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World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014

Awards winners

World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014

The Awards were founded in 2004 to surprise and inspire tourists and the tourism industry by the best of the best in responsible tourism - tourism that creates better places to live in and visit. 2013 sees the awards growing to be called the World Responsible Tourism Awards. We want to celebrate the shining stars of responsible tourism - the individuals, organisations and destinations working innovatively with local cultures, communities and biodiversity. But more than that, we want their examples to inspire others.

That's why we've got the most rigorous judging process around, and work with the best partners in the industry to help us get the word out - to ensure that their stories provide an example to the industry. Rather than pick the nominees ourselves, we rely on travellers and the industry to nominate those tourism ventures with exciting stories to share. This makes our Awards unique - we don't pre-decide the winners, we let you tell us who should be in the running. All it takes for someone to be considered for an Award is one nomination.

2013 winners


Overall Winner: TUI Nederland, the Netherlands

TUI Nederland, overall winner

TUI Nederland developed policies and trained staff to identify child abuse, whether amongst the families for whom they provide holidays or abuse perpetrated by travellers in the destination. They have been working to protect children from abuse since 2002 when they signed the Child Protection Code with ECPAT Nederland. They have worked to embed child protection into their routine business operations and have extended this commitment through their network of supplier and partners.

Realising that child sex tourism is silently growing in the Northeast of Brazil, TUI Nederland and its numerous partners launched a campaign to say "a collective 'NO' to child sex tourism in the Northeast of Brazil". TUI Nederland has contributed over €100,000 since 2008 to fighting child exploitation in the region; 80 adolescents from 14 to 17 years of age have been trained as 'Youth Mobilizers', for the prevention of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, reaching over 2,000 people. Their vocational training programme has 104 graduates of whom 39 were employed throughout 2012.

Category winners (click on a category for more information): Read more about all our 2013 winners.

10th anniversary


2013 is the 10th anniversary of the World Responsible Tourism Awards so we've made a video to celebrate some of the "Hereos of Responsible Tourism":




Watch the 2013 ceremony


With reactions from all the winners and insights from the judges on why they won.


Professor Harold Goodwin