Press Release _ The Aga Khan Cultural Service, part of the Aga Khan Development Network, has won the award for, ‘Best for Conservation of Cultural Heritage’ at this year’s Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards for its Shigar Fort – Palace restoration project in Pakistan.
At a ceremony hosted at World Travel Market (WTM), Docklands, London, in November, the Awards were handed out by Justin Francis, Managing Director of responsibletravel.com, organizers and founders of the Awards, and Amanda Wills, Managing Director of Virgin Holidays, headline sponsor of the Awards.
The judges said: “ The sensitive restoration of this historic building and its development as a hotel has placed the property once again at the heart of the community as a cultural and economic asset bringing employment, microenterprise opportunities, and social and cultural empowerment for men and women.”
The hotel operations of Shigar Fort Residence are managed by Serena Hotels, Pakistan and the award was received by Mr. Azam Jamil (Corporate Director Sales & Marketing for Serena Hotels).
Launched in 2004, the Awards are run in association with partners World Travel Market, The Daily Telegraph, Geographical Magazine and BBC World News. More information on the Awards is available on www.resposibletravel.com and Shigar Fort is wonderfully described on pages 52-53 of the responsible tourism magazine.