Ecotourism Kenya together with her partners’ hosted the14th Edition of the Eco Warrior Award Ceremony & Gala Night on the theme – ‘Tourism Jobs and the Green Economy: A Better Future for All’ on Thursday 26th September 2019 at the Nairobi Serena Hotel. The theme had been drawn from UNWTO’S 2019 theme, it is in this regard that the event was scheduled on the eve of World Tourism Day.

Speaking at the colorful themed event – black with a touch of gold, the Cabinet Minister of Tourism and Wildlife Hon. Najib Balala was optimistic that the private sector in the tourism industry will take up the responsibility of the ban on single use plastics and implement it. The ban which was sensitized by His Excellency the president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta on 5th June 2019, to eradicate single use plastics from our protected areas; beaches, national parks, forests and conservation areas effectively June 5th 2020.

 

Sustainable Development Goal 8 aims at empowering the livelihoods and prosperity in rural communities through providing access to decent employment and through reviving traditional local industries.” CS, Hon. Najib Balala.

 

 

He added that stakeholders involved should come up with innovative solutions and Eco-friendly alternatives to the single-use plastics.

 Over 250 guests from different walks of the tourism industry graced the occasion. Sectors like hotels, accommodation facilities, tour operators, travel agencies, government bodies and sustainability enthusiasts were all represented. After a successful nomination process 46 facilities had been longlisted to contest, this was later reduced to 27 shortlisted candidates that went through the judging process to have 10 winners, 9 runners –up and 1 overall winner.

 

 

Uniglobe Let’s Go Travel Leisure travel manager Ms. Angela Njehia receiving the overall winner trophy from CS Hon. Najib Balala(left), EK board chairman Dr. Christopher Gakahu(middle) and CEO AFEW Ms. Christine Odhiambo(right).

 

UNIGLOBE Let’s Go Travel emerged the overall winners of the night having scoped an award earlier as the 2019 Green Tourism Champion in Tour Operations. Other winners were:  Mugie Conservancy, Basecamp Explorer Kenya, Gamewatchers Porini, Lake Elementeita Serena Camp, Ngare Ndare Forest Trust, David Marenya, Kicheche Mara Camp, Sunworld Safaris, Kichwa Tembo and Mara Bush Camp. To see the break down categories and other runners –up click HERE.

On behalf of the Ecotourism Kenya Executive Committee, receive our sincerest gratitude for attending the 2019 Eco Warrior Award. We thank you for sparing time from your busy schedule to come and celebrate with us the Eco Warriors who continually champion for the actualization of Sustainable Development in Kenya.

We are grateful for your continued support and we are looking forward to hosting you again during the 15th edition of the Eco Warrior Award.

 

 

For further information about the Eco Warrior Award and/or Ecotourism Kenya contact:
Public Relations and Communication Officer
Email: pr@ecotourismkenya.org ,Website: www.ecotourismkenya.org
Phone: 0726366080

Theme: Tourism, Jobs and the Green Economy – A Better Future for All

Ecotourism Kenya has released the winners list for the 14th edition of the Eco Warrior Award that recognizes innovation and leadership in responsible tourism.  The winners consist of Kenyan tourism operators, accommodation facilities, community tourism enterprises, conservancies and individuals with initiatives that demonstrate a linkage and commitment to responsible tourism and that promotes the transition to a green economy.

Ecotourism Kenya members have been at the forefront of promoting a green economy through initiatives as energy efficiency, water efficiency and waste management including PET plastic bottles.  This year, the Eco Warrior Award theme and dates coincided with the UNWTO World Tourism Day 2019 celebrations being held today, the 27th of September in New Delhi, India.

Winners in the 6 categories were announced on Thursday 26th September 2019 in a red carpet Gala Dinner hosted by Ecotourism Kenya and partners at the new-look Nairobi Serena. The Gala Dinner which was held yesterday on the eve of the World Tourism Day was graced by Hon. Najib Balala EGH Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife and other key industry players.

