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Anurak Community Lodge makes elite list of ‘eco-friendly’ hotels

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Anurak Community Lodge makes elite list of ‘eco-friendly’ hotels

With tourism arrivals tripling over the past two decades, the region has reached a tipping point in terms of its ability to prevent popular destinations from being ruined.

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Happy eco-campers: protecting wildlife in Cambodia

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Happy eco-campers: protecting wildlife in Cambodia

With tourism arrivals tripling over the past two decades, the region has reached a tipping point in terms of its ability to prevent popular destinations from being ruined.

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Wildest dreams: Saving Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains

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Wildest dreams: Saving Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains

With tourism arrivals tripling over the past two decades, the region has reached a tipping point in terms of its ability to prevent popular destinations from being ruined.

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How you can help save the world’s most trafficked mammal

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How you can help save the world’s most trafficked mammal

With tourism arrivals tripling over the past two decades, the region has reached a tipping point in terms of its ability to prevent popular destinations from being ruined.

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Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia Wins PATA Gold Award for Ecotourism

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Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia Wins PATA Gold Award for Ecotourism

With tourism arrivals tripling over the past two decades, the region has reached a tipping point in terms of its ability to prevent popular destinations from being ruined.

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Anurak Community Lodge in Thailand Wins SKAL Asian Environmental Award

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Anurak Community Lodge in Thailand Wins SKAL Asian Environmental Award

With tourism arrivals tripling over the past two decades, the region has reached a tipping point in terms of its ability to prevent popular destinations from being ruined.

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Cardamom Tented Camp and Anurak Community Lodge Join the ‘Earth Collection’

Cardamom Tented Camp and Anurak Community Lodge Join the ‘Earth Collection’

Earth Collection: Cardamom Tented Camp and Anurak Community Lodge, among 36 of the world’s leading green lodges & hotels (Download images and this press release in Word & Text versions here)

Two YAANA Ventures’ ecolodges have been included in the National Geographic Traveller UK’s invitation-only Earth Collection publication, which came out in the first week of August 2019.
 
Anurak Community Lodge located in Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand and Cardamom Tented Camp in Botum Sokor National Park in southwest Cambodia have been included in Nat Geo Traveller UK’s list of 36 eco-friendly hotels around the world that are leading by example in responsible tourism.
 
Invitation to the Earth Collection was based on each property having won an environmental award. All properties also have to be leading advocates of sustainable tourism practices. The 68-page Earth Collection includes properties in 28 destinations from all the world’s continents.
 
Anurak Community Lodge, which opened in 2016, won the 2019 SKAL Asian Area Award – Environment Category. Cardamom Tented Lodge, which opened in 2017 won the 2019 PATA Gold Award for the Environment – Ecotourism category. The Cambodian ecolodge was also one of 15 global finalists in the World Travel & Tourism Council’s 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.
 
“Invitation to join the Nat Geo Traveller Earth Collection comes as an honour,” says Willem Niemeijer, CEO of the lodges’ operator and parent company, YAANA Ventures. “It recognises the unique and caring relationships that Anurak Community Lodge and Cardamom Tented Camp have fostered with the natural environment and the communities around them.”
 
Located between Koh Samui and Phuket on the southern Thai peninsula, Anurak Lodge acts a secluded nature hideaway and activities base for the nearby Khao Sok National Park.
 
Guests engage in minimal-impact tourism activities such as hiking, river kayaking, cycling, rafting, jungle cooking and exploring nearby Chiew Larn lake. The lodge offers a range of 3-4 day packages for visitors. Anurak offers 20 eco-friendly rooms across 12 well-appointed bungalows and two safari-style tents.
 
In Cambodia, Cardamom Tented Camp has led by example to combat the illegal wildlife trade and boost natural habitat conservation within a 180 sq km wildlife concession granted by the Cambodian government.
 
With its partners, Wildlife Alliance and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, the ecolodge delivers conservation tourism experiences to guests, trains local staff and supplies income and resources to 12 forest rangers protecting Botum Sakor’s forest and wildlife – hence the camp’s tagline, “Your Stay Keeps the Forest Standing.”
 
