The challenging year the world is facing due to Pandemic has not been an obstacle to the continued success of the Sustainable Tourism Awards. In its nineteenth edition, 44 entries from 23 countries have been received to compete in the nine available categories (Participants in the 19th edition of the Sustainable Tourism Awards).
‘The Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards are geared towards enhancing the visibility and grant recognition to entities within the Travel and Tourism Industry,’ said Peter Morrison, World President of Skål International.
In this edition, three prominent and distinguished judges from internationally recognised entities; Patricio Azcárate Díaz de Losada, General Secretary, Responsible Tourism Institute, Ellen Rugh, Program Manager, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) and Dr. Louis D’Amore, Founder and President, International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) have independently evaluated each entry based on leadership criteria in sustainability that encompass tangible, measurable benefits to the environment, enhance business, society and the communities in which they operate.
During the virtual General Assembly of Skål Clubs held on October 17, 2020, over 220 delegates participated from over 90 countries, the winners of the 2020 Sustainable Tourism Awards have officially been announced as follow:
WINNERS OF THE 2020 SKÅL INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABLE TOURISM:
- COMMUNITY AND GOVERNMENT PROJECTS: The UN International Trade Center(ITC). Myanmar.
- COUNTRYSIDE AND BIODIVERSITY: Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda IAP. México.
- EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES AND MEDIA: Western University. Canada.
- MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: Aquila Private Game Reserve. South Africa.
- MARINE AND COASTAL: Misool. Indonesia.
- RURAL ACCOMMODATION: Tamara Leisure Experiences. India.
- TOUR OPERATORS AND TRAVEL AGENTS: Global Himalayan Expeditions. India.
- URBAN ACCOMMODATION: The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments and Lakeside Residences. New Zealand.
- WINNERS OF THE 2020 SKÅL BIOSPHERE AWARD: Global Himalayan Expeditions. India.
The selection has been made based on the pillars of sustainability of the Responsible Tourism Institute and the winner will be offered a one-year free Biosphere Certification in one of their available categories.
This is an excerpt from the press release originally published by PR Newswire.