We are thrilled to announce that we have won the 2016 SKAL Sustainable Tourism award in the category of Tourism Operator. Skål International is an Affiliate Member of the UNWTO whose mission is to promote the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It is an honor to win this prestigious award and be recognized by SKAL International. This award allows us to increase visibility and get recognition of our outstanding performance in terms of sustainable and responsible tourism.
Andaman Discoveries proved to follow the important criteria set in place by SKAL International to measure the success of a company’s sustainability as listed below:
1) Make optimal use of environmental resources that constitute a key element in tourism development, maintaining essential ecological processes and helping to conserve natural heritage and biodiversity.
2) Respect the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities, conserve their built and living cultural heritage and traditional values, and contribute to inter-cultural understanding and tolerance.
3) Ensure viable, long-term economic operations, providing socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders that are fairly distributed, including stable employment and income-earning opportunities and social services to host communities, and contributing to poverty alleviation.
We are excited for this opportunity and platform to market ourselves and also to connect with other like-minded companies who share the goal of sustainable tourism.