APH Sponsers Responsible Travel Awards

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The winner of the First Choice Responsible Travel ‘Best in Protected Area/Park’ award, sponsored by Airport Parking and Hotels (aph.com) is Basecamp Masai Mara in Kenya. The award was presented for the organisation’s pilot project, “Sustainable Development through Community Based Tourism”.

We are delighted to receive this award from APH and Responsible Travel, we are committed to promoting positive environmental attitudes throughout our organisation and encourage our visitors to do the same. It is great that out continued efforts have been recognised in this way, the award means a lot to everyone who has worked hard to achieve it.

The winner of the First Choice Responsible Travel ‘Best in Protected Area/Park’ award, sponsored by Airport Parking and Hotels (http://www.aph.com) is Basecamp Masai Mara in Kenya. The award was presented for the organisation’s pilot project, “Sustainable Development through Community Based Tourism”.

The highly commended title was awarded to South Hams District Council for the Life into Landscape initiative which provides the opportunity for locals and visitors to get involved with the local countryside and also the Lake District & Conservation Partnership for their work in promoting sustainable tourism by raising much needed funds for vital conservation projects in the Lake District.

The Responsible Travel awards recognise companies and organisations in the travel industry that are making a significant commitment to 'responsible' tourism. The award was presented to Mr Martine Saiyialel by APH Direct Marketing Manager, Natalie Rockall at World Travel Market on 16 November 2005.

On receiving the award Martine Saiyialel of Basecamp Masia said: “We are delighted to receive this award from APH and Responsible Travel, we are committed to promoting positive environmental attitudes throughout our organisation and encourage our visitors to do the same. It is great that out continued efforts have been recognised in this way, the award means a lot to everyone who has worked hard to achieve it.”

Nick Caunter, Managing Director of APH commented: “APH is delighted to be sponsoring this award which has highlighted so many fantastic projects. We offer our congratulations to all who were short listed and in particular would like to congratulate Basecamp Masai Mara who truly deserve to win this prestigious award which has recognised the good work the organisation undertakes on a daily basis through its community based tourism projects”.

APH is continually working to minimise the environmental impact of international travel. The organisation is doing this by becoming a carbon balanced organisation* as well as donating money to buy and protect rainforest in the same acreage as its car parks. Through APH’s fundraising efforts with pickatrail and the World Land Trust, APH has donated money to buy and protect a further 600 acres of rainforest.

Travellers who book their airport parking or airport hotels with http://www.aph.com via the pickatrail website have the added bonus of protecting areas of rainforest at no additional cost to them. Every time a booking is made APH makes a financial contribution to the World Land Trust.

About APH

APH is a member of The Independent Airport Park and Ride Association (IAPRA) which represents UK independent park and ride operators. APH has industry-leading customer retention rates: 96% of customers state that they are likely or very likely to book the same APH car park again. Association of Chief Police Officers of England Wales and Northern Ireland (ACPO), Safer Parking Award winner. APH is currently a preferred partner of The AA. Other partners include HSBC, BT, Asda, BSkyB, the Institute of Advanced Motorists and Toys R US.

Bookings can be made with experienced telemarketing staff by phone (0800 – 2200 Monday – Thursday, 0800 – 2100 Friday, 0900 – 1900 Saturday and 0900 – 2200 on Sunday). Bookings can also be made online 24 hours a day at http://www.aph.com.

For further press information, please contact:

Sarah Falkingham or Rachele Grieve:

Tel: + 44 (0)207 681 6270

http://www.aph.com

Notes to editors:

*To offset emissions from travel, holiday makers can make a donation that will cover the cost to protect an area of rainforest or critical habitat forever, therefore offsetting the environmental damage caused by travel. When booking overseas flights, cruise or car travel travellers can go to http://www.carbonbalanced.org where the online carbon audit can analyse and calculate the impact of their travel plans.

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