Consul-Cremer-Preis 2016 Award

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Mr. Wolfgang Kiessling, president and founder of Loro Parque & Loro Parque Fundación, has been awarded the Consul-Cremer-Prize 2016 in recognition of his strong background and extensive experience in conservation and breeding of birds. The ceremony took place on April 16 at the annual meeting of the association of aviculture VereinigungfürArtenschutz, Vogelhaltung und Vogelzucht (AZ) in the German town of Harsewinkel.

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This prestigious organization, founded in 1920, focuses its work on research, preservation and reproduction of birds, and has become the main point of reference in this field both in Germany and on the international arena, thanks to its 17,000 members from around the world. The Consul-Cremer-Preis, its highest recognition, is given to professionals, recognizing their great achievements in this field.

The award was presented to Mr. Kiessling by Mr. Karl-Friedrich Scharrelmann, AZ-President, for his dedication and in appreciation of his work with the AZ association of which Mr. Kiessling is a member since more than 40 years. Since its creation Loro Parque Fundación, a non-profit organisation, has led more than 120 projects to preserve the rich biodiversity and natural habitats of threatened species worldwide with a total investment of more than 16,000,000 US dollars.

Loro Parque Fundación has the largest and most diverse collection of parrots in the world, and follows a clear philosophy: responsible breeding, promoting sustainable development and conservation of wildlife thus having achieved impressive results as saving the bird species such as the yellow-eared parrot (Ognorhynchusicterotis) and Lear´s macaw (Anodorhynchusleari) from extinction in the wild.

World Travel Market 2015

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Loro Parque Fundación has won this year’s prestigious World Travel Leaders Award 2015, awarded by the World Travel Market, the largest tourism fair in Europe, held in London. This award recognizes the continued efforts of Loro Parque Fundación on issues of biodiversity conservation and protection of natural habitats, research and promotion of sustainable development.

At the WTM awards ceremony held on 3rd November, Hosteltur director, Manuel Molina, presented this award to Christoph Kiessling, vice-president of Loro Parque and trustee of Loro Parque Fundación.

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For over 20 years, Loro Parque Fundación has dedicated its efforts to the cause of protecting species that are most endangered, operating internationally through education, applied research, responsible breeding programs and conservation activities based in the community using certain species as ambassadors for nature.

Loro Parque, the Number 1 Zoo in Europe and second in the world, according to Trip Advisor, supports Loro Parque Fundación by covering 100% of the administrative costs of the foundation, allowing all donations to go directly to the cause of wildlife conservation and the promotion of sustainable development through the implementation of projects in all continents. So far, there have been 96 projects with total investment of US$ 15 million.

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During this week, both Loro Parque and Siam Park, as well as the Hotel Botánico and Brunelli’s restaurant have been present in the World Travel Market, with a stand designed specifically for the fair in order to present the latest developments of companies. In turn, the opportunity has been taken to present the latest exhibition of Loro Parque, the red panda exhibit opened this week. These lovely and charismatic animals came to the park from the UK and have received into a new facility designed and developed specifically to recreate the environment and the natural habitat of these enchanting animals.

Another new, recently opened exhibition in Loro Parque is Animal Embassy, an emblematic educational zone specially developed with a firm commitment to the defence of nature and the development of responsible tourism. This exhibition is where Loro Parque and the Loro Parque Foundation unite to alert visitors to the destruction of nature and species extinction.

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The stand of Loro Parque in London was visited, among others, by the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria; the Chief of Promotur Turismo de Canarias, Maria Mendez; the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports of the Canarian Government, Maria Teresa Lorenzo, the President of the Cabildo of Tenerife, Carlos Alonso, and the Minister of Tourism of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Alberto Bernabé.

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TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award 2015

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Loro Parque company celebrates that for the second year running the group’s theme parks are considered to be among the best in the world and continue to achieve success, now with the prestigious recognition of the largest travel website, Tripadvisor, considering Loro Parque the Nº 1 Zoo in Europe and 2º best in the world. On the other hand, Siam Park received the award as best Water Park worldwide. This distinction was announced in the third edition of the Travellers’ Choice Awards, created by TripAdvisor honouring the opinions and recommendations regarding the best sights and attractions in the world according to travellers’ themselves.

A total of 533 winners were awarded. A Top 25 world ranking was established in which attractions and places of interest from all over the globe were taking into account, including the best theme parks of Asia, Canada, China, Europe, India, South America, the Pacific and the US. On this occasion, Siam Park repeats as Nº1 in the world for the second year in a row and Loro Parque, which was considered to be the third best zoo in the world in 2014, has gone up one position and is considered to be the second best zoo in the world in 2015 after the historical zoo of San Diego.

This year Loro Parque and Siam Park have also received individual “Certificates of Excellence”, an award given only to the places that have achieved excellent ratings by travellers in the past 12 months. Having achieved these certificates during the past five years running, both Loro Parque and Siam Park have been included in the Hall of Fame.

TripAdvisor is the largest travel website in the world, founded 15 years ago and currently operating in over 45 countries and in 28 different languages. Each month the website is checked by 340 million travellers and shares more than 225 million opinions and comments (139 comments each minute). The Travellers Choice Awards are determined based on the quality and quantity of positive comments and opinions expressed by travellers about the attractions in each destination.