National Geographic Announces World Legacy Awards Finalists for 2016
The World Legacy Awards, a partnership between the National Geographic Society and ITB Berlin, showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations — ranging from large resorts to small eco-lodges and from wildlife conservancies to geoparks — driving the sustainable tourism transformation of the travel industry based on National Geographic’s work of inspiring people to care about the planet.
More than 150 World Legacy Awards entries were received, representing 51 countries and six continents. Finalists in five award categories were selected by an international team of judges.
There are five categories in the awards:
1. ‘Earth Changers’ recognises cutting-edge leadership in environmentally friendly business practices and green technology;
2. ‘Sense of Place’ recognises excellence in enhancing sense of place and authenticity;
3. ‘Conserving the Natural World’ recognises outstanding support for the preservation of nature and the restoration of natural habitat;
4. ‘Engaging Communities’ recognises direct and tangible economic and social benefits that improve local livelihoods;
5. ‘Destination Leadership’ recognises destination leadership, including cities, provinces, states, countries and regions that are demonstrating environmental best practices.
Adventure World would like to congratulate the three finalists chosen in each of the five categories, and hopes to work with many more of the companies, organisations and and countries that are dedicated to inspiring people to take care of our incredible planet.
Finalists in Earth Changers:
• Mission Hills, China
• Laguna Lodge Guatemala
• Inspira Santa Marta Hotel, Portugal
Finalists in Sense of Place:
• CGH Earth, India
• Tierra Patagonia, Chile
• TIME Unlimited Tours, New Zealand
Finalists in Conserving the Natural World:
• Arkaba by Wild Bush Luxury, Australia
• Elephant Hills, Thailand
• Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, Mexico
Finalists in Engaging Communities:
• Grootbos Green Futures Foundation, South Africa
• The Bushcamp Company, Zambia
• Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy, United States
Finalists in Destination Leadership:
• Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, Ireland
• Destination Røros, Norway
• Travel Oregon, United States
Costas Christ, chairman of National Geographic World Legacy Awards, said, “Sustainable tourism is the foundation for the future of the travel industry, and those destinations and companies that understand this today will be the global leaders of tomorrow. Tourism is based on selling culture and nature — the very things sustainable tourism practices work to protect. Have you ever heard someone come back from a vacation and say, ‘I just had a great holiday hiking in a dead rain forest and then staying on a beach filled with trash?’ The World Legacy Awards finalists are all about protecting the places travelers love to visit and benefiting the local people who live there. Together, these 15 finalists are working towards a future when all tourism will be sustainable.”
As sponsors of the World Legacy Awards, Adventure World is proud of all fifteen finalists. Adventure World has always had a focus on responsible, sustainable travel, so it’s natural that some of the companies and regions are already working with the company to ensure travellers learn about the world around them as they travel.
Below are just a few of the finalists offering life-changing experiences that can be a part of an Adventure World journey.
CGH Earth, India
Travellers can stay at CGH Earth properties on Adventure World’s 17-day Handpicked South India
itinerary which travels through Chennai, Mahaballipuram, Pondicherry, Trichy, Madurai, Periyar, Munnar, Cochin, Alleppey and Trivandrum.
Tierra Patagonia, Chile
Experience the incredible Tierra Patagonia with the Best of Two Worlds journey
including four nights accommodation in a standard room, all meals, open bar, daily excursions, use of UMA Spa and transfers from Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or Cerro Castillo.
Grootbos Green Futures Foundation, South Africa
See the work of Grootbos Green Futures in action when staying at the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve on Adventure World’s 10-day South Africa’s Unique Lodges
experience which visits Johannesburg, Sabi Sabi, Tswalu, Cape Town, and Grootbos.
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