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Judging the Responsible Tourism Awards

Since the Awards were founded in 2004 we have worked closely with Professor Harold Goodwin and the International Centre for Responsible Tourism to design our judging process – that’s why our Awards are the most rigorous and competitive of their kind in the world.

We also bring together the expertise of our prestigious judges from across the tourism industry, inviting them to share their unique perspectives and considerable experience to assess our nominees. Read more about our judges, or about the process below.

Submissions


Rather than handpick our nominees, we rely on those tourism ventures with exciting stories to share to submit themselves for the Awards. We also encourage travellers to suggest their favourite organisations take part in the Awards.

Submissions can be made in any of our main categories.

Want to make a submission or suggest an organisation? Visit our submissions page.

Longlisting


Once we have taken submissions from the industry, a team of expert researchers at the International Centre for Responsible Tourism process the submissions, conducting preliminary research into their responsible tourism policies and eligibility for the Awards.

Our researchers are not just looking for the basics – they want entrants going above and beyond to create innovative responsible tourism experiences. They will sort, sift and carefully select a longlist of approximately 15 to 20 per category to go forward to the next stage of the process.

Questionnaires


Longlisted organisations are invited to complete a comprehensive questionnaire designed in conjunction with the ICRT and our judging panel of experts in the industry. This questionnaire is designed to put our longlist through their paces – requesting detailed information and quantifiable data about their achievements in responsible tourism. It takes time to complete.

The questionnaire focuses on evidence of change made by an organisation, and each one is designed for a specific category and updated yearly based on feedback and changes in the industry. This ensures that competition between our nominees remains as focused as possible.

Judging Day


Our panel of judges meet to debate which organisations, individuals and destinations should be recognised for an Award. In a discussion chaired by Professor Harold Goodwin our experts from across the tourism industry use their considerable experience and knowledge in a round-table debate to choose the most innovative and inspirational nominees as shining examples in Responsible Tourism.

Shortlisting


A carefully selected shortlist of organisations are selected ahead of the Awards ceremony. The shortlist is announced to the media and public.

Shortlisted organisations, destinations etc are then invited to our prestigious ceremony at the World Travel Market where we announce the winners as part of World Responsible Tourism Day, and celebrate their stories with an audience of their peers, the media, and global tourism organisations.

Read about our winners
Simon Reeve supports the Responsible Tourism Awards
Bodhi Garret, Andaman Discoveries, Best for conservation of cultural heritage 2008