Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Andaman Discoveries Selected for BBC World Challenge!

Congratulations to our finalist Andaman Discoveries for making it in the BBC World Challenge! This opportunity will provide the social enterprise with international reach and recognition.

Why is it exciting?

The World Challenge is a global competition hosted by BBC World News and Newsweek magazine, in association with Shell. 12 finalists, including Andaman Discoveries were selected from more than 900 nominations on the basis of their innovation at grassroots level in "countering socio-economic and environmental issues".

“…the BBC World Challenge is a chance for us to share with people the difference we are making. Whether it's providing income to women's handicraft groups or training the next generation of conservationists, community-based tourism allows visitors to enjoy the traditional Thai way of life, whilst helping to preserve the unique culture of our region.” Tui Chomphusri, Director of Andaman Discoveries.

Catch Andaman Discoveries’ profile on 17 October 2009 at 2.30pm (GMT) and repeats on 18 October at 2.30am, 9.30am and 5.30pm (GMT). Support Andaman Discoveries and vote for them!

Video profiles of all the finalists will be available on World Challenge during the voting period 28 September-13 November. To vote, simply visit the World Challenge website. Winners will be announced on 5 December in a ceremony held at The Hague, Netherlands.

About Andaman Discoveries

Founded in the wake of the 2004 tsunami, Andaman Discoveries has grown from providing emergency disaster relief into an internationally acclaimed community-based tour operator. Over the past five years the social enterprise has helped tsunami-affected communities achieve environmental, cultural and financial sustainability through conservation programs, vocational training and providing interactive cultural tours for responsible tourists.

Find out more about Andaman Discoveries through the eyes of Wild Asia’s RTA fact-finders.

Wild Asia wishes you the best of luck!

For more information, visit Andaman Discoveries' website

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