WTM 2016: Responsible tourism awards

LONDON, 27 May 2016: Responsible Travel announced, Thursday, the selection of  75 organisations long-listed for the 2016 World Responsible Tourism at WTM, London, sponsored by the Belize Tourism Board.

Organisations in the running for awards cover a range of issues from campaigning and innovation to poverty reduction and the inclusion of marginalised people, from hotels with exemplary employment initiatives to wildlife and habitat conservation.

The list includes a hotel in Dubai rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing turtles, while educating guests and local children about conservation.

inside no 6An association of hotels and restaurants in Kerala works together to ensure food isn’t wasted and that no-one in their community goes hungry.

A tour operator in India makes heritage sites, street food markets and festivals accessible to all through sensory tours and tailored assistance.

A campaign to stop child abuse in tourism in Cambodia is also long-listed.

Responsible Travel and founder of the awards managing director Justin Francis said: “There are a few things which have really got me excited this year and one is seeing representatives from destinations such as Dubai, places we don’t usually associate with responsible tourism, included in the long-list.”

Commenting on the standard of entries, chair of the awards judging panel, Professor Harold Goodwin said: “We have an extremely strong field across all five categories and our judging panel will have some difficult decisions to make later this year.”

“Each of the 75 long-listed organisations will now be invited to complete an in-depth review, and provide us with evidence and references to support the impact their work is having.”

The 2016 list of finalists will be released in August, with the winners announced in a special ceremony at WTM London during World Responsible Tourism Day, 8 November.

The full long-list is available at: http://www.responsibletravel.com/awards/media/longlist.htm.