News – 11th Issue


SOST to support GCC Ecotourism Conference

news11The emirate of Ajman is to host the GCC Ecotourism Conference in March 2014, marking the UAE’s drive towards sustainable development. The conference will bring together a number of specialists representing tourism ministries and travel organizations in the Gulf region, as well as representatives of hospitality, tourism and aviation sectors.

During the event, which takes place on March 30 and 31, delegates will investigate the challenges facing eco-tourism in the Gulf region, and the ways to protect wildlife. The conference will also study the shortcomings of the Ecotourism industry in the Arabian Gulf region targeting representatives of all sectors in the Gulf tourism industry such as hospitality sector, travel and tourism, airlines and attractions.

In its final session, the conference will present recommendations that would contribute to achieving sustainable economic gain that can be harmonious with the necessities of preserving the environment and its resources.

SOST will present a session on “Engaging travellers in sustainability’ at the conference.


SOST signs media agreement with WTTC


For the second year running, SOST will support the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.

Finalists in six categories for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2014 have been announced. Winners will be announced at the signature ceremony WTTC’s annual Global Summit, taking place in Hainan, China, 24 April 2014.


Tourism for Tomorrow Awards finalists revealed

Eighteen finalists of 2014 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards have been revealed in six categories. This year’s finalists range from local destinations to global hotel groups, international airlines, luxury tour operators and small eco-lodges.

Award applications were received from 56 countries, representing all continents. All finalists will now go through the 2nd Round of Judging – on-site evaluation visits.

To find out more about each Finalist, see next section in this issue of SOST.