Andaman Discoveries was highly commended twice in November by the awards committees of two of the world’s most prestigious responsible travel organizations: Virgin Holidays and Wild Asia. The judges for Virgin Holidays Responsible Travel observed that “this award recognizes how Andaman Discoveries is using tourism to benefit and empower the community – providing education, training, and economic opportunities – and helping it to share its culture through workshops for tourists to learn how to make handicrafts, cook and harvest cashews and rubber.” Equally impressed were the judges from Wild Asia, who gave Andaman Discoveries top marks in the areas of economic-, social-, and environmental principles, as well as for formal commitment to responsible travel. One of the judges said “the village economy is very much on a subsistence level, and yet the experience was rich in terms of people, environmental connections, and human stories. The experience taught me how people come together after life changing events.”
Virgin Holidays commended Andaman Discoveries in the category of Conservation of Cultural Heritage. The full articles appears in r:travel magazine, or can be found on the Press page of our website. Wild Asia recognized Andaman Discoveries for its overall commitment to responsible travel. For more information about their award, please visit their website.