Toronto, Canada, February 20, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- G.A.P Adventures, a world leader in adventure travel, is pleased to announce that it is a finalist for the World Travel & Tourism Council's (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow awards in the Global Tourism Business category.
The WTTC recognizes best practices in sustainable tourism in four different categories - Destination Stewardship, Conservation, Community Benefit and Global Tourism Business.
Finalists were selected for successfully demonstrating sustainable tourism practices, including the protection of natural and cultural heritage, social and economic benefits to local people, and environmentally-friendly operations. An international team of independent judges selected the finalists from a record number of entries received from 40 countries and six continents.
“Our organization is delighted at being chosen as finalists for the prestigious 2009 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards for our long-term efforts in sustainability,” says Richard Edwards, Director of G.A.P Adventures’ Planeterra Foundation. “Sustainable community development and low-impact travel have always been at the core of the way G.A.P Adventures helps travellers see the world and make positive contributions to local people through Planeterra.”
The Planeterra Foundation was founded by G.A.P Adventures in 2003, and supports local communities around the globe. Through the support of community projects, international charities and long-term support, it is a way for the company, its travellers and donors to give back to the people and places and communities visited on its tours.
The winners will be announced at the WTTC Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Florianópolis, Brazil on May 15, 2009.
About G.A.P Adventures
G.A.P Adventures is a world leader in the adventure travel industry. We offer unique small group adventures, safaris and expeditions on all seven continents with a focus on culture, nature and active travel to more than 85,000 travelers annually. Our unique and varied styles of award-winning trips are ideal for people with a sense of adventure - who want to travel off the beaten path, immerse themselves in the local culture and environment and experience the real world in a sustainable manner. For more information please visit www.gapadventures.com and www.planeterra.org.