World Sustainable Travel & Hospitality Awards Unveils Nominees and Opens Voting

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The travel and hospitality industry is undergoing a transformative shift towards a more sustainable future. The World Sustainable Travel & Hospitality Awards (WSTHA) has taken center stage in this movement, unveiling the nominees for its inaugural program and launching a global vote. This prestigious award program recognizes individuals and organizations around the world who are making a significant impact in the realm of net-positive tourism.

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A Global Search for Sustainability Champions

The WSTHA received a staggering number of entries from a diverse range of contenders. These submissions were meticulously evaluated by a two-stage process. First, sustainable business students from Nova Business School meticulously screened the entries. Subsequently, the WSTHA Advisory Board, a panel of experts, provided a final analysis and approval for the shortlisted nominees.

The selection criteria were comprehensive, encompassing both quantitative and qualitative data. The reviewers looked for evidence of adhering to internationally recognized sustainability standards, best practices, scalability, collaborative partnerships, and measurable impact. Additionally, the ability to bring sustainability initiatives to life through compelling storytelling played a crucial role.

Your Voice Matters: Cast a Vote for Sustainable Tourism Leaders

The public now has the opportunity to champion their sustainability heroes. Voting for the WSTHA nominees opened in June 2024 and continues until August 2nd. Industry professionals, media outlets, and the general public are all invited to participate and recognize the individuals and organizations driving the most meaningful change in sustainable travel.

The 21 WSTHA categories are meticulously aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the net positive framework of People, Planet, Place, Prosperity, and Partnerships. The full list of nominees can be found on the WSTHA website https://wstha.com/.

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The winners will be revealed at a glittering ceremony held in Belize, the Official Host Destination, on September 27th, 2024.

A Celebration of Sustainability Leadership: Industry Leaders Applaud the Initiative

Industry leaders have expressed their enthusiasm for the WSTHA program. Justin Cooke, Executive Vice-President of WSTHA, highlighted the exceptional caliber of the nominees and the overall momentum towards creating a net positive travel industry.

Belize, the official host nation, shares the WSTHA’s commitment to responsible tourism. Anthony Mahler, Belize’s Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations, emphasized the inspiration he draws from the nominated pioneers and underscored the industry’s dedication to building a sustainable future for travel.

The World Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (WSHA), a key partner in the WSTHA program, also expressed their support. Glenn Mandziuk, CEO of the WSHA, commended the impressive number of dedicated and inspiring entries. He encouraged everyone to vote and celebrate the transformative efforts of the nominees.

The WSTHA program stands as a powerful testament to the ongoing collaboration between the World Sustainable Travel & Hospitality Awards and its sister event, the World Travel Awards, which is celebrating its 31st anniversary. Together, these initiatives recognize excellence in travel and hospitality, with a particular focus on sustainability in the current program.