The world is slowly opening up again, but travel will never be the same. While it's still uncertain how the pandemic will develop in the days ahead, vaccines are rolling out along with vaccine requirements needed to cross borders. So much is unknown, but one thing is certain: Travelers are ready to see the world they have been missing for so long.

After being isolated and grounded during the pandemic, we will never take the privilege of traveling for granted again. Tourism is also one of the main sources of income for many countries, and the negative economic impact of fewer travelers has been felt everywhere. The confluence of the pandemic, the raised consciousness from the Black Lives Matter movement and the climate crisis makes it even more urgent to reassess travel and its impact on people and the planet.

Newsweek's Future of Travel Awards highlights those who are creating a travel industry for the future—one that's more adaptable, sustainable, responsible, innovative and inclusive. The COVID-19 crisis has had a detrimental impact on the tourism industry, but it is also giving an opportunity for the travel space to rethink and reimagine what effect it could have on the world. So we are recognizing companies and individuals who are rebuilding a travel industry for a brighter and more resilient future.

We combed through hundreds of nominees for Newsweek's Future of Travel Awards. There's no blueprint for how travel will look post-pandemic. But we're hopeful the ability of travel to bring us together again will continue on. We've seen there's no shortage of people and companies focused on travel being a force for good—to positively impact the people and places it touches.

The finalists and winners for Newsweek's Future of Travel Awards were determined by our panel of advisers, all experts in different categories of travel.