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The Thailand Green Excellence Travel Awards UK are intended to highlight and further promote Thailand’s dedication to the conservation of its country’s precious natural and cultural resources, and support sustainable tourism development in tandem with the growing concern we all have for our planet.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) was honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness Princess of Thailand Ubol Ratanarachakanya Siriwatanaphanwadi to London to kindly present this year’s Awards at a prestigious ceremony hosted on the Thailand stand (AS400) at World Travel Market on Monday 3rd November 2014.

The 2014 winners are:

Animal Welfare

Winner: Soi Dog Foundation

Asia’s largest animal foundation working with domestic animals. It has now sterilised and vaccinated over 72,000 dogs and cats. As a result of its work, Phuket is officially rabies-free therefore improving the safety of visiting tourists. The website offers advice for tourists who are concerned by stray dogs and proactively responds to tourists calls/reports. It is working with the government on the illegal dog smuggling issue and on a new animal welfare bill.

Community Based Tourism

Winner: The Sarojin

A luxury tourist resort that positively benefits many local lives, while offering authentic experiences to its guests. The Sarojin works in partnership with the local communities, and brings those communities and its guests together in a respectful and appreciative way.

Nature, Maritime & Heritage

Winner: Soneva Kiri

Soneva Kiri is a luxury resort that takes its carbon footprint seriously. It has raised $5.5 to date through a carbon levy on its rooms, has banned imported bottled water, and recycles the majority of its waste. Its sustainability projects have improved the lives of 150,000 people. The company is committed to leading the fight against climate change within the tourism sector. A coral restoration project has already attracted 62 species of fish, while its forest restoration project has planted over half a million trees of 90 different species.

Volunteering

Winner: Andaman Discoveries

Andaman Discoveries is a social enterprise that provides authentic community-based tours, study trips, and volunteering opportunities. It works with carefully selected local partners that provide essential care and services to disadvantaged children in Southern Thailand. Its partners include a school for disabled children, an orphanage, and a learning centre for Burmese children.

As the standard of nominations was so high again this year the judges also offered 3 Highly Commended awards in 3 categories:

Animal Welfare

Highly Commended: Elephant Hills

Community Based Tourism

Highly Commended: Andaman Discoveries

Nature, Maritime & Heritage

Highly Commended: Trash Hero Thailand

The awards were run on behalf of TAT by Wanderlust Travel Media. Nominations were garnered from both consumers and the travel trade.

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