The Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards aims to highlight and acknowledge best industry practices around the globe. “As an international organisation of tourism industry leaders, Skål International is a powerful force in the travel and tourism industry to initiate change and encourage the conservation of the environment in order to promote tourism and travel.”
Stormsriver Adventures represented by MD, Ms Anneline Wyatt in Kenya, Mombasa received the highest score in the Tour Operator-Travel Agents and Community Projects categories. “Twenty years ago we started with only 4 employees and today we employ 38 permanent staff, 23 annual and 60 seasonal casuals; this is a great achievement for our entire team of dedicated professionals”, Wyatt says with pride as she received the award. “Our community initiatives go beyond the economic impact of only employing locally; we feed about 235 scholars three times a week with our school feeding scheme, our HIV/AIDS and Animal Welfare awareness projects championed by our staff are well received and appreciated by our adjacent communities.”
The operating company is now 48% employee-owned endorsing our commitment to transformation. The company will continue to champion the principles of Responsible Tourism in its operations and will continue to use its activities (Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours, Woodcutter Journey and Guided Hikes) as a platform to protect and sustain time sensitive afro mountain indigenous forest.
Ashley Wentworth, CEO of Stormsriver Adventures thanks Skål International for this accolade and says “Ongoing training and development has remained the cornerstone of our business and is the single largest investment in our operation. People are the business and the business is its people.”