Winners list:

    1. 2019 Tourism and Green Jobs Eco Warrior – Sponsored by Kenya Utalii College – KUC

  • Mugie Conservancy – Winner
  • Peak East Africa – Runner- up 

   2. 2019 Social Impact Eco Warrior – Sponsored by Kenya Wildlife Trust – KWT

  • Basecamp Explorer Kenya – Winner
  • Gamewatchers Porini – Winner
  • Lake Elementeita Serena Camp – Winner
  • Ngare Ndare Forest Trust – Winner
  • Amboseli Serena Lodge – 1st Runner- up
  • Il Ngwesi Eco Lodge – 2nd Runner- up

   32019 Sustainable Tourism Change Makers – Sponsored by African Fund for Endangered Wildlife – AFEW Kenya

  • David Marenya – Winner
  • Rahmina Oyugi – Runner- up
 4. 2019 Green Tourism Champion in  Resource Use Efficiency- Sponsored by Kenya Tourism Board – KTB
  • Kicheche Mara Camp – Winner
  • Escapades – Kilima Camp – Runner- up

  5. 2019 Green Tourism Champion in Tour Operations – Sponsored by Kenya Association of Tour Operators – KATO

  • Sunworld Safaris – Winner
  • Let’s Go Travel – Uniglobe – Winner
  • Gamewatchers Safaris Ltd – Runner- up
  • Twiga Tours and Travel – Runner- up

   6. 2019 Green Tourism Champion in Minimization of Single Use Plastic – Sponsored by Tourism Fund – TF

  • Kichwa Tembo –  Winner
  • Mara Bush Camp – Winner
  • Safari Collection – Runner- up
  • Angama Mara – Runner- up

 

AquaVita has partnered with Ecotourism Kenya for this year’s Eco-warrior awards by being the sole provider of plastic-free water solutions. The awards which seek to recognize organizations, businesses, and individuals that are promoting green jobs and the green economy will be held on 26th September at the Nairobi Serena Hotel.

The partnership is aimed at raising awareness among the tourism industry stakeholders on the need to reduce plastic pollution, promote sustainability, conserve and protect the ecosystem. This is part of the wider efforts Ecotourism Kenya has been taking to manage and reduce the Industries environmental impact. “We are very happy with the steps Ecotourism Kenya has been taking to encourage sustainability in terms of tourism practices”, Barack Odhuno, COO Aquavita. “We are thrilled to continue this sustainability journey and help minimize the industries plastic footprint by providing alternatives to plastic bottles.”

The focus of the 2019 Eco Warrior Award is on four main categories that have been carefully selected to exemplify how tourism creates significant economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits on local people and places. The categories include:

  1. Change Makers Category- It involves actions, projects, initiatives, best practices or campaigns inclined towards promoting and influencing natural and cultural environment preservation, and restoration. The category is open to individuals may include Journalists, Safari guides, bloggers & students
  2. Green Tour Champions – Involves a demonstration of best practices in responsible production and consumption of resources linked to SDG 12
  3. Social impact Category – This category seeks to recognize tourism organizations that mobilize resources to eradicate poverty, implement social protection systems, support local community investments, enterprises and create jobs for local communities linked to SDG 1
  4. Promoting Decent Work & Reducing Inequalities at the workplace – This category is linked to SDG 8 and 10. It involves reducing inequalities (internally) within the business or organization by ensuring equal opportunities and promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, productive employment and decent work for all.

 Applications are now closed and the judging process is ongoing for long-listed applicants. Interested individuals can get their tickets for the Eco-warrior award gala dinner here

Link to AquaVita website HERE

 

 

This World Tourism Day, Ecotourism Kenya is proud to announce the winners of the 13th Edition of the Eco Warrior Award. The theme for the 2018 Eco Warrior Award is, Tourism; Protecting Culture and Heritage.

Ecotourism Kenya hosted this year’s annual gala dinner yesterday at Crowne Plaza, Nairobi. Notable personalities who graced the event included; The Chief Guest Speaker Dr.Evangeline Njoka, Secretary General, Kenya National Commission for UNESCO; The Chief Judge Hon. Faith Wathome Kithu (MBS), CECEM- Tourism, Sports, Youth & Culture, Machakos County, Dr. Elizabeth Oduor, Chief Officer- ICT, Tourism, Culture, Sports and Arts, Siaya County, Ms Jacinta Nzioka, Managing Director, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB)  invited guest/dignitaries, Ecotourism Kenya board members, Chairpersons of state corporations and the vast tourism network at large.

The 2018 Eco Warriors were celebrated in pomp and colour at the “Kenya Night Experience” gala dinner. The winners of the 10 distinct categories were recognized for their outstanding contributions in the promotion of culture and heritage within their various fields in Kenya. These individuals, business owners, organizations and community groups all displayed great passion for cultural heritage and were able to showcase their successful endeavours in the protection of the same through innovative literary works, art, research, initiatives and projects.

The following are the 2018 Eco Warrior Award Winners:

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge clinched the first place position in the Best Accommodation Facility in Promoting Culture and Heritage category, sponsored by Tourism Fund (TF). The Runners Up were Kicheche Mara Camp and Cottars’ 1920s Camp.

