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Your Voice, Your Vote – travellers lead the People’s Choice for Responsible Tourism

August 22, 2014 Accolades No Comments Email Email

From kayaking at dawn to safaris by night, travellers can choose their favourite responsible tourism organisation from a special selection in a unique awards category decided entirely by public vote. Everyone who votes will be entered into a competition to win 10-day holiday for two to Oman.

Now in it’s second year, the People’s Choice category, sponsored by Slovenia Tourist Board, is welcoming back 9 of last year’s winners and highly commended organisations for travellers to choose from. Each one has submitted a special video to help the public decide.

As Headline Sponsor in 2013, we were delighted to meet and celebrate with the winners at the Awards ceremony in London last year,” said Alison Cryer, Director of Oman Ministry of Tourism, MBR office UK & Ireland. “This year, we are excited to welcome them back to be considered for the People’s Choice for Responsible Tourism Award, and to hear them share the stories of their businesses once again.”

Watch the videos and cast your vote before Monday 15 August by visiting

Read the full selection of organisations travellers can vote for below.

Chepu Adventures Ecolodge
Located on Chiloé Island in the South of Chile, Chepu Adventures Ecolodge specialise in offering kayaking excursions at dawn. Some people are often surprised to hear that, in Chile, water shortages can be a real problem. To achieve water sustainability, Chepu Adventures Ecolodge custom-designed many innovative water saving and management infrastructures, including a computer-generated information system, that informs clients in each lodge of their water consumption level in real-time.

The Great Projects
Working with organisations all over the world, The Great Projects offer volunteering experiences that aim to strike a balance between the most enjoyable holidays and the best in wildlife welfare. With the The Great Projects, travellers can volunteer responsibly with some of the most endangered animals, without compromising their care.

Mara Naboisho
The Maasai word ‘Naboisho’ means ‘coming together’ – and it couldn’t be more appropriate for this conservancy. Recognised for an Award in 2013 as one of the best destinations for responsible tourism, Mara Naboisho Conservancy is dedicated to securing livelihoods for local people. Behind the hosting of memorable wildlife watching experiences, Mara Naboisho were the first conservancy to get a 15 year lease from landowners, where rent goes directly to owners’ bank accounts.

Nam Nern Night Safari
How many safaris can you name that pay the local community for the wildlife you see? Recognised for their unique approach to responsible wildlife watching in last year’s Awards, Nam Nern Night Safari work with 14 local communities in Laos to organise wildlife safaris with a difference. They give each animal a value, and encourage travellers to keep a record of the animals they see. The more wildlife seen, the more money is raised for the local community, reducing the poaching of endangered wildlife.

people and places
It’s not always easy to find the most responsible volunteering opportunities, which is why people and places stand out – demonstrating best practice and raising awareness of important tourism issues, so volunteers can sort the good from the bad. Recognised last year for responsible tourism campaigning, people and places were celebrated for their highly effective campaign to bring the issues surrounding irresponsible volunteering to the attention of would-be volunteers, voluntourism tour operators and the wider general public.

Operating out of Punta Gorda town, a small fishing community in Southern Belize, ReefCI have been mobilising travellers to help them in their marine conservation work. With traveller’s help, they collect data which supports the protection and conservation of marine species, and helps promote sustainable fishing practices too. The judges awarded them for their excellent contribution to not only conservation, but the community of Punta Gorda as well.

Like to ski? Don’t like the carbon intensive way of getting there? Snowcarbon have you covered. Recognised for an Award last year for their work in responsible tourism campaigning, Snowcarbon was set up to increase the sustainability of ski holidays by encouraging, enabling and inspiring skiers to travel to ski resorts by train instead of flying or driving. Their journey planner provides an easy way for skiers to book their train journey to the slopes, and they’ve also partnered with the Ski Club of Great Britain to promote rail travel to ski resorts.

TUI Nederland
Sometimes responsible tourism requires confronting difficult issues that others might not. Last year, travel organisation TUI Nederland was recognised for doing just that, when they were awarded for their courage and commitment to fighting child abuse in all its forms. Seeking to confront the silent growth of child sex tourism in Northeast Brazil, TUI Nederland partnered with child-centred organisation Plan and other organisations in Brazil and the Netherlands to launch a campaign to say “a collective ‘NO’ to child sex tourism”.

Village Ways
Some of the best responsible tourism experiences make you feel like you’re part of the community. With Village Ways, that feeling comes with the bonus of having a real benefit on the local economy. Specialising in meaningful cultural experiences between travellers and rural communities in India, Village Ways were recognised for creating wealth in the poor villages that needed it most.

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