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India ICRT Awards 2024

February 10, 2024
Kerry K-C
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This page can be translated into Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi and Urdu - use the box in the top right of the screen to translate this page.

The ICRT India and the Subcontinent awards are now open for nominations. These are regional awards and a part of the Global Responsible Tourism Awards. All gold winners of the regional awards for India and the Subcontinent, directly enter the global Responsible Tourism Awards. Entries are open until 30th June. Winners of the regional Awards will be announced at BLTM Delhi on 30th – 31st August 2024. Global award winners will be announced in November. We look forward to receiving your applications.

There are six categories in 2024:    (1) Making Travel Inclusive (2) Championing Cultural Diversity (3) Nature Positive (4) What are you doing about Climate Change? (5)  Increasing local sourcing- Creating shared value (6) Employing and Upskilling Local Communities. Gold winners in each regional awards programme automatically enter the Global Awards. Full details of the categories below.

The closing date for entries is 30th  June 2024.  To apply for inclusion in the 2024 awards please register here.  You will then be sent the application forms(s).

Hindi: रिस्पॉन्सबल  टूरिज़म अंतर्गत, अंतरराष्ट्रीय रिस्पॉन्सबल टूरिज़्म केंद्र भारत एवं उप महाद्वीप फ़ाउंडेशन ने पुरस्कारों हेतु नामांकन प्राप्त करना प्रारंभ कर दिया है।
ये पुरस्कार भारत और उप महाद्वीपीय क्षेत्रों के लिए क्षेत्रीय पुरस्कार है और ये आईसीआरटी वैश्विक पुरस्कार का हिस्सा भी हैं।

इस पुरस्कार के माध्यम से भारत एवं उप महाद्वीपीय क्षेत्रीय पुरस्कारों की सभी स्वर्ण विजेता सीधे  आईसीआरटी वैश्विक ज़िम्मेदार पर्यटन पुरस्कारों के लिए स्वतः नामांकित होते हैं। इन पुरस्कारों की प्रविष्टियां प्राप्त करने की अंतिम तिथि 30 जून 2024 है। इन क्षेत्रीय पुरस्कारों के विजेताओं की घोषणा 30-31 अगस्त 2024 को बीएलटीएम  दिल्ली के कार्यक्रम में की जावेगी।हम आपको आवेदन करने हेतु आमंत्रित करते हैं।

