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Limerick entrepreneur Declan Hughes wins prestigious ecotourism award



Declan Hughes, pictured above, was honoured at the International Ecotourism Awards in Turkey for his contributions to ecotourism.

Limerick entrepreneur Declan Hughes wins prestigious ecotourism award in Turkey

Limerick entrepreneur, travel professional, Chapter Head for Ireland of the International Ecotourism Society and founder of the very successful global travel website – Declan Hughes has been honoured at the International Ecotourism Awards in the capital city of Tokat Province of Turkey in the mid-Black Sea region of Anatolia, Turkey for his contribution to ecotourism. Picking up the prestigious Honor Award at the 16th Annual Ecotourism Awards, Declan commented “I am truly humbled to be honoured in this way for we are merely keepers of the flame for the next generation and not acting today will deny tomorrow’s visitor the endless opportunities we have to explore more of this beautiful earth and sense the boundless discoveries.”

While attending the International Eco-tourism conference, Declan took full advantage of an invitation to present on stage to an international gathering of Ambassadors, Ministers, Tour operators, Travel Agents and Media the very best of what Limerick and indeed Ireland has to offer. Showcasing Limerick’s designated status as Gateway City to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Limericks new 40 KM Greenway as well as ecotourism initiates around Ireland, such as the release of 100 white tailed eagles into the wilds of Cork and Kerry. 




A self-confessed travel addict, visiting over 100 Countries & islands working on projects & collaborations. A keen advocate, Declan is a member of the International Travel Writers Alliance – the world’s largest association of professional travel journalists, travel writers, editors, broadcasters and photographers. Declan trekked deep to Ngorongoro in the Serengeti – Tanzania, explored the northern Cape of South Africa’s Kalahari, observed spectacular sunsets in the world’s oldest rain-forest in Malaysian Borneo, witnessed the remote wilderness of Kangaroo island, off South Australia, white water rafted where the river Ganges is at its purest form, hiked along the foothills of the Himalayas, meditated in Rishikesh, India, hot air ballooned over the snowy & mystical landscape of Cappadocia, central Turkey, visited a native Indian tribe at the Grand Canyon, observed bullet ridden churches in Beirut, Lebanon, entered the heart of the great pyramid of Giza, Egypt, marvelled at the sacred cenote at the Mayan archaeological site of Chichen Itza, Mexico, chronicled Vlad Dracul’s castle in Transylvania, Romania, probed dramatic caves along the Halong river, Vietnam & climbed Diamond Head, Honolulu.

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