Coinciding with the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development, the five winners of the 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Awards were announced at ITB Berlin during an awards ceremony held at the Palais am Funkturm. The World Legacy Awards, a partnership between National Geographic and ITB Berlin, showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organisations and destinations – ranging from large resorts to small eco-lodges and from wildlife conservancies to entire countries – that are driving the sustainable tourism transformation of the global travel industry.
More than 100 entries, representing 45 countries across six continents, were submitted for these prestigious travel awards. An international panel of 26 judges coordinated by Costas Christ, an internationally recognised sustainable tourism expert and award-winning National Geographic travel writer, scored each entry according to globally recognised sustainable tourism criteria. All 15 finalists underwent a rigorous on-site inspection.
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