The Philippines’ Masungi Georeserve was recently named one of the 15 finalists in the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.
Rizal’s popular geotourism spot is the only Philippine destination shortlisted for the awards, and is nominated in the Destination Stewardship Category.
The georeserve has been a protected area for over 15 years. What was once just another victim of illegal logging and other crimes against the environment, is now a sprawling rock garden surrounded by lush rainforests.
Famous for adventure seekers and nature lovers, visitors are free to explore the karst and rocky landscape through rope courses, steep winding paths, and uniquely designed stops.
WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow awards is considered one of the world’s top accolades in sustainable tourism.
According to their website, the awards body recognizes the best in practice of sustainable tourism in terms of their; environmentally-friendly operations; protection of cultural and natural heritage; and direct benefits to the social and economic well-being of locals in destinations all over the world.
The Destination Stewardship Award is given to any organization that helps a place “bring forward its unique identity for the benefit of its residents and tourists”.
Other categories included in the WTTC awards include: Social Impact, Climate Action, Investing in People, and Changemakers.
Social Impact Award:
Destination Stewardship Award:
Climate Action Award:
Investing in People Award:
The winners of this year’s awards will be announced during the WTTC global summit on April 3 and 4 in Seville, Spain.
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