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Virgin Responsible Tourism Award to Nihiwatu

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Posted: 13 Nov 2010 | 1:46 pm

Well recognized travel site responsibletravel.com together with sponsor Virgin Holidays have awarded Nihiwatu Resort in Indonesia the overall top honor in the Responsible Tourism Awards 2010.

According to the organizers Over 20,000 people living in 400 villages on the Indonesian island of Sumba benefit from Nihiwatu being their neighbour. 500 guests donating $400,000 annually at this remote 14-room resort support the Sumba Foundation in its remarkable work. Malaria has been reduced by 85% with at least 53 lives saved, five clinics looking after 18,000 people have been opened, and specialists have been brought onto the island to perform 263 life changing eye and 168 cleft palate surgeries. 14 primary schools are supported and the foundation has been able to bring clean water to the Sumbanese community as well as start a malnutrition project - with 327 children having benefitted so far."

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