"Conservation is more crucial than ever as mans impact on the environment continues to see our wildlife and natural resources disappearing faster than we can imagine. For conservation to be effective it requires undying commitment, positive political will and financial resources. Eco tourism is one of the principal ways of ensuring conservation as well as a sustainable source of revenue for both local communities and the Government.
It is an honour to be Chairman of the TOFT Wildlife Tourism Awards. It is more important than ever to recognise those who work towards a sustainable future for the tiger, the environment and for the local communities who need to survive alongside this endangered species.".
Mike Pandey - Chairman of the Awards (TV presenter, Film Maker and Conservationist)
The awards have a very eminent group of experts that will decide the winners and runners up of each category. Chosen for their expertise, details of the panel can be see here.
Awards Categories include:
Best Eco Lodge of the Year 2012
Best Park Guide of the year 2012
Best Lodge Naturalist of the Year 2012
Best Wildlife Park for Tourism of the Year 2012
Best Wildlife Promotion Company of the Year 2012
Best International Tour operator for Wildlife of the Year 2012
Best Tourist Related Community Initiative of the Year 2012
Best Wildlife/Tourism Initiative of the Year 2012
The Aims of the Awards is to
Act as a beacon to the Global Tourist Industry, highlighting the important work being done by tourism in support of tiger conservation.
Increase public awareness of the value of responsible tourism as an agent of conservation and habitat renewal.
Reward and encouraging best practice operations.
Encourage sustainability in tourism enterprises.
Promote community enterprise and community initiatives around Tiger Parks.
Timetable of the Awards Dinner
The Winners and Runners up will be announced on the 14th September 2012, at Vivanta by Taj, New Delhi.
This is an invitations only event.
Sponsorship of the TOFT Wildlife Tourism Awards 2012
The TOFT Wildlife Tourism Award are a celebration of what has been achieved so far, and perhaps more importantly, are an inspiration for what can be done in the future. The TOFT Awards will be a high profile event and will draw international and national media attention. National TV and a range of newspapers and magazines have already agreed to cover the event including Sanctuary Magazine.
We invite you to be associated with the “Most Prestigious” Award ceremony in the Wildlife Tourism sector. Join a ground breaking Travel Trade Initiative celebrating the people, communities and companies who make such an important contribution to sustainability and to tiger conservation in India.
The Awards are an important business to business networking opportunity and are supported by some of the most important players in the Global Travel Trade. They are also an opportunity to gain powerful International media coverage, working in association with the Award programme’s media partners. Tiger Tourism attracts high demographic profile customers, and tiger conservation is a subject attracting significant public attention. TOFT members are responsible for some 10,000 tiger viewing trips (from outside India) a year and ten times this in domestic visitors.
And, finally, of course the TOFT Awards are also a great opportunity to be seen to support one of the world’s most iconic and endangered species!
Details on the 2014 Awards, eligibility and an nomination form will be published after the awards in September.