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Sustainability award for a run-down military base

World Legacy Awards

An old military base in California, an island in the Caribbean and a piece of rain forest in Patagonia are among the winners of the first World Legacy Awards presented by ITB Berlin and National Geographic. The awards honour enterprises, organisations and destinations at the forefront of sustainable tourism. In the Earth Changers category it was presented to Orange County Resorts in India. In cooperation with local authorities this group has subscribed to sustainability principles and to educating people on how to avoid behaviour that is harmful to the environment. Cavallo Point Lodge near San Francisco used to be a run-down military base. It is now a flourishing lodge where 17 historical buildings are preserved and was presented with the Sense of Place award. The privately run HuiloHuilo biological reserve in the Patagonian rain forest in Chile won the prize for ’Conserving the Natural World’. Tropic Journeys in Ecuador received the Engaging Communities award for achievements in business and society that improve the livelihoods of people in local regions. Lastly, the Caribbean island of Aruba received the Destination Leadership Award because it has set itself the goal of being the first country in the world to be 100 per cent independent of fossil fuels by 2020.     Thomas Rietig

Photo: Winners of the first World Legacy Awards presented by ITB Berlin and National Geographic
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