Nominations for the 2009 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards closed yesterday, the number of nominations is significantly up on last year: we have had nominations for nearly 600 organisations and individuals.
Students and associates from the International Centre for Responsible Tourism are now working through each of the categories and coming up with a long list for each category. Each of the nominees on the long list will then be sent an extensive questionnaire, references will be taken up and the judges will then create short lists which go to the full panel for debate and decision later in the year. Chairing the debate is an enjoyable challenge. Read about who the judges are and how the awards are judged.
Responsible Tourism Awards are the most prestigious awards of their kind in the
world and are a collaboration between online travel directory
responsibletravel.com, who founded and organise the Awards,
partners Telegraph Travel and Geographical Magazine, BBC World News, and World
Travel Market, who host the Awards ceremony
2009 Responsible Tourism Award winners will be announced at World Travel Market on Wednesday
11 November, and in The Daily Telegraph the following weekend.