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 from all over the world linked to the tourism industry..

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






Awards Ceremony

The 19th Sustainable Tourism Awards ceremony will take place on 16 October 2020 during the Opening Ceremony of the 81st Skål World Congress in Kvarner, Croatia.

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 firsthand.

Applications close 30 June 2020 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 or STI.


Special Award 2020

Skål International has established a partnership with Biosphere Tourism and the Responsible Tourism Institute, to give the "Special Skål Biosphere Award" that will be presented to one of the winners of the Sustainable Tourism Awards.

The winner will be selected based on the pillars of sustainability of the Responsible Tourism Institute. Biosphere Tourism will present the winner with a one-year free Biosphere Certification in one of their available categories (except Tourism Destinations and special cases).

Biosphere Tourism develops certifications that guarantee an adequate long-term balance between the economic, socio-cultural and environmental dimensions of a Destination, reporting significant benefits for a tourism entity, society and the environment.

Ensuring compliance with a series of requirements based on the principles of sustainability and continuous improvement, Biosphere Tourism offers the opportunity to companies in the sector to design products and services with a new model of non-aggressive tourism, satisfying the current needs of customers and users, without compromising future generations.

The Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI) is an international organization that promotes, for more than 20 years, responsible tourism at the international level.

Benefits of the Biosphere Certification
Increase efficiency

Increase efficiency by reducing environmental impact and costs and, improving profitability in the medium and long-term.

Online certification
As a member of Biosphere, you will receive tools and support to manage an online certification, with personalized attention and a compilation of a history of reports, recommendations and evaluations.

Improve positioning
Consumers increasingly demand new non-aggressive tourist models. Position your entity as a sustainable business and communicate your commitment with the Biosphere seal.

Development of tourism strategies and policies that guarantee a sustainable tourism model according to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.


We strongly recommend to fill in the application in English as this is the common language of the panel of judges. Incomplete applications will not be considered.