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Kenyan companies impress at world tourism awards

Kenyan tour companies Abercrombie and Kent and Basecamp Explorer emerged second and third respectively in the community award category during the World Travel and  Tourism Council awards.

Canadian firm, Arviat Community Ecotourism initiative, emerged the winner at the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.

South African safari lodge firm, Asilia Africa took home the business award, beating the world’s biggest tour operator, Tui Travel and international airline, Cathay Pacific.  

The environment award went to Jetwing Vil Uyana of Sri Lanka, with Great Plains Conservation of Botswana/Kenya and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway of Australia as runners up.

India’s Ecosphere won the new innovation award ahead of Chepu Adventures Ecolodge of Chile and Lapland Vuollerim Welcomes You (Sweden). 

The new people award went to Lanith of Laos, who beat the SA College for Tourism (South Africa) and a joint entry by Central College Nottingham and the Institute of Travel and Tourism of the Gambia.

The six category winners were chosen by an international panel of judges after thorough on-site inspections and auditing.

WTTC president and chief executive David Scowsill said: “The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are aimed at recognising businesses and destinations which protect natural and cultural heritage and improve local livelihoods around the world. We need to celebrate the winners but also learn from them to ensure the travel and tourism industry has a sustainable future.”