ISTO Awards 2022.

ISTO Awards 2022.

Opened at an international level, the ISTO Awards aim to recognise excellence in actions, projects, programs, initiatives and research recently carried out by ISTO’s members.

Inspiring the future of fair and sustainable Tourism for All

The shortlisted candidates have been selected! Congratulations to all the nominees!


For this first edition, ISTO created three different categories for applications:

Public Authority Initiatives

Rewarding projects or initiatives from public authorities addressing immediate tourism's needs and issues with future consequences. This category leads to two distinctive awards:

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One for a National Public Authority Initiative, and one for a Regional and Local Public Authority Initiative. The goal is to celebrate excellence in making tourism accessible for as many people as possible by reducing or eliminating any kind of barrier they might encounter.

Social, Fair and Responsible Initiatives

Rewarding projects or initiatives aiming to promote a social, fair and responsible tourism sector. This category leads to two distinctive awards:

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One for Social Tourism, that is, recognising excellence in enabling access to tourism for all, guaranteeing equal opportunities for everyone, and ensuring the well-being of communities, and one for Responsible, Fair and Community-based Tourism, rewarding excellence in projects, initiatives or actions aiming to improve sustainable tourism. This includes protecting cultural and natural heritage and promoting local communities’ wellbeing.

Academy and Research

Rewarding outstanding tourism research from members of ISTO’s Alliance for Training and Research and other ISTO members.

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This category aims to highlight creative and innovative approaches – specifically systematic, quantitative, and qualitative processes analysing, proposing, and promoting best practices on environmental issues, solidarity, accessibility, fair business, and quality of life in the field of tourism for all.

Award for a non-ISTO Member organisation

ISTO wishes to discover and highlight inspiring solutions in the field of fair and responsible tourism for all. Thus, one additional award will be delivered to an organisation that is not an ISTO member.

National, regional, and local authorities, as well as tourism organisations, are encouraged to apply by submitting either a public authority initiative or a Social, Fair and Responsible initiative.

However, non-members will not have the opportunity to apply to the Academy and Research category.

Application Process.

The ISTO Awards are open to all members of ISTO or of ISTO Alliance for Training and Research.
Projects, programs or initiatives submitted that are finalised must have been terminated no more than 3 years ago. Ongoing projects are welcomed.
Applicants can apply to only one category among the three. Applicants must present only one project, program or action.
Non-ISTO member can only apply to the Public Authority category or to the Social, Fair and Responsible category.
Download the Call for Application

Selection process and awards ceremony.

Evaluation and Selection Process

ISTO Awards submissions will be evaluated following four main criteria:

Compliance with ISTO’s DNA
Scalability and replicability

In addition, the submitted project, action, program, or initiative must be relevant to the selected category. The quality of the submission, and of the resources provided to support it, will also be taken into great consideration in the evaluation process.


The Jury will be composed of members of ISTO's Conseil des Sages and Board of Directors. Please note that to promote objectivity, member of the jury will not be evaluating projects from the same category as they apply to.

Awards Ceremony at ISTO World Congress

The ISTO Awards Ceremony will take place during ISTO's World Congress happening from October 12 to 15 in the beautiful Azores, Portugal.

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