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WINNERS OF THE 2023 ECO WARRIOR AWARDS

The Kenyan tourism and hospitality industry reached new heights as it celebrated and acknowledged the
remarkable achievements in sustainable tourism at the highly anticipated 2023 Eco Warrior Awards
hosted by Ecotourism Kenya on the 26th of October 2023 at Trademark Hotel. The 16th edition of the awards with the theme; Sustainable Tourism: A Brighter Future for People, Planet, and Profit, was graced by luminaries from the Kenyan tourism, hospitality, and conservation sectors.

The 2023 Eco Warrior Awards gala ceremony brought together a diverse array of industry leaders,
conservationists, government officials, and eco-conscious travelers. The event not only celebrated the
remarkable winners but also reinforced the message that sustainable tourism is essential for preserving
Kenya’s natural and socio-cultural treasures and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

The Chief Guest for this occasion was the Principal Secretary, of the Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife, Hon. John Ololtuaa. His presence along with other key tourism leaders showed stakeholder engagement and support for responsible tourism.

The 2023 Eco Warrior Awards spotlighted the tourism industry players who have demonstrated notable
achievements in the pursuit of sustainable tourism in their operations. They have shown dedication to
safeguarding Kenya’s stunning natural landscapes, engaging local communities and building the local
economy in their respective award sub-categories.

With much excitement here are the winners of the 2023 Eco Warrior Awards;

ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES
Addressing Climate Change Through Adaptation & Mitigation Sub-Category sponsored by Tourism Fund.
1. Emboo River Camp -WINNER
2. Mara Serena Safari Lodge -WINNER
3. Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge –1st RUNNERS UP
4. Asilia Kenya Limited -2nd RUNNERS UP

Promoting Biodiversity Conservation Sub-Category sponsored by the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers & Caterers.
1. Serena Beach Resort and Spa -WINNER
2. Governors’ Camp Collection –1st RUNNERS UP
3. Saruni Rhino -2nd RUNNERS UP

Promoting Heritage & Cultural Integration Sub-Category sponsored by Tourism Fund.
1. Serena Beach Resort and Spa -WINNER
2. Basecamp Maasai Mara –1st RUNNERS UP
3. Sarova Lionhill Game Lodge 2nd RUNNERS UP

Promoting Local Economies Sub-Category sponsored by Tourism Fund.
1. Basecamp Maasai Mara -WINNER
2. Leopard Hill –1st RUNNERS UP
3. Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp Maasai Mara -2nd RUNNERS UP

TOUR OPERATORS
Promoting Biodiversity Conservation Sub-Category sponsored by the Kenya Association of Tour Operators.
1. Let’s Go Travel -WINNER
2. Kampur Travel Diaries –1st RUNNERS UP
3. Intrepid DMC East Africa –2nd RUNNERS UP

Promoting Local Economies Sub-Category sponsored by Tourism Fund.

1. Let’s Go Travel -AWARD RECOGNITION

Promoting Responsible Tourism Practices in Operations Sub-Category sponsored by Tourism Fund.
2. Let’s Go Travel -WINNER
3. Intrepid DMC East Africa –1st RUNNERS UP

AIR OPERATORS
Promoting Best Practices in Operations Sub-Category sponsored by Kenya Tourism Board.
1. Air Kenya -AWARD RECOGNITION

CONSERVANCIES

Promoting Community Development Sub-Category sponsored by Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association.
1. Mugie Conservancy -WINNER
2. Ngare Ndare Forest Trust 1st RUNNERS UP
3. Mara Naboisho Conservancy 2nd RUNNERS UP

Promoting Human-Wildlife Coexistence Sub-Category sponsored by the African Wildlife Foundation.
1. Mugie Conservancy -AWARD RECOGNITION

COMMUNITY-BASED TOURISM ORGANIZATION
Promoting Heritage & Cultural Preservation Sub-Category sponsored by GO4SDGS.
1. Beulah Hills – Beulah Gardens Mbulia – AWARD RECOGNITION

YOUTH-LED INITIATIVES
Advocating for Conservation in Tourism Sub-Category supported by Ecotourism Kenya.
1. Tembea Make an Impact – AWARD RECOGNITION

TRAINING INSTITUTIONS
Integrating Sustainability into Tourism Curricular Sub-Category sponsored by GO4SDGS.
1. Kenya Utalii College -WINNER
2. Amboseli Institute of Hospitality and Technology 1st RUNNERS UP

