Cape Town celebrates World Biodiversity Day 2011

In celebration of World Biodiversity Day and our unique and irreplaceable biodiversity, the City of Cape Town will be hosting various Youth Environmental School (YES) programmes during the month of May. Sanctioned by the United Nations, International Day for Biological Diversity is held every year on 22 May to raise public and political awareness of the significance of biodiversity for human well-being. 2011 has also been declared the International Year of Biodiversity, adding special significance to this year’s celebrations. The YES programmes will all revolve around environmental education and biodiversity and will involve over 6 000 learners from Cape Town. […]

Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference – some stats

The Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference on 6 May 2011 in Durban, South Africa was attended by physical delegates in the room and virtual delegates from around the world. We are still busy tracking and compiling information to conduct a proper evaluation, but below are some of the key statistics on the conference as of 10 May 2011 at 15h30 GMT+2.  Conference presentations (on Slideshare): 1090 views, 9 downloads Twitter: 852 tweets from 125 users (#rtcities hashtag) The live webcast was viewed by a peak of 162 simultaneous virtual delegates, and a total of 833 times to date, including the […]

Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference today

The Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference takes place today, 6 May 2011, at the Durban ICC and around the world via the internet for registered physical and virtual delegates. Updates from the conference will be posted to the blog throughout the day, and those who have not registered as delegates can follow the conversation in real time via Twitter, by using the hashtag #rtcities. An exceptional line-up of speakers and delegates augurs well for the outcomes of the conference, which will be shared online in the coming days and weeks. Details will be posted to the website and on the […]

RT in Cities Pavilion – work in progress

Scaffolding being erected               Another view of the scaffolding               Freshly cut bamboo arriving               Empty milk bottles and the crew               Preparing to bind the crates               Water tanks in place as ballast               The pavilion exterior is made entirely from recycled and reusable materials so as to produce zero waste after deconstruction. It is a scaffold cube clad in 1700 multi-coloured re-usable […]

RT in Cities Conference – speaker updates

Since the last pre-conference update, the following speakers have been confirmed, in addition to Ron Mader (of and Mariette du Toit-Helmbold (of Cape Town Tourism):  Nombulelo Mkefa, Director of Tourism for the City of Cape Town, has overseen and guided the drafting and adoption of the responsible tourism policy and action plan that was formally adopted by the Cape Town City Council in 2009. A longstanding advocate of responsible tourism, she has been at the centre of Cape Town’s drive to see RT taken up across the destination, working closely with officials, the tourism industry, local community organisations, academic […]

City’s Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference provides forum for information-sharing

CITY OF CAPE TOWN MEDIA RELEASE 29 APRIL 2011 City’s Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference provides forum for information-sharing The City of Cape Town Tourism Department is proudly sponsoring the Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference 2011, with the support of South African Tourism, Cape Town Tourism and other partners. The City plays an integral role in organising this event, which takes place on Friday 06 May at the Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban. It will see a mass meeting of the tourism industry’s leadership with over 100 delegates set to attend. Hundreds of virtual delegates from around the world […]