The challenging year the world is facing due to Pandemic has not been an obstacle to the continued success of the Sustainable Tourism Awards. In its nineteenth edition, 44 entries from 23 countries have been received to compete in the nine available categories. The Sustainable Tourism Awards showcase how travel is changing and why travelers are embracing a more ethical journey.
‘The Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards are geared towards enhancing the visibility and grant recognition to entities within the Travel and Tourism Industry,’ said Peter Morrison, World President of Skål International.
In this edition, three prominent and distinguished judges from internationally recognised entities; Patricio Azcárate Díaz de Losada, General Secretary, Responsible Tourism Institute, Ellen Rugh, Program Manager, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) and Dr. Louis D’Amore, Founder and President, International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) have independently evaluated each entry based on leadership criteria in sustainability that encompass tangible, measurable benefits to the environment, enhance business, society and the communities in which they operate.
During the virtual General Assembly of Skål Clubs held on October 17, 2020, over 220 delegates participated from over 90 countries, the winners of the 2020 Sustainable Tourism Awards have officially been announced as follow:
WINNERS OF THE 2020 SKÅL INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABLE TOURISM:
- COMMUNITY AND GOVERNMENT PROJECTS: The UN International Trade Center(ITC). Myanmar.
- COUNTRYSIDE AND BIODIVERSITY: Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda IAP. México.
- EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES AND MEDIA: Western University. Canada.
- MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: Aquila Private Game Reserve. South Africa.
- MARINE AND COASTAL: Misool. Indonesia.
- RURAL ACCOMMODATION: Tamara Leisure Experiences. India.
- TOUR OPERATORS AND TRAVEL AGENTS: Global Himalayan Expeditions. India.
- URBAN ACCOMMODATION: The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments and Lakeside Residences. New Zealand.
- WINNERS OF THE 2020 SKÅL BIOSPHERE AWARD: Global Himalayan Expeditions. India.
‘Skål International would like to thank all the entities presented to these awards for their participation, as well as give sincere congratulations to all the winners in this edition which is being held in a year of challenges, in which the fight for the restoration of Tourism at a global level must be the priority of all of us who are part of the industry,’ said Daniela Otero, CEO of Skål International.
Skål International expressed its appreciation to Biosphere Tourism who has given, for second consecutive year, the ‘Special Skål Biosphere Award’ to one of the winners of the Sustainable Tourism Awards.
The selection has been made based on the pillars of sustainability of the Responsible Tourism Institute and the winner will be offered a one-year free Biosphere Certification in one of their available categories.
Skål International is the world’s largest global network of Tourism Professionals promoting Tourism, Business and Friendship worldwide since 1934. Its members are Directors and Executives of the Tourism sector who relate to each other to address issues of common interest, improving a business network and promoting destinations.