A growing concern is plaguing the tourism industry: How will it address the complexities of building sustainable destinations and wake up to the challenges of global warming and climate change? We believe that sustainable destinations can be made a reality by promoting, sharing and inspiring change from within the travel industry. With this in mind, Wild Asia introduced its Responsible Tourism Initiative (RTI) specifically designed for finding innovative solutions to promote sustainability across the entire tourism supply chain in Asia.
Established by Wild Asia in 2006, our Responsible Tourism Awards is one of the first tourism award in Asia specifically focused on sustainable tourism best practices. This annual award aims to recognize tourism operators who are making a positive difference in the destination where they operate by adopting sustainable management practices. We believe that in rewarding the “bright sparks”, more operators from the region will be encouraged to step forward and to share and inspire change from within the travel industry, beginning with operators closest to us. To date, more than 194 small and large tourism businesses have entered the awards from 11 countries.
We provide support and expertise to help tourism businesses reach international standards and criteria. One of the ways is through capacity building at management level and throughout the supply chain. We understand the need to educate, inspire and empower everyone within the organization in order for positive change to be lasting. We have trained organizations such as Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Danum Valley, Sabah and Belum Eco Lodge in Perak, as well as NGOs such as WWF (Malaysia).
Showcasing the Most Inspiring
We hope to inspire other tourism businesses to be that positive change in their destinations. Sustainability is about leaving positive impact on the environment and local people and over the years we have sought to capture stories of destination change makers in Asia in hope to inspire tourism businesses along.
We have produced 3 “Best in Asia” CDs capturing winners and finalists from the Awards in 2007, 2009 and 2010, up to 12 short videos on You Tube, over 15 presentations by sustainability experts we invited to ITB Asia’s responsible tourism clinics and a library of inspiring stories from our annual ‘Inspiring Stories from Destinations’ competition.
Visit our youtube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/wildasia/videos
Latest Posts from the Responsible Tourism Initiative:
- Call for speakers at Responsible Tourism Events at ITB Asia 2017
We are looking for change-makers in the tourism industry to speak up and inspire others! Join our panel of speakers and share your story. RESPONSIBLE TOURISM EVENTS AT ITB ASIA |... Read more »
- Presentations from Responsible Tourism Events at ITB Asia 2016
On behalf of ITB Asia, Wild Asia would like to thank you for participating in the Responsible Tourism Clinics and Forum at ITB Asia 2016. We would also like to thank all our speakers... Read more »
- Responsible Tourism Events At ITB Asia 2016
19-21 October 2016 Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Every year, ITB Asia offers experts, practitioners and pioneers a great stage for responsible tourism topics to be discussed. Wild Asia, ITB... Read more »
- Responsible Tourism Event Speakers 2016
For the Responsible Tourism Events at ITB Asia this year, we continue to bring you the best and most relevant speakers that can inspire and change the way you think about travel.... Read more »
- Call for Speakers for Responsible Tourism Event at ITB Asia 2016
We are looking for world-class speakers to join our panel. Share your experience! Responsible Tourism Events at ITB Asia in Singapore | 19 – 21 October 2016 This is your opportunity to... Read more »