Theme: Tourism – Promoting Culture and Heritage

Ecotourism Kenya has announced the short list of finalists for the 13th edition of the Eco Warrior Award that recognizes innovation and leadership in responsible tourism.  The finalists consist of Kenyan tourism businesses and individuals with initiatives that demonstrate a linkage and commitment towards the promotion of cultural heritage.  Culture is one of the key factors driving the growth of tourism in the world.  This year, the Eco-Warrior Award theme is in sync with the 3rd UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture to be held in December 2018 in Turkey.

Winners in the 10 categories will be announced on Wednesday 26th September 2018 in a Kenya-Night Experience Gala Dinner to be hosted by Ecotourism Kenya and partners at Crowne Plaza, Nairobi. The Gala Dinner will be held on the eve of the World Tourism Day and will be graced by Dr. Evangeline Njoka Secretary General, Kenya National Commission for UNESCO who will give the key note address.  Other notable guests will be the Director General National Museum of Kenya Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia, KTB CEO Dr. Betty Radier, KTB Marketing Director Ms. Jacinta Nzioka, Hon. Faith Wathome Minister in Charge of Tourism, Sport and Culture – Machakos County, Joseph Cherutoi MD, Tourism Fund,  among other invited guests, dignitaries, finalists, media and the tourism/conservation fraternity.

Besides the great entertainment and cultural dances, guests stand a chance to win amazing holiday packages courtesy of the Eco-rated accommodation facilities such as: Olare Mara Kempinski Lodge, Mara Engai Camp, Sanctuary Olonana Luxury Lodge, Elewana Afro Chic – Diani, Sirikoi Lodge, Lewa Conservancy, Saruni Mara, Kilima Camp, Tawi Lodge, Solio Lodge, Samburu Game Lodge, Turtle Bay Beach Club – Watamu, Loldia House – Naivasha, Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp with at least 2 return tickets to Masai Mara and Diani courtesy of Safarilink Aviation.

Those who have made it to the short list include:

  1. Best Tour Operator in Engaging People and Culture – Sponsored by Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO)
  • Uniglobe Lets Go Travel
  • Gamewatchers Safaris Ltd
  1. Best Student in Engaging People, Culture and Heritage – Sponsored by African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW)
  • Lenny Macharia
  • Jeremiah Njogu
  • Peter Muthanji

 

  1. Best Conservancy in Promotion of Culture and HeritageSponsored by Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT)
    • Selenkay Conservancy, Amboseli
    • Batian Conservation, Kirinyaga
    • Orage Ke, Kisumu
  1. Best Destination in Promoting Culture and HeritageSponsored by Kenya Tourism Board (KTB)
    • Elgeyo Marakwet County
    • Siaya County
    • Uasin Gishu County
  1. Best in Protecting Marine HeritageSponsored by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)
    • The Sands at Nomad
    • Serena Beach Resort and Spa
    • Local Ocean Conservation
  1. Best Tourism Training Institution in Promoting Culture and Heritage – Sponsored by Kenya Association of Women in Tourism (KAWT)
    • Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology
    • Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
    • Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute
  1. Best Blogger/Journalist in Promoting People, Culture and Heritage – Sponsored by Go Places
    • Wangeci Gitahi
    • Thomas Mwiraria
    • Wangeci Kiongo
  1. Best Community Based Tourism Organization in Promoting Culture and HeritageSponsored by Crowne Plaza, Nairobi
    • Mlilo Community Based Tourism Association
    • Kakapel Cultural Centre
    • Otenyo Cultural Group
  1. Best Heritage AttractionsSponsored by Zuri Events
    • Lamu Museum
    • Kitale Museum
    • Karen Blixen Museum
  1. Best Accommodation Facility in Promoting Culture and HeritageSponsored by Tourism Fund (TF)
    • Cottars’ 1920s Camp
    • Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
    • Kicheche Mara Camp

 

About Eco Warrior Awards

Eco-Warrior Awards recognize efforts, innovations and exceptional achievements for promoting responsible tourism.  The emphasis is on enhancing tourism sustainability which directly conserves the natural environment linked to local communities (either credible individuals or groups) through mutually beneficial and equitable partnerships. Therefore, the award aims to celebrate ecotourism best practices in different tourism sectors and tourism set ups in Kenya. Eco-Warriors Awards truly recognized these unsung heroes and heroines for their effort to promote responsible and sustainable tourism in Kenya.  The unique characteristic of ecotourism is its cardinal principle of linking tourism to nature conservation and community development, especially for local people who have conserved the environment since time immemorial through their traditional customs and cultural practices. For further information on the 2018 Eco Warrior Award visit https://ecotourismkenya.org/ecowarrioraward/

 

About Ecotourism Kenya:

Ecotourism Kenya is a business membership association directly serving more than 350 members, and reaching out to hundreds more in Kenya and East Africa. Since its inception in 1996 Ecotourism Kenya has been involved in a wide range of activities to promote and broaden the industry understanding of sustainable tourism, and attract membership beyond the mainstream tourism industry. For further read, visit our website http://ecotourismkenya.org/

For further information about the Eco-Warriors Award and/or Ecotourism Kenya contact:

Grace Nderitu – Chief Executive Officer, Ecotourism Kenya
P. O Box 10146-00100 GPO, Nairobi Kenya
Mobile: +254 726 366 080/ 020 5292078
Email: pr@ecotourismkenya.org ceo@ecotourismkenya.org
Website: www.ecotourismkenya.org

 

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