Winners of the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 at World Travel Market.
We want are trying to play an active role in creating and encouraging a more caring tourism industry. We have two programs that we focus on in addition to our business, the first is campaigning and the second is our World Responsible Tourism Awards scheme, which we founded in 2004.
The idea behind the Awards, which are open to any organisation anywhere in the world, is to surprise and inspire tourists and the travel industry by what it is possible to achieve with Responsible Tourism, and to give a big pat on the back and publicity to the best of the best.
Over the past ten years we have received 14,500 nominations from the public, and after a rigorous judging process chaired by Professor Harold Goodwin, given Awards to 394 incredible people and organisations. Our event partner each year has been the World Travel Market in London, and media partners have included the Metro, Times and Telegraph.
Following requests from destinations around the world for support in creating their own local awards schemes, and by extending our partnership with Reed Travel Exhibitions to their regional events, 2015 will see the launch of the Africa Responsible Tourism Awards, run with local partners and presented at World Travel Market Africa in Cape Town. 2015 also sees the launch of the Irish Responsible Tourism Awards with our local partners ICRT Ireland.
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Getting to know more about each other remains one of the most important hopes for the peaceful future of the planet. If we are really to understand each other better, then we need to be reminded to travel carefully and thoughtfully, listening to people along the way and respecting the world we are privileged to travel through. The Responsible Tourism Awards are one of the most important ways in which we can understand how to travel better.
- Michael Palin, comedian, actor, writer & television presenter
'Responsible Travel' has played a vital role over the years helping tour operators and holiday makers ensure their travel has a positive impact on environments and communities. The Responsible Travel Awards... celebrate and champion the companies and individuals who have done so much to make travel count.
- Kate Humble, television presenter