New Zealand’s TIME Unlimited Tours is the only Australasian winner of a National Geographic award for sustainable tourism. It won the Sense of Place category, which recognises excellence in enhancing cultural authenticity.
The World Legacy Awards is a partnership between the National Geographic Society and ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair. It showcases travel and tourism companies transforming the industry through sustainability.
Ceillhe Sperath, co-founder of TIME Unlimited Tours, says she is overjoyed to receive the award.
“The accolade validates our efforts to lead the way in authentic experiences that protect and enhance the beautiful environment in which we are so fortunate to operate. We have a mission to always go the extra mile to leave our environment in a better place than how we found it,” she says.
“We hope this win will help New Zealand’s tourism industry on the world stage and benefit the many stakeholders involved in our business.”
TIME Unlimited Tours has embedded sustainability throughout its business. This includes all aspects of its supply chain and in the values of its staff. Ceillhe says sustainability is a philosophy that ties in to Maori principles of kaitiakitanga, the premise of the business.