IRTA is India’s first and only responsible tourism awards. Starting this year, it hopes to recognise and applaud champions of ethical travel across the country. The idea is to inspire and motivate the local fraternity, highlight replicable RT models, and spread the good word through online and print platforms, including those owned by the Outlook Group.

IRTA is a regional partner of the reputed World Responsible Tourism Awards (WRTA) held at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London every year. Founded in 2004 by Responsible Travel, The WRTA has established itself as the most widely respected global touchstone of responsible tourism. Known for its formidable line-up of judges, and a thorough and transparent judging process, the WRTA has brought worldwide recognition to over 375 holiday providers so far. It has chapters in Ireland, Africa, and now, India.

In keeping with the WRTA standards, the judging process for IRTA will be both intensive and rigorous, spearheaded by a jury of industry experts, including international responsible tourism pundit Professor Harold Goodwin. Here are the jury members for IRTA 2016. Winners will also automatically qualify to compete for the WRTA in London—on an international platform at the WTM.

Submission: July 1 – August 31

Longlist: September 16

Questionnaire for longlisted nominees: By October 30

List of Finalists: Dec 1, 2016

Award Ceremony: 19 January  2017

Submission: Forms were submitted between July 1 and August 31.

Longlisting: Entries were evaluated and a longlist of potential winners was released on September 16.

Questionnaires: The longlisted nominees in each category received a questionnaire designed by industry experts, and were required to give detailed information to support their claims and achievements. They had  to provide quantifiable data and other verifiable evidence for the same. This process was completed by October 30. The judges then reviewed the questionnaires, and decided on the finalists.

List of Finalists: It was announced on Dec 1.

Award Ceremony: The Gold and Silver winners for each category will be announced and awarded on 19th January 2017 at the Outlook Traveller Responsible Tourism Summit in New Delhi.

The Longlist