Marathi: इंटरनॅशनल सेंटर फॉर रिस्पॉन्सिबल टुरिझम (ICRT), भारत आणि उपखंडातील पुरस्कार आता नामांकनांसाठी खुले आहेत. हे पुरस्कार  प्रादेशिक  स्वरूपाचे असून, जागतिक जबाबदार पर्यटन पुरस्कार म्हणजेच ग्लोबल रिस्पॉन्सिबल टुरिझम अवॉर्ड्सचा एक भाग आहेत. भारत आणि उपखंडातील प्रादेशिक पुरस्कारांच्या सर्व सुवर्ण विजेत्यांना थेट जागतिक जबाबदार पर्यटन पुरस्कारांमध्ये प्रवेश मिळतो. प्रवेशिका दि. 30 जूनपर्यंत खुल्या असून दि. 30 ते 31 ऑगस्ट 2024 रोजी दिल्ली येथे होणाऱ्या BLTM येथे प्रादेशिक पुरस्कार विजेत्यांची घोषणा केली जाणार आहे. तसेच जागतिक पुरस्कार विजेत्यांची घोषणा नोव्हेंबरमध्ये केली जाईल. तरी, या संधीचा फायदा घेत तुमचे अर्ज लवकरात लवकर पाठवा.
Malayalam: ഇന്റർനാഷണൽ സെന്റർ ഫോർ റെസ്പോൺസിബിൾ ടൂറിസത്തിന്റെ  ഇന്ത്യൻ ഉപഭൂഖണ്ഡത്തിലേയും ഇന്ത്യയിലേയും 2024 ലെ റെസ്പോൺസിബിൾ ടൂറിസം അവാർഡിനുള്ള നോമിനേഷനുകൾ ഇപ്പോൾ നൽകാവുന്നതാണ്.
റെസ്പോൺ
സിബിൾ ടൂറിസം ഗ്ലോബൽ അവാർഡുകളുടെ റീജിയണൽ അവാർഡായ ഇതിലെ ഗോൾഡ് അവാർഡ് ജേതാക്കൾക്ക് ഗ്ലോബൽ അവാർഡിലേക്ക് നേരിട്ട് എൻട്രി ലഭിക്കും. അവാർഡ് നോമിനേഷനുകൾ 2024 ജൂൺ 30 വരെ സമർപ്പിക്കാം.
ഇന്ത്യൻ ഉപ ഭൂഖണ്ഡത്തിലേയും ഇന്ത്യയിലെയും വിജയികളെ 2024 ആഗസ്റ്റ് 30 - 31 തീയതികളിൽ ഡൽഹിയിൽ വച്ച് നടക്കുന്ന ബി എൽ ടി എം -ൽ വച്ച് പ്രഖ്യാപിക്കും.
ഗ്ലോബൽ അവാർഡ് ജേതാക്കളെ 2024 നവംബറിൽ പ്രഖ്യാപിക്കും.
Bengali: ICRT ইন্ডিয়া এবং উপমহাদেশীয় পুরস্কার এখন মনোনয়নের জন্য উন্মুক্ত। এগুলো আঞ্চলিক পুরস্কার এবং গ্লোবাল রেসপন্সিবল ট্যুরিজম অ্যাওয়ার্ডের একটি অংশ। ভারত এবং উপমহাদেশের আঞ্চলিক পুরস্কারের সমস্ত স্বর্ণ বিজয়ীরা সরাসরি গ্লোবাল রেসপন্সিবল ট্যুরিজম অ্যাওয়ার্ডে প্রবেশ করে। এন্ট্রি 30 জুন পর্যন্ত খোলা আছে। আঞ্চলিক পুরষ্কার বিজয়ীদের 30-31শে আগস্ট 2024 তারিখে BLTM দিল্লিতে ঘোষণা করা হবে৷ নভেম্বরে বৈশ্বিক পুরস্কার বিজয়ীদের ঘোষণা করা হবে৷ আমরা আপনার আবেদন প্রাপ্তির জন্য উন্মুখ
India is now the world's leading Responsible Tourism destination.   In 2021, India won four of the six Global Responsible Tourism Awards presented at WTM, London. In the ICRT Awards for India in 2022, some very strong contenders were recognised; they can be found here. In 2022, Lemon Tree Hotels and Water Street, Kerala, won two of the six Global Award categories. In 2023, India won in two categories of the Global Awards: (1) RT Mission Kerala, Joint Winner Best for Local Sourcing Craft and Food - link and (2) Soar Excursions, Joint Winner Best for Meaningful Connections link.

 

The 2023 ICRT India Responsible Tourism Award winners 

Those who win Gold in the 2024 India Awards will be entered into the Global Awards, to be announced from London in early November.

The 2024 World Responsible Tourism Awards Categories are

  1. Making Travel Inclusive

  2. Championing Cultural Diversity  

  3. Nature Positive 

  4. What are you doing about Climate Change?  

  5. Increasing local sourcing- Creating shared value 

  6. Employing and Upskilling Local Communities 

     

Closing date for entries is 30th  June 2024.  To apply for inclusion in the 2024 awards please register here.  You will then be sent the application forms(s).

The Awards ceremony is to be held at BLTM, New Delhi 30th - 31st August 2024

1. MAKING TRAVEL INCLUSIVE 

The travel industry is lagging behind other sectors in advancing inclusion. The travel and tourism sector needs to widen its offer. The need for action is more pressing than ever.

Inclusive travel ensures that all travellers feel welcome and included and can have an appropriate experience in a destination. It fosters belonging and empowers individuals to sign up for new experiences.

We are looking for businesses that are avidly working to ensure that inclusion has a stronger place in tourism’s future.

This is an indicative list. We are looking for examples of approaches to making tourism more inclusive.

  • Companies that cater specifically to an underrepresented demographic(s) and consider the traveller’s experience at every stage – so they know what to expect, feel comfortable and where they can prevent conscious or unconscious discrimination
  • Businesses and destinations which offer experiences of particular interest to demographics often excluded or whose interests are ignored
  • Those that have made meaningful changes in their business by amending or tailoring their services to ensure it is available for all
  • Companies with progressive internal practices around diversity and inclusion ensure voices are represented by a broad demographic of people.

 

2. CHAMPIONING CULTURAL DIVERSITY 

Visiting a country goes far beyond visiting the honeypot landmarks. We travel to experience other peoples' places, climates, built heritage, lived culture and the world's diverse nature. By experiencing cultures other than our own, we broaden our understanding and respect for one another.

This is an indicative list. We are looking for examples of destinations and businesses that are actively working to support the preservation and celebration of culture, and to create meaningful connections for visitors.

