Can city hotels lead the way for responsible tourism?

Which city hotel would you nominate for good sustainability?

Which city hotel would you nominate for good sustainability?

Can city hotels lead the way for responsible tourism?

That’s the question behind the new Best City Hotel category of the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 - a global search for the most inspiring and enduring responsible holidays in the world.

Sponsored by the Oman Ministry of Tourism and organised by, the Awards have been recognising and celebrating change in the tourism industry since they were founded in 2004.

Last year they became a platform for highlighting the issues of child sex tourism in Brazil when they awarded TUI Netherlands for their campaign in the northeast of the country, and also helped raise the profile on the issues of water conservation and tourism campaigning with dedicated categories.

This year, seeking to prove you don’t have to go rural to be responsible, the Awards are looking for city-based accommodations with creative and credible approaches to responsible tourism in urban settings.

While the image of the community homestay or the remote eco-lodge has become something of a mainstay for responsible holiday experiences, the newly established category is providing an opportunity to focus on urban iterations of responsible tourism.

Guests or hoteliers themselves can put themselves into the running for the award. To nominate a city hotel, visit and state why you think they deserve to win an award. Nominations must be made by this Friday 20 June.

Winners of the Awards are celebrated in a special ceremony at the World Travel Market in London to a packed audience of the press and industry peers, and written about by the Awards international network of media contacts and partners.

This year’s Awards also include a number of other specialist categories focusing on some of the industry’s most pressing issues, including Best animal welfare initiative, Best for people with disabilities, and Best aviation programme for carbon reduction.

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