World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM launches only publically voted category

The World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM has announced the launch of its only publically-voted category – the People’s Choice in Responsible Tourism in association with National Geographic Traveller (UK).
Nine recent previous winners of the World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM have been selected by the judging panel to go forward into this year’s People’s Choice category, representing a diverse range of responsible tourism experiences and achievements worldwide.

The finalists include an NGO educating the tourism industry and putting a stop to the unnecessary use of wild animals in tourism, an adventure park in rural Brazil redefining the meaning of truly accessible tourism, and an off-grid luxury beach resort near Zanzibar which has been conserving a fragile marine park and successfully supporting local students through education and into employment.

Justin Francis, managing director of organisers Responsible Travel, and founder of the Awards comments “One of the main aims of the World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM is to inspire tourists and the tourism industry by what is possible to achieve through responsible tourism.

“The People’s Choice Award is a real celebration of the best of the best globally. These diverse organisations are previous winners, already proven to be the leaders and innovators driving positive changes in the tourism industry, but we now want to know which of these provides the real inspiration to the travelling public.”

Everyone who casts a vote in the People’s Choice Award will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win an 8 day walking holiday for two to the Amalfi Coast, Italy, courtesy of Responsible Travel supplier, Exodus Travels.

This year the People’s Choice Award is launched in partnership with National Geographic Traveller (UK) magazine, with the voting hosted, for the first time, directly on the National Geographic Traveller website.

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK) said “We feel privileged to partner with Responsible Travel and act as an official media partner for these prestigious awards. National Geographic Traveller seeks to champion sustainable and responsible travel and as such we are excited about hosting the voting for the Peoples Choice for Responsible Tourism in the global search for the most inspirational and enduring responsible tourism experiences in the world.”

The nine organisations being put forward to the public vote are:
- Adventure Alternative, UK
- Campo & Parque Dos Sonhos, Brazil
- Chole Mjini, nr Zanzibar, Tanzania
- Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours, Australia
- Hotel Verde, Cape Town, South Africa
- Kutch Adventures India
- Thomson Airways, UK
- V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
- World Animal Protection, UK

Voting closes on Friday 21st August 2015 and the winner will be announced at the World Responsible Tourism Awards ceremony on World Responsible Tourism Day, 4th November 2015, at World Travel Market in London. The winner of the holiday prize draw will also be announced in November 2015.

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