Responsible Tourism Awards

  • WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards 2018

    The WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards are presented each year at WTM London, in front of an audience of 600 key influencers and decision makers. These awards are a centre piece of WTM Responsible Tourism Day – the biggest responsible tourism event globally.

    We are looking for practices and initiatives that will inspire others and that are replicable across the industry. Our ambition is to showcase great examples of Responsible Tourism in practice and to sue them to educate others, including consumers, about what can be achieved and to challenge others to do as well or better.

    We recognise that achieving sustainability requires both innovation and the application of the best practices across the business or destination. We are also keen to see businesses which can report their initiatives and document their impact, both increasing positive economic, social and environmental impacts and by reducing negatives ones.

    2018 Finalists for the World Responsible Tourism Awards are:
    • African Ivory Route, Limpopo, South Africa
    • Associacio Marques de Pastor. El Cinque LIAC, Catalunya, Spain
    • Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
    • Coconut Lagoon, Kerala, India
    • Fringe Ford, Kerala, India
    • International Institute for Environment and Development, Global
    • Intrepid Group, Global
    • Intrepid Colombo, Sri Lanka
    • Kumarakorum, Kerala, India
    • Madi a Thavha, Limpopo, South Africa
    • Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, UK
    • National Trust, Northern Ireland
    • One Seed, USA
    • Rethink Orphanages, Global
    • Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society
    • TUI UK & Ireland
    • Wildlife ACT, South Africa
    • World Animal Protection, Global

    Read more about the finalists

    Award Categories

    Click on the images below to find out more about each corresponding awards.

  • Best for Wildlife


    Best for Communicating Responsible Tourism

  • Best for Local Economic Benefit


    Best for Employment


    Best for Managing Success

  • Meet the Judges

    This year's judges include business professionals and academics with a breadth of experience in sustainability and the travel & tourism industry.

    Find out more

  • Why enter?

    Find out how entering the awards can benefit your business.

    Why enter

    • 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
  • The 2017 Awards

    Last year's awards were focused on the SDGs but were given for the following categories: Best for Accommodation, Best for Carbon Reduction, Best for Communication, Best Community Initiative, Best for Poverty Reduction and Best Tour Operator.

    The 2017 winners were:
    • Best for Accommodation - Grootbos, South Africa
    • Best for Carbon Reduction - Chobe Game Lodge, Botswana
    • Best for Communication - City of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    • Best Community Initiative - Sapa O’Chau Travel Social Enterprise, Vietnam
    • Best for Poverty Reduction - Village Ways, India
    • Best Tour Operator - Transfrontier Parks Destination (TFPD) South Africa
    Highly commended:
    • Crystal Creek Meadows
    • Green Tourism Business Scheme
    • Kumarakom
    • Ol Pejeta
    • TUI Cruises
    • Marine Dynamics

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