Celebrating SA's nominees for the 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards

2018-04-17 12:35 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - It’s that time of year again when Africa’s most responsible tourism establishments receive acknowledgement and praise for making positive changes for people and nature, across the continent, through tourism.

The prestigious African Responsible Tourism Awards - sponsored by Wesgro and organised by Better Tourism Africa - forms part of the responsible tourism programme at the World Travel Market (WTM) Africa.

The programme will include panel discussions on new business models in sustainable tourism, issues around wildlife and tourism and a panel on carbon, water and certification.

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Finalists who are flying SA’s flag high at the 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards are Abang Africa Travel, Marine Dynamics Tours, Spier Wine Farm, and Wilderness Safaris.

The establishments are joined by finalists from across Africa including All Out Africa (Swaziland), Basecamp Explorer Kenya (Kenya), Nande Junias Explorer Cultural Tours (Namibia), North Island (Seychelles), Peak East Africa (Kenya) and Wilderness Safaris (also in Botswana, Namibia, Seychelles, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Rwanda).

These organisations will compete across five categories including: Decent Work and Social Inclusion, Marine Conservation, Celebrating Cultures, Water Efficiency and Sustainable Consumption and Production. An additional award is the much-coveted Overall Winner.

Wesgro CEO Tim Harris applauds the efforts of the finalists, saying that they are “paving the way of how to promote tourism in a sustainable way”.

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Winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday, 18 April at 16.30, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. A celebratory function, sponsored by the Cape Whale Coast, will follow.

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, says that “Responsible tourism is the future of the tourism industry.”

“As we’ve seen in our region, natural resources, as well as our environment in general and our attractions, deserve the utmost respect from locals and tourists alike. We are pioneering a collaborative approach with tourists around being resource-wise, and visitors to our region have eagerly come to the party. We congratulate the shortlisted companies for the work they are doing in building our tourism industry and creating jobs and economic opportunities as they do so,” adds Winde.