“Hotels and resorts across the globe are trying to make a difference to the impact they have on the planet,” says Adam Fox, project manager at National Geographic Traveller UK. “Earth Collection is a unique platform to champion their contributions, innovative plans and certifications for being sustainably minded.”
 
The Earth Collection follows on from previous Nat Geo UK annual collections dedicated to spa & wellness, Africa, European cities, and luxury.
 
Further information and booking for Anurak Community Lodge is available here. And for Cardamom Tented Camp here.

Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia and (right) the setting of Anurak Community Lodge in Surat Thani, southern Thailand (Download images here.)

About Cardamom Tented Camp
Cardamom Tented Camp is an ecolodge located in the Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia. Offering nine well-appointed safari-style tents, the lodge aims to minimize the human footprint on the natural world and serve as a role model in promoting sustainable ecotourism practices within both the national park and Cambodia as a whole.
 
Located on an 18,000-hectare (180 km2) concession, the lodge and its surroundings are home to pristine lowland and coastal habitats linking wildlife corridors to the Cardamom Mountains. Eco-friendly trekking and kayaking packages are available for adventure enthusiasts who are keen to be a part of real conservation work.
 
Cardamom Tented Camp is a three-way initiative between Minor Group, YAANA Ventures and Wildlife Alliance to ensure the land and its biodiversity does not fall into the hands of loggers, poachers and sand dredging operations.
 
About Anurak Community Lodge
Located a 75-minute drive from Surat Thani airport, 2 hrs 30 mins from Phuket airport and 2 hrs from Krabi airport, Anurak Community Lodge is an award winning eco-retreat for active lifestyle visitors who respect nature and local community traditions. The 20-key lodge offers Deluxe Green, Eco Double, Eco Twin, and Deluxe Jungle Tent options. Surrounded by spectacular limestone karst scenery, the lodge is an ideal base to explore adjacent Khao Sok National Park and majestic Chiew Larn Lake. Full information and booking at AnurakLodge.com.
 
About operator YAANA Ventures 
YAANA Ventures is an owner, partner and operator of entrepreneurial travel and hospitality ventures in Asia. YAANA distinguishes itself by sharing real experiences that are grounded in the cultural richness of Asia. The company is the champion of the triple bottom-line. It empowers its ventures with the values to nurture the people with whom it works. Visit https://yaana-ventures.com/

YAANA Ventures
33/2 Tiwanon Road Soi 28, 
Bangkasor, Muang, Nonthaburi 11000, Thailand
Tel: (+66) 2 591 5420 
Email: business@yaana-ventures.com

Media Contact
Ken Scott | ScottAsia Communications | Mobile: (+44) 7949 077959 | Email: kens@scottasia.net
Anchalee Sriwongsa | ScottAsia Communications | Mobile: (+66) 91 806 0484 | Email: ann@scottasia.net

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Anurak Community Lodge makes elite list of ‘eco-friendly’ hotels

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Anurak Community Lodge makes elite list of ‘eco-friendly’ hotels

With tourism arrivals tripling over the past two decades, the region has reached a tipping point in terms of its ability to prevent popular destinations from being ruined.

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Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia Wins PATA Gold Award for Ecotourism

Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia Wins PATA Gold Award for Ecotourism

Your Stay Keeps the Forest Standing: a 90-second introduction to PATA Gold Award winner, 
Cardamom Tented Camp
(A range of camp photos are available here. Download this press release in Word & Text versions here)

Conservation-focused ecolodge and ecotourism project Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia, has won the 2019 PATA Gold Award in the Environment – Ecotourism Project category.
 
Some 27 tourism organisations won 33 honours in the 2019 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards, which attracted 197 entries from 78 organisations world-wide. (Full winners list here.)
 
Since opening in November 2017, Cardamom Tented Camp in Botum Sakor National Park, has led by example to combat the illegal wildlife trade and boost natural habitat conservation within a 180 sq km wildlife concession.
 
In the last year and a half, Cardamom Tented Camp has delivered conservation tourism experiences to international visitors, trained local staff and supplied vital income for forest rangers protecting wildlife and forest – hence the ecolodge’s tagline, “Your Stay Keeps the Forest Standing.”
 
