Web site awards
This web site has received the following awards and recognition:
May 2011: Winner of TravelMole African Web Awards
The winners have been announced for the inaugural TravelMole African Web Awards, held in Durban during Indaba at the weekend. The event was sponsored by Tourism Kwa Zulu Natal, RWA Ltd, A2bTravelExtras, Lead Generators and Southern Sun.
This website won in the category: Area attraction (activity or tour).
The winners were selected by a panel of judges including chair Frank Orman of Lead Generators, South-African-based 1time airline commercial director Desmond O’Connor, Karen Black of Mamba Media, Tolene van der Merwe of Boutiquetravelmarketing.com and Geoff Elske from The Automobile Association of South Africa.
February 2011: “Leader in Sustainable Tourism” Platinum Award
On February 1st, 2011, the Namibia Communal Conservancy sector website, a joint initiative of NACSO, Sustainable Travel International (STI) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Namibia, received the first ever “Leader in Sustainable Tourism” Platinum Award, presented by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) in conjunction with National Geographic Traveler.
The Leader in Sustainable Tourism Award recognizes a person, company or community for demonstrable leadership and innovation in preserving and communicating an authentic sense of place through a wisely managed tourism campaign. Nominees were judged by how their efforts preserve the environmental, cultural and historic integrity of a destination, and how the program demonstrates leadership and innovation and accomplishes its goals. Entries required details on Project Analysis, Objectives and Goals, Creativity and Innovation, Communication, Results, and Leadership.
According to Desiree LaFont, of HSMAI, “HSMAI was very privileged to honor at our Adrian Awards Gala, the country of Namibia for its Communal Conservancy Tourism Sector: Achieving Community Benefit at Scale, and the non profit organization, Sustainable Travel International, who helped them develop an online presence to provide a way for the communal conservancies to reach a worldwide audience.”
Brian Mullis, CEO of STI, said, “Namibia’s Communal Conservancies are some of the best examples in the world of how community-based tourism, when done right, can have an incredible impact on the conservation of wildlife and eco-systems, and provide significant and tangible benefits to local people. It has been an honor for us to be involved in helping to tell this remarkable story and to encourage travelers to visit and support the conservancies.”
The award was announced at the HSMAI Adrian Awards Reception and Gala, January 31, 2011, at the New York Marriott Marquis.
By Matt Kareus, STI
June 2010: Finalist – Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2010
Judges verdict: Through the facilitation of the Ministry of Environment & Tourism, and with the support of several not-for-profit organisations, this community-based natural resource management initiative has benefited a growing number of Namibian communities for over 20 years now. The core of the initiative is the establishment of joint ventures whereby the communities provide tourism development rights, a commitment to actively manage and protect the natural resources and a desire to become involved in the tourism industry. The investors, vetted by NACSO, bring to the table capital, management expertise and access to the tourism market.
Since 1999 US$11.2 million in cash benefits have been accumulated through these joint ventures and benefits have been largely distributed through community-managed funds. Most benefits have gone into social spending such as school bursaries, water installations, human-wildlife conflict compensation, soup kitchens for pensioners, and support for HIV/AIDS-affected orphans. NACSO has developed a truly national initiative that has benefited over 230,000 community members in Namibia and can be seen as a role model across the world.