DFDS Seaways named as Best Ferry Operator by Responsible Tourism Awards
DFDS Seaways has won the Best ferry operator category at this year’s Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, recognising its commitment to protecting the marine environment.
The award was given in recognition of DFDS Seaways commitment to setting up and funding a collaborative project with whale and dolphin conservation charity, ORCA to monitor wildlife and develop more accurate marine protected zones in the North Sea.
The initiative took place over a three year period and involved the company commissioning more than 100 marine wildlife surveys as well as launching a Wildlife Watching mini cruise.
DFDS Seaways also funded the appointment of two Wildlife Officers to raise awareness of whales, dolphins and porpoises in the North Sea, while collecting information to support sightings undertaken by a team of ORCA surveyors each month.
As part of the Wildlife Watching mini cruise , the Wildlife Officers ran deck watches with cutomers using the Newcastle-Amsterdam ferry route, while running an onboard ORCA Wildlife Centre which provided a range of educational and informative resources.
Stephen House, Head of product UK for DFDS Seaways says: “To receive this award is a great achievement which demonstrates our commitment to the environment and the maritime experience, as well the fact that we are proactive in our responsibility for protecting sea life.
“We wanted to go over and above our statutory obligations and look to see where we could make a significant difference to marine conservation. As a company we felt it was important to engage people of all ages in thinking about the environment and to appreciate the wildlife on our own shores.”
The Responsible Tourism Awards were founded in 2004 to celebrate and inspire change in the tourism industry. The Awards rest on a simple principle – that all types of tourism, from niche to mainstream, can and should be organised in a way that preserves, respects and benefits destinations and local people. Companies are nominated for the awards by both travel industry professionals and travellers before being put through a rigorous judging process led by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism in Leeds.
Issued on behalf of DFDS Seaways by Robson Brown
Notes to editors
DFDS is one of Europe’s largest ferry companies, operating both passenger and freight routes between England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Lithuania.
DFDS Seaways holds the prestigious title of Europe’s Leading Long Sea Ferry Operator 2011 awarded by The World Travel Awards for the fifth year in a row.
In the UK, the company operates passenger services on routes from Newcastle to Amsterdam, Harwich to Esbjerg and Dover to Dunkirk.
For further information, visit www.dfds.co.uk
ORCA is a UK-based charity committed to the study of whales, dolphins and porpoises, and the promotion of their conservation worldwide through enthusing, inspiring and educating others. ORCA and DFDS Seaways have been working in partnership since 2007, studying marine mammals in the North Sea and providing educational facilities to customers on board.
For further information, visit www.orcaweb.org.uk
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