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Micato Safaris Honored with Top Award at Conde Nast Traveler's 4th Annual World Savers Awards
~Recognized as Winner of Education Initiatives Award and Winner, "Doing it All" ~
NEW YORK, NY - September 7, 2010 - Micato Safaris (www.micato.com), known for providing the utmost in luxury travel to Africa and India was honored for the philanthropic endeavors of its non-profit, AmericaShare (www.americashare.org) in the September 2010 issue of Condé Nast Traveler. Awards were given in five categories: Preservation, Environmental and/or Cultural; Wildlife Conservation; Health Initiatives; Poverty Relief; and Education Programs. Micato received the highest overall score across the five categories combined, making the Company winner among tour operators for "Doing it All". Micato was also recognized as the winner of the Education Initiatives category for the introduction of its groundbreaking One for One program. The initiative, which was introduced in January 2010, pledges to place one child in school for every safari sold.
Dennis Pinto, Managing Director of Micato Safaris, will accept the award at the 4th Annual Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Congress at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Center on October 19, 2010. Awards will be presented in the presence of hundreds of travel industry and non-profit leaders and activists, including Condé Nast Traveler Editor-in-Chief Klara Glowczewska, who will gather to discuss what the travel industry can do to improve the environment and living conditions around the globe. Past presenters of the Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards have included President Bill Clinton, actor Edward Norton and musician/activist Wyclef Jean.
"We are deeply honored to receive Condé Nast Traveler's World Savers Award," states Dennis Pinto, Managing Director, Micato Safaris. "At Micato, we see philanthropic travel as a way that compassionate travelers can come to a greater understanding of the challenges and needs facing underserved African communities -- and get involved and help in a meaningful way. Our particular mission is the education of Africa's vulnerable and orphaned children, but the overarching experience for our travelers is much larger than that: it's a true and sensitive experience encompassing myriad spheres of African life from women's empowerment issues to AIDS education, slums and children's educational issues."
"Micato's AmericaShare foundation has long been committed to providing education and tools for sustainable living to African women and children living with HIV/AIDs," states Lorna Macleod, Executive Director, AmericaShare. "Our approach has always been to dig deep. That is, we do not simply write a check and leave, but rather, we work side-by-side with the individuals who can ensure our projects' success: local Kenyan social workers, educators, physicians, building contractors and others in order to create a better life for the residents of the Mukuru slum of Nairobi."
For more information about Micato Safaris, visit www.micato.com or call 1-800-MICATO-1.
For more information about AmericaShare, visit www.americashare.org or call 212-545-7125.
About Micato Safaris
Micato Safaris is a luxury safari operator—offering adventures in East Africa, Southern Africa and India—that’s been setting the industry standard for luxury and service for more than three decades. Travellers have recognized Micato’s unsurpassed service by naming the company the #1 World’s Best Tour Operator & Safari Outfitter” a record seven times in Travel + Leisure’s prestigious annual survey. For nearly a quarter century, Micato’s nonprofit arm, AmericaShare, has been supporting orphaned and vulnerable children and adults affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Micato furthered its philanthropic outreach in 2010 when the company introduced its revolutionary One for One Commitment, which places one impoverished child in school for every safari sold.