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Thailand Green Excellence Awards to be conferred at WTM 2013

The Awards are designed to reward the commitment and dedication of Thai operators as well as travel agents and media in the United Kingdom who play a vital role in supporting ecotourism in Thailand.

LONDON – Seven Thai tourism ventures that are devoted to environmental, social and cultural preservation are to be conferred “Green Excellence Awards” at a ceremony to be presided over by Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana at the World Travel Market 2013, London on 4 November, 2013.

 Mr. Suraphon Svetasreni, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand said, “We were very happy to receive extensive support from the UK travel agents and media to support ecotourism in Thailand. We will also retain a strong focus on catering to the continuing growing trend for green tourism, a holiday that compliments its environment and the local communities. From quiet treks in the jungles to soft adventure like zip lining and rock climbing, Thailand has outdoor activities to suit any preference.”

Of the 91 applications for this year’s Awards, the judges selected 7 awards of four categories. The judging panel consisted of Simon Pickup, ABTA; Salli Felton, the Travel Foundation; Adrian Bridge, the Daily Telegraph; Lyn Hughes, Editor-in-chief/Managing Director of Wanderlust Travel Media.

The Winners of Thailand Green Excellence Awards 2013
Category: Maritime, Nature and Heritage Tourism
Winner: Intrepid Travel
Highly Commended: Pure Blue Foundation

Category: Community Based Tourism
Winner: Lamai Homestay and Guesthouse
Highly Commended: The Sarojin

Category: Volunteering
Winner: GVI Thailand Chiang Mai

Category: Animal Welfare
Winner: The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
Highly Commended: Elephant Nature Park

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