INDIVIDUAL

Best Digital Content Creator in Advocating for Conservation in Tourism Sub-Category supported by Ecotourism Kenya.
1. Anthony Ochieng -WINNER
2. Dibblex Soiyantet -1st RUNNERS UP
3. Belinda Smetana -2nd RUNNERS UP

Best Safari Guide in Promoting Responsible Tourism Practices Sub-Category supported by Ecotourism Kenya.
1. Isaac Mwangi -WINNER
2. Newton Kongo -1st RUNNERS UP
3. John Lesinko -2nd RUNNERS UP

Best Student in Addressing Climate Change Through Adaptation & Mitigation Sub-Category supported by Ecotourism Kenya.
1. Shirley Akinyi -WINNER
2. Mark Miano -1st RUNNERS UP
3. Mallayka Lanna -2nd RUNNERS UP

Kenya continues to shine as a beacon of sustainable tourism, the 2023 Eco Warrior Awards highlighted
the leaders who are shaping the future of responsible tourism.
Join the promising trajectory for the Kenyan tourism industry, and make the dream of a brighter and more sustainable future a reality!

The 2023 Ecowarrior Awards Winners’ Booklet

The gala ceremony photos.

See the Ecowarrior Awards winners take from the Gala Ceremony here.

 

Reach out to us via;

admin@ecotourismkenya.org

+254 726 366 080

 

2023 Eco Warrior Award Ceremony Program

Thursday 26th October 2023

Trademark Hotel – Along Limuru Road

Time: 6:30 PM – 10:40 PM

 

 Theme: Sustainable Tourism: A Brighter Future for People, Planet and Profit

 

ORDER OF ACTIVITIES

6:30 PM 

               Guests Arrival, Welcome Drink and Entertainment

7:10 PM

                 Welcome Guests to the Dinner Mr. Duncan Murunyu (MC)  

7:15 PM  

                Message from the event’s main Sponsors 

7:30 PM  

              Message from GO4SDGS –UNEP Project – Representative 

7:35 PM     

           1st Raffle Draw by the MC 

7:55 PM  

               Message from the TRA Representative 

   8:00 PM      

         Dinner is served (Entertainment) 

9:00 PM

               Message from the Event Host Ecotourism Kenya’s Chairman Mr. Richard Ndiga 

9:20 PM  

              Keynote Address by CS Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife Hon. Dr. Alfred Mutua

9:40 PM  

             Ecowarrior Award Ceremony & Presentation of the Awards– Dr. Esther Munyiri 

10:20 PM  

            Introduction and Recognition of the 2023 Panel of Judges by the Ag. CEO 

10:25 PM 

             2nd Raffle Draw by the MC      

10:35 PM

Vote of Thanks  

10:40 PM 

             Photo Session of winners with the Chief Guest / EK Chairman/ EK CEO 

              Entertainment & Networking!!       

 

  

 

We are delighted to announce the shortlist of nominees for the upcoming Eco Warrior Award Ceremony, centred on the theme “Sustainable Tourism: A Brighter Future for People, Planet & Profit.” The theme envisions a future where tourism activities benefit everyone involved while also safeguarding the earth’s natural and cultural treasures for generations to come.

This year’s nominees have demonstrated exceptional commitment to sustainable practices, showcasing their dedication to creating a better future through responsible tourism. The esteemed panel of judges carefully reviewed all the nominations making the judging process both credible and inspiring. As a result, we are proud to present the following finalists in each category:

  1. Ahnasa Destinations.
  2. Air Kenya.
  3. Amboseli Institute of Hospitality and Technology.
  4. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge.
  5. Anthony Ochieng.
  6. Asilia Kenya Limited.
  7. Basecamp Maasai Mara. *2
  8. Belinda Smetana.
  9. Beulah Hills – Beulah Gardens Mbulia.
  10. Dibblex Soiyantet.
  11. Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp.
  12. Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp.
  13. Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli.
  14. Emboo River Camp.
  15. Entumoto Safari Camp.
  16. Governors’ Camp Collection.
  17. Intrepid DMC East Africa. *2
  18. Isaac Mwangi.
  19. John Lesinko.
  20. Kampur Travel Diaries.
  21. Kenya Utalii College.
  22. Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge.
  23. Leopard Hill.
  24. Let’s Go Travel. *3
  25. Mallayka Lanna.
  26. Mara Naboisho Conservancy.
  27. Mara Serena Safari Lodge.
  28. Mark Miano.
  29. Mugie Conservancy. *2
  30. Nevil Agesa.
  31. Newton Kongo.
  32. Ngare Ndare Forest Trust.
  33. Sarova Lionhill Game Lodge.
  34. Saruni Rhino.
  35. Serena Beach Resort and Spa. *2
  36. Shirley Akinyi.
  37. Stacey Ngina.
  38. Tembea Make an Impact.

