Businesses and destinations that are leading the way in sustainable tourism have been recognized at the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC’s) Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Ceremony during the WTTC 13th Global Summit held in Abu Dhabi last april 09-10, 2013. The awards showcase and celebrate Travel & Tourism businesses and destinations around the world, who are successfully balancing people, planet and profits.El Nido Resorts won the Community Benefit Award.
El Nido Resorts play a vital role in community development – 90% of all staff including senior level positions – are from the local area. It actively supports staff development and the creation of community enterprises. Examples include micro-finance support to employees who now own and manage recycling facilities, provide boat transfers and excursions and produce a diversity of fresh, local farm products, among other businesses. In addition to providing wages and benefits to employees that go beyond national requirements, training and education is emphasised, including a BeGREEN course for all staff, promoting environmental best practices. El Nido Resorts also purposefully educates guests on believed in partnership with local communities, demonstrating the power of tourism to address poverty alleviation, improve local livelihoods and protect cultural and natural heritage for future generations.