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Travel Club announces the first winners

The winners of the first draw among the today 1400 members of the Rewilding Europe Travel Club were drawn on December 14, during the Rewilding seminar at the Cañada Real Park in El Escorial outside Madrid. The seminar was organised by Rewilding Europe together with Fundación Naturaleza y Hombre, Fundación José Maria Blanc, Fundación Felíx Rodríguez de la Fuente and the Associação Transumância e Natureza.

The six winners were drawn on stage by the hand of Don José Maria Blanc, the Grand Old Man of nature conservation in Spain.

Grand Prize:

A polar Expedition to Svalbard/Spitsbergen, 11 days
Donated by Polar Quest
Winner: Georgette Halkes, The Netherlands
“I love the nature and I would love to enjoy it more in Europe,” Georgette said on her signup form. Well, now she’s going to have a chance to enjoy it in one of the coolest and wildest places on earth.

And thereafter, provided through Nature’s Best in Sweden:

Wolf safari in Sweden, 2 days
Donated by Nordic Safari
Winner: Goran Antic, Serbia

Moose safari in Sweden, 2 days
Donated by WildSweden
Winner: Iñigo Gutiérrez García, Spain

Beaver Safari in Sweden, 2 days
Donated by Nordic Discovery
Winner: Hendriekus Algra, The Netherlands

Brown bear safari in Sweden, 2 days
Donated by Vargas Wilderness Lodge
Winner: Inga Kuusik, Estonia

Owl safari in Sweden, 2 days
Donated by Birdsafarisweden
Winner: Miroslav Petrovic, Serbia

We will contact all winners personally.

Congratulations all winners, and better luck everyone else, the next time! We will soon announce the next set of prizes and the date for the next draw.

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Casa da Cisterna: expanding the business thanks to rewilding

Casa da Cisterna, a boutique bed & breakfast in the Western Iberia rewilding area was the first beneficiary of Rewilding Europe Capital (REC). Ana Berliner and António Monteiro, owners and managers of this fantastic Bed & Breakfast had the chance to expand their project thanks to the REC loan in 2014.

The Bed & Breakfast, located in the historic village of Castelo Rodrigo, one of the most well preserved rural villages in the region, opened to the public in 2004 with four bedrooms. Ten years later, due to great demand, Ana and António decided to expand the Bed & Breakfast and renovated a neighbouring house. Now they offer five more bedrooms than before, where tradition, elegant design and modern functionality come together beautifully, to provide guests with a unique experience.

“With the support of the Rewilding Europe Capital we could attain the co-finance needed for the expansion of Casa da Cisterna,” says Ana Berliner. “Besides infra-structure, it enables us to increase our energy efficiency.” Casa da Cisterna now has an ecological heating system – a heating pump – and solar panels for heating water, reducing the electricity consumption.

“In 2014, the occupation rate of visitors from Central Europe increased 35%,” Ana says. “Some visitors also came through the Rewilding Europe Travel Club. Rewilding Europe, with their different approaches – from funding to promotion – are great partners, supporting the growth of our business.”

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