About the Hearts of Travel Awards

It is our privilege to honor companies and individuals committed to giving back to travel – and to intentionally document their journey so that others may learn from them:

2017 Hearts of Travel Awards Honorees

Legacy in Travel Philanthropy Award: Delta Air Lines for the large company category, with G Adventures and Planeterra, and Collette sharing the standard category for long term excellence in corporate giving.

New Innovators Award: Urban Adventures, a division of Intrepid Travel, in recognition of recent advances in giving in the last three to six years.

Personal Philanthropic Champions: Valerie Wilson, Jennifer Wilson Buttigieg and Kimberly Wilson Wetty for outstanding personal commitment to giving back.

The Hearts of Travel Awards celebrate and share models of corporate social change to spotlight excellence and inspire others, reflecting Tourism Cares’ belief that corporate citizenship, especially in travel, is good for business and employees as well as the community.

About the Awards

1. Legacy in Travel Philanthropy Award, which recognizes the commitment and outcomes of companies who have excelled in this space for decades.  The 2014 inaugural award was made to Micato Safaris; read the case study to learn why!  

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2. New Innovators Travel CSR Award: in addition to honoring accomplished veterans in this space, we recognize strong new entrants who make a major commitment to CSR and whose new approaches have paid early dividends.

3. Philanthropic Champion of Travel, which is selected by the Tourism Cares Board of Directors in recognition of personal philanthropic excellence that may not be part of a company agenda. 

Tourism Cares is also honored to be the home of the Tourism Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals who have made significant industry contributions through professional, philanthropic, and mentoring activities.

in 2015 the honorees of the awards were: