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MICATO SAFARIS RECEIVES CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER
Award Recognizes Travel Companies Exhibiting Excellence in Social and Environmental Responsibility
NEW YORK, NY- August 20, 2013—Today Condé Nast Traveler, the most trusted name in travel, named Micato Safaris a 2013 World Savers Award winner. The award is bestowed upon travel companies with exceptional achievement in social and environmental responsibility.
This year, out of 174 applicants, Condé Nast Traveler has chosen 14 top travel companies to receive the World Savers Awards.
Micato Safaris received the 2013 World Savers Award for Education and was cited by Condé Nast Traveler for “educating children, supporting girls, and fighting wildlife poaching.”
“The core idea behind the World Savers Awards – the power of travel to do good – is likewise the concept that has driven Micato Safaris since its founding,” says Dennis Pinto, managing director, Micato Safaris. “While we’re delighted that we’ve been recognized again for education, we’re more delighted that our programming and facilities are bringing real sustainable change to Nairobi’s Mukuru slum.”
“Working with this community to create not just change, but trust, is a long-term commitment,” says Lorna Macleod, executive director, AmericaShare. “In 2013, the opening of the Virtuoso-Upchurch Learning Centre for special needs students and the state-of-the-art expansion of our community centre library represents significant progress,” says Macleod. She adds, “Seeing the children thrive with the help of these resources inspires us to bring educational opportunities to more children, giving them a brighter future.”
The awards are announced in the September issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on August 20, 2013. The full list is published online at: www.CNTraveler.com/worldsavers
“These winning travel companies and destinations are powerful forces for sustainable, responsible, and eco-friendly travel. They also offer service, style, and great adventures to guests and visitors. Our readers ask us, ‘Can having amazing travel experiences also help change lives?’ and thanks to these companies – the answer is yes,” said Condé Nast Traveler editor in chief Klara Glowczewska.
WORLD SAVERS AWARDS METHODOLOGY:
For the seventh annual World Savers Awards, applications were accepted in eight sectors—small hotel chains (fewer than 20 properties), large hotel chains, city hotels, small lodges and resorts (fewer than 50 rooms), large lodges and resorts, tour operators, cruise lines, and a new category for destinations—and assessed in five areas: Education Programs, Environmental and Cultural Preservation, Health Initiatives, Poverty Relief, and Wildlife Conservation, by a panel of judges.
The panel of judges included: Jeffrey Sachs (The Earth Institute), Laurie David (producer of An Inconvenient Truth), Olivia Wilde (Artists for Peace and Justice), David Alport (UN Special Envoy and MDG Health Alliance), Luigi Cabrini (UNWTO’s Sustainable Development of Tourism), and Dorinda Elliott (Condé Nast Traveler).
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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 Safari outfitter an unprecedented nine times in Travel + Leisure’s prestigious annual survey. Micato’s other accolades include five Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards, three for Education and two for “Doing it All.” For more than 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 Micato One for One Commitment, which places one impoverished child in school for every safari sold.