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Back of the house at National Geographic

We love to take guests to see the back of the house of our hotels and lodges.  It gives them a good understanding of how we are able to create a luxurious, yet sustainable lodging experience.  It is a free tour that is lead by our Experience & Sustainability Managers, Our General Managers or a Naturalist Guide.

This week, we had the chance to travel to Washington D.C. to participate in the first Forum of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.  As part of the program, we were granted access to the back of the house of their installations to see how the magazines and other content are produced and where the equipment is made for the scientists and explorers in the field.

deep sea exploration equipment
It feels a bit like when Q introduces the new equipment to 007. Here is one of Nat Geo’s engineers pointing our the camera equipment that is used to explore the deep seas…

We also had the chance to meet some of National Geographic’s top executives, editors and explorers.  What an inspiration to meet the people that have the opportunity to continue the legacy of this wonderful organization that was founded in 1888.

National Geographic Editors
Cayuga’s CEO Hans Pfister at National Geographic Headquarters with Susan Goldberg (current Nat Geo Editor in Chief) and Chris Johns (former editor in chief and now Chief Content Officer)

But one of the most rewarding aspects of this form was to be in a room with the owners and managers of the 24 Charter Members of the National Geographic Unique Lodges program.  What an engergy.  So much passion for sustainability, hospitality, adventures and extraordinary travel experiences.  Two full days of sharing experiences, best practices and helping the wonderful team at Nat Geo to make the Unique Lodges process a true success.  It was described as the “soft opening” process of the Unique Lodges Program.

Nat Geo Board Room
Owners and Managers from National Geographic Unique Lodges at the Nat Geo Board Room in Washington DC.

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge was featured on one of the panels as a model for sustainable tourism development.  This is a great honor considering that the room was filled with the representatives of the world’s premier ecolodges from exotic places such as Mongolia, Machu Picchu, Morocco, Tanzania, Malaysian Borneo, French Polynesia, the Atacama of Chile and Bhutan.

We are going back home to Costa Rica full of energey and inspiration to make Lapa Rios Ecolodge and the other Cayuga Collection Hotels and Lodges some of the world’s premier travel experiences and live up to the brand promise of National Geographic.

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Door Sign at the building of The National Geographic Society in Washington DC.

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