The Travel Foundation, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Ocean Fund and Museum for African Art named World Tourism Award honorees


NEW YORK, NY – Tony Potter, CEO and Managing Director, CHI Hotels & Resorts, the management company for Corinthia Hotels, announced that The Travel Foundation, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Ocean Fund, and the Museum for African Art, New York City, are the 2010 World Tourism Award Honorees.

Corinthia Hotels, together with American Express, International Herald Tribune, and Reed Travel Exhibitions, co-sponsor this prestigious Award which will be presented on opening day of World Travel Market, Monday, November 8, 2010 at Excel Centre, London. The announcement was made at a Corinthia Hotels Press Breakfast on October 13, 2010 at the New York Athletic Club in New York City.

The three distinguished 2010 Honorees are being recognized for their dedication to sustainable tourism and the preservation of natural and cultural heritage. The first award will honour The Travel Foundation, “In recognition of The Travel Foundation’s development of programs to support educate travel industry professionals to integrate sustainability into their business; and create positive change through community-based projects in destinations worldwide, for local economic benefit, and preservation of indigenous traditions and culture and protection of the environment.”

The second award will honor Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ – The Ocean Fund, “in recognition of Royal Caribbean Cruises’ establishment of the Ocean fund which has awarded over $11 million in annual grants supporting nonprofit marine conservation organizations in protecting the world’s oceans through research, education and development of innovative technologies.”

The third award will honor the Museum for African Art (New York City), “in recognition of the Museum for African Art’s innovative travel and educational programs focusing on developing unique cultural tourism experiences that explore Africa through its art and the village craftspeople who produce it, and providing them with a sustainable source of income by creating a market for their crafts overseas.”


The World Tourism Award, inaugurated in 1997 and celebrating its 13th Anniversary, was established to recognize “the extraordinary initiatives by individuals, companies, organizations, destinations and attractions for outstanding accomplishments in the travel industry.”


Corinthia Hotels is an internationally acclaimed brand of luxury hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta in the 1960s. The Corinthia brand is true to its roots as a family business, fired by a determination to succeed, an infinite devotion to detail and a boundless passion for understanding and serving its customers. All Corinthia hotels feature extensive leisure and business traveller facilities and are renowned for their uniqueness of character. Corinthia Hotels’ portfolio includes the award-winning Corinthia Hotel Budapest in Hungary, Corinthia Hotel Prague in the Czech Republic, Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg in Russia and Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Malta. The portfolio also features the splendid Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay in Malta, the superior five-star Corinthia Hotel Tripoli in Libya, and the modern Corinthia Hotel Lisbon in Portugal. The latest additions to the Corinthia Hotels portfolio are the Corinthia Hotel London – due to open in early 2011 and the Corinthia Taormina Golf Resort in Sicily, Italy – due to open in 2012.


Based in Malta, CHI Hotels & Resorts is a leading hands-on hotel management company that provides the full range of technical assistance and management services to hotel owners worldwide. CHI is the exclusive operator and developer for the luxury Corinthia Hotels brand as well as the Wyndham and Ramada Plaza brands in Europe, Africa and The Middle East. CHI draws on a heritage of over 48 years in delivering high quality services to hotel guests and an optimum rate of return to owners and investors in diverse business environments. CHI’s experience extends to management of luxury and upscale properties in city and resort locations and products ranging from boutique to conference and Spa hotels. CHI is owned by International Hotel Investments plc (70%) and the Wyndham Hotel Group (30%).

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PHOTO ATTACHED: The winners of the 2010 World Tourism Awards, which will be presented at the World Travel Market on November 8th, were officially announced at the annual Corinthia Hotels Press Breakfast held in New York City on October 13, 2010. From left to right: Janine Imbriaco, New York Times representing International Herald Tribune (sponsor); Tony Potter, CEO and Managing Director, CHI Hotels & Resorts (Corinthia Hotels/sponsor); Elsie McCabe Thompson, President, Museum For African Art (honoree); Betsy O’Rourke, Senior Vice President Marketing, Royal Caribbean International (honoree); Greg Hybl, Vice President Travel & Entertainment Merchant Services, American Express (sponsor) and Jean-Paul Kyrillos, Vice President & Publisher, Travel and Leisure (American Express Publishing/sponsor).