Kazakhstan won for the Best Accommodation in the Community category.
Mitchelle D’Souza, Sub-editor/Reporter
Lonely Planet has unveiled its long-awaited Best in Travel list for 2021 and it is unlike anything they have done before — fitting for a year that has been unprecedented.
Taking into account the present coronavirus pandemic, the world’s leading travel media brand has reinvented its 2021 awards to recognise how our planet has changed.
Rather than releasing lists of the best countries, cities and regions, the 2021 offering is split into three new categories: Best in Sustainability, Best in Community and Best in Diversity.
This new reimagined list celebrates the incredible people, places and businesses making a transformative contribution to travel in unprecedented times.
“Travel in 2021 and beyond will be a much more considerate exercise than it has been ever before,” said Lonely Planet CEO Luis Cabrera.
“With travellers cautiously re-engaging with the world and focusing on ensuring their impact is safe and positive for host communities, we have decided to highlight destinations and individuals that truly enable visitors to make genuine contributions through regenerative travel.”
Some of the highlights from the list include:
In a departure from previous years, people and business establishments were feted for their conscious contributions too. Some of these were:
You can check out the full list on the Lonely Planet website.
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