The TO DO! contest is a world-wide competition in support of social responsible tourism. The aim is to redirect the focus of tourism to local communities and traditional cultures, while maintaining environmentally responsibility. Much of the eligibility criteria is covered in the Ecotourism Australia certification process, so many of our operators may be eligible to apply!
Eligible applicants must successfully incorporate the interests and needs of the local population by actively liaising with the local cultural community during planning and implementation. They must also actively engage in ensuring fair remuneration and benefits to the local community, promote training and education, contribute to strengthening local cultural identity, and implement measures that contribute to sustainable tourism development and community initiatives.
Prizes include 5000 Swiss Franc (approximately $5700) donations to award winners by The Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism (SST), two-year ‘basic organisation membership’ to the The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), as well as trophies and certificates for you to display your achievement. Award winners are required to attend the award ceremony to be held during the ITB Berlin Travel Trade Show, during March 2014.
Australia has had two award winners in the TO DO! contest in the past. In 1998, the Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre in Alice Springs was recognised for their efforts towards socially responsible tourism, and in 2007, the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Committee (WAITOC) bagged a prize too.
We encourage our Ecotourism Australia certified operators to check out their eligibility and enter the contest for their chance to be awarded this prestigious prize in recognition of their efforts. Entries close 30 September 2013.
To find out more about the TO DO! contest, click here.
To start your application now, click here.