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Ilha Blue Island Safaris takes out Silver in the 2020 Inspirational Africa Responsible Tourism awards.

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HARRY ECKMAN

Chief Executive Officer

ELIZABETH CUEVAS ZIMBRÓN

Whale Heritage Site Project Manager

MIKI TILLETT

Communications Manager

PATICE TALAUE

Certification Manager

STEFF EATON

Operations Manager

ANDREW SCOON

Sussex Dolphin Project, Project Support Officer

THEA TAYLOR

Sussex Dolphin Project, Lead

DYLAN WALKER

Senior Adviser - Whale Heritage Sites

JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU

HONORARY PRESIDENT

IAN LEWIS

Trustee, Life College, UK

ROGER MANN

Trustee, Individual Partners

SUZANNE ROGERS

Trustee, Change for Animals Foundation, UK

The 2020 Inspirational Africa Responsible Tourism awards were to be given out on World Responsible Tourism day (6 April 2020), at World Travel Market Africa held in Cape Town. But of course, along with all other big events, the annual tourism trade show had to be cancelled.

Ilha Blue Island Safaris have been awarded Silver in the category Responsible Destination. 

We are very pleased to be considered amongst such excellent organisations doing fantastic work. Hearty congratulations to all participants and extra congratulations to !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre South Africa, the Gold winners in our category.

The judges said, “There are two outstanding winners in this category: !Khwa ttu has created a destination for people long since displaced from the Cape, and Ilha Blue has from small beginnings transformed a destination. Both are internationally outstanding examples of Responsible Tourism.”

We are excited to share this news with everyone at WCA because a part of winning the award is due to the Welcome the Whales Festival. In the judges reasons they state that..

“Ilha Blue played a leading role in initiating the annual Welcome the Whales Festival, a community festival which celebrates the humpback whales birthing site.The inaugural festival brought together a broad cross-section of the community in active participation.”

“…From ‘escolinhas’ (preschools), primary and secondary schools to university students; local fishermen and the Port Authority; local government and non-government agencies; arts practitioners including visual arts, film, music, dance and theatre performances; local cooks; private and public sector, BCI bank, World Cetacean Alliance; hotels; international volunteers. Responsible whale watching education workshops included local government staff and entrepreneurs. Show safety and licensing has been implemented and maintained by the Port Authority.” 

You can read more about the judges’ decision here:  https://responsibletourismpartnership.org/the-judges-reasons-2020-inspirational-africa-responsible-tourism-awards/

The awards ceremony will be next year, 2021, at the WTM Africato be held in Cape Town, South Africa. We really look forward to the event – it will be like winning TWICE!

Jack Booth
Author: Jack Booth

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