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CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE/TRAVELERS CONSERVATION FOUNDATION SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARDS

  TWO AWARD CATEGORIES FOR 2005

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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 Magazine.  

"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 2005, two awards will be given, each with a cash prize of $20,000:  

    •  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.     

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 2005.  

The Michoacan Reforestation Fund was 2005 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 Michoacan , Mexico.  

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 cultural journey.  

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 and enjoy.      

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.

      •  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
•  days.
•   
•  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
•  industry itself.
•   
•  To bring the tourism industry together to work, network
•  and give back, all at the same time.
What you can do.  
•  Become involved.
•   
•  Volunteer your time to help on a Tourism - Caring for
•  America project.
•   
•  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.

Ellis Island Tourism - Caring for America 's Inaugural Project for 2005

June 13, 2005

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, 2005 ?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

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.

National Tourism Foundation Announces 2005 Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Recipient  

Timothy Vernon has been selected by the National Tourism Foundation to receive the 2005 Yellow Ribbon Scholarship, a $6,000 scholarship awarded each year to a physically or sensory challenged student studying travel and tourism.  

Vernon , a communications major at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg , Mass. , is legally blind. He has been employed by Collette Vacations, a tour company in Pawtucket , R.I. , during the summer since 1998. ??Tim is an outstanding young man with tremendous business and communication skills,?? said Daniel J. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of Collette Vacations. ??He has a tremendous talent with numbers and names, and he is fearless when it comes to getting involved with people and making friends.??

Along with the scholarship, Vernon will be invited to the National Tour Association??s 2005 Annual Convention in Los Angeles, where he will attend educational seminars and network with packaged travel professionals.

In 1993, entertainer Tony Orlando established the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship in response to the need to fund higher education for students with disabilities. In 2000 the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitor Bureau began contributing a portion of the proceeds from their annual Branson Fest motorcoach ticket sales to the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Fund. The Yellow Ribbon scholarship is the largest single award administered by the National Tourism Foundation.  

The National Tourism Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports research and education in travel and tourism. Now in its 20th year, the National Tourism Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million to 400 travel and tourism students in the form of grants, scholarships and awards. For more information, contact the Foundation at 800-682- 8886 or visit www.ntfonline.org.    

National Tourism Foundation Awards More Than $140,000 in Scholarships, Grants and Awards  

The National Tourism Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2005 scholarships, grants and awards. The Foundation has chosen 36 scholars studying in travel and tourism-related fields and presented them with awards amounting to more than $140,000. ??

These winners represent some of the best and brightest travel and tourism students in North America ,?? said NTF Chairman Jim Burke, Ph.D. ??They represent the future of the travel and tourism industry, and the National Tourism Foundation and its sponsors and donors are extremely proud to support them.??

In addition to a cash award, most of the NTF scholars are given the opportunity to attend the National Tour Association??s Annual Convention, which will be held Nov. 8?C13 in Los Angeles . This all-expense-paid trip gives scholarship recipients the chance to attend educational seminars and industry roundtables and to network with more than 3,000 of the industry??s leading professionals.

The National Tourism Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports research and education in travel and tourism. Now in its 20th year, the National Tourism Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million to travel and tourism students in the form of grants, scholarships and awards. For more information, contact the Foundation at 800-682-8886 or visit www.ntfonline.org.  

National Tourism Foundation 2005 Scholarship Recipients

State/Provincial Awards Recipient

Alabama/Birmingham Legacy - $1,000 Kelly Lee Bennett, Auburn University   California - $2,500 Scott Slocum, Cornell University   Cleveland Legacy I - $500 Torrez Watson, Central State University   Cleveland Legacy II - $1,000 Susan Cohen, Cuyahoga Community College   Connecticut - $1,500 Ren??e Dumas, Johnson & Wales University   Florida - $1,000 Sarah Reed, Webber International University   Massachusetts - $1,000 Erin Anderson, Johnson & Wales University   Michigan - $1,000 Linzie Viers, Eastern Michigan University   Minnesota Legacy - $1,000 JoAnna Kay, University of New Haven   Missouri - $500 Michelle Odom, Southwest Missouri State University   Montana - $500 Kate Harris, University of Montana ?C Western   Nebraska ?C Lois Johnson - $500 Dawn Nolin, Lincoln School of Commerce   Nevada - $500 Jordan Salmon, University of Nevada Las Vegas   New Jersey I - $1,000 Melanie Kaye, New York University   New Jersey II - $500 Richard Marin, Atlantic Cape Community College   New York - $1,000 Kelli Mueller-Wulforst, SUNY Morrisville   North Carolina - $500 Andrew Godfrey, Western Carolina University   Ohio - $1,000 Angela Gordon, Eastern Michigan University   Quebec - $1,000 Erika Bacsfalusi, Champlain Regional College   Societe Des Casinos Du Quebec - $1,000 Mengfei Fan, LaSalle College   Tampa/Hillsborough Legacy - $1,000 Camille Hochoy, Schiller International University   Tulsa - $500 Michelle Iverson, Northeastern State University   Utah ?C Keith Griffall - $1,000 Alisha Campbell, University of Utah   Virginia - $1,000 Nora Champagne, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University   Wyoming - $2,000 Jodi Schroeder, Northwest College   General Awards Recipient   Academy of Travel & Tourism - $500 Crystal Trow, Waipahu High School   Dr. Tom Anderson - $1,000 Laura Ell, Mount Royal College   Louise Dessureault Memorial - $1,000 Beverley Sedore, Florida International University   Luray Caverns Graduate Research Grant - $2,500 Kyungmi Kim, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University   National Tour Association Award - $1,000 Ayman Agamy, University of New Haven   National Tourism Foundation Intern - $3,000 Carrie Frederick, Indiana University Bloomington   National Tourism Foundation Intern - $3,000 Jenny Strimple, Northeastern State University   Pat & Jim Host - $2,000/year (for up to 4 years) Kiersten Washburn, Transylvania University   Signature Tours - $1,000 David Krause, Michigan State University   Visiting Scholar Award Randal Baker, St. Cloud State University   Yellow Ribbon - $6,000 Timothy Vernon, Fitchburg State College  

National Tourism Foundation Announces
2005 Luray Caverns Graduate Research Grant Recipient  

The National Tourism Foundation has announced the recipient of the 2005 Luray Caverns Graduate Research Grant, a $2,500 grant given by Luray Caverns in Luray , Va. to students conducting research on a thesis, dissertation or terminal project relating to travel and tourism.

This year??s grant recipient is Kyungmi Kim, a Ph. D. student in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg , Va. Kim is currently researching how the impact of tourism affects the quality of life of the residents in popular tourism areas.??

Kim??s work will ultimately provide decision makers with a better understanding of residents?? perceptions about tourism and suggest methods to increase this very important support for the tourism industry,?? said John Shaffer, director of marketing and sales for Luray Caverns. ??This dedication to tourism research makes Kyungmi the perfect candidate to receive the Luray Caverns grant.?? Along with the grant, Kim will be invited to the National Tour Association??s 2005 Annual Convention in Los Angeles to attend educational seminars and network with packaged travel professionals.

The National Tourism Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports research and education in travel and tourism. Now in its 20th year, the National Tourism Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million to 400 travel and tourism students in the form of grants, scholarships and awards. For more information, contact the Foundation at sara@ntfonline.com or visit www.ntfonline.com