"In a rapidly changing world our planet's nature environment has suffered the most. Our wildlife and natural resources are all disappearing faster than we could ever imagine. Conservation is crucial. For conservation to become effective, it requires commitment, political will and financial resources. Enlightened ecotourism is one of the principle way of ensuring not only conservation but also a sustainable and non extractive source of revenue generation for both local communities and Government.
I am honoured to be Chairman of these TOFT Wildlife Tourism Awards, instituted to honour those who innovatively use nature travellers and the ecotourism community to help save the Tiger and its habitat. I am sure these awards will inspire and motivate many across India and the world to work towards a better and more sustainable future."
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.
The 2010 Awards Shortlist announced
The shortlist of finalists in the 2010 TOFT Wildlife Tourism Awards has been published here. Click here for details. Winners to be announced on the evening of 30th September 2010.
Awards Categories include:
The John Wakefield Memorial Award for Most Inspirational Eco Lodge of the Year 2010
The Billy Arjun Singh Memorial Award for Best Wildlife Guide of the year 2010
(also carries INR 15000 prize)
Lodge Naturalist of the Year 2010
(also carries a INR 15000 prize)
Visitor Friendly Wildlife Destination of the Year 2010
(also carries a prize INR 50000 worth of kit or equipment to be used in tiger protection/conservation)
Wildife Promotion Company of the Year 2010
Wildlife Tourism Community Initiative of the Year 2010
(also carries a prize of INR250000)
Wildlife and Tourism Initiative of the Year 2010
(also carries a prize of INR25000 towards equipment/services for the benefit of the community)
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 30th September 2010 at an Awards Dinner in New Delhi.
This is an invitations only event.
Sponsorship of the TOFT Wildlife Tourism Awards 2010
We are delighted announce that HSBC has become the title sponsor for the event, helping to make these awards the most prestigious in the industry.
The HSBC presented TOFT Wildlife Tourism Awards will be a high profile event and will draw international and local media attention. National TV and a range of newspapers and magazines have already agreed to cover the event including Sanctuary Magazine, Outlook Traveller and The Times of India.
Title and other sponsors are being sought and a number of ways of linking with the work of the TOFT campaign, both during the Awards and in working with TOFT over the longer term can be negotiated.
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 2011 Awards, eligibility and an nomination form will be published after the first awards in September.