18 December 2014
Press Release for Skyviews Sustainability Awards – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SKYVIEWS AWARDS BONAIRE BUSINESSES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE
Skyviews Inc., Caribbean map publishers to the Caribbean region since 1989 celebrate 25 years of service to the tourism industry and destination of Bonaire. On the 17th December 2014 industry partners from the last quarter century came together to share this milestone with Skyviews at the Spice Beach Club, Bonaire. The Lieutenant Governor of Bonaire: Mr. Edison Rijna inaugurated the launch of the Sustainability Awards for Bonaire tourism providers through BlueGreenMatters.Org and presented 8 Bonairean businesses with their Sustainability Award. The Awardees were: ECHO, Dive Friends Bonaire, The Cadushy Distillery, Sunshine Market, Posada Para Mira, Mangazina di Rei, La Placita and VIP Diving.
From left to right:
Lily Leahy, ECHO. Erna Li, Sunshine Market. Muys Cieremans representing La Placita. Lieutenant Governor of Bonaire, Mr. Edison Rijna. Jessica Bensley, Skyviews Inc. Jon Kloos, Dive Friends Bonaire. Bas Noij, VIP Diving. Izain Mercerca, Mangazina di Rei.
The Awards recognize excellence in sustainable business practice in one or more of the areas: Biodiversity, Energy, Social Governance, Water and Waste. They are a new regional venture that has potential to inspire and reward businesses for their contributions to broader national and regional sustainability efforts as well as represent innovative partnership between private and public sector locally and globally. GLISPA, Global Island Partnership and CREST, Center for Responsible Travel support the Awards.
Small island states such as Boanire are particularly vulnerable to economic shocks and climate change. “We have before us an urgent call to adopt sustainable business practices and decouple environmental degradation from economic progress,” said Jessica Bensley, the CEO of Skyviews Inc.
Awards are offered through Skyviews to over 600 tourism services providers in 11 Caribbean islands. The Awards measure the impact of a business on the environment and support a business to isolate changes that can increase the bottom line whilst decreasing the impact on the environment. The Awards also encourage businesses to shape their marketing narratives and communicate the values they place on social and environmental equity.
For further details, please contact Skyviews Inc.
BONAIRE: Liliane de Geus +599 9 565 7171