As a leader in Sustainable Tourism in Southern Thailand, Andaman Discoveries has been the recipient of several reputable awards and acknowledgements. Here are a some of our favorites:
Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award
A part of Wild Asia’s Responsible Tourism Initiative, the Responsible Tourism Awards mission is to promote sustainability through tourism, recognizing high standards of environmental protection and social responsibility. Andaman Discoveries was 2010′s winner for Best Tour Operator, stemming from tsunami relief pioneered by volunteers who wanted to give back. Today, guests and volunteers can choose from six villages to stay in.
BBC World Challenge
Andaman Discoveries was one of twelve finalists for the World Challenge 2009, a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grassroots level. As a finalist, we were featured on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Watch the Television Segment Here!
Tourism Authority of Thailand, Green Award Winner
The TAT Green Awards are intended to highlight and further promote Thailand’s dedication to the conservation of its natural and cultural resources, and to support sustainable tourism development. The winners were chosen in partnership with responsibletravel.com, based on previous entrants into the Responsible Tourism Awards.
SEED Award for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development
The SEED Initiative (Supporting Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development) promotes and supports partnerships, which have developed innovative, locally-led solutions to the global challenges of sustainable development. SEED focuses on locally-driven, entrepreneurial partnerships in developing countries to improve local incomes and strengthen livelihoods, tackle poverty, marginalization, manage and conserve natural resources and eco-systems.
Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award
The Global Vision Award from Travel + Leisure magazine gives global recognition to organizations within tourism and dedicated to breaking moulds and pushing boundaries, while working with the environment around them. Recipients of this award are considered to be the most progressive, forward-thinking visionaries who are setting new travel and tourism standards in areas such as cultural reservation and ecological conservation.
Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award
A mere two years after its conception, Andaman Discoveries won this prestigious award in the category of “Best Preservation of Cultural Heritage” for our ground-breaking work in crisis relief and sustainable community development since the tsunami. Responsible Travel is a new way of traveling for those who have had enough of destructive mass tourism and want to minimize the social, environmental, and cultural impact of their trip.