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Sustainability at the Forefront – 2015 Responsible Tourism Awards

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rt-asia partnerThis weekend the travel industry will see sustainability at the forefront at 2015 PATA Travel Mart in Bangalore, 6-8 September, 2015.  The winner of this year’s Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards will be announced after months of suspense.

Everything from large hotel chains to grass-roots initiatives are reflected in the list of  finalists selected from tourism organizations across Asia, announced in June, and rigorous inspections have been taking place since then. 

 

Here’s more about the finalists and the awards from the Wild Asia press release:

The Wild Asia Awards was the first of its kind to identify Asia based sustainability superstars in the travel industry, and remains the only regional responsible tourism awards. The Awards are based on the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s Criteria, and provide a unique opportunity for tourism businesses and projects to benchmark their work against international standards. Participants also benefit from gaining third party verification from the panel of esteemed expert judges.

This September, Winners will be officially announced and celebrated at the 2015 PATA Travel Mart in Bangalore. “Sustainability is one of the main advocacy themes of the Association and an important issue to address when we talk about the responsible development of travel and tourism,” said Mario Hardy, PATA CEO. “We are therefore delighted to host the Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards at this year’s Travel Mart and share in the celebration of tourism organisations that truly exemplify what it means to be sustainable. Wild Asia is a valued PATA Sustainability Partner, and a special partner of the Responsible Travel Pavilion at PTM, a space where like-minded organisations can gather, share knowledge, and build business.”

Photo: Courtesy of Wild Asia

Photo: Courtesy of/copyright Wild Asia

Here are the finalists in each of the award categories:

Best in Community Engagement and Development

This award recognizes exceptional commitment to supporting the local community and economy in which your business operates.

  • Lanjia Lodge, Thailand
  • Xintuo Ecotourism, China
  • CRDTours, Cambodia

 

Best in Protection of Natural Areas & Wildlife Conservation

This award recognizes tourism businesses’ consideration of their local environment and biodiversity by actively supporting and protecting their natural assets.

  • Club Med Cherating,Malaysia
  • Gaya Island, Malaysia

Best in Resource Efficiency

This award recognizes excellence in waste, water and energy management and sustainable architectural design in order to minimize your business’s environmental impact.

  • Jetwing Yala, Sri Lanka

 

Most Inspiring Responsible Tourism Operator

This award recognizes the tourism operator that excels by taking into consideration all the key principles of responsible tourism (maximum positive impacts to the local community and minimum negative impacts to the environment) and awards innovation for this most inspiring tourism business of the year.

  • El Nido Resorts, Philippines
  • Khiri Travel group, Thailand
  • Nikoi Island, Indonesia

 

Most Inspiring Responsible Tourism Initiative

This award recognizes grass-roots initiatives championing responsible tourism within their destination.

  • Capilano University Sapa CBTs, Vietnam
  • EXO Foundation,Cambodia
  • Kinyei, Cambodia

 

Finalists have undergone further rigorous investigation to determine the 2015 Winners. As a result, thorough open-source articles will become available on the Wild Asia website for each of these businesses or projects. The aim of sharing successes, challenges, and lessons learned, is to inspire and influence the industry to adopt measures to become more socially and environmentally responsible.

 

Stay tuned to find out who will come out on top in this year’s awards at Wild Asia Tourism! And find out more about Wild Asia and all they do to address environmental and social issues.

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