2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

We are so honored to announce that we won the Tourism for Tomorrow award from the World Travel & Tourism Council!

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the body which represents the Travel & Tourism private sector globally. Their members include over 170 CEOs, Chairmans and Presidents of the world’s leading Travel & Tourism companies from all geographies covering all industries. They work to raise awareness of Travel & Tourism as one of the world’s largest economic sectors, supporting one in 10 jobs (319 million) worldwide and generating 10.4% of world GDP.

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2019 To Do Awards

Thank you to the To Do Award for recognizing our artisans and all the hard work they do to welcome visitors to their villages and build a better life for their families.

Now off to Berlin to accept the To Do Award for sustainable tourism! We couldn’t be more excited for such an amazing opportunity to share what we do with the world.

We will be receiving the award on March 7, 2019. Please make sure you follow along on Instagram with our Tourism Coordinator, Melissa, as she heads to Berlin to accept the award on behalf of Awamaki!

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International Recognition for our Tourism Program

Our International Partnerships Manager, Mollie Mae, was recently in Hangzhou, China on behalf of our artisans and our tourism team, receiving the World Leisure International Innovation Award for our sustainable tourism program.

With your support, we have been able to put a lot of work into creating a sustainable tourism program that changes our artisan partners’ lives. We offer trainings to the artisans on how to demonstrate the weaving process to tourists, teach tourists to weave and prepare food for them. We work with them to develop photography guidelines for tourists. We also support their business management, helping them to set up a rotation so that each artisan can benefit equally from the opportunity, teaching them how to manage their program finances, and working with them to build a crafts center where they can receive visitors. All this enables the artisans to host tourists that we bring to their village and also to connect to other agencies and guides that will visit them.

We couldn’t do any of this without you and your support! Your donations fund these trainings and the costs of bringing a cooperative into the program. As our sustainable tourism program grows and earns international recognition for the impact we are making, we are grateful to you and we know that we couldn’t have gotten here without you. Thank you!

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