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Industry Awards Your Organisation Should Apply For

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Receiving awards has its benefits, whether your organisation is in its infancy or has been around for some time. It’s a fantastic way to build credibility, gain recognition and get the word out about all the positive things that your organisation is doing day by day.

Winning awards also boosts employees’ morale as it shows them that their efforts are being recognised. Additionally, and as noted in the Huffington Post, it’s not bragging when someone else says it…and it also makes your partners look good.

Deciding on which awards to apply for can be daunting, so to put you on the right track we have highlighted seven awards programmes given annually for you to consider.


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1) Tourism for Tomorrow
Organiser: World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)
Deadline for Applications: Now! Deadline is 14 November 2016. Click here to learn how to apply.
Awarding: 26-27 April 2017 at the WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok, Thailand
Categories:

  • Community Award
  • Destination Award
  • Environment Award
  • Innovation Award
  • People Award

 

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2) UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism
Organiser: United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Deadline for Applications: September 2017
Awarding: January 2018
Categories:

  • UNWTO Lifetime Achievement Award
  • UNWTO Ulysses Prize
  • UNWTO Awards for Innovation (Public Policy and Governance; Enterprises; Non-Governmental Organizations; Research and Technology)
  • UNWTO Ethics Awards

 

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3) World Responsible Tourism Awards
Organiser: Responsible Travel
Deadline for Applications: May 2017
Awarding: November 2017 at the World Travel Market in London
Categories:

  • Best accommodation for responsible employment
  • Best for wildlife conservation
  • Best innovation by a tour operator
  • Best for poverty reduction and inclusion
  • Best responsible tourism campaign
  • Overall winner

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4) Skål Sustainable in Tourism Awards 
Organiser:
Skål International
Deadline for Applications: June 2017
Awarding: Skål World Congress in late October/early November 2017 in Hyderabad
Categories:

  • Tour Operators
  • Urban Accommodation
  • Rural Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Countryside and Wildlife
  • Marine
  • Community and Government Projects
  • Major Tourist Attractions
  • Educational Institutions/Programmes and Media

 

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4) World Legacy Awards

Organiser: National Geographic
Deadline for Applications: August 2017
Awarding: March 2018 at ITB Berlin
Categories:

  • Earth Changers
  • Sense of Place
  • Conserving the Natural World
  • Engaging Communities
  • Destination Leadership

 

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5) ASEAN Green Hotel and ASEAN Homestay Awards

Organiser: ASEAN Tourism
Deadline for Applications: August 2017
Awarding: January 2018
Categories:

  • Overall Winner
  • One (1) ASEAN Green Hotel Award and Two (2) Runners-up from each member state
  • One (1) ASEAN Homestay Award and Two (2) Runners-up from each member state

 

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7) Awards from PATA

A. Grand and Gold Awards
Deadline for Applications: April 2017
Awarding: September 2017 at PATA Travel Mart (Macau SAR)
Categories:

  • PATA Grand – Education and Training; Environment; Heritage and Culture; Marketing
  • PATA Gold – click here for the full list

B. PATA CEO Challenge

Deadline for Applications: September 2017
Awarding: November 2017 at the PATA Aligned Advocacy Dinner, World Travel Mart, London
Categories:

  • State, Region, Province and Country
  • Second Tier/Third Tier City

C. Tourism InSPIRE Awards
Deadline of Application: (postponed for 2016)
Awarding: November at the PATA New Tourism Frontiers Forum
Categories:

  • Best Branded Accommodation
  • Best Independent Accommodation
  • Best Marine and Wildlife Tourism Provider
  • Best Culture and Heritage Tourism Provider
  • Best Responsible Tourism Destination
  • Best Community Based Tourism Initiative
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