WTM Responsible Tourism Awards shortlist revealed

2016-04-04 19:00 -
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Cape Town - A lodge set in the Ethiopian Highlands, two national tourism ministries, and a beach safety organisation that protects both sharks and people are among the finalists for the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016.

The awards, sponsored by Wesgro and organised by Better Tourism Africa as part of the World Travel Market Africa taking place from 6 to 8 April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, sees finalists selected in nine categories ranging from Cultural Heritage Conservation, responsible employment, poverty reduction, wildlife Conservation and tourism that caters to people with disabilities the finalists. 

The finalists for the 2016 African Responsible Tourism Awards are: 

!Xaus Lodge

ATKV Goudini

Baobab Beach Resort

Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve

Chitabe Camp

City of Cape Town 

Conservation Travel Foundation    

Chobe Game Lodge

Flamingo Tours

Gansbaai Tourism

Great Plains Conservation

Leriba Hotel

Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Marine Dynamics

Ministry of Tourism, Morocco

National Department of Tourism, South Africa

Nkwichi Lodge

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Sani Lodge Backpackers

Sharkspotters

Simien Lodge

Segera Retreat

Spier

Wilderness Safaris

The award-winners will be announced at the 2016 African Responsible Tourism Awards on Thursday 7th April, as part of the WTM responsible tourism programme - highlights of which include: 

- Panel discussions on wildlife and tourism

- Seminar discussions on responsible tourism and resilience

- Seminar discussions on Responsible best practices  

Managing director of Better Tourism Africa Heidi van der Watt says the shortlist has a lot to say about "where responsible tourism on the continent is and where it is going next".

“Represented in this year’s finalists are some of the most trendsetting examples of responsible tourism in Africa. From accessible leisure activities to truly empowering people practices, from co-management of conservation areas to revival of a traditional dance form," says Van de Watt.

Reflecting on the decisions made on the Judging Day was Professor Harold Goodwin, Chair of the Judging Panel and Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism who said the finalists chosen from amongst those who are nominated, made the considerable effort required to apply.

"For each finalist we’ve chosen, there are many others doing ground-breaking work and we’re looking forward to seeing who will be nominated next year. I’d like to thank all those who came forward to share their inspiring stories with the Judging Panel.”

Tim Harris, Chief Executive Officer of Wesgro said the awards' shortlist represent the "forward thinking and innovative organisations that are true examples of how the tourism industry can be taken to new heights in a sustainable and attractive manner". 

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