NEW YORK, November 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Travelport Ltd., the parent company of the Travelport group of companies, today announced that it will co-sponsor The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards (http://www.tourismfortomorrow.com) along with The Leading Travel Companies (TLTC) Conservation Foundation, a not-for-profit organization which supports work that fosters sustainable tourism and protects culturally and ecologically sensitive areas around the world. Both Travelport and TLTC Conservation Foundation have been strategic partners of the WTTC for several years and have continuously supported the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The Awards, presented annually under the stewardship of the WTTC, recognize best practices in responsible and sustainable tourism demonstrated by organizations and companies within the global Travel Tourism industry.
The winners and finalists will be honored at a special recognition ceremony at the WTTC 2010 Global Travel Tourism Summit to be held in May in Beijing, China. Travelport CEO and President, Jeff Clarke will be in attendance to honor and address the winners and finalists of the awards in four key categories, Destination Stewardship, Conservation, Community Benefit and Global Tourism Business.
We are in a time when economic and environmental sustainability are inextricably linked, what we choose to do in one area can greatly impact the other. These awards shine as a beacon to inspire all individuals, communities and businesses to implement responsible and environmentally-conscious practices. Travelport is honored once again to be a co-sponsor of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards and to be part of the overarching commitment to support all initiatives for global sustainability, said Jeff Clarke, Travelport CEO and President.
We are delighted that our strategic partner, Travelport, is taking part in recognizing and celebrating the work of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards winners and finalists. It is important we all share in the effort to invoke global environmental awareness and actions for sustainability - not only for the Travel Tourism industry, but most importantly, for our planet, added Jean-Claude Baumgarten, President, WTTC.
The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards have gained international recognition and respect from the travel industry, governments and the international media as a result of a stringent judging process. This process includes a thorough review of each application by an independent panel of judges, which include some of the world's most authoritative experts of sustainable development, who also conduct on-site verification visits to all Award finalists.
Travelport is one of the world's largest travel conglomerates offering broad based business services to companies operating in the global travel industry. Travelport is comprised of the global distribution system (GDS) business that includes the Worldspan and Galileo brands; GTA, a leading global, multi-channel provider of hotel and ground services; IT Services and Software, which hosts mission critical applications and provides business and data analysis solutions for major airlines. With 2008 revenues of US$2.5 billion, Travelport operates in 160 countries and has approximately 5,300 employees.
Travelport also owns approximately 48% of Orbitz Worldwide , a leading global online travel company. Travelport is a private company owned by The Blackstone Group, One Equity Partners, Technology Crossover Ventures and Travelport management.
About the WTTC
The World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC) is the forum for business leaders in the Travel Tourism industry. With Chief Executives of some one hundred of the world's leading Travel Tourism companies as its Members, WTTC has a unique mandate and overview on all matters related to Travel Tourism.
WTTC works to raise awareness of Travel Tourism as one of the world's largest industries, employing approximately 238 million people and generating nearly 10% of world GDP.
SOURCE: Travelport Ltd.
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