Travel + Leisure Co. was honored with a total of 13 awards at the annual American Resort Development Association (ARDA) conference for the vacation ownership industry. This included the prestigious ARDA ACE Award for Philanthropy and Community Service, which was presented to Travel + Leisure Co.
Travel + Leisure Charitable Foundation, which focuses on offering scholarships to embrace diverse and inclusive communities through a number of initiatives that include leadership training, mentorship opportunities, and educational support, was recognized as a standout accomplishment.
Its flagship Travel + Leisure Eatonville Scholarship Program awards scholarships to high school students who are full-time residents of the town of Eatonville in Orange County, Florida — the country’s first all-African American incorporated municipality and the nation’s first self-governing all-African American incorporated municipality. With the scholarship program, the Eatonville community hopes to encourage academic success among its members.
A scholarship award ceremony for Edgewater High School in Orlando is being held this week, and the Foundation will present its inaugural scholarships to graduates of the school.
“We are committed to making an impact in the communities where we work and live, and I am proud of the positive difference our team is making around the world.” said Michael D. Brown, president and CEO of Travel + Leisure Co. “As our momentum builds, we are honored by this recognition of our contributions. Today, less than one year after the launch of the Foundation, we will award the first seven Travel + Leisure Eatonville Scholarships to students of excellence in Central Florida, delivering on our goal to enable dreams beyond vacations.”
Wyndham Destinations, the company’s vacation ownership business line, was the recipient of a slew of accolades, including one for a program that maximizes the availability of inventory at the most popular destinations for its timeshare owners. In addition, leaders in the fields of sales and marketing, legal, training, and communications were recognized for their achievements around the globe.
“While we continue to thrive as the world’s leading membership and travel company, we remain responsible corporate neighbors, fulfilling not only our business goals but also delivering on our ESG tenets as we put the world on vacation,” Brown said.
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Image: The 2022 ARDA Awards ceremony courtesy of ARDA.