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We though that we were good enough to take on the best. You know them, the fabulous lodges in South Africa, Tanzania, Namibia and Botswana. It is tough for Ethiopia to compete with these fabulous destinations. So we have been delighted this year to come second in the World Travel Market Awards in the Cape, and runner up in Skal International in Malaga. We were a finalist in the We are Africa awards last week. We did not win but we were delighted to even be competing. However any country that wants to be declared "Best Tourist Destination" doesn't have to wait very long. There is a place in Romania who will declare that for you - presumably for a small fee. http://ectt.webs.com/ You can tell when things are dodgy - check out the exaggerations and the spelling mistakes : "European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) is the greatest European and regional tourism organization representing a market of 800 millions costumers from all around Europe with members and delegations in 27 countries." Then there are British Newspapers who will declare you a top safari lodge. Well actually a Russian owned newspaper now. http://www.independent.co.uk/author/aoife-oriordain So how can we keep our industry 'clean' so that the safari customer gets what he sees advertised? Are the real international tourism awards being overshadowed by advertisers and fakes? We don't mind coming second to better lodges in other countries. But we don't want our country to be portrayed as something it is not. It has plenty going for it without fake promotions.
MARA NABOISHO CONSERVANCY - AFRICAN RESPONSIBLE TOURISM AWARD WINNER 2016 The African Responsible Tourism Awards, part of the prestigious World Responsible Tourism Awards, recognizes the best in responsible tourism in Africa. We are delighted to announce that the Mara Naboisho Conservancy in southern Kenya won the overall award for 2016 announced at the World Travel Market Africa on 7th April 2016. Mara Naboisho Conservancy is a partnership between more than five hundred Maasai households and five ecotourism operators, including Asilia Africa. Together, the partners formed a community wildlife conservancy in 2010 which protects over 20,000 hectares of critical wildlife habitat, and is home to our award winning Naboisho and Encounter Mara camps. Gerard Beaton, General Manager at Asilia Africa, was at the forefront of the conservancy’s formation and is a sitting board member. “Mara Naboisho Conservancy’s unique model of partnership and joint decision making is innovative and effective. This recognition by African Responsible Tourism Awards comes as we complete our first five year development phase and all partners involved should be applauded! A lot has been achieved: over 300 new jobs, incomes to over 500 Maasai families and further indirect benefits to approximately 10,000 people,” he said. Out of 25 finalists in a number of categories Mara Naboisho Conservancy was a joint winner with Ol Pejeta Conservancy in the Best for Wildlife Conservation category. “The competition was stiff and we applaud all the organizations that made it to the shortlist,” said Beaton. “For wildlife conservation and human development this is important recognition that will stimulate interest in this model and help move the agenda in Africa forward.” Naboisho Conservancy is indicative of Asilia’s belief that by collaborating with partners and local communities we can conserve Africa’s great wilderness areas for generations to come. For more information please visit: www.asiliaafrica.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. About Asilia Africa: Founded in 2004, Asilia Africa has a leading presence in the main safari destinations in Tanzania and Kenya as well as a driving role in a number of pioneering projects. Asilia operates Naboisho Camp in the Naboisho Conservancy and is a partner with Ol Pejeta Bush Camp in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Asilia is the first Sustainable Safari / Lodge Company in Africa to receive a 5 Star rating for Sustainability from GIIRS, was recognized as one of the “Best Companies for the World” in 2013 and was awarded the 2014 Tourism for Tomorrow Business Award. Asilia’s portfolio of camps includes: In Tanzania: Sayari Camp, Dunia Camp, Olakira Camp, Kimondo Camp, Kwihala Camp, Namiri Plains, Oliver’s Camp, Little Oliver’s, Ubuntu Camp, The Highlands and Rubondo Island Camp. On Zanzibar: Matemwe Lodge, Matemwe Retreat and Matemwe Beach House. In Kenya: Mara Bush Houses, Rekero Camp, Nomadic Camp, Encounter Mara, Naboisho Camp and Ol Pejeta Bush Camp. Read more here > And here> Have a look at our Blog Articles that feature the Mara Naboisho Conservancy & Ol Pejeta Conservancy: Conservation’s Future – The Naboisho Story 10 Reasons to visit the Naboisho Conservancy A walking safari with Naboisho Camp manager Roelof Schutte 10 Reasons to Visit Kenya Right Now Celebrating 5 Years of Developing the Mara Naboisho Conservancy 10 Reasons to visit the Naboisho Conservancy #KenyaLive: Lions on the Hunt at Encounter Mara The lions of Naboisho Come and join us at Ol Pejeta What’s the difference between northern and southern white rhino? Reversing extinction – The northern white rhino test case Ol Pejeta: Champions of Conservation
Good Morning Safari-Talkers! We have been nominated again as "Kenya's Leading Tented Safari Camp" in the 2014 World Travel Awards. We won this prestigious award in 2012 and 2013, and we'd VERY much like to make it 3 years in a row with a win in 2014. Some of you have been to our camp. Some of you have booked for later this year, and many of you still need to visit! If you feel so inclined, please would you help us by voting for us here. We've had great support from SafariTalk in the past. Thank you all for your continued support. If you haven't yet been to Encounter Mara, please have a look at our special offers, attached here below to see why you really should!Encounter Mara Special Offer March 2014.pdf
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