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Today marks the launch of the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 - a chance for holidaymakers and the travel industry to honour the heroes and share the stories of the most exciting and enduring responsible tourism experiences in the world.

The 11-year-old Awards search for and celebrate the responsible tourism heroes providing the most memorable holiday experiences while giving back to local communities and the environment.

Holidaymakers and the industry can suggest an Award winner by nominating them here.

This year, the Awards have 12 categories, reflecting some of the key contemporary issues in responsible tourism - including Best animal welfare initiative and Best for people with disabilities.

Voters will also notice new categories for Best city hotel and Best for beach tourism, as well as a new creative category - Best responsible short film - seeking nominations for those films and documentaries that inspire us to take more responsible holidays.

The full list of categories includes:

Best animal welfare initiative, sponsored by Born Free Foundation

Best aviation programme for carbon reduction

Best for beach tourism, sponsored by Jersey

Best city hotel

Best cultural heritage attraction, sponsored by Wightlink

Best destination, sponsored by Visit Norway

Best for engaging people & culture, sponsored by New York State Division of Tourism

People’s Choice for responsible tourism, sponsored by Slovenia Tourist Board

Best for people with disabilities, sponsored by Enable Holidays

Best for poverty reduction, sponsored by Tobago House of Assembly

Best short film for responsible tourism, sponsored by Fair Trade Tourism• Best for wildlife conservation, sponsored by Discover Dominica

To have your say in the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014, click here.

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Voting is now open for the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014
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