Fogo Island Inn. — Submitted photos
Fogo Island Inn has been chosen as a recipient of a Travel Plus Leisure 2013 Global Vision Award in the category of ‘culture.’
The Inn is described in a news release as one of 15 honorees that “embody responsible tourism and the remarkable ways in which travellers can give back to destinations visited.”
Fogo Island Inn is recognized for its continued support of the local community through the embodiment of the island’s indigenous culture, from locally sourced and foraged ingredients to hand-crafted quilts and furniture built on the island.
“In conjunction with the Shorefast Foundation, one of the main goals of the Inn is to aid the economy and promote sustainable growth on the island. Knowledgeable and warm Island ambassadors provide guests a truly memorable Fogo Island experience through its Community Host Program in which the local culture is shared and celebrated, from interpretation of the Island’s significant cultural history and practice of cod fishing, to the hand-crafting of the tradition of punt, the small wooden boat which was the workhorse of the inshore fishery,” the news release states.
Zita Cobb, president of Shorefast Foundation, of which the Fogo Island Inn is an initiative:, said “we are especially pleased to be recognized in the culture category. Traditional cultures around the world are being flattened or, at best, are under unprecedented pressure. One of the key goals of our projects and our Inn is find ways to hold on to the important knowledge and way of knowing that has emerged from 400 years of lived experience here at the edge of the continent. And more than just hold on … but to also find ways to adapt and to be relevant to the contemporary globalized world; as we say, to find new ways with old things.”
The Travel PLus Leisure 2013 Global Vision Awards were introduced in 2005. The 2013 list of award winners will appear in the November issue of the magazine and are available online.
Winners were chosen by a group of jurors including Bonnie Burnham, president and CEO of the World Monuments Fund; Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership; and Paul van Zyl, co-founder and CEO of the ethical fashion brand, Maiyet.
More on the Fogo Island Inn can be found online at www.fogoislandinn.ca