Congratulations to The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) for winning The SKAL International Sustainable Tourism Award “Best Major Tourist Attraction in the World” which was bestowed on SAASA at the 75th SKAL International Conference in Mexico City on 26th October 2014.
Sunday, 26 October 2014 - During the Opening Ceremony of the 75th Skål World Congress held at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, Mrs. Karine Coulanges, International President of Skål International, presented the Sustainable Tourism awards to eight winners. Conducted with the help of Sealed Air's Diversey Care division, a leading global provider of commercial cleaning, sanitation and hygiene solutions, the awards honour tourism initiatives that support environmental sustainability.
Skål, founded in 1934, is the largest organisation of travel and tourism professionals in the world. To encourage the conservation of the environment and help promote the development of responsible and sustainable tourism, Skål International initiated an awards program in 2002, during "The Year of Ecotourism and the Mountains" as declared by the United Nations.
Since their launch in 2002, the awards have received strong ongoing support and attracted a high level of participation, with a total of 506 entrants. This year, a total of 24 projects from 12 countries entered the eight different categories. Click here
to view the full list of projects.
To evaluate the projects, Skål International selected the panel of three independent judges from important institutions/organisations and experts in Eco and Sustainable tourism. The primary criteria for the evaluation is based on points such as contribution to the conservation of nature and cultural heritage, community involvement, educational features, business viability and innovation.
Skål International wishes to express its gratitude to the three independent judges for accepting to carry on the evaluation and for the meticulous and laborious work conducted by them.
THE FEATURED PHOTOGRAPH: The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance award collected by Niels Els who is the President Skål International Garden Route.