Wild Asia has announced the finalists for the 2010 Responsible Tourism Awards. The selection of the trim shortlist of six candidates narrowed the focus to endeavours in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Republic of Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand..
“We received a selection of high-quality checklists and this proves to show that the network and awareness of RT is building up,” said Deborah Chan, Wild Asia’s Programme Manager. “Travel operators from around the region are truly striving to make a difference for a better and greener future.”
Wild Asia shortlisted two choices in each category: large-size accommodation, small- to midsize accommodation and tour operators. These were determined after careful review, research, discussion and debate of all applications by a judging panel composed of responsible tourism (RT) experts, academics, conservationists and eco-consultants.
Judges first examined all of the completed checklists submitted by the applicants, which outline best management practices and specific RT efforts. Then, through a scoring system, the panel analyzed and ranked each answer from the entry forms. Given the extremely high calibre of this year’s entrants, judges were impressed by the broad and innovative application of RT practices. It was such a close competition!
Winners will be announced on 21 October 2010 during the Responsible Tourism Award ceremony at ITB Asia in Singapore (20–22 October 2010).
* Frangipani Langkawi Resort (Langkawi, Malaysia) – In addition to getting its guests and staff involved in their RT practices, Frangipani Langkawi practices and promotes environmental conservation.
* Heritance Kandalama (Dambulla, Sri Lanka) – The unique architectural design blends the hotel into the natural surroundings and maximizes natural light. The structure is built on a raised platform allowing for the flow of water and movement of wildlife under the hotel.
Small- to Mid-size accommodation
* Sarinbuana Ecolodge (Bali, Indonesia) – Environmental conservation and community empowerment figure prominently as commitments to the highest standards of sustainability, also including a reliance on local, low-impact, sustainable materials and businesses.
* Soneva Gili (Lankanfushi Island, Maldives) – Technological innovations help Soneva Gili focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving natural resources and effectively managing energy and waste.
* Pepy Tours (Siem Reap, Cambodia) – Pepy Tours believes tours should be adventurous, educational and responsible, all at the same time. They also involve the community through educational, volunteer and tour programs.
* Andaman Discoveries (Phang Nga, Thailand) – Community leadership and participation through open dialogue inspire respectful interaction between visitors and local communities, and ensure direct economic benefits to the communities.