Tourism for Tomorrow Awards
Abercrombie & Kent was honored as a finalist for the prestigious Global Tourism Business Award during the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards ceremony at the annual World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit in Abu Dhabi this week. This award, one of the highest accolades in the global Travel & Tourism industry, highlights Abercrombie & Kent’s leadership in sustainable tourism and the global philosophy behind A&K Philanthropy (AKP).
“Being recognized for our dedication has inspired us to increase our efforts to help alleviate poverty by creating jobs and expanding educational opportunities, and finding ways to preserve cultural traditions,” says Abercrombie & Kent Vice Chairman Jorie Butler Kent, founder of Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy. “We believe sustainable tourism offers the best hope of protecting endangered places by insuring that local people benefit directly from the natural resources that are their heritage.”
The award celebrates international companies with at least 500 employees, and 8 tourism enterprises in one or more countries, where achievements combine corporate success with sustainable tourism principles and practices. 133 award applications were received this year from 46 countries, representing all seven continents.
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. AKP project visits have become a highlight of many Abercrombie & Kent itineraries and inspire additional donations from guests, who generously support projects they were introduced to while travelling with A&K.
The Los Angeles Times describes A&K as "a highly respected company dedicated to conservation and environmentally intelligent tourism.” This approach of working in partnership with local communities has earned A&K the Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Award for “Doing It All” and a Global Vision Award from Travel + Leisure.
Learn more about Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy at www.akphilanthropy.org.