During a colourful awards ceremony held at ITB Berlin, the five winners of the 2015 National Geographic World Legacy Awards were announced. A partnership between the National Geographic Society and ITB Berlin, the World Legacy Awards showcase the leading companies, organisations and destinations — ranging from hotels to eco-lodges and from small islands to entire countries — that are driving the positive transformation of the travel industry based on National Geographic’s work of inspiring people to care about the planet.
More than 150 entries were received, representing 56 countries across six continents. Winners and finalists in five categories were selected by 18 international judges led by Costas Christ, Editor at large for National Geographic Traveller magazine and Chairman of the World Legacy Awards. An on-site inspection to document sustainable tourism practices in action was part of the judging process.
Dr Martin Buck, Director of Travel & Logistics at ITB Berlin said, “As the world’s leading travel trade show, we have committed ourselves to supporting human rights, social equality and environmental and climate protection for many years now. With the World Legacy Awards, we are supporting a program that honours travel industry leadership in socially and ecologically responsible tourism. This year’s winners have impressively demonstrated how to achieve long-term success through sustainable tourism best practices.”
The 2015 National Geographic World Legacy Awards winner in the Earth Changers category is Orange County Resorts, India. In the Sense of Place category, the winner is Cavallo Point Lodge, United States. Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve, Chile is the winner of the Conserving the Natural World category. The winner of the Engaging Communities category is Tropic Journeys in Nature, Ecuador and in the Destination Leadership category is Aruba, Caribbean.