Sustainable Tourism Awards

The Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards are geared towards enhancing the visibility and grant recognition to entities from the Travel and Tourism industry.

Based on the declaration of the United Nations in 2002

Skål International launched its own ‘Sustainable Tourism Awards’ the same year, to spotlight best practices globally.

Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards are open annually to all public and private sector companies, educational institutions, NGOs, and government agencies related to tourism worldwide.

All sustainable operations and activities must be implemented by the company, NGO or agency applying for the award. Projects that are yet not in operation are not eligible.

Entry submission can be made in one of the following categories:

  • Community and Government Projects
  • Countryside and Biodiversity
  • Educational programmes and Media
  • Major Tourist Attractions
  • Marine and Coastal
  • Rural Accommodation 
  • Tour Operators-Travel Agents
  • Tourist Transport
  • Urban Accommodation




winners announcement - TBA


Awards Ceremony

The Sustainable Tourism Awards ceremony usually takes place during the Opening Ceremony of our annual Skål World Congress. This year, the city of Quebec, Canada, is scheduled to host the 2021 Skål International Congress. Further information on the dates will follow.

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 have a chance of winning a complimentary subscription to the Biosphere Tourism Sustainable Lifestyle platform.

Applications close 30 June 2021 at 23:59 CET. Entry is free.

As a leading international organisation in the Travel and Tourism industry, Skål International has proven to be a strong force for the initiation of change and the encouragement of environmental conservation for both Travel and Tourism progress.

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 support the ST-EP initiative (Sustainable Tourism-Eliminating Poverty). Skål International is also affiliated to other important international organizations including PATA, IIPT, The Code, ECPAT, ICTP,  STI and WTTC.


Special Award 2021

For third consecutive year, Skål International is partnering with Biosphere© and the Responsible Tourism Institute to give the "Skål Biosphere Sustainable Lifestyle Special Award" that will be presented to one of the winners of the Sustainable Tourism Awards. The winner will be selected based on the Responsible Tourism Institute's pillars of sustainability. Biosphere ©  will present the winner with a one-year free subscription to the Biosphere Sustainable Lifestyle platform, where the winner will be able to create a personalized Sustainability Plan for continuous improvement and recognition of the efforts of his/her organization.