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Black Lemur Camp receives BGTW ITA award

Madagascar’s Black Lemur Camp, winner of the BGTW International Tourism Awards – Best Wider World Tourism Project, has been presented with its certificate to the delight of its staff.

Hilary Bradt MBE, who nominated the Black Lemur Camp, said: “I’ve had such a rewarding time nominating small, grass-roots projects for the BGTW International Tourism Awards! Madagascar’s Black Lemur Camp was my fourth winner for the wider world category, and I know what a difference these awards have made to organisations which have very little marketing spend and no PR company to publicise them.

“The BGTW plays a unique role here, raising awareness in the travel media, and self-pride and ambition in communities which may not always see tourism in a positive light.”

Simon Willmore, chairman of the British Guild of Travel Writers, added: “It’s wonderful to see the difference that these awards make to the often unsung heroes of the travel and tourism industry. Every year, BGTW members visit some rather incredible places and the ITA scheme helps to showcase just a little bit of these fantastic projects – all of which have a positive impact on the local environment and community.

“I offer my own note of congratulations to all the worthy great projects that were shortlisted this year and featured at our Annual Gala Awards Dinner, which took place on 3 November. The Black Lemur Camp was a worthy winner this year and we wish them the very best for 2020!”

The BGTW International Tourism Awards (ITA) scheme recognises excellence in tourism projects in three categories: Best UK and Ireland Tourism Project; Best Europe Tourism Project; and Best Wider World Tourism Project.

Some projects have cost millions and are well-publicised; others are simpler community projects that take just as much effort and love. The Guild showcases these projects at its Annual Gala Awards Dinner, which takes place on the eve of World Travel Market, every year at London’s The Savoy.

Simon Willmore

By: Simon Willmore
BGTW Chairman, Guidebook Writer