The camp is the realisation of a unique partnership between two NGOs – Wildlife Alliance and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (created by Minor Group) – and YAANA Ventures, an Asian responsible tourism partner and operator, which built and runs the lodge.
 
Due to the proactive relationship between the camp, Wildlife Alliance and the rangers, logging has stopped and the incidence of poaching has rapidly declined.
 
“We have created something truly unique in conservation tourism,” says lodge manager, Allan Michaud, an ardent environmentalist and wildlife photographer. “We believe the model for the camp could be replicated in other forest environments to protect wildlife habitats and deliver great ecotourism experiences to guests.”
 
By July 2019, 26 out of 29 reviews by tourists on TripAdvisor rated the camp as “excellent” – the highest category – giving it a 5.0 overall score.
 
The nine-unit tented camp, with restaurant pavilion, staff dormitory, ecotourism equipment and boat pier, uses solar power to run lodge amenities, including waste water filtration. It is constructed on a natural grassland opening adjacent to the Preak Tachan River, surrounded by mixed indigenous lowland forest and mangroves.
 
The camp offers a variety of packages which include activities such as hiking, kayaking, wildlife spotting, sleeping in tree tents, and Khmer cooking lessons.
 
The camp has recently added trips that include an overnight in the deep jungle in tentsile tree tents. These adventurous trips are available from November 2019.
 
Arranged by Wildlife Alliance, journalists and visitors to the camp have also witnessed the release of illegally captured species such as pangolins, monitor lizards, reticulated pythons, long tailed macaques, pig-tailed macaques, several species of tortoise, and a brown fish owl, all being released back to the wild in the forest near the camp.
 
Cardamom Tented Camp was one of 15 global finalists in the 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awardsorganised by the World Travel & Tourism Council.

Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, gives his impressions of Cardamom Tented Camp

About Cardamom Tented Camp
Cardamom Tented Camp is an ecolodge located in the Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia. Offering nine well-appointed safari-style tents, the lodge aims to minimize the human footprint on the natural world and serve as a role model in promoting sustainable ecotourism practices within both the national park and Cambodia as a whole.
 
Located on an 18,000-hectare (180 km2) concession, the lodge and its surroundings are home to pristine lowland and coastal habitats linking wildlife corridors to the Cardamom Mountains. Eco-friendly trekking and kayaking packages are available for adventure enthusiasts who are keen to be a part of real conservation work.
 
Cardamom Tented Camp is a three-way initiative between Minor Group, YAANA Ventures and Wildlife Alliance to ensure the land and its biodiversity does not fall into the hands of loggers, poachers and sand dredging operations.
 
Administrative Office of Cardamom Tented Camp
No. 25D, Street 294, Sangkat Tonle Bassac,
Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh,
Cambodia
Tel: +855 966 410 783
Email: sales@cardamomtentedcamp.com
 
About Cardamom Tented Camp operator YAANA Ventures 
YAANA Ventures is an owner, partner and operator of entrepreneurial travel and hospitality ventures in Asia. YAANA distinguishes itself by sharing real experiences that are grounded in the cultural richness of Asia. The company is the champion of the triple bottom-line. It empowers its ventures with the values to nurture the people with whom it works. Visit https://yaana-ventures.com/

YAANA Ventures
33/2 Tiwanon Road Soi 28, 
Bangkasor, Muang, Nonthaburi 11000, Thailand
Tel: (+66) 2 591 5420 
Email: business@yaana-ventures.com

Media Contact
Ken Scott | ScottAsia Communications | Mobile: (+44) 7949 077959 | Email: kens@scottasia.net
Anchalee Sriwongsa | ScottAsia Communications | Mobile: (+66) 91 806 0484 | Email: ann@scottasia.net

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Anurak Community Lodge in Thailand Wins SKAL Asian Environmental Award

Anurak Community Lodge in Thailand Wins SKAL Asian Environmental Award

Environmental accolade for Anurak Community Lodge: Andrew Wood (left) presents the SKAL award to Willem Niemeijer, 9 July in Bangkok; activities and scenery in and around the lodge 
(Download these images here and this release in Word and Text versions here.)

