May 29, 2008 - Every year, the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) presents awards to tour operators for their outstanding support. We are delighted to announce that we have won the Tanzania Tourism 2008 Tour Operator Humanitarian Award. This prestigious award recognizes tour operators who give back to the local villages they visit and who encourage their clients to do likewise.
The TTB's Annual Tourism Awards were presented at an Gala Awards Dinner which was well attended by Tanzania's Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, heads of delegations from more than 20 African countries and hundreds of travel professionals.
“With this award, the Tanzania Tourist Board brings prominence to humanitarian efforts and highlights the need for ongoing commitment,” said Bruce Poon Tip, CEO of G Adventures. “G Adventures is committed to giving back to the communities we travel through, and is pleased to support an HIV/AIDS Education Workshop Program in Tanzania which reaches over 1,000 Tanzanian youth.”
Tour operators and their clients have discovered that Tanzania has it all," said Peter Mwenguo, Managing Director of TTB. "It has 15 National Parks, 32 game reserves, seven UNESCO World Heritate Sites, Serengeti National Park... the tallest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro, thet Olduvai Gorge and the world acclaimed Ngorongoro Crater, among many other sites."
Planeterra has been a proud supporter of Youth Challenge International's HIV/AIDS Education Program in Tanzania. YCI is a non-profit, charitable organization that combines community development, health promotion and conservation in projects conducted by international teams of volunteers. YCI implements three-day employment skills training seminars and HIV/AIDS education workshops for young men and women across Tanzania.