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September 21, 2009

2009 World Savers Awards

World Savers

by Julia Bainbridge

At this portion of the World Savers Congress, Condé Nast Traveler honors the airlines, cruise lines, city hotels, resorts, hotel chains, and tour operators that are dedicated to saving their communities and our world. (Hooray!) Click on the category links to find out more about what these companies are doing to give back.

Educational programs
Winner: Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic, large resort
Runner-up: Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, 74 hotels in 24 countries, large hotel chain

Poverty alleviation
Winner: The Haciendas, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico, small chain
Runner-up: Gap Adventures, global, tour operator

Wildlife conservation
Winner: Bushmans Kloof, South Africa, small resort
Runner-up: Micato Safaris, Africa and India, tour operator

Environmental/cultural preservation
Co-winner: Kimpton, 48 hotels in 22 North American cities, large chain
Co-winner: Air New Zealand, airline

Health initiatives
Winner: Accor, More than 4,000 hotels around the world, large chain
Runner-up: Hotel Grano de Oro, San José, Costa Rica, city hotel

Being a jack of all trades is a good thing, too. Read about those who are doing it all. And how, exactly, are these awards judged? Read the methodology to find out.


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