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To conclude the long selection process, last week 12 expert judges met and took seven hours to choose this year’s winners and highly commended. The categories covered a range of themes, from water conservation (2013 is the UN’s International Year of Water Cooperation) to Child Protection, currently hotly debated on various social media platforms.
Professor Harold Goodwin, Chair of Judges explained, ”We decided to change the categories significantly in our 10th year. Responsible Tourism has moved on and we wanted to reflect the achievements in campaigning, child protection and water conservation, as well as recognise those who have made a difference in some of our more established categories”.
Newest judge Simon Press, Senior Director at World Travel Market said, “As a first time judge for the World Responsible Tourism Awards, I found the judging process enlightening, uplifting and very thorough”.
Dr. Michael Pritchard, Director-General of the Royal Geographical Society commented, “I enjoyed working through a large number of images to engage in a robust and very lively discussion with the other judges”.
The judges were also given the name of the People’s Choice winner. This category received a grand total of 5,377 votes from travellers across the globe.
All winners will be revealed on Wednesday 6th November during World Responsible Tourism Day, at 11:30 in Platinum suites 3&4, at ExCel in London (register and arrive at 10:30 for the debate on carbon pollution to get a seat).
Professor Harold Goodwin concluded: “We'll continue to bring changes more regularly to categories to reflect the diversity of the international Responsible Tourism movement which goes from strength to strength”.
For the complete shortlist visit the website.