Tuesday 20 October 2009

Travel + Leisure Names Galápagos Small Ship Expedition Company Ecoventura Winner of 2009 Global Vision Award for Green Cruising

Ecoventura has been singled out for the second time this year by one of America's most prestigious travel publications to receive accolades for its trend-setting commitment to sustainable tourism.

In the fifth annual edition of Travel + Leisure's Global Vision Awards, Ecoventura (http://www.ecoventura.com/) is the recipient of the 2009 award for Green Cruising. The company is one of 17 winners named in a variety of categories. Following the Oct 19 announcement, the 2009 Global Vision Award winners will be featured online at http://www.travelandleisure.com and in the November issue of Travel + Leisure magazine.

This award follows on the heels of Conde Nast Traveler's 15th Annual World Savers Award given to Ecoventura in September, also in the category of Cruise Lines.

Both publications recognize Ecoventura's ongoing mission to be the pacesetter for responsible tourism in the Galápagos Islands.

"It's gratifying that today's opinion makers are seeking out companies like ours that understand it takes an unwavering commitment to sustainable change and purpose instead of blind profit," said Santiago Dunn, Ecoventura president.

"Ironically," said Dunn, "booming tourism in the Galápagos has added to the challenges and problems faced by those looking to restore and protect the island's native species and ecological balance."

The annual Global Vision Awards recognize the latest and best efforts at cultural preservation, environmental conservation, and community building through tourism.

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About Ecoventura: Ecoventura is a family-owned company based in Guayaquil, Ecuador, with sales offices in Quito and Miami. In operation since 1990, the Galápagos cruise company transports 4,000+ passengers annually aboard a fleet of three expedition vessels; identical, superior first-class 20-passenger motor yachts with 10 double cabins. The company also operates the Sky Dancer, a 16-passenger dedicated dive live-aboard offering 7-night weekly itineraries visiting the northern islands of Wolf and Darwin. All of its vessels have been purposefully retrofitted to meet or exceed the highest possible environmental standards.

To reserve a cabin or private charter, or to receive a copy of Ecoventura's 2009-2010 catalog please call 1.800.644.7972, or e-mail info@galapagosnetwork.com. To access current rates, schedules and itineraries you can log onto http://www.ecoventura.com/.

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