Applications for the STAR Awards are now open!
The EUROPARC Star Awards is the biannual award given to Sustainable Tourism Partners that help protect our natural heritage.
Apply now for EUROPARC’s Sustainable Tourism Partners’ Award!
Tourism is one of the main economic drivers of Europe’s rural areas. EUROPARC has long recognised the need to ensure we have a thriving, living, working landscapes that support nature and people. Tourism, therefore, has to be developed and managed along with sustainable principles, if we are to ensure a positive future. Parks and Protected Areas are at the core of the natural and cultural assets of an area and are often the main reason for visiting.
However to be a Sustainable Destination, depends on businesses, community, and municipalities all working to that common purpose.
In these STAR Awards, EUROPARC seeks to celebrate, champion and acknowledge the effort and investments made by tourism businesses to be more sustainable and help care and protect their natural and cultural heritage.
To be less impactful on the environment in which the businesses reside, to work alongside the park, and to play a supporting role in the community are all the excellent actions of “Charter Partners”.
EUROPARC, therefore, invites all current Charter Partners and Tour Operators to apply for the awards in order to highlight the sustainable actions being done which are Good for Nature, Good for People and Good for Business.
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Who can apply?
The Star Awards is open to all Sustainable Business Partners or Tour Operators who have a current validated partnership (under Charter Part II or Charter Part III) with a park or protected area, itself currently awarded by EUROPARC. If you are unsure of your eligibility please contact your Park for further information.
What are the categories?
We really want to learn of your experiences and share your stories, so we have endeavored to ask questions in different areas in which you may contribute to the Sustainable Destination. We have tried to make the questions as intuitive as possible to answer. There are 4 categories you can choose from:
How can you apply?
We invite you to apply in as many categories as you like. Using the online form in either French, Italian, Spanish or English. The deadline for entries is 31 May.
Preview the questions below
- Contribution to Conservation
- Reducing the impacts on the Environment
- Building my Community
- Communicating the values of my park and my business
These will be assessed by an in-country jury and a representative from EUROPARC. The best from each country, in each category, will be adjudicated by an international jury who will select the overall winner in each category.
These will be announced at the EUROPARC Charter Award Ceremony 2021. Winners will be invited to attend the award ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels, in late November/early December 2021 (Date to be confirmed).
The overall winner will receive, along with a representative from the Park or Protected Area with which they are a partner, a free place at the EUROPARC Conference 2022 or at the Charter meeting 2023.
For more information please contact: sustainable.tourism @ europarc.org.