Madagascar Tour Operator Dadamanga Wins IGLTA Foundation’s 2022 Impact Award

The award, created with support from the TreadRight Foundation, champions small businesses committed to responsible tourism.

MILAN – The IGLTA Foundation announced that the Madagascar-based travel agency Dadamanga is the recipient of the 2022 Impact Award honor the development of responsible tourism. The award was launched last year in partnership with The TreadRight Foundation, the foundation created by The Travel Corporation family of brands, to recognize a small business member (fewer than 10 employees) of the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association whose initiatives encourage sustainable tourism in three key areas. areas: environment, community, diversity and inclusion.

“There are so many small business members of IGLTA doing great work, and a key part of our mission is to build their future success and celebrate their stories across our global network,” said the chairman of the board of directors of the IGLTA Foundation Therese Belpulsi. “We have seen more diverse nominations this year and are delighted to recognize Dadamanga’s contributions to welcoming and responsible tourism. It will be the first Malagasy company to participate in the IGLTA world convention.

Founded in 2010 in Taolagnaro, Dadamanga creates tours of attractions, parks and destinations across Madagascar’s unique landscape with a focus on environmental protection and community engagement. A donation is made for each tour to the Nofy i Androy girls’ school, and they have set up a rice distribution fund for single mothers of disabled children. Through a corporate partner, they fund a nursery to grow and distribute fruit trees to local farms, and actively lobby against the exploitation of lemurs as hotel attractions. They also run workshops for local self-employed drivers and tour guides to raise awareness about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion.

“Dadamanga is honored to have been selected for this prestigious award. It has always been a guiding ethic of our company to support social issues and support the environment in everything we do. ‘one of the least developed countries on earth, we consider it vital that our entire chain, from drivers to guides to the staff of our partner hotels, actively adopts these values”, said Brett Massoud, Founder & Owner, Dadamanga. “We have worked carefully with our team on diversity issues, and we assure you that Madagascar is open, welcoming and ready to receive everyone with fahalelem-panahy (gentleness), and with open hearts and minds.”

The Impact Prize presentation will take place in Milan at the annual global convention of IGLTA, the premier educational and networking event for LGBTQ+ tourism, and includes $5,000 in convention benefits and marketing support for the winner. . A special thank you to the Impact Award Judging Committee: Shannon GuihanDirector of Sustainable Development and Head of TreadRight at The travel company; Mariano CuervoCEO and Founder, New World Safaris, South Africa; 2021 Impact Award Winner Sam Castaneda HoldrenFounder & CEO, OUT in Colombia; Rika Jean-FrancoisCommissioner for Corporate Social Responsibility, laughs; and Aletheia Tanmember engagement manager Asia Pacific Travel Association (PATA).

“Now in its second year, IGLTA’s efforts to encourage greater sustainability by highlighting leaders in the space, have presented some truly impressive award applications,” said Shannon GuihanDirector of Sustainability and Head of TreadRight at The Travel Corporation. “It is very valuable to recognize companies and travel operators who are focused on positive impact in a comprehensive way that includes the environment, our communities and the advancement of greater equity and inclusivity, and it is very encouraging to see the evolution and advancement of what this means for businesses.”