Tourism is a force for positive change and we have a duty of care to protect our assets for the future and which are so vital to Scotland’s brand and make the country so unique. 

Responsible tourism is all about a collaborative approach for re-building and growing the value of tourism. It does so in a way that makes better places for people to live and visit in every corner of Scotland. 

The Scottish Thistle Awards celebrate the four key pillars of responsible tourism – a low carbon economy, inclusivity, thriving communities and Scotland’s natural and cultural heritage - and allow us to recognise the industry’s success and development in these areas.

WATCH: Responsible tourism and your Scottish Thistle Awards entry

Find out more about how responsible tourism is embedded in the entry form, what judges will be looking for within your entry, as well as lots of useful hints and tips for success!

Andrea Nicholas
Chief Executive, Green Tourism and Scottish Thistle Awards Industry Panel Member

Useful resources

Reduce your climate impact guide: A comprehensive guide to drafting your own climate action plan.

Sustainable and accessible events: Find out how to deliver a sustainable and accessible event in Scotland.

Zero Waste Scotland: Access actionable advice for businesses looking to minimize waste.

Scottish Enterprise Energy Guides: Learn how to calculate your business' carbon footprint and take steps.


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