What does the future of sustainable travel look like? Holly Tuppen headed along to the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in Seville, Spain, to find out.

Last week I sat down with Barack Obama—or at least, I sat in the same room as him—when he addressed the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) summit in Seville.

While Obama (who loves to travel “for the universal truths it unravels”) offered a welcome respite from today’s less-than-inspiring political figures, he was by no means the only changemaker in the room.

In a world where sustainability is front-and-center of the global conversation, many parts of the travel industry are taking it upon themselves to lessen their impact and improve lives at the same time.

Now 15 years old, these awards celebrate those initiatives, and the people and businesses behind them. Here’s what I took away from the whole thing.