Anurak Community Lodge in Surat Thani province, southern Thailand, has won the 2019 SKÅL Asian Area Award – Environment Category.  The 20-key ecolodge received the unanimous vote of the judges at the 48th SKAL Asia Congress in Bangalore 28-30 June.
 
The award was presented 9 July in Bangkok by Andrew Wood, President of SKAL International, Bangkok, to Willem Niemeijer, the CEO of YAANA Ventures, which conceived, built and runs Anurak Community Lodge.
 
After presenting the award, Mr Wood said: “Willem and his team represent the very best of the tourism industry in Southeast Asia. They are passionate, trustworthy, both global and local — and entrepreneurs.”
 
He added: “It is with great pride that we have watched them build a dynamic organization that champions the triple bottom line – people, planet, profit – while preserving local culture and protecting the natural environment. Anurak Community Lodge is a great example of that commitment.”
 
Opened in 2016, the lodge acts a secluded nature hideaway and activities base for the nearby Khao Sok National Park. Set in six hectares of tropical gardens on the boundary of the park, Anurak offers 20 eco-friendly rooms across 12 well-appointed bungalows and two safari-style tents.
 
Guests engage in responsible minimal-impact tourism activities such as hiking, river kayaking, cycling, rafting, jungle cooking and exploring nearby Chiew Larn lake. The lodge offers a range of 3-4 daypackages for visitors.
 
Anurak is currently working to replace an old oil palm plantation that would have once been lowland evergreen forest with indigenous flora. Located within the lodge’s boundaries, guests are invited to participate in the reforestation initiative. 

At the lodge, single-use plastics such as bags, bottles and straws are banned. It has a recycling station, composting zone, and uses its grey water from the laundry on its vegetable and herb garden.
 
The lodge’s commitment to the environment and local traditions is explained in a video by its manager, George Newling-Ward, here.
 
SKAL Asia has over 2,500 members in 43 Clubs, 28 grouped in five national committees and 15 affiliated. The SKAL Asian area is the most diverse region in the world for SKAL, reaching from Guam in the Pacific Ocean more than 10,000 km to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean with clubs in 19 countries in between.

About Anurak Community Lodge
Located a 75-minute drive from Surat Thani airport, 2 hrs 30 mins from Phuket airport and 2 hrs from Krabi airport, Anurak Community Lodge is an award winning eco-retreat for active lifestyle visitors who respect nature and local community traditions. The 20-key lodge offers Deluxe Green, Eco Double, Eco Twin, and Deluxe Jungle Tent options. Surrounded by spectacular limestone karst scenery, the lodge is an ideal base to explore adjacent Khao Sok National Park and majestic Chiew Larn Lake. Full information and booking at AnurakLodge.com.

About YAANA Ventures 
YAANA Ventures is an owner, partner and operator of entrepreneurial travel and hospitality ventures in Asia. YAANA distinguishes itself by sharing real experiences that are grounded in the cultural richness of Asia. The company is the champion of the triple bottom-line: it empowers its ventures with the values to nurture the people with whom it works. Visit https://yaana-ventures.com/.
 
About SKAL International
Skål International is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. Skål International today has approximately 15,000 members in 356 clubs throughout 85 nations. More atSKAL.org.
 
Anurak Community Lodge
Address: 14/1 Moo 4, Klong Sok,
Phanom District,
Surat Thani 84250
Phone: (+66) [0] 81 898 9271
Email: info@anuraklodge.com

YAANA Ventures
33/2 Tiwanon Road Soi 28, 
Bangkasor, Muang, Nonthaburi 11000, Thailand
Tel: (+66) 2 591 5420 
Email: business@yaana-ventures.com

Media Contact
Ken Scott | ScottAsia Communications | Mobile: (+44) 7949 077959 | Email: kens@scottasia.net
Anchalee Sriwongsa | ScottAsia Communications | Mobile: (+66) 91 806 0484 | Email: ann@scottasia.net

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