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Responsible Travel, a company specialized in promoting sustainable tourism, announced that Cyprus is a silver winner in the category "Best Destination for Responsible Tourism."  The award is given to holiday destinations that set an influential and inspirational example for responsible tourism.  For more information, please visit: 

source: http://www.responsibletravel.com/awards/categories/destination.htm

Best Destination for Responsible Tourism

live in and better places for people to visit. Whether a village, town, city, region or country, the Best destination category is looking for places that inspire and promote responsible holiday experiences that celebrate and protect the best of their destination. 

What the Judges want: 
 
A destination with a committed and broad integrated approach to responsible tourism, one that inspires and excites, and provides an example of best practice for other destinations around the world. 
 
2015
Our gold winner this year is Gansbaai, and there are two silver winners: Aruba and Cyprus

Cyprus, with 2.4 million visitors every year, is tourism central. So it is reassuring when an island so devoted to hosting that many people every year, commits to taking serious steps towards being sustainable. The main step being that all hotels at 3* level and above, A class hotel apartments and tourist villages not only have to attain quality ratings from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, but sustainability ratings too. And these are not just about changing lightbulbs either. Cyprus, as an ancient island with UNESCO world heritage sites with history dating back eons, knows that if you are going to do something, you are in it for the long term. 

Cyprus has a worldwide reputation for excellent agritourism products, but determined to show that responsible tourism can apply to norm as well as niche, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) has insisted that hotels get their sustainable acts together. So, in other words, they won't get their star ratings just for having x number of swimming pools, or x number of thread counts in their bed linen. They will be assessed and obliged to report on all their energy and water usage, their employment conditions, how much local produce and services they buy, and the efforts they make to tell their guests how they too can be more responsible on their holidays. And that doesn't mean asking them to forgo having their towels washed. That means promoting hiking, cycling, archaeological trails, local markets and so. Supported by a working partnership between the CTO, the UK's Travel Foundation and the Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative (CSTI), the mainstream tourism sector is sharing all the stuff that many of the agritourism businesses have been doing for years. Because, for an island to create change to this degree, the only way is to go back to grassroots, take their wisdom and knowledge and share it among all businesses and visitors.

For more information see the Cyprus Tourism Organisation website. 

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