Since tourism leaves a permanent footprint that impacts the environment of destinations,
SATW established the Phoenix award in 1969 to recognize conservation and preservation efforts



The Phoenix Awards recognize destinations, individuals, organizations, governments and firms that have made exemplary efforts at environmental, cultural and/or historical conservation, preservation and beautification of tourism sites. SATW established the Award in 1969 to recognize these goals. SATW members can nominate individuals, organizations, governments and tourism providers who have contributed to a quality travel experience. Nominations are reviewed by the SATW Phoenix Committee and submitted with recommendations to the Board of Directors for final approval.


Tourism is defined as any trip of 50 or more miles from one’s primary residence, other than for commuting to work or school, and/or any trip involving an overnight stay. To qualify for the award, tourism must be documented. As tourism has evolved with global impact and the evidence of global climate change, the Phoenix Award now acknowledges efforts that encourage responsible, sustainable environmental practices as they relate to travel.

Check out the Phoenix Award Webinar recording below.  You’ll hear from past recipients who will share how their Phoenix Award impacted them and we’ll unpack some helpful tips for creating successful nominations.

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View the 2023 Phoenix Award video clip below.

Previous winners of this prestigious award include:

  • Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
  • Herring Era Museum
  • Inkaterra Hotels
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Shreveport Common
  • Adventure Canada
  • Iron Ore Heritage Trail
  • United States Civil Rights Trail
  • Yangzhou Historic District and Gardens
  • Guachimontones Archeological Site and Interpretive Center
  • Gulf State Park
  • Falls Park on the Reedy
  • Kingsbrae Garden
  • Ewald Biemans
  • International Expeditions
  • Zakouma National Park in Chad, Africa
  • Toronto’s Distillery Historic District
  • The Shorefast Foundation and Fogo Island Inn
  • Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Wilderness Lodges
  • Glenfern Sanctuary in New Zealand
  • USAID’s Nyungwe Nziza Project in Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park
  • The Old Mill and Old Mill Square in Pigeon Forge, TN
  • San Antonio’s Pearl Brewery
  • Charleston (SC) City Market
  • Dr. Mary Majka
  • Mary’s Point Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve (Canada)
  • Railroad Park in Birmingham (AL)
  • Kula Eco Park in Fiji
  • The Trailing of the Sheep Festival
  • Restoration of Edison & Ford Winter Estates (FL)
  • Tourism Cares for America
  • La Dune de Boutouche (New Brunswick, Canada)
  • Maine Huts and Trails
  • Gerding Theatre (OR)
  • The Quays (Manchester, England)
  • World Birding Center (TX)
  • Colonial Theatre in the Berkshires
  • N/a’an Ke Sê Foundation in Namibia
  • Central Park Conservancy (NY)

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