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May 27, 2010

WTTC Taps Inkaterra Hotels As Finalists

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Inkaterra Hotels has been named one of three finalists for the ‘Conservation Award’ from the World Travel & Tourism Council. Inkaterra is one of only 12 finalists in four categories that also include Destination Stewardship Award, Community Benefit Award and Global Tourism Award.

The Anaconda Walk at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

The 12 finalists were selected from a pool of over 160 entries in over 45 countries by an international team of independent judges in each of the four award categories for having successfully demonstrated sustainable tourism practices, including the protection of natural and cultural heritage, social and economic benefits to local people, and environmentally friendly operations.

At the forefront of conservation since the opening of its first property, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, in 1975, Inkaterra currently operates various wildlife conservation programs in the Peruvian Amazon, Cusco and Machu Picchu. Some of these programs include:

-Establishment of permanent conservation areas, of which Inkaterra presently manages 17,000 hectares (40,800 acres) of rain and cloud forest, where carbon sequestration has been monitored in conjunction with the University of Leeds since 1989.
-A rescue center for the endangered Andean or Spectacled Bear (South America’s only bear species).
-The complete restoration of 12 acres of native forest at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, where Inkaterra has recorded 192 species of birds, 111 species of butterflies and 372 native orchid species (the largest collection of native orchid species in their natural habitat in the world in a single facility, AOS).
-Field monitoring by resident biologists permanently employed by Inkaterra.

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