Fogo Island Inn wins travel award

Staff ~ The Telegram editor@thetelegram.com
Published on October 16, 2013
The Fogo Island Inn — TC Media file photo

The Fogo Island Inn has been chosen as a winner of a Travel Plus Leisure 2013 Global Vision Award in the culture category.
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."

The inn is recognized for its work in supporting the local community.

"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 the 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 2013 winners of the Travel Plus Leisure 2013 Global Vision Awards will be featured in the November issue of the magazine, and will be 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