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The Awards, sponsored by the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism, feature 11 categories, plus the coveted ‘Overall Winner’ 2014 Award.
Among the organisations shortlisted for an Award are a koala walking tour in Australia, a responsible luxury hotel in India, and a whole town in Ireland dedicated to disability awareness.
An expert panel of 11 judges from across the industry took part in a Judging Day in London in September and selected their shortlist of finalists from around the world, including organisations from Australia, Brazil, South Africa and the UK.
Commenting on the shortlist, Justin Francis, founder of the Awards and managing director of travel organiser responsibletravel.com, said, “Represented in this year’s shortlist are some of the most forward-looking examples of responsible tourism in the world, and more than a few surprises. From international animal welfare campaigning to serial entrepreneurship for poverty reduction, citizen science to cutting edge green technology, the shortlist has a lot to say about where responsible tourism is going next.”
Reflecting on the decisions made on the Judging Day was Professor Harold Goodwin, Chair of the Judging Panel and Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism. He said, “This is not just the judges’ shortlist, it’s also yours; a reflection of the nominations and submissions made by the public this year. Each year we can only decide on the nominations you make, and the submissions we receive. For each finalist we’ve chosen, there are many others doing ground-breaking work we’re looking forward to seeing again next year. I’d like to thank all those who came forward to share their inspiring stories with the Judging Panel, and hope they’ll join in celebrating the winners in November.”
The winners will be announced in a special ceremony as part of the World Responsible Tourism Day celebrations at the World Travel Market in London on Wednesday 05 November before a packed audience of the media, industry and responsible tourism professionals. Looking forward to the ceremony is Alison Cryer, Director of Oman Ministry of Tourism, MBR office UK & Ireland who said, “The Oman Ministry of Tourism would like to share their congratulations to all those selected by the judges for the World Responsible Tourism Awards Shortlist this year. Like you, we will now be looking ahead to World Responsible Tourism Day at the World Travel Market in November, where we will discover the winners and celebrate them in person.”
The shortlist includes hotels previously featured in Green Hotelier for their excellent innovations and best practice in sustainability and social and environmental responsibility.
The full World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 shortlist is:
Campo and Parque dos Sonhos
Casa de las Olas
Cavan Town & Environs
Chambal Safari Hotels Pvt Ltd
Chole Mjini Conservation & Development Co
Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours
Festivals of Puebla
Footsteps Eco Lodge
ITC Grand Chola
Jurys Inn Brighton
Kutch Adventures India
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Native Charming Hotels and Accessible Tourism
On Track Safaris
South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA)
V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
World Animal Protection
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