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Ecotourism group seeks award nominees

The Board of Directors of the Hawaii Ecotourism Association recently announced creation of a new award for 2013 — Ecotour Guide of the Year. The award is open to any employee of an association member. Nominees should embody the core assets of quality ecotourism: effective interpretation, conservation of natural resources and authentic cultural experiences.

Member operators can nominate their employees for this newly created award. Three finalists will be chosen and the voting process will be opened to the public. The winner will be announced at an annual awards luncheon in May.

Nominees must have good communication skills, exhibit understanding and implementation of traditional Hawaiian hospitality, and set a good example for promoting sustainable tourism in Hawaii.

Nominations will be accepted through April 5. To submit a nomination, email the association at admin@hawaiiecotourism.org. Include “Ecotour Guide of the Year Nomination” in the subject line of the email. The body of the email must include: HEA member organization/employer, guide name (nominee), andecotourism credentials (trainings, certifications, etc.). The nomination should also include a 250 words or less explaination of why the nominee should receive Ecotour Guide of the Year and contact information for person or persons submitting nomination.

Pro teaching communication skills

Andrea Pro will discuss “Empowering Your Relationships,” focusing on building listening skills and learn a process for navigating challenging conversations in which everyone gets heard from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 8, 15, 22, 29 May 6 and 13 at Unity Church in Kona. Tuition is $150 and discounts are available for couples.

Contact Pro at 345-0907, andrea@konacoast.com or pathwaystocompassion.com for more information and registration.

 

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