AIR NEW ZEALAND has won an award at the 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow awards, which recognise sustainable global tourism practices.
It claimed the top prize in the global tourism business category at World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) annual Global Summit in Abu Dhabi.
The awards were attended by former American President Bill Clinton.
Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said the award recognised the airline’s commitment to maintaining and protecting the country’s clean, green image.
“We take our responsibility to promote sustainability very seriously and continue to shrink our carbon footprint as we work towards our goal of becoming the world’s most environmentally sustainable airline,” he said.
” In fact we’ve reduced our carbon emissions by 15 percent (142,000 tonnes) over a five year period.”
“Alongside this we’ve invested in enhancing some of New Zealand’s most iconic natural assets through our partnership with the Department of Conservation to support biodiversity projects on the Great Walks network.
“We have also invested in Antarctica New Zealand and the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute to support important scientific research being conducted on the ice.”
There were 46 applications for the awards, all of which were assessed by 20 judges and sustainable tourism experts and included an on-site evaluation.