Jorie Butler Kent Honored With World Tourism Award
Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy Founder Recognized for Innovation and Commitment
Jorie Butler Kent, vice chairman of Abercrombie & Kent and founder and president of Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP), was honored with the prestigious World Tourism Award in a ceremony at World Travel Market in London. Kent was recognized for “her development of Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy and its commitment to sustainable tourism by sponsoring grassroots projects dedicated to preserving natural habitats, protecting wildlife and promoting the welfare of indigenous communities throughout the world.”
“It is such an honor to receive this recognition from the travel industry,” said Kent. “As I look back over the years, the projects we have fostered in partnership with local communities and our guests are among my most treasured achievements.”
The World Tourism Award was presented on the opening day of World Travel Market by co-sponsors American Express, Corinthia Hotels, International Herald Tribune and Reed Travel Exhibitions. Inaugurated in 1997 and celebrating its 15th Anniversary, the award was established to recognize extraordinary initiatives by individuals, companies, organizations, destinations and attractions for outstanding accomplishments in the travel industry.
Also honored with Kent this year are the city of New Orleans and Oman Sail, which were also recognized for their commitment to sustainable tourism, contributions to tourism development and for transforming tourism during challenging times.
About Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy
Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy has pioneered a 21st century approach to community development assistance by building partnerships between local grassroots initiatives and compassionate travellers who want to give something back to the places they visit. Today the organization supports more than 40 projects on all seven continents that reflect the company’s commitment to conservation, education, health and community.
This approach of working in partnership with local communities has earned A&K recognition from the Los Angeles Times as "a highly respected company dedicated to conservation and environmentally intelligent tourism,” the Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Award for “Doing It All” and a Global Vision Award from Travel + Leisure.
Donations to Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy are sent directly to the projects designated by the donor. AKP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States and a registered charity in the United Kingdom. Donations by U.S. residents are fully tax deductible as provided by law, and U.K. residents are able to increase their donation by designating AKP as a recipient of their Gift Aid (Registered UK Charity No: 1146592).
For more information on Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy or to donate, go to www.akphilanthropy.org.
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About Abercrombie & Kent
Abercrombie & Kent pioneered luxury adventure travel with our first African safaris in 1962, and today our award-winning travel services extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K’s custom itineraries and small-group journeys offer one-of-a-kind inspiring experiences, while our 50 on-site offices ensure invitation-only access to the people and places that make every destination unique. Join the world of A&K by following us on Facebook www.facebook.com/abercrombiekent and Twitter: @AKTravel_USA and @AKPhilanthropy.