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2014 longlist announced

Announcing the Longlist for 2014

We are delighted to announce the official Longlist for the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014!

Over 200 tourism organisations, initiatives, businesses and short films have been selected for the next stage of the Awards across 11 categories, including organisations as diverse as the London Science Museum, the Cape Town Carnival, and British Airways, and destinations including Mexico and Arizona, Iceland and the Cotswolds.

Sponsored by the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism, the Awards’ 200+ longlist is the first step towards deciding this year’s selection of the most exciting and enduring responsible holiday experiences in the world. Including organisations longlisted for their approach to animal welfare, carbon reduction, accessibility and even beach tourism, the longlist offers a snapshot of some of the industry’s most pressing - and contentious - issues.

Speaking about the Longlist, Justin Francis, founder of the Awards and Managing Director of, said:

“At this stage of the Awards we don’t know enough about the Longlist to decide the winners, but we’ve had just enough of a taste to get excited about the possibilities. The organisations selected from public nomination each represent very different, in some cases competing, approaches to responsible tourism. Looking through that list should give a distinct flavour of the trends and new developments in responsible tourism.”

The longlisted organisations will now be put through their paces with a specially designed application requiring them to provide detailed metrics and information about their policies, practices and achievements in responsible tourism before being submitted to our Judging Panel.

Professor Harold Goodwin, Chair of the Awards Judging Panel, was keen to impress being on the Longlist is no guarantee of an Award: “Our Judges have yet to see the organisations in the Longlist, which have been drawn from public nomination, and there is still much work to be done before the Panel meets to decide the winners in September. Not all of those listed here will make the cut. In the next month we’ll be asking them to put forward the best possible case for why they feel they can be credible and inspirational winners this year.”

This year marks the first year the Awards have released their Longlist to the public, demonstrating the wide range of responsible tourism programmes considered every year. Commenting on the diversity, Alison Cryer, Director of Oman Ministry of Tourism, MBR office UK & Ireland said: “The Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism is pleased to support the announcement of such a diverse Longlist for the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014, and to see so many interesting responsible tourism initiatives nominated this year. We will be looking forward to seeing who will be selected for the announcement of the Shortlist in September.”

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Longlist 2014

Best for beach tourism

Arenas Del Mar Beach and Nature Resort
Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i (B.E.A.C.H.)
Casa de las Olas
Castara Retreats, Tobago
Centro Ecologico Sian Ka'an
Chole Mjini
Golden Buddha Beach resort
Inn by the sea
L'Heur Bleue, Madagascar
Lapa Rios
Mermaid Hotel and Club
Monkey Valley Resort
Playa Viva eco-resort
Six Senses - Evason Hua Hin
Soneva Fushi
Spice Island Beach Resort
Surfers Against Sewage
The Mozambique Collection
The Palms Hotel & Spa, Miami
The Travel Foundation
Turtle Bay Beach Club

Best for animal welfare

'Meet us, don't eat us' campaign
ABTA - The Travel Association
asd la fiaba
Fundación PROMAR
Happy Horses Holiday Code - The Brooke
Intrepid Travel
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Oyster Worldwide
The Pacuare Nature Reserve
Planet Whale
RAW Wildlife Encounters
South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance
Surin Project
WSPA's Compassionate Travel Campaign

Best cultural heritage attraction

Basecamp Explorer
Big Pit: National Coal Museum
Cape Town Carnival
Chicago Neighbourhood Tours
Coffee and Fair Huipil in Cuetzalan, Puebla
Cornerstones Community Partnerships
Croome Park
Hacienda Chichen Resort & Yaxkin Spa
Kawhia Kai Festival, New Zealand
Museum Meander, Cape Town
National Slate Museum, Wales
Festivals of Puebla
QStation, North Head , Manly NSW Australia
Secoveljske soline
Segera Retreat, Laikipia, Kenya
The Historic Savannah-Ogeechee Barge Canal
The National Showcaves Centre For wales
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand
Waitukubuli National Trail
World Tour Plan

