Awards

Finca Esperanza Verde Ecolodge, Nature preserve, and coffee farm is fortunate enough to have received numerous awards and recognition.

The SEEP Network Case Study of Finca Esperanza Verde

“Finca Esperanza Verde has received international recognition as a model for poverty alleviation through sustainable tourism. FEV has won numerous international awards and provides jobs and much-needed income to the people of San Ramón, while offering tourists a cultural immersion experience, connections with the people of San Ramón, and an opportunity to support the community through an economic model that is self-sustaining…FEV is self-sustaining through the revenues generated from its tourism and coffee sales.”

International award winner:

Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award-Small Hotel. 2007
http://www.responsibletravel.com/awards/winners/2007.htm

“There were over 1700 nominations this year, a substantial increase on last year, and as ever, the judges had a difficult task selecting the winners and the highly commended. Competition is getting tougher each year, and responsible tourism is taking on the characteristics of a movement reflecting the diversity of our world’s environments and cultures. That diversity is reflected in the awards. What the winners have in common is a commitment to exercising their responsibility for making better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit.”

Dr. Harold Goodwin,
Professor of Responsible Tourism Management, Leeds Metropolitan University
Chair of the Judges.

Best Eco-lodge in Nicaragua-2004
Central America Green Initiative
Nicaragua Institute of Tourism and FODESTUR

Sustainable Tourism Award for Conservation-2004
Smithsonian magazine and Travelers Conservation Foundation

TO DO! Socially Responsible Tourism Award-2004
Institute for Tourism and Development, Switzerland.

Distinctions:

October 2008: “FEV has received international recognition as a model for poverty alleviation through sustainable tourism. FEV has won numerous international awards… FEV provides jobs and much-needed income to the people of San Ramón, while offering tourists a cultural immersion experience, connections with the people of San Ramón, and an opportunity to support the community through an economic model that is self-sustaining.”” (“Case Study. Finca Esperanza Verde: Creating Employment Through Sustainable Tourism“, SEEP Network.)

August 2005:  Selected as the model project exemplifying poverty alleviation through sustainable tourism for United Nation agency the World Tourism Organization study seminar in Nicaragua. The United Nations through the WTO advocates tourism which respects the cultural authenticity of host communities, provides stable income-earning opportunities and social services, and pays attention to the region’s environmental integrity.

October 2005: Presented as a model for socially responsible tourism for the Second Annual World Tourism Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development Summit. Brazil, October, 2005. Other organizational sponsors for the summit include UNESCO, the United Nations through the World Tourism Organization, and the UN Development Program.

September 2006: Finca Esperanza Verde ranks #1 in Guardian newspaper article on Green Tourism in Nicaragua. Read the Guardian newspaper article

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