In recent years, the environment has gone from being an irrelevant issue for the vast majority of the world's population, to being on everyone's lips. In fact, the concern of citizens about the consequences that may have a harmful treatment of the environment around us has grown considerably. This older awareness environmental, which undoubtedly benefits us all, is also being seen in the tourism sector. Thus, each time we find more proposals for sustainable tourism.
If you are interested in this type of tourism, it is better that you do not miss anything that we tell you below, since today we are going to talk to you about the winners of the World Legacy Awards, which reward the most sustainable and ecological places on the planet. Offered by National Geographic, these awards are divided into five categories. Would you like to discover which have been the winners of each of them? Well, you just have to join us!
North in the Seychelles
The winning destination of the “Conserving the natural world” category, which rewards the preservation of nature, the restoration of natural habitat and the protection of rare and endangered species, is the North Island in Seychelles. This place has shown that a successful luxury tourism business in a fragile ecosystem can serve to rehabilitate environment. The Noah’s Ark project deserves a special mention, which consists of introducing rare and endangered species into their natural habitat.
Slovenia has been the winner of the “Destination leadership” award, which recognizes leadership in environmental practices, protection of cultural and natural heritage, benefits for local communities and education of travelers on principles of sustainability. As explained by National Geographic, the Slovenian Tourism Council has made this country one of the most sustainable, with almost 60% of its territory covered in trees. Furthermore, it is one of the most biodiverse of Europe. On the other hand, we want to comment that the Tourist Board has launched a national program to develop and disseminate green destinations.
Cayuga Collection, Costa Rica and Nicaragua
The Earth changers award, which recognizes leadership in environmentally friendly business practices and technology Verde has fallen to Cayuga Colecction, a hotel company that merges the concepts of luxury and sustainability in eight small hotels and country houses in Central America, and more specifically in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. We want to highlight the NGO Earth Equilibrium in Cayuga, which offers environmental education to children in the areas surrounding hotels and hostels. And this is just one of the many environmental initiatives that the group has launched.
The Lodge at Chaa Creek, Belize
In the “Enganing communities” category, which rewards the direct and tangible economic and social benefits that improve local livelihoods, The Lodge at Chaa Creek, one of the first eco-resorts Belize, which is located in a private nature reserve. This hotel employs more than 160 Belizeans and provides economic benefits to villages and cultural and environmental organizations across the country through its tours and vacation packages, directing 10% of all income to social and environmental programs.
Santa Fe, United States
Finally, we have to talk about the city of Santa Fe, in New Mexico, United States, which has won the "Sense of place" award, which recognizes excellence in improving the sense of place and authenticity. The one that is considered the oldest capital of the country, considers that safeguard its rich heritage is a must. In fact, buildings with more than three floors are prohibited so as not to change the architectural structure of the city and not block views. In addition, many annual cultural events and festivals take place here.
Most Eco-Friendly Cities in the World (Part 1) (March 2023)
- Belize, Santa Fe City, Ecotourism, Seychelles Islands, Ecotourism