Best for people with disabilities

Access2africa Safaris
Accessible Travel
Brooklands Pleasure Park
Campo dos Sonhos
Cavan Town and environs, Ireland
Colourblind Tube Map
Diputació de Barcelona. Xarxa de Parcs Naturals
EDEN Project, Cornwall
Kaunertal Valley, Austria
Musée du château de Mayenne
NATIVE Hotels and Accessible Tourism
Play and Train CEA
Science Museum, London
Spiral Foundation
Thornham Walled Garden
Trentino, Italy
Wheelyboat trips

Best for poverty reduction

Adventure Alternative
Asempa Lodge, Ghana
Basecamp Explorer
Begnas Lake Resort
Camps International Ltd
Fair Travel Tanzania
Flores Homestay Network (FHN)
Fundación En Via
Hidden City Tours
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Llama Pack Project
Mdumbi Backpackers
Rural Organization for Social Elevation (R.O.S.E.)
Rutas Siera Magica (Magical Mountain Chain Routes)
The Beyond Tourism Company
Trotters Independent Tours and Travels
Tzaneen Country Lodge
Uakari Floating Lodge
Yachana Lodge, Ecuador

Best for wildlife conservation

African Impact
Banyan Tree Bintan
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Chambal Safari
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Echidna Walkabout
Elephant Hills Camp, Thailand
Elephant Valley Project
Footsteps Ecolodge
Help Tourism, Pakke Jungle Camp
Heritage Expeditions
Marine Dynamics
On Track Safaris
Oyster Worldwide
Porini Safari Camps
Reef Conservation International
Rosalie Bay Resort
The Great Traveller Ltd
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
The Pacuare Nature Reserve
Wilderness Safaris

Best aviation programme for carbon reduction

Airport Carbon Accreditation
Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders
British Airways
Clean Sky
EGTS International
Etihad Airways
Green Skies of Peru
Thomson Airways
Topflight by SESAR
United Airlines

Best city hotel

Alto Hotel on Bourke
Banyan Tree Bangkok
Best Western Premier Hotel Victoria
Conscious Hotels Amsterdam
Crash Pad Hospitality
Hotel Andaluz, Albuquerque
Hotel Felix
Hotel Verde
Hyatt at Olive 8
Inspira Santa Marta Hotel
ITC Grand Chola
Jurys Inn Brighton
Lenox Hotel, Boston
Radisson Blu Leeds
The Backpack
The Orchid Hotel, Mumbai
The Zetter, London
URBN Boutique Hotel & Resort Shanghai

Best destination

Aruba Tourism Authority
Brecon Beacons National Park
Brighton & Hove
Cotswolds AONB
Cuetzalan, Magical Town. Puebla, Mexico
Kumarakom Responsible Tourism Project- Kerala
Pahuatlan, Magical Town. Puebla, Mexico
Snæfellsnes, Iceland
South Downs National Park
Suðureyri, Iceland
The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark
The Lake District, Cumbria
V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Best for engaging people and culture

Cape Town Carnival
Chinkara Journeys
Creative Tourism Network
Cuban Adventures Cuba Tours
Felin Uchaf
From Here 2 Timbuktu
Ghana Nima Tours
Journeys for Change
Kalinago Barana Aute
Kutch Adventures India
CBT-I, Thailand
Responsible Travel Program
Slumgods tours and travel
Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme
The Beyond Tourism Company
Urban Adventures
Uthando SA

Best short film for responsible tourism

African Impact: Explore, Inspire, Impact
Basecamp Foundation: Pioneering Sustainable Tourism in Kenya's Maasai Mara
Booker Travels: Morocco: Marrakech Riads
Booker Travels: Nicaragua Beach Life
Communities Powered by Travel: John Day River Territory
Communities Powered by Travel: Wallowa County, Oregon
Learning Service: Tips for Responsible Travel
Learning Service: Being a valuable volunteer
Reach Out Volunteers: Volunteer Cambodia, Marine Conservation
Rock Climbing Association: Ludic in Lebanon
Sonia's Travels: Women Power at the Magical Market
StoryTravelers: Leaving Today
The Blue Continent: The Coconut King
The Guardians
The Mekong and the Mountains
This World Rocks: Horse Trekking with Tibetan Nomads
Travel Channel: Wild Carpathia - Transylvania
Travel with Kate: How to Get a Hyper-Local Travel Experience
Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve: Underwater Restaurant & Reef Conservation
Unreported World Short: Voluntourism in Nepal
VisitFinland: Call of the Wild - Tinja and Her Dogs