  • Businesses and destinations that elevate and celebrate the cultural identity of the people and places they visit in a respectful and authentic way
  • Businesses and destinations that ensure the stories shared and experiences that are led are done so by those that are appropriate to share them
  • Businesses and destinations that work with local communities in the creation of cultural storytelling experiences which generate income for local communities.

3. NATURE POSITIVE 

Wildlife and the natural environment are important drivers for travel. The travel and tourism sector depends on nature's beauty to provide its goods and services, yet tourism can have negative impacts on the places we visit.

The tourism sector has a responsibility to contribute to the reversal of biodiversity loss and protect nature for future generations by promoting a regenerative approach to tourism.

We are looking for businesses that are acting as the guardians of biodiversity and taking a regenerative approach to their operation.

This includes but is not limited to

  • Businesses that contribute to rebuilding and replenishing the natural environment and reduce the negative impacts caused by tourism
  • Businesses and protected area managers that ensure that local communities benefit from nature-based tourism and that they, too, can experience the value of it
  • Educate travellers and raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment.

4. WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE? 

The results of climate change can manifest in many ways and the tourism industry is exceptionally vulnerable. Each year the impact becomes more evident and, for many, more disastrous. Drought, floods, wildfires, and extreme weather conditions cause devastation for communities and businesses in destinations across the world. They are no longer unusual or isolated incidences.

We are looking for businesses and destinations actively contributing to the decarbonisation of tourism operations and exploring innovative ways to protect against threats to ensure business continuity.

This includes but is not limited to

  • Products, services or business models that have been designed in detail to limit, erase or counter the negative impact of travel and tourism-generated greenhouse gases on the environment.
  • Innovative strategies to future-proof destinations and businesses against the effects of climate change
  • Projects or experiences that engage tourists and/or communities in climate change awareness and look to inspire and influence others to reduce emissions

5. INCREASING LOCAL SOURCING – CREATING SHARED VALUE

As one of the world’s leading sectors of consumption, tourism provides many economic benefits, including employment and business opportunities. Far too often, the money does recirculate with the local economy location or provide any benefit to the local people or environment.

Tourism businesses can grow the local economy by spending on local goods and services by procuring services and products locally.

We are looking for businesses that have local purchasing practices in place and are actively working to create and promote local businesses and sole traders through their own supply chain and encouraging visitors to buy locally produced crafts and souvenirs.

This includes but is not limited to

  • Businesses that have created opportunities for local people to profit from tourism
  • Those that have created and encouraged conscious spending opportunities for tourists
  • Businesses that have implemented robust local supply chain policies that minimise economic leakage and support growth.

6. EMPLOYING AND UPSKILLING LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Tourism creates diverse employment opportunities, and local employment has long been recognised as a very important way of ensuring that local communities benefit from visitors and tourism businesses. However, there are still many challenges; employment inequalities, instability through seasonal variations and lack of growth opportunities, to name a few.

We are looking for tourism businesses that are making a conscious effort to recruit, train and promote local people to provide long-term stable employment and opportunities for local communities.

This includes but is not limited to

  • Businesses that have detailed recruitment and training plans to support career progression that target and prioritise local people.
  • Companies that work with communities to create new business opportunities and, where relevant, ensure that they retain ownership of that product or experience
  • Organisations that have found innovative solutions to the seasonal nature of the tourism sector to provide year-round employment.

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Our Judging Criteria

We are looking for examples that will inspire and challenge others to take more responsibility for managing tourism to make it more sustainable, minimize the negative impacts and maximize the positive. The WTM Awards continue to use the same criteria that were used for the World Responsible Tourism Awards in 2016. We expect leaders in Responsible Tourism to have established practices with the following characteristics:

1. Evidence-based: The panel is looking for evidence of real change, businesses which can convincingly demonstrate positive impacts, or reduced negative impacts, quantified wherever possible.

2. Replicability: The Awards aim to inspire change; we seek to identify examples of best practices that can be replicated across the sector and around the world.

 3. Innovation: The judges are looking for innovative practices that make a real difference, the Awards highlight new good practices, which the judges believe, can, and should, become common practice.

 4. Influence: We look for businesses and organizations that are not only doing good work themselves but are using their influence to ensure their peers and suppliers do the same.

 5. Sustainability and longevity: The judges seek to Award those businesses that understand that taking responsibility for tourism is a long journey, that it encompasses the economic, social, and environmental impacts of their activities, and who have a clear vision for the long- term success of the work, with future targets and plans in place.

 6. Overall commitment to Responsible Tourism: Alongside the category-specific focus, there needs to be a clear overall commitment to positively impacting local communities, economies, cultures, and environments.

 

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