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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

After 2 years of a steady recovery of the tourism industry, Ecotourism Kenya(EK) resumed the annual Ecowarrior Award now in its 15th Edition. The event is a Kenyan-born award hosted by Ecotourism Kenya that has been celebrated since 2005. The prestigious award is anchored on the desire to inspire the Kenyan Tourism industry towards responsible practices. The Ecowarrior Award returned this year with the theme: ‘Rethinking Tourism: Celebrating Changemakers’.

          

 

This year EK launched three exciting initiatives:
1. “Upscaling Sustainable Tourism in East Africa” funded by the GO4SDGs initiative of the UN Environment Programme which will develop mandatory national sustainable tourism certification standards, support the uptake of innovative private-sector financing mechanisms
and build capacity in small youth/women-led enterprises to participate in sustainable tourism industry value chains.
2. ‘Beyond the Trophy’ initiative, which will journey through one year with the winners and sponsors to highlight and promote their sustainable tourism practices.
3. The City Hotels Certification program supported by Tourism Fund and Green Tour Kenya (EU funded) will eco-certify facilities based in urban settings. The aim remains the promotion of innovative, authentic, and inclusive sustainable tourism businesses.

The dinner was hosted by Ecotourism Kenya at Radisson Blu Hotel, Upper hill on Thursday 27th October 2022, and was graced by Dr. Paula Kahumbu, Chief Executive Officer – Wildlife Direct as the Chief Guest. Ecotourism Kenya Board members, Ecotourism Kenya Members, Chairpersons of Tourism State Corporations, and CEOs and chairpersons from the private sector among other invited guests, dignitaries, and the tourism/conservation fraternity.

 

The winners of the 2022 Ecowarrior Award were recognized and celebrated for being changemakers in the industry, through their consistency, resilience, and innovation as demonstrated in their applications and as assessed by the judges led by the chief judge, Judy Kepher-Gona.

The following are the winners of the 2022 Ecowarrior Award

Special recognition

 

1st Runner up in 4 categories

  • Conservation through the establishment of Conservancies – Porini Mara Camp
  • Collaboration with Impact Partners – Sanctuary Olonana
  • Responding to COVID-19 Impacts  – Mara Bush Camp
  • Promoting Community Development  – Kampur Travel Diaries

 

2nd Runner up in 2 categories

  • Collaboration with Impact Partners – IL Ngwesi Lodge
  • Promoting Community Development – Let’s Go Travel Uniglobe

 

Ecotourism Kenya appreciates and acknowledges the great work the tourism industry is doing for the economy and people of Kenya. This is because when we all pull together for conservation, communities, and tourism, everyone becomes a winner.  

See the 2022 Eco Warrior Awards Winners’ Booklet here.

 

For more information about the Ecowarriors Awards and/or Ecotourism Kenya contact:

Edith Alusa  

Chief Executive Officer, Ecotourism Kenya

PO Box 10146-00100 GPO, Nairobi Kenya

Mobile: +254 726 366 080 

Email: ceo@ecotourismkenya.org cc admin@ecotourismkenya.org