Leading by example in the travel sector: the 15 Tourism for Tomorrow 2019 finalists; and (l to r) Allan Michaud, lodge manager of Cardamom Tented Camp, and Willem Niemeijer, CEO of YAANA Ventures
Changemakers: Cardamom Tented Camp lodge manager, Allan Michaud, Tourism for Tomorrow chairperson, Fiona Jeffery, YAANA Ventures CEO, Willem Niemeijer, and Group Director of Sustainability and Conservation, Anantara Hotels & Resorts, John Roberts; and stage setting for the awards 4 April
The Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia joined fellow finalists to salute five tourism projects that were announced as global winners at the World Travel and Tourism Council’s 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Award ceremony in Seville, Spain, 4 April.
Cardamom Tented Camp was a finalist in the Changemaker category along with Kelompok Peduli Lingkungan Belitung (KPLB, Indonesia) and SEE Turtles (USA), which was announced as winner. The category was created to recognise a tourism-related initiative that is fighting the illegal wildlife trade through sustainable tourism.
The other four 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow winners were Awamaki (Peru) in the Social Impact category, St. Kitts Sustainable Destination Council (St. Kitts and Nevis) in Destination Stewardship, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort (Aruba) in Climate Action, and Lemon Tree Hotels (India) in Investing in People.
There were 180 entries from 70 countries for the awards.
“It was a great honour for Cardamom Tented Camp to be recognised with 14 other inspirational sustainable tourism initiatives from around the world,” said Willem Niemeijer, CEO of YAANA Ventures and operator of the conservation lodge in Cambodia, who attended the award ceremony in Seville.
“Meeting fellow finalists here in Spain has been a hugely uplifting experience. It reaffirms our commitment at Cardamom Tented Camp and YAANA Ventures to keep leading by example and championing sustainable tourism as a force for good,” he said.
The formation of the camp in 2017 was made possible by a unique partnership between Wildlife Alliance, the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (supported by Minor Hotels), and the camp’s operator, YAANA Ventures.
Since opening in November 2017, the Cardamom Tented Camp has integrated the role of 12 forest rangers who protect a 180 sq km (70 sq miles) lowland forest concession in Botum Sakor National Park into the guest experience.
The rangers take turns to lead conservation tourism hikes through the forest. They show tourists confiscated traps, mesh and weapons used by poachers. In turn, the camp helps the forest rangers with salary support and physical amenities such as solar power generators at ranger stations. Due to the rangers work, the illegal wildlife trade has been massively reduced in the forest which is now seeing a resurgence in formerly-traded mammals such as the endangered clouded leopard, sun bear, northern pig-tailed macaque, pangolin, the Nicobar crab-eating macaque, and the (extremely shy) pileated gibbon, to name a few.
Since opening, the Cardamom Tented Camp has operated under the slogan, “Your Stay Keeps the Forest Standing.”
In March, Cardamom Tented Camp announced an innovative 5D/4N “Adventurer” package for ecotourists seeking a meaningful conservation experience in Southeast Asia. It also announced a 3D/2N “Jungle Camp” package using tentsile tree tents.
The full list of the 2019 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow finalists and category winners is available at https://www.wttc.org/tourism-for-tomorrow-awards/winners-and-finalists/winners-and-finalists-2019, with WTTC comment and context at https://www.wttc.org/tourism-for-tomorrow-awards/newsletter/2019/april-2019/?dm_i=YI8,678I3,V20ZVB,OF32E,1#one.
Making change for the better in Cambodia: Pileated gibbon (pictured) and other wildlife are now returning to the forest around Cardamom Tented Camp
About Cardamom Tented Camp
Cardamom Tented Camp is an ecolodge located in the Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia. Offering nine well-appointed safari-style tents, the lodge aims to minimize the human footprint on the natural world and serve as a role model in promoting sustainable ecotourism practices within both the national park and Cambodia as a whole.
Located on an 18,000-hectare (180 km2) concession, the lodge and its surroundings are home to pristine lowland and coastal habitats linking wildlife corridors to the Cardamom Mountains. Eco-friendly trekking and kayaking packages are available for adventure enthusiasts who are keen to be a part of real conservation work.
Cardamom Tented Camp is a three-way initiative between Minor Group, YAANA Ventures and Wildlife Alliance to ensure the land and its biodiversity does not fall into the hands of loggers, poachers and sand dredging operations.
Administrative Office of Cardamom Tented Camp No. 25D, Street 294, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Tel: +855 966 410 783 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Cardamom Tented Camp operator YAANA Ventures
YAANA Ventures is an owner, partner and operator of entrepreneurial travel and hospitality ventures in Asia. YAANA distinguishes itself by sharing real experiences that are grounded in the cultural richness of Asia. The company is the champion of the triple bottom-line: people, planet, profit. It empowers its ventures with the values to nurture the people with whom it works. Visit https://yaana-ventures.com/
YAANA Ventures 33/2 Tiwanon Road Soi 28, Bangkasor, Muang, Nonthaburi 11000, Thailand Tel: (+66) 2 591 5420 Email: email@example.com