Destinations and businesses from anywhere in the world can vie for the 2021 Global Responsible Tourism Awards by submitting entries before September 1, 2021. The entries will be judged by an international team of judges drawn from across the industry, some long associated with the Responsible Tourism Awards, others new to the programme.
WTM Responsible Tourism is a program of interviews, panels and debates at four trade shows in the World Travel Market (WTM) Portfolio, including WTM London, Arabian Travel Market, WTM Latin America and WTM Africa.
One award will be given to each of the following regions: Africa, India, Latin America and the rest of the world – and the global awards are selected from the Gold winners in each of the region.
“Our chair of judges Professor Emeritus Harold Goodwin has chaired all the international and regional awards since 2004 when the Responsible Tourism Awards were launched,” a spokesperson for the organizers said.
Justin Francis, who initiated the awards, is again amongst the judges this year, the spokesperson added.
Martin Brackenbury, Caroline Warburton from Visit Scotland and Andrea Nicholaides from Green Tourism are judges again this year.
Becca Sampson from Booking.com, Caroline Bremner from Euromonitor, Rupesh Kumar for the Responsible Tourism Mission in Kerala, Uwerrn Jong from Out There Magazine, Joanne Hendrickx and Rachel McCaffery from Travel Without Plastic, Shannon Guihan from Treadright, and Antonio Buscardini from Travel Tomorrow are amongst the new judges this year.
WTM acts as an international forum to drive the responsible tourism agenda forward, through seminars at several of the portfolio’s travel trade exhibitions, World Responsible Tourism Day, and working with responsible tourism experts to provide insight through the WTM blog.