African Responsible Tourism Award winners are ‘reinventing’ travel to continent

Looking across the winners of the inaugural African Responsible Tourism Awards, one encouraging trend is clear. Several of the winners are not just examples of what you might class as typical 'African' tourism done well. Instead, they are challenging such preconceptions and stereotypes, and reinventing traditional tourism models along the way. Take Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana, which has won the Best for Resource Management Award. Not only does it have the 'most advanced biogas plant in any … [Read more...]

Who are the real climate change innovators in tourism?

When ResponsibleTravel.com announced the call for entries for the annual World Responsible Tourism Awards a few days ago, there was one new category I was particularly pleased to see introduced. According to the blurb on responsibletravel's website, the new "Award for Innovation for Carbon Reduction" will recognise "an innovative and transparent approach to reducing carbon" I like the way this award has been framed. First, that key word "transparent". Over the years there has been too much … [Read more...]

Reviewing awarding winning Tourism and water conservation solutions

Today, Friday 27th September, is World Tourism Day and the theme is 'Tourism and Water: protecting our common future'. Water is also one of the key themes at World Responsible Tourism Day 2013. And this week, the five finalists for the Responsible Travel awards for 'Best for Water Conservation' were announced. Looking at the different companies that were shortlisted for this category - held for the first time this year to mark UN Year of Water Co-operation, what is remarkable is what different … [Read more...]

WTTC 2013 awards reward Responsible tourism and sustainable development efforts

The four winners announced this month for the World Tourism for Tomorrow awards are a reminder of the breadth of sustainable development issues such tourism operators address, and in many cases of the timeliness of their actions. In the Philippines, Il Nido was recognised for  more than two decades of work in sustainable development and tourism, and for being ahead of the curve by focussing not just on the much vaunted triple bottom line approach, but rather the Quadruple, namely Financial … [Read more...]