Organiser of the World Responsible Tourism Awards, ResponsibleTravel.com, states “Founded in 2004, the Awards are a global search and celebration of the most inspiring and enduring responsible tourism experiences in the world. The Awards, which are open to any organisation anywhere in the world, are to surprise and inspire tourists and the tourism industry by what it is possible to achieve with Responsible Tourism, and to shine a light on the best of the best.
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. The Awards celebrate the shining stars of responsible tourism – the individuals, organisations and destinations working innovatively with local cultures, communities and biodiversity.”
Cnoc Suain cultural retreat, having won the inaugural Irish Responsible Tourism Award for Cultural Heritage earlier in the year, has now also won a World Responsible Tourism Award for Cultural Heritage. The WRTA award panel said, “The judges were impressed by the authenticity of the cultural encounters created for visitors and the way in which the natural heritage is integrated”.