The five categories in the 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards reflect several of Africa’s sustainable development challenges – decent work and social inclusion, marine conservation, celebrating cultures, water efficiency and sustainable consumption and production. Help us show the world that Africa’s tourism businesses generously invest in a prosperous future for the continent; submit your entry by 22 February 2018.
Click on the link below each category description to download the application form. Please note, that unlike previous years in which there were two rounds in which applicants had to provide information – the first which asked for an overview and the second that asked for more depth – there is now only a single application.
Best for Marine Species and Habitat Conservation
The Best for Marine Species and Habitat Conservation category is awarded to a tourism organisation or initiative that has a measurable success in conserving and managing andmarine habitats and species.
Explained: The focus of Best for Marine Species and Habitat Conservation is on tourism providers – whether tour operators, accommodation establishments, activity operators or conservation organisations – which have, through tourism, achieved measurable species and/or habitat conservation objectives in marine environments. Initiatives might include diving trails, wildlife watching experiences, places to stay or other tourism experiences which benefit species and/or habitats and local communities.
What the Judges want: Leadership in responsible tourism policies and practices in a marine setting, positive integration and relationships with local communities, proven achievements in maintaining species and/or habitats, measures of success and ideas which can be adapted and developed by tourism providers around the world.
Best for Decent Work and Inclusion
The Best for Decent Work and Inclusion category is for a tourism organisation that has an exemplary approach to employment and treatment of staff, and a creative and long-term approach to including local producers in the supply chain.
Explained: The Best for Decent Work and Inclusion category is looking for tourism organisations that create places to work which are supportive, fair and empowering – and looks beyond meeting legal requirements. This category is for organisations for whom the belief and practice of fair wages and decent working conditions is fundamental. These organisations also celebrate the skills of local people, employ local staff and offer training and progression opportunities. We are also looking for evidence of active engagement with local producers and their inclusion in the supply chain.
What the Judges want: Organisations with a demonstrated commitment to, and a clear emphasis on, decent and fair working conditions. The winner will demonstrate a holistic approach to the welfare and skills development of its staff and significant achievement in local sourcing and employment.
Best for Innovation in Water Management
Best for Innovation in Water Management is awarded to a tourism organisation showing ingenuity and genuine effectiveness in the management of water.
Explained: The Best for Innovation in Water Management category awards innovative and replicable practices in water sourcing, the reduction of water use and wastewater levels and the disposal of wastewater.
What the Judges want: Tourism organisations with innovative policies and replicable practices in water management, a proven track record of achievement in the form of comparative data, a commitment to the future, and a model for leadership in the industry.
Best Responsible Cultural Experience
The Best Responsible Cultural Experience is awarded to a tourism organisation for a tourism experience that puts the exploration and appreciation of local people and their cultures at its heart.
Explained: The Awards are committed to the idea that tourism experiences are better, more enjoyable and more memorable when they’re organised with the local community and culture in mind. The Best Responsible Cultural Experience seeks to shine a light on the best examples of experiences which involve and celebrate local people, their way of life and their expression of their culture. Cultural sites, performances, festivals, tours, interactive activities and places (e.g. precincts, villages, towns) that inspire and promote responsible cultural experiences may enter this category.
What the judges want: Tourism providers with exciting experiences that demonstrate and celebrate local cultures and ways of life, and which involve locals in the delivery of the experience.
Best for Global Goals
The Best for Global Goals category is awarded to a tourism organisation that leverages tourism to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and then transparently reports on the impacts of their responsible tourism efforts.
Explanation: The Best for Global Goals category is looking for examples of good practice where tourism organisations and destinations leverage tourism to make better places for people to live in, and then publish details of outcomes to demonstrate what can be achieved.
What the Judges want: The judges are looking for tourism organisations that can demonstrate their positive sustainable development impact. They recognise that smaller companies will have smaller impacts but feel strongly that smaller businesses and organisations are no less worthy of an award. Instead the awards are looking to recognise effective approaches to reporting the impact of their sustainability efforts and communicating it to consumers, local people and governments.