Insights on Responsible Tourism, by Prof Harold Goodwin

In the UK, I no longer have to present on the business case for responsible tourism. The tourism industry is already convinced. This is one of the insights shared by Professor Harold Goodwin at a breakfast meeting hosted by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism – South Africa and the City of Cape Town. Early on Tuesday 19 July 2011, members of the board of Cape Town Tourism and representatives of SAACI, SATSA, FEDHASA and SANParks gathered at Freeworld Design Centre. Hemelkant, the rooftop venue was the perfect setting for an early breakfast on a crisp winter’s morning. Warmed by coffee, muesli and croissants everyone settled down […]

Green goal legacy report launched

A year after the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, Host City Cape Town’s award-winning environmental programme, Green Goal 2010, was in the spotlight again, when its 130-page Legacy Report was launched by the Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille and the Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille. The report captures the spirit and intent of Cape Town’s “triple bottom line” approach to sustainably hosting the World Cup, describing the environmental, social and economic context of hosting the event and the numerous projects that were implemented through the opportunities that it afforded. Projects covering energy-efficiency, carbon mitigation, water conservation, waste management, […]

Indigenous People’s Week 2011 8-12 August, the global journal of practical ecotourism, is facilitating an online unconference focusing on Indigenous Peoples and tourism. Themes include biodiversity conservation, cultural heritage, food and literacy (traditional reading and writing and digital literacy — the emerging read write culture). They are calling for recommendations of educational and engaging videos, podcasts, websites and online resources. Conversation takes place via skype, facebook, flickr, twitter, youtube and wiki. How to Participate: * Seek out and patronize indigenous businesses where you live. * Learn new words in an indigenous language. * Use Web 2.0 – Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia – to learn […]

Responsible Tourism Seminar 14 July 2011

Cape Town Routes Unlimited in partnership with The Green Cab and Tourism Enterprise Partnership are hosting a seminar on how to “become a relevant tourism business partner (tour operator/guesthouses) in promoting responsible tourism in our destination.” Venue: CTRU Boardroom, 12th Floor Waldorf Building, St George’s Mall, Cape Town Date: Thursday 14 July 2011 Time: 10h00 to 12h30 Those interested must enquire with Mr. Linda Mase on 021 487 4875 or send an email to by Friday, 8th July 2011

Alberta Declaration on Responsible Tourism in Destinations

In June 2011, 193 delegates from over 20 countries worldwide met in Edmonton, Alberta for the 5th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations, hosted by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism – Canada. Building on the founding principles of the Cape Town Declaration (2002) and the subsequent findings of the Kerala, Belize, and Oman conferences, The Alberta Declaration presents the recommendations of this conference about what can be done to make tourism more responsible in five areas of current concern: Access for All Polar Tourism Indigenous Tourism Tourism & Local Economic Development in a Developed Country Governance 1. Access […]

National Greening and Resource Efficiency road show dates

The National Department of Tourism, Departments of Environmental Affairs, Water Affairs and Eskom will conduct the National Greening and Resource Efficiency road shows to educate the tourism product owners on the importance of using available natural resources efficiently in their sector. The road shows will take place from 5 July to October 27, in Cape Town on October 7. The white paper on responsible tourism requires the sector to promote responsible tourism practices with a view to maximize economic, social and environmental benefits and minimize costs to the destination and as well as improve local economies. Participants at the road […]

Cape Town ‘Honourable Mention’ of world most climate-resilient cities

Author and researcher Boyd Cohen ranks the world’s top 10 most resilient cities, judging them on criteria from mitigation efforts to adaptation schemes to basic coordination and preparedness. He calls it “one of the first ever global rankings of resilient cities.” Cape Town did not make the top 10 but was awarded an honourable mention. Top 10 Most Resilient Cities: Copenhagen, Denmark Curitiba, Brazil Barcelona, Spain Stockholm, Sweden Vancouver, Canada Paris, France San Francisco, USA New York, USA London, UK Tokyo, Japan Check out the complete article for the details on why, along with some good analysis and interesting comments […]

Cape Town’s Draft Cultural & Heritage Tourism Strategy for comment by Steering Committee members

Members of the Steering Committee are requested to download the attached presentation of the Draft Cultural and Heritage Tourism Strategy for Cape Town and put comments through to by Friday, 22 July 2011. Other stakeholders interested in commenting – we will be opening a public comment period at the beginning of August 2011. Please be sure to send through your contact details so that we can notify you when the revised draft is available