Situated off the northeastern coast of Bintan Island in the Riau Islands Province, the secluded small island of Nikoi has been named as one of the three finalists in the category of Earth Changer in the World Legacy Awards 2015 presented by the National Geographic Magazine.
The World Legacy Awards 2015 itself consists of 5 categories: Earth Changers, Sense of Place, Conserving the Natural World, Engaging Communities, and Destination Leadership. Winners of all categories were announced on 5th March 2015, at the ITB Berlin Tourism Fair.
The World Legacy Award is an acknowledgment for companies, organizations, and renowned destinations ranging from hotels, ecolodges, small islands, to countries that boost positive transformations of the travel industry. Evaluations are based on the efforts that have been undertaken to preserve the natural environment.
Over 150 contestants representing 56 countries in 6 continents participated in the competition. The winners and finalists of all 5 categories were carefully selected by Costas Christ, Editor of National Geographic Traveler Magazine and head of the World Legacy Award. The judging process also involved an onsite inspection to document the sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.
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