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September 21, 2009

Words from the World Savers Awards Winners

World Savers

by Julia Bainbridge

Some favorite quotes we jotted down from our World Savers Award winners:

Frank Rainieri, CEO, Grupo Puntacana, winner for educational programs
("Forty years ago, when we began Puntacana, responsible tourism was basically unheard of. Unconsciously, and based solely on what we found to be right, we implemented responsible tourism practices."

Marilu Hernandez, co-owner of the Haciendas, winner for poverty alleviation(
"Tourism is a way out of poverty--if you do it right. It's a serious investment and commitment for the future of a community."

Gap Adventures CEO Bruce Poon Tip, tour operator overall winner(
"It's easy for Gap Adventures to do good because it's in the fabric of our business model. The real pioneers are the larger companies...Condé Nast Traveler has been very brave to walk the fine line of luxury and responsibility, especially in the past three years."

Niki Leondakis, COO of Kimpton Hotels, winner for environmental/cultural preservation
Years ago, Kimpton decided to replace traditional cleaning products with non-toxic cleaners. Once they finally found a supplier, though, the housekeepers refused to use it.

"They didn't like it because it didn't foam and they didn't think it was effectively cleaning the rooms. We created an 'eco road show' around the country hosting training sessions in multiple languages on the value of using non-toxic cleaners. We got their buy in when the ladies stopped having rashes and other skin conditions."


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