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.

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






Certificates of Recognition

The 19th Sustainable Tourism Awards ceremony was going to take place during the 2020 Skål World Congress, however, this important event that every year gathers travel executives from all around the world has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Skål International wishes, however, to grant recognition to those entities worldwide that work hard towards sustainability and responsible tourism and will be delighted to present them with Certificates of Recognition. 

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 get a free certification granted by Biosphere Tourism.

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).