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Published on : Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The World Responsible Tourism Awards inspire positive changes in the way tourist companies are dealing with the natural environment of their destinations. The Awards are celebrated every year since 2004. They promote the tourism companies to preserve the natural environment and to bring profit to the local people.
The winners were:
Overall winner: TUI Nederland was overall winner of the Awards and also winner of the Award Best for Child Protection. TUI Nederland makes efforts to raise the tourists’ alertness on the question of child sexual exploitation. The travelers are urged to take action against child sexual exploitation and to report any doubtful activities they encounter abroad.
Best for the Local Economy: The winner of the Best for Local Economy Award was Village Ways, a tourist company with branches in India and Ethiopia. The company encourages the creation of the additional livelihoods in marginal rural areas and discourages migration of the locals due to poverty. The tourists that travel through the programs of Village Ways have the opportunity to visit different villages guided by locals.
Best for Responsible Wildlife Experiences: Nam Nern Night Safari in Lao is a tourist company that helps protect wildlife, particularly the tigers and their pray. The villagers are rewarded for each tourist who can see a tiger in its natural environment.
Best Destination for Responsible Tourism: Bonito, in Brazil, was winner of the Best Destination for Responsible Tourism. Bonito started to be a tourist destination in Brazil when it was promoted on Brazilian television for its natural beauty. The public authorities control the number of visitors in Bonito, through a voucher system, to ensure the long-term sustainability of the natural environment in this tourist destination.
Best for Responsible Tourism Campaigning: People and Places organization from UK, wins this category award. This had an impressive campaign for responsible volunteering and for child protection.
Best for Water Conservation: Chepu Adventures EcoLodge, from the Chiloe Island in Patagonia developed strategies for using rainwater and solar water heating tanks. They also engage the tourists to monitor their water use using computer feedback.
People’s Choice: Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve from Chile is focused on sustainability through their programs for forest and endangered species conservation. They also engage the local people in migrating from living off logging to make a living from tourist activities.