Milestone achievement for eco park
By RANOBA BAOA
Multiple award-winning eco-tourist destination in Fiji, Kula Eco Park has done it again.
This time after a milestone achievement on winning the prestigious 2012 Society of American Travel Writers’ (SATW) Phoenix Awards in Indianapolis on Thursday.
Kula Eco Park is only one of two winners outside the United States which has won this award, the other being N/a’an Ku Sê Foundation in Windhoek, Namibia.
Director, Ramesh Chand, said this had truly put the park and Fiji on the world map and while this was not the first award, it was their first in the United States.
“Kula Eco Park is already the number one destination for ecotourism and has won eight Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards,” he said.
“These are as the Best Tourist Attraction in Fiji and another one as the Best Fiji Experience Award and now the SATW Phoenix Awards-now that is more awards than any other company in Fiji.”
The SATW Phoenix Awards began in 1969 with efforts of recognising conservation, preservation, beautification, and environmental accomplishments as they relate to travel.
The Kula Eco Park was first nominated into the awards competition after SATW were invited by Tourism Fiji to witness first-hand the Park’s work on tourism and its ability to attract visitors to our shores.
2010 saw 24,000 visitors and 2400 students however this number increased with just over 25,000 and 1800 students from January to August this year alone.
Mr Chand said with these statistics and the achievement, he hoped that Kula Eco Park’s future would increase with other partners.
“Kula Eco Park works under partnership with the National Trust of Fiji and in close co-operation with Taroga Zoo in Sydney,” he said.
“The directors have taken upon themselves to continue working towards saving species from extinction.”