Cape Town Responsible Tourism Reporting Pilot

The tourism industry in Cape Town is strongly supportive of responsible tourism (RT) in principle, but overall not enough has been done to measure RT implementation in practice. Without reliable data, claims of ‘responsible’ action are weak and progress toward becoming a truly responsible destination remains difficult to measure. However, there are encouraging signs that awareness of the need for such data is growing. The City of Cape Town is working in partnership with industry to highlight best practice in measuring and demonstrating RT implementation, and to encourage their adoption. The longer-term goal is to create an online system that […]

Inspiring Change – Cape Town to help African cities become more sustainable destinations

Inspiring Change: A gathering on climate change challenges & solutions for African cities is a two-day gathering (18 & 19 November 2011) on topics specific to Climate Change challenges and solutions in African cities, hosted in Cape Town by the Cape Town Climate Change Coalition. With COP17/CMP7 hosted in Durban during November and December 2011, climate change issues will be in the global spotlight. While Climate Change solutions are central to South Africa’s environmental policy and a key trend globally, there remains plenty of space for an increased focus on the needs and challenges faced by cities to become more resilient. […]

National Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourism Launched

South Africa’s new National Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourism (NMSRT) was launched on 12 September 2011 at the Knysna Featherbed Nature Reserve by the national tourism minister, Marthinus van Schalkwyk. The NMSRT is a standard to accredit certification programmes, which is sometimes referred to as “certifying the certifier”. It is not a standard for individual tourism businesses, nor a new form of certification or grading. From next year (2012), the National Department of Tourism (NDT) in partnership with the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) will offer tourism certification programmes the option to become nationally accredited. The goal is to quality-assure the certification services […]

Spier wins major responsible tourism award

The Spier wine estate in Stellenbosch, in the Cape Winelands, received recognition in the Doing it All category of the Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards, which will be accepted by Andrew Milne, Spier CEO, at a ceremony in Singapore in October. The awards are based on guidelines developed by the Tourism Sustainability Council, which is an initiative of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the Rainforest Alliance and others, which use the global baseline criteria to develop an accreditation standard for sustainable tourism certification programs. Awards are given in five categories: Poverty Alleviation, Health Initiatives, Education Initiatives, Environmental and Cultural Preservation and Wildlife Conservation. Initiatives that encompass […]

Responsible Tourism Pilot Project – Why Should Your Tourism Business Participate

INVITATION AND INFORMATION FOR TOURISM ENTERPRISES TO PARTICIPATE IN A RESPONSIBLE TOURISM PILOT PROJECT FROM 2011 TO 2013 Dear Tourism Business Owner The City of Cape Town (CoCT) in collaboration with Tourism Partners/Associations (CTTourism, FEDHASA, SATSA and SAACI) invites YOU to participate in a unique Responsible Tourism Pilot project, which will commence in 2011 for a duration of two years. In 2009, the CoCT together with the key tourism industry stakeholders prepared and adopted the Responsible Tourism Policy and Action Plan. As part of the prescribed programme, the Responsible Tourism Charter was signed and included a landmark agreement between the City and the Tourism Partners/Associations. That same year, Cape Town won the accolade of Best Destination in the Virgin Holidays […]