APH Sponsors Responsible Tourism Travel Awards

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The winner of the 2007 First Choice Responsible Travel 'Best in Protected Area/Park' award, sponsored by Airport Parking and Hotels (http://www.aph.com) is Napo Wildlife Center, Ecuador. The award was presented for the organisation's joint venture with the local community.

The winner of the 2007 First Choice Responsible Travel 'Best in Protected Area/Park' award, sponsored by Airport Parking and Hotels (http://www.aph.com) is Napo Wildlife Center, Ecuador. The award was presented for the organisation's joint venture with the local community.

The Napo Wildlife Center in Ecuador actively protects 82 square miles of rainforest and works closely with the Yasuni National Park to maintain the park's integrity. The area is of sufficient size to maintain sustainable populations top predators in the rainforest so in protecting local culture they are also protecting biodiversity.

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 Norby Lopez by APH representative, Rachele Grieve at World Travel Market on 8 November 2006.

Nick Caunter, Managing Director of APH commented: "APH is delighted to be sponsoring this award for the second year running which has highlighted so many fantastic projects. We offer our congratulations to all who were short listed and in particular would like to congratulate Napo Wildlife Center, Ecuador which truly deserves to win this prestigious award which has recognised the good work the organisation undertakes on a daily basis through its community based tourism project".

The highly commended title was awarded to Damaraland Camp Wilderness in Namibia for one of Wilderness Safaris most successful community partnership programmes which has seen the proclamation of land that was previously poached out. Through continued efforts over the past 10 years wildlife numbers are now climbing and many animal populations have doubled.

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.

For further information on APH call 0870 733 0515 or visit http://www.aph.com    

Press:

Stefanie Douch, Rachele Grieve or Sarah Falkingham at gosh pr

Tel: 020 7681 6270

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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