The Caribbean Tourism Organization in collaboration with TravelMole identifies Hamanasi as a dedicated leader in sustainable tourism
HOPKINS, Belize – Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort was recently named winner of the Sustainable Accommodation Award during the 2014 CTO-TravelMole Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Awards ceremony at the State of the Industry Conference in St. Thomas. The annual event recognizes individuals, groups, organizations and companies in CTO Member Countries that incorporate sustainable business practices during the previous year. This is the first time Hamanasi has received this honor.
The CTO-TravelMole Awards recognize those who have developed unique and attractive tourism products or have implemented sustainable tourism-related initiatives that embrace sustainable tourism concepts and core values, which help to enhance Caribbean tourism.
“We started these awards to give our partners endorsements they can share with potential visitors so they can garner more business,” said Gail Henry, CTO’s sustainable tourism product specialist. “There are persons keen on keeping their carbon footprint at a minimum during travel and through our award designations these properties and attractions can be easily identified.”
The awards encompass six categories covering all aspects of sustainability, from overall excellence, to accommodation, community, heritage and biodiversity. The nominations were judged by three tourism and environmental specialists: Lloyd Gardener, president of the Foundation for Development Planning Inc. in the USVI; Jake Kheel, environmental director at Puntacana Resort & Club in the Dominican Republic and Gail Henry.
The following award recipients represent a wide range of sustainability initiatives and all are working hard to enhance the Caribbean’s desirability as a holiday destination – congratulations:
Destination Stewardship Award:
- Special Mention: Rewa Village (Guyana)
- Winner: Ministry of Tourism and International Transport (St. Kitts & Nevis)
Sustainable Accommodation Award:
- Special Mention: Rosalie Bay Resort (Dominica) and Xanadu Island Resort (Belize) <Green Globe Certified Members>
- Winner: Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort (Belize) <Green Globe Certified Member>
Community Benefit Award:
- Special Mention: Tryall Club and Villas (Jamaica) <Green Globe Certified Member>
- Winner: Belmont Plantation Company/Belmont Estate (Grenada)
- Special Mention: Turks and Caicos National Trust (TCI)
- Winner: Jost Van Dykes Preservation Society (BVI)
Biodiversity Conservation Award:
- Special Mention: Atlantis Submarines (Barbados) <Green Globe Certified Member>
- Winner: Guana Island Hotel (BVI)
Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Award:
- Special Mention: Compass Point Dive Resort (Cayman Islands) <Green Globe Certified Member>
- Winner: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
About Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort:
Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort is nestled between sandy beaches and lush rainforest on Belize’s central coast. The boutique resort embodies casual elegance with displays of Belizean hardwood furniture, locally crafted art, fresh Caribbean fusion cuisine, and a warm, welcoming staff. Customer service is a high priority at Hamanasi; employees undergo an extensive training program and share a true sense of pride and ownership in the resort.
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About the Caribbean Tourism Organization:
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.