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Africa Responsible Tourism Awards 2020

December 21, 2019
Harold Goodwin
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There are many examples of excellent, inspirational and replicable Responsible Tourism in Africa. Over the last five years there have been many outstanding Gold winners - you can find them all here.

The 2020 Inspirational Africa Responsible Tourism Awards

We invited all the Gold winners in the WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Awards and those for Africa who won Gold in the World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM London over the last five years (2015-2019) to apply for a 2020 Inspirational Africa Responsible Tourism Award. Inevitably the competition was tough. The judges have found worthy winners in all four categories. Africa has many of the world’s leading Responsible Tourism businesses, and destinations and the continent will be well represented at WTM London in 2022 when we mark 20 years of Responsible Tourism since the Cape Town Declaration in 2002.

We looked for businesses and organisations which can demonstrate the core Responsible Tourism values of transparency and respect, which can show their impact and which have, or could, inspire others to achieve more. We started the Africa Awards to identify solutions and encourage change, five years on it is time to look for those which are most inspiring and which can, and should, be replicated.

The Judges' Reasons for their decisions are explained here

The winners of the 2020 Inspirational Africa Responsible Tourism Awards

The Judges’ Awards – three out of five are from Africa

The Judges' Awards are given by the judges of any of the World Responsible Tourism Awards. These awards are rare and are used to recognise businesses which achieve in multiple categories and have been recognised by different panels of judges. Africa has three of the five Judges’ Awards which have so far been awarded.

Grootbos, South Africa (November 2019)

Ol Pejeta, Kenya (November 2019)

Transfrontier Parks Destination (TFPD), South Africa (April 2020)

Benefitting Local People
Gold: Uthando, South Africa
Silver: Coffeebeans Routes, South Africa

Destination Award
Gold: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre South Africa
Silver: Ilha Blue Island Safaris, Ilha de Moçambique

Responsible Business
Gold: Spier, South Africa
Silver: Chobe Game Lodge, Botswana

Gold: Great Plains Conservation, South Africa
Gold: Marine Dynamics & Dyer Island Conservation Trust, South Africa

The public vote results are here 

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