Plett Wildlife Sanctuaries win Gold at World Responsible Tourism Awards

Minister Derek Hanekom and SAASA's Lara Mostert.
Minister Derek Hanekom and SAASA’s Lara Mostert.

The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) is currently located on the farm Kirbywood, in The Crags (Plettenberg Bay), South Africa and includes Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani.

SAASA was short listed for Best Animal Welfare Initiative at the World Travel Market for The World Responsible Tourism Awards for which they were awarded Gold.

To cap wonderful evening SAASA was also won the overall World Responsibility Award.

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Minister Derek Hanekom was on hand to congratulate Lara Mostert at the ceremony.

Congratulations to all the 2014 Awards winners

Best animal welfare initiative, supported by Born Free Foundation
Gold winners: World Animal Protection, and South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance

Best aviation programme for carbon reduction, sponsored by Visit Gozo
Gold winner: Thomson Airways

Best for beach tourism, sponsored by Jersey
Gold winner: Chole Mjini Conservation & Development Co. Ltd
Silver winner: Casa de las Olas

Best city hotel, sponsored by Los Cabos Tourism Board
Gold winner: Hotel Verde
Silver winners: ITC Grand Chola, and Jurys Inn Brighton

Best cultural heritage attraction, sponsored by Wightlink
Gold winner: (no gold winner this year)
Silver winner: Festivals of Puebla

Best destination, sponsored by Visit Norway
Gold winner: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Best for engaging people & culture, sponsored by New York State Division of Tourism
Gold winner: Kutch Adventures
Silver winner: Footsteps Eco Lodge

People’s Choice for responsible tourism, sponsored by Slovenia Tourist Board
Winner: Nam Nern Night Safari

Best for people with disabilities, sponsored by Enable Holidays
Gold winners: Campo and Parque dos Sonhos, and Cavan town & Environs
Silver winner: Native Charming Hotels and Accessible Tourism

Best for poverty reduction, sponsored by Tobago House of Assembly
Gold winner: Adventure Alternative
Silver winners: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and Mdumbi

Best short film for responsible tourism, sponsored by Fair Trade Tourism
Gold winner: Travel Oregon’s “John Day River Territory”
Silver winners: GLP Films’ “Basecamp Foundation – Pioneering

Sustainable Tourism in Kenya’s Masai Mara”, and World Wildlife Fund’s “The Guardians”

Best for wildlife conservation, sponsored by Discover Dominica
Gold winner: Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours
Silver winners: Chambal Safari Hotels Pvt Ltd, and On Track Safaris.

Lara Mostert addresses delegates at the awards ceremony.
Lara Mostert addresses delegates at the awards ceremony.
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