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Peoples Choice with National Geographic Traveller (UK)

People's Choice

Peoples Choice with National Geographic Traveller (UK)

One of the main aims of the Awards is to inspire tourists by what is possible to achieve through responsible tourism. As our travellers' views and experiences are extremely important to us, in 2013 for the very first time we created a People's Choice category where you, the public, get to vote from a choice of amazing responsible tourism businesses- previous winners of the World Responsible Tourism Awards.

Voted for entirely by the public, this year's People’s Choice in Responsible Tourism Award in association with National Geographic Traveller (UK) allows members of the public to vote for the most inspiring category winner from 2014.


Because our travellers' views and experiences are fundamental to how we work at we have included a People's Choice Award. For this category, a panel of judges selected five previous recent winners that represented a wide diversity of responsible tourism. The public was then asked to select their favourite. And the winner is... Nam Nern Night Safari. You can also see all our other finalists videos.

Winner: Nam Nern Night Safari

Winner in the 2013 category, Best for Responsible Wildlife Experiences, Nam Nern Night Safari is located in north-eastern Laos (in the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area), a wildlife haven of tiger, gaur, Sambar deer, gibbons and otters. But, in the main, Nam Nern has their eye on the tiger, given that it has the largest known breeding population of tigers in Indochina.

Nam Nern Safaris mixes cultural experiences, inviting visitors to enjoy a Lao picnic dinner and Khmu ethnic folk tales told by village guides, before setting off on a river night safari to spot wildlife and staying overnight in bungalows all built with local materials. Nam Nern involves tourists in conserving wildlife by asking them to keep a record of the animals that they see. Each animal is allocated a value, according to its endangered status: the more animals tourists see, the more money villagers get, which contributes to the process of eradicating poaching, which was an invaluable source of income for many people in the past. It's a simple model, and it works. Average sightings per boat have doubled from two to four in four years of operation and 90% of the tour revenue goes back to the communities. In addition, the project gives work to 38 individuals from 38 families.

A contract was signed with each village regarding the distribution of ecotourism benefits and was signed by every family in fourteen villages. Between 2010 and 2013, there have been 370 visitors and the revenues have been shared by over a thousand families. The village development fund generated $2,860 in 2013, roughly $200 per village. It has been used by villages to improve their well-being through small projects. Which is a win-win for everyone, and everything, and makes Nan Nern a winner for two years in a row also.

For more information see the Nam Nern Night Safari website.


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Previous winners

Winner: Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, Chile

Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve

For this category, a panel of judges selected five previous recent winners that represented the diversity of Responsible Tourism. The public was then asked to select their favourite.

Judges' comments: "Huilo Huilo addresses all three pillars of sustainability. It works to conserve the forest and endangered species; it has worked with local people to ensure that those who used to make their living from logging and timber are now able to live off tourism and this biological reserve has been a catalyst to creating opportunities for local people to create their own businesses, fostering local cultural and artistic heritage. Huilo Huilo won the Best for Conservation of Wildlife and Habitats category in 2012. Huilo Huilo received a total of 2,187 votes".

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