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2018 Top100 Call for Nominations

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Sustainable tourism is the biggest movement that the global travel industry has encountered in a very long time indeed – and it’s our job to make sure that you really benefit from it.

One such major initiative is the Global Top 100 Sustainable Destinations. Now in its 4th year the Top100 Sustainable Destinations is exactly what its name indicates – showcasing the best of the best in the world of tourism.

By publishing an annual list and by sharing destination management good practices and success stories, the initiators wish to acknowledge initiatives making tourism destinations more sustainable, responsible and better from a visitor experience point of view. Selection of a destination in the Top 100 does not mean it is fully sustainable. It means that it has made good efforts, and is making progress.

February 15, 2018 is the last day for “early-bird” nominations; May 1, 2018 is the last day for nominations.

Learn more.


WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards finalists

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is pleased to announce the 15 Finalists for its 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The 2017 Finalists cut across five continents in the following categories: Community, Destination, Environment, Innovation and People.

The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, now in its 13th year, showcases business practices of the highest standards that balance the needs of ‘people, planet and profits’ within our sector.

The 2017 Awards fall within the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, all 15 Finalists illustrate great commitment to “support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals”, as the International Year calls for.

Following a rigorous 3-phase judging, which includes an onsite evaluation, Winners of the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards will be announced during the Awards Ceremony at the 17th WTTC Global Summit, taking place in Bangkok, 26 – 27 April 2017.

David Scowsill, President & CEO of WTTC said: “I am extremely pleased to once again see such inspiring business leadership amongst this year’s Finalists. This year saw a 36% rise of applications, which shows not only that more and more Travel & Tourism companies are looking to operate sustainably but also an increased interest to share company best practices and thereby educate peers and governments.

As the Travel & Tourism sector continues to grow, WTTC currently estimates global Travel & Tourism to have grown by 3.1% in 2016, we have to ensure we safeguard the environment, local communities and cultural heritage, and our Awards programme calls on tourism businesses to showcase just that.”

Awards Lead Judge, Graham Miller, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Surrey, said: “The 2017 Finalists illustrate how widespread the notion of sustainable tourism has become. While sustainability used to be focused around the preservation of nature, this year, the organisation’s missions are, amongst other things, centred around innovative value creation for societies, travel technology for those with accessibility needs, and empowerment of the young workforce.”

The Finalists of the 2017 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, which is Headline sponsored by AIG Travel for the second year, are:

Community Award Finalists, whose organisations are committed to sustainable tourism leadership in local community development, empowerment and cultural heritage

  • Cinnamon Wild Yala, Sri Lanka
  • G Adventures, Canada
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

Destination Award Finalists, who show commitment to supporting and delivering sustainable tourism best practices in their destinations:

  • Botswana Tourism Organisation, Botswana
  • City of Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, Finland

Environment Award Finalists, whose organisations and companies achieved environmental best practice through biodiversity conservation, protection of natural habitats, addressing climate change, and green operations:

  • Biosphere Expeditions, UK
  • Caiman Ecological Refuge, Brazil
  • Misool, Indonesia

Innovation Award Finalists, who provided innovative solutions to overcoming the challenges faced by Travel & Tourism in implementing sustainability in practice:

  • NATIVE Hotels and Accessible Tourism, Spain
  • Soel Yachts, Netherlands
  • The Mapping Ocean Wealth initiative led by the Nature Conservancy, USA

People Award Finalists, who are dedicated to the development of capacity building, training and education to build a skilled tourism workforce for the future:

  • Desert & Delta Safaris, Botswana
  • STREETS International, Vietnam
  • The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation’s China Hospitality Education Initiative (CHEI), China

The Winner Selection Committee is chaired by Fiona Jeffery OBE, Chair of the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards and include a further 15 independent judges from within the Travel & Tourism sector.

Fiona Jeffery OBE, Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Chair, said: “Now more than ever it’s important to highlight how tourism positively connects people across the planet and brings great social and economic benefits to destinations. The 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Award Finalists demonstrate a commitment to long term vision in preference to short term gains and provide inspiring examples of responsible leadership in their businesses. The true value of the awards is the insight and learning which can be shared across the industry and I’m looking forward to hearing their stories during the WTTC Global Summit in April 2017.”

For the full list of finalists and more about the Awards, read more here.

Click here for the original article by WTTC.

To view the announcement of the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Finalists, presented by Lead Judge Graham Miller, please click here.

