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10th Anniversary of The World Tourism Award Honors Three Inspiring Leaders of American Tourism Society Alex Harris, CTC, Michael Stolowitzky and H.E. Senator Akel Biltaji

10th Anniversary of The World Tourism Award Honors Three Inspiring Leaders of American Tourism Society Alex Harris, CTC, Michael Stolowitzky and H.E. Senator Akel Biltaji ( The 10th Annual World Tourism Award, co-sponsored by American Express Company (AMEX), Corinthia Hotels, International Herald Tribune (IHT) and Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), was presented at a special ceremony on November 12, 2007,Opening Day of World Travel Market. The presentation was made at ExCel Centre, London. The 2007 Award Honorees are leaders of the American Tourism Society (ATS).

The 2007 Honorees are three inspiring and visionary leaders of the ATS, Alex Harris, CTC Honorary Chairman, and member of the Board of Directors, ATS and Chairman General Tours, and one of the Co-Founders of ATS; Michael Stolowitzky, Immediate Past President&CEO and member of the Board of Directors, ATS; and H.E. Senator Akel Biltaji, of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Chair, Mediterranean /Red Sea Council and Member of the Board of Directors, ATS. They were recognized for “their extraordinary vision and inspiring leadership in their respective roles as leaders in the American Tourism Society, through which they have fostered the establishment of emerging destinations into the main stream of tourism; supported the training and development of local tourism companies and organizations; and have contributed to tourism becoming a vital factor in the fast-paced growth of employment in local economies.”

The American Tourism Society, a nonprofit, nonpolitical travel industry organization established in 1989, focuses on transformational destinations. Its membership includes tour operators, hotels and resorts, international airlines, cruise lines, Government Tourist Offices, meeting and incentive planners, travel and tourism agents, and educators and public relations and marketing firms dedicated to promoting, developing and expanding high-quality, reliable travel between North America and the ATS destination areas: the Baltics, Central and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, Red Sea and Russia

The World Tourism Award was presented in the form of a specially designed Steuben Crystal bridge entitled PARTNERSHIP, which “celebrates the bond of a supportive partnership which like a bridge, spans both time and distance.”

Presenting the World Tourism Award 2007
Presenting the Award on behalf of the sponsors were: Erich Franken, VP/GM, American Express Services Europe, representing Donna Flora, CTC, Vice President, Travel Industry Relations, American Express Company; Mr. Tony Potter, CEO Corinthia Hotels International; Mr. Patrick Falconer, Managing Director - UK, Northern Europe, MEA, International Herald Tribune and Mr. Tom Nutley, Chairman, Reed Travel Exhibitions.

The annual World Tourism Award, inaugurated in 1997 and celebrating its 10th anniversary, was established in 1997 by American Express, International Herald Tribune and Reed Travel Exhibitions, and then joined by Corinthia Hotels in 2005. It recognizes the extraordinary initiatives by individuals, companies, organizations, destinations and attractions for outstanding accomplishment in the travel industry.

Past World Tourism Award Recipients
1997 Award: “World Peace Through Tourism”
Honorees: Member countries of MEMTTA (Middle East Mediterranean Travel&Tourism Association): Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Malta, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Tunisia and Turkey.
1998 Award: “Outstanding Economic Development Through Tourism”
Honorees: “The new emerging Europe - Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland”
1999 Award: “Outstanding Impact of Travel And Tourism on Generating Employment Growth”
Honorees: China National Tourism Administration and the Hong Kong Tourist Association
2001 Award: “The newly forged public / private sector partnership and the dramatic increase in tourism.”
Honorees: the Mexico Ministry of Tourism and the Mexico Tourism Board
2002 Award: “Training the Next Generation in Travel&Tourism”
Honorees: The New York Academy of Travel&Tourism, Virtual Enterprises, International™ (career programs within the New York City Department of Education) and the Institute for Virtual Enterprise at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York.
2003 Award: “In recognition of its leadership role in the rescue and preservation of imperiled works of art and architecture, and its devotion to onsite conservation of monuments and sites worldwide, crossing geographic, cultural, and national boundaries to preserve the world’s diverse and rich heritage for generations to come.”
Honoree: World Monuments Fund
2004 Award: “Its extraordinary vision and pioneering work in opening the door to ‘the world” for travelers with disabilities, the mature and elderly, through educational programs for all sectors of the travel industry on how to cater to the special needs of this lucrative and rapidly expanding niche market.”
Honoree: Society for Accessible Travel&Hospitality (SATH)
2005 Award: “Their extraordinary vision in forging a historic Asia-Africa Bridge of Tourism, Friendship and Collaboration”, announced at the 3rd IIPT Global Summit on Peace Through Tourism in Pattaya, Thailand, Oct. 2005.
Honorees: Africa Travel Association (ATA) and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
2006 Award: In recognition of Travel Guard International’s value-based approach to business and its philanthropic mission to give back to both the global and local communities it serves, and to encourage its employees to both raise/donate money for these global projects through its Make a Mark Foundation.
Honorees: John Noel, President and CEO of Make a Mark Foundation.

Editorial Contact for World Tourism Award: Karen Hoffman The Bradford Group (212) 447-0027;

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