Ecotourism Pioneers and Sustainability Leaders: TIES members’ achievements recognized on world stage

Ecotourism Pioneers and Sustainability Leaders: TIES members’ achievements recognized on world stage

World Travel Awards

 Randi Iverson, Co-owner, Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge Alaska (center) - Sadie Cove has received the World Travel Award as "Leading Green Resort in the US" in 2009 and 2010.


TIES' global network is made up of members from over 90 countries who are individuals and organizations dedicated to the principles of ecotourism, and are leading the vital efforts to make travel and tourism more sustainable. A number of our business and professional members have recently received much-deserved recognition and awards, highlighting their key achievements and leadership in sustainability practices. We are pleased to share the good news, and would like to share our admiration and gratitude for these ecotourism pioneers and sustainability leaders - Congratulations, and THANK YOU for all you do to support ecotourism and make a difference in the world!

World Travel Awards 2010

Named the "Oscars of the Travel Business" by the Wall Street Journal, the World Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

Travel + Leisure Magazine "Best Life-Changing Trips"

A number of TIES business members have been recognized in Travel + Leisure Magazine's "Best Life-Changing Trips" for their unique, extraordinary and inspiring travel experiences: Elevate Destinations, WildChina, Tropic Journeys in Nature, Myths and Mountains, &Beyond, Country Walkers.


Elevate Destinations - Haiti: Help Heal a Nation

Assist in the earthquake recovery by rebuilding a boys' home in Port-au-Prince or a school computer lab in Jacmel. Besides volunteering, you'll visit waterfalls and white-sand beaches, hear musical performances, and meet metalworkers transforming oil drums into sculptures.


Tropic Journeys in Nature - Ecuador: Travel to the Heart of the Amazon

Stay in an eco-lodge situated at the headwaters of the Amazon and run by the Huaorani, one of the most isolated ethnic groups on earth: first contacted by the outside world only 55 years ago, they speak a language that is unrelated to any other. You'll learn to use a blowgun, hear their leader relate the tribe’s fight against oil exploration, and take a two-day meander down the Shiripuno River in kayaks, watching for tropical birds and monkeys.


Country Walkers - Italy: Walking Through Piedmont

Get to know the birthplace of the Slow Food movement on foot (average three to six miles per day). Participate in a tasting at the historic Marchesi di Barolo winery, visit with a local cheese maker, and go hunting for white truffles in Neive. Learn to cook traditional Piedmontese dishes such as truffle ravioli and vitello tonnato at a family-run restaurant, and then dine on your own creations.


>> Read descriptions of all 24 life-changing trips!

Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2010

The 2010 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards were presented at at World Travel Market (WTM) in London as part of World Responsible Tourism Day (November 10th, 2010). Justin Francis, founder of the Responsible Tourism Awards and Managing Director of said, "I have been heartened by the depth of commitment and connection our winners have shown to the local communities in their destinations. Their successes and pioneering spirits are remarkable and the very real and authentic experiences they have created, set responsible tourism apart."


TIES business members Hotel Mockingbird Hill (Best Accommodation for the Environment) and Matava (Best in a Marine Environment) were honored among a dozen of the world's leading industry leaders, and TIES professional member Sam Raphael of Jungle Bay Resort & Spa, received distinction as the winner of the "Best Personal Contribution" category. Here are the accolades these winners have received from the judges of the Responsible Tourism Awards.


Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, Jamaica - "Proof that indulgence doesn't have to be at the expense of the environment, Mockingbird Hill is a small locally-owned luxury hotel that drives innovation, ensures that good practices are identified and monitored and add value to the local community. The judges were impressed by the scale and depth of their ability to measure impacts - including energy consumption, economic impact for local partners, and recording biodiversity. They list the short distance from their local suppliers down to the last kilometre - impressive in Jamaica where the reliance is typically on imports. They have driven innovation - conducting in-house recycling in an area without the infrastructure for it, and encouraging their suppliers to improve environmental performance."


Matava, Fiji - "Matava is a beacon for responsible tourism and an example to other dive sites. They maintain a strong commitment to both the conservation of the marine environment and the development of the local Fijian community. All staff and dive guides are from local villages, they have signed an agreement with local villages designating three established marine reserves as 100% no-take zones, across large geographic areas, and even succeeded in getting marine conservation on to the Fijian National Curriculum."


Sam Raphael - "Sam Raphael's vision was to use tourism to revitalize a community facing poverty after the demise of the banana industry. In an area devoid of tourism his Jungle Bay resort in Dominica was constructed, opened and is now almost entirely operated by the local community. The trickle-down effect of his efforts are felt far and wide from the farmers who supply the resort with produce to the disabled children cared for at his House of Hope, and the youth supported by Sam's initiative to mentor and promote young entrepreneurs. The philosophy that underpins Jungle Bay is wholly down to the passion and commitment of Sam."



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