Serena Beach Resort and Spa located in
Mombasa won the “Best in Protecting Marine Heritage” Award and
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge located within the Amboseli
National Park won the “Best Accommodation Facility in Promoting
Culture and Heritage” Award at the Kenya Eco-Warrior Awards 2018
Hosted by Eco-Tourism Kenya, the
awards recognize industry players’ that embrace
sustainable responsible tourism practices in their
The theme for this year’s Eco-Warrior
Awards was “Tourism; Protecting Culture and Heritage”
with the aim to celebrate organizations that have
preserved the socio-cultural aspects of the environment.
Complemented by the Swahili
architectural opulence as seen on the buildings,
distinct décor, carvings and magnificent symbols of its
time, Serena Beach Resort and Spa won the award through
its Sea-Turtle conservation project and community
engagement founded over two decades ago.
To date 475 endangered sea turtle
nests have been protected, 52,098 turtle hatchlings have
been released into the Indian Ocean, and through our
conservation journey, we have educated staff, guests and
the local community to play their part in protecting the
Countries Marine Heritage.
From the heart of the planning and
development exercise over four decades ago, Serena
Hotels has been a “silent” pioneer of cultural and
Shenin Virji, Executive Assistant to the MD, Serena
Hotels, Julie Pollman, Marketing Manager Serena Hotels
and Charles Muia, Operations Director, Serena Hotels
pose with one of the awards clinched during the Eco
Warriors Award 2018.
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
physically marches the Maasai Manyattas set-up and serves as a
critical exemplar for demonstrating as part of its day-to-day
operations the cohesive interaction between humanity, local
culture and architecture, and landscapes that are lacking in
The Lodge, just as other Serena
properties continues to give priority to the local communities
living around its areas of operation so as to ensure economic
independence with the end goal to better navigate uncertainty
and thrive towards a sustainable livelihood in the future.
As a result of the need for
integration, cultural and natural heritage, this formed a core
part of the business model of the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
and Serena Hotels in general.
Mahmud Jan Mohamed, Managing Director
of Serena Hotels said that “the announcement of the two
eco-awards during the World Tourism Day is indeed momentous.
“We believe that through the Company’s
responsible and innovative day to day operations, the local
sustainable architecture, promotion of local cultures, national
heritage, conservation and empowerment of the local community
are our expression about pluralism, a major potential source for
economic and social development that tends to anchor Civil
Grace Nderitu, CEO, Eco-Tourism Kenya,
said that “Globalisation is slowly eroding the values in the
wealth of our culture and heritage.
“The theme of this award is to remind
us that we are a sum of cultural identities and our living
expressions were inherited from previous generations.
“Preserving our heritage is meaningful
for future generations and can have a positive impact on tourism