Have you been impressed by the eco credentials of a hotel you’ve stayed at in Thailand? Perhaps you visited a particularly ambitious wildlife sanctuary? Then make sure you nominate your sustainability champion for this year’s awards
This year’s Responsible Thailand Awards will pay special attention to the resilience shown during the pandemic, highlighting the hard work of those that went the extra mile, with the addition of the brand new Pandemic Heroes Award.
The nominations process is very straight forward and can be completed by either a member of the organisation or a member of the general public who has visited.
Nominations for the 2021 awards are now open. The winners will be announced during a virtual ceremony in December 2021.
Closing date: 17 November 2021
You can enter one or more of the following categories:
While the response to the pandemic will be taken into account across all of the categories, this brand-new award will shine a light on one organisation that has shown particular resilience and innovation despite the challenges of Covid-19.
Thailand is fantastically rich in natural wonders. This category looks for projects, organisations or other bodies, who offer the best of Thailand and in a sustainable way. It could be a conservation programme or it could be a tour company, either local or UK-based.
Thailand is rich in cultural heritage; another reason why people return again and again. This category looks for projects, organisations, travel companies or other bodies, who offer the best of cultural Thailand and in a sustainable way.
Community based tourism is when the tourism experience is managed and operated buy the local community. The community benefits by receiving an income that can be fairly distributed, and by operating a type of tourism that helps them preserve their community and way of life.
With this award, we want to reward those places that genuinely care about their animals, and put their welfare first. Places where the animals line in a natural, enriched and healthy environment, and where normal behaviour is allowed. Note that there does need to be a tourism element.
An eco-lodge or green hotel which is actively promoting its eco-friendly credentials. The judges will be looking for hotels that, regardless of size, go well beyond the basics (recycling etc.) and can prove they are making a positive difference to Thailand, whether through conservation, working with communities, education etc.
A hotel which is actively developing its green initiatives. The judges are looking for establishments, regardless of size or category, which are used by holidaymakers, and have a green policy. Note: we are not looking in this category for hotels which are already known for their green credentials, or which specialise in ecotourism.
A tourism-related organisation which has recently made steps - however modest - towards introducing a green/sustainable travel policy. This is open to an organisation of any type, eg it could be a local tour, a transport provider, a restaurant, accommodation, an attraction, a travel company.
Nominations are open!
Nominations into the 2021 Responsible Thailand Awards are now open
So, if you've encountered a wonderful Thailand charity, animal welfare group or volunteering experience, nominate them in the Responsible Thailand Awards for your chance to make a difference to eco-friendly tourism in Thailand.