African Responsible Tourism Awards
The African Responsible Tourism Awards were established in 2014 to celebrate and inspire change in the African tourism industry. The awards rest on a simple principle – that all types of tourism, from niche to mainstream, can and should be organised in a way that preserves, respects and benefits destinations and local people.
Our ambition is to showcase great examples of responsible tourism in practice and to use them to educate others about what can be achieved and to challenge others to do as well or better.
We are also keen to see businesses which can report their initiatives and document their impact, both increasing positive economic, social and environmental impacts and by reducing negatives ones. So the awards also includes a category for Best for Global Goals Reporting. This 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.