The Regenerative Travel Impact Awards 2021

The Regenerative Travel Impact Awards celebrate people and projects that embody the spirit of regeneration—improving people’s lives, our communities, and the world around us. We are searching the globe for inspiring changemakers working to solve our biggest challenges and inspiring positive action, both inside and outside of travel. Enter today to be considered for a 2021 Regenerative Travel Impact Award.

PRIZING PACKAGE: In the spirit of regeneration, each award winner will receive a professional development package to help take their work to the next level including:

Access to a three-hour virtual convening that includes leadership coaching, networking, and skill development around branding and marketing.

Each winner will also have the opportunity to meet with one of our judges for a one-hour informal virtual mentorship session.

Finalists will be announced in August, and will be featured in upcoming editorial and programming.

Impact Award Categories


Hotelier of the Year

Hotel owners or managers who are catalysts for change and are innovating hospitality to promote positive social and environmental impact


Travel Initiative of the Year

An initiative in the travel and tourism sector that has drawn attention to social and environmental issues, inspiring action


Activist of the Year

A passionate campaigner recognised for their contributions to bring about social and environmental change

People’s Choice

Our readers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite individual, project or company from our selection of Finalists


Initiatives that restore and regenerate ecosystems, biodiversity, or critical species

Food and Agriculture

Ideas that restore food systems—improving food quality and availability, supporting farmers, and promoting healthy ecosystems


Innovative ideas that bring greenhouse gas emissions to zero (and beyond) or uplift nature’s carbon cycle


Projects that deepen or broaden education’s impact, promoting equity and understanding

Health and Wellness

Holistic and restorative approaches that promote well-being


Initiatives that promote equity, honour culture, or grow vibrant, resilient communities

Meet Our Judges

Our independent judging panel represents a range of knowledge, expertise, and skills so that the shortlist can be carefully considered.
Dr. Paula Kahumbu - WildlifeDirect 1

Dr. Paula Kahumbu


Dr Paula Kahumbu is the CEO of WildlifeDirect, and is one of Africa’s best known conservationists. She produces and hosts Wildlife Warriors, Africa’s first wildlife documentary series by Africans. She also leads movements to protect Africa’s wild species and places, is a lecturer at Princeton university and manages wilderness field programs for African school children.


Anna Bjurstam

Wellness Pioneer at Six Senses Spas and Wellness

Dedicated to wellness throughout her 25-year career, Anna Bjurstam is in charge of Six Senses as a global spa brand and has established the brand’s differentiating factors, ensuring that each spa develops
its own personality whilst maintaining the touch points and integrity of the master brand.


Sheldon Scott

Director of Culture at Eaton

Sheldon Scott is the Director of Culture at Eaton Workshop, a hospitality brand committed to activism and inclusivity. Sheldon is a multidisciplinary artist based in Washington, DC bringing attention to the crucial issues of racial inequality and systemic racism through his work


Martinique Lewis

President of the Black Travel Alliance

Martinique Lewis is an award winning diversity in travel consultant, creative lead for Nomadness Travel Tribe, President of the Black Travel Alliance and creator of The ABC Travel Greenbook. Trusted amongst her peers as a ‘’connector’’ she is always connecting the dots to ensure the travel industry is mindful of diversity.


Juliet Kinsman

Sustainability Editor at Condé Nast Traveller

Juliet Kinsman is a journalist, hospitality expert and previously the founding editor of Mr & Mrs Smith. Now as the Sustainability Editor at Condé Nast Traveller and Founder of her consultancy, Bouteco, she celebrates sustainable design-led hotels and helps luxury brands implement inspiring eco initiatives and positive impact partnerships.


Anthony Myint

Founder of Zero FoodPrint

Anthony Myint is the co-founder of Mission Chinese Food, The Perennial and Zero Foodprint, named 2020 Humanitarian of the Year by The James Beard Foundation and winner of the 2019 Basque Culinary World prize. Zerofood Print leads a public private collaboration with regional governments in California and Colorado to scale regenerative agriculture.


Lea d’Auriol

Founder and Executive Director of Oceanic Global

Lea d’Auriol is the Founder and Executive Director of Oceanic Global, an international ocean conservation non-profit that consults on sustainable operations, creates educational experiences and engages local communities to generate measurable impact for the ocean and our collective wellbeing.


Dr. Apisalome Movono

Lecturer at Massey University

Dr. Apisalome Movono’s research draws on postmodernist techniques seeking to improve our understanding of resilience, oceans finance, climate change and tourism development in the Pacific islands. He focusses specifically on how tourism can be reset as a tool for the sustainable and resilient development of Pacific peoples.


Paloma Zapata


Paloma Zapata is the CEO of Sustainable Travel International. She leads the organization’s global efforts to maximize tourism’s contribution to conservation and development in order to protect destinations, preserve natural environments, and improve community well-being.

How to Enter Your Nomination


How To Enter

Submit your entry using the form below to be considered for the Regenerative Travel 2021 Impact Awards. There is no fee for submitting an entry. By submitting your entry, you agree to the Terms & Conditions set forth here. The entry period will close on June 18, 2021.


The Regenerative Travel Impact Awards is open to all organizations and individuals involved in designing a product or service that creates social or environmental impact in travel that have been brought to the public from January 1, 2020.

How the Awardees are Determined

Our Judging Process

Finalists in each category will be selected from all eligible entries by Regenerative Travel.  Entries will be judged on their environmental and social impact, alignment with regenerative principles, and overall originality and innovation. 

Finalists will be asked to submit a release form.

All Finalists will be featured on the Regenerative Travel website and will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award, voted on by the general public.  Our panel of judges will evaluate the Finalists and determine the winner in each category.

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