There are seven categories in the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards. Click on the links below to find out more about each of the categories and its supporters.
sponsored by Wesgro
The Overall winner accolade is awarded to the top contender amongst the #ARTA17 finalists and represents the best of the best.
|Best Accommodation for Social Inclusion
supported by Better Tourism Africa
The Best accommodation for social inclusion is awarded to accommodation providers that create places to stay and work at which are supportive, fair and empowering. This category is for accommodations which work to employ local and marginalised people and achieve shared value with local communities.
|Best for Engaging People & Culture
Supported by Transfrontier Parks Destinations
The Best for Engaging People & Culture category seeks to shine a light on the best examples of holidays which involve and celebrate local people, traditions and ways of life.
|Best for Habitat & Species Conservation
Supported by CapeNature
The Best for habitat and conservation category is awarded to a tourism business or initiative that had measurable success in preserving and managing habitat and species
|Best Partnership for Poverty Reduction
Supported by Africa Ignite
The Best for poverty reduction is one of the longest standing categories of the World Responsible Tourism Awards and African Responsible Tourism Awards. In 2017, the emphasis is on the partnerships that use travel experiences to achieve a measurable reduction in poverty among a local community, and include local and marginalised people – creating economically and socially inclusive forms of tourism provision and shared value with local communities.
|Best Responsible Event
Supported by BulkSMS
The Best Responsible Event 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
Supported by Cape Town Pass and Cellar in the City
The Best Responsible Tourism Campaign 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.
|Best Tour Operator for Impact in Urban Areas
Supported by Marine Dynamics
The Best Tour Operator for Impact in Urban Areas 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.