March 20th, 2012 – Nkwichi Lodge on Lake Malawi was recently announced as winner of the ToDo! Award for Socially Responsible Tourism at the 46th ITB show in Berlin.
The award was developed by the Institute for Tourism and Development to encourage the tourism industry worldwide to present their socially responsible profile in destination areas.
Not only was the contest accepting entries for projects that involved broad-‐scale participation with the local population, but more in-‐depth aspects such as raising the awareness of the local population, providing wide-‐ranging benefits and employment opportunities, strengthening of the local culture and minimizing the impact of tourism in the area on the population.
The various entries, are subject to onsite scrutiny and a stringent qualifying process to ensure their viability. Evidence of economic and institutional measures can also be requested.Nkwichi Lodge won the award based on the achievement of the award criteria, encouraging community development in a country that had suffered many years of civil war The Manda Wilderness Project – Nkwichi Lodge has achieved extraordinary success, helping set up a comprehensive community association for the 16 villages in the area and working with them to create and manage a conservation area of 120,000Ha, as well as providing assistance for health, education and cultural projects.
The conclusion of the award goes so far as to say that Nkwichi has set standards in Socially Responsible Tourism that could be used as a model for a process that benefits all.Nkwichi Lodge is a hidden, hand-‐built lodge located in the north-‐western corner of Mozambique, on the eastern side of Lake Malawi. Nkwichi Lodge has been recognised as a pioneering eco-‐tourism establishment and has been awarded many accolades, including Africa’s Leading Responsible Tourism Company and Best Small Hotel/Accommodation at the Virgin Responsible Tourism Awards.
One of the most recent achievement is the Overall Winner and Best in Community Empowerment of the Kutoa Community Impact Awards 2012.