First ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Awards now open for entries

The inaugural ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Awards (ASTA) is welcoming entries from tourism operators in South-east Asia.

Launched as part of ASEAN’s Tourism Strategic Plan 2016-2025, ASTA aims to boost the profile of sustainable tourism businesses in South-east Asia, promote responsible tourism in the region, combat seasonality and rebalance tourist flows towards best practice tourism experiences.

Learning in the forest

The biennial awards will take place every two years with a dedicated theme decided jointly by ASEAN NTOs.

With nature-based tourism as its theme this year, the award will recognise two winners from each ASEAN member country, representing urban and rural sectors respectively.

The 20 winners will be highlighted on their NTO’s website and and receive exposure as a national best practice operator during press conferences and trade shows such as ATF, TRAVEX, ITB and WTM.

The awards ceremony will take place during the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Chiang Mai in January 2018.

Applications close on August 15, 2017.

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