13 finalists announced for 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards

first_img13 finalists have been announced for the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards by Responsible Travel at WTM London sponsored by Belize, with a strong focus on innovation, reasserting the Awards’ position as the leading scheme in the world for responsible tourism.The Awards ceremony will be held at WTM London which will see an incredibly strong list of contenders.  Professor Harold Goodwin, Chair of judges, explained, “Over the past few months each of these organisations have been subject to intense scrutiny by a panel of judges combining some of the leading minds in responsible tourism, conservation and development in the country. They have come through one of the most rigorous and competitive judging processes for an Awards scheme of this kind and have emerged as international leaders in their respective fields.”Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, WTM London and fellow judge said, “Once again the World Responsible Tourism Awards will be a key part of the opening of World Responsible Tourism Day at WTM London. The stories of the winners and their achievements will be even more poignant this year as we celebrate the tenth anniversary of World Responsible Tourism Day – the largest day of responsible tourism action in the world.”The other judges in the panel include Dr Dilys Roe, Principal Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development; Justin Francis, Founder, World Responsible Tourism Awards and CEO, Responsible Travel, among others.The 13 finalists are !Xaus Lodge, South Africa; Burj Al Arab Aquarium, United Arab Emirates; Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Resort, South Africa; East African Safari & Touring Company, Tanzania; Elevate Destinations, USA; Friends International – Childsafe Movement, Cambodia; Lemon Tree Hotels, India; Misool Eco Lodge, Indonesia; Sam Veasna Centre, Cambodia; Sapa O’Chau, Vietnam; Tren Ecuador, Ecuador; Viaggi Solidali, Italy; and World Cetacean Alliance.last_img read more