Arkaba - Finalist in the National Geographic World Legacy Awards
The World Legacy Awards showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations driving the sustainable tourism transformation of the travel industry. The finalists are recognised for conserving the natural world, supporting the preservation of nature, restoring natural habitat and protecting rare and endangered species, whether on land or in the ocean.
The Wild Bush Luxury team at Arkaba are doing just that! They have systematically restored a 60,000 acre sheep station into a thriving wildlife conservancy; sharing their scientific monitoring of the area’s biodiversity with guests, conservation groups and community members. Arkaba is living proof that ecotourism can be a vehicle for nature conservation and rural economic growth.
Costas Christ, Chairman of National Geographic World Legacy Awards, said, “Sustainable tourism is the foundation for the future of the travel industry, and those destinations and companies that understand this today will be the global leaders of tomorrow. Tourism is based on selling culture and nature — the very things sustainable tourism practices work to protect. Have you ever heard someone come back from a vacation and say, ‘I just had a great holiday hiking in a dead rain forest and then staying on a beach filled with trash?’
The 15 finalists are all about protecting the places travellers love to visit and benefiting the local people who live there. They are working towards a future when all tourism will be sustainable. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 10 March 2016 at ITB Berlin. Finalists and winners will also be featured in National Geographic Traveller magazine and other National Geographic media. We've got everything crossed!