Judging Criteria

The India Responsible Tourism Awards are part of the WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards, which in addition to the global awards in London and India includes awards programmes in Ireland and Africa. The family of awards share the same processes and criteria.

Each nominated business or tourism organisation makes a short submission which answers the fundamental question: what is it that you have done that warrants consideration for the particular award? From these nominations a longlist is drawn up, and a detailed questionnaire specific to each category is sent to each entrant. The questionnaires require that detailed evidence is provided along with two independent references. At this stage some applicants withdraw daunted by the information required. Others withdraw recognising that they are not perhaps as responsible as they thought. Two judges look at each of the categories, analysing the questionnaires and supporting data, checking websites and references and report to the full panel of judges, on judging day, on their shortlist, informed by the questionnaires and the references. The final judging takes the better part of a whole day and there is open debate and challenge around the table. These are tough awards to win.

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