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World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 - just 3 days left to enter!

World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015

World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 - just 3 days left to enter!

The World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 at WTM are now open for submissions!


If you don't enter, we can't award you!

Are you a holiday provider who cares deeply about creating enduring and authentic travel experiences? Are you campaigning to improve the dignity and care of animals in the tourism industry, pioneering the concept of responsible cruising, or working to make yours the most responsible destination in the world?

If so, we want to hear from you! Click the Submit button below for more on how to take part this year.


Entries close on Monday 20th April 2015

Part of the world's largest event for responsible tourism action at WTM London, this year the Awards are looking for organisations, businesses, and initiatives to submit themselves in one of 12 different categories covering a range of the industry's most pressing issues.

From animal welfare to responsible travel blogging, we're looking for shining examples of innovation and leadership in responsible tourism.

Submit yourself for an Award by visiting our submissions page or read up on this year's categories by clicking the links in the list below.

About the Awards

The World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM - part of the world's largest event for responsible tourism action - are a global search and celebration of the most inspiring and enduring responsible tourism experiences in the world. Founded in 2004, and now in their 12th year, the idea behind the Awards, which are open to any organisation anywhere in the world, is to surprise and inspire tourists and the tourism industry by what it is possible to achieve with Responsible Tourism, and to shine a light on the best of the best.

The Awards are organised by Responsible Travel, in association with the International Centre for Responsible Tourism, and take place at the World Travel Market in London as part of World Responsible Tourism Day - the world's biggest event for responsible tourism.

The Awards rest on a simple principle - that all types of tourism, from niche to mainstream, can and should be organised in a way that preserves, respects and benefits destinations and local people. We want to celebrate the shining stars of responsible tourism - the individuals, organisations and destinations working innovatively with local cultures, communities and biodiversity.

Read more about the Awards.

Read about Last Year's Winners

Last year, the Awards recognised two very different Overall winners. The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) for demonstrating that animal attractions can liberate previously captive wildlife and, without petting or exploitation, be commercially successful. Parque dos Sonhos for demonstrating that truly inclusive tourism can enhance the adventure activity experiences for everyone and enable families and friends to share the experience. Both winners demonstrate that it is possible to address the rights agenda, to swim against the tide, and be commercially successful.

Learn more about the 2014 World Responsible Tourism Award winners.

Other Awards around the world

We've teamed up with local partners around the world to bring you two brand new Responsible Tourism Awards schemes for 2015:

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