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Belize is official destination to host new World Travel Sustainability Awards

Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2023. 4:42 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) announced today that Belize is the official host destination for the inaugural 2024 World Travel Sustainability Awards (WTSA).

The WTSA is the new World Travel Awards programme established to help drive Net Positive Hospitality in Travel and Tourism.

Belize will provide the perfect backdrop to the awards as a destination that holds responsible tourism at the core of its value systems, developing projects that encourage travellers to engage with the country’s rainforests, reefs, and unique culture in a truly sustainable and responsible manner.

The awards will be launched in Dubai at COP28 and feature more than 40 new categories. 

Belize and the WTA are developing a powerful network of trusted, authoritative partners that will guide the awards programme on best practices, standards, criteria, and the actual award category list.

Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, Anthony Mahler said that Belize is delighted to be hosting the inaugural World Travel Sustainability Awards. 

“These new awards from the World Travel Awards will shine a light on the biggest players in sustainability from across the globe, showcasing the best practices and standards from the travel industry creating a space for those in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry that is creating a positive impact on our planet and people,” Mahler said.

Mahler emphasized Belize’s commitment to sustainable tourism development.

“From leading the way for the conservation of Jaguars in Central America with the Maya Forest Corridor, to the development of community-based tourism clusters that promote the preservation of our Indigenous Communities and our work rolling out our Sustainable Tourism Certification Program for Protected Areas and tourism-based businesses in the next couple of years, Belize is committed to sustainable tourism development,” Mahler added. 

The World Travel Awards is the travel industry’s most prestigious awards programme, rewarding leaders in the tourism, airline, hotel, and hospitality sectors around the world.


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