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Ecotourism Kenya promotes responsible tourism practices within the tourism industry. This entails encouraging the adoption of best practices in the use of tourism resources, working with local communities and managing wastes and emissions.

dew_drop.jpgUnderstanding Ecotourism

According to The International Ecotourism Society, ecotourism is, ‘Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people’. (TIES, 1990)... Read More on Ecotourism

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2014 Eco-Warrior Awards: ResponsibleTourism is #WhyILoveKenya

Performances by the Bomas of Kenya dancers, over 40 prizes won at the raffle and eco-auction, the launch of the sustainability report by Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda … These were some of the highlights of the 8th Eco Warrior Awards, which took place at the Carnivore grounds on the evening of 9th October, 2014.

The colorful and vibrant awards ceremony dubbed "Kenya Night" was attended by over 600 guests, including over 180 hosted buyers who attended the Magical Kenya Travel Expo. The keynote speaker was Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie, who presented the 14 Eco Warrior trophies to the following individuals and organizations ... Read more 

For photos of the event, visit the Ecotourism Kenya Facebook page.

The Eco-rating Certification Scheme

The Eco-rating certification Scheme is a sustainable tourism certification program that aims to promote responsible tourism in Kenya. Launched in 2002 by Ecotourism Kenya in cooperation with tourism stakeholders in Kenya, the programs focus is to recognise best practices in environmental conservation, responsible resource use and socio-economic investment among tourism accommodation facilities by awarding qualified applicants assessed under the scheme with a Bronze, Silver or Gold eco-rating certification based on their performance.

The Eco-rating certification scheme follows a systematic procedure that assesses a tourism accommodation facility on its environmental, economic and socio-cultural performance. The criteria has been designed to suit local requirements and is aligned to the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) formed under the umbrella of the United Nations (UN). Through the Eco-rating certification scheme, Ecotourism Kenya aims to promote environmental, economic and social best practices by accommodation facilities within the tourism industry...Read the Eco-rating Certification Guide

Featured Community
Arabuko Sokoke Forest Dwellers Association

Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Adjacent Dwellers Association (ASFADA) is an umbrella organization made up of over 600 people living in 52 villages around the Arabuko-Sokoke forest. The group owns and manages Arabuko Jamii Villas. Established in October 2009, the facility is made up of 5 houses: 3 with one bedroom each, 1 with 2 bedrooms, and a Swahili house with 2 bedrooms and a veranda.  The place i ..Read More

Eco-Rating Scheme

Ecotourism Kenya manages a certification scheme for tourism accommodation facilities based on environmental and social criteria.

There are 17 establishments that have been awarded Gold Certification...View ListThere are 52 establishments that have been awarded Silver Certification...View ListThere are 30 establishments that have been awarded Bronze Certification...View List
Featured Eco-Rated Facility
Olarro Lodge

Olarro Lodge is located within Olarro Conservancy approximately 56 kilometres from Narok town, off the Narok – Maasai Mara road. The lodge was refurbished and opened under new management in 2012 and has nine cottages with bed occupancy of 18 persons, and a total work force of 63 employees. The facility sits on a 7,500 acre piece of land on a 15-year lease from the larger Maji Moto and Siana ..Read More

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