Lapland Vuollerim is one of eleven nominees, the only one from Europe, in the category “Best for the Local Economy”.
We are very honored and very proud! Yet, this is not a nomination of a few people or a company, this is a nomination of all the villagers that are working so hard to develop Vuollerim in so many ways .
About World Responsible Tourism Awards 2013
“This is the 10th year of the World Responsible Tourism Awards, which have grown to be the largest and most respected responsible tourism awards in the world! To celebrate our 10th year we have made it bigger and better than ever before. “
“We really wanted to draw attention to important issues that are not addressed and discussed enough.“
“The Responsible Tourism Awards were founded in 2004 to celebrate and inspire change in the tourism industry. The Awards rest on a simple principle – that all types of tourism, from niche to mainstream, can and should be organised in a way that preserves, respects and benefits destinations and local people.
We want to celebrate the shining stars of responsible tourism – the individuals, organisations and destinations working innovatively with local cultures, communities and biodiversity.”
More about the Awards.
NEW CATEGORY FOR THIS YEAR ONLY.
“Best for the Local Economy”
This category is entirely focused on finding organisations that have made a real impact on poverty reduction and job creation, resulting in improving the standard of living of the communities where they operate. These organisations might have brought tourism to an area where it did not exist before, and therefore they would have contributed to growing the local economy. Positive action might also be evidenced through initiatives that involve sourcing local materials, food and drinks or craft. In fact, you can nominate any organisation that impact substentially and positively on the local economy.
By local, we mean a village, a town, a city or even a neighbourhood in a city. In very small countries, this could also apply to a region or to the country as a whole. 2013 shortlist,
The winners in each of the categories, as well as the overall winner, will be announced in a prestigious ceremony at World Travel Market (WTM) in London on World Responsible Tourism Day – Wednesday 6th November 2013
More about Vuollerim
Guinness World Record in Ice lanterns 2013
Nominated for Best Outdoor Product of the Year – 3 years in a row!
Top 10 list of Sweden’s best winter adventure for family’s 2011 with Skiing behind a horse
More about the company
Some of the winter products
Lapland Vuollerim Welcomes You AB is a grassroots initiative, owned and operated by about 50 villagers, NGOs and companies in the Vuollerim area with the purpose to strengthening the local economy by providing and promoting genuine, authentic and contrasting everyday life experiences together with locals. The basic idea is to actively make use of local resources, skills and knowledge. The company is a socially responsible business owned by villagers, reinvesting 100 % into to the local economy and resources.