Africa leads #WRTA16 longlist

An incredible one-third of tourism organizations (or 28 out of 75 to be exact) longlisted for the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards can be found in Africa‬! Fittingly, the longlist was announced on ‪#AfricaDay2016‬.

WRTA16 distribution

A full 15 of the #WRTA16 contenders were winners in the 2015 or 2016 African Responsible Tourism Awards. The African Responsible Tourism Awards are part of the World Responsible Tourism Awards family and are held during WTM Africa.

arta2016_winners-collage

The African contenders for #WRTA16 are (ARTA winners in italics):

  • Xaus Lodge – South Africa

  • All Out Africa – Swaziland
  • Basecamp Explorer Kenya – Kenya
  • Blood Lions – South Africa
  • Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Resort & Wellness Retreat – South Africa
  • Dyer Island Cruises – South Africa
  • Edirisa – Uganda
  • Education For All Morocco – Morocco
  • Great Plains Conservation – South Africa
  • Grootbos Nature Reserve/Grootbos Foundation – South Africa
  • Guludo Beach Lodge – Mozambique
  • Ilha Blue Lda – Mozambique
  • Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED) – Uganda
  • Mara Naboisho Conservancy – Kenya
  • Marine Dynamics – South Africa
  • National Department of Tourism, South Africa – South Africa
  • Nkwichi Lodge – Mozambique
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Kenya
  • Robinson Club – Morocco
  • Serena Hotels – Kenya
  • Simien Lodge PLC – Ethiopia
  • Spier – South Africa
  • Stormsriver Adventures Pty Ltd – South Africa
  • The East African Safari and Touring Company Ltd. – Tanzania
  • The Haven, Uganda – Uganda
  • Tongabezi Lodge – Zambia
  • Wilderness Collection on behalf of Segera – Kenya
  • Wilderness Safaris – South Africa

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

The competition is tough, and we wish all longlisted best of luck!

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