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Cambodian ecolodge secures Top 100 Destination Sustainability accolade
Green Destinations has announced that Cardamom Tented Camp ecolodge in Cambodia has been named as one of the 2021 Top 100 Destination Sustainability Stories in the world.
The announcement was made 5th October in the online annual conference of Green Destinations, a non-profit organisation for sustainable tourism, based in The Netherlands. The annual programme has been in existence since 2014.
Cardamom Tented Camp was chosen by the judges among 28 tourism experiences around the world in the Nature and Ecotourism category. The other 72 winners were in the categories of Localisation and Decarbonising the Local Supply Chain; Communities and Culture; Environment and Climate; and Tourism Reset and Recovery.
Green Destinations advised “with the tourism sector facing very challenging times in the past year or so, the resilience and hard work of these destinations to become more responsible should be celebrated. The 2021 selection was determined by the quality, transferability, and, more than ever, by the level of innovation of the stories.”
Albert Salman, the President of Green Destinations told the audience that the objective of the top 100 sustainability stories programme was to “inspire responsible tourism leadership around the world”.
Willem Niemeijer, Chief Executive of YAANA Ventures, the camp operator notes “since Cardamom Tented Camp opened in 2017 we’ve helped protect 18,000 hectares of forest by channelling income from the camp to support 12 forest rangers who have done a terrific job of reducing illegal logging, wildlife hunting and sandbank dredging.
“Right from day one our slogan has been, ‘Your Stay Keeps the Forest Standing’. The Green Destination judges saw those details of our work. They recognised that our sustainability story as a world-class and inspirational conservation tourism project could be emulated in other places.”
In an earlier Q&A session for the online conference on 5th October, Niemeijer told Green Destination online conference attendees that Cardamom Tented Camp was based on three principles: a belief in visitor dispersion to off-the-beaten-track places away from over-touristed hubs; a commitment to work with experts, such as NGO Wildlife Alliance; and a full-hearted belief in the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit, which had to be unwavering if the project was going to be truly sustainable.
The full Green Destinations’ list of Top 100 Sustainability Stories for 2021 can be viewed here.
Further information on Cardamom Tented Camp, including its back story, its other awards and guest experiences, is available here.
Image: Inspiring responsible tourism leadership: Cardamom Tented Camp in Green Destinations’ global top 100 and Willem Niemeijer, Chief Executive of YAANA Ventures, the camp operator
19th August 2021 - Construction completed on Phnom Penh’s new Cambodian National Stadium
19th May 2020 - Cambodian Wildlife in danger as ecotourism sector collapses
17th January 2019 - Cambodian Camp chosen as a finalist in WTTC Tourism Awards
2nd November 2017 - Uncertainty over Cambodia’s hosting of 2023 SEA Games
13th July 2013 - Cambodia receives 1.79 million foreign tourists in 2013
25th May 2012 - Cambodian tourism eyes ‘vast potential’ in China
25th June 2010 - Eco resort planned for Cambodian island
1st July 2021 - Ecotourism Australia launches new version of Green Travel Guide
27th February 2021 - Ecotourism Australia continues to call for funding support from Federal Government
25th February 2020 - Queensland Government to deliver its first ecotourism trail
15th March 2019 - Funding helps complete Far North Queensland ecotourism experience
10th August 2018 - Lets Go Surfing attains Ecotourism Certification
28th August 2017 - Rottnest Express achieves Ecotourism Certification
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