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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.


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

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




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

  • 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



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

  • 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


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

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



4) World Legacy Awards

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

  • 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

  • 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



7) Awards from PATA

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Four weeks left to apply for WTTC’s 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards!

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Four weeks left to apply for WTTC’s 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards! Anyone working towards a more responsible tourism industry can apply before the 14th of November 2016 in one of the five categories – People, Environment, Innovation, Community and Destination. The awards are open to individuals, organisations and destinations of all sizes, and winning is one of the best ways to bring your initiative to a wider audience, showcasing best practice to governments and other business, as well as instilling pride and motivation in those who work on your efforts.

Please watch this video featuring previous Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Winners and their contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Top 100 Sustainable Destinations for 2016

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top 100 greendesttop100Green Destinations unveiled the “Top 100 Sustainable Destinations” in the world for 2016 during World Tourism Day on 27 September 2016. According to the organisation, “The Top 100 initiative aims to recognise tourism destinations that have worked hard to make a difference and take sustainability seriously.”

Over 150 destinations were submitted, which were then reviewed by thirty evaluators and a selection panel led by Albert Salman (Green Destinations), Jonathan Tourtellot (Destination Stewardship Center), Masaru Takayama (Asian Ecotourism
Network), Brian Mullis (Sustainable Travel International), and Randy Durban (Global Sustainable Tourism Council).


The nominees were judged against the Green Destinations’ fifteen core criteria:

  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Sustainable Tourism Policy
  • Nature Protection
  • Respect for Animals
  • Protection of Landscape and Scenery
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Solid Waste Reduction
  • Reduction of fossil fuel dependency
  • Cultural Heritage Conservation
  • Protection of Intangible Heritage
  • Protection of People
  • Inhabitants Involved in Tourism
  • Promoting Local Products
  • Health and Safety Prevention
  • Accessibility for Disabled


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Twenty destinations in eleven Asia-Pacific countries made the Top 100:

  • Kingdom of Bhutan
  • Timor Leste – Atauro Island
  • Taiwan – Northeast and Yilan Coast & Chihalaahay Cultural Landscape Area
  • Philippines – Lake Holon, Lake Sebu, and Boho, Aloguinsan
  • Indonesia – Plataran L’Harmonie and Misool, Raja Ampat
  • Republic of Korea – Dongbaekdongsan and Suncheon Bay Wetland
  • China – Jiuzhaigoiu Scenic Area, Mt. Huangshan, Sanqingshan World Heritage Site, and Yi Xian
  • Thailand – Tung Dap Village
  • India – Parambikulam Tiger Reserve and Khangchendzonga National Park
  • Tajikistan – Pamir Mountains
  • Republic of Palau  

See the whole “Top 100 Sustainable Destinations” list here.



September 08 2015 – The Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards are an opportunity for shining stars in sustainability to gain international recognition for their efforts to create better places to live and better places to visit. The Winners represent leadership in commitment to benefiting their local communities and natural environment, whilst providing authentic and meaningful travel experiences for visitors from around the world. Wild Asia Read more.

Towards the Business Case for Sustainable Hotels in Asia: Motivations and Impacts of Sustainable Hotel Development in Asia

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This study capitalises on three years of submissions for the HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards and serves as a guideline on smart, practical and cost-effective development and operating practices. The case studies making up the bulk of this report have been drawn from a range of operations large and small, city and resort, mainstream and niche from across the region (see Map) – and provide an insight into the motivation for, and impact of more sustainable practices. Our intention in drawing these case studies together is to provide examples of what can be achieved, to encourage and inspire others, and set a benchmark for further reviews.

World Wild Fund, Horwath HTL & HICAP


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This study was driven by Tourism Victoria’s commitment to sustainable tourism and the need to better understand the tourists’ views of operator environmental programs and practices. The project explored perceptions of the sustainability practices of tourism businesses; the value or importance of these practices; and the impact that the employment of such strategies has on consumer decision making. Tourism Awards and Accreditation were also investigated to identify levels of recognition and effectiveness in communicating messages about environmental sustainability. The study also aimed to provide a profile of ‘green’ tourists with regard to consumer purchasing behaviour and sustainability. It is intended for this profile to assist both tourism agencies—and ultimately business operators—to better their communication with the ‘green’ market.

by Dr Suzanne Bergin-Seers and Dr Judith Mair


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