April 2017 – Wilderness Safaris is delighted to congratulate Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) on winning the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Stewardship Award.
The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards celebrate inspirational, world-changing tourism initiatives from all over the globe, with the awards ceremony held at WTTC’s 17th Global Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, on 27 April 2017. “This year’s Award Winners demonstrate not only that tourism can be sustainable, but that it can bring tangible improvements to both the environmental and cultural surroundings in which it operates”, says David Scowsill, President and CEO, WTTC.
BTO focused on the wildlife-filled areas of Chobe, Makgadikgadi and the Okavango Delta in Botswana, where high-end, low-impact ecotourism has in turn created some 60 000 jobs and contributed US$650 million to Botswana’s GDP, thus proving that sustainable tourism can bring substantial benefits to both people and environment.
“The ethos of BTO mirrors that of Wilderness Safaris’ vision of conserving and restoring Africa’s wilderness and wildlife through authentic, sustainable ecotourism”, says Kim Nixon, MD of Wilderness Safaris Botswana. “Indeed, it is in Botswana that we began creating life-changing journeys some 35 years ago, where our guests enjoy exclusive access to wilderness areas and wildlife of unparalleled quality. We are thrilled at BTO’s achievement on the global stage of sustainable tourism as it cements the efforts of many in protecting this unique destination”.
Read more about the WTTC awards here.