World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 now open


Green Hotelier is once again delighted to be a media partner at the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards.

The award, co-founded and organised by Responsible Travel, are part of World Travel Market’s World Responsible Tourism Day – the largest day of responsible tourism action in the world – which takes place on Wednesday 4 November and  celebrates the most inspiring and innovative examples of responsible tourism in practice globally. We’re thrilled to see several categories that are very relevant to hotels this year.

Tourism businesses, organisations, initiatives and destinations across the industry are now being invited to submit themselves for consideration in the 2015 awards at by Monday 6th April 2015.

Commenting on the variety of organisations expected to submit themselves for consideration, Responsible Travel managing director Justin Francis says,

The principles of responsible tourism can apply to any business, mainstream or niche – it’s what makes the awards so exciting. We want to play an active role in creating and encouraging a more caring tourism industry and the winners of these awards, big or small, will set examples the rest of the tourism industry can and should follow. I’m very excited about being able to discover and share their stories this year.

The 2015 Awards reflect some of the key trends in responsible tourism with a new category ‘Best Innovation for Carbon Reduction’ searching out some of the most successful, replicable examples of innovation in carbon reduction in the tourism industry in light of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year. 2015 will also see the return of a category for cruise lines, with submissions invited for the ‘Best Sea or River Cruise’.

Chair of Judges, Harold Goodwin, Professor of Responsible Tourism at Manchester Metropolitan University and Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism explains why the cruise category is so important this year:

The cruise industry is one of the largest sectors of the tourism market, but also one of the most irresponsible and progress towards more responsible cruising has generally been slow. One of the primary purposes of the Awards is to identify good practice and to challenge and inspire others to follow.

After the success of the panel on freshwater cruising at WTM in November 2014 where three businesses were able to report in detail on their impressive Responsible Tourism practises, we are keen to see how far the cruise industry has come and what can be learnt from this year’s Awards.

New categories from 2014, focussing on accessible tourism and animal welfare once again make an appearance in the 2015 awards. These were key topics during World Responsible Tourism Day, at WTM London 2014 and their inclusion for a second year reflects how important these topics continue to be within the wider tourism industry.

The full list of categories for 2015 is as follows:

Best Animal Welfare Initiative – supported by the Born Free Foundation Best for Beach Tourism – sponsored by Jersey Tourism Best Cultural Heritage Attraction – sponsored by Wightlink Best Destination for Responsible Tourism – sponsored by Visit Norway Best Accommodation for Disability Access Best for Engaging People and Culture Best Hotel for Local Sourcing Best Innovation for Carbon Reduction Best for Poverty Reduction Best Responsible Tourism Blog – sponsored by Fair Trade Tourism Best Sea or River Cruise Best for Wildlife Conservation People’s Choice in Responsible Tourism

Submissions are now being welcomed from tourism businesses, organisations, initiatives and destinations across the world. Visit to submit your entryYou can also follow @RTAwards or #WRTA2015 on Twitter or like the World Responsible Tourism Awards Facebook Page for the latest updates and stories from our international winners.

Read about last year’s World Responsible Tourism Awards on Green Hotelier here.

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