FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (August 18, 2008) â€“ CondÃ© Nast Traveler has named MSC Cruises a finalist in the magazineâ€˜s 2008 World Savers Awards. MSC Cruises is one of 38 companies selected worldwide as a leader in social responsibility in the magazineâ€™s September issue (on newsstands Aug. 19, 2008).
Seventeen judges reviewed 142 applications and rated how applicants exercise social responsibility in five key areas: poverty alleviation, cultural and/or environmental preservation, education, wildlife conservation, and health. Thirty-eight finalists were named and the final winners were determined by compiling the judgesâ€˜ overall rankings. (The full list of finalists, detailing the areas in whieh they are being honored, is below).
The finalists will be recognized at the World Savers Awards ceremony on Sept. 23rd at the 2nd Annual CondÃ© Nast Traveler World Savers Congress in New York City.
“These finalists are prime examples of how the worldâ€˜s hotels, airlines, cruise lines and tour operators can inspire their peers to improve our world,” said Deputy Editor for Special Projects Dorinda Elliott. “The efforts by these World Savers, from building schools and furnishing much-needed medical supplies to restocking wildlife reserves and dispensing mirco-loans, are models for the entire travel industry.â€œ
“We are honored to be recognized by CondÃ© Nast Traveler for the work we do,” said Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA). “MSC Cruises has always been environmentally conscious and has implemented numerous sustainable programs to help safeguard the environment.â€œ