We had a very exciting trip to London this week, as we had been short listed for the Virgin Responsible Tourism Awards. The awards were held at Excel in London’s Docklands. I had no idea what to expect, but it was quite a do, luckily I had put on my smart shoes for the occasion. It was a great event with people from all over the globe attending. There were really interesting speakers including the director of Fairtrade, Harriet Lamb and Simon Reeve presenter of the Tropic of Capricorn.
It was great to be nominated initially by some of our guests and then to be short-listed by the judges was very exciting. We went on to become runners up in our category, which was ‘Best tour operator for local experiences’. Our framed certificate says ; ‘Highly Commended’, which is pretty nice! The company we were runners up to won the overall responsible tourim award, they were a pretty amazing duo who have set up tours around London lead by homeless people -really innovative. (Sock Mob Events, www.sockmobevents.org.uk)
It was a rather wonderful but exhausting day. We had a delicious lunch where I managed to get Simon Reeve to sign his book for Thora, who was patiently waiting outside with her grandparents, as there were no children allowed!
If you want to read more about us or any of the other finalists have a look on the offcial website: www.responsibletourismawards.com