Congratulations to The Lodge at Chaa Creek for winning the National Geographic Travel World Legacy Award in the Engaging Communities category!!!
The profile of Chaa Creek on the finalist's page of the National Geographic website states:
"One of Belize's first eco-resorts, the Lodge at Chaa Creek, nestled in a private nature reserve, demonstrates that putting people first benefits employees, local communities, its own bottom line, and the country's tourism industry as a whole. The lodge employs more than 160 Belizeans and provides extended economic benefits to villages, cultural, and environmental organizations across the nation through its tours and vacation packages, directing 10 percent of all room revenue to social and environmental programs. Annual training and workshops in culinary arts, hospitality, conservation, tour guiding, first response, and career development helps employees advance within Chaa Creek, start their own businesses, and enter management positions in Belize and abroad. The Lodge sponsors an Environmental Outreach Program, a free Eco-Kids summer camp, a secondary school scholarship program, and internships for local high school and college students. Guests see traditional agriculture in action at the Lodge's organic farm, shop at riverside villages on canoe trips, and take craft and cooking classes at women's cooperatives. As a major employer, the Lodge has gained a stronger voice in influencing national policies to embrace sustainable tourism best practices."
The resort was also named the 2017 Trip Advisors Traveler's Choice Award winner.
Chaa Creek's Mrs Lucy, Co-Founder of The Lodge at Chaa Creek on the big stage in Berlin representing us and all of Belize - accepting the "Engaging Communities" award and giving her acceptance speech!
Belizean Eco-Resort Chaa Creek Takes Top Honours At National Geographic’s 2017 World Legacy Awards
The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s first place honours at National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards highlights how working with local communities results in mutually beneficial, truly sustainable tourism, the popular Belizean eco-resort’s owners said.
Mick and Lucy Fleming were speaking at the 2017 World Legacy Awards (WLA) ceremony held 8 March at the ITB convention in Berlin where they accepted the award in the “Engaging Communities” category.
“All of us at Chaa Creek are particularly honoured to receive an award that celebrates the bond we have with our local Belizean communities, and Mick and I are gratefully accepting it on behalf of our 160 staff members and the countless Belizeans who, through hard work and a dedication to providing exceptional service, have taken Belize from a relatively unknown little country to the world class destination it is today,” Mrs. Fleming said.