Cape Town – South Africa rules the Africa Responsible Tourism Awards (ARTA), as more than two thirds of the long-listed tourist organisations, initiatives, businesses and projects for the upcoming African Responsible Tourism Awards are based in the southernmost tip of the continent.
The final awards will be announced in Cape Town as part of the Africa Travel Week, taking place from 6 -8 April 2016.
The competition awards responsible tourist initiatives that take responsibility for the environment of African destinations and the local citizens.
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“We want to celebrate the shining stars of responsible tourism - the individuals, organisations and destinations working innovatively with local cultures, communities and biodiversity,” ARTA said.
“The variety of organisations which have made it through to the long list this year demonstrates just how powerful a force for good responsible tourism is becoming in Africa,” Heidi van der Watt for ARTA said.
Out of a total of 60 African institutions from 13 African countries, these are the 25 South African contenders for the African Responsible Tourism Award:
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Abang Africa Travel
ATKV Goudini Spa
City of Cape Town
Face Adrenalin/ Bloukrans Bungy
Flamingo Tours & Disabled Ventures
Gauteng Tourism Authority
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
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Leriba Hotel Group
National Department of Tourism/ RSA
Original T-Bag Designs
Proudly Macassar Pottery
QuadPara Association of South Africa
SaltyCrax Adventures & SAVE Foundation
Sani Lodge Backpackers
Last year, South African tourist initiatives were awarded gold in 6 of the 8 categories.
The jury awarded the South African Gansbaai Tourism organisation in the Western Cape the overall gold winner for making Gansbaai a truly responsible tourist destination with a long row of environmental projects.
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Several organisations in Gansbaai were also awarded. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in partnership with the Grootbos Foundation was awarded “Best for Poverty Reduction” and Marine Dynamics was awarded “Best for Wildlife Conservation”. South Africa definitely has a reputation to live up to this year.
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Winners in the Africa category will automatically be nominated for the world’s most prestigious international tourist award World’s Responsible Tourism Award, set to take place in London in November this year.
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