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New Zealand tour firm shortlisted

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4 February 2010

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced a shortlist of 12 finalists for its 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, with one New Zealand tour operator featuring.

Whale Watch Kaikoura has been nominated for the community benefit accolade alongside Tourindia from India and Namibia's Communal Conservancy Tourism Sector.

WTTC's president and chief executive officer, Jean-Claude Baumgarten, said that the quality of the bodies selected bodes well for the future of environmentally-friendly holidays.

He remarked: "It's great to see that, despite these difficult times, we have received so many outstanding applications from organisations committed to sustainable tourism development."

Other categories include conservation - with Peru's Inkaterra Perú up for the prize - and the global tourism business award, which sees Wilderness Safaris from South Africa looking to triumph.

Last year, Whale Watch Kaikoura won the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards top spot, marking the second year in a row that New Zealand had landed the honour.

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