In a year that has tested the travel community like no other, how can we even think of celebrations and awards, you ask? Well, how can we not!
As the Covid-19 crisis began unfolding in alarming installments in mid-March, and the world nearly stopped spinning on its axis, we watched in awe as the boldest and the bravest among us stepped forward to lend others a hand, even as their own incomes dried up overnight. From selling apples that were yet to blossom on the tree and hosting online shows for out-of-work folk musicians, to creating digital health solutions for rural India and yes, providing bags of rice where there were none, the community rallied together and how!
So, here we are, ready once again to begin our search for the most inspiring, most responsible individuals and organisations, who turned a global crisis into an opportunity to drive change. Already, the Indian Responsible Tourism Awards 2020-2021 promises to be the best yet! Now in its fifth year, the Indian Responsible Tourism Awards is proud to be the flagbearer of travel that is gentle on the earth and invested in the growth and happiness of the local communities across India. And we believe our role — of celebrating and supporting pathbreakers and leaders — is more crucial this year than ever before! The Covid crisis may have thrown the travel industry into the deepest end of the adversity pool. But it has also shown us what courage, kindness and a sense of community can do. So, here we are, searching once again for the most inspiring, most responsible practitioners, who turned a global crisis into an opportunity to drive change.
And if you’re filling up this form, you’re most likely a winner already!