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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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4 new Facilities Awarded Gold Eco-rating Certification by Ecotourism Kenya

The year 2014 has seen a tremendous rise in the number of Eco-rating certified facilities in Kenya which brings the number of valid Eco-rating certified facilities as at June 30th 2014;GOLD 12, SILVER 55, and BRONZE 32 = 99. On 12th July, Ecotourism Kenya held a brief media presentation session to recognize and award four (4) facilities;Gamewatchers Safaris & Porini Camps (Amboseli Camp),Kicheche Mara Camps, Cottars 1920s Camp Maasai Mara and Sanctuary Olonana that have achieved Gold Eco-rating Certificates within the first half of 2014.

EK is proud to be associated with the facilities for their outstanding and replicable levels of excellence in responsible resource use, environmental conservation and socio-economic investment.

Congratulations to the facilities, staff and management for the remarkable achievements. #Responsibletourismis #WhyILoveKenya.

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2014 Eco-Warriors Awards Theme:Responsible tourism is #WhyILoveKenya

Do you apply ecotourism principles in your tourism business operations? If the answer is yes, Ecotourism Kenya welcomes your nominations for the 2014 Eco-Warriors Awards in one of the 15 categories.  Nominations will be drawn from eligible individuals, tourism hospitality and operations providers. Deadline for submission is 29th August 2014 after which short listing will be done to select the top 3 per category.  Past Eco-warriors Award Winners will be expected to demonstrate achievements that have taken place since the last award.  The winners will be announced in a colorful Gala Dinner on 9th October 2014 in Nairobi during the Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) that will be hosted by KTB.  The Eco Warrior Gala Dinner is part of the itinerary for the 200 International Travel Trade ‘hosted buyers’ who will be attending the exhibition.  The MKTE to be held at KICC is commencing on 8th and ending on 10th October 2014.  We therefore present this as your chance to get recognized for your efforts, innovations and exceptional achievements in promoting responsible tourism and tourism sustainability in Kenya.

If you would like further details, drop us an email on or call us on 0726 366080.

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
Ngare Ndare Forest Trust

Ngare Ndare is Maa for "goats water". Ngare Ndare is a gazetted forest used to promote peace and co-existence among the different communities in the area - the Meru, Maasai, Borana and Kikuyu. The forest is maintained primarily by the local communities as the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust, under the supervision of Kenya Forest Service(KFS). Ngare Ndare forest has several attractions which can be of i ..Read More

Eco-Rating Scheme

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

There are 13 establishments that have been awarded Gold Certification...View ListThere are 54 establishments that have been awarded Silver Certification...View ListThere are 30 establishments that have been awarded Bronze Certification...View List
Featured Eco-Rated Facility
Great Rift Valley Lodge

GRVL is built on the Eburru, a mountain that the Maasai people call Ol Donyo Opurru, meaning mountain of smoke. The lodge was established in 2000. It is owned and operated by Heritage Hotels. It has 30 guest rooms and 120 cottages. It employs a total work force of 307 employees (229 males and 78 females). GRVLs uniqueness can be attributed to its 18-hole Golf Course, the proximity and magnificent ..Read More

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News Updates
Xplore 2014 scheduled to take place on 27th-28th September 2014 at Karen Blixen Museum
4 new Facilities Awarded Gold Eco-rating Certification by Ecotourism Kenya
2014 Eco-Warriors Awards Nominations are now Open!!

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