Within the framework of the Berlin ITB, on 5th March, National Geographic in partnership with Ecuador revealed the winners of the World Legacy Awards. This initiative arose from the desire to reward the hotels, eco-lodges or countries practicing environmental care, protection of cultural and human heritage and sustainable tourism that benefits local communities. As the Minister, Sandra Naranjo said that this association reflects a simple fact: "We share the values for sustainable tourism that takes care of our world."
The winners and finalists in Five (5) categories were chosen by a panel of 18 international judges led by Costas Christ, editor of the National Geographic Traveler. Among them stands out: Tropic Journeys in Nature, Ecuadorian winner in the Engaging Communities Category that has worked closely with the Amazonian Huaorani, creating the Huaorani Ecolodge directly benefitting these communities. Other winners included: Orange Country Resorts and Hotels (India) in the Earth Changers Category, Cavallo Point (USA) in the Sense of Place Category, the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve (Chile) in the Conserving the Natural World Category and Aruba, country winner in the Destination Leadership Category.
More information: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/worldlegacyawards/