Shortlisted finalists of the The Eco Warrior Award 2013 are expected to be announced on the 8th of this month under the theme: Tourism’s role in sustainable community development. The Eco Warrior Award is designed to recognize, encourage and applaud leadership and innovation in tourism business planning, development and management centred on community participation and natural resource conservation. Finalists will feature under various categories:
- Conservancy of the Year 2013 – This category has two awards
- Private conservancy (for privately owned conservancies)
- Community conservancy (community-owned nature conservancies)
- Ecotourism Enterprise of the Year 2013 – This category has 6 awards
- Accommodation – Lodge
- Accommodation – Tented Camp
- Accommodation –Holiday homes
- Community Based Tourism Enterprise
- Tour Operator
- Eco-Rated Facility of the Year
- Eco tourism Partnership of the Year 2013
- Eco tourism Guide of the Year 2013
- Eco tourism Journalist of the Year 2013
- Eco tourism Student Innovation Award 2013
- Eco tourism Training program of the year 2013
- Eco tourism Student Host Organization of the Year 2013
Winners will be announced during a Gala Dinner ceremony which will be held on 24th September 2013 at the Safari Park Hotel & Casino.
Be on the look out for the list of Finalists!!
The 14th edition of the Lewa Safaricom marathon took place last week, 29th of June attracting a myriad of participants. Through the partnership of Safaricom Ltd, Tusk Trust and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the world-renown marathon event which began in the year 2000 has grown from 180 runners in 2000 raising $50,000 to 1000 runners in 2012 raising $574,000. Regarded as one of the toughest marathons in the world, the annual Lewa marathon was this year host to 1000 runners from over 20 different countries. Participants are comprised of those who are just in it for fun, walkers as well as professional athletes. The event is a blend of both fun and social responsibility giving the runners a chance to enjoy some of Africa’s most breath-taking scenery as well as giving back to society at one go.
The Lewa marathon features a half (21km) and full (42km) marathon; half marathon being a team event featuring a minimum of five and a maximum of ten runners per team whereas the full marathon is an individual event. The course is set on dirt roads that take the runners through the reserve, across savannah plains, along river banks and through acacia woodland before finishing close to Lewa’s headquarters. Half Marathon runners complete one loop of the course, Full Marathon runners, two.
The route is watched over by a large and experienced team of armed rangers, with two helicopters and a spotter plane in the air throughout the race. Water stations and first aid points are situated every 2.5km along the course. Medical support at the finish is provided by AMREF – the flying doctors, the Kenya Red Cross and local hospitals. On completion of the race each runner is presented with a medal and goody bag. Prizes for race and age group category are awarded at a prize giving ceremony at the end of the event.
Since its inception the event has raised over $3.8 million. The event is organized annually by Tusk Trust as their flagship fundraising initiative to support pre-defined conservation, education and community projects supported by Tusk in Kenya. This year’s event, held under the banner “Run Wild, for the Wild” aimed at raising Sh60m, most of which will go towards conservation efforts against a backdrop of increased poaching. Last year, education and healthcare projects got Sh5.46m and Sh3.78m respectively whereas a further 35% of the revenue was invested in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy which is home to a variety of large African wildlife including lions, elephants, rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo amongst others.
Safaricom has been the marathon’s Title Sponsor since its inception in 2000 over which time the amount of sponsorship has risen to the current level of Ksh 9.6m. Additional co-sponsorship arrangements roughly double the overall sponsorship secured by the event. A unique aspect of the event has been its ability to bring together the business community in Kenya. Many companies use the event as a team building opportunity, which engenders a real sense of camaraderie amongst staff, as well as a healthy dose of inter-company rivalry!
Having gained immense popularity overtime, and ranking as one of Kenya’s top highlights in the social and entertainment calendar, Rhino Charge is clearly no longer solely a preserve for the motorsport fraternity. The event currently has over two decades of physical endurance testing, extreme driving skills showcasing, tough challenging experiences, as well as lots of excitement under its belt. Rhino charge is not for the faint at heart!
The three day event, organized by The Rhino Ark Charitable Trust, is held to raise funds for a very noble cause – conservation of Kenya’s Aberdare, Mau, Mt. Eburu, and Mt. Kenya Ecosystems. Individuals set to compete are required to raise the minimum sponsorship set by the organizing committee.
Rhino Charge competitors are required to visit 13 points scattered over approximately 100 square kms of rough terrain within a 10 hour period. The location of the event is kept secret until the start off which makes it even more challenging for the competitors as they are not accustomed to the terrain. Competitors are supplied with a 1:50,000 scale map of the venue, co-ordinates of the 13 Control Points and their Start position (at one of the Controls). Each competitor must plot the Control Points on the map and decide his/her route. Navigation is by compass/GPS and the winner is the competitor who visits all controls in the shortest distance (GPS measured).
For those not taking part in the exciting challenge, this is the time to have fun camping in the wilderness, mingling with friends, not forgetting cheering on the contestants as they tough it out.
Day Time Activity
May 31 (Fri) 8.30 am Rhino charge scrutineering
June 1 (sat) 7.30 am Rhino charge event
June 2 (sun) 10.00am Rhino charge prize giving
What to carry:
- A digital camera, its charger and a downloading cable.
- While Camping… you need to carry warm clothing for the night ,Slippers, Torch, Soap, Tooth Paste, Tissue Paper, snacks and ID card
- Pocket money for departure days, en-route lunch, park fees, drinks, tips.
Miss Tourism Kenya is geared towards promotion of Tourist attraction sites as well as creating awareness of Kenya’s diversity in flora and fauna. The event is globally recognized and its aim is to promote tourism both internationally and locally. This year’s contest will feature county competitions as Kenya has since recognized a new form of government.
The County Competitions will follow a ‘heats’ model whereby preliminary competitions will be organized and some contestants selected to go further to the County Final competition. At the County Final contest, every county will parade a minimum of 12 contestants from which a County Delegate will be selected to represent that county at the National Final competition in Nairobi. Heats therefore will be organized in the major towns of each county. Training for the competition will focus highly on Deportment, Beauty, Public Speaking and Personality.
To join the Miss Tourism Kenya Contest follow the link; http://misstourismkenya.co.ke/contest.html and apply!
The Kenya Tourism Board have been bestowed the owner of hosting this year’s World Travel Awards (WTA) – African region. The Awards, dubbed “Oscars of the Travel Industry” will be held on the 16th of October and are bound to highly boost Kenya’s tourist market. The hosts were awarded – Africa’s leading Tourism Board – by WTA last year in December and also scooped the – Best African Tourism Board – in the Africa Safari awards held in London in February; beginning of this year.
“That WTA has chosen Kenya for the African region ceremony as part of the world grand tour, is an endorsement of the country as a preferred tourism destination in the world”, Says KTB Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa. Graham E. Cooke, President and Founder, WTA, added, “The selection of our hosts is fundamental to the success of our awards programme, and Kenya as a nation has all the ingredients to rise to the challenge of hosting our Africa Ceremony – a warm, vibrant and progressive nation, brimming with enthusiasm and creativity. Tourism is vital to Kenya’s economy, contributing 12 percent to its GDP and sustaining one in ten jobs. The future is bright for Kenya, given the nation’s overwhelming natural resources, its unrivalled wildlife experiences and pristine beaches.”
For further details, including entry forms and closing deadlines for nominations, visit www.worldtravelawards.com/nominate.
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