At a ceremony, held in London on Monday, November 8th at World Travel Market, The Collette Foundation was the recipient of a WTM Global Award. The award recognizes individuals and companies which have made the greatest contribution to travel and tourism in the last year.
The Collette Foundation was recognized for its work around the world to help children in communities where its parent company, Collette Vacations, operates. Citing examples such as the construction of a library in Cambodia, cyclone-proof houses in Fiji, an education center in Kenya, a welfare school in Tibet, a school dormitory in Mexico, an orphanage in Peru, children’s community center in Belfast as well as supporting an educational trust in South Africa, and medical relief efforts in Haiti, World Travel Market felt that the Foundation met the award criteria of actively demonstrating an unparalleled commitment and value to the progress of the travel and tourism industry, providing an outstanding and major contribution to the industry at a local, national or global level.
In addition, the Foundation supports a program for children of incarcerated parents in their home state of Rhode Island to try to stop the intergenerational cycle of poverty, crime and addiction. Collette Foundation project sites are managed by employee volunteers; travelers on Collette tours to the area can visit and participate in the projects as well.
“We are thrilled to accept this prestigious award,” said Daniel J. Sullivan, Jr., Collette president and CEO. “The fact that it honors the success of companies who have changed the face of travel and tourism within their markets or on a global scale is humbling and the recognition will serve to encourage our employees and remind them that they are making a difference.”
Accepting the award on behalf of Collette Vacations was Paul Palmer, UK Operations Manager, Collette Worldwide Holidays.
We are so thankful for our great partners on the ground, our employees and corporate partners – THANK YOU SO MUCH!
In just 7 short weeks from today I’ll be on my way to Kenya and our first stop will be the Tenderfeet Education Center. During our group visit we will be preparing & serving lunch to the children. The Foundation has funded the meal program since 2007 so we thought it would be only fitting to help prepare & serve the afternoon meal to the kids! I’m extremely excited to meet the woman who started this school on her own—and has successfully grown it to 80 children. So much has happened over the past year with the new school construction and opening as well as more children now attending.
It is a dream come true to now have this wonderful opportunity to visit the site I have been working on for just over 3 years… Stay tuned there will be plenty to share with you when I return home!!!