to improve the sustainability of the sector.

158 applications were received from 57 countries across all continents.

In the first stage of a comprehensive three step judging process, a committee of independent expert judges carefully evaluated and selected award entries against established sustainable tourism criteria including the protection of natural and cultural heritage, social and economic benefits to local people and environmentally friendly operations.

Tourism_Tomorrow_2015_Finalist15 finalists were chosen in five different categories. Soneva is finalist in the Environment category along with Rivers Fiji and Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve in Guatemala.

The Environment category cover organisations and companies that achieved environmental best practice through biodiversity conservation, protection of natural habitats, addressing climate change, and green operations.

The second phase of judging will now involve an on-site evaluation of each finalist carried out by international sustainable tourism experts. These experts will make in-depth first hand assessments of the organisations and businesses in practice. They will then be assessed by a further panel of sustainability experts, who will select the winner for each category.

Winners will be announced during the 15th WTTC Global Summit, Madrid, Spain on 15/16th April 2015.

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