Closing date for African Responsible Tourism Awards extended

Tourism organisations that are interested in entering the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards (ARTA) but have not yet had a chance to complete their application now has a second chance – the closing date for applications has been extended to Friday, 20 January.

Award categories

This year, ARTA aims to celebrate tourism organisations doing good work in seven categories.

Best accommodation for social inclusion
This category is awarded to accommodation providers that create places to stay and work at which are supportive, fair and empowering.

2016 African winner for Best accommodation for Responsible Employment

2016 African winner for Best accommodation for Responsible Employment

Lemon Tree Hotels, India: 2016 World winner for Best accommodation for Responsible Employment

Lemon Tree Hotels, India: 2016 World winner for Best accommodation for Responsible Employment

Best for engaging people & culture
This category seeks to shine a light on the best examples of holidays which involve and celebrate local people, traditions and ways of life.

Coffeebeans Routes, South Africa: 2015 African winner for Best for Engaging People and Culture

Coffeebeans Routes, South Africa: 2015 African winner for Best for Engaging People and Culture

Bushmans Kloof, South Africa: 2016 African winner for Best Contribution to Cultural Heritage Conservation

Bushmans Kloof, South Africa: 2016 African winner for Best Contribution to Cultural Heritage Conservation

Best for habitat and species conservation
This category is awarded to a tourism business or initiative that had measurable success in preserving and managing habitat and species.

Mara Naboisho, Kenya: 2016 African winner for Best for Wildlife Conservation

Mara Naboisho, Kenya: 2016 African winner for Best for Wildlife Conservation

Ol Pejeta, Kenya: 2016 African winner for Best for Wildlife Conservation

Marine Dynamics, South Africa: 2015 African winner for Best for Wildlife Conservation

Sam Veasna Centre (SVC), Cambodia : 2016 World winner for Best for Wildlife Conservation

 

Best partnership for poverty reduction
The emphasis in this category is on the partnerships between tourism businesses that use travel experiences to achieve a measurable reduction in poverty among a local community, and include local and marginalised people.

!Xaus Lodge, South Africa: 2016 African winner for Best for Poverty Reduction

!Xaus Lodge, South Africa: 2016 African winner for Best for Poverty Reduction

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in partnership with the Grootbos Foundation, South Africa: 2016 African winner for Best for Poverty Reduction

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa: 2015 African winner for Best for Poverty Reduction

Transfrontier Parks Destinations, South Africa: 2016 African winner for Best for Poverty Reduction

TFPD, South Africa: 2015 African winner for Best for Poverty Reduction

Tren Ecuador, Ecuador : 2016 World winner for Best for Poverty Reduction

Tren Ecuador, Ecuador : 2016 World winner for Best for Poverty Reduction

 Best responsible event
This category is for an event that is designed, organised and managed in a way that minimises potential negative impacts and leaves a beneficial legacy for the host community and all involved.

Best responsible tourism campaign
This category is for a campaign from a tourism business or organisation which has successfully championed responsible tourism. This could be a marketing campaign or an advocacy campaign.

Great Plains Conservation, South Africa: 2016 African winner for Best Responsible Tourism Marketing Campaign

Great Plains Conservation, South Africa: 2016 African winner for Best Responsible Tourism Marketing Campaign

Friends International - ChildSafe, Cambodia: 2016 World winner for Best Responsible Tourism Marketing Campaign

Friends International – ChildSafe, Cambodia: 2016 World winner for Best Responsible Tourism Marketing Campaign

Best tour operator for impact in urban areas
This category is for a tourism business with an innovative and successful approach to responsible tourism within cities or urban settlements, using tourism for positive change within cities or urban settlements.

The Awards ceremony

The winners of the 2017 awards will be announced at a ceremony on 20 April at the World Travel Market Africa held in Cape Town. Winners of the African awards are automatically entered into the World Responsible Tourism Awards.

About WTM Africa

wtm africaWTM Africa is a vibrant, culturally diverse, must attend business-to-business travel and tourism event, with a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to African and International travel professionals.

Mirrored on flagship events WTM in London and Arabian Travel Market in Dubai – WTM Africa delivers a proven mix of hosted buyers, media, pre-scheduled appointments, on-site networking, evening functions and invited travel trade visitors and in 2016 saw a 23% increase in visitors compared to 2015. The only inbound and outbound show of its kind on the African continent, WTM Africa provides a platform to launch new products, increase brand exposure, debate industry issues, and gather market intelligence; to generate new sales leads, strengthen existing relationships and most importantly, close new business.

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