05.02.18

Seychelles’ resort wins a top award for species and habitat conservation

Posted in Tourism industry at 8:13 pm by Robert Klien

North Island has won gold at African Responsible Tourism Awards 2018 held last week in South Africa.

This Seychelles’ luxury private-island resort was granted the top award in the ‘Best for Aquatic Species & Habitat Conservation’ category.

“This prestigious award comes at a momentous time in North Island’s history. As we celebrate 21 years of luxury sustainable tourism, we could not be more proud to have been recognised for our ongoing commitment to our Noah’s Ark island rehabilitation programme,” said Bruce Simpson, the managing director of North Island. He added that pushing the boundaries of marine conservation and endeavouring to be a role model to others across the worldwil go on.

The ceremony of the African Responsible Tourism Awards, which aims at celebrating and inspiring change in the African tourism industry, was held last Wednesday at the World Travel Market Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.

North Island, located 27 kilometres north-west of Seychelles’ main island of Mahe, was a former colonial plantation. It was bought in 1997 by the South African ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris. The island is now an exclusive eco-tourism resort accessible only by helicopter and regularly patronised by the rich and famous.

 

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