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Published on : Thursday, December 10, 2015
The Tourism Cares Board of Directors and the Review Committee are honored to announce the winners of the 2015 Travel Philanthropy Awards.Lindblad Expeditions and Myths and Mountains, two longstanding and outstanding philanthropic efforts, share this year’s Legacy in Travel Philanthropy award, sponsored by American Express, which recognizes sustained impact for more than 15 years.
Nikoi Island, a private resort in Indonesia, is winner of the New Innovators award, recognizing philanthropic achievement among those new to giving, having started a program within 3-6 years.
And Mr. John Noel, together with his wife Patty, is the recipient of the inaugural Personal Philanthropic Leadership award. A pioneer in the travel insurance industry, Mr. Noel is known as the founder of the Noel Group, Travel Guard International, and most recently, Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection. Yet he is also founder of remarkable philanthropic efforts: the Compass Scholars program, the Boys & Girls Club of Portage Bay, Wisconsin, and the Make a Mark Foundation.
The awards celebrate and share the accomplishments of those travel companies and individuals who are as successful in their community care and stewardship as they are in business.
Twenty-six nominations were received for the Legacy in Travel Philanthropy and New Innovators awards, while the Leadership award is selected by the Board of Directors. The awards look holistically at the entire corporation, not just individual projects. Written submissions were scored in the following areas: theory of action and execution (e.g. their problem statement, activities, results and illustrative outcomes); community engagement; storytelling, communications and advocacy; integration into their core business; and overall financial commitment.