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Best Marine and Wildlife Tourism Provider – 2015 InSPIRE Awards

Cinnamon_Wild_Yala201Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts is a motivated and progressive chain of hotels, creating inspired experiences for each and every stakeholder, using a responsible and awakened approach. As a collective of 14 diversified properties across Sri Lanka and the Maldives, the unique community and environmental needs of each destination have been a priority factor. For instance, while wildlife and marine tourism play a key role in our offering, it also becomes a key component of our long-term sustainability and responsibility objectives.

Nature Trails, the Nature and adventure tourism arm of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts is honoured to showcase Sri Lanka’s natural world as a sustainable tourism product. Nature Trails have a two-pronged approach; on one hand, it is an experience provider, highlighting iconic species such as Leopard, Elephant, Whale, Primates, Birding and dedicated photography tours to collectively promote the islands natural diversity. As its other core purpose, Nature Trails engage in conservation and awareness initiatives that help protect and sustain natural environments.

This sense of responsible integration is present in other initiatives too; engaging with local communities and making them an essential part of the cycle is very much a part of how we do business. For example, we don’t own a single jeep or boat used for our tour work, instead we sub-contract this to adjacent communities. By engaging with them we also inspire entrepreneurship and inculcate sustainable practices in a way that it is mutually beneficial to everyone.

At Cinnamon, Inspired Living means that everyone from our guests to our neighbours and every stakeholder of the Cinnamon offering is encouraged to live life to the fullest, be inspired by vibrant experiences and awakened to the potential of sustainable living.


For more information: Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts website

Best Branded Accommodation – 2015 InSPIRE Awards

El Nido, PhilippinesTen Knots Development Corporation owns and operates the four El Nido Resorts in Northern Palawan, named after the island where they are found: Miniloc, Lagen, Pangulasian in the Municipality of El Nido, and Apulit in the Municipality of Taytay. Bounded by the South China Sea in the west and the Sulu Sea in the east, El Nido and Taytay are small archipelagos in themselves, with close to 100 islands between them. Both Municipalities are areas of high biodiversity such that the Philippine Government was compelled to declare the whole of El Nido and portions of Taytay a Managed-Resource Protected Area in 1998.

In 1982, the first El Nido Resort opened as a dive camp with 16 rooms at Miniloc Island. Over a period of 30 years, it grew from one resort to four, with each resort having no more than 51 rooms. More importantly, the Company has earned its place in history as having put El Nido in the tourism map and, in spite of changes in ownership over the years, has forged a reputation of being at the forefront of responsible tourism in the entire country and beyond. Today, it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ayala Hotels and Resorts Corporation (AHRC). AHRC belongs to the Ayala Group of Companies, one of the largest and oldest conglomerates in the Philippines that has a growing portfolio in the ASEAN region.

Acquired by Ayala in 2010, El Nido Resorts is the first in the conglomerates’ brands that specializes in island resorts. Well-known for good corporate governance and stability, the Ayala brand provides El Nido Resorts a stronger platform on which it could deliver its offerings of sustainable tourism to an even larger international and diverse audience.

El Nido Resorts have been operating within a quadruple bottom line framework of financial growth, environmental stewardship, community engagement, and organizational development. We pioneered green technologies in island resorts, such as sewage treatment plants, desalination plants, nature farming, ecological solid waste management, among others. Hosts to fragile ecosystems, these small islands where our resorts operate cannot be experimented with, and so anything that is introduced should have as minimal ecological footprint as possible.


For more information: El Nido Resorts website