Responsible tourism Awards logo
Responsible tourism Awards

About the Responsible Tourism Awards

This is the 11th year of the World Responsible Tourism Awards, which have grown to be the largest and most respected responsible tourism awards in the world!

Since they were founded in 2004, the Awards have attracted over 12,000 nominations from members of the public, leading to 201 unique organisations Awarded from 51 countries around the world.

Awards headline sponsor

Headline sponsor: Oman Ministry of Tourism

The Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Tourism is committed to developing a range of quality tourism products that not only promote cultural integrity and environmental protection but that also lead to a diverse and sustainable tourism industry both at home in the Sultanate and overseas.

Read more about the headline sponsor.

What are the Awards for?

The Responsible Tourism Awards were founded in 2004 to celebrate and inspire change in the tourism industry. 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.

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.

In 2013 we celebrated our 10th anniversary with a special video celebrating some of the "Heroes of Responsible Tourism".

How do the Awards work?

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. Every year we team up with our media partners to invite the public to make their nominations, and every year this process yields hundreds of unique nominees.

All it takes for someone to be considered for an Award is one nomination in any of our 11 categories. Only one nomination is enough to be entered.

Want to have your say in who should win an Award? Our People 's Choice category allows you to vote for your favourite from among a selection of our previous Award winners. The candidate with the most votes, wins!

Once all the nominations are received the judging process really begins – several stages designed with the International Centre for Responsible Tourism to put our nominees through their paces. At each stage the list gets shorter, until our expert panel of judges are ready to combine their knowledge to debate the winners on our annual Judging Day. Read more about the Judging process

What does it mean to be a winner?

Finalists of the Awards are invited to a prestigious ceremony hosted as part of World Responsible Tourism Day at the World Travel Market in London, where the winners are announced to an audience of tourism ministers, destination managers, industry professionals and media. We work with a variety of media partners to share the stories of our winners with the public – including Metro, Travel Trade Gazette, Travel Trade Gazette Mena, Travel trade Gazette Nordic and Selling Long Haul.

Read about all of our 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, launching for 2015:
Read about our winners