*Indicates an applicant has been shortlisted in more than one subcategory.

These finalists represent excellence in the world of sustainable tourism, embodying the values of environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic viability. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the shortlisted nominees.

The winners in each category will be announced at the Eco Warrior Award Gala Dinner on the 26th of October 2023. We invite you to join us in celebrating these remarkable organizations and individuals who are supporting to pave the way for a brighter, more sustainable future for our planet. Sustainable tourism is not just a concept; it is a powerful force for positive change.

Stay tuned for updates on the gala event and secure your tickets to be a part of this inspiring evening.

The charges for the event are as follows;

Per person: Members: KES 6,500 | Per table of 10: Members: KES 60,000

Per person: Non-members: KES 7,500 | Per table of 10: Non-members: KES 70,000

Get your tickets here.

Dress code: Green and Gold.

 

Together, we can continue to champion sustainability in tourism and shape a brighter future for all.

 

Lynnet Kamonde

Ag. Chief Executive Officer

The call for applications for the highly prestigious 16th edition of the EcoWarrior Award by Ecotourism Kenya is open!
Let us know how you are shaping a sustainable Kenyan tourism industry that benefits everyone. Embrace the challenge, showcase your achievements, and inspire others to follow in your footsteps.

THEME: Sustainable Tourism: A Brighter Future for People, Planet, and Profit
Tourism is a key contributor to the Kenyan economy and can be used to bring about sustainable development for all through sustainability. The theme brings to light the three sustainability principles; environment (planet), social(people), and economic(profit).

Sustainable tourism calls for a balance between the three aspects to ensure longevity;
▪ Making optimal use of environmental resources while maintaining essential ecological processes and helping to conserve natural heritage and biodiversity.
▪ Respect the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities, conserve their built and living cultural heritage and traditional values, and contribute to inter-cultural understanding and tolerance.
▪ Ensuring viable, long-term economic operations, and providing & fairly distributing socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders.

The award would like to not only applaud those who practice sustainability principles but also encourage more tourism stakeholders to take up sustainability into their operations. This is your chance to be recognized and appreciated for your outstanding efforts in promoting sustainable tourism practices. If you are a tourism business, organization, or community in Kenya committed to creating a positive impact on people, planet, and profit, we want to hear from you!

There are 8 award categories, with 18 subcategories. They are as follows;
1. Accommodation Facilities
2. Tour Operators
3. Air Safari Operators
4. Community-Based Enterprises
5. Individuals;
a) Student
b) Digital Content Creator
c)Journalist
d)Tour Guides
6. Training institutions
7. Youth-led initiatives
8. Conservancy

Why should you apply?

  1. Distinction and recognition: Be acknowledged as a trailblazer and/or consistent professional/business in sustainable tourism at the Ecowarrior Awards Gala on 26th
    October 2023 where the winners will be unveiled. This can also be a great way to boost team morale.
  2. Impact: Showcase your initiatives that benefit local communities, preserve natural
    resources, and foster responsible tourism.
  3. Commitment: This is a great opportunity to look back on the efforts you have made as a team/individual to make a difference in the Kenyan responsible tourism space within your
    capacity.
  4. Choice: This is a voluntary award and is free of charge to apply.

How to apply?

1. Select the sub-category you would like to apply for.
2. Read through the criteria description for your chosen sub-category to know the eligibility requirements and guide the application.
3. Download the application form for the sub-category you would like to apply to. Take your time to carefully fill it out, highlighting your sustainable tourism practices, community involvement, and innovative approaches. Send in your supporting relevant documents as well.
4. Submit your application before the deadline to be considered for this prestigious award to ecowarriors@ecotourismkenya.org.

 

Access the award categories and application forms here.

IMPORTANT DATES

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 21.7.23
LONGLIST ANNOUNCEMENT: 24.8.23
SHORTLIST ANNOUNCEMENT: 3.10.23
GALA CEREMONY: 26.10.23

Together, let’s build a brighter future for tourism in Kenya!
Apply now and be a part of the sustainable tourism movement!

Kila la heri!

For further inquiries, contact us at 0726366080, or
ecowarriorawards@ecotourismkenya.org