In its 18th edition, a total of 56 entries from 25 countries are this year competing to win the Sustainable Tourism Awards that Skål International, the leading worldwide organization of travel and Tourism professionals, will present on 15 September, during the Opening Ceremony of the 80th Skål International World Congress to be held onboard the Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas.
Congratulations to Black Cat Cruises who are the only New Zealand finalist in the Awards.
Their project name is ‘Protecting Hector’s. These small dolphins (the smallest oceanic dolphins in the world) are native to New Zealand. You could say they’re as kiwi as our flightless bird, the kiwi.
There are about 2000 Hector’s Dolphins in and around Banks Peninsula. With Black Cat cruises, visitors can enjoy a-once-in-a-lifetime experience swimming with these playful creatures in their natural habitat. In doing so a portion of the ticket sales are donated to education and research of these endangered mammals.
Wishing Black Cat all the best for when the awards are announced at the Global Congress in September.
These awards were introduced after the declaration by the United Nations of 2002 as the Year of Ecotourism and the Mountains and have grown in significance year on year.
Three prominent and distinguished judges will evaluate the responsible projects submitted according to several criteria such as nature preservation, carbon offsetting, climate change mitigation, Human Rights protection, local employment, etc.
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