PATA InSPIRE Award 2015

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the winners of the Tourism InSPIRE Awards 2015. Proudly supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Support Component (RPSC), managed by UNEP, funded by the European Union, and implemented by PATA, the awards recognise six organisations and businesses that have demonstrated excellence in social, environmental, and economic sustainability in tourism.

PATA will present the six Tourism InSPIRE Awards at a special awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, November 27, 2015, at a dinner gala hosted by the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines during the PATA New Tourism Frontiers Forum 2015 in Legazpi, Albay, Philippines.

Mr Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA said, “On behalf of PATA, I would like to send my sincere congratulations to all the winners of the Tourism InSPIRE Awards 2015 and thank all of those who applied as well as all of our supporters. We look forward to celebrating our winners in the Philippines, and sharing their accomplishments on our sustainability platform,”

The Tourism InSPIRE Awards are presented to outstanding applications in six categories: Best Branded Accommodation, Best Independent Accommodation, Best Marine and Wildlife Tourism Provider, Best Culture and Heritage Tourism Provider, Best Responsible Tourism Destination, Best Community Based Tourism Initiative. Winners exemplify use and application of sustainable consumption approaches (resource efficiency, value chain approach, eco-innovation, sustainable consumption, sustainability reporting, community action, cultural heritage, and collective impact.

PATA Tourism InSPIRE Award 2015

Winners of PATA Tourism InSPIRE Awards 2015

Best Branded Accommodation Award
• El Nido Resorts, Philippines
For its innovative and inspirational activities

Best Independent Accommodation Award
• Sukau Rainforest Lodge of Sabah. Malaysia
For its stakeholder engagement efforts and exemplary practices

Best Marine and Wildlife Tourism Provider Award
• Cinnamon Hotels Resorts of Sri Lanka
For its clear commitment to sustainable consumption and production (SCP) practices, tangible impacts and measurable outcomes.

Best Culture and Heritage Tourism Provider Award
• Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort also of Sri Lanka
For its clear commitment to sustainability

Honourable Mention:
• The Blue Yonder of India

Best Responsible Tourism Destination Award
• Borneo Rainforest Lodge of Sabah, Malaysia
For its performance in stakeholder engagement and resource efficiency

Best Community Based Tourism Initiative Award
• Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association (BAETAS) of the Philippines
For its serious commitment to sustainability principles and evident benefits to community members

Honourable Mentions;
• CBT Vietnam
• Ban Rai Gong King Community-Based Tourism Club

To see the full list of winners, you can visit the PATA Tourism InSPIRE Awards Website here –