African Responsible Tourism Awards 2015
About the African Responsible Tourism Awards
Heroes of responsible tourism in Africa will be honoured at the 2015 African Responsible Tourism Awards. This inaugural event forms part of the prestigious World Responsible Tourism Awards, the world’s most respected responsible tourism awards. Winners of the African awards will automatically be entered into the global awards.
With its unique natural and cultural landscapes, Africa offers many opportunities for responsible tourism. Tourism organisations are already growing tourism that preserves, respects and benefits African destinations and African people. The African Responsible Tourism Awards aims to celebrate the efforts made by individuals, organisations and destinations in Africa. The awards also aim to inspire change in the African tourism industry.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony hosted as part of the Africa Travel Week to be held in Cape Town from 13 – 17 April 2015. Winners will be announced to an audience of destination managers, industry professionals and media.
2015 African Responsible Tourism Award Categories
Best for poverty reduction
The best for poverty reduction category is awarded to a tourism business, organisation or initiative with a creative and long-term approach to reducing poverty among local communities.
What the judges want: A tourism organisation that can prove significant reduction of poverty in a local community, a long-term sustainable vision for continuing their work, and providing a working example for others tourism providers around the world.
Best for beach tourism
The best for beach tourism category is awarded to a tourism business, organisation or initiative providing or contributing to responsible holidays in beach settings.
What the judges want: Leadership in responsible tourism policies and practices in a beach setting, positive integration and relationships with local communities, and proven achievements in maintaining and conserving beach environments.
Best destination for responsible tourism
The best destination for responsible tourism category is awarded to a holiday destination setting an inspirational and influential example for responsible tourism.
What the judges want: A destination with a committed and broad integrated approach to responsible tourism, one that inspires and excites, and provides an example of best practice for other destinations around the world.
Best for engaging people & culture
The best for engaging people & culture category is awarded to a tourism business, organisation or initiative that puts the exploration and appreciation of local people and their cultures at the heart of memorable tourism experiences.
What the judges want: Tourism providers with deep, long-standing connections and commitments to the local community, and exciting policies and practices for celebrating local cultures and ways of life.
Best for wildlife conservation
The best for wildlife conservation category is awarded to a tourism business or initiative that preserves and carefully manages habitat and wildlife species. The focus of Best for wildlife conservation is on holiday providers, whether operators or conservation organisations committed to the conservation of habitats and animals in the wild and using tourism to achieve conservation objectives. This might include wildlife watching experiences, nature trails, places to stay or other holidays which otherwise benefit wildlife and habitats.
What the judges want: Integration of great holiday experiences with progressive and sustainable programmes in wildlife and habitat conservation, measures of success and ideas which can be adapted and developed by tourism providers around the world.
Best blog for responsible tourism
The best blog for responsible tourism is a new category to be awarded to a blogger who encourages and inspires travellers to holiday responsibly.
What the judges want: An engaging blog that captures the excitement of the holiday experience for travellers as well as the benefits for destinations, people and the environment.
How to enter
Rather than selecting nominees ourselves, we are accepting nominations from travellers and tourism industry members who have had exciting responsible tourism experiences. If you have been impressed by a tourism operator and feel that their efforts in any of the five categories deserve recognition, please complete the short form to nominate your candidate.