World Legacy Awards 2017 Call for Entries is now closed. Winners will be announced at ITB Berlin on March 8, 2017. If you have questions or need additional information or assistance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based on the three key pillars of sustainable tourism, including environmentally friendly operations, protection of natural and cultural heritage, and support for the well-being of local communities, the five World Legacy Award categories are:
Recognizing cutting-edge leadership in environmentally friendly business practices and green technology, from renewable energy and water conservation to zero-waste systems and carbon emissions reduction. READ MORE
Applicants in this category will showcase specific environmentally friendly operations and innovative technologies they are using that demonstrate tangible and quantifiable benefits to the environment, including how those benefits are measured and monitored to address issues such as climate-change mitigation, renewable energy, water conservation, zero-waste initiatives, among other innovative environmental solutions.
Recognizing excellence in enhancing cultural authenticity, including using vernacular architecture and design, support for the protection of historic monuments, archeological sites, indigenous heritage, and artistic traditions. READ MORE
Applicants in this category will showcase how they are involved in the protection and promotion of cultural heritage, providing examples of their projects and initiatives, along with results. These may encompass using vernacular architecture and design, protection of historic sites, support for local cultural and artistic traditions, helping to safeguard indigenous peoples' heritage, and efforts to share and expand on the importance of protecting cultural heritage, including educating local stakeholders and travelers.
Recognizing outstanding support for the preservation of nature, including restoring natural habitat, and protecting rare and endangered species, whether on land or in the oceans. READ MORE
Applicants in this category will showcase how they are involved in the protection of natural heritage, providing tangible examples of their projects and initiatives, along with outcomes. This may include the protection of wildlife such as terrestrial and/or marine species, expanding and restoring natural habitat, preserving fragile ecosystems, and supporting biodiversity conservation awareness and education among local stakeholders and travelers.
Recognizing direct and tangible economic and social benefits that improve local livelihoods, including training and capacity building, fair wages and benefits, community development, health care, and education. READ MORE
Applicants in this category will showcase how they are involved in providing social and economic benefits to local people and host communities. This may include capacity building and training for career advancement in the tourism economy, support for community development projects, and providing opportunities for local communities to become tourism partners and stakeholders, including developing their own businesses.
Recognizing destination stewardship, including cities, provinces, states, countries, and regions that are demonstrating environmental best practices, protection for cultural and natural heritage, benefits to local people, and educating travelers on the principles of sustainable tourism. READ MORE
Applicants in this category may apply on behalf of a destination and will showcase how they are engaged in a multi-stakeholder process that involves different organizations, businesses, governmental entities, and communities working together to promote and develop sustainable tourism best practices at the destination level, delivering tangible results, along with educating travelers about their efforts.
Celebrating National Geographic's mission of inspiring people to care about the planet, the World Legacy Awards honor today's leading sustainable tourism destinations, organizations, and businesses, and share their stories with travelers around the world. The awards are unprecedented in their international visibility and promotion, reaching National Geographic's global audience.
Any travel and tourism company, organization or destination—ranging from airlines to hotels, from cities to countries, and from luxury tour operators to adventure travel outfitters—is eligible to apply for the awards in one of the five categories. Only one application may be submitted in one category during any given year.
Any organization and company program or project that has been successfully operating for at least 12 months may apply. READ MORE
An organization or company may submit only one application in one category in any given year.
Applications must be submitted in English. Only completed applications, following the instructions on the application form, will be reviewed. Do not answer questions by referring to a website for the answer or by adding photographs or other media.
If you are a previous World Legacy Awards winner or finalist, you may reapply for an award, but in doing so, your application should also include new initiatives in sustainable tourism that demonstrate how you continue to expand your efforts, building further on your previous recognition.
Completed applications may be submitted starting on 20 June 2016 and must be received by 26 August 2016. Applications should be submitted by email to email@example.com.
Applications submitted should not include any additional marketing information or promotional materials. Only those applications that move to the Finalist stage may be asked to provide additional information.
All Finalists will be visited by a field evaluator to confirm the information submitted in the application. The field evaluation will be scheduled and coordinated with the applicant at a mutually convenient time, subject to the awards timeline. As part of the field evaluation, finalists are requested to provide complimentary accommodations, meals, and local transfers for the field evaluator.
All information, including applications, field evaluations, judging documents, and other awards materials, remain confidential and the property of National Geographic, unless its use is specifically authorized by National Geographic for editorial or promotional purposes.
World Legacy Awards partners, sponsor companies and destinations may not apply for the awards during the period of their sponsorship.
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