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  • NatureAir Receives Prestigious Recognition from World Travel & Tourism Council

    (EMAILWIRE.COM, May 17, 2009 ) (EMAILWIRE.COM, San Jose, Costa Rica, May 17, 2009 ) The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has named NatureAir the 2009 Tourism for Tomorrow Conservation Award winner for best demonstrating sustainable tourism practices, and commitment to the protection of its natural heritage.

    The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards were formed two decades ago to encourage action from all sectors of the tourism industry to protect the environment. NatureAir was selected for its 100% carbon neutral aviation program, that engages customers in a non-voluntary carbon offset scheme, and and a commitment to fuel reduction in the air and on the ground. NatueAir has developed Costa Rica’s only bio-diesel fueling station, and formed the non-profit foundation NatureKids, which teaches local communities English and Environmental studies.

    “The environment is precious and we are thrilled to receive his wonderful recognition by WTTC for our conservation efforts,” said Alex Khajavi Founder and CEO of NatureAir. “This award is a motivator for all of us at NatureAir to continue searching for ways which add a positive value to the social and environmental challenges we face.”

    “In 2004, NatureAir made a highly ambitious pledge to set new standards for sustainable practices in the airline industry, compensating for 100% of its greenhouse gas emissions through preservation and reforestation of tropical forests in the Osa Peninsula,” said Jean-Claude Baumgarten, WTTC President & CEO following the awards ceremony in Florianópolis, Brazil, at the 9th Global Travel & Tourism Summit. “And it has not only fulfilled this pledge, but has also implemented a whole host of other effective sustainable policies and activities, including community benefit outreach programmes,” Baumgarten adds.

    The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards have been dubbed as the ‘Oscars’ of the tourism industry. As part of the judging process, applicants are required to fill out a comprehensive application form, and then finalists must partake in a thorough multi-day on-site evaluation by the Chairman of Judges.

    “For the National Forestry Financing Fund (FONAFIFO), as part of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET), it is of great satisfaction that our programs promote conservation and recovery of forests in a sustainable tourism context, and that they are being recognized at an international level, as in this case for the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), “said Jorge Eduardo Rodríguez Quirós, Minister of MINAET and President of the FONAFIFO Steering Committee. “Nature Air has been a pioneer in the private sector in supporting this program and we are sincerely happy that they have been recognized accordingly for their commitment to conservation and stopping climate change.”


    About NatureAir
    NatureAir is the world’s first certified carbon neutral airline, and the fastest growing regional airline in Central America. Since its inception in 2000, NatureAir has grown from flying 18,000 passengers annually to more than 140,000 in 2008. NatureAir is the only twin-engine airline in Costa Rica with both scheduled and chartered flights, and offers 74 daily flights to 17 destinations in Costa Rica, and Panama.
    NatureAir’s non-voluntary carbon neutrality program ensures that every flights carbon emissions are compensated which guarantee protection and reforestation of the Osa Peninsula in Southern Costa Rica. Its commitment to saving energy extends with the use of bio-diesel (cooking oils), which run its entire ground operations equipment and diesel vans.

    NatureAir funds 90% of the non-profit educational organization NatureKids, and is a proud sponsor of the Rainforest Alliance, World Heritage Alliance, Climate Neutral Network and Ecotourism Society. The World Travel & Tourism Council, Rainforest Alliance, Conde Nast Traveler and Virgin Holidays have recognized NatureAir for its sustainability and conservation efforts. For more information visit: http://www.natureair.com

    About WTTC
    The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the forum for business leaders in the Travel Tourism industry, working with governments and other stakeholders to raise awareness of the importance of one of the world's largest generators of wealth and employment. With Chairs and Chief Executives of the world's 100 foremost Travel & Tourism companies as its Members, WTTC has a unique mandate and overview on all matters related to Travel & Tourism.

    Nancy Harrison

    Source: EmailWire.com

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