The Best Training Institution in Promoting Culture and Heritage category was awarded to both Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology & Dedan Kimathi University of Technology and proudly sponsored by Kenya Association of Women in Tourism (KAWT).

The Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO) sponsored the Best Tour Operator in Engaging People and Culture category. Uniglobe Lets Go Travel emerged the winner in this category. Gamewatchers Safaris Ltd was the runner’s up in this category.

The Best Community-Based Tourism Operator (CBTO) in Promoting Cultural and Heritage category was awarded to Kakapel Cultural Centre. Mlilo Community Based Tourism Association and Otenyo Cultural Group who gave a stunning performance were the runner’s up. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nairobi were the sponsors of this category.

Selenkay Conservancy dominated the Best Conservancy in Promoting Culture and Heritage category, sponsored by Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT).

Jeremiah Njogu took home the trophy for Best Student in Engaging People, Culture and Heritage category. Lenny Macharia held the runner’s up position in this category which was sponsored by Africa Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW).

Serena Beach Resort and Spa anchored their position of first place in the Best in Protecting Marine Heritage category, sponsored by the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Thomas Mwiraria’s literary works on cultural heritage won him the Best Journalist/Blogger in Promoting People, Culture and Heritage. Mary Wangeci and Wangeci Gitahi tied in the runner’s up position in this category proudly sponsored by Go Places.

Elgeyo Marakwet County emerged as the Best Destination in Promoting Culture and Heritage, with the County Government of Siaya claiming the runner’s up position. This category was sponsored by Kenya Tourism Board.

Zuri Events, sponsored the Best Heritage Attraction category, with Kitale Museum narrowly outpacing the runners-up, Karen Blixen Museum.

Special recognition to the youngest ever Eco Warrior, 8-year-old Climate Change Champion, Ellyanne Wanjiku Chlystun, for her great achievements in actively and sustainably protecting the environment. Her passion at such a tender age is remarkable and awe-inspiring.

The Eco-Warrior Award is a Kenyan tourism award that recognizes and celebrates outstanding contributions to ecotourism practice in Kenya. It is aimed at motivating winning ventures/operations and industry at large to embrace practices that are ecologically and ethically sustainable in order to compete with the best in the world.

For more information about the Eco-Warriors Awards and/or Ecotourism Kenya contact:

Ecotourism Kenya
P. O Box 10146-00100 GPO, Nairobi Kenya
Mobile: +254 726 366 080 0732 815683
Email:pr@ecotourismkenya.orgceo@ecotourismkenya.org
Website:www.ecotourismkenya.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Date of Release: 08/08/2018

Ecotourism Kenya is glad to announce the long list of applicants who will be contesting for the Eco Warrior Awards in 2018. The theme for this years’ Award is – Tourism: Protecting Culture and Heritage.  The Eco Warrior Award will present an opportunity to showcase the role of tourism in creating awareness, offering necessary tools, enhancing public opinion and support in the conservation and preservation of natural and cultural heritage in Kenya.

Kenya Nite!

To recognize and award the finalists, an appropriately themed Gala Dinner will be held in Nairobi on Wednesday 26th September 2018 on the eve of the World Tourism Day.  The event will provide a platform for showcasing our diversity as a destination; celebrating our unbeatable cuisine; and embracing a fusion of modern and vibrant traditional heritage through music and dance. Together with our branding sponsors Zuri Events and host Crown Plaza, Nairobi, we give a promise to the participants that each will get a chance to dress up in their favourite Kenyan cultural outfit and have a celebratory night of fun and great networking!

We have compiled a list of exciting raffle prizes that will be up for grabs during the Gala Dinner courtesy of the certified sustainable tourism accommodation facilities.  To book your place at the dinner and for payment details, register at this link https://ecotourismkenya.org/ecowarrioraward/dinner-registration/

Charges:              Kshs 6,500 for individual

Kshs. 60,000 for a table of 10

Ecotourism Kenya members get a 15% discount.

List of the 2018 nominees who have made it to the long list:

The application process closed on 14th July 2018. The following individuals and organizations made it to the long list under the 10 categories:

  • Best Accommodation Facility in Promoting Culture and Heritage
  • Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
  • Cottars’ 1920s Camp
  • Kicheche Mara Camp
  • The Sands At Nomad
  • Serena Beach Resort and Spa

 

  • Best Learning/Training Institution in Promoting Culture and Heritage
  • Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
  • Amboseli Institute of Hospitality and Technology
  • Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University
  • Kenya Utalii College
  • Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute

 

  • Best Tour Operator in Engaging People and Culture
  • Uni Globe Lets Go Travel
  • Gamewatchers Safaris Ltd

 

