Costa Rican Companies included in Condé Nast 2009 World Savers Awards

Conde Nast Traveller Magazine published its 2009 World Saver Awards, to recognize all the travel companies that one way or another are committed to help their communities and show social responsibility in the areas of Education, Poverty Alleviation, Wildlife Conservation, Health and Environmental and/or Cultural Preservation.

The participating industry sectors in Conde Nast Traveller’s World Saver Awards are:  small lodges and resorts, city hotels, large hotel chains, small hotel chains, large lodges and resorts, cruise lines, tour operators and airlines.

The following Costa Rica companies received honorable mentions:

Company: Nature Air
Industry Area: Airline
Honorable Mentions: Education Programs and wildlife conservation

Nature Air makes annual donations for Costa Rica students to learn English and about the environment; they also help in the reforestation of the Corcovado National Park.

Company: Grano de Oro Hotel
Industry Area: City Hotel:
Honorable Mentions: Education, Poverty Relief, Health (Runner-up)

Grano de Oro Hotel provides help to abused mothers, giving them vocational training and helping them to get a job. Grano de Oro was also the runner-up in the area of Health for offering medical treatment and psychological counseling to abused mothers.

Company: Lapa Rios
Industry Area: Small Resort
Honorable Mentions: Education, Poverty Relief

Lapa Rios encourages continued education among its staff and supports rural schools in Costa Rica.
Lapa Rios also helps its community by launching health initiatives and they helped building a recycling center on the Peninsula de Osa.

Company: Pacuare lodge
Industry Area: Small Resort
Honorable Mention: Preservation-environmental and/or cultural

Pacuare Lodge uses solar water heaters and instead of gasoline they use a water turbine to generate electricity.


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