|October 22, 2015|
AIG Travel Embraces "Tourism For Tomorrow" With New Sponsorship
|AIG Travel will serve as the Official Headline Sponsor of the 2016 World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.|
AIG Travel, provider of Travel Guard travel insurance solutions and global assistance services, will sponsor the entire WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards journey; from the call for entries, and independent judges' selection of the Finalists in January 2016, through to the announcement of the winners at the 2016 WTTC Global Summit in Dallas, April 6--7, 2016.
Now in its 12th year, The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards celebrates sustainability best practices by awarding exceptional tourism businesses, organizations and destinations in five categories: Community, Destination, Environment, Innovation and People.
"We're delighted to support the WTTC in this effort," said Jeff Rutledge, CEO, AIG Travel. "We have long been committed to sustainability initiatives at AIG -- from going paperless and insuring renewable energy programs, to investing more than $260 million in emissions reductions upgrades for our worldwide offices. So, a program that recognizes sustainable travel aligns perfectly with our goals to help create a future for our industry rooted in the promotion of eco-friendly business practices."
David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: "AIG Travel has been involved in the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards since 2013 and shows considerable commitment to sustainability. I am extremely pleased that AIG Travel will be our official Headline Sponsor for the 2016 Awards -- it not only underscores AIG Travel's commitment, but also highlights the importance of our Awards program for large businesses in the Travel & Tourism sector."
He added: "It is through sharing best practices and combining forces that we can move our sector forward when it comes to sustainability. With support from AIG Travel, I am confident we will be able to attract even more organizations to apply for these prestigious Awards. It is by showcasing the amazing work for destinations, communities, the environment, people, and new innovations that we will continue to inform and promote sustainability of Travel & Tourism to the wider world."
The 2016 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Call for Entry opened on Sept. 1, 2015 and candidates will be able to apply until Nov. 16, 2015 online via http://wttc.org/tourism-for-tomorrow-awards/apply/.
AIG Travel and Travel Guard
AIG Travel, Inc., a member of American International Group, Inc., is a worldwide leader in travel insurance solutions and assistance. Travel GuardÒ is the marketing name for its portfolio of travel insurance solutions and travel-related services, including assistance and security services, marketed to both leisure and business travelers around the globe. Services are provided through a network of wholly owned service centers located in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading global insurance organization serving customers in more than 100 countries and jurisdictions. AIG companies serve commercial, institutional, and individual customers through one of the most extensive worldwide property-casualty networks of any insurer. In addition, AIG companies are leading providers of life insurance and retirement services in the United States.
The World Travel & Tourism Council is the global authority on the economic and social contribution of Travel & Tourism. It promotes sustainable growth for the sector, working with governments and international institutions to create jobs, to drive exports and to generate prosperity. WTTC's annual Global Summit brings together over 1,000 delegates to discuss the opportunities, challenges and issues facing the industry, while its Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognize the industry's power to be a positive force in sustainability.
The sector is a key driver for investment and economic growth globally. By the end of 2015, Travel & Tourism will contribute US$7.8 trillion or 10% of global GDP, once all direct, indirect and induced impacts are taken into account. The sector will account for 284 million jobs, 9.5% of total employment, or one in eleven of all jobs on the planet.
For 25 years, WTTC has been the voice of this industry globally. Members are the Chairs, Presidents and Chief Executives of the world's leading, private sector Travel & Tourism businesses. These Members bring specialist knowledge to guide government policy and decision-making, raising awareness of the importance of the industry as an economic generator of prosperity.