The 2021 Global Responsible Tourism Awards

The 2021 Global Responsible Tourism Awards

We have had an excellent response to the Awards this year — with some inspiring, innovative and scalable solutions to the challenge of sustainability. There are many destinations and businesses around the world taking responsibility and making a difference. The ambition of the Global Responsible Tourism Awards is to encourage businesses to learn from the leaders and to be inspired to do what they can to make tourism better — better for our environment and local communities. The WTM Responsible Tourism’s Platform for Change is being developed to show businesses and destinations the proven solutions which have been tried and tested.

This year, for the first time, we have had one set of categories across our family of awards, enabling us to choose the Global Award winners from the Gold winners in each region. The India and Rest of the World categories are now closed for 2021 and the judges are hard at work.

We have looked at the best of the entries in the Africa and Latin America categories, and they will be included in the Gold Awards that go to the Global judging panel. However, the Gold winners in Africa and Latin America will be announced and presented at the WTM shows in Africa and Latin America next year.

Category Entry Closing Dates Presentations
Global Awards 2021 Closed 1 November at WTM London
Rest of the World Closed 1 November at WTM London
India Closed 1 November at WTM London
Africa 28 February 2022 13 April 2022
Latin America 30 November 2022  Between 5-7 April 2022

In 2022 there will be the same six categories as this year plus four more: potable water, biodiversity and natural heritage, access for the differently-abled and cultural heritage. Those whose entries in Africa and Latin America are rolling into 2022 will be able to update their submission.

2022 is the 20th anniversary of the Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism in Destinations.

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Harold is WTM’s Responsible Tourism Advisor, he puts together the flagship Responsible Tourism programme at WTM London which attracted 4000 participants in 2020 and the programmes run at WTM Africa, WTM Latin America and Arabian Travel Market. Harold has worked on 4 continents with local communities, their governments and the inbound and outbound tourism industry. He is Managing Director of the Responsible Tourism Partnership and chairs the panels of judges for the World Responsible Tourism Awards and the other Awards in the family, Africa, India and Latin America. Harold works with industry, local communities, governments, and conservationists and undertakes consultancy and evaluations for companies, NGOs, governments, and international organisations. He is also a Director of the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he is an Emeritus Professor, and Founder Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism promotes the principles of the Cape Town Declaration which he drafted.

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