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.

As an Affiliated Member of the UNWTO, whose mission is to promote reliable, sustainable, and universally accessible Tourism, Skål International created the Sustainable Tourism Awards following the United Nations declaration of 2002, to spotlight best practices globally.

UNWTO & Skål International

Skål International and the World Tourism Organization are joining forces to give a greater dimension to these awards, which Skål International has been awarding since 2002.

Skål International has adopted the  UNWTO Global Code of Ethics  in Tourism  and support the ST-EP initiative (Sustainable Tourism-Eliminating Poverty). Skål International is also affiliated with other important international organizations including  PATA ,  IIPT The Code, ECPAT and WTTC among others.

Who can apply for this awards?

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.

Entries must be endorsed by a Skål International club or National Committee to qualify for participation.

Avalaible 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


1 march


30 september


7 december
winners announcement


Why should you enter these Awards?

  • To enhance visibility and get recognition for 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.


How to apply

Application form to be published shortly.

Deadline for submission of entries: 30 June 2023.

Awards Ceremony

The winners of the Sustainable Tourism Awards will be officially announced during the 2023 Skål International World Congress that will be held in Quebec, Canada, from 6 to 10 December.

The winners will be invited to personally collect the trophy during the Awards Ceremony. Skål International will cover the cost of their accommodation and meals at one of the Congress hotels during the stay offered. Travel expenses are excluded.

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.

For 21 years, Skål International has recognized best practices in Sustainable and Responsible Tourism around the world.

Apply and become one of the Skål International 2023 Sustainable Tourism Awards winners!

Special Skål Biosphere Award 2022

For fourth consecutive year, Skål International has partnered with Biosphere© and the Responsible Tourism Institute to give the 'Skål Biosphere Sustainable Special Award', that was presented to each of the winners of the Sustainable Tourism Awards.

The winners were selected based on the Responsible Tourism Institute's sustainability pillars. Biosphere© presented each winner with a one-year free subscription to the Biosphere Sustainable platform, where the winner will be able to create their own personalized Sustainability Plan for continuous improvement and recognition of the efforts of their companies or organisations.

If the lucky winner was an association, hotel chain or business group in any of the categories, they were entitled to receive free access to Biosphere Sustainable for 5 member entities of their group for a whole year; and in the case of being a DMO, exclusive access to the new Biosphere platform for destinations, allowing them to start aligning their territorial projects with the 2030 Agenda.