Nominate a Hero for the First-Of-It-Kind Award by The Better India

In 2020, over 610 million domestic tourist visits were made across India and although this number is lower than the statistics of the previous year, it is still an overwhelming amount. With the dawn of “revenge tourism” and the increased need for travel, this is accelerating our need to decarbonize our travel footprint, effectively and efficiently.

How to make travel sustainable? Are there any best practices to follow when travelling?

Fortunately, there are individuals working in this company.

So for World Tourism Day on September 27, The best India will honor individuals and companies in India for their exemplary work in reducing carbon footprint while traveling and contributing to sustainable travel with the Sustainable Tourism Awards.

They are heroes who preserve our environmental, social and economic resources during the journey and who must be remembered.

How do we do this?

· The nomination process began on September 8, 2022.

The same will end on September 15, 2022.

· Once the nomination process is completed, candidates will be shortlisted based on predefined criteria.

· The list of pre-selected candidates will be sent to the members of the jury for evaluation.

· Jury members will select 10 nominees to advance to the final.

· Once we have our top 10 nominees, there will be a public vote from September 21, 2022 to September 25, 2022.

The winner will be announced during a virtual live event on September 27, 2022.

How will the jury choose the winner?

While the jury will consider a wide range of things before making their choice, broadly they would include the following:

Reduced carbon footprint

Positive impact created

Support change through the establishment of systems, processes and people

Number of beneficiaries

Duration of work/action/duration

Innovation used in the implementation of ideas

Frugality and profitability of solutions

· Scalability/ability to implement elsewhere.

Here are the categories for the Sustainable Tourism Awards:

Innovation of technology in sustainable travel

Educational programs and media for sustainability

Sustainable management of major tourist attractions

· Responsible for marine and coastal projects

Best sustainable housing – urban and rural

Best Responsible Travel Agencies

Digital influencers in sustainable tourism

Company focused on sustainable tourism

What will the winner receive?

· A certificate

· A quote

· Special coverage on The Better India for the initiative

Opportunity to develop a course on The Better Academy

To note :

· Only individuals/companies from India can apply for this award.

· One can nominate or be nominated in more than one award category, be sure to mention each award category for which you would like to nominate or be nominated respectively.

To access the application form, click on here.

You can also email your questions to [email protected]


Number of Domestic Tourist Visits to India 2000-2020 by Sandhay Keelery

(Editing by Yoshita Rao)