Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards 2019
The 18th annual presentation of the Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards has taken place on Sunday, 15 September 2019 during the Opening Ceremony of the 80th Skål International World Congress held onboard the Royal Caribbean 'Symphony of the Seas'.
The Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards were launched in 2002 to spotlight best practices in terms of sustainable and responsible Tourism around the world, enhance the visibility and grant recognition to entities from the Tourism Industry.
A total of 56 entries from 25 countries from all over the world have this year competed.
Tomás de Azcárate y Bang, President of Responsible Tourism Institute; Mario Hardy, CEO of PATA; and Samantha Bray, Managing Director of Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), were the three prominent and distinguished independent judges who have evaluated the entries received according to leadership criteria in sustainability that encompass tangible, measurable benefits to the environment, enhance business, and the society and communities in which they operate.
The winners of the 2019 Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards are:
Skål Biosphere Award 2019
Skål International has established a partnership with Biosphere Tourism and the Responsible Tourism Institute to present a Skål Biosphere Award to one of the entries selected based on the pillars of sustainability of the Responsible Tourism Institute. This award was conferred to Himalayan Ecotourism (India).