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A&K Selected as Finalist for Tourism for Tomorrow's Community Award
This industry recognition highlights Abercrombie & Kent's leadership and community development in Kenya's Masai Mara and the grassroots philosophy A&K Philanthropy. Sponsored by the World Travel & Tourism Council, this award is one of the highest accolades in the Travel & Tourism industry, recognizing sustainable tourism best practices.
Kenya is the birthplace of Abercrombie & Kent and home to the Greater Masai Mara Ecosystem where the traditionally pastoralist Maasai people are facing dramatic changes, including a growing population, diminishing natural resources and increasing conflicts between people and wildlife. The survival of this key conservation area is essential, not only for the ecological stability of the entire region, but also for the economic stability of Kenya and the Maasai people.
"For over five decades, A&K has been involved in efforts to help alleviate poverty by creating jobs, expanding educational opportunities and working with local communities to preserve cultural traditions," explains Abercrombie & Kent Vice Chairman Jorie Butler Kent, founder and President of Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy. "We are grateful for this recognition of our efforts and hope it will inspire others to support sustainable tourism that provides economic and social benefits to indigenous communities."
The winner will be announced at WTTC's Global Summit in Hainan, China on April 24, 2014.
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A&K Voted Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator at World Travel Awards
For the 4th consecutive year, travel professionals representing more than 200 different countries have chosen Abercrombie & Kent as “Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator” at the World Travel Awards. Considered “the Oscars of the travel industry” by the Wall Street Journal, winners are judged on their ability to satisfy visitor needs; undertake enterprising product expansion and development; foster innovation and creativity; and consistently deliver a superior product.
“With the dramatic changes sweeping the travel industry, it is an honor to be singled out for our uncompromising standards, high level of personal service and attention to detail,” said Geoffrey Kent, founder, chairman and CEO of Abercrombie & Kent.
The World Travel Awards celebrate their 20th Anniversary this year and are acknowledged around the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, celebrating those companies, organizations and brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence in product and service.
Graham E. Cooke, president and founder of the World Travel Awards, said: “We are proud to have held these awards in Nairobi after recent events, to not only show support for the Kenya Tourism Board but Africa as a premier tourist destination that creates jobs and drives a significant part of each country’s GDP. Africa is a very competitive region for the World Travel Awards, and these winners continue to serve as an example of the most luxurious and innovative brands with unique hospitality products and services. Tonight’s recipients strive to set the highest possible bar to raise the standards of excellence in travel and tourism and it has been an honour to hold our ceremony here in Kenya, regarded as one of the most beautiful countries in the world.”
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Condé Nast Traveler names Abercrombie & Kent’s Rami Girgis as a Top Travel Specialist.
Rami Girgis, A&K’s Product Manager for the Middle East, was handpicked by Condé Nast Traveler’s Wendy Perrin as Top Travel Specialist, Egypt. Rami was recognized for his local access and his aim to expose travelers to as many layers of history and culture as possible on his trips.
Rami joins this prestigious list of the “most respected and trusted in the travel industry,” along with A&K’s Gerald Hatherly, who has been on the list since 2003 for his insider’s knowledge of China, and A&K European Villas expert, Adam Coats.
Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialists represent “the best blend of destination knowledge, insider connections, user-friendliness, and value for your dollar that I’ve found in more than two decades of scrutinizing the travel industry for this magazine,” says Perrin, Consumer News Director for the magazine.
Getting into this group is, statistically speaking, tougher than getting into Harvard. Of the more than 10,000 travel agents and tour operators who have tried to break onto this list since its inception, only a tiny fraction have made the grade. Almost all have been road-tested by Condé Nast Traveler readers, editors, or both.
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