Nominations close in less than four weeks for ecotourism lodges you may have visited that demonstrate outstanding achievement in responsible tourism. There are awards in thirteen categories and all are judged on their commitment to conserving cultural heritage, preserving local environments and contributing to the sustainable livelihoods of local people.

Since 2004 members of the public have nominated over 10,000 resorts resulting in over 200 winners from 51 countries. Winners are determined after careful evaluation by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism at Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom, which partners with Virgin Holidays and media properties Metro Newspaper, Geographical Magazine (Royal Geographical Society) and World Travel Market to publicize the program.

If you’ve had the pleasure of a truly memorable ecotour, take a few minutes to submit your nomination and let the rest of the world know who is leading the way to responsible tourism.

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Michael Hartung, editor of Healthy Travel Blog, serves as head of Product Development at HTH Worldwide. Mike is responsible for all product strategy and development for the company. Mike has over twenty years of successful product innovation to his credit. He has played a senior management role in three start-up companies and has built complex organizations in rapid growth environments. Prior to joining HTH in 2000, he served as President of U.S. Healthcare’s Workers Comp Advantage subsidiary, which he co-founded with Angelo Masciantonio. Mike has also served in senior roles at Aon Consulting, Vantage Health Partners and Managed Health Care Services. Mike earned an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from Carleton College.

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