CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL
SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE/TRAVELERS CONSERVATION
FOUNDATION SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARDS
TWO AWARD CATEGORIES FOR 2003
Washington, D.C. - SMITHSONIAN Magazine and
the Travelers Conservation Foundation (TCF) have joined
forces for the third annual SMITHSONIAN
Magazine/TCF Sustainable Tourism Awards. The collaboration
between SMITHSONIAN Magazine and TCF
highlights their common goal of increasing awareness about
environmental, cultural and wildlife conservation - both in
the travel and tourism industries as well as for the 7.7
million monthly readers of SMITHSONIAN
"This year, the Sustainable Tourism Awards have been
expanded to two categories of honor for organizations
dedicated to sustainability," said
SMITHSONIAN Magazine Publisher Amy
Wilkins. "Last year's rush of award entries proved that
there's never been a more opportune time to recognize those
groups making strides in protecting and restoring the
world's cultural and environmental resources."
In 2003, two awards will be given, each with a cash prize
An esteemed panel of judges from the fields of publishing,
tourism and science will determine the three finalists for
each award from nomination submissions solicited around the
world. SMITHSONIAN Magazine readers will
then select the winners via an online poll and Web site
voting. Winners will be announced at the TCF Annual
Conference in December 2003.
The Michoacan Reforestation Fund was 2002
SMITHSONIAN Magazine/TCF Sustainable Tourism
Awards winner. The Fund is a non-profit organization
dedicated to supporting forest ecosystem and habitat
restoration programs in the Monarch Overwintering Areas of
For the past 32 years, SMITHSONIAN Magazine
has grown to be one of the most successful magazines in
publishing. With a circulation of more than two million
subscribers, Smithsonian is now the 23rd largest magazine
in America. Focusing on history, science, travel and the
arts, every issue of SMITHSONIAN is a
The Travelers Conservation Foundation was founded by the
United States Tour Operators Association to help preserve,
conserve and promote responsible use of our world's
natural, cultural and historic treasures. This is achieved
by supporting public awareness and conservation education
programs and by investing strategically in globally
significant projects through direct grants and funding
partnerships. Through this work, TCF assumes a dynamic
leadership role in protecting endangered sites for the
benefit of future generations of travelers to appreciate
TOURISM - CARING FOR AMERICA
A Program of the Travelers Conservation Foundation
What it is.
Tourism - Caring for America is a volunteer program to
help preserve, conserve and protect tourism-related sites
in America that for various reasons are in need of care,
clean up, or rejuvenation.
Why it was created.
- SMITHSONIAN Magazine/TCF Sustainable Tourism
Award for Conservation The STSTAC is given
annually to a person, company or institution in honor of
work that enhances or conserves the physical environment.
The recipient must demonstrate a clear connection between
their endeavors and tourism.
- Smithsonian Magazine/TCF Sustainable Tourism
Award for Preservation The STSTAP is given
annually to a person, company, or institution that supports
preservation or restoration of historic or culturally
significant entities. The recipient must demonstrate a
clear connection between their endeavors and tourism.
What you can do.
Volunteer your time to help on a Tourism - Caring for
Spread the work about Tourism - Caring for America in
your state, city or community.
Become a sponsor of Tourism - Caring for America
through monetary or in-kind services.
Tourism - Caring for America's
Inaugural Project for 2003
Friday, June 13, 2003
Why Ellis Island?
Print and perceived images of Ellis Island show the
beautifully restored Ellis Island Immigration Museum. In
truth, the museum occupies less than 25% of the island, the
rest of which is in deplorable shape. Rundown buildings,
broken windows, rampant overgrowth of weeds, weed trees and
vines, landscapes covered with overgrowth and leaves ¨C all
visible to the visitor as well as passengers on passing
sightseeing boats and cruise ships. The views of this
American icon from the Statue of Liberty are shameful.
Through a partnership with the National Parks Service and
the Save Ellis Island Foundation, the Travelers
Conservation Foundation has scheduled this day of Caring
for America, June 13, 2003 ¨C a day for the leaders of
tourism to grab a rake, a shovel, a paint brush, etc. and
make a difference. To become involved, contact:
Bruce Beckham, Executive Director
Travelers Conservation Foundation
587 Washington Street
Canton, MA 02021
About the Travelers Conservation Foundation
Founded by the United States Tour Operators Association,
the Travelers Conservation Foundation¡¯s mission is to
involve the entire tourism industry in preserving,
conserving and restoring the natural, cultural, and
historic treasures of the world for future generations of
travelers to appreciate and enjoy.
Founded by members of the United States Tour Operators
Association (USTOA) in 1999, the Travelers Conservation
Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundatio and the
philanthropic extension of the USTOA mission: "Integrity
in Tourism." Through TCF and tax-deductible donations,
USTOA members, their colleagues and customers help preserve
the endangered sites that are the nery wellspring of the
worldwide travle experience.
- The Travelers Conservation Foundation realized that due
to budget cutbacks and reduced workforces in cities,
national parks, recreational areas and the like, areas that
were important to the tourism industry were becoming
unattractive and even endangered by lack of maintenance or
by misuse. Without help, some are deteriorating to a point
of no return and will be lost forever.
- In 2001, President Bush asked Americans to volunteer
4000 hours in their lifetime to public service. Through
Tourism - Caring for America, the tourism industry is
answering the call.
- The tourism industry can use a little good PR these
- Tourism - Caring for America will demonstrate the size
and impact of the tourism industry to the general public,
governmental organizations, park services, and the tourism
- To bring the tourism industry together to work, network
and give back, all at the same time.