The 15 finalists of the National Geographic World Legacy Awards were unveiled this week. At Camino Travel, we are proud and happy to announce that our friends from Cayuga and their magical hotels have been nominated!

Finca Rosa Blanca

Finca Rosa Blanca

The World Legacy Awards, a partnership between National Geographic and ITB Berlin, showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations — ranging from entire countries to small islands and from urban hotels to jungle retreats — driving the sustainable tourism transformation of the global travel industry.

This year’s World Legacy Awards entries spanned the planet, representing 45 countries and six continents, showcasing how sustainable tourism has no boundaries. Finalists in five award categories were selected by an international team of more than 20 judges. A multi-step judging process also included on-site inspections of each finalist. For details on the judges, go to www.nationalgeographic.com/worldlegacyawards/judging.html

Costas Christ, Chairman of National Geographic World Legacy Awards, said, “We have reached a tipping point as more of the travel industry understands that there can be no future for tourism without sustainability, including environmentally-friendly business practices, protection of cultural and natural heritage, and tangible social and economic benefits to local people in travel destinations. Those countries and companies that understand this today will be the travel leaders of tomorrow. These 15 World Legacy Awards finalists are showing the way forward to a brighter future for people and the planet.”

For the first time, the World Legacy Award Ceremony will take place in the Palais am Funkturm, the new official awards venue of ITB Berlin.

Rika Jean-François, CSR Commissioner for ITB Berlin: “The World Legacy Awards, which are about to be held for the third time, have established themselves as highly prestigious for the global travel industry. The finalists will be introduced on ITB Wednesday to a truly international audience and the winners will be announced on the spot. We are also happy to invite the finalists to present their innovative solutions to an international audience at our renown CSR Day on ITB Friday. ITB Berlin is strongly heightening awareness of the important issue of sustainability and responsibility in tourism and has also recently become a member of GSTC, the Global Criteria for Sustainable Tourism.”

The 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Awards finalists are:

Conserving the Natural World — Recognizing outstanding support for the preservation of nature, restoring natural habitat, protecting rare and endangered species, whether on land or in the oceans.

Mark Thornton Safaris, Tanzania
Misool Eco Resort, Indonesia
North Island, Seychelles

Earth Changers — Recognizing cutting-edge leadership in environmentally friendly business practices and green technology, from renewable energy and water conservation to zero-waste systems and carbon-emissions reduction.

Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort


Cayuga Collection, Costa Rica and Nicaragua
( In Costa Rica, Cayuga Collection has a total of 7 properties, including:

 Sense of Place — Recognizing excellence in enhancing cultural authenticity, including implementing vernacular architecture and design, support for the protection of historic monuments, archaeological sites, indigenous heritage, and artistic traditions.

Adventure Canada, Canada
Awamaki, Peru
City of Santa Fe, USA

Engaging Communities — Recognizing direct and tangible economic and social benefits that improve local livelihoods, including training and capacity building, fair wages and benefits, community development, health care, and education.

Andaman Discoveries, Thailand
Lodge at Chaa Creek, Belize
Chambok Community Based Eco Tourism/Mlup Baitong, Cambodia

Destination Leadership — Recognizing destination stewardship, including cities, provinces, states, countries, and regions that are demonstrating environmental best practices, protection for cultural and natural heritage, benefits to local people, and educating travelers on the principles of sustainable tourism.

Riverwind Foundation/Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, USA
Segera Retreat, Kenya
Slovenian Tourist Board, Slovenia

The winners will be announced live on stage at the World Legacy Awards ceremony on 8 March 2017, held at the Palais am Funkturm during ITB Berlin. Winners and Finalists will also be recognized by National Geographic Traveler magazine. /PRNewswire-USNewswire/