2018 Finalists in the World Responsible Tourism Awards

2018 Finalists in the World Responsible Tourism Awards

The judges have deliberated long and hard after reviewing all the applications, longlisting and then shortlisting, the finalists for this year’s World Responsible Tourism Awards have finally been decided. There were long debates amongst the judges on judging day about the merits of each application

Reflecting now on the debates around the table amongst the judges it is clear that expectations are rising. The judges look for businesses and organisations which can clearly state their priorities, can say what they are taking responsibility for and why. And which can evidence the outcomes and impacts of their actions in taking responsibility.

To become a Finalist in the World Responsible Tourism Awards is a significant achievement, it marks you out as a leader in Responsible Tourism; it carries a responsibility to exercise leadership. The purpose of the WRTA is to inspire, educate and challenge. Our purpose in organising the Awards has not changed since they were launched back in 2004 – we want to encourage change in the industry, to single out for recognition those who are taking responsibility and can evidence that they are having a positive impact, that they are making tourism better.

Leaders stand out from the crowd. When the Awards are presented at World Travel Market in London on World Responsible Tourism Day, Wednesday 7th November, at noon, Tanya Beckett will interview the Gold winners about what they have done, why and what they have achieved. We’ll be asking about why it makes business sense to take responsibility.

As Chair of the Judges I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the Finalists and to thank the judges and the organisers for their efforts. You will be able to see the results and talk with the winners at WTM in November, and to celebrate their success. It really is an achievement to be a finalist in these prestigious awards.

The 2018 World Responsible Tourism Awards Finalists are

  • African Ivory Route, Limpopo, South Africa
  • Associacio Marques de Pastor . El Cinque LlAC, 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

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Harold is WTM’s Responsible Tourism Advisor, he puts together the flagship Responsible Tourism programme at WTM London which attracts 2000 participants each year and the programmes run at WTM Africa, WTM Latin America and Arabian Travel Market. Harold has worked on 4 continents with local communities, their governments and the inbound and outbound tourism industry. He is Managing Director of the Responsible Tourism Partnership and chairs the panels of judges for the World Responsible Tourism Awards and the other Awards in the family, Africa, India and Ireland. Harold works with industry, local communities, governments, and conservationists and undertakes consultancy and evaluations for companies, NGOs, governments, and international organisations. He is also a Director of the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he is an Emeritus Professor, and Founder Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism promotes the principles of the Cape Town Declaration which he drafted.

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