Represented company Tropic Journeys in Nature from Ecuador has been selected as Finalists in the New National Geographic Society 2014 World Legacy Awards, where the winners will be announced at the ITB Berlin expo next week.
The five award categories are: Earth Changers – Recognizing cutting edge leadership in environmentally friendly business practices; Sense of Place – Recognizing excellence in enhancing cultural authenticity; Conserving the Natural World – Recognizing outstanding support for the preservation of nature; Engaging Communities – Recognizing economic and social benefits that improve local livelihoods; and Destination Leadership – Including protection of cultural and natural heritage and educating travelers on responsible tourism.
Tropic was selected in the Engaging Communities Category of the National Geographic Travel World Legacy Awards targeting the three pillars of sustainable tourism: environmentally friendly operations, protection of natural and cultural heritage and support for the well-being of local communities. Tropic engages communities, recognizes direct and tangible economic and social benefits that improve local livelihoods, including training and capacity building, fair wages and benefits, community development, health care and education.
The World Legacy Awards is a new initiative of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious non-profit scientific, educational, and travel organizations, reaches more than 60 million people worldwide, in partnership with ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel gathering. The awards honor the companies, destinations and organizations that are driving the positive transformation of the global tourism industry, showcasing leaders and visionaries in sustainable tourism best practices and sharing their stories with millions of travelers. Being selected as a Finalist by National Geographic’s panel of international expert judges is no small achievement. More than 150 Award entries were received from 56 countries on six continents.
Tropic also recently announced a new venture related to their work with local communities creating libraries for children in two diverse and remote communities that visitors may engage with while exploring Ecuador – Two libraries will be established in Ecuador’s Amazon jungle for children of the Huaorani, an indigenous people that until 1956 had no contact with the outside world. A third library will serve the Floreana Island community in the Galapagos. To help facilitate the creation of an inventory of books, Tropic is teaming up with Pack for a Purpose, a nonprofit organization that suggests to travelers what kinds of supplies will be meaningful to bring to villages and communities they plan to visit.
Fair Travel is proud of its partnership with Tropic and hope that next weeks announcement will provide them with a much deserved win for their hard work!