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Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards

Skål International is proud to announce that the 2019 Sustainable Tourism Awards are now open!

Nominations Close: 31 May 2019

Skål International is an Affiliate Member of the UNWTO whose mission is to promote the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. We have adopted the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics in Tourism, and also support the ST-EP initiative (Sustainable Tourism-Eliminating Poverty). Skål is affiliated to other important international organisations including PATA, IIPT, The Code, ECPAT, ICTP, STI.

Following the United Nations declaration in 2002 as the Year of Ecotourism and the Mountains, Skål International launched our Sustainable Tourism Awards in the same year, to highlight and acknowledge best practices around the globe. As an international organisation of tourism industry leaders, Skål International is a powerful force in the travel and tourism industry to initiate change and encourage the conservation of the environment in order to promote tourism and travel.

Any company from the public and private sector, NGOs, government agencies, educational institutions worldwide are welcome to submit an entry in one of the following available categories:

  1. Community and Government Projects
  2. Countryside and Biodiversity
  3. Educational programmes and Media
  4. Major Tourist Attractions
  5. Marine and Coastal
  6. Rural Accommodation
  7. Tour Operators-Travel Agents
  8. Tourist Transport
  9. Urban Accommodation

How to Enter

Simply complete the Application Form. You will be also asked to attach a letter of endorsement from a Skål Club or another tourism organization, tourism government agency or local tourism authorities.  

Awards Ceremony

The 18th Sustainable Tourism Awards ceremony will take place on 15 September during the Opening Ceremony of the 80th Skål World Congress, to be held onboard the Royal Caribbean “Symphony of the Seas” from 14 to 21 September 2019.

Why should you enter these Awards?

  • To enhance visibility and get recognition of your outstanding performance in terms of sustainable and responsible tourism.
  • To increase your contacts and introduce your products and services to professionals from the tourism industry from all over the world.
  • To obtain media coverage among the entire Skål membership worldwide and our international press contacts.
  • To personally collect the award during the Opening Ceremony of the 80th Skål World Congress, an excellent opportunity to network with tourism professionals from all over the world.
  • To experience the membership of Skål International first hand.


Applications close 31 May 2019 at 23:59 CET. Entry is free.

For full information, please download the brochure and click here to complete the online registration form.  

For queries regarding the Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards 2019, please contact sandra.vera@skal.org

Full information on the 2018 winners and judges here


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