Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia was one of 15 global finalists at the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2019 held recently.

The awards this year were focussed on fighting illegal wildlife trade through sustainable tourism. The camp was one of three contenders in the Changemakers Award category.

While it didn’t get the award, the work Cardamom Tented Camp does is important. It has integrated the role of 12 forest rangers who protect a 180 sq km (70 sq miles) lowland forest concession into the guest experience.

In turn, the camp helps the forest rangers with salary support and physical amenities such as solar power generators at ranger stations. The rangers take turns to lead conservation tourism hikes through the forest.