National Geographic World Legacy Awards Finalists Announced
National Geographic announced the finalists for the World Legacy Awards on the 1st of December 2016. The World Legacy Awards, a partnership between National Geographic and ITB Berlin, showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organisations and destinations — ranging from entire countries to small islands and from urban hotels to jungle retreats — driving the sustainable tourism transformation of the global travel industry.
This year’s World Legacy Awards entries were from 45 countries spanned over 6 continents. An international team of more than 20 judges in 5 award categories selected the 15 finalists. Showcasing that sustainable tourism has no boundaries.
We would like to congratulate three of our Long Run members that have been nominated for the World Legacy Awards as follows:
FINALIST IN THE EARTH CHANGERS
The Cayuga Collection, Costa Rica, manages GER®member Lapa Rios EcoLodge. Their commitment to reduce, reuse, recycle is a daily mantra at this ultra-green hospitality company. Their innovative practices include a program to eliminate plastic waste, for example drinking straws are reusable bamboo and guests join back-of-the-house tours to learn how sustainability touches their vacation experience.
FINALIST IN DESTINATION LEADERSHIP
Segera Retreat, Kenya and GER® member of The Long Run, is a high-end ecolodge in Laikipia that acts as an incubator for innovative technologies and conservation approaches that can be tested, refined, and replicated in Africa and beyond, including successful projects to enhance local livelihoods, support health care, protect endangered species and restore natural habitat.
Riverwind Foundation, USA and Affiliate member of The Long Run. Working together with Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce from USA they actively engage public and private stakeholders to support environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic vitality through destination stewardship policies and planning, including an open space resolution ensuring protection of 25,000 acres, and a Sustainability Code of Conduct for visitors.
The winners will be announced live on stage at the World Legacy Awards ceremony on March 8, 2017, held at the Palais am Funkturm during ITB Berlin. Winners and Finalists will also be recognised by National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Reaching universal accessibility in tourism is a shared responsibility of all parties involved in the tourism value chain, as well as a business opportunity for companies and destinations.
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