The WTM World Responsible Tourism Gold and Silver Award finalists have been announced for 2019. After an extensive process, the panel of expert judges have decided on 14 global businesses, destinations and organisations to receive the prestigious awards. The esteemed panel of industry professionals filtered through masses of applications to find the best of the best to fit within six categories; Wildlife and Nature Conservation, Reducing Carbon & Other Greenhouse Gases, Benefiting Local People, Transparent Reporting, Reducing Plastic Waste and Coping with Success, dealing with Over tourism.
Last year Kerala Tourism and CGH earth Hotels from India won this prestigious award in two different categories. This time The Goat Village from Uttarakhand is the only organization, found a place in the 20 finalists from worldwide.
The Goat Village, a bouquet of farm retreats and homestays managed by The Green People, is an initiative having multiple social dimensions. The Green People has partnered with locales across the state and managing them to create basic lifestyle experiences for visitors. Each cluster of these accommodation locations are engaged in Goat Farming and many other Agro practices to provide a better livelihood to the locals and to give a firsthand experience to tourists in the basics of Life Sciences.
The 2019 WTM World Responsible Tourism Gold and Silver Award finalists are:
&Beyond – Luxury Safaris in Africa, Asia, and South America, Batu – Tengah Island, Malaysia, Feynan Ecolodge – Jordan, Grootbos – South Africa, Iberostar – Global Hotels and Resorts, Kilkee – County Clare, Ireland, Les Villages Nature – Paris, France, Nikoi Island – Indonesia, Ol Pejeta – Nanyuki, Kenya, Park Güell – Barcelona, Spain, Six Senses Laamu – Maldives, Soneva – The Maldives and Thailand, The Goat Village – Uttarakhand, India, TUI UK and Ireland
“To become a Finalist in the WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards is a significant achievement, it marks you out as a leader in Responsible Tourism; it carries a responsibility to exercise leadership,” said Chair of the Judges Harold Goodwin.
“Our purpose in organising the Awards has not changed since they were launched back in 2004 – we want to encourage change in the industry, to single out for recognition those who are taking responsibility and can evidence that they are having a positive impact, that they are making tourism better.”
There will also be an overall winner to be announced at WTM London, on Wednesday 6th November 2019 as part of WTM World Responsible Tourism Day – the largest day of responsible tourism day in the world.