Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award winners 2011

The 2011 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award winners were announced on 9 November, World Responsible Tourism Day.

African nations were well represented among the winners and those highly commended, including Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya and Morocco.

The full list of winners is the following:

Joint overall winners: Robin Pope Safaris & Sockmob Events/Unseen Tours

Best in responsible tourism writing – Tourism must tap into the water issue, by Catherine Mack
Highly commended:

  • Sicily’s First Eco Village Blooms, by Gail Virginia Simmons
  • Telling the stories of their land/World’s Oldest Tour Guides

Best destination – Destination Røros, Norway
Highly commended:

  • Forest of Bowland, UK

Best in a mountain environment – Himalayan Holidays (Pvt), Pakistan
Highly commended:

  • Mountain Lodges of Peru, Peru
  • Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

Best responsible cruise or ferry operator – DFDS Seaways, UK
Highly commended:

  • Ullswater Steamers, UK

Best contribution to conserving cultural heritage – Agri Tourism Development Corporation, India
Highly commended:

  • Nutti Sami Siida, Sweden

Best volunteering organisation – Global Vision International (GVI), UK
Highly commended:

  • Tiny Island Volunteers, Maldives

Best tour operator for local experiences – Sock Mob Events/Unseen Tours, UK
Highly commended:

  • Wild Rose Escapes, Scotland

Best accommodation for the environment – Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant, UK
Highly commended:

  • Campi Ya Kanzi, Kenya
  • Kasbah du Toubkal, Morocco

Best in a marine environment – Peninsula Citizens for Sustainable Development, Belize
Highly commended:

  • Coral Cay Conservation, Cambodia
  • Maple Leaf Adventures, Canada

Best for poverty reduction – Robin Pope Safaris, Zambia and Malawi
Highly commended:

  • Feynan Ecolodge, Jordan

Best low carbon initiative – Eurostar International Limited, UK
Highly commended:

  • Intrepid Travel, UK

Best accommodation for local communities – Fauzi Azar Inn, Israel
Highly commended:

  • Semadep Safari Camp, Kenya

Best for conservation of wildlife & habitats – Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Malawi
Highly commended:

  • Africat Okonjima, Namibia
  • Great Ocean Ecolodge, Australia