2016 December, National Geographic Names Santa Fe a World Legacy Awards FinalistDecember 5, 2016: National Geographic unveiled their 2017 World Legacy Awards Finalists today and Santa Fe has been named one of three in the highly competitive “Sense Of Place” category.
The World Legacy Awards, a partnership between National Geographic and ITB Berlin, showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations—ranging from entire countries to small islands and from urban hotels to jungle retreats—driving the sustainable tourism transformation of the global travel industry.
Finalists in five award categories were selected by an international team of more than 20 judges. A multi-step judging process also included on-site inspections of each finalist.
“For centuries, visitors to Santa Fe have been struck immediately by a strong, beautiful and unique sense of place from our natural beauty and architecture to our history, culture, cuisine, arts and people,” said Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales. “National Geographic has been the standard bearer for world culture reporting since 1888 and our entire community is deeply honored to be selected as a finalist in the 2017 World Legacy Awards.”
Randy Randall, Executive Director for TOURISM Santa Fe, said, “We were delighted to have National Geographic visit Santa Fe to evaluate our application for The World Legacy Awards. We have close to a thousand top quality, authentic, travel-related businesses that work very hard every day in protecting, preserving and producing the truly unique and world-renowned sense of place here in Santa Fe.”
Costas Christ, Chairman of National Geographic World Legacy Awards, said, “We have reached a tipping point as more of the travel industry understands that there can be no future for tourism without sustainability, including environmentally-friendly business practices, protection of cultural and natural heritage, and tangible social and economic benefits to local people in travel destinations. Those countries and companies that understand this today will be the travel leaders of tomorrow. These 15 World Legacy Awards finalists are showing the way forward to a brighter future for people and the planet.”
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