  • Best Community Based Tourism Organization in Promoting Cultural and Natural Heritage
  • Kakapel Cultural Centre
  • Mlilo Community Based Tourism Association
  • Makueni Tourism & Cultural Centre
  • Otenyo Cultural Group
  • Awjama Cultural Center
  • Jambo Africa Tourism Network

 

  • Best Conservancy in Promotion of Culture and Heritage
  • Selenkay Conservancy Kajiado County
  • Batian Conservation Kirinyaga County
  • Orage K E Kisumu County

 

  • Best Blogger/Journalist in Promoting People, Culture and Heritage
  • Abraham Chege
  • Claire Nasike
  • Kennedy Kimathi
  • Mary Wangeci
  • Thomas Mwiraria
  • Wangeci Gitahi

 

  • Best Student in Engaging People, Culture and Heritage
  • Jeremiah Njogu
  • Anthony Ngao
  • Kelvin Okumu
  • Leila Yusuf
  • Lenny Macharia
  • Peter Muthanji

 

  • Best in Protecting Marine Heritage
  • The Sands at Nomad Diani Beach
  • Serena Beach Resort and Spa Shanzu Beach
  • Local Ocean Conservation Watamu
  • Best Destination in Promoting Cultural Heritage
  • Elgeyo Marakwet County
  • Siaya County
  • Uasin Gishu County

 

  • Best Heritage Attractions
  • Lamu Museum Lamu County
  • Kitale Museum Trans-Nzoia County
  • Karen Blixen Museum Nairobi County

 

A shortlist of the finalist will be announce a week before the Award ceremony. 

About the Eco Warrior Award:

Eco-warrior Award is a Kenyan Tourism Award that recognises and celebrates outstanding contribution to ecotourism practice in Kenya. It is aimed at motivating winning ventures/ operations and industry at large to embrace practices that are ecologically and ethically sustainable in order to compete with the best in the world. The overall goal is to transform Kenya to a sustainable tourism destination.

 

About Ecotourism Kenya:

Ecotourism Kenya is a civil society organization directly serving more than 450 members, and reaching out to hundreds more in Kenya. 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. These include organizing conferences and training workshops to developing guidelines such as the Green Destination Guidelines, codes of conduct, best practices and a Green Eco-rating Certification Scheme. Ecotourism Kenya has had many firsts: it was the first Ecotourism Society in Africa; the first to develop a voluntary eco-certification scheme for hotels/lodges in Africa, the first to publish a Green Directory of producers of green products and services, the first to develop a Sustainability Standard for Tour Operators in E. Africa and the first to develop Green Destination Guidelines in Africa.

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

Grace Nderitu – Chief Executive Officer

Mobile: +254 726 366 080/ 0732 815683

Email: pr@ecotourismkenya.org;  ceo@ecotourismkenya.org

Website: www.ecotourismkenya.org

Ecotourism Kenya is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2018 Eco Warrior Award.  The Award recognizes efforts, innovations and exceptional achievements for promoting responsible tourism and enhancing tourism sustainability. This directly conserves the natural environment linked to local communities (either credible individuals or groups) through mutually beneficial and equitable partnerships. Nature conservation through community development by tourism is the essence of ecotourism.

The Award aims to celebrate ecotourism best practices in different tourism sectors and set ups in Kenya. The general criteria is given for each category below. Potential applicants for each category must clearly demonstrate elements of responsible, respectful and sustainable tourism.

This year’s theme is – “Tourism: Protecting Culture and Heritage”. Tourism plays an instrumental role in awareness creation and promotion of cultural heritage. This is by offering the required tools and public support in protecting natural and cultural heritage. Sustainable cultural and heritage management entails having programs for promoting and integrating art and culture in tourism, with the aim of enhancing community development.

Ecotourism Kenya hereby welcomes you to forward your applications for any of the following Eco-Warriors categories:

  1. Best Conservancy in Promoting of Culture and Heritage:

To be considered in this category, applicants should demonstrate their contribution, measurable achievements and impact towards community and protecting cultural and/or natural heritage.

The conservancy should have programs for promotion and integration of art and culture in tourism and for community revitalization. Examples of such actions/programs can include; culture promotion programs, art promotion programs, cultural events programs, authentic cultural resource management, quality standardization of local products (e.g. beadwork), pricing standardization of local cultural products (fair pricing and competitiveness), historical/archeological sites promotion programs, etc.  Recognition of applicants by the Kenya Wildlife Association of Conservancies (KWCA) is an added advantage.

  1. Best Community Based Tourism Organization in Promoting Cultural Heritage and Natural Heritage:

Applicants in this category must demonstrate or have an on-going cultural initiative or program as part of their day to day activities and show a commitment towards promoting people, culture and heritage. Examples of such programs can include; culture promotion programs, art promotion programs, cultural revival programs, authentic cultural resource management, quality standardization of local products (e.g. beadwork), pricing standardization of local cultural products (fair pricing and competitiveness), historical/archeological sites promotion programs, etc.

  1. Best Accommodation Facility in Promoting Culture and Heritage:

To be considered in this category, the applicant must show commitment or demonstrate impact towards community and protecting culture and heritage. There should be evidence of promoting cultural experience that puts appreciation of local people, their way of life and their expression of culture and heritage. This can be in form of protecting cultural sites, promoting cultural performances, festivals, local cuisine, etc.

This category includes:

  1. Lodge/Resort
  2. Tented Camp
  3. Hotel/serviced apartment

Applicants in this category should preferably, meet EK criteria for Eco-rating, and preferably members of Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers (KAHC).

  1. Best Tour Operator in Engaging People and Culture:

For consideration in this category, one should demonstrate or show their verifiable contribution towards promoting people, culture and heritage through their programs, activities or strategies. Sustainability aspect should be demonstrated.

Examples of such programs can include; culture promotion programs, art promotion programs, culture preservation programs, authentic cultural tours/experiences, quality standardization of local products (e.g. beadwork), pricing standardization of local cultural products (fair pricing and competitiveness), historical/archeological sites promotion programs, etc. Most preferably, the applicant must be a member of KATO.

  1. Best Blogger/Journalist in Promoting People, Culture and Heritage:

In this category, applicants should have published stories/features demonstrating best practices towards promoting or creating awareness on people, culture and heritage.

The features/stories can be on issues such as culture promotion programs, authentic cultural experiences, promotion of cultural artifacts/products (e.g. beadwork, handicraft, architecture, etc.), promotion of cultural/historical/archeological sites, etc.

The published features can be in online, print or digital media.

  1. Best Student in Engaging People, Culture and Heritage:

For this category, applicants should be past participants of the Leadership and Mentorship Program (LMP) in the last year or so. They should demonstrate a program or activity they have engaged in that promotes or impacts on people, culture and heritage during their internship period. There should be evidence that the program promotes cultural experience and protecting culture and heritage.

  1. Best Learning/Training Institution in Promoting Culture and Heritage:

The training institution should be offering courses related to Tourism and through partnerships or exclusively, the institution has existing programs, approaches, initiatives, or projects that support, engage or promote people, culture and heritage within the last 5 years.

  1. Best in Protecting Marine Heritage:

This will be awarded to tourism initiatives that have demonstrable success in conserving and managing coastal and marine habitats and species which form the marine heritage. This category is open to tour conservation associations/organizations, tour operators, or accommodation establishments – which have achieved measurable success in species and/or habitat conservation in coastal or marine environments.

  1. Best Destination in Promoting Cultural Heritage:

This category is targeted towards destinations that best promote cultural heritage. The destination should demonstrate impact, support and promotion of cultural heritage through for example; County government supported programs, projects or initiatives that put appreciation of local people and their expression of culture and heritage.

Such initiatives include but not limited to – protecting cultural/historical/archeological sites, protecting and promoting heritage attractions, cultural festivals/performances/artifacts/cuisine, cultural promotion programs, quality standardization of local products (e.g. beadwork), pricing standardization of local cultural products (fair pricing and competitiveness), etc.

The destination in this case refers to national park, national reserve, game reserve, conservancy, sanctuary, forest, heritage city, beach, or museum; managed by national/county government, community, individual or private entity.

  1. Best Heritage Attractions:

This category is open to players in both private and public sectors who can demonstrate verifiable contribution, support, impact, or initiative towards protecting and promoting cultural heritage attractions anywhere in Kenya. Examples of Kenya heritage attractions as recognized by UNESCO World Heritage List and National Museums of Kenya

How to Participate:

The 2018 Eco Warrior Award is now open for applications until 10th August 2018.

  1. Download the application form
  2. Provide your supporting documents via a Dropbox link
  3. i) Power point photo presentation of project or 3-5-minute video clip of project (Mandatory)
  4. ii) E-brochures
    iii) Media publications

You can also send your application via email to pr@ecotourismkenya.org. In case of any enquiries, call +254 726 366080 and talk to Anthony or Nina.

Important Dates:

  • Call for Nomination 7th May 2018
  • Deadline for application: 30th June 2018
  • Announcement of the shortlist: 7th September 2018
  • Eco Warrior Award ceremony: 26th September 2018