NEW YORK, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Conde Nast Traveler's annual search to identify ecotourism's creme de la creme combs every corner of the earth, from the steamy Amazon, to the parched Moroccan desert to frigid Antarctica, tracking down candidates that exemplify earth-friendly travel. To make the cut, resorts, lodges, and tour operators must demonstrate how they preserve natural surroundings, contribute to local cultures, and provide a rich guest experience. This year's 66 applications were rated by a panel of judges drawn from academia, government agencies, and green travel companies. This year's top scorer is the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort. The complete list (as seen below) is detailed in the issue. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050829/NYM142 ) Destinations Bunaken National Marine Park, Indonesia Shangana Cultural Village, South Africa Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Mexico Lodges & Resorts Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, Fiji Adrere Amellal, Egypt Casa Mojanda Mountainside Inn & Farm, Ecuador Lapa Rios, Costa Rica Papoose Creek Lodge, Montana Tour Operators Alaska Wildland Adventures Journeys International Guerba World Travel Wildland Adventures The September issue of Conde Nast Traveler goes on newsstands August 24th. Unlike many other travel publications, Conde Nast Traveler does not accept free travel and accommodations, and its correspondents, as far as possible, travel anonymously. The result is travel the way consumers experience it - good and bad, with reporting that is fair and honest. Conde Nast Traveler has won 6 National Magazine Awards and is still the only travel publication to have won this highest honor in magazine publishing. Conde Nast Traveler, the 2003 Zagat Survey Best Travel Magazine, has a circulation of over 750,000 and is published by the Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
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