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Judging the Green Travel List

Posted by Richard Hammond at 02:50 on Saturday 05 November 2011

The Guardian's Green Travel List is a guide to initiatives worldwide that have shown evidence of commitment to community, place and the environment.

Nominations were invited from readers of the Guardian and Greentraveller.co.uk, which were then assessed and whittled down to a shortlist that were then requested to fill in a questionnaire asking for specific details about their innovation. Their answers were then assessed by the judges and finally the best 25 were chosen to feature on the list.

The judges were looking for innovative projects, such as hotels that provide their own renewable energy, visitor centres and attractions that have significantly cut their carbon emissions, low emissions transport initiatives, and authentic community projects worldwide that genuinely give back to the local people and the destination.

In particular, the judges were seeking travel and tourism companies who have been really creative and innovative in thinking about how they can be more sustainable. We wanted to know about innovations in technology and use of technology, but also in marketing, business models, pricing or product design. The aim was to create a list of companies that have been the most innovative in some respect in order to make their business more sustainable.

Graham Miller is the Head of School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey.Graham Miller is the Head of School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey.The Chair of Judges was Dr Graham Miller, Head of School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey.
Dr Greg Stevenson, founder, underthethatch.co.uk
Chris Johnson, head of Eco-tourism Development, Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, Jordan and winner of the 2010 Guardian Ethical Tourism Award
Richard Hammond, chief executive and founder, greentraveller.co.uk 

Chair of Judges, Graham Miller, wrote about innovation for the travel industry newswire, TravelMole.

>> Read Graham Miller's article on Innovation in Sustainable Tourism.

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