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Responsible tourism awards announced at WTM 2013

TUI Nederland, part of TUI Travel PLC, has won the 10th World Responsible Tourism Awards announced at the World Travel Market 2013.

TUI Nederland was commended for its work in child protection, in particular their “Say NO to child sex tourism in the Northeast of Brazil” project and a campaign across Dutch airports to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation issues among travellers. It also won the award Best for Child Protection, which was sponsored by Visit Norway.

“TUI Nederland was chosen as the overall winner because of the scale of its achievement in child protection, an area of responsible tourism which many businesses are reluctant to address,” Harold Goodwin, the awards’ chair of judges, said.

“The judges were impressed by TUI Nederland’s willingness to raise this sensitive issue with their clients and Dutch travellers in general, in order to urge them to take action and to report their suspicions when abroad. The judges felt that TUI Nederland’s overall holistic approach was highly replicable and hope that others will emulate the company’s leadership.”

The awards ceremony was held as part of WTM World Responsible Tourism Day. They were presented by Justin Francis, managing director of ResponsibleTravel.com, and His Excellency Ahmed bin Nasser bin Hamad al Mahrzi, tourism minister of the Sultanate of Oman, the headline sponsor of the awards.

 

WORLD RESPONSIBLE TOURISM AWARD WINNERS 2013

 

1. Overall Winner – sponsored by the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism

TUI Nederland, the Netherlands

 

2. Best for Responsible Wildlife Experiences – sponsored by Namibia Tourism

Winner: Nam Nern Night Safari, Lao PDR, set up by Wildlife Conservation Society

Highly Commended:

ReefCI, Belize

The Great Projects, Africa, Asia, South America & Europe

 

3. Best for Water Conservation – sponsored by New York State Division of Tourism

Winner: Chepu Adventures EcoLodge, Chiloe Island in Patagonia

Highly Commended:

Chumbe Island Coral park, off Zanzibar/Tanzania

 

4. Best for the Local Economy – sponsored by Johannesburg Tourism

Winner: Village Ways, India & Ethiopia

Highly Commended:

Basecamp Explorer Kenya, Masai Mara Kenya

 

5. Best for Responsible Tourism Campaigning – sponsored by the Caribbean Tourism Association

Winner: people and places, UK

Highly Commended:

Snowcarbon, The Alps

 

6. Best Destination for Responsible Tourism – sponsored by Jersey Tourism

Winner: Bonito, Brazil

Highly Commended:

Nature Park & Glacier Region Kaunertal, Tyrolean Alps in Austria

Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Masai Mara in Kenya

Valleys Regional Park, Wales

 

7. Best for Child Protection – sponsored by Visit Norway

Winner: TUI Nederland, the Netherlands

Highly Commended:

Intrepid Travel, Australia

Friends International for ChildSafe Network in Cambodia, Lao, Thailand & Indonesia

 

8. Best Photography for Responsible Tourism – sponsored by Lithuania State Department of Tourism

There were no winners for this category but three photographers were highly commended for their attempt at depicting what responsible tourism stands for: Chris Willan, Macy Anonuevo, Tanushree Singh

 

9. People’s Choice – sponsored by Destination British Columbia

For this category, a panel of judges selected five previous recent winners that represented the diversity of Responsible Tourism. The public was then asked to select their favourite.

Winner: Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, Chile

Runners up:

Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant, UK

Reality Tours & Travel, India

3 Sisters Adventure Trekking, Nepal

Whale Watch Kaikoura, New Zealand

 

TTG Nordic

[pictured: The campaign “Say NO to child sex tourism in the Northeast of Brazil” in action; courtesy World Responsible Tourism Awards]

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