2013 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards Now Accepting Entries

2013 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards Now Accepting Entries

2013 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award

Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards: Opportunity for Asia-Based Accommodation Providers and Tour Operators Committed To Sustainability

Launched in 2006, the Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards honor innovative businesses that have excelled through the practice of responsible tourism. Now in their seventh year, the Awards are open to accommodations and tour operators across Asia in all shapes and sizes, budgets and locations.

 

Grounded in the UN World Tourism Organization's Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, the Awards have helped shape international standards for environmentally and socially sound tourism. The Wild Asia Awards remain the only Asia-wide awards program committed to recognizing sustainable tourism and to date have seen more than two hundred entries.

 

Organizations interested in applying can download an application form from the Wild Asia website and must apply by the deadline of May 23, 2013.

 

2013 Categories

  • Wild Asia Responsible Tourism AwardBest in Community Engagement and Development This award recognizes exceptional commitment to supporting the local community and economy in which the business operates.
  • Best in Cultural Preservation This award recognizes engagement and efforts by tourism businesses in preserving, enhancing and promoting local cultures and heritage.
  • Best in Protection of Natural Areas and/or Wildlife Conservation This award recognizes tourism businesses’ consideration of their local environment and biodiversity by actively supporting and protecting their natural assets.
  • Best in Resource Efficiency This award recognizes excellence in waste, water and energy management and sustainable architectural design in order to minimize the business’s environmental impact.
  • Most Inspiring Responsible Tourism Accommodation Provider This award recognizes the accommodation provider that excels in all of the above categories 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 accommodation of the year.
  • Most Inspiring Responsible Tour Operator (NEW!) This award recognizes the tour operator that excels in all of the above categories 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 responsible tourism business of the year.

 

Rewarding Responsible Tourism Practices

Wild Asia Responsible Tourism AwardEach one of the Finalists will undergo a rigorous judging process by an international panel of judges, each with a minimum of 10 years of responsible tourism experience from all corners of Asia. The 2013 Panel includes representatives from prestigious platforms such as The International Ecotourism Society, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Sustainable Travel International, PATA.

 

For Finalists of the Responsible Tourism Awards, the accolade and recognition validates each business’s efforts in responsible tourism and provides an international platform to showcase their dedication and commitment. Finalists will have a full report published on the Wild Asia website highlighting their achievements and why they were selected. These reports will act as practical tools for other tourism operations that want to adopt responsible tourism best practices.

 

The 2013 Awards' Winners will be announced at Asia's biggest business-to-business travel trade show ITB Asia in Singapore this October, as part of the international responsible tourism networking events.

 

More information about the Awards and how to apply be found on Wild Asia's website.

 

Photo Credits: Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards

 

 

 

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