ARTA2016-500pxAfrican Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 at WTM Africa reap bountiful harvest

We are delighted to announce the official Longlist for the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016! 

The competition for the 2016 African Responsible Tourism Awards at Word Travel Market (WTM) Africa has started in earnest as the long list of organisations vying for the top spot is announced.

The long-listed tourism businesses, organisations and initiatives come from 13 countries – covering the continent north to south and east to west. The list includes nominees from Morocco, the Gambia, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, South Africa and many more.

The long-list names over 60 tourism organisations, initiatives, businesses and projects across eight categories. These categories include wildlife conservation, poverty reduction, best responsible tourism marketing campaign and best operator for people with disabilities.

The variety of organisations which have made it through to the long list this year demonstrates just how powerful a force for good responsible tourism is becoming in Africa. Each and every one of these organisations is playing an important role in championing responsible tourism. The quality of the entries is superb – we’ve seen the information submitted and are excited about the possibilities,” said Heidi van der Watt, founder of the awards and director of Better Tourism Africa.

The long-listed organisations will now be put through their paces with the Awards customary rigorous questioning, which will then be shared with the judging team. Chair of Judges, Professor Harold Goodwin says  “There is a strong field for the African Responsible Tourism Awards (ARTA) this year, illustrating the number and range of businesses taking responsibility for ensuring that they minimise their negative impacts and increase their positive ones. Those long listed will now be invited to complete a detailed questionnaire, we’ll take up references and make some inquiries and on judging day, we’ll identify those that demonstrate the difference that taking responsibility can make and which have the capacity to educate and inspire others to be more responsible – it makes business sense.”

The independent judging team will debate and make their own decision as to the winners, based on the evidence and information provided to them. Any support or otherwise for the long listed organisations can be sent to  A shortlist, to be announced on 1 April, will be chosen from the long list by a judging panel made up of industry experts.

The award winners will be announced at the 2016 African Responsible Tourism Awards on Thursday 7 April 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town. The awards are part of the responsible tourism programme at WTM Africa, which takes place from 6 – 8 April 2016.

Download the full press release here .

The 2016 ARTA longlist

ARTA16 Longlist