Responsible Tourism Awards

  • WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards 2018

    The WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards are presented each year at WTM London, in front of an audience of 600 key influencers and decision makers. These awards are a centre piece of WTM Responsible Tourism Day – the biggest responsible tourism event globally.

    We are looking for practices and initiatives that will inspire others and that are replicable across the industry. Our ambition is to showcase great examples of Responsible Tourism in practice and to sue them to educate others, including consumers, about what can be achieved and to challenge others to do as well or better.

    We recognise that achieving sustainability requires both innovation and the application of the best practices across the business or destination. We are also keen to see businesses which can report their initiatives and document their impact, both increasing positive economic, social and environmental impacts and by reducing negatives ones.

    And the winners of the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards are:
  • Best for Wildlife

    • Gold Winner: World Animal Protection
    • Gold Winner: Fringe Ford Wayanad, Kerala, India
    • Silver Winner: Wildlife ACT, Africa
    • One to Watch: Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society

    Best for Local Economic Benefit

    • Gold Winner: OneSeed Expeditions, USA
    • Silver Winner: African Ivory Route, South Africa
    • Silver Winner: Coconut Lagoon, Kerala, India
    • Silver Winner: Madi a Thava Limpopo, South Africa
    • One to Watch: International Institute for Environment and Development, Uganda
    • One to Watch: Associacio Marques de Pastor, El Cinque LIAC, Catalunya, Spain

    Overall Winner

    • Barcelona

    Award Categories

    Click on the images below to find out more about each corresponding awards.

    Best for Communicating Responsible Tourism

    • Gold Winner: TUI UK & Ireland
    • Gold Winner: Intrepid Group Global
    • Silver Winner: Rethink Ophanages, Australia

    Best for Managing Success

    • Gold Winner: Barcelona
    • Gold Winner: Kumarakom, Kerala, India
    • One to Watch: National Trust, Northern India

    Best for Employment

    • Gold Winner: Intrepid Group Colombo
    • One to Watch: Mother Ivey's Bay Holiday Park

    Want to read the judges' reasons behind each of the winners?

    Click here to find out more
  • Best for Wildlife


    Best for Communicating Responsible Tourism

  • Best for Local Economic Benefit


    Best for Employment


    Best for Managing Success

  • Meet the Judges

    This year's judges include business professionals and academics with a breadth of experience in sustainability and the travel & tourism industry.

    Find out more

  • Why enter?

    Find out how entering the awards can benefit your business.

    Why enter

    *Entries for the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards will open Tuesday 19th March 2019.

    • Getting to know more about each other remains one of the most important hopes for the peaceful future of the planet. If we are really to understand each other better, then we need to be reminded to travel carefully and thoughtfully, listening to people along the way and respecting the world we are privileged to travel through. The Responsible Tourism Awards are one of the most important ways in which we can understand how to travel better.

      • Michael Palin

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