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EMIRATES ONE&ONLY WOLGAN VALLEY Australia
This resort in the Greater Blue Mountains has
restored natural habitat for rare wildlife and
planted more than 200,000 indigenous trees.
FOUR SEASONS RESORT MALDIVES
AT LANDAA GIRAAVARU Maldives
Four Seasons' Reefscapers project helps
regenerate coral damaged by climate
change. In addition, the coral-growing
frames are locally produced, providing
MASHPI LODGE Ecuador
Located in a former logging area, Mashpi
works to rehabilitate biodiversity-rich cloud
forest; its efforts have led to the recent
discovery of two new species: the Mashpi
torenteer frog and Mashpi magnolia.
SINGITA GRUMETI - SABORA TENTED CAMP Tanzania
Singita Grumeti's community efforts include
funding a farmers' cooperative, training
game scouts to reduce poaching (the lodge
is adjacent to Serengeti National Park), and
establishing a culinary school for locals.
A leader in the field: Singita
Grumeti funds a local farmers'
co-op in Tanzania.
SIX SENSES DOURO VALLEY Portugal
Six Senses' on-site Earth Lab teaches guests
about conservation, and its cork exchange
program collects used wine corks and trades
them for tree saplings used in reforestation.
Here's to this year's Virtuoso Sustainable Tourism
Leadership Awards finalists, whose efforts are creating a
brighter future for everyone. By Costas Christ
As part of its efforts to eliminate singleuse plastics, EXO gives its guests reusable
bottles and refills them with safe, clean
water from in-vehicle water bags.
transformative movement, and the list of innovators within
the Virtuoso network helping advance this cause runs long
and deep. Wilderness Safaris, for example, commenced operations in 1983 with a mission of conservation through tourism, and
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts was the first hospitality company in North
America to establish green operations, as far back as 1990.
Today, the Virtuoso Sustainable Tourism Leadership Awards, now in
its eighth year, recognizes companies that are committed to travel that
is environmentally friendly, protects cultural heritage, and contributes
to the well-being of local people. "It's incredibly inspiring to see what
Virtuoso partners, large and small, are doing to make the world a
better place," says Sue Kasmar, a Santa Barbara-based Virtuoso agency
owner and one of eight travel-advisor judges who helped narrow this
year's 150 award entries down to five nominees in each of two categories: Hotels and Tour Operators. We'll announce the winners for each
category in mid-August at our annual luxury travel conference and on
Virtuoso.com. In the meantime, here are the ten finalists.
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Lindblad's environmentally friendly practices
include serving sustainable seafood. It also
supports conservation and research in fragile
destinations such as the Galápagos Islands.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL
This cruise line partners with the World
Wildlife Fund to educate guests on marine
conservation, and its environmental officers
focus on water conservation and recycling.
Based in Costa Rica, this company sets annual targets for reducing energy and water
use and tracks progress toward sustainability
goals through a "Smart Flow" system.
This China-based tour provider's program to
actively support artisanal cultural heritage
includes establishing a pop-up bazaar in Beijing that showcases traditional crafts from all
over the country.
USTAINABLE TRAVEL HAS GONE FROM TREND TO