Walk through stunning canyons, explore remote abandoned villages, visit the Grand Mosque and souks, and enjoy traditional dinners and wild, desert camping.
(PRWEB UK) 29 August 2014
Travellers are being given the chance to win a 10-day walking holiday to Oman in return for their votes in the People’s Choice category of the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014, a global search for the most inspiring and enduring holiday experiences sponsored by the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism.
Members of the public who vote for one of the 9 nominees of the People’s Choice category by Monday, September 15, could be whisked away along with a friend to walk through stunning canyons, explore remote abandoned villages, visit the Grand Mosque and souks, and enjoy traditional dinners and wild, desert camping.
All they have to do to enter the prize draw is vote for their favourite from among a selection of the World Responsible Tourism Awards’ previous winners in a category decided entirely by public vote.
Each of the nominees has provided a special video for their entry, sharing everything from their tips for responsible tourism, to the secret of what makes their responsible organisation special.
Members of the public can watch the videos and cast their votes at the following link: http://www.worldresponsibletourismawards.com/peopleschoice.
About the Holiday
Oman, the most beautiful of the Gulf States, boasts a rugged landscape with a mountain range whose rock formations are both spectacular and of immense geological interest. In the wild Hajar mountains, travellers will walk through huge wadis and soaring valleys, passing occasional abandoned villages. The trip finishes with a stunning cliff-top coastal walk with incredible views back to the Eastern Hajar mountains. There is also time to explore Muscat old town, and Nizwa Fort, the former capital.
Read more about the prize holiday: http://www.responsibletravel.com/awards/prize-holiday.htm.
Notes to Editors
About the Awards:
For more information on the World Responsible Tourism Awards, visit http://www.worldresponsibletourismawards.com.
Now in their 11th year, the World Responsible Tourism Awards are headline sponsored by the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism, and were founded in 2004 to celebrate the most inspiring stories in responsible tourism.
The Awards are organised by responsibletravel.com and ICRT (International Center for Responsible Tourism). The Awards ceremony is hosted by World Travel Market during its dedicated World Responsible Tourism Day, which this year takes place on Wednesday, November 5.
The event has the support of prominent mainstream media partners such as Metro, as well as industry broadcasters such as TTG (Scandinavia, Middle East and North Africa), Green Hotelier, and Selling Long Haul.
This year, the Awards features 11 categories, covering a variety of topics, which reflect the hottest issues currently debated in the world or responsible and sustainable tourism.
About the People’s Choice:
The People’s Choice in Responsible Tourism is sponsored by Slovenia Tourist Board, and gives holidaymakers interested in responsible holidays the chance to choose the winner from among a selection of past award winners. This year’s nominees include Chepu Adventures Ecolodge, The Great Projects, Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Nam Nern Night Safari, people & places, snowcarbon, Reef Conservation International (ReefCI), TUI Nederland, and Village Ways.
The winners will be announced at the World Responsible Tourism Awards ceremony at the World Travel Market on Wednesday, November 5, and the winner of the prize holiday shortly after that date.
responsibletravel.com is the world's leading online travel agent for responsible holidays and a pioneer of responsible tourism. Started in 2001 with backing from Dame Anita Roddick of The Body Shop, the site's mantra is 'travel like a local.' It sells holidays that are about more than just a brief stay somewhere – instead, it is travel that offers a real connection with the people, the landscape, the culture, the food, and the environment. It offers over 7,500 responsible holidays from over 3,000 holiday providers, which all support communities and conservation. Handpicked local specialists provide authentic holidays for those seeking adventure, culture, or luxury whether travelling with family, joining a small group or looking for tailor-made experiences worldwide in destinations as diverse as France - http://www.responsibletravel.com/holidays/france, Nepal - http://www.responsibletravel.com/holidays/nepal, and Kenya - http://www.responsibletravel.com/holidays/kenya.
In addition, responsibletravel.com:
- developed and manages http://www.our-land.co.uk for UK National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty;
- founded and organised The World Responsible Tourism Awards, celebrating 10 years at World Travel Market this year; and
- campaigns for positive change in the travel and tourism industry.
CEO Justin Francis has been included in Courvoisiers The Future 500, Thames and Hudsons 60 Innovators Shaping Our Creative Future, and taken his place on the Advisory Board of The International Centre for Responsible Tourism at Leeds Metropolitan University.
The company is based in Brighton's North Laine district, England.
About the Sultanate of Oman:
The Sultanate of Oman's diverse landscape includes 3165 kilometres of pristine, sandy Indian ocean beaches, magnificent desert expanses, majestic fjords in Musandam in the far north, the striking Hajar Mountains, and the lush green valleys of Dhofar in the south. Approximately the size of Germany, Oman's diverse natural biodiversity will leave you breathless.
Whether you have a passion for adventure, culture or luxury, Oman has something for everyone. From diving and sailing to dolphin and turtle spotting, the adventure possibilities are endless. Home of frankincense, Oman's 6000 years of history includes four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 500 forts and castles, and the modern-day Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Royal Opera House.
Oman air has a wide range of international flight connections to Oman's capital city Muscat, including daily non-stop flights from London Heathrow, arriving 7 hours later in Muscat with a wide range of connecting flights to Salalah and Musandam.
Oman is committed to developing tourism that supports its local communities and also promotes cultural integrity and the protection of the environment, historic, and cultural heritage. For more information, visit http://www.omantourism.gov.om.
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