Four Seasons Resorts Maldives Win Prestigious Condé Nast Traveler World
Savers Awards 2012.
"Doing It All" for the environment.
TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Four Seasons Resorts Maldives have won the
Doing It All and Wildlife Conservation categories for large resorts in the
Condé Nast Traveler (US) World Savers Awards 2012 – created to honour the
travel companies that are doing the most to help protect the planet and give
back to their local communities.
The Resorts also received the runner-up award for the Education category in
recognition of a decade of dedication to Four Seasons Hospitality
Now in its sixth year, and judged by an independent panel, the annual World
Savers Awards celebrate visionary companies that are making a difference in
five areas of social responsibility: Wildlife Conservation, Preservation
(Environment and Cultural), Health Initiatives, Poverty Relief and Education.
The Doing it All award celebrates the overall winners in eight industry
sectors ranging from small hotel chains (fewer than 20 properties) to large
lodges and resorts, tour operators, cruise lines, and airlines.
Commenting on the Awards, Armando Kraenzlin, regional vice president of Four
Seasons Resorts Maldives said: "It's in Four Seasons DNA to take steps to
support the local community and environment in every destination where we
operate; our social and environmental efforts in the Maldives date back to
1998. We have grown from very humble beginnings to a combination of projects
today with the potential to make a real difference to the local community and
environment. It's great to have our efforts recognized, but the reality is
that every local corporation has a key role to play in the sustainable
development of the Maldives."
Four Seasons Resorts Maldives environmental efforts began in 1998 – Kuda
Huraa's first year of opening – with the coral reef regeneration project,
now known as Reefscapers. Developed with local environmental consultancy
Seamarc Pvt. Ltd, it is now one of the most successful of its kind in the
world. More than 2,400 coral frames have been propagated in the lagoons of
Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru, strengthening the islands' house reefs and
providing new habitats for countless species of wildlife. Now in their 14th
year of working with Seamarc, the Resorts have adopted additional projects
that range from fish breeding to turtle conservation.
Four Seasons Hospitality Apprenticeship Programme started in 2001 and was
accredited Government of Maldives Technical and Vocational Education and
Training (TVET) certification – the first in the country – in 2011. More
than 265 young Maldivian students have graduated from the program to date. The
Resorts also host the annual Four Seasons Saqaafee Vaadha (Four Seasons Youth
Culture Competition) and have opened two pioneering Marine Discovery Centres
– interactive centres of research and education for guests and locals alike.
Other contributory efforts include, among other things, two Resort
water-bottling plants, plant nurseries, local education and awareness outreach
programs, health initiatives in support of local islands, support for local
artisans, teachers and the Manta Trust charity.
Moving forward, the team at Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru is committed
to working closely with local communities and agencies to ensure that the Baa
Atoll World Biosphere becomes a world-class example of its kind, while at Kuda
Huraa, the focus is very much on continuing to develop the Maldivian Sea
Turtle Conservation Programme.
Katie Taylor, president and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, will be
receiving the awards on the Resorts' behalf at the Condé Nast Traveler 25th
Anniversary Visionaries Gala on September 18, 2012 at Lincoln Center in New
About Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Four Seasons is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through
continual innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. From elegant
surroundings of the finest quality, to caring, highly personalised 24-hour
service, Four Seasons embodies a true home away from home for those who know
and appreciate the best. The deeply instilled Four Seasons culture is
personified in its employees - people who share a single focus and are
inspired to offer great service. Founded in 1960, Four Seasons has followed a
targeted course of expansion, opening hotels and residences in major city
centres and desirable resort destinations around the world. With 90 properties
in 36 countries, and more than 50 projects under development, Four Seasons
continues to lead the hospitality industry with innovative enhancements,
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