Eco Awards draw institutional support
Eco Awards, the ranking system for tour operators to determine their viability, last week received a cash injection from First National Bank’s Tourism Division to continue their value-adding service to the tourism industry.
Christo Viljoen, Head of the FNB Business Tourism division said “Eco Awards Namibia is a mark of distinction for accommodation establishments that are planned and managed according to eco-friendly principles. The programme promotes the selective and careful use of our resources, promoting reducing, recycling and reusing.”
He added that as part of its P4 Strategy that emphasizes Planet as a driver of sustainable success, FNB Namibia considered the environment in all its dealings and was proud to be associated with the Eco Awards Namibia in the promotion of sustainable resource use. The Eco Awards Namibia programme was initiated in 2006, as a part of the Namibian Tourism Development Programme.
The programme promotes, encourages and recognises sustainable tourism practices throughout the country. To date, over 70 tourism accommodation establishments have been assessed. In 2015, Eco Awards Namibia also commenced with assessments of tour operators.