Conde Nast Traveler announced the winners of the magazine’s third annual World Savers Awards, honoring Travel companies from around the world. To determine the winners, the magazine reviewed over 100 applications and narrowed them to 36 finalists. An independent panel of 20 judges, comprised of leaders from the Travel industry and non-governmental organization, rated applicants on their leadership in social responsibility in five key areas; poverty alleviation, cultural and/or environmental preservation, education programs, Wildlife conservation, and health initiatives.
Ecoventura had the highest score of 90 in the category of Cruise line and was noted as outstanding for the following areas:
Education: granting scholarships to Ecuadorian students interested in Environmental and marine conservation.
Poverty: Funding a micro-enterprise for fishermen’s wives – converted boat into a restaurant & boutique.
Preservation: for operating the first hybrid yacht in the Galapagos, with solar & wind power and reducing carbón emissions by 10%.
Health: Paying the salaries of physical therapists and sign-language teachers at a school in Galapagos.
The 2009 World Savers Awards are featured in the September issue, which hit newsstands on Tuesday, August 25th. The winners will be recognized at an award ceremony on September 21st in New York City.
For more information visit: http://www.concierge.com/cntraveler/articles/501373