Sustainable Tourism Awards

The Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards are geared towards enhancing the visibility and grant recognition to entities from the Travel and Tourism industry.

20th Anniversary Video



As an Affiliated Member of the UNWTO, whose mission is to promote reliable, sustainable, and universally accessible Tourism, Skål International created the Sustainable Tourism Awards following the United Nations declaration of 2002, to spotlight best practices globally.

UNWTO & Skål International

Skål International and the World Tourism Organization continue joining forces in 2023 to give a greater dimension to these awards, which Skål International has been awarding since 2002.

 Skål International has adopted the  UNWTO Global Code of Ethics in Tourism  and supports the ST-EP initiative (Sustainable Tourism-Eliminating Poverty). Skål International is also affiliated with other important international organizations including  PATA IIPT The Code ECPAT  and  WTTC  among others.

Who can apply for this awards?

Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards are open annually to all public and private sector companies, educational institutions, NGOs, and government agencies related to tourism worldwide.

All sustainable operations and activities must be implemented by the company, NGO or agency applying for the award. Projects that are yet not in operation are not eligible.

Entries must be endorsed by a Skål International club or National Committee to qualify for participation.

Avalaible categories:

  • Community and Government Projects
  • Countryside and Biodiversity
  • Educational programmes and Media
  • Major Tourist Attractions
  • Marine and Coastal
  • Rural Accommodation
  • Tour Operators-Travel Agents
  • Tourist Transport
  • Urban Accommodation






winners announcement


Why should you enter these Awards?

  • To enhance visibility and get recognition for your outstanding performance in terms of sustainable and responsible tourism.

  • To increase your contacts and introduce your products and services to professionals from the tourism industry from all over the world.

  • To obtain media coverage among the entire Skål membership worldwide and our international press contacts.

  •  To collect the award in person and experience the Skål World Congress networking sessions and friendship atmosphere.

Participants 2023

  Have a look at the high quality of our participants and more information on the 2023 edition here

Awards Ceremony

The winners of the Sustainable Tourism Awards were officially announced during the 2023 Skål International World Congress held in Malaga, from 1 to 5 November.

The winners have been invited to personally collect the trophy during the Awards Ceremony. Skål International covered the cost of their accommodation and meals at one of the Congress hotels during the stay offered. Travel expenses excluded.

As a leading international organisation in the Travel and Tourism industry, Skål International has proven to be a strong force for the initiation of change and the encouragement of environmental conservation for both Travel and Tourism progress.

For 22 years, Skål International has recognized best practices in Sustainable and Responsible Tourism around the world.

Apply and become one of the Skål International 2023 Sustainable Tourism Awards winners!

Special Skål Biosphere Award 2023

For fifth consecutive year, Skål International is partnering with Biosphere© and the Responsible Tourism Institute to give the 'Skål Biosphere Sustainable Special Award' to each of the winners of the Sustainable Tourism Awards.

The winners will be selected based on the Responsible Tourism Institute's sustainability pillars. Biosphere© will present each winner with a one-year free subscription to the Biosphere Sustainable platform, where the winner will be able to create their own personalized Sustainability Plan for continuous improvement and recognition of the efforts of their companies or organisations.

If the lucky winners are companies in any of the categories, they will be entitled to receive a free annual subscription to Biosphere Sustainable; and in the case of being a DMO, exclusive access to the Biosphere platform for destinations, allowing them to start aligning their territorial projects with the 2030 Agenda.