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World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM London 2016 longlist revealed

WTM  May 25, 2016

LONDON, England - Responsible Travel has today announced the select 75 organizations longlisted for the 2016 World Responsible Tourism at WTM London sponsored by the Belize Tourism Board.

Organizations in the running for the most rigorously judged awards for responsible tourism globally cover a diverse range of issues from campaigning and innovation to poverty reduction and the inclusion of marginalised people, from hotels with exemplary employment initiatives to wildlife and habitat conservation.

Representing a huge diversity of work in 30 countries worldwide, the longlist includes; a hotel in Dubai rescuing, rehabilitating and re-releasing turtles and educating guests and local children about conservation; an association of hotels and restaurants in Kerala working together to ensure food isn’t wasted and that no-one in their community goes hungry; a tour operator in India making heritage sites, street food markets and festivals accessible to all through sensory tours and tailored assistance; a campaign to stop child abuse in tourism in Cambodia; and a hotel offering employment, training and empowerment to refugees in Austria.

Justin Francis, managing director of Responsible Travel and founder of the Awards says “This is an exciting time of year - it’s when we first get our real glimpse into diversity of the stellar work being done in responsible tourism worldwide.

“There are a few things which have really got me excited this year and one is seeing representatives from destinations such as Dubai, places we don’t usually associate with responsible tourism, included in the longlist for the first time. For me this is a clear indication that the wider tourism industry is really recognising the importance and benefits of operating in a responsible way”.

Commenting on the standard of the entries, Chair of the Awards judging panel, Professor Harold Goodwin, says “We have an extremely strong field across all five categories and our judging panel will have some difficult decisions to make later this year. Each of the 75 longlisted organisations will now be invited to complete an in-depth review, and provide us with evidence and references to support the impact their work is having.” He adds “It is going to be harder than ever to win this year”.

Simon Press, Awards Judge and Senior Exhibition Director at World Travel Market in London, where the 2016 winners will be announced in a special ceremony as part of World Responsible Tourism Day is looking forward to celebrating the eventual winners “The 2016 Longlist is a real indication of the calibre of winners we will have this year. I’m looking forward to celebrating 10 years of World Responsible Tourism Day in November by sharing the stories of some of the most innovative, inspirational and effective responsible tourism initiatives we’ve ever seen”.

The 2016 list of finalists will be released in August, with the winners announced in a special ceremony at WTM London during World Responsible Tourism Day on 8th November 2016.

The 2016 Longlist:

!Xaus Lodge South Africa
African Adventures UK
All Out Africa Swaziland
Authenticitys Spain
Bahia Bustamante Lodge Argentina
Basecamp Explorer Kenya Kenya
Better Volunteering Better Care UK
Blood Lions South Africa
Bodhi Surf School Costa Rica
Buffalo Tours UK
Burj Al Arab Aquarium UAE
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Resort & Wellness Retreat South Africa
ChildSafe Movement Cambodia
China Highlights International Travel Service Co., LTD China
Dyer Island Cruises South Africa
Edirisa UK
Education For All Morocco Morocco
Elevate Destinations USA
Es Convent d'Ariany Spain
Exodus Travels UK
explorIndya India
ExploRussia Russia
Fogo Island Inn Canada
Banyan Tree - Seedlings Phuket Thailand
Great Plains Conservation South Africa
Grootbos Nature Reserve/Grootbos Foundation South Africa
Guludo Beach Lodge Mozambique
Heritage Tours India
High Places UK
Ilha Blue Lda Mozambique
Kabani Community Tourism & Services (p) ltd India
Kerala Hotel & Restaurant Association - Kozhikode India
Kerala Tourism India
Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED) Uganda
La Loma Jungle Lodge and Chocolate Farm Panama
magdas HOTEL Austria
Mara Naboisho Conservancy Kenya
Marine Dynamics South Africa
Misool Indonesia
National Department of Tourism, South Africa South Africa
Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort Canada
Nkwichi Lodge Mozambique
Ol Pejeta Conservancy Kenya
Oxalis Company Limited Vietnam
Oyster Worldwide UK
Planet Abled India
Reef Conservation International UK
Robinson Club Morocco
Sam Veasna Centre Cambodia
Sapa O'Chau Vietnam
Serena Hotels Kenya
Shangri La Barr al Jissah Resort Oman
Shinta Mani Cambodia
Simien Lodge PLC Ethiopia
Spier South Africa
Stormsriver Adventures Pty Ltd South Africa
Taste Belize Tours Belize
The Blue Yonder India
The East African Safari and Touring Company Ltd. Tanzania
The Haven, Uganda Uganda
The Lemon Tree Hotel Company India
Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge Nepal
Tongabezi Lodge Zambia
Tourism Vancouver Canada
Tren Ecuador Ecuador
TUI UK & Ireland UK
Viaggi Solidali Italy
Village Ways India
Welcome To My Yard Nepal
Wilderness Collection on behalf of Segera Kenya
Wilderness Safaris South Africa
World Animal Protection UK
World Cetacean Alliance UK
World Expeditions UK
Youth Career Initiative (YCI) UK

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