Inkaterra, the Peru based hotel group owned by José Koechlin von Stein and his wife Denise Guislain have won the prestigious Conservation Award at the 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in Tokyo, Japan.
As one of the preliminary judges of the Conservation Award category I’d like to extend my congratulations to José and Denise. Inkaterra is a shining example of what can be achieved by hotel groups if they are truly committed to sustainability. For over 30 years José has been dedicated to sustainable development, operating world class hotels while funding biodiversity research through the desire to protection the landscape and cultures in the areas Inkaterra operate in. Belize can learn much from the way José has developed his business and I recommend that hoteliers take a look at the best practices that Inkaterra have put in place. Please click here for more information on Inkaterra.
I first saw José’s plans for the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel when I worked for International Expeditions back in the mid-90’s and now the Inkaterra group has expanded to 3 world-class hotels with a fourth in the planning stage.
I would also like to congratulate Cheli & Peacock of Kenya and NamibRand Safaris of Namibia for being worthy finalists. Stefano Cheli lit up the awards with his warm, fun and humble personality. Meeting and getting to know Stefano was one of the highlights of the WTTC Global Summit and Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Cheli & Peacock operate 6 safari camps throughout Kenya and focus on lesser visited areas where there are often significant cultural and conservation challenges. They work hand-in-hand with local communities to support wildlife conservation and have recently formed the Cheli & Peacock Community Trust in order to help educate the next generation of Kenyan conservation leaders. Please click here to learn more about Cheli & Peacock.