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World Tourism Awards 2013 presented at World Travel Market, London

4th November 2013 - Born Free Foundation; Fiona Jeffery, OBE, Founder & Chairman, Just a Drop; and Skål International were presented with the 2013 World Tourism Awards today, Monday, November 4, 2013, in a ceremony at World Travel Market, ExCeL Centre, London.

The World Tourism Awards, celebrating its 16th Anniversary, are co-sponsored by Corinthia Hotels, Delta Air Lines, The New York Times Global and Reed Travel Exhibitions. Inaugurated in 1997, the World Tourism Awards were established to recognize “the extraordinary initiatives by individual, companies, organizations, destinations, and attractions for outstanding accomplishments in the travel industry.”

The three distinguished 2013 Honourees were recognized for their commitment to conservation, sustainable tourism development, as well as providing opportunities for the travel industry to assist local communities in overcoming challenging times.

Presenting the Awards on behalf of the sponsors were Fiona Harris, Director of International PR, Corinthia Hotels; Nadia Clinton, Sales Manager, UK, Delta Air Lines; Patrick M. Falconer, Managing Director – UK, Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa, The New York Times Global; and Craig Moyes, Portfolio Director, Leisure Travel Portfolio, Reed Travel Exhibitions.

The first award honoured Born Free Foundation, in recognition of “its impact on wildlife conservation by supporting projects that protect animals, as well as teach local communities how to live peacefully with these animals, thereby ensuring the enjoyment of wildlife in their natural habitat for generations to come.” Accepting the Award on behalf of Born Free Foundation was Virginia McKenna OBE, Actress and Founder, together with Will Travers OBE, CEO, Born Free Foundation.

The second award honoured Fiona Jeffery, OBE, Founder & Chairman of Just a Drop, in recognition for “her philanthropic vision in launching an international travel industry charity, that in just 15 years, has provided life sustaining clean water and brighter futures for an estimated 1.5 million children and their families in 31 countries worldwide.”  

                The third award honoured Skål International, in recognition of “its leadership in encouraging responsible tourism practices in the travel and tourism industry through its Sustainable Tourism Award program; as well as being a role model of supporting local communities following natural   disasters.” Accepting the Award on behalf of SKAL International, were Karine Coulanges, President, and Mok Singh, Immediate Past President.

The World Tourism Award, Inspire, is a specially handcrafted design by Mdina Glass, made on the Mediterranean Island of Malta, to celebrate the qualities of leadership and vision that inspire others to reach new heights.