India’s premier wildlife magazine, Sanctuary Asia www.sanctuaryasia.com and the nature tourism action charity, TOFTigers, combined to bring together the 3rd Sanctuary TOFTigers Wildlife Tourism Awards 2014. They aimed to highlight and reward the very best in the nature tourism field; those individuals, businesses, service providers and community enterprises who are leading the way in Indian subcontinent wilderness destinations. Each in their own way are pioneering new ways to support and inspire wildlife conservation, engage local communities and help restoration of wildlife habitat through their vision, drive and actions.
"It is an honour to again be Chairman of the 3rd Sanctuary TOFTigers Wildlife Tourism Awards 2014.
With our new Government’s commitment to use tourism as a development and job creation tool, it’s more critical than ever that it’s driven down a sustainable path, and real ecotourism is one of the principal ways of ensuring conservation as well as a sustainable source of revenue for both local communities and the Government.
It is more important than ever to recognise those who work towards a sustainable future for the tiger, the environment and for the local communities who need to survive alongside our many endangered species."
Mike Pandey - Chairman of the Awards (TV presenter, Film Maker and Conservationist)
The Aims of the Awards are to:
Act as a beacon to the Global Tourist Industry, highlighting the important work being done by tourism in support of tiger conservation.
Increase public awareness of the value of responsible tourism as an agent of conservation and habitat renewal.
Reward and encourage best practice operations.
Encourage sustainability in tourism enterprises.
Promote community enterprise and community initiatives around Tiger Parks.
The awards have a very eminent group of experts that decided the winners and runners up of each category. Chosen for their expertise, details of the panel can be seen here.
Awards Categories include:
The John Wakefield Memorial Award for Most Inspirational Eco Lodge of the Year 2014
The Billy Arjun Singh Memorial Award for Best Wildlife Guide of the Year 2014
(also carries INR 20,000 prize)
Lodge Naturalist of the Year 2014
(also carries INR 25,000 prize)
Visitor Friendly Wildlife Destination of the Year 2014
(also carries a prize INR 75,000 worth of kit or equipment to be used in tiger protection/conservation)
Wildlife Promotion Company of the Year 2014
Wildlife Tourism Related Community Initiative of the Year 2014
(also carries a prize of INR 50,000)
Wildlife and Tourism Initiative of the Year 2014
(also carries a prize of INR 50,000 towards equipment/services for the benefit of the community)
International Wildlife Tour Operator of the Year 2014
Details on the 2016 Awards, eligibility and an nomination form will be published after the awards in September.