07 Apr CTC Co-Organizes Inaugural Blue Green 360 Awards to Honor Marine Tourism Industry Pioneers Promoting Marine Conservation
Three businesses and one individual championing conservation and sustainable business practices in the marine tourism industry were honored at the first ever Blue Green 360 Awards held on April 7, 2017 at this year’s Asia Dive Expo in Suntec City Singapore.
BlueGreen360 Awards celebrates businesses and individuals in the marine tourism industry pioneers that are leading the way, dedicated to inspiring and championing sustainable solutions in their day-to-day operations and sharing their invaluable knowledge and resources with the wider community. It also aims to highlight the value of healthy marine and coastal ecosystems to the industry.
They winners were Scuba Junkie as Dive Operator oft he Year, Six Senses Laamu for Hotel/Resort of the Year, AB Wonderdive for Green Fins Award and Dennis Bryan Bait-it as Personality oft he Year. They were selected from more than a dozen nominees and judged by marine conservation technical experts from the Coral Triangle Center (CTC), United Nations Environmental Programme and Reef-World Foundation, in collaboration with the organizers of the Asia Dive Expo.
“The Blue Green 360 Awards can help motivate the dive industry to embrace environmentally sustainable practices in their business so it will become the norm and not an exception. The industry can lead by example and by recognizing business and individuals for their efforts it will also have a positive impact for them. In this way, we create a win-win situation for people, planet and profit,” said Rili Djohani, Executive Director of the Coral Triangle Center.
The business nominees were reviewed on how they maximize benefits and add value to marine biodiversity and coastal environment, adopt innovative means to minimize negative impact to marine and coastal environments, actively engage communities in sustainable marine tourism, and adopt sustainable environmental practices in its operations.
“It is critical that the marine tourism industry integrates environmentally sustainable practices as all what they do have a direct impact on the oceans, coastal and marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, and iconic species such as mantas, rays, turtles, reef fish and other animals. Healthy oceans are pivotal for the marine tourism industry to strive and provide food security and jobs to millions of people,” Djohani said.
The individual winner was reviewed based on pioneering efforts in promoting sustainable marine tourism in the private sector and mobilization of various stakeholders in promoting sustainable business practices.
Read more about the Blue Green360 Winners here: