The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) introduced the Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards in the year 2000 at the start of the new millennium. In seeking to support and promote the sustainable development of tourism in the Caribbean, the Awards are aimed at identifying and showcasing sustainable tourism good practices undertaken in CTO member countries in the Region. The awards recognize individuals, groups, organizations, or companies in any of the CTO Member Countries, which have developed innovative tourism related products, services or experiences, and in implementing these initiatives adhere to responsible and sustainable tourism practices.
In the Caribbean, Sustainable Tourism Development is understood as “the optimal use of natural, cultural, social and financial resources for national development on an equitable and self-sustaining basis to provide a unique visitor experience and an improved quality of life through partnerships among government, the private sector and communities” (CTO Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework, 2008).
This year, the CTO is pleased to launch the Sustainable Tourism Award Programme under the following five
1. EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD
2. HEALTH & SAFETY AWARD
3. DESTINATION STEWARDSHIP AND RESILIENCE AWARD
4. COMMUNITY-BASED TOURISM AWARD
5. TOURISM EDUCATION AND TRAINING AWARD
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Applications must be submitted during the period August 29 – October 16, 2022.
Applications in the five (5) categories should be completed online and submitted via the following link:
Only CTO Allied, Affiliate Members and Member Countries are eligible to apply. In the case where Allied and Affiliate members operate outside the Caribbean region, only activities or business operations that take place within the Caribbean are eligible for entry.
For all Award Categories, nominations can be submitted directly by individuals, groups, organizations, or companies. Should you wish to enter more than one category, separate applications must be submitted addressing the specific criteria.
The product/initiative must have been in operation for minimum one (1) year prior to application submission.
The Awards will be judged by an Award Selection Committee comprising a panel of experts selected by the CTO, representing various sectors of the tourism industry at the national, regional and international levels. This Committee will shortlist and select one winner in each award category based on the applications received in accordance with the established criteria. Special mentions may also be made at the judges’ discretion.
For Category 1, the Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Award, the Committee will assign 0 to 10 points to each of the five selected areas, depending on the level of coverage and impact of the submitted product. An additional 0 to 10 points will be given based on originality or innovation of the ideas and concepts presented. Each submission in this category can receive a maximum of 60 points. See attached additional guidelines for Category 1.
For the other Award Categories, the Committee will allocate a maximum of 50 points based on how well the nomination contributes to tourism sustainability. The criteria listed for these Award categories are meant to guide both the application completion and judging process.
EACH ENTRY MUST CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS:
- A completed nomination form submitted online inclusive of a general description of no
more than 150 words on the product/initiative;
- All requisite fields in the online application form should be completed in accordance with
the criteria provided for the respective category; and
- A maximum of four photographs (4 MB max. each) as supporting material/evidence of
NB: A brief promotional video (2 mins max) MAY also be submitted as supporting material.
All submitted material must be available for publication and will not be returned.
All materials become the exclusive property of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, which reserves the right to publish or reproduce them, with appropriate credit to the owner and/or manager of the product.
CTO Member Countries
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands.