December 2016 – National Geographic has unveiled the finalists for the 2016 World Legacy Awards, with North Island being listed in the category of Conserving the Natural World and Segera for Destination Leadership. Winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony to be held at the Palais am Funkturm, the new official awards venue of ITB Berlin, on 8 March 2017.
“We are thrilled to have two of our Premier camps make this prestigious listing and to be recognised for their commitment to sustainability and driving best practice in the global travel industry”, said Wilderness Safaris CMO, Chris Roche. “North Island and Segera are both excellent examples of our luxury camp offering, boasting not only the most unashamed (but appropriate and sustainable) luxury, but an experience that is rooted in a bigger cause or purpose for being. Receiving this endorsement from National Geographic certainly inspires us to continue offering high-end ecotourism that is both authentic and sustainable at the same time”.
Since 1997, North Island, Seychelles has demonstrated that it is possible to operate a commercially successful, high-end tourism business in a remote and fragile environment in a way that not only actively rehabilitates the Island environment, but makes a difference to conserving the natural world. “We are extremely proud to be a finalist in the Conserving the Natural World category and to be recognised for our ongoing commitment to operating sustainably whilst delivering a world-class private island experience”, said North Island MD, Bruce Simpson.
Situated in Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau, Segera Retreat acts as an incubator for innovative technologies and conservation approaches that can be tested, refined, and replicated in Africa and beyond, including successful projects to enhance local livelihoods, support health care, protect endangered species and restore natural habitat. According to Segera GM, Jens Kozany, receiving this prestigious endorsement from National Geographic will help drive the Retreat’s sustainability programmes to make an even bigger impact to the local communities and region through high-end ecotourism.
The National Geographic World Legacy Awards showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organisations and destinations driving the sustainable tourism transformation of the global travel industry. This year’s award entries spanned the planet, representing 45 countries and six continents, showcasing how sustainable tourism has no boundaries. The 15 finalists in five award categories were selected by an international team of more than 20 judges. A multi-step judging process also included on-site inspections of each finalist.
Costas Christ, Chairman of National Geographic World Legacy Awards, said, “We have reached a tipping point as more of the travel industry understands that there can be no future for tourism without sustainability, including environmentally-friendly business practices, protection of cultural and natural heritage, and tangible social and economic benefits to local people in travel destinations. Those countries and companies that understand this today will be the travel leaders of tomorrow. These 15 World Legacy Awards finalists are showing the way forward to a brighter future for people and the planet.”
For more information on the World Legacy Awards and